One of our niche talents at Helec is our ability to design, install, then maintain quality communal heating units for both domestic and commercial properties that are seeking new ways to reduce their damaging CO2 emissions and improve their energy efficiency. No aspect of the job is out of our skill set and we can assist with everything from assessing feasibility to designing plant rooms, right through to installation.

But, What Is A Communal Heating System?

A communal heating system, sometimes referred to as a district system, is responsible for providing hot water and thermal heat across many rooms within one location. This sole plant room will be of service to all other dwellings and is commonly found in a block of flats or offices.

What Are The Benefits Of A Communal Heating System?

In comparison with premises where each compartment – whether that be a flat or an office – has a single gas boiler each, these communal heating systems use much less energy. When you add the renewable sources of energy to considerations, there is also the secondary but interwoven benefit of a reduction in carbon emissions.

This brings us nicely on to Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units which work as a central boiler in a plant room to provide heat while simultaneously keeping costs low. Other benefits include helping businesses meet their BREEAM targets and improving performance over longer durations without the need of as-frequent maintenance.

Communal boiler systems provide significant carbon reductions compared to other energy sources. The table below compares district heating scheme emissions to single domestic heating systems.

 District heating CO2 Emissions (G/KwH) Individual heating CO2 Emissions (G/KwH)
 Gas CHP 10 Gas Boilers 260
 Biomass 30 Electric Heating 850
 Oil 20 Oil Boiler 350
 Biogas CHP 360 Heat Pumps 300

Communal bolers also offer other advantages including:

  • Reduced maintenance and increased lifespan with a typical system lasting 25 years compared to 15 for gas boilers.
  • Combined Heat and Power reduces energy costs to individual properties
  • Removing gas boilers reduces or circumvents safety inspection costs

How Do Communal Heating Systems Work?

Within each unit, energy metres are installed to monitor precisely and record the amount of energy used. This means each apartment or office space will only be billed for the exact amount of energy they consumed – making communal and environmentally-friendly energy living, fair living!

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District heating overview