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Standards launched to help protect heat consumers

Heat network standards launched today will aim to encourage best practice at all stages of a project, from feasibility studies to construction and operation.

The Code of Practice for Heat Networks, developed in partnership between the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) and Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), will help developers and designers meet minimum standards.

ADE director Dr Tim Rotheray said: “Heat networks are increasingly recognised as an opportunity to reduce energy costs and meet our carbon targets in the most efficient way. By raising industry standards and promoting best practice, the new Code of Practice will help district heating customers feel confident in their supply of reliable, low-carbon, affordable heat.

“These standards are an important part of the foundation of this growing industry, alongside the UK’s first independent heat consumer protection scheme, Heat Trust, and implementation of new metering and billing regulations. This foundation is the result of over two years of industry collaboration and demonstrate the sector’s aim to deliver the best possible service to heat customers.”