Heat is the biggest reason we use energy. In Fife we use heat to keep our homes and offices warm, or even to cool them in hot weather. Heat is used for hot water, to cook our food and to manufacture goods to sustain our local economy.

We all know that heat costs are rising. The Fife Heat Map is part if Fife Council’s work to plan and prepare for the way we use and generate heat.

The Fife Heat Map is an important tool for Fife to plan for and manage future need. It is clear that heat will be an important economic driver as well as critical to helping Fifers tackle fuel poverty in future years.

Scotland Heat Map

In 2014, the Scottish Government released a Scottish Heat Map. More information and a link to a fully interactive version of the Scottish Heat Map can be found here: www.scotland.gov.uk/heatmap. Please note that this is a simplified version of the full Scottish Heat Map.

Fife Council is in the process of establishing agreement with the Scottish Government to manage the Fife data in the Scottish Heat Map. This will allow us to merge local knowledge in the Fife Map with the Scottish Map. We anticipate this to be in place early 2015.

About the Fife Heat Map

The Fife Heat Map allows you to view heat demand and supply opportunities in Fife, including the heat needed for almost every building in Fife. The map should only be used as a tool for prioritising locations for more detailed investigation and not for designing heat networks directly or for querying energy bills.

The map was developed to support the planning and deployment of local low-carbon energy projects in Fife. The Fife Heat Map allows users to drill down to finer scales of information at chosen locations. It can be used to identify individual large opportunities and groups of buildings which could benefit from heat networks, taking account of the relative accuracy of modelled data. It can be used to help identify locations where heat distribution is most likely to be beneficial and economical. For example, a developer could review potential heat demand of a proposed development, as well as opportunities to link with existing heat demand.

Most of the data is modelled except where building owners volunteer data, such as with public buildings. This means the Heat Map is produced almost entirely without access to the meter readings or energy bills of individual premises. As a result it contains no personal information whatsoever. However, if you have information about heat that could be placed on this Map then please contact Hugh Muschamp.

The original Fife Heat Map was commissioned by Fife Council, in partnership with Perth and Kinross Council, based on a Scottish Government methodology. It was created by AECOM in 2012. An interactive map of this can be shown below. This shows a snapshot of Fife’s potential heat demand, energy supplies, hear network routes, major public energy loads and major industrial commercial loads.

The Fife Heat Map available below, has restricted access to individual building data, and other layers of data such as housing tenure. Please contact Hugh Muschamp to discuss access to the full GIS version of the Fife Heat Map.

Interactive Map of Fife Heat Map