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What is community and district heating?

Posted by Kirsty Lambert on 21-Sep-2017 08:49:43

It’s important to point out, that even the decentralised energy sector sometimes struggle to understand what is community and district heating and the differences between them. Therefore we thought it would be useful to explain what they are and to demonstrate the differences, clearing up some of the common preconceptions.

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Preparing for heat season: How social landlords and heat networks can tackle fuel poverty

Posted by Kirsty Lambert on 08-Sep-2017 11:06:01

September is upon us and with it, the promise of a chilly autumn; which means we need to be ready to tackle the next heat season. With major reports from leading charities for both the elderly and children, fuel poverty is an important topic that must be addressed. Read on to see how more effective community heat metering can alleviate the issue.

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London Environment Strategy: What it means for community heating

Posted by Kirsty Lambert on 22-Aug-2017 15:18:37

The draft London Environment Strategy recently released, highlighted the six key policy areas the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is to address in the upcoming London Plan, due to be published later this year. The Mayor’s Plan focuses on areas which contribute to the functioning and improvement of London life. We examine how this will shape district heating schemes in London and its role on protecting Londoners as well as future proofing green energy infrastructure.

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Understanding the staywarm feature on a HIU

Posted by Ian Allan on 28-Jul-2017 10:40:55

Selecting the right Heat Interface Unit (HIU) for a heating scheme can be a complex decision to make, with many different variants to take into consideration. Our blog investigates the staywarm feature on a HIU and how it could potentially improve the heating service - if done correctly.

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Interview: Health & safety precautions on refurbishments

Posted by Steve Coates on 06-Jul-2017 17:41:12

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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