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Communal Heating Charges: How Do They Work

Communal heating charges are one of the more important aspects to get right when it comes to implementing such shared heating systems. Since the Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014, property developers and community property managers running such heating systems have to ensure that the regulations are followed.

This includes installing heating meters in all properties on communal heating or district heating networks, and ensuring that each customer receives an individual, accurate meter reading of their actual energy consumption. Because of this, it has never been more important for developers of new builds hoping to use communal heat networks, or property managers of community buildings that are currently part of a communal heating system, to ensure fair heating charges.Thankfully, there are heating interface units that can be designed to include metering abilities from within. These allow end users to check consumption and charges within their own dwellings or properties. This level of transparency helps developers and community managers demonstrate their commitment to these heating regulations, which were introduced as part of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive (EED 2012/27/EU). But in order to provide end users with accurate heating meters and charges, there needs to be a level of service administration to manage communal service heating. In the case of communal social housing heating, it can be difficult at this point to justify creating new positions for these purposes due to budget cuts.

So how can such communal heating networks be managed in a way that is accurate, yet simple and hassle-free?

Thankfully, you needn't look far for a solution. At Evinox Energy Ltd, we provide solutions to district and communal heating charges that includes offering heat interface units with built-in accurate heating meters, as well as heating bill management services to support property managers and housing associations. For more information, please visit or call our friendly support team today on +44 (0)1372 722277.

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Communal & District Heating

A communal or district heating system supplies heat to a number of dwellings from a common heat source. It may comprise of, for example, a system heating a block of apartments or a larger scale system heating many buildings.

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Metering & Billing

We provide various metering & billing solutions for heat networks. These range from data only, through to a Pre-payment system, or a complete remote billing solution using BUS or Ethernet communication to provide the end user with a fully itemised energy bill.

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Heat Interface Units

Our range of ModuSat® eco-efficient heat interface units (HIUs) have been designed to provide apartments and communal housing developments with independent fast recovery hot water and high efficiency heating.

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