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CP3: Open-loop groundwater source heat pumps: Consultation

Introduction

 
CP3: Open-loop groundwater source heat pumps: Code of practice for the UK focuses on open-loop heat pump systems that use groundwater as their thermal resource to supply heating and/or cooling, or to store heat. This includes water held in aquifers, mines, and caverns.
 
The publication of CP3 follows that of CP1: Heat Networks and CP2: Surface water source heat pumps. It was written by Themba Technology Ltd in partnership with CIBSE and the GSHPA, and is supported by BEIS.
 
To ensure open-loop GWSHPs are designed and operated effectively, CIBSE and Themba Technology Ltd have brought together industry partners to draft a document that seeks to establish common standards for the development of open-loop GWSHPs. This public consultation is an opportunity for the wider industry and stakeholders to provide comment and input to ensure that the final document achieves its overall aims to:

  • improve the quality of feasibility studies, design, construction, commissioning and operation by setting minimum requirements and identifying best practice;
  • deliver energy efficiency and environmental benefits;
  • promote long-lasting open-loop GWSHPs in which customers and investors can have confidence.

 
To that end, CIBSE is seeking feedback from as many stakeholders as possible. Please feel free to disseminate the Code of Practice and the Consultation Response Form to any interested parties. 
 

How to respond 

Themba Technologies Ltd and CIBSE invite all interested parties to respond to this consultation, which will be open from 23rd January 2018 and will close on 20th February 2018. We encourage circulation of this consultation to as many stakeholders as possible. Please feel free to download the Code of Practice and its associated response form below, and disseminate these to any and all interested parties.

 
Completed responses should be emailed to jen.billings@gshp.org.uk by 20th February 2018.

 

The role of the consultation 

CP3 seeks to set clear minimum standards without putting unnecessary burdens on the industry or restricting innovation. It seeks to raise technical standards across the supply chain and ensure their consistent application during the lifecycle of a project.

This Code of Practice tracks the project through seven key stages:

  • preparation and briefing;
  • feasibility;
  • design;
  • construction and installation;
  • commissioning; 
  • operation and maintenance; and
  • decommissioning.

 
The next key step in establishing this Code of Practice is to gain feedback from customers, industry representatives and consumer groups on whether these proposals for technical standards are appropriate for an emergent industry, and whether they go far enough in terms of quality assurance.
 

What happens next

The responses to this consultation will be collated and reviewed by the steering committee in March 2018. The committee will then produce a report in response, which will be published on this page. This may take the form of a revised set of proposals, with changes annotated.

The steering committee may wish to publish a list of respondents as an annex, or use short anonymous quotes from consultation responses in these annotations. Please indicate in your response if you do not give your permission for this.
 

Data protection and further communications 

As set out above, specific feedback will be non-attributable. If you would like further information on the results of the consultation, or on the progress of establishing this code of practice, please indicate this in your response. If this is the case, your details will be held by the secretariat, and will be added to the distribution list.  

All information will be held under the conditions set out in the Data Protection Act.
 

Enquiries 

For any enquiries about the Code of Practice on Open-loop groundwater source heat pumps or on this consultation, please contact the steering committee via the secretariat: ebell@cibse.org
 

How to respond 

Themba Technologies Ltd and CIBSE invite all interested parties to respond to this consultation, which will be open from 23rd January 2018 and will close on 20th February 2018. We encourage circulation of this consultation to as many stakeholders as possible. Please feel free to download the Code of Practice and its associated response form below, and disseminate these to any and all interested parties. 

 
Completed responses should be emailed to jen.billings@gshp.org.uk by 22nd February 2018.