Stirling-based Natural Power has become the first – and only- organisation in Scotland to have secured a place on the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Certification Register of Heat Network Consultants.
The Code of Practice has been jointly developed between CIBSE and the Association for Decentralised Energy to ensure that district heating networks in the UK are designed, built and operated to a high standard. It sets best standards for the specification and development of district heating and can be used when specifying new projects or remedial works to existing district heating networks.
Steve Smith, Senior Renewable Heat Engineer at Natural Power, has been officially accepted as a registered consultant in recognition of his experience, training and examination on the Heat Networks: Code of Practice for the UK.
In the 15 years he has worked in the renewables industry, he has operated as an engineering manager overseeing the installation of biomass and solar PV systems. He has also completed roles as a designer and clients’ engineer for a number of CHP and district heating projects in the education, commercial and housing sectors.
Andy Yuill, Senior Renewable Heat Manager, commented: “Over the coming years we expect district heating networks to be a key area of focus in the renewable heat sector, with increasing activity in the UK.
“Steve’s acceptance on to the register is hugely positive, and demonstrates that by continuing to invest in our people and their training we are committed to delivering the best possible service to our clients – ensuring we deliver best quality in line with the latest industry standards.
“Steve’s appointment to the Register will not only strengthens our foothold in the market, but reinforces our position as a leader in this technology.”
Phil Jones, Chair of CP1 Steering Committee, said: “It is great to see the Code of Practice being adopted by the sector – the standards in the Code of Practice, assessed by the trained professionals on the CIBSE register, can create a real step change in our industry.”