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23.05.2019, 11:07

Energy From Water

Industry & Regulatory News, Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning (HVAC), EMEA

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA) have produced a new Code of Practice offering guidance on harnessing energy from water in the ground for heating and cooling.


Written with the backing of the Heat Pump Association (HPA) and UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), CP3 Open-loop groundwater source heat pumps: Code of Practice for the UK aims to encourage adoption of the technology which is largely underused. The guide also sets out to promote higher standards across the supply chain.


Groundwater source heat pumps (GWSHPs) present huge potential for low-carbon heating and/or cooling applications in buildings, and are still largely underutilised.


By highlighting best practice in their design, manufacture and operation, CIBSE aims to provide greater confidence for specifiers, developers and property buyers.


CIBSE, GSHPA and HPA are also developing new training courses to ensure the skills necessary to implement the Code of Practice are available across the sector.

Phil Jones, (Chair of CIBSE's CP3 steering committee) says:

"The rapid decarbonisation of the electricity grid means that heat pumps are THE low carbon solution for providing heating and cooling in buildings.  Ground water provides a relatively constant temperature source, making GWSHPs an efficient technology throughout the year.  This new Code of Practice sets out minimum standards to give the building sector confidence in applying GWSHPs correctly."


GSHPA Chairman, Bean Beanland, also points out that ground and water source heat pump technology is extremely well suited to the climatic conditions in the United Kingdom, and says the Association is very keen to work with CIBSE to promote both the technology and the Codes, as specifiers increasingly turn to ground and water source heat pumps to satisfy Building Regulations, planning conditions and the growing demand to deliver the low carbon buildings of the future.


A recent Committee on Climate Change report on Net Zero emissions for the UK by 2050 has demanded immediate action with technologies that are tried, tested and available now.

CP3 Open-loop groundwater source heat pumps: Code of Practice for the UK is available on the CIBSE Knowledge Portal at

The draft of this Code of Practice was prepared by a consortium led by Themba Technology Ltd under contract to CIBSE and in association with HPA and GSHPA.





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