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Heat metering: Directive 27 and the transposition decree n. 102 speaking of measurement eindividual heat accountingthus, new obligations to be respected for condominiums are triggered.

The obligation to install thethermostatic valves is required by Legislative Decree 102/2014 as a measurement tool for theheat accountingin condominiums. Condominiums and managers will only have to gain: the installation of thermostatic valves will have a strong positive impact on the energy consumption associated with the heating of individual apartments.

What is this legislation for?
The legislation serves to better distribute the costs for heating between the various condominiums.

The assembly of the thermostatic valves is simple and the expense to be faced is not impossible: an excellent thermostatic valve costs around 20 euros, however, if the radiators are very dated and the heating system has no provision, the expense can become salty. In some cases, the mandatory installation of thermostatic valves can reach an average cost of 120 euros per heater, this expense includes the cost of adapting the circulation pumps of the condominium system from fixed flow to variable flow. The adaptation of heat pumps is an indispensable intervention to ensure that the advantages brought by thermostatic valves are not invalidated.

As stated, thermostatic valves in themselves bring numerous advantages in terms of energy saving but, in this context, they are seen as a measuring andindividual heat accounting, therefore of distributors.

Who should take care of the heat accounting?

Let's see who has the obligation (the burden) to install the thermostatic valves and provide for heat accounting.

  • The Condominium Administrator

The condominium administrator will have to inform all the condominiums, during the condominium assembly, of the question ofadaptation to decree 102. Better to act in time to avoid any penalties for delays.

  • The intervention of a professional

During the condominium assembly, it will be necessary to reach conclusions on which heating engineer to appoint. The intervention of a designer will be required who will have to inspect the real estate units and provide a detailed report on the various possible interventions to improve the energy efficiency of the building. The analysis should not lack technical data on the devicesheat accountingand thermoregulation.

  • The installation

Only after the evaluation phases (estimates and agreements between condominiums), it will be possible to start the installation phase of the heat cost allocators and thermostatic valves on the radiators (radiators or heaters). The same installation company will have to take care of the annual reading of the accountants and thebreakdown of heating costson the basis of current legislation.

  • The plant maintainer

The correct functioning of the centralized heating system of the condominium must be entrusted to a maintenance technician. The installing company could entrust the condominium with a maintenance man who can make the necessary changes to the central heating system. The main operations to be carried out by the maintenance technician are: washing the system before the mandatory installation of the thermostatic valves, replacing the pumps with new variable frequency circulators, balancing the system using special equipment, filling the circuit at the end of the work and venting the air to allow the propagation of the heat transfer fluid in a homogeneous way in all the radiators in the condominium.

In summary, there is: an installer of thermostatic valves, a maintenance technician to modify the central heating system and a condominium administrator who will have to inform all condominiums in order to act promptly.



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