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Code of Practice for Heat Networks

Heat Networks: Code of Practice for the UK is the first Code of Practice to be published as a joint project between the Association for Decentralised Energy and CIBSE).

The Code of Practice has been produced to raise standards in heat networks, by setting minimum requirements (and suggested) best practice and by integrating the supply chain across the whole life of a project.

The Code is written to cover all stages of the development cycle of a project from feasibility through design, construction, commissioning and operation. The core of the Code is structured as follows (see Figure 1, Plan of Work):

  • The typical sequence of a project by stage from initial brief and feasibility through to operation and maintenance. The Code may be used either for the entire project or for a particular stage but the greatest value will be obtained when it is followed for all stages.
  • For each project stage, a number of objectives are set.
  • For each objective a number of minimum requirements are defined to achieve the objectives. All of these requirements will need to be met if the project is to comply fully with the Code. — Roles and responsibilities are established for different stages.

Use of the Code of Practice can be specified in contracts or tender documents, for entire projects or for specific stages (e.g. construction). If the requirements in the Code of Practice are adhered to, you can be confident that:

  • A carefully considered feasibility/design framework will have been followed
  • Legislative and regulatory requirements will have been identified and met
  • Reporting and information handover will allow effective oversight of the project.

You do not need to be a technical expert in heat networks to use the Code for procurement or contractual purposes. The Code has been designed (following extensive industrywide consultation and in collaboration with DECC) to give clients and developers confidence that commonly agreed minimum standards are being followed, and to allow clear communication between different parties in the supply chain. A guide for owners and developers of heat networks can be downloaded here. 

ADE members can download the Code here. CIBSE members can download the Code here, and non nembers can purchase the Code from £24 here.

CIBSE Heat Network Code of Practice Training

This is a two day course aimed at providing an understanding of the CoP and how to apply it. Following the course there is the opportunity to take an exam which allows entry to the Heat Networks Consultant register. This course is intensive and requires a high level of knowledge. Whilst we do not have formal entry requirements for the LCC register we will be asking candidates to self-assess beforehand. 

Key areas

  • Gain an understanding of the aims and context of the Code and current challenges for heat network design.
  • Gain an understanding of how the Code should be used and the key themes running through the document.
  • Gain an understanding of the key Requirements and Objectives for each Stage of heat network development.
  • Gain an understanding of the application of the Code to different types of heat networks.
  • Achieve certification in the use of the Code following an exam.

For further information on becoming a Heat Networks Consultant please visit CIBSE's energy centre


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