Heat metering guide launched to improve standards
The first new publication to be introduced under the Building & Engineering Services Association identity was launched at an industry reception hosted by B&ES president Bob Shelley.
The B&ES Guide to Good Practice: Heat Metering for the RHI has been designed first and foremost to clarify and de-mystify the heat metering process – and to establish industry-recognised standards for a procedure of particular importance in the context of the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).
Speaking at the Museum of Brands in West London during the final public event of his presidency, Mr Shelley acknowledged the “disappointing levels of participation in the RHI to date” – with reports that, at the end of last month, there had been a total of just 77 successful applications nationwide.
“This contrasts with the Government objective of growing the market for RHI-compliant projects by 700% by the year 2020 – with an estimated 110,000 commercial installations being supported in that period,” Mr Shelley pointed out.
The fact remained, however, that RHI could provide an attractive business opportunity for building engineering services contractors – which was why B&ES had already taken the initiative by making available to clients a register of members competent in producing the heat meter reports required by the regulator Ofgem to pre-certify projects for RHI funding. “We are confident that the introduction of the guide will help stimulate renewed interest in the commercial returns that RHI can deliver to the sector,” the president insisted.
He added that it was important that the guide was being published electronically – via the B&ES Publications website – as a “living document, capable of continuous updating, revision and expansion – and, as such, represents a significant new service to our members and the sector at large”.
Mr Shelley ended by thanking Professor Tony Day and Justine Grant of the TEAM energy audit consultancy – along with Ofgem and the Department of Energy and Climate Change – for their “invaluable assistance in the development of this significant addition to the B&ES library”.
The B&ES Guide to Good Practice: Heat Metering for the RHI is available electronically from B&ES Publications.
Copies are available free to B&ES members, with a non-member price of £50.00.