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Differences in regulation for community and district heating

Posted by Ian Allan on 14-Jul-2017 11:30:00

The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 are now three years old and are playing an important role to help regulate the heating and cooling sector. However that doesn’t mean that heat suppliers and stakeholders understand them fully and the repercussions for not abiding by them. This blog investigates what you should know, and how the regulation differs between district heating and community heating schemes.

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Interview: Health & safety precautions on refurbishments

Posted by Steve Coates on 06-Jul-2017 16:41:12

Three weeks have passed since the Grenfell Tower fire disaster. It has shaken the entire housing and construction industries, highlighting serious issues that were previously neglected.  Our latest blog post interviews Health & Safety & Compliance Manager, Graham Seed, to find out what regulations are in place when refurbishing a tower block and the best practice that should be applied, to reduce future fire risks and the general safety of residents.

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Community Energy Fortnight: Top blogs on community heating

Posted by Kirsty Lambert on 30-Jun-2017 13:32:25

Community heating has never been more relevant or necessary - with 2016 seeing record levels of deployment and the sector finally beginning to make a real impact at scale in the UK.

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Effective design: Best practice for maintenance

Posted by Kirsty Lambert on 22-Jun-2017 08:33:46


Getting the design right is critical for a heat network to be both reliable and efficient. Years' of experience have taught us that there are many pitfalls commonly encountered in the development of heat networks.

In our latest SlideShare we will investigate some of the key areas needed to be considered when designing your heat network or communal heating scheme that will pathe the way for best practice when it comes to maintaining them.

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The smart home and community heating

Posted by Ian Allan on 16-Jun-2017 13:09:31

The smart home concept has gathered momentum over the past 5 years. With the likes of Alexa and Siri taking centre stage on how we operate technology and go about our everyday lives. Our infographic demonstrates how we see this shaping the future for community heating, and what you need to know about the smart home concept.

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