Boosting the performance of the UK’s heat networks is critical to tackling the three big challenges facing building operators: soaring fuel costs, decarbonisation, and compliance.
Many of our 17,500 existing communal heating systems achieve efficiency rates of just 35 to 45%. The best-performing legacy networks can achieve 65% - creating huge opportunities for improvement (and savings).
Slash fuel costs
Sky-high fuel bills can jeopardise residents - increasing the risk of them falling into fuel poverty. Increasing the system’s efficiency is the most cost-efficient way to overcome this.
Experts suggest that tackling inefficient heating networks could reduce energy costs by as much as £160K.
Reduce carbon emissions
Optimising energy use reduces more than costs. It reduces carbon emissions, too, contributing to the government’s net zero strategy.
The UK’s legacy communal heating schemes are largely reliant on natural gas - making decarbonisation crucial to maximising sustainability.
Ensuring these networks are operating at maximum efficiency is necessary before introducing newer technologies, such as heat pumps or energy-from-waste.
Achieve regulatory compliance
Communal heat suppliers face new regulatory and technical standards that affect every aspect of operations.
As well as delivering a significant improvement in efficiency and environmental performance, building operator must ensure higher standards of customer service and reliability.
Address poor efficiency
Communal heating systems supply multiple homes. This means that if one property in the network is performing poorly, the entire network’s performance is affected.
Overcoming this situation is possible through continuous measurement, management and monitoring of the network’s performance.
Communal heating systems often fail to perform due to lack of data intelligence.
Without an overview of performance, issues such as maintenance tend to be addressed reactively. Looking at individual aspects of the system, rather than it as a whole, means there is often little concern for overall efficiency.
It’s a stark contrast from high-performing networks which take a more holistic approach to managing operations and maintenance, including use of:
24/7 measuring, monitoring and management of building performance
Data-driven insights and overview allowing for interventions to be prioritised
Centralised data rather than relying on data silos
How Novacene can help
Novacene’s innovative and affordable approach to managing building performance harnesses AI, digital twin and sensor technologies to provide operators with the insights they need to address energy issues and much, much more, including:
Reduce energy waste
Slash fuel bills
Minimise CO2 emissions
Optimise comfort levels
Maximise indoor air quality
Adopting a holistic, data-driven approach to improving your building’s performance can offer positive and long-lasting results for operators - as well as their tenants.