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CIBSE leads industry collaboration on heat pumps

Recognising the urgent need to develop guidance on the design, installation, operation and maintenance of heat pumps in multi-occupancy residential buildings, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has announced the appointment of Arup as technical author for “Good Practice Design Guide for Residential Heat Pumps”. Work on the new Guide begins immediately with publication scheduled for late spring.
 
Climate change targets, and particularly the Government’s ambitious time scale to phase out gas-fired heating in new build housing from 2025, has focused close attention on heat pump technology.
 
Correct design, installation and operation of heat pump technology requires a very different skillset to the use of traditional gas fired heating systems.

The new guide is intended to bring together best practice and industry-wide advice for the use of practitioners and to address the all-important issue of user guidance for a technology that provides a very different experience for residents compared to traditional systems.
 
Arup will work as technical author under the direction of an expert CIBSE Technical Steering Group comprising industry stakeholders and representatives including developers, designers, installers, operators, manufacturers and building control professionals.
 
Dr Hywel Davies, Technical Director of CIBSE highlighted the timeliness of this work: “This project is part of our drive to link knowledge development and best practice to support the technical improvement and through life performance of low carbon new and retrofit homes.”