HHIC hails Boiler Plus impact in opening year

Stewart Clements
Stewart Clements

Boiler Plus legislation has encouraged innovation within the industry and delivered a greater range of heating system products for consumers to choose from, according to the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council.

HHIC director Stewart Clements said: “Mandating certain controls, such as programmable timers and modern thermostats, is leading the market to develop new products and improve existing ones to cater for the increased demand.

“The range of products available for controlling domestic heating systems was already rapidly developing. Boiler Plus complimented and accelerated this trend by making consumers more aware of the many options for enhancing the efficiency of their system.

“Through talking to installers it was apparent that many were already fitting the technology specified in Boiler Plus as standard, so ‘challenges’ have been minimal. Consumer education is a continual challenge faced by the industry as a whole. However, these changes mean far more conversations between installers and their clients about the options that are available to meet them.

“There are differing opinions across the industry regarding Boiler Plus. It’s a case of look back and don’t stare. Some felt it went too far and many others would suggest it didn’t go far enough, some may see it as legislation simply catching up with industry standards, and they are not wrong, but we need to remember there is a cost to the consumer at the end of every installation.

“The Boiler Plus policy was delivered collectively through the platform of HHIC, to act as a catalyst towards improving the UK’s energy efficiency. The European energy label regulation introduced in 2015 has encouraged boiler manufacturers to develop more energy efficient products which has been recognised in the Boiler Plus legislation by setting a minimum boiler efficiency of 92% for all gas boilers.”

There remained several areas Boiler Plus could yet extend into.

These included mandatory Boiler Plus beyond the combi boiler market, for new build heating system installations, for annual boiler servicing, for installation best practice such as hydraulic balancing and in heating system treatment and protection.

For now, HHIC will continue to support the wider industry, through helpful guides, representation, and organisation of collaborative work,” he added.