Technical newsletters about emerging issues & our latest research

Metering And Billing Of Ambient Loop Heat Networks

Posted on May 31st 2024

There is uncertainty in the market as to the metering requirements for ambient loop heat networks. Some manufacturers have stated that it is not a requirement to meter final customers connected to these systems. However, we would strongly recommend that all customers are metered for heat and cooling consumption delivered from ambient loops. Ambient loops circulate low grade heat around …

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Exhaust Air Heat Pumps – Considerations Before Specifying

Posted on May 31st 2024

Projects planning on using Exhaust Air Heat Pumps (EAHPs) should carefully review a number of technical and commercial factors prior to specification. Rushing to specify these systems without due consideration can result in unforeseen consequences for end-users, such as poor user experience, high costs, and uncomfortable summer temperatures. EAHPs present an attractive solution for projects where a heat network is …

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New Technical Standards for Heat Networks

Posted on May 31st 2024

The new technical standards code for heat networks is scheduled to be launched in 2025 and will impose new obligations on heat networks, but the standards have not been consulted upon yet. The Heat Networks Technical Assurance Scheme (HNTAS) consultation is expected be published in summer 2024 and will give heat network owners, developers, operators and customers the opportunity to …

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Five Steps to Selecting The Best Technology For Your Projects

Posted on May 31st 2024

Developers are being faced with a range of emerging technologies and little guidance on which are best for their projects. Comparison is made difficult by a range of competing project variables and specifying the wrong technology could be detrimental to project performance. Here are five steps to ensuring that technology testing leads to the right results: Set the goal of …

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Deconstruction over Demolition? – Questions You Should Consider

Posted on May 2nd 2024

Projects which pursue deconstruction activities over demolition need to carefully consider the practicalities of how materials and products can be reused. Not doing so can result in a failure to achieve targets, deliver on commitments made, or in extreme cases not obtain planning consent. If the built environment is to fully embrace the circular economy, deconstruction must become as prevalent …

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Kidbrooke Village Phase 5 Building C – Planning Success

Posted on May 2nd 2024

Kidbrooke Village Phase 5 Building C has successfully secured planning approval for a material amendment under section 73 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990. The development forms part of a wider Kidbrooke Village regeneration project carried out by Berkeley Homes East Thames (BHET) adding 341 dwellings (mixed-tenure) to the area. ¬†We have assisted BHET with attaining consent for …

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Condensation Analysis: Don’t Leave It Too Late!

Posted on May 2nd 2024

Condensation warranty conditions can pose a costly challenge if addressed too late in the design process. As condensation is a complex topic, the requirements range from providing detailed thermal models of window interfaces to check cold spots, to a simpler analysis of wall build-ups to check internal moisture build-up. In this context, it is essential that developers consider any warranty …

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Energy Ombudsman set to resolve Heat Network customer complaints

Posted on May 2nd 2024

Heat Networks must register with the Energy Ombudsman (EO) who is mandated to run the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) scheme dealing with customer complaints. This registration is expected to be automatic from 2025 when Heat Network regulations come into effect. Until then, there are two ways to get onto the scheme. Firstly, following a customer complaint relating to pass-through of …

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