Feeling the heat: Are PRS landlords ready for the future?

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Landsec Innovation lab, Sustainable Workspaces Bankside

105 Sumner Street, Southwark



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Lux Nova Partners and Guru Systems invite you to a breakfast briefing on opportunities and risks when supplying communal heating in the Private Rented Sector (PRS).

PRS in the UK has grown substantially in recent years. Communal heating and district heating schemes have proven cost, comfort and sustainability benefits for many of these residential developments.

They also may put the landlord in the position of energy (heat) supplier. This seminar will help investors, developers, operators and advisers on PRS schemes understand the opportunities to improve customer experience and risks and legalities of being a heat supplier. We will cover:

  • The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations and staying on the right side of them

  • How to use data to optimise heat networks

  • Examples of improved customer experience from well managed heat networks

  • Implications of GDPR and protecting personal data when operating heat networks and managing residential customer data.

Who this event is for:

  • PRS Operators

  • PRS Advisers

  • PRS Investors


8.30 – 9.00 Registration, Coffee and Light Breakfast

9.00 – 10.20 Presentations, Panel Discussion and Q&A

10.20 – 11:00 Coffee and Networking

You should leave the event with a good overview of the ways in which leading PRS operators are tackling issues with the transition to energy suppliers in residential Private Rented Sector (PRS) developments.


Sandy Abrahams - Partner, Lux Nova

Sandy specialises in clean and low carbon energy projects and UK climate change legislation. Her experience includes acting on the development of the first utility scale wind farm in the Middle East and advising on utility scale solar farms in Jordan and working on some of the UK’s largest, low carbon district heating schemes. She is also part of the Lux Nova team engaged as part of the HNIP Partner consortium, managing BEIS’ £300m HNIP funds. Sandy advises on the full range of project documents required for clean and low carbon energy development (wind, solar, hydro, low carbon district heating, anaerobic digestion) and on all aspects of climate change and energy legislation in the UK.

Sandy is also actively involved in policy development, having assisted representative bodies of community energy groups to push through changes to the Feed-in Tariff. She is also at the forefront helping the electricity industry develop transformational models to encourage local energy generation and supply, including sitting on a DECC Working Party on Local Energy Supply and giving evidence to the Select Committee on Climate Change.

Gareth Jones, Managing Director, Fairheat

FairHeat's founder and managing director, Gareth, has more than a decade of experience in the low-carbon energy sector, having established a number of start-up ventures across district heating, utility services, integrated solar ESCOs and biomass.

Gareth has had access to data on the performance of more than 100 heat networks across the UK, enabling him to see the real-world performance of these systems. He established FairHeat to bridge the expertise gap in the market and deliver the knowledge required to realise the full potential of heat networks in the UK.

Gareth started his career at The Boston Consulting Group, moving on to Linklaters, firstly as Head of Strategy and then as Asia COO, overseeing joint ventures, mergers, new market entry, performance improvement and restructuring.

David Short - Partner, Lux Nova

David Short advises on commercial, technology, environmental and data protection law for business in the clean energy sector. He brings 20 years’ experience combining expertise as a lawyer in the fields of environment, energy and technology, with commercial acumen developed through in-house roles in risk management, asset management and sustainability leadership for real estate, infrastructure and technology businesses. Working for GE he managed environmental legal issues on both transactions and commercial matters. He designed and managed the sustainability program for GE’s commercial real estate business. David now specialises in policy work for commercial real estate investors, lenders and occupiers and commercial and governance issues for companies and collaboration organisations offering clean energy and resource efficiency solutions.

He chairs the Commercial Real Estate Lender Sustainability Working Group for the Better Buildings Partnership and sits on the Advisory Boards of several cleantech companies.

Casey Cole - Managing Director, Guru Systems

Having worked for more than 15 years in low-carbon energy, Casey Cole has in-depth experience of making sustainability work in practice: technically, commercially and legally.

He co-founded Guru Systems in 2012 in response to the lack of smart metering and monitoring systems for decentralised energy networks. He and the rest of the Guru team are passionate champions of the sector, searching out the barriers to progress and overcoming them with practical technology that’s easy to use.

In November 2015, Casey was named Chair of the Board at Heat Trust, the customer protection scheme that sets out a common standard of quality and protection for the supply of heat on onsite energy networks. The Trust gives confidence to customers living in homes supplied by the schemes and provides a benchmark for best practice.

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