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Biomass boilers qualify for RHI Government performs U-turn after fears of pollutants dismissed Condensing wall hung gas boiler For your chance to win this prize, simply enquire to answer A or B in response to this questions: Ariston’s E-COMBI evo 30 offers what output? A: 20kW B: 30kW The E-COMBI evo 30 from Ariston is an efficient, condensing wall hung gas boiler, offering an output of 30kW. Boasting a user-friendly interface and state-of-the-art control options, the boiler has best-in-class NOx emissions and efficiencies of up to 90%. All boilers in the range use a proven stainless steel heat exchanger and feature an ‘AUTO’ function, which monitors the ideal temperature for the heating system, while reducing peaks in flow temperature and optimising efficiency. The boiler can be enhanced with the modulating SENSYS control unit and outdoor sensor. PRIZE 2 Answer A 103 REMEMBER: enter all 12 competitions, and you could win the grand prize - the lot! Answer B 104 HPM’s Festive giveaway PRIZE 2 8 Got a story? Ring us on 01732 748041 or e-mail twood@unity-media.com NEWSDESK Condensing biomass boilers will be eligible for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), when it launches in spring. The government has performed a U-turn over the technology, which was not part of the RHI policy when it was released in July 2013 because of fears over certain pollutants discharged from such boilers. The concerns surrounded polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are categorised as priority hazardous substances by the EU and their impact on water quality. Research by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has now revealed that a small amount of PAHs are released in the condensate from condensing biomass boilers, but the levels are too low to pose a significant threat to the environment, and water treatment ensures the risk of aquatic PAH pollution is minimal. Condensing biomass boilers will be included in the domestic RHI, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria of the scheme. This applies to boilers installed between July 15, 2009, and the launch of the scheme in spring 2014, as well as those installed after the scheme becomes operational. Simon Allan, renewables director at Plumb and Parts Center, said: “We’re delighted with the news that condensing biomass boilers will be included in the domestic RHI. “This move provides great business opportunities for installers, and gives people more options when looking for ways to heat their homes safely, cleanly and efficiently.” DECEMBER 2013 HEATING & PLUMBING MONTHLY WWW.HPMMAG.COM Landlord escapes jail despite CO death Consumers failing over boiler services A Derbyshire landlord has been handed a suspended 16-month prison sentence despite failing to maintain a faulty gas boiler that caused the death of a tenant from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Stephen Newton was found dead by friends on his 51st birthday at a property near Ilkeston, on December 29, 2009. His partner, Susan Davies, was also overcome by the CO fumes, but was found in time and made a full recovery. Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive, Dr Victoria Martindale, 39, was sentenced at Derby Crown Court for breaches of gas safety laws after she failed to arrange gas safety checks to be carried out at the property over a four-year period. The investigation found that the boiler, which was probably installed in 1982, was producing high levels of CO, which affected both Dr Martindale’s property and the houses on either side. The court heard the incident resulted from a number of factors; the boiler was reconnected even though it was dangerous; the flue was too short and would be affected by the wind; the ventilator was fitted with fly screens that were blocked with dust and the boiler had not been serviced for a considerable period. The heat exchanger was partially blocked with soot and there were substantial soot deposits on the draught diverter and within the flue. Dr Martindale pleaded guilty to seven breaches of the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, was given 200 hours community service, fined £4,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,500. Research commissioned by ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has revealed a huge opportunity for heating engineers and installers to help millions of homeowners who are failing to maintain the health of their central heating systems, risking their safety and wasting money. The survey of 1,300 homeowners revealed that just 55% have an annual boiler service, and one in 20 consider getting their boiler serviced an unnecessary expense. However, without regular maintenance heating systems lose efficiency, reducing the lifespan of the boiler and increasing the amount of energy it takes to heat our homes. The research also showed the extent of the UK’s ageing boilers with 45% of homeowners claiming to have a boiler between ten and 15-years-old. Worryingly, 25% of people who have lived in their current home for more than 15 years say they have never had their boiler serviced. Almost a third of homeowners have a problem with their central heating system, with one in 20 suffering from low heat levels. One in ten put up with noisy pipework in their homes, a common indicator of debris in the heating system, the cause of lower heat levels and boiler damage. And 15% of people admitted they turn the thermostat up to try to fix their boiler, burning more fuel than is necessary on a healthy heating system. ADEY’s commercial director, Rebekah Howard, said: “Our results show that many people don’t understand the benefits that having an annual boiler service will bring, and just let their good old boiler in the corner keep chugging away without giving it any attention.”


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