The Combined Heat and Power Association and CIBSE have launched a consultation on the Heat Networks: Code of Practice for the UK publication.
This is the first time the two bodies have collaborated and has resulted in the creation of the new Code of Practice, which provides a new code of practice to enhance the quality of heat networks.
The Heat Networks can be downloaded from the CHPA website and those wishing to respond can also download the appropriate form.
The consultation will close on 8 October.
Following the reported increasing use of district and communal heating in a number of areas, the publication is particularly well timed.
CHPA director Tim Rotheray said: “District heating is focussed on delivering value for the consumer, putting them at the centre of a more local, more efficient energy system.
“It is because of that value that more than 50 local authorities are considering new district heating investments, contributing to government’s ambitions for heat networks to go from 2% to 14% of UK heating demand by 2030.
“If we are to meet that ambition, with district heating expanding to urban areas all around the country, we need to ensure these investments are being installed and operated with only the highest of standards so that the consumer sees the clear benefits this energy efficiency infrastructure can provide.
“This Code of Practice is an important step to providing that assurance for consumers, and we look forward to our continuing work with CIBSE and our members to make sure these standards can be adopted across the industry.”
Chair of the Code of Practice steering committee and the CIBSE CHP-DH group Phil Jones, said: “The introduction of minimum standards for heat networks will be a step change in taking this sector to the next level.
“We are already working on supporting this with training, accreditation and registration of heat network professionals to implement the standards and enhance the quality of district heating from design through to operation.”