Environmental and sustainability experts at Inteb are ensuring commercial property owners and developers can beat the clock as time begins to run out for them to become legally compliant over their energy metering and billing.
In just over six months’ time, updated legislation under the revised Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations comes into force as part of a government move to drive the green agenda in commercial buildings with multi-let occupancy.
Urgent action to be taken by heat-supplying property owners and developers is to identify over the coming weeks one of the three new “classes” of their buildings – either Viable, Open or Exempt - so they can see whether or not they actually need to install customer meters. Determining this class is also essential before submitting the information required by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Those falling into the Open class must then carry out an immediate assessment to discover if it will be technically feasible and cost-effective to put energy metering in place.
This needs to be done by November 27.
This week Birkenhead-headquartered Inteb launched its new Heat Networks Tool which will allow operators of currently unmetered networks to assess if they need to install metering devices at their premises.
Managing director Colin Jones said: “The deadline for legal compliance is fast approaching and I urge owners and developers to act immediately before this new legislation becomes effective in only a matter of months.
“To stay within the law, commercial property owners and developers who find their buildings in the Open class need to have completed the BEIS Cost Effectiveness Calculator by November 27 and implement metering, if required, by September 2022.
“Even those in the Exempt class must notify the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS), as originally mandated in 2014, when the regulations first became law.
“The new Inteb tool moves users through a series of questions resulting in a confirmed classification and our network of engineers with practical survey expertise and knowledge will also be offering support to complete the data along with metering surveys to establish implementation costs and with implementation itself.”
The original Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations were put in place six years ago as part of the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive. They apply to anyone who is a “heat supplier” - those who supply and charge for the supply of heating, cooling or hot water through either a district heat network or a communal heating system.
With the largest share of CO2 emissions from UK buildings coming from space heating and water heating, the aim is to make users aware of how much heat they are consuming and to help them reduce their costs by only using the amount they actually require.
Information gathered from submissions by property owners and developers is used to create a national database identifying the level and scope of how much heating is supplied through shared networks.
The result is to create a better understanding of the impact of heat networks and can help future policy decisions by government.
The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations apply to both existing buildings and new builds.
The important role commercial property owners and developers play in this information-gathering is vital to raising greater understanding of how heat networks impact on the UK’s energy consumption and how measures can be put in place to face the challenges in the supply and use of energy in the future.