New legislation called Boiler Plus has recently been announced by BEIS that supports a sustainable future working towards everyone having access to a decent home that is affordable to run and comfortable. The new Boiler Plus standard improves the way people use energy in their homes and aims to increase the efficiency of heating systems in the UK.

Boiler Plus

Brought into legislation in April 2018 by the department for business energy and industrial strategy, the new requirements set out in Building Regulations are part of the new mandatory standards for boiler installations by every gas engineer and any boilers installed without the measures set out in the Boiler Plus standards, will be non-compliant with the Building Regulations.

All boilers must now have a minimum ErP efficiency of 92% and all installations must have time and temperature controls fitted – there is no provision for anyone to opt-out of these standards.

In addition to this, combi boilers will require one of the four additional requirements including load compensation, weather compensation, Smart control or PFGHRD (passive flue gas heat recovery device).

No provision for opt-out

An installer must not carry out an installation that does not meet the standards, even if a customer requests an opt-out. Responsibility for compliance sits with the engineer carrying out the work and non-compliant installations can lead to action being taken against the installer. The new legislation provides more rights to consumers as well. If a consumer believes they have been provided with a non-compliant installation on their boiler, they have the right to ask the original installer to fix the issue.

Orienda Hatfield, Gas & Plumbing Manager at PM Training, says “These new regulations and the removal of the opt-out requires the installer to deliver a further aspect of consultancy to their role when advising a customer.”

Part L Energy Efficiency Course

The new legislation is an opportunity for gas engineers to review their previous qualifications and validation dates. The Part L qualification is designed for central heating installers that need to self-certificate their work via one of the Competent Persons Schemes (CPS). The course covers the requirements of Part L of the Building Regulations.

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