On Wednesday 27th January 2021, FairHeat celebrated its 6th anniversary virtually. The event, which was attended by over 130 people in the industry brought together colleagues, leaders, and experts in the heat networks sector to discuss key issues, showcase technical discoveries and present practical solutions. The full day event was divided into three themes:

  • How we transition to low carbon heat
  • A technical showcase
  • How to decarbonise heat

The session recordings and presentations are now available and can be viewed below.



Session One | How We Transition to Low Carbon Heat

The transition of heat networks to low carbon is rapidly changing the industry. The decarbonisation of heat has never been more important and heat networks play an essential part in achieving our decarbonisation targets. With this major transition, the need to protect the customer will become more and more essential, creating a huge regulatory challenge for the industry.

How do we deliver on this as an industry? How do we regulate in a period of major growth and change? Watch this session to understand the major shifts in regulation and how the industry is responding.


Panel Discussion





Session Two | Technical Showcase

As every year, the FairHeat team has done extensive research, collaborating with various organisations to make great discoveries and collecting insights that is much needed in the industry. Watch this session with FairHeat and guest speakers as we share technical presentations on the following:

External HIU’s: Removing the Access Barrier to Maintaining Network Performance

Water Treatment: Closed System Water Treatment

Domestic Hot Water: Implications of the Changes to Domestic Hot Water Minimum Requirements in CP1 2020

  • Gareth Jones, Managing Director, FairHeat
  • Andrew Mackay, Senior Engineer, Arup & CIBSE Domestic Hot Water Working Group Member

Plate Heat Exchange and Substations: Standardising Plate Heat Exchanges and Control Approaches at Substations

Acceptance Testing: Why All Heat Network Stakeholders Should Be Implementing Acceptance Testing




Session Three | How to Decarbonise Heat Networks

Heat networks are a vital element in achieving our decarbonisation targets. What are the solutions available to help achieve this? Watch this session for practical considerations with respect to decarbonising heat networks.


Panel Discussion:


An overview of the Heat Network Optimisation Opportunities (HNOO) project, demonstrating available, practical and financially viable solutions that can be implemented which result in decarbonisation of existing heat networks.

An overview of the impact of electricity decarbonisation, the electrification of heat, and best practices on reducing system and operating temperatures.

An outline of the challenges and solutions to New Build developments transitioning from CHP based heat network systems to heat pump technology.