Calling all landlords and managing agents: deadline looms to meet heat network regulations

HEAT-SUPPLYING commercial and domestic landlords need to put urgent measures in place to make sure they are compliant with current heat network regulations.

Four years on from the introduction of the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014, the final date for submission of updated notifications is now almost due.

Those landlords who submitted notification for a network when the legislation was introduced in 2015 must now ensure they re-submit their information to the National Measurement Office by December 31, 2019.

The UK-wide Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 are part of the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive and 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.

It is the duty of landlords of multi-let properties and their managing agents to ensure that the regulations, which renew every four years, remain registered.

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 landlords’ submissions is being 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 2014 apply to both existing buildings and new builds.

Colin Jones, managing director at Inteb, said: “These regulations were put in place to raise awareness among those being supplied with heating in commercial and residential properties of the implications – both to the environment and from a cost perspective – of the amount of heating they use.

The information-gathering is vital to raising greater understanding of how heat networks impact on the UK’s energy consumption and how vital measures can be put in place to face the challenges in the supply and use of energy. It will also help managing agents who recharge energy use to tenants, ensuring they are billed correctly for what they use.

However, there may be landlords who, although they supplied data in 2015, have not yet re-submitted their information – and the end-of-the-year deadline is fast approaching.”

Inteb and its team of energy managers, surveyors, utility and environmental specialists, who serve a wide range of commercial clients in both public and private sectors, can help landlords meet the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 requirements by getting in touch by phone on 0151-601 3476 or by emailing tom.kelly@intebms.co.uk