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10 NEWS DESK Building Regulations being regularly flouted non-condensing boiler, there is no such procedure for replacing a gas boiler with an electric flow boiler; only a comment in the Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide,” said Peter. “This lack of proper procedure is allowing a growing number of these electric boilers to be installed without any consideration for the increase in carbon emissions and no requirement to produce a new Energy Performance Certificate. “More alarming is the blatant marketing of electric panel heaters as a replacement for gas heating. Installing these panels will not only contravene Building Regulations, but this non-compliance should also prevent any property being rented out under the MEES regulations. “Action is required by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) to highlight this to building inspectors, property agents, solicitors and homeowners as a matter of urgency.” The DCLG has agreed to look into the guidance for Building Control when inspecting gas-fired boiler replacements under Part L of Building Regulations when it is next reviewed. But Peter said: “The DCLG letter does not really address my concerns. It’s a shame the government department responsible is unable to take any immediate action.” TUCKERS CRIMINAL SOLICITORS HEALTH & SAFETY LEGAL ADVISORS SOLICITORS www.hpmmag.com May 2017 Plumber gets 300 hours Energy efficiency campaigner and founder of Green Heat, Peter Thom, is becoming increasingly concerned that Building Regulations are being regularly flouted in the growing market for replacing gas boilers with electric heating appliances. In a letter to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, Peter points out that this trend is blatantly disregarding the increase in carbon emissions and lowering of energy ratings, which will be critical in meeting the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for conserving fuel and power. “Although there is a defined procedure for installing a An unregistered plumber has escaped jail despite leaving gas work in a dangerous state. Torquay magistrates heard how Stephen Barton installed a gas cooker and gas boiler at two separate properties in Dawlish and Exeter, during January and May 2016, despite not being registered. Mr Barton, from Dawlish, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 3(3) of the Gas Safety Installation and Use Regulations 1998 and breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He was sentenced to 300 hours of unpaid community work and to pay £3,600 in costs. NI consumers: book oil service OFTEC and the Consumer Council Northern Ireland have joined forces to urge consumers in Northern Ireland to book a professional boiler service. Recognising that over 60% of households use oil as their main heating source in Northern Ireland, OFTEC has teamed up with the Consumer Council to produce a series of short, practical videos to “help keep households safe and make their boilers more efficient”. The campaign focuses on cost and energy savings, as well as reinforcing the importance of home heating and oil tank safety to protect homes and the environment. With an estimated ten oil tank incidents reported to UK environment agencies every day, there is a real concern that consumers are unaware of the importance of looking after their oil tanks to prevent leaks and minimise the risk of house fires. The new campaign will see OFTEC-registered technicians working alongside the Consumer Council to raise awareness among consumers of responsible steps that can be taken to protect homes and ensure storage tanks are fit for purpose. John French, chief executive of the Consumer Council, said: “We want consumers to receive the best service when it comes to home heating and energy. “We would encourage all households to use an OFTEC-registered technician for boiler and tank servicing. We hope the campaign and videos will raise awareness of this and help consumers make informed choices.” To view the videos, visit the OFTEC Ireland YouTube channel. Kohler Mira raises £92,000 Staff at Kohler Mira smashed their fundraising target for Cancer Research UK (CRUK), which has resulted in a whopping total of £92,000 being handed over to the charity. CRUK supports patients and their families affected by cancer, while backing research into beating the disease. Every year, Kohler Mira chooses a charity to support and with several colleagues having been closely touched by the disease recently, CRUK was elected for 2016-17. Fundraising events ranged from sponsored triathlons to bring-and-buy cake sales, while Stand Up to Cancer Month last October saw events such as a cycle challenge, an Indian food day and a bake off. Kohler Mira’s finance director, Sarah Sadler, said: “We’re incredibly proud to have raised so much money in a great cause, especially given how some of our colleagues have been affected by the disease.” TUCKERS SOLICITORS are a national Firm of Regulatory Solicitors specialising in criminal work with a dedicated department focussed on health and safety defence work, advising and representing individuals or Companies. For further information in total confidence please call Julia Thomas on 0845 2003367 www.tuckerssolicitors.com enquiry number 305


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