How to avoid submetering in a Building Network Operator (BNO) installation

There are an increasing number of commercial buildings being repurposed into apartment developments. Very often, our clients have an existing bulk supply into the building, but want to split it into individual meters for each new premise – be it a retail unit or apartment.

If you are looking for a way to provide multiple individually-metered supplies, but also avoid submetering, this article discusses your options.

WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS FOR GETTING AN ELECTRICAL CONNECTION?

  • If your building has an existing supply and it is of sufficient capacity, your instant thought may be to retain this bulk-metered supply, and then use sub-meters for each apartment or commercial supply. Not only would be the responsibility of the landlord or building owner to meter and bill each premise, it would also be their responsibility to maintain and retain the network in the case of a fault. This is often termed a Building Network Operator (or BNO) installation because the responsibility reverts to the building owner.

  • Alternatively, you could apply for a new connection to the building which will provide you with individually metered supplies for each apartment or commercial unit. It makes no difference if these are located in a communal area (like a meter cupboard or riser) or within each premise. The existing supply would then need to be disconnected. You might expect this to be a more costly installation, but this is not necessarily the case.

HOW CAN THIS BE A MORE COMPETITIVE OPTION?

An Independent Connections Provider (ICP) is an alternative provider to your Distribution Network Operator (DNO). An ICP is an electrical engineering company who can design and install your new supply and has the relevant accreditations to do so. Unlike the DNO, an ICP – like Rock Power Connections - can get your installation ‘adopted’ by an Independent Distribution Network Operator (iDNO). The iDNO will then take on full responsibility for maintenance and repair of the installed network and take the burden from the building owner.

In addition, the IDNO will pay a one-off amount, called an ‘Asset Value’ to own your installed network (Why? Because they make money from the meter in the same way a DNO does). This financial sum is likely to result in a more commercially competitive quotation. In short, a cheaper installation for you.

Other benefits of using an ICP, like Rock Power Connections, for the entire installation is that you are only dealing with one contractor and you have no hassle with the DNO (because Rock do all that).

Independent Connections Provider (ICP) installs your electrical connection for you. An ICP is an electrical engineering company who can design and install your new supply and has the relevant accreditations to do so.

BUT WHY CHOOSE THIS OPTION?

The main reason is to get a competitive quotation. Rock Power Connections can get your installation ‘adopted’ by an Independent Distribution Network Operator (iDNO) who will pay a one-off amount to own your installed network (Why? Because they make money from the meter in the same way a DNO does).

This financial sum is likely to result in a more commercially competitive quotation. In short, a cheaper installation for you.

Other benefits of using an ICP, like Rock Power Connections, for the entire installation is that you are only dealing with one contractor and you have no hassle with the DNO (because Rock do all that).

HOW ROCK POWER CONNECTIONS CAN HELP?

Not sure whether your connection offer from the DNO is providing you with what you need? Want to check who will be responsible for the network after it is live?

We will happily look over any projects and outline the options available to you. Contact Sophie or Emma on 01905 456384, email emma@rockpowerconnections.co.uk or submit your enquiry here.

We offer a free, no-obligation quotation process and have extensive experience of designing and installing Building Network Operator (BNO) installations.

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