Boiler Plus, announced in October 2017 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), launched last week (6 April 2018). The new legislation encourages energy efficiency, by mandating requirements for heating systems.
This policy requires a new minimum performance standard for domestic gas boilers in English homes of 92% ErP. The ErP Directive aims to phase out poorly performing products across a range of product groups to reduce carbon emissions across Europe, with the ultimate goal of achieving the EU’s 2020 targets.
The legislation also requires all those fitting new combination boilers to include one of the following in their system:
- Flue gas heat recovery systems
- Weather Compensation
- Load Compensation
- Smart controls featuring automation and optimisation functions
Stewart Clements, director, HHIC said: “The premise of the legislation is that it will encourage, and enable, householders to make informed decisions about the products that best meet their needs. The degree of flexibility in terms of which products render a new boiler ‘compliant’ means that the diversity of the house stock and needs of the consumer are catered for.
“Given the extent to which domestic heating contributes to emissions, the new standards will help reduce carbon emissions whilst encouraging consumers to prioritise the thermal comfort and energy efficiency of their heating.”