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A series of useful guides to Boiler Plus has been produced by HHIC to help installers better understand the new legislation, which launches today (6th April 2018). Boiler Plus is designed to encourage energy efficiency by mandating requirements for heating systems.
The policy sets a new minimum performance standard of 92% ErP for domestic gas boilers in English homes. The legislation also requires the installation of new combination boilers to include one of the following in the system:
o Flue gas heat recovery systems
o Weather Compensation
o Load Compensation
o Smart controls featuring automation and optimisation functions
Stewart Clements, Director of the HHIC says: “The premise of the legislation is that it will encourage and enable householders to make informed decisions about the products that best meet their needs. The new standards will help reduce carbon emissions whilst encouraging consumers to prioritise the thermal comfort and energy efficiency of their heating.
“Whilst this may sound like a big change to some, we know that many installers already work above and beyond the Boiler Plus standards and many products already comply. Mandating additional efficiency measures for new boiler installations in England sends a clear message to the public and engineers: standards are high in the heating industry, technology is world-leading, and consumers can save money and improve their thermal comfort.”
The launch of Boiler Plus has raised questions from those within the industry about the qualifying technologies, and how they can help consumers decide which suits their lifestyle and home best. The HHIC’s new guides answer these question. The first guide – Weather Compensation: Installer Factsheet – can be found here
HHIC has also launched a Consumer guide to the changes for new boiler installations in England. Installers are encouraged to download the guide and share it with their customers. It can be accessed here.