Happy 1st Birthday Fresh Heat Networks!
When it comes to installing new build and retrofit heat networks the needs of the client and their customers can sometimes take a back seat to the installation process. I started Fresh with the aim of redressing the balance by putting the client’s needs first and driving everything else to make this a reality. Creating and maintaining efficient, low carbon heat networks that enable people to live in homes they can afford to heat.
The ‘why’ is vitally important to me and it drives everything we do.
I have found that heat networks tend to get procured and installed in ‘packages’ and the final installation usually misses the client’s original design brief. I believe that this ultimately lets clients and their tenants down.
I see our role as working as part of your team to help make sense of heat networks while upholding the best interests of you and your tenants at all times.
If you believe the same then please make contact.
New client assignment- June 2021
We are pleasedto announce that we have been awarded the contract to audit three heat networks for Gateshead Council.
Heat Network performance audits are the best way of identifying potential efficiencyand carbon savings.
We truly believe in providing the best possible service to clients and their tenants, creating and maintaining efficient low carbon, heat networks that help reduce fuel poverty.
If you want to hear how we can help you make sense of heat networks then please make contact.
Client Bulletin – May 2021
Code of Practice for Heat Networks CP1: 2020
‘Overall responsibility for implementing the Code rests with the client’.
Which HIU is best for my project?
We get asked this question more than any other and at the risk of sounding a little pedantic, without
knowing your needs it’s impossible to recommend anything. That’s why ‘copy and paste’
specifications just aren’t good enough and ultimately are not in your best interests.
At Fresh Heat Networks we believe that you and your tenants deserve the very best efficient, low
cost, low carbon heat networks that help reduce fuel poverty.
Before we get on to HIU’s it’s worth understanding the principles of heat network efficiency.
Heat network efficiency is governed by the level of effective control that you have within each flat. The
flat side demand management dictates the heat network return temperature and in turn the efficiency
of the whole heat network. This is based around the hierarchy of heat principle (see below). What
happens in the flat dictates the performance of the whole heat network.
How do we gain effective control within the flats?
One method is to have a demand driven HIU within the flat that only takes the exact amount of
resource it needs from the heat network. It is vitally important that tenants also have a user friendly
method of heating temperature control and that they are shown how to use this.
So, which is the best HIU for my scheme?
We have reviewed every HIU that has passed the BESA test with a VWART (efficiency rating) of less
than 33ºC as specified in CIBSE’s Heat Networks Code of Practice CP1 2020. We have compared
each of these against a list of fifty metrics. These include HIU functionality, guarantee, service level,
reliability, HIU CAPEX, OPEX costs, remote connectivity, remote monitoring and optimisation
capabilities, billing platform hardware integration and whether they will automatically adjust
themselves to suit lower heat network operating temperatures.
The process to identifying the best HIU
We define your needs by asking the following questions:
1. What is your decarbonisation plan?
2. What level of connectivity and remote visibility you need?
3. What level of remote assistance and commissioning do you need?
4. What communication method best suits the project (wireless, wired Lan, modBus, 2G)?
5. Who is the preferred billing system hardware provider?
6. What HIU functionality do you need (we can help you identify these)?
7. Which HIU’s with a VWART below 33 (CP1 2020) meet all of the above criteria?
Once we define your needs we will produce a short list of HIU’s that meet your requirements,
highlighting the key features and benefits of each.
This process will essentially reduce the contractors opportunity to ‘value engineer’ because you will
be aware of which HIU’s meet your needs on this particular project.
We want to help you become empowered to make the right decision based on yours and your tenants
If you want to discuss this further please make contact.
The heat metering and billing regulations 2014 have changed. The Heat Networks Metering and Billing regulations 2020 were put before Parliament and came into force on 27.11.20. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/933316/hmbr-final-ia.pdf
The cost effectiveness tool has also been launched –
- Transitional period for heat network operators to implement the changes is 21 months to install metering devices and comply with the regulations. This will be over two summers to reduce the impact on existing heat networks.
- It was originally thought that clients would have surveys to determine whether it was cost effective to install energy meters on ‘Open Class’ properties. The cost of doing this is estimated to be £60- £90 per flat. Therefore it’s likely that clients will fit a new energy meter rather than use the cost effectiveness tool.
- With Brexit and the increase in demand it is expected that the cost of energy meters will increase as will the cost of fitting them. We can review your energy meter suppliers and procurement process – Please contact us for further information.
The following three building classes have been created:
‘MAKING SENSE OF HEAT NETWORKS’
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Metering & Billing Regulations 2020
The Cost effectiveness tool for the above regulations has been launched and the
spreadsheet is available here –
This allows heat network operators to calculate whether installing energy meters is viable on ‘Open Class’ buildings.
The tool itself requires the input of accurate data.
‘Where cost-effectiveness assessments have established a duty to install metering devices, heat suppliers must carry out this installation work in line with the timelines stipulated in the legislation. The results of this work must be reported to OPSS.
The cost-effectiveness tool was built to aid heat suppliers in their determination of costeffectiveness. Two versions are available: the reduced input tool (where energy consumption is known and a quote for metering installation costs is available)’. Where meters are installed, they must be used to bill the tenant based upon their individual consumption.
I have entered a large number of scenarios in the calculator and I’m happy to discuss your requirements further.