New regulations and standards for district and community heating are topic of seminars

The latest regulations on district and community heating and new industry standards will be explained to heat suppliers, such as developers and landlords, at two forthcoming breakfast seminars in central London.

The free seminars will be hosted by community heating, metering and billing specialist ENER-G Switch2 and housing law experts Winckworth Sherwood, with support from The Housing Forum. Guest speakers will include representatives from the National Measurement & Regulation Office (NMRO), with support from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and the new Heat Trust.

The first seminar on Tuesday 6 October will update heat suppliers on The Heat Network (Metering & Billing) Regulations, which apply to every communal heat network in the UK. The legislation sets out new rules about installing meters for monitoring heat consumption and ensuring billing accuracy and transparency.

Expert panellists will explain recent changes to the regulations, including changes in the schedule for completion of notification assessment by landlords, and a revision to the Heat Metering Viability Tool, which is used to check the feasibility of retrofitting final customer meters. Examples of best practice in real life heat schemes will be discussed.

A second seminar on Thursday 5 November will explain the role of the new Heat Trust, which establishes a common standard in the quality and level of protection given by heat supply contracts and offers heat network customers an independent process for settling disputes.

The event is relevant to heat scheme owners from housing associations, local authorities and private developers, who will hear from a representative of the Heat Trust and learn about the implications the government backed scheme will have for community and district heating schemes.

To register for a free seminar place please email or call 01274 535565.

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