BPF Pipes Group has released best practice guidance to support the growing trend for district heating systems.

The district heating concept is a relatively new one in the UK, according to BPF, comprising one or more central heat sources instead of individual boilers. By pumping hot water or steam through a network of pre-insulated underground pipes, it delivers heat from the point of energy generation to the end user.

Generating heat in one central plant can be more economical than production in multiple smaller ones (such as individual households), which is one of the reasons why district heating is growing in popularity in the UK, says BPF.

The BPF Pipes Group is keen to encourage best practice through the use of correct procedures, and the guidance covers key aspects, such as design codes, distribution pipework, British and European Standards and designing, installing and commissioning district heating systems using polymer pipes.

Franz Huelle, Chair of the BPF Pipes Group’s drafting panel and Technical Manager – Building Technologies at Rehau, said: “District heating systems can significantly reduce carbon emissions through using low carbon and renewable heat sources and this guidance on the use of polymer pipes is intended as a clear reference for designers and installers. Our members additionally provide technical information and support to encourage best practice across the industry.”

The guidance is available at www.bpfpipesgroup.com/support-downloads/guidance-notes/.