CIBSE to publish guidance for large non-domestic heat pumps

BEIS has commissioned AM17 guidance for large heat pump installations

Twin water source heat pumps to be installed at Queens Quay

Twin water source Star heat pumps installed at Queens Quay in Glasgow

CIBSE has announced it is working with Arup to produce new guidance for heat pumps in large non-domestic buildings.

The AM17 guidance has been commissioned by BEIS and will be available for free to designers, installers, and consumers. It aims to ensure that heat pump installations follow best practice and are delivered safely, legally and to a high quality.

The project aims to:

  1. Produce new guidance for large heat pump installations in non-domestic buildings, in both new and retrofit settings.
  2. Contribute towards delivering high quality design, installation, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of heat pump systems.
  3. Increase the awareness of common issues faced in delivering effective systems in larger buildings and seeking to reduce instances of ineffective systems.

Arup will work as the technical author under the direction of the CIBSE technical team. The multidisciplinary engineer developed the recently published CIBSE AM16: Heat pump installations in multi-unit residential buildings.

The CIBSE Technical team will be supported by a steering group comprising of industry stakeholders and representatives including developers, landlords, occupiers, designers, installers, operators, manufacturers, and other specialists.

Dr Hywel Davies, technical director at CIBSE, said: ‘We are delighted to be appointed to lead this project, which aligns with our drive to link knowledge development and best practice to support the technical improvement and through life performance of low carbon commercial and industrial buildings.’

Mike Edwards, associate director at Arup said: ‘Heat pumps will play a crucial role in the UK’s net zero carbon transition. We are very pleased to have been appointed to lead the authoring of this best practice guidance, continuing our strong working relationship with CIBSE and other industry partners.

‘Arup have been designing heat pump systems for large non-domestic buildings for several years – serving developments from Lords Cricket Ground to our own London offices. Our in-depth knowledge of these systems, and experience of their real-world operation will enhance our authoring of AM17.’