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This is the sixth post in a series on district heating. Here’s where to find  1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

We’ve looked at how district heating (DH) can go wrong. Now let’s look at ways to help make sure it goes right. First: design.

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This is the fifth post in a series on district heating. Here’s where to find  1, 2, 3 and 4.

So far we’ve looked at how poor design, installation or commissioning can doom a DH network to poor efficiency. In this post, I’ll briefly outline why it’s important to monitor and look after a DH network throughout its life, and what can go wrong if you don’t.

Most DH systems are commissioned and then ignored. It may be many months or even several years before anyone revisits the scheme to look closely at how it’s operating, usually prompted by something going badly wrong. The first casualty of network neglect is efficiency.

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Using Greg Barker’s written response to Caroline Flint on 19 December, here’s a sickening illustration of how the current government has eviscerated the UK drive towards domestic energy efficiency. And those 2013 ECO figures are from before the government gave in to Big 6 moaning and cut the ECO targets in half! It’s difficult to imagine a government caring less about energy efficiency, emissions and fuel poverty.

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