Heat Networks and Energy Centres are now viewed as an integral part of the UK’s future energy strategy. Many new-build apartment buildings will benefit from this state-of-the art technology. That’s because it’s intended to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, improve the general security of supply and offer a heat supply that provides value for money. All good so far.
But Heat Networks are not like standard communal heating systems. Instead, they are carefully engineered systems that are designed to generate and distribute heat directly to consumers at very high levels of efficiency, minimising distribution and other losses by incorporating sophisticated controls methodology. Unfortunately, Managing Agents are not always aware of just how different these new systems are from the conventional systems that preceded them. This new technology aims to provide the consumer with a source of quality heat that’s both competitive and convenient, in comparison to traditional gas-based solutions. It incorporates all the latest technology and allows individual consumers to adjust their heat usage to their own personal preferences, as well as, monitor their heat usage with an integral heat meter.
From the point of handover of the development to the Managing Agent, DMG Delta is available to help ensure that the Heat Network and its associated responsibilities are passed over in a ‘fit for purpose’ state. We’re often involved during the final stages of the construction process to facilitate the smooth transition from developer to manager. This works in all parties’ interests and provides reassurance for the longer-term, based on the CIBSE Guide M for Maintenance Engineering and Management.
Our procedures include a review of the Operation and Maintenance Manuals present for the Health and Safety aspect of the handover. Then our routines are tailored to meet the specific requirements of plant installed. This is normally based on the SFG20 maintenance standard. In many instances, the installers provide training on the equipment installed. Our engineers and managers are expected to attend specific training sessions to ensure familiarity with the installation. This also represents a good opportunity for the manager to understand the practicalities that might face the maintenance engineers.
From handover onwards, we plan to use the installed technology to its maximum benefit. Our goal is to reduce energy losses and increase efficiency levels so that consumers can benefit from competitive tariffs, compared to other energy sources.