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DECC minister endorses forthcoming CIBSE-CHPA Heat Networks Code of Practice

Amber Rudd, Minister for Climate Change, announced at Heat 2014 that ‘DECC will support the Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers and CHPA-led work on technical standards of Heat Networks’. Speaking at the event on Wednesday 5 November, Rudd discussed the scale and importance of the heat challenge, and confirmed the support of Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for the CIBSE CHPA joint initiative to drive up standards of design and installation in the heat networks sector.

Amber Rudd MP endorsed CIBSE's forthcoming Code of Practice for heat networks Amber Rudd MP endorsed CIBSE's forthcoming Code of Practice for heat networks

Heat Networks: Code of Practice for the UK is due for publication in the first half of 2015, following an industry-wide consultation, the responses to which will be summarised in a report to be published this year.

This is the first Code of Practice to be published by CIBSE and seeks to provide clear and measurable outputs which will ensure that a heat network operates effectively and meets client and customer expectations. Setting minimum standards is a key step to provide greater confidence for specifiers and clients and these can also be included in the tendering/contracting process.

It is also anticipated that the Code will provide a foundation for the CIBSE/CHPA/DECC partnership to provide specialist training, accreditation and registration in the sector.

Phil Jones, who Chairs the Code of Practice Steering Committee, said:

“Setting minimum standards will enhance the procurement, design, installation and operation of district heating, taking the sector to the next level. DECC have been very supportive and encouraging throughout the project and we look forward to working with them to develop training and accreditation around the Code. This is a major step forward for the district heating sector and I really welcome the Minister’s support.”

The full text of the speech can be viewed at and an audio file can be downloaded here.