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Our involvement in the Heat Network Lifecycle


For new apartment-block developments, seemingly subtle improvements to the Heat Network solution can deliver significant returns. Here’s how we work alongside key stakeholders to deliver a Heat Network that’s reliable, environmentally friendly and cost effective for the long term.


  • Stage 1: Heat Network requirement defined

The parameters for the heat and hot water solution are set out by the developer


  • Stage 2: System designed to deliver solution

Our input: Design review; input to head lease and supply contracts

We review the proposed design and selection of equipment, with insights as to what works in practice. Importantly, we contribute to the lease drafting process to help ensure the legalities dovetail correctly, with enforceability clearly defined. Our input to legal contracts extends to Energy Service Agreements and Heat Supply Agreements


  • Stage 3: Construction and commissioning complete

Main contractors, builders and sub-contractors create the development in line with plans


  • Stage 4: Apartments marketed and sold

Our input: Pre-handover inspections; input on legalities

Complex documents that define Landlord’s and Lessee’s obligations are drawn up. Pre-handover inspections are completed as the handover to the Managing Agent nears. We work alongside the Developer, Builder and Sub-contractor to review the solution. We review the commissioning and ensure the handover gives the Managing Agent confidence that they can deliver their responsibilities under the Heat Regulations. We also assist in defining the lease for potential buyers to help ensure terms are enforceable and fair


  • Stage 5: Handover to the Managing Agent

Our input: Contribute at meeting; metering inspections

At this crucial stage, the maintenance and operation of the Heat Network is handed over to the Managing Agent. We attend handover to ensure that everything is clear and as expected. Metering and network inspections are completed to ensure that the system has been correctly commissioned


  • Stage 6: Occupation and ongoing service

Our input: Billing and recovery; reporting; tariff setting

From occupation, the Heat Network must meet the expectations of owners, lessees and residents. We provide vital support with billing and recovery, reporting and tariff setting. We use metering information to raise and issue bills, recovering payments where necessary from those responsible for settlement. We also report on the efficiency of the Heat Network and identify any improvements. To set tariffs, we assess the fixed and variable costs of the Heat Network and define the tariff for recharging, co costs can be fully recovered and billing meets legal requirements


For further information and advice, contact one of our Energy Managers today on 01279 810120.