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New Guide Calls For User-First Approach To Heat Network Design

With the anticipated growth in UK heat networks, Bosch Commercial and Industrial has published a new guide aimed at encouraging those investing in heat networks to ensure that the design works for the end-consumer.
By 2030, 8 million customers are expected to receive their heat through a heat network. ‘District heating design: Putting users first’ which is available for free via the Institute of Engineering & Technology, urges investors and developers to consider the needs of the end-users within this growing market from the outset.
Heat networks, when well-designed, are capable of alleviating fuel poverty by reducing the end-user’s energy bills, while also cutting carbon emissions. The latest research from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) revealed that heat network customers paid on average, £100 less for their heating and hot water per year.
With such critical savings for the end-consumer, BEIS have launched the ‘Heat Networks Investment Project’ (HNIP). HNIP will provide capital funding of £320 million towards the commercialisation and construction of eligible heat network projects to further reduce consumers’ energy bills and demonstrate to the investment community that heat networks are a viable investment proposition in the UK.
Pete Mills, Technical Operations Manager at Bosch Commercial and Industrial, who helped author the guide said: “Heat networks offer a significant opportunity for developers, landlords and building operators to drive-down the cost of the fuel used by tenants. This keeps costs low for the end-user and has the positive impact of lowering carbon emissions.
“BEIS’ decision to provide considerable capital grants and loans towards heat network construction will provide further impetus to developers to take serious steps in developing the heat network market.”
Following a foreword from Dr Tim Rotheray, Director at The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), the guide provides eight design considerations such as, avoiding oversized and inappropriate boilers and the importance of thermal storage, to be used to complement CIBSE’s and ADE’s CP1 Heat Networks: Code of Practice.
Pete concludes: “By focusing on the end-user’s requirements developers can ensure that they construct a district heating network that plays its role in the low-carbon future of the UK’s energy infrastructure while impacting favourably on the energy costs of the final user.
“The final-users’ needs must be the driving force behind the design of the heat network. An end-user led design philosophy will serve developers, investors and consumers well as we move into a period of growth within the heat network market.”


New Business Development Manager for fast-growing Westgrove Group

Fast growing facilities management company The Westgrove Group has recruited a new Brand & Development Manager.
James Robinson has been brought on board to help with the continuing rapid growth of the independent company which recently celebrated its twentieth anniversary.
James, from Altrincham, previously worked for Mall Solutions Europe, which provides commercialisation solutions to the property industry.
Laurie Barton Wright, Brand & Development Director of The Westgrove Group, which employs over 1,000 people, said: “We are delighted to welcome James on board. He comes from a strong commercial background and has a good understanding of our market sector.
“He is set to be an intrinsic member of our business development management team as we continue to grow within the shopping centre sector.”
James said: “I’m looking forward to being part of such a forward thinking and successful company. My previous experience within shopping centres will help support the Synergy by Westgrove proposition which is very much about industry knowledge, added value and service excellence.”
The Westgrove Group celebrated its 20th anniversary this year after being founded in 1998 by Group Chairmen Simon Whittle and Steve Fives. The business is projecting a turnover of circa £22M at the end of 2018, a 21% growth on 2017.
Headquartered in Warrington, the company specialises in providing security, cleaning and security services in high footfall destinations across the UK including shopping centres and airports.


ceda launch series of BIM Training Courses with The BIM Academy and Northumbria University

ceda have recently launched a series of five, 2-day BIM training courses that they have developed in conjunction with The BIM Academy and Northumbria University.
Initially offered to to ceda Members, the uptake has been incredibly positive and there are very limited spaces available on the current courses and so more will be organised and open to Members and non-members.
ceda Director General, Adam Mason explains, “As with everything we do, these courses have been developed as a direct result of need from Members. We have spent the last few months devising and developing and we’re thrilled to be able to offer these courses to our Members and the wider industry. The uptake has been fantastic and we will be running further courses.”
The course is designed for those within the foodservice sector wishing to increase their knowledge of BIM processes and BIM software skills and those involved in design and collaborating on BIM-enabled projects.
Whilst the course includes an introduction to BIM, some pre-existing knowledge of BIM and BIM processes is assumed. Experience of 2D CAD and/or 3D modelling would be beneficial but is not essential. No prior experience of Revit is necessary.
The course will equip delegates with an understanding of the key aspects of Level 2 BIM, BIM processes and how these impact on those working in the foodservice industry, and experience and skills using BIM software in the context of the foodservice sector.
Key aspects of the course will be tailored specifically to the foodservice industry, for example, when looking at topics such as BIM object libraries and families, examples relevant to course delegates will be used.
The course involves lots of hands-on, practical use of the software and laptops will be provided.

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