How to improve communal heating efficiency in tower blocks

Tuesday 10th July 2018 |

Improving the efficiency of communal heating in tower blocks is the topic of a presentation by Switch2 Energy’s Ian Allan to Manchester’s Housing Asset Management Conference on Thursday 19 July.

Heat networks are one of the most effective methods for decarbonising heat in high density  housing, but it is essential that they operate at peak performance to live up to their potential to deliver lower carbon, lower cost heat.

Ian Allan will discuss proven strategies for increasing efficiency of communal heat schemes via the creation of smarter, connected homes. He will share examples of how Switch2 is linking its advanced Incontro smart metering systems with all components of the heat network –  from heat interface units (HIUs) – to the plant room, building energy management system and heating system. This is enabling real-time communication between all devices.

Advanced smart metering informs performance improvement and maintenance strategies – leading to a slicker, more efficient and reliable service.  By using digital automation systems in this way, landlords and heat suppliers can improve customer service, while maximising heat network uptime and minimising operating costs.

Ian Allan said: “As well as making use of new digital technology to develop connected homes, it’s vital that  heat scheme owners and asset managers get the basics right and  learn from the mistakes of the past. Typically, poor performance is caused by oversizing of power plants and pipework;  heat loss from inadequate insulation; inadequate maintenance strategies; and improper commissioning and balancing of heating systems within individual flats.”

His presentation will also examine how to use data to improve flow rates and return temperatures, which can cut heat losses, reduce overheating and reduce pumping costs. This can have a significant impact on cost, carbon performance, reliability and comfort levels.

He will join housing asset specialists and leading experts from housing associations and local authorities to discuss the best strategies and technologies for ensuring that housing schemes  meet the highest possible standards and are fit for the future.

Switch2 Energy will also be exhibiting at the one-day conference.  Attendees will be able to find out more about the company’s end-to-end service to the district and community heating sector. This includes equipment supply, metering, billing and smart pay-as-you-go, through to maintenance, energy centre management and customer services.

The one-day event ‘Housing Asset Management Conference: Safe and Sustainable Homes’  will take place at Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium on Thursday 19 July.