Boiler Plus – Heating System Changes Apr 2018

11 May. 2019

Written by Neil Marsh MCIPHE RP RHP EngTech

In April 2018 Boiler Plus, launched by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), is introducing mandatory requirements for heating systems in relation to what both manufacturers and installers have to deliver…

Alongside varying other measures, the change in policy will require a new ErP performance minimum as standard for domestic gas boilers. In England, new boilers installed in homes will be required to have an efficiency of at least 92% ErP. The ErP Directive aims to phase out less inefficient products across a range of sectors/groups to reduce carbon emissions across Europe and meat the current 2020 targets.

The legislation will require all those installing 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 part of the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, aimed at cutting carbon emissions to combat what is believed to be contributing towards climate change whilst increasing economic growth. Now a strategy has been launched the Government has committed over £2.5 billion in funding to be invested in low carbon innovation from 2015 to 2021 and applied new measures to make the UK a world leader in green finance as part of its Industrial Strategy.

Homeowners, tenants and those living in social housing should benefit from increased energy efficiency and reduced bills on current rates, with plans for as many homes as possible to have an Energy Performance Certificate of Band C or higher by 2035. It is speculated it could cut energy costs for the average household by £270 a year based on current fuel rates.

For households, the commitments include:

  • Around £3.6 billion of investment to upgrade approximately one million homes through the ECO scheme, and extend support for home energy efficiency improvements from 2022 to 2028 at least at the current level of ECO funding
  • All “fuel poor homes” to be upgraded to EPC Band C by 2030 and the aspiration is for as many homes as possible to be EPC Band C by 2035 where practical to do so.

Landlords in particular will need to be prepared to invest in their rental properties as they will not be able to rent out their properties that do not meet target. 

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