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Communal Heating System Explained

A communal heating system is something that many developers and property managers research in order to understand better before making any decision regarding how to heat their properties. In this article, we explain what this system is, how it works and who you can contact to help your organisation install such a system.

Communal heating is a way of providing heating to multiple dwellings from a singular or common source of heat. An example of this would be a boiler heating a number of apartments. District heating systems, on the other hand, would be when multiple buildings are being heated by the same large scale heating plant.

Generally, the traditional way of heating multiple flats or homes within social housing has been to install individual combination, gas-fired boilers. However, this approach did not take into consideration the drive towards low and zero carbon ratings.

Given how inefficient gas boilers can be, particularly when boiler parts fail during cold snaps, a communal approach that utilises renewable energy sources is the viable way forward in face of increasingly expensive fossil fuels.

Instead of individual boilers, individual heat interface units (HIUs) are installed within each dwelling and are connected to the central heat source. This has the benefit of nullifying the need for expansive pipe work to accommodate gas supply to individual dwellings. A meter is then installed to ensure that the resident only pays for the heat they use from the communal heat source.

At Evinox Energy Ltd, our heat interface units come with built-in energy meters that will accurately monitor and record the energy used in each individual dwelling from the communal heating system. We are also available to provide billing services to ensure that you do not need to worry about your properties’ or housing associations' heating again. Just call us on +44 (0)1372 722277 or visit for more information.

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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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