National Heat Map webinar
Free CSE on-line training shows how this valuable resource can be used
31 October 2012
Early yesterday evening, Tuesday 30 October, CSE hosted a webinar looking at how to use the National Heat Map the on-line resource that can identify locations where heat distribution projects like district heating schemes are likely to be viable.
Update, Feb 2013 | Great feedback from one of the people who attended this webinar:
"Following the webinar I used material obtained the national heat map in a bid I was writing. The bid was ultimately successful and has led to a project to install EWI [external wall insulation] and community heating in 214 dwellings in tower blocks in Birmingham - work is starting this month. Hundreds of tonnes [of carbon] will be saved and significant reductions in fuel poverty will be achieved. So keep up the good work!"
Presented by CSE’s Zoe Redgrove, the National Heat Map webinar demonstrated the functionality and data reports available as well as highlighting how CSE has used the National Heat Map in the past, for example in our work with communities on the Local Energy Assessment Fund.
The free 45-minute webinar was well attended by a mixture of community group members, local authority staff and energy professionals. It included a Q&A session in which Zoe fought off a worsening cough to field a variety of questions on subjects such as how the heat map might be used to benefit assessments of streets for whole- street retrofit projects.
This is CSE's second webinar. The first, back in July, focussed on our popular report Common Concerns around Wind Power (click here for details).
More about the National Heat Map
Free to use and publicly accessible, the National Heat Map was developed by CSE and is funded by the Department of Energy & Climate Change. It can generate high-resolution maps of heat demand for any geographical area in England (see picture below).
The National Heat Map is hosted by DECC at http://ceo.decc.gov.uk/nationalheatmap and is best viewed using Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer (version 7 or higher).
The future of energy mapping
Joshua Thumim, CSE’s Head of Research and Analysis, explains why the National Heat Map could make such a difference to the development of local energy projects.
"It represents a big step forward in the use of the web to provide intelligence and support. The heat map combines a very detailed geographic model of energy use with visualisation and reporting tools, and provides sophisticated GIS functionality to non-technical users via a standard web browser. We think it’s the future of energy mapping.”
What makes it particularly useful is both its detail – it uses modelled estimates of annual heat demand for every address in England, allowing the user to investigate energy use patterns at the level of individual buildings and streets – and the tools that are provided for analysing this information.
With the exception of public buildings, the heat map was produced entirely without access to the meter readings or energy bills of individual premises, so contains no personal information whatsoever.