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34 S P E C I A L R E P O RT Driving domestic energy efficiency Did the government take its eye off the ball over energy this summer? If so, argues ADEY’s Dr Neil Watson, the heating and plumbing industry must fill the gap using all its expertise In the wake of a series of sweeping political changes, the abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change has left the heating and plumbing industry to wonder what lies ahead for the sector. With progress over the last few years gaining real momentum, the concern is that previous objectives of decarbonising energy systems, improving domestic energy efficiency, and reducing the four million households in fuel poverty may now slip down the government’s agenda. Key recommendations The publication of the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum’s Warmer & Greener report brought into focus the future of domestic energy efficiency policy in the UK by highlighting 17 recommendations, including that the annual boiler safety check should be extended to an annual “system” check, to cover safety and environmental considerations for heating. The report remains as pertinent as ever with current legislation still behind the curve; only basic annual safety checks are required of landlords by law. This provides a huge opportunity for the industry to achieve the aims set out in the report by driving best practice standards from within, to ensure the recommendations become the norm. To deliver maximum gains for the homeowner, installer and the environment, we have long believed in a holistic approach to heating system maintenance to ensure the overall health and ongoing efficiency of boilers and their associated systems. As such, ADEY encourages installers to adopt its five-step Best Practice approach of clean, flush, maintain, protect and test. Maximum protection This process focuses on how effective magnetic filtration, premium quality chemicals and water testing work hand-in-hand to deliver a comprehensive water treatment programme that ensures maximum system protection for the long-term. For example, dosing the system with a premium chemical cleaner helps to break down damaging sludge deposits, making it easier for them to be removed during a system cleanse. The introduction of an inhibitor and effective magnetic filter then provide ongoing protection for the system. An extra water test taking a couple of minutes while on site imposes no additional burden or call-out cost. Samples are sent off to be tested in lab conditions with either a pass or fail result being returned to signal whether the correct level of chemical has been dosed. At our research and development (R&D) lab, the mains and system water are tested across a broad range of parameters. This determines whether any ongoing corrosion or scale deposition is occurring, pH is under control, contaminants have been removed and inhibitor levels are correct. To fully realise the potential of the annual system check that the report recommends, we believe this test should be initiated at the installation of every new boiler. Installers dose the system appropriately indicating precisely which products have been used, they then test the system water on-site with a ‘quick-test’ and check it against a calibration chart for known inhibitor concentrations. Annual check For each subsequent annual check, the installer would be required to repeat this test to confirm that the inhibitor level remains adequate. If not, a further dose will be required. Every fifth year, the boiler service record would state that an additional inhibitor dose must be added to the system and that this should be the same product used at the time of installation to avoid incompatibility issues. Every tenth year, there will be a requirement to cleanse the system thoroughly and re-dose with inhibitor. Even if domestic energy efficiency has slipped off the government’s list of priorities post-Brexit, the good news is that manufacturers and the industry at large already have the knowledge, expertise, tools and technology to make a difference and it’s crucial that we keep driving the adoption of best practice despite regulation not yet being in place. Looking forward, industry-led initiatives and collaborations to aid R&D will help to keep these objectives at the forefront of the sector’s agenda. Continuing to contribute industry knowledge to ‘think-tanks’ and research initiatives will inform the wider energy debate and help filter the recommendations through to MPs, senior civil servants and stakeholders. Authorative signpost As Peter Aldous MP, co-chair of the Warmer & Greener report, said: “The report provides an evidence based, authoritative signpost for the future of domestic energy efficiency. Despite the changes in government, it is to be hoped that the recommendations within will influence policy and decision making within the government and relevant parties and make a substantial contribution to future policy development in this area.” What is the maximum score available on a dartboard? 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