Evidence is emerging about the high running costs for community heating schemes that are required to meet planning requirements. Often these include Combined Heat and Power facilities and biomass boilers in addition to the more conventional gas boilers. Heat meters are used within each dwelling to measure the heat energy provided through the circulating hot water system.
On a recently completed project in East London the heat energy cost for residents including the local energy management charge was double that for a conventional domestic gas boiler solution. The key lesson is that operating costs need to be fully assessed early in the design process prior to any formal commitment to proceed with an energy option. This is particularly the case for affordable housing where energy costs and fuel poverty can be a key issue for residents.
Posted on December 21st, 2009