HHIC Hails Impact of Boiler Plus
The Boiler Plus legislation has been responsible for inspiring industry innovation and delivering consumers with a wider choice of heating systems, say the Heating and Hot Water Council (HHIC).
Boiler Plus was introduced in April 2018 to help improve the UK’s energy efficiency, setting a minimum efficiency of 92% for gas boilers, and its success could see the initiative expand into other areas of the industry:
- New build heating system installations
- Annual boiler services
- Installation best practices
- Heating system treatment and protection
Much of the success behind the first year of Boiler Plus has largely been thanks to installers already using the approved technology. Something that HHIC Director, Stewart Clements highlighted in his recent comments about the legislation:
“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.”
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