Whether you are a manufacturer. heating engineer, landlord or a homeowner, you should now be aware of the new legislation changes now in place as of April 2018 brought in by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
The new standards are being added as an amendment to the Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide, which can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/conservation-of-fuel-andpower-approved-document-l.
The three main notable changes as part of Boiler Plus are:
Space heating efficiency of new natural gas combi boilers to be a minimum of 92% ErP (energy related product)
Natural gas combi boiler installations must now also include one or more of the following: Weather compensation, Smart home controls, Load compensation, Flue Gas Heat Recovery
New gas and oil installations to now be fitted with both time and room thermostat control.
How does this affect installation works?
Engineers must perform boiler installations according to these standards. It is the law, and failure to comply could result in prosecution by Building Control. Invoicing customers for work, claiming it has been legally carried out but actually not is also to be considered fraudulent under Trading Standards.
What does this mean for Homeowners/Landlords?
It is your responsibility to ensure any works carried out in your property are compliant to the new standards set in the Boiler Plus amendment.
If you knowingly allow works to be completed in your home that are non-compliant, you personally can face prosecution and/or a fine of up to £5000.
You can reduce the risk of this happening by ensuring you always check your engineer is Gas Safe registered, and asking them if the works completed comply to new Boiler Plus legislation.
More information on Boiler Plus changes can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/718569/Boiler_Plus_Factsheet_v3.pdf
Read more about the benefits of using a Gas Safe engineer here