What are the Heat Network Regulations?

The UK Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 came into force in 2015. They form a part of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive. Their main function is to place certain obligations on anyone supplying and charging for heat, cooling or hot water. These “Heat Suppliers” must keep fair records of consumption and conduct usage-based billing of individual consumers where feasible (prohibitive costs can result in an exemption). The regulations apply to all types of buildings, including commercial and residential properties. Both existing as well as new buildings are covered. The supplier is often a building owner or landlord.

Who needs to comply?

The responsibility of compliance lies with the heat supplier, i.e. the person who supplies and charges for the supply of heating, cooling or hot water to a final customer. In some cases these responsibilities can be shared between building owners, landlords, managing agents and other parties. The compliance responsibility should be determined by an assessment carried out in accordance with official guidance.

What do I need to do to comply?

  • Register your heat network by 31 December 2015
  • Install metering and measurement equipment to enable usage based billing by 31 December 2016

Our expert consultant team can help you by:

  • Ensuring you understand your obligations arising from the Heat Network Regulations
  • Helping you decide what actions to take in order to achieve compliance
  • Carrying out an initial assessment to determine your obligations
  • Drawing up a detailed compliance action plan
  • Registering your heat network with the National Measurements Office
  • Conducting a survey to assess whether meter installation is feasible in terms of technical factors and cost-effectiveness
  • Effectively managing the process of installing metering equipment where necessary

Non-compliance sanctions may include:

  • Criminal prosecution with a fine of up to £5,000 per offence
  • Civil sanctions imposed by the National Measurement and Regulations Office (NMRO), including a non-compliance penalty and service of a compliance notice