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The Ideal Heat Network

Operators of heat networks face a variety of legal and administrative duties, making them a complex addition, particularly with the advent of the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014.

We bring sophisticated engineering expertise to help Managing Agents discover the potential of their heat network. Working with proven techniques, we can identify the quick wins and those that might take a bit longer, all with the objective of arriving at a strategy to get the most from the asset. Optimisation is the key, and to achieve this the practical limitations need to be recognised so that any proposed investments to improve performance can be underpinned with commercial realisms.

The perfect heat and hot water system

With over 25 years of practical experience as a Heat Network Operator across many schemes, our expertise at critical points in the life cycle will ensure you avoid the pitfalls and enjoy the benefits of an effective Heat Network.

Six stages to creating the ideal heat network

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 the solution

Data Energy reviews 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 Services Agreements and Heat Supply Agreements.

Stage 3

Construction and commissioning completed

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

Stage 4

Apartments marketed and sold

Complex documents that define Landlord’s and Lessees’ obligations are drawn up. Pre-handover inspections are completed by Data Energy as the handover to the Managing Agent nears. We work with the Developer, Builder and Subcontractors to review the solution. We review the commissioning and ensure the handover gives the Managing Agent the confidence that they can deliver their responsibilities under the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) 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

At this stage the maintenance and operation of the Heat Network is handed over to the Managing Agent to meet the Landlord’s obligations. Data Energy attends the handover to ensure everything is clear and as expected. Metering and network inspections are completed by Data Energy to ensure the system has been correctly commissioned.

Stage 6

Occupation and ongoing service

From occupation, the Heat Network must meet the expectations of the owners, lessees or residents. Data Energy provides 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. Data Energy also reports on the energy efficiency of the Heat Network and identifies any improvements. To set tariffs, we assess the fixed and variable costs of the Heat Network and define the tariff for recharging, so costs can be fully recovered and billing meets legal requirements.