Top engineer says CHP and district energy unnecessary

A top engineer at major British environmental engineering consultancy Max Fordham believes that district heating and combined heat and power technology are needless and household appliances and insulation would make them redundant options.          
Bill Watts of Max Fordham
Interviewed on Global Construction Review website, Bill Watts, the firm’s senior partner said television sets and refrigerators should be enough to heat a home, and could replace the “eco-friendly” combined heat and power plants and other district heating systems that are often part of new-build developments.

“Instead of installing complicated heating systems, developers should insulate new builds more effectively. A well-insulated home should only need to be heated for a few days a year.”

“These systems are on all year round, producing 52 weeks of bills for heat that customers don’t use or need.   

“Our priority must be insulating our homes. Good insulation reduces the amount of energy required to keep our homes warm.”

Watts told GCR that over a lifetime of 25 years, CHP and district heating could add up to £50,000 to the base build cost of a new dwelling, but that heat produced by common household devises coupled with effective insulation should be sufficient to keep people warm on all but the coldest days of the year.

Watts claimed that £1bn of development funds in London alone had been wasted on “eco-friendly” heating schemes that consume large amounts of energy when compared with conventional systems.

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