The deadline is approaching for submission of updated notifications regarding any heat networks for which you are responsible. These must be submitted to the Office of Product Safety and Standards by the 31st December 2019.
As a reminder, a heat network is considered any system of heating, cooling, or hot water (‘heat’) where a ‘heat supplier’ provides heat to a final customer and charges them for doing so (directly or indirectly through a service charge). This includes communal heating networks within a building, for example Low Temperature Hot Water systems supplying Fan Coil Units, as well as district heat networks providing heat to multiple buildings.
It was reported in 2016 that notifications representing around 17,000 networks had been submitted, including both district heating systems and communal heating. Any network which was previously part of a notification must be re-submitted in a new notification, along with any other heat networks now managed which may not have been part of your original submission.
Although several years have passed since the initial deadlines for compliance with the Heat Network Regulations, there has been uncertainty around the implementation of the Regulations. Metering feasibility assessments were, in many cases, not completed after the government tool was found to be ineffective and subsequently withdrawn.
Following a lengthy period of review, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has recently announced a consultation on a revised version of the metering cost effectiveness. This consultation closes on 9th January 2020, and a revised version of this tool is expected to be launched later in 2020. Following this, the Regulations will be amended to clarify the next steps and give new compliance deadlines; these are likely to be a year or two after the publication of the revised Regulations.
For further clarification on the requirements of the regulations please refer to the government guidance https://www.gov.uk/guidance/heat-networks or contact Focus FM using the details below for help in understanding your responsibilities.
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