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54 B O I L E R S , S E R V I C I N G & PARTS Brexit: what will the new year bring? Chris Yates, managing director at Johnson & Starley, discusses some key issues in the Nobody really knows – even the politicians responsible for seeing it through – what effect Brexit will have on the UK heating industry. So, we have to get our heads down, work hard with what we know, look for new opportunities and make the decision to leave Europe work as best as we can. With so many European-based companies active in our marketplace, many manufacturing in Europe and importing their products for sale in the UK, they will be looking keenly at the basis on which trade can continue once we finally sign the document and leave the EU. It seems almost impossible that we will stay in the EU Single Market because willingness to negotiate on the free movement of labour into the UK simply isn’t there, so some form of tariff arrangement seems set to be introduced whether we like it or not, which will inevitably see prices rise. The powers that be in Europe cannot let the UK leave without any sanctions or there could be a queue of other countries lining up to leave, wanting similar treatment to the UK and there are many in the EU who would not allow that. So let’s look at some issues that we can have a view on with a degree of certainty and see what we can do to improve the situation for our target markets – the installers and specifiers here in the UK. Legislation on annual boiler checks for privately owned homes Firstly, one for the government. It simply doesn’t make sense to me that while it is mandatory that boilers in social housing and private landlord properties have an annual service, millions of boilers in private homes across the country escape the need under legislation to be safety checked. In 2012, we introduced the carbon monoxide (CO) check on commissioning boilers and taking the next step of having an annual safety check for installed boilers would lead to a further reduction in the number of deaths each year that are attributed to CO poisoning. More likely, we would reduce the number of ‘near misses’ that occur and go undetected in the statistics. A combination of unregistered gas engineers and consumers not having their boiler checked or serviced annually, means we are missing the opportunity to improve standards in the industry. Boiler manufacturers can help by designing in ‘nudges’ to consumers to get their boiler serviced. Genuine parts and spare only please Secondly, one for installers. Manufacturer’s products have to comply with a piece of legislation called the Gas Appliance Regulation which defines safety requirements for gas appliances and covers all components used in the product. There has been a surge in the arrival in the UK of generic spare parts, mostly from China and the Far East, that look like the real thing, but don’t necessarily perform like the real thing. With warranties extending from many manufacturers including ourselves, those warranties do rely heavily on the use of genuine spare parts in any work you carry out on those products. The use of non-genuine parts may make your warranty invalid. boiler market as we head towards the end of the year What is Delta Dore’s RF technology called? A: Y2E B: X3D www.hpmmag.com December 2016 enquiry number 137 “A combination of unregistered gas engineers and consumers not having their boiler checked or serviced annually, means we are missing the opportunity to improve standards in the industry” For your chance to win this prize, simply answer A or B in response to this question and fill in the form at the back of the magazine: The Delta Dore 5100 Connected Pack provides the perfect start to your connected home in 2017, it has all the tools to control your heating remotely from a smart phone or tablet. With our RF technology (X3D) you are able to offer a complete and expandable home automation system that also includes Security, Lighting & Openings among other functions, and can be added to at your/your customers own pace. As a Christmas bonus you can help keep the burglars away with our programmable wireless lamp rocker switch (TYXIA 6610). Festive Giveaway 9 prize Answer A 138 REMEMBER: enter all 12 competitions, and you could win the grand prize - the lot! Prize 9 Delta Dore 1500 Connected Pack Answer B 139


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