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SPECIALREPORTS WWW.HPMMAG.COM Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com Intelligent drinking water with Zip Zip has launched the HydroTap G4. HPM was invited to take a closer look... Zip has unveiled the HydroTap G4 range (pictured). Initially available for commercial installation, advanced insulation and improved electronic technology in the Command-Centre sees standby energy consumption reduced by up to 55%, compared to even its predecessors of a similar capacity. Zip’s Power-Pulse technology reduces the energy needed to heat the water by giving a boost to stored water at intervals and requiring little time and energy to get back up to temperature. The new unit also self-calibrates boiling point on installation and regularly recalibrates to optimise performance. The G4 range has a smaller under-counter unit. Reduced dimensions mean this compact model can easily be sited in a 600mm cupboard, which increases the installation possibilities. A new in-built cross-ventilation system eliminates the chance of cupboard heat-up and cuts out the need for installers to factor in an external fan. The HydroTap G4 is now capable of filtering water 25 times finer than before. Zip’s 0.2 micron filter removes any odour, taste of chlorine and lead from drinking water and impurities as tiny as one five-thousandth of a millimetre, including protozoan cysts. The filter also reduces the accumulation of mineral scale in boiling water appliances. DESIGN TWEAK The tap’s design has been tweaked to make it slimmer than previous models and a longer spout ensures ease of use when mounted over a sink or when installed with the optional ‘tap font kit’, to create a ‘drink station’, for example. Pushing the blue or red levers starts a continual flow of filtered boiling or chilled water without the splashing or spluttering. Pulling either or both levers forward can deliver a measured amount of boiling, chilled or sparkling filtered water for any pre-set period of five to 15 seconds. As with any product where boiling water is concerned, safety has to be a main consideration. Zip’s technology means that the taps remain cool to the touch, during and after use. Fingertip control gives greater accuracy and the new Command-Centre allows selection at which the temperature at which water is delivered. HydroTap G4 also features a safety button that, when activated, needs to be used in conjunction with the boiling water lever to access boiling water and eliminating the risk of accidental use. The system can also be set to boiling isolation for increased safety. Where compliance is important, all materials involved in the manufacture of the HydroTap G4 comply with European Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive and have been designed to meet the Living Buildings Challenge. Free training sessions and an engineering team based across the country give added peace of mind even after installation. The G4 range is covered by a 24-month comprehensive parts and labour warranty and a 60-month boiling tank warranty. enquiry number 135 Grab a slice of the renewables pie Clare Campbell, renewables product marketing manager at Dimplex, considers what it takes for an installer to join the renewables revolution... Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditation is designed to improve the quality of renewable energy installations and to protect consumers who are investing in the technologies. It guarantees that any installation carried out by an accredited installer meets the approved standards and those installations which are not certified are unable to claim Renewable Heat Incentive payments. For installers, it is the first step to grabbing a slice of the renewable pie. Generating income for the renewable energy generated is an appealing proposition for homeowners toying with the idea of renewable technologies and becoming an MCS accredited installer is the only way of tapping into this rapidly growing market sector. So how can your company become MCS accredited and what level of commitment is really expected of you? Here is my run down of what it really takes. Training: Once you have decided which renewable products you want to install, go online and find your local accredited training facility. You will be looking for an industry recognised course from an approved certification body such as BPEC, City & Guilds or Logic. Prices vary according to the technology, with a comprehensive air and ground source heat pump training course costing around £600. Once equipped with an industry course, you will need to take manufacturer training in the product you wish to install. Al ways look for approved installer schemes and courses where you can learn about specific products. Prepare for certification: Find yourself an independent certification body who will come and assess you. This is the part which requires the most leg work and you will need to ensure everything from company record keeping and Quality Management System, to equipment and instrumentation is all in tip-top condition. As part of the certification process, a recent installation will be assessed on site, to review your fitting and testing skills. Fees: The MCS is funded by a £100 annual fee, payable by all MSC accredited companies, in addition to a £100 non-refundable application fee. Each installation completed under the MCS is 44 APRIL 2015 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY then subject to a £5 charge. Certification fees are in addition to these ongoing costs and vary between independent certification bodies, so it’s worth doing your homework up front. Generally speaking though, you will be charged an annual certification cost for each product you install, which will be around £500 per technology per year. Time commitment: Including the initial training courses, preparation for the certification process and completion of all the relevant paperwork, it is estimated that a well-structured company should commit between four and six months to becoming MCS accredited. For some, the cost and time commitments involved in becoming MCS accredited may seem daunting and even a little off putting. But, as the renewables sector continues to grow, the initial outlay as well as the ongoing costs of registration, are more than outweighed by the earning potential of an MCS accredited installer in a market place teeming with opportunity. enquiry number 136


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