With more district heating systems being introduced in the UK, the BPF Pipes Group trade association has issued new guidance to promote best practice among design consultants, specifiers and installers.
Despite its growing popularity, the district heating concept is a relatively new one in the UK, comprising one or more central heat sources instead of individual boilers. By pumping hot water or steam through a network of pre-insulated underground pipes it delivers heat from the point of energy generation to the end user. Generating heat in one central plant can be more economical than production in multiple smaller ones (such as individual households), which is one of the reasons why district heating is growing in popularity in the UK.
The ASHRAE UK Midlands Section in association with the IOR, CIBSE West Midlands, BSRA, and the BEI (Birmingham Energy Institute) is holding an evening technical meeting titled "Low carbon district heating" by Dr Andy Pearson, who recently became a Fellow member of ASHRAE.
There has been a rapid and remarkable increase in discussion of industrial-sized heat pump systems for district heating in the UK over the last three years. Heat networks are not a new idea but they have traditionally been seen as a very “un-British” way of delivering domestic heating.