Now April has arrived some major changes have come into effect.
The Government is committed to improving energy efficiency to meet national and global energy saving targets.
The domestic sector is responsible for 40% of the energy consumption and produces 25% of the carbon dioxide (C02) emissions. In turn, domestic heating and hot water account for 85% of this consumption and 50% of the C02 emissions.
In April 2005, the Building Regulations for England and Wales changed in some very important ways.
One of the Governments first steps in its action to seek improvements to the energy efficiency of homes is through changes in the building regulations which deal with the minimum standards for buildings. The Regulations are designed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of people in and around buildings and to encourage energy conservation..
From 1st April 2005:
More information on these issues can be found on the website of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. www.odpm.gov.uk
From 1st April 2005 it is a requirement of the Building Regulations Part L1 (Conservation of Fuel and Power) that any replacement or new gas fired boiler be of the condensing type.
There are certain exceptional circumstances where a standard efficiency boiler may be installed and these are determined by an Assessment procedure.
The assessment is an evaluation of the property to find a position where a condensing boiler can be installed at lowest cost, ignoring obstacles such as furniture or fitments and disregarding whether or not the position is acceptable to the owner.
If a customer does not want a condensing boiler or it is too difficult and expensive to install one, the engineer will fill in an Assessment Form which is based on points system.
The points system has been developed so that a simple 'yes' or 'no' decision can be made as to whether or not a condensing boiler must be installed.
This Assessment will take into account:
All feasible condensing boiler positions anywhere within the property and flue options, irrespective of whether they are acceptable to the owner will be taken into account including cost and feasibility. Should the points be lower than 1000 a high efficiency condensing boiler must be installed. If the points for the installation are higher than 1000, a standard efficiency boiler can be installed. An Assessment Form, signed by a competent person, must be kept as evidence of compliance with the Building Regulations and may be required when the house is sold.
There have been a number of leaflets produced giving more information. Click on one of the leaflets to read the complete document.
The ODPM have produced a leaflet that gives a simple explanation of the new energy efficient standards for new and replacement boilers, the role of condensing boilers and the actions that households may need to take.
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