REHAU has welcomed the recent launch of the Government’s £320 million Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP), set to support the development of new heat networks from next year.
As a UK market leader in district heating pipes, REHAU believes the announcement will inspire confidence in the UK district heating industry and encourage more developers and specifiers to opt for these low carbon systems in the future.
Steve Richmond, Head of Marketing & Technical for Building Solutions at REHAU, commented: “Heat networks are an important part of the Government’s strategy to reduce carbon emissions and in recent years, we have seen a marked increase in their use, particularly in schemes which provide low cost heat to those most in need.
“With funding soon to be available for new heat networks, the industry has a real opportunity to not only deliver more district heating systems across the country but also to invest in the development and installation of modern heat networks for increased efficiency and even lower costs for end users.”
The terms 4th and 5th generation district heating are used to refer to low temperature and ultra-low temperature heat networks; they are typically designed and installed using polymer pipes, lowering the capital costs for both developers and contractors and the reduced heat losses will cut costs for end users.
Steve added: “The HNIP scheme will open for applications in January 2019, so we would advise clients looking to install a heat network to factor this into their project timelines.
“The funding will be available for both public and private sector projects in England and Wales, and for schemes which incorporate both domestic and non-domestic use.
“With funding available and the continued support of supply chain partners like REHAU, 2019 is sure to be a key year for heat networks in the UK.”
The Clean Growth Strategy shows heat networks could meet up to 17% of heat demand in homes and up to 24% of heat demand in industrial and public sector buildings by 2050.
REHAU’s heat networks portfolio includes the RAUTHERMEX and RAUVITHERM PE-Xa pipes and large diameter PP-R district heating pipes, alongside the RAUTITAN heating & plumbing system often used in communal heating systems.
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