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CIBSE and CHPA form new partnership to underpin heat network quality

Heat networks, commonly known as district heating, are a cost effective way to distribute heat to multiple buildings or industrial processes, and many local authorities are considering how to initiate city centre networks. CIBSE and the Combined Heat & Power Association (CHPA) have formed a new partnership to underpin the quality of heat networks with the drafting of a code of practice. The partners believe that the development of a widely recognised code of practice for heat networks will support the spread of the technology by increasing the confidence of developers and investors. Government, as part of its support for the growth of heat networks, has also called on the industry to set out standards.


Ian Manders, deputy director of CHPA said:

"CHPA looks forward to working with CIBSE to develop a code of practice, and we welcome the engagement with all parts of the district heating industry in this process".

Phil Jones, Chair of the CIBSE Combined Heat and Power and District Heating (CHP-District Heating) Group commented:

"A code of practice will provide confidence for both specifiers and clients and can be included in the tendering and contracting process. The Code will provide a foundation for training and differentiate those with specialist skills, through the accreditation and registration of heat network designers and engineers. "

CIBSE President, George Adams, has given his support to this initiative and sees it as an important part of the Cities Challenge outlined in his Presidential address.

The CIBSE-CHPA partnership aims to be inclusive and to consult widely in its work. The CIBSE CHP-DH Group and the CHPA are welcoming views from across the industry. To start this Phil Jones has initiated a LinkedIn discussion about heat network quality.

For further information stakeholders are asked to contact Dr Jacquelyn Fox, Head of Sustainability, CIBSE ( ) or Nicola Butterworth, Policy and Development Manager, CHPA ( in the first instance.