With over 300,000 existing heat network connections in the UK that still require a fit-for-purpose metering and billing system, and regulations due to be updated soon, now’s the time for building owners to assess their housing stock and source the best service provider to meet their needs.
That’s where Minibems fits the bill, with metering and billing solutions that are designed for easy integration in existing or new build developments that also provide synergy with their heat network performance system.
Providing the ultimate in flexibility, Minibems credit and pre-payment billing options can be switched remotely depending on building requirements and residents’ circumstances. The system can also be set so that vulnerable residents are never left without heating or hot water.
Operating a real-time payment system, credits made are applied to the Minibems controller instantly and these can be made via the Pingit App, EPay cash or card, Direct debit or Standing order, meaning customer satisfaction is high and ongoing management is hassle-free for building operators.
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Heat Network (Metering & Billing) Regulations 2014
The requirements of the current Heat Network (Metering & Billing) Regulations 2014 stipulate that for new build heat network developments and most major refurbishment projects final customer meters must be fitted, along with point of entry meters. In addition, customers must be billed using actual meter readings, rather than estimates, and billing information must be clear and informative.
These regulations are due to be tightened further and are currently under public consultation for the revised methodology for assessing the cost effectiveness of metering for existing district and communal heat networks. Following this consultation, BEIS intends to amend the Regulations and launch the associated revised cost effectiveness tool. Once the Regulations have been amended and the revised tool published, heat suppliers will be obligated to carry out the cost-effectiveness assessment on existing developments and install meters where required within a specified compliance period. Minibems offer advice and guidance to building owner/operators to ensure they meet with these regulations and can supply heat meters, bulk meters and prepay / billing services to suit.