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