Create the ideal heat network!
Heat Networks (HN) are complex to design and run. They come with a raft of legal administrative duties. Especially since the advent of the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations. Managing Agents handle this responsibility on behalf of property owners. With existing buildings, HN inevitably have legacy issues, not least where the terms of the typical lease contradict the new Heat Regulations. New developments provide a superb opportunity to create the ideal HN set-up from the outset. One that satisfies all stakeholders and ensures a better experience for lessees/residents and greater value for developers and owners. Data Energy offers support throughout the HN life cycle, in order to achieve the ideal HN.
The perfect heat and hot water system
Data Energy, has practical experience as Heat Network Operators across many schemes. Our expertise at critical points in the HN life cycle will help you to avoid many pitfalls and enjoy an effective HN.
The ideal HN boasts these features:
- Correct sizing of the plant and distribution system to consistently meet demand.
- High energy efficiency levels so heat isn’t lost resulting in lower unit rate costs.
- Correct maintenance with plant run at optimum manufacturer/designer levels.
- Correct handover documentation from the Developer to the Managing Agent.
- Managing and maintaining a billing platform that includes metering.
- Keeping the administration costs of heat billing to a minimum.
- Charging for the heat supplied and avoiding credit risk.
- Delivering value and complete reliability for the end user.
Heat network life cycle
For new apartment-block developments, get operational guidance from Data Energy. 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 the solution
Our input: design review; input to head lease and supply contracts
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
Our input: pre-handover inspections; input on legalities
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 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 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 metering networks inspections are completed by Data Energy to ensure the system has been correctly commissioned.
Stage 6: Occupation and ongoing service
Our input: billing & recovery; reporting; tariff setting
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 raises and issues bills, recovering payments where necessary, from those responsible for settlement. Data Energy also reports on the energy efficiency of the heat networks 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.