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Introduction to Heat Networks and Code of Practice

Key Areas  
Course Content
Course Timings
Course Fees
Upcoming Courses

Key areas

This is a one day course aimed at providing an introduction to Heat Networks and the CoP for those who are involved in developing Heat Networks and those using or specifying the CoP.

  • Gain a general understanding of Heat Networks
  • Gain an understanding of the aims of the CoP
  • Gain an understanding of how the CoP should be used  
  • Gain an overview of some of the key requirements of the CoP for contract specification
  • Gain an overview of the benefits of the CoP for the consumer

Course content

Session 1: Introduction to Heat Networks

  • What is a Heat Network?
  • Components of a Heat Network
  • Why use and where to use Heat Networks?
  • Benefits of Heat Networks
  • Development and current uptake of Heat Networks
  • Types of new networks
  • Challenges for developing heat networks
  • Issues for poor design and common causes of problems
  • Key aims for all networks
  • Efficient heat network design

Session 2: Introduction to the Code of Practice

  • Why is a Code needed?
  • Aims of the Code
  • How is the Code is Structured
  • The Heat Networks Plan of Work
  • Plan of Work –Stages
  • Goals
  • Responsibilities
  • Objectives
  • How to use the CoP
  • Future development of the Code

Session 3 Part 1: Exercise

Session 3 Part 2:

  • Specifying with the Code
  • Commissioning a project and agreeing contracts
  • Defining appropriate service levels, checking & monitoring performance
  • Achieving sufficient accuracy of peak heat demands and annual consumption
  • Identifying the most suitable low carbon heat sources and location of an energy centre
  • Selecting suitable operating temperatures for heat network routes, pipe sizes and costs
  • Developing preferred business structures, contract strategy and procurement strategy
  • Selecting suitable building interfaces, direct or indirect connections
  • Achieving efficient heat distribution within multi-use buildings and reducing overheating
  • Construction to Operation     

Session 4: Implications for Customers Ensuring consumer benefits

  • Which? Report
  • The Energy Efficiency Directive
  • Heat Customer Protection Scheme
  • District specific strategy
  • The importance of customer satisfaction
  • DH schemes need to offer reliability, cost and energy benefits against alternative systems
  • Key Risks: not providing sufficient information and failing to deliver a high service standard
  • Providing reports on energy supply / use and bills that are clear and informative
  • Developing communications that meet customer expectations
  • Agreeing obligations to be met by customers  
  • Why and how to use the Code
  • Key principles of an efficient heat network

Course Timings  

Registration and coffee will be at 09.30
Course will start at 10.00 and finish at 17.00

Course Fees 

Members Rate: £336 (£280 ex VAT)

Standard Rate: £372 (£310 ex VAT)

Upcoming Courses

28th September 2018 | London - Introduction to Heat Networks and Code of Practice - A1646

In-house training at your site

Training multiple staff at once is the most cost effective way to develop staff for organisations. All our courses can be delivered at your site (min 6 staff) at discounted rates. These In-House courses are only available in the UK and Europe. For an In-house quote please email; 
Name of course, approximate number of staff and your site address 


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Email: or call: +44 (0)20 8772 3637