B&ES moves to improve approach to heat metering
Against the background of only 77 successful applications for the Renewable Heat Incentive, the Building & Engineering Services Association has launched a guide to heat metering. Many installations are failing to qualify for payments under the Renewable Heat Incentive for lack of effective heat meters, and the new guide has been designed first and foremost to clarify and demystify the heat-metering process. It also aims to establish industry-recognised standards for a procedure of particular importance in the context of the RHI.
Referring to the ‘disappointing levels of participation in the RHI to date’, B&ES president said, on his last day in office, ‘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 installation being supported in that period.
‘We are confident that the introduction of the guide will stimulate renewed interest in the commercial returns that RHI can deliver to the sector.
The RHI is seen as providing an attractive business opportunity for building engineering services contractors, which is why B&ES has already made 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.
The guide has been published electronically via the B&ES Publications web site as a ‘living document capable of continuous updating, revision and expansion — and representing a significant new service to members and the sector at large’.