The new ‘Boiler Plus’ standards come into force on 6th April 2018 to improve the way many people use energy in their homes by giving them greater choice, greater control, and tangible savings on their energy bills.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced the start of Boiler Plus, an initiative that encourages energy efficiency, back in October 2018.
In 2005, Building Regulations guidance was amended to set new performance standards for boiler replacements. This increased the number of more efficient boilers, bringing down costs for consumers and cutting carbon emissions.
BEIS want to build on this success by once again raising standards for heating systems, to reflect the advances in technology, skills, and consumer engagement that have occurred over the last decade. In the last few years manufacturers have developed more innovative products and control devices to help reduce the amount of fuel used by boilers to heat a home.
Setting out new expectations for both manufacturers and installers, the scheme will require all gas boilers installed into existing systems in England to have an ErP4 efficiency of at least 92%.
The legislation will require all those fitting new combination boilers to include one of the following in their system:
- Flue gas heat recovery systems
- Weather Compensation
- Load Compensation
- Smart controls featuring automation and optimisation functions
This is all part of the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, aimed at cutting carbon emissions to combat climate change while driving economic growth.
- Strategy launched to cut carbon emissions while growing the economy and keeping bills down.
- Over £2.5 billion of Government funding to be invested in low carbon innovation from 2015 to 2021 and new measures to make UK a world leader in green finance as part of the Industrial Strategy.
- Homeowners, renters and those living in social housing to benefit from increased energy efficiency and reduced bills with plans for as many homes as possible to have an Energy Performance Certificate of Band C by 2035, potentially cutting energy costs for the average household by £270 a year.
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