Air Pollution in the news

Air Pollution in the news

Statement from HETAS

HETAS is aware that the news is full of stories about air quality and mixed within the greater problems of transport are dramatic headlines about wood-burning.

Both HETAS and Woodsure have been working with Defra over the last year providing support and solutions where our industry will be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

The London Mayor’s office have been equally supportive of HETAS and Woodsure. If you read the articles that sit beneath the dramatic headlines you will see that there is no wish from Defra to ban stoves or wood-burning.

The key issuers are:

  • Burn the right fuel in the right appliance
  • DO NOT BURN WET WOOD – the Defra approach fully supports the Woodsure Ready to Burn scheme as explained in Technical Bulletin #9 sent out last month
  • HETAS would like to see old open fires and old stoves replaced with modern clean burn appliances like Defra exempt stoves, Ecodesign Ready stoves and pellet stoves which can be 80% cleaner in use with the right dry fuel – click here to search for appliances on the HETAS website
  • Installation and servicing by HETAS registered professionals is a major factor in getting installations and servicing right
  • HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps should be used to sweep chimneys regularly
  • We strongly recommend the use of smokeless mineral fuels as they are low in sulphur and cleaner in use
  • Make use of the HETAS Advice leaflets, available online here, or order via the HETAS Shop
  • Find out more on the https://www.readytoburn.org/ website

All these things are incredibly important to our industry and we must educate consumers on fuel, proper installation, appliance use, proper maintenance and sweeping. Always check you’re the user instructions for your appliance or consult with the installer, retailer or chimney sweep on correct use.

The reduction in particulate emissions when using dry wood is incredible. This is the most positive message we can give out and it is based on scientific research. Dry wood is so much cleaner in use and makes stoves work at their best. Other emissions are also reduced markedly when using dry wood. The Woodsure Ready to Burn Scheme and logo gives assurance that the wood logs are up to 20% moisture content and therefore “ready to burn” now. Any wet wood must be seasoned/dried before use.

You can be reassured that HETAS and Woodsure are incredibly active and working closely with Government to get this right and to reduce environmental impact from solid fuel burning so that consumers can enjoy the benefits of solid fuel, wood, biomass without feeling concerned.

Installers, servicing businesses and chimney sweeps have the biggest part to play in educating consumers and therefore reducing environmental impact and protecting our industry.

Stay tuned for the HETAS June e-newsletter next week where we will be issuing further updates.

Click here to get in touch with the team at HETAS.

GDPR is almost here

GDPR is (almost) here!

Last month we highlighted that GDPR is fast approaching! It’s now only weeks until the new regulation kicks in. Luckily Prompt Payer can help businesses needing support with GDPR.

Prompt Payer, the ethical debt recovery specialists has teamed up with Benefits Direct to offer GDPR services for HETAS registrants.

From short online articles to 100 page ‘e-books’, information (and misinformation!) about GDPR is everywhere but are you any wiser as to your own business’s exact needs and how you will need to change your practices in order to comply? Likely not. Listen, you don’t need to read another blog, guide or white paper to get a handle on what you need to do.

You might not even think that the GDPR affects you but the fact is, GDPR affect every single business that holds data on their customers, from sole traders through to huge corporations.

There are also many ‘solutions’ out there offering a one-size-fits all approach to data compliance like template websites that offer no access to data protection experts. Using these services without advice might leave your business vulnerable to a hefty fine from the ICO come 25 May 2018.

However, our solution is different and will help you address your GDPR needs hand in hand with an expert.

What’s on offer?

FREE consultation about your legal needs with an expert. We’ll run through your requirements then put you in touch with a qualified expert lawyer to discuss your needs as an organisation. Call our team today on 0207 1481599 (“Quote HETAS” to obtain special rates) to discuss your needs.

  • FREE GDPR Checklist and Audit so you can explore your requirements.
  • FREE GDPR guidance notes written by data protection experts.

Call 0207 1481599 (Quote” HETAS” to obtain special rates) or submit an enquiry here to speak to someone about your business and what you need.

Member-rate reduced price packages to help you on your way to compliance, whatever the size of your business:

GDPR Package One

ü  GDPR compliant legal document templates which are:

  • Terms and Conditions of Website Use
  • Data Protection Policy
  • Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy
  • IT Security Policy
  • Data Processing Agreement
  • Consent to Data Processing
  • Data Processing Clauses
  • Clauses for Staff Agreements
  • Data Retention Policy
  • Staff Consent Form
  • Privacy Notice to Staff
  • Memorandum to Board of Directors
  • Free Audit Questionnaire

ü  1 hour of legal advice with an expert GDPR lawyer

ü  GDPR Audit document

£295+VAT (30% off usual price for members, usually £385+VAT)

GDPR Package Two

  • GDPR compliant legal document templates
  • 3 hours of legal advice with an expert GDPR lawyer
  • GDPR Audit document
  • 1 hour bespoke GDPR Webinar training with expert lawyer

£745+VAT

GDPR Package Three

  • GDPR audit is used by a GDPR lawyer to identify specific compliance work required, a plan of action is agreed and legal work completed.
  • Priced on application (POA).

Bespoke GDPR Webinar Training

  • We can also offer bespoke GDPR webinar training for you and your team to brief your organisation on your data protection needs.
  • Includes a Q&A session
  • Slides and notes forwarded to attendees after session

£220+VAT

Don’t leave GDPR compliance until the last minute. Sort your needs out today and avoid unnecessary problems down the line, remember 25 May 2018 is the deadline. To start with a FREE consultation about your needs simply click here

 

Chasing Debts?

Chasing Debts?

Recent research has shown that small businesses are owed over £700m in unpaid invoices and the wait for payment is now 84 days! It also shows that small businesses spend an extra 14 days chasing debts. How can HETAS help?

Nearly 50% of all invoice are paid late, yet 79% of business don’t charge interest that they are allowed under Law.

HETAS has for a number of years had a business relationship with Prompt Payer whereby Installers will automatically receive FREE premium membership of Prompt Payer as part of their HETAS registration. Membership with Prompt Payer normally costs £250.

Services Available

What Prompt Payer will do for you:

  • They follow a debt collection procedure, as set out by the Financial Services Authority
  • Where applicable, we calculate and add interest and charges as permitted by the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Act 1998
  • Provide you with a paper trail in case of court action
  • They are on your side and have heard EVERY excuse
  • Prompt Payer will help you through the court process if required
  • Take the stress away
  • Membership is already paid for by HETAS, we take NO collection fee

For further advice please use the contact form on www.promptpayer.co.uk or email  info@promptpayer.com.

Insulation Boards

Insulation Boards

Insulation BoardHETAS Technical Bulletin #10 was published in April and Brian Bailey, Senior Product Evaluation Officer at HETAS provided guidance on a subject which receives common queries on the helpline.

 We are often asked about the use of insulation boards with solid fuel/wood burning appliances, most commonly freestanding stove installations. This can be a difficult area of work to establish a reliable and usable solution on-site. Our technical helpline is happy to offer advice and this article has been written to provide an introduction to installers where insulation boards may provide a solution.

There are two common applications. They are often used to “tidy up” an existing masonry fireplace recess and also to insulate vulnerable/combustible building components where an appliance is not installed in an existing recess. By vulnerable building components, we are talking here mainly about combustible components of the building structure constructed of wood/timber or simply wall coverings such as paint or wallpaper.

Considerations

When considering what type of board to use, it is important to consider what guidance there is available to help meet the building regulations, in particular J4: Protection of building.

When being used to simply ‘smarten up’ the interior of an existing masonry fireplace recess that has been constructed in accordance with the guidance in Approved Document J (ADJ), it could be argued that there is simply a need to ensure the board manufacturer approved the product for this application and their method of installation is adhered to. Various paragraphs in Section 2 of ADJ advise that only non-combustible materials may be present in walls adjacent to hearths or within a fireplace recess. Non-combustibility is generally classed as A1 non-combustible in accordance with BS EN 13501-1. There are other descriptions given in ADJ paragraph 31.

In terms of suitable boards that will prove durable when used close to solid fuel appliances, it is the continuous working temperature (or service temperature) that must be considered, but this is unfortunately not always provided in published manufacturers’ specifications. Many boards that are based on gypsum as well as some other compounds will have a service temperature that would be unsuitable for such use.

The service temperature or continuous working temperature may be as low as 49°C

and these types of boards will suffer degradation under long term exposure to the kind of temperatures found next to a solid fuel burner (temperatures in the region of 400°C are not uncommon).

It is therefore important, before starting any installation works, to check with the board manufacturer that any proposed installed materials are suitable for use at the higher continuous working temperatures.

The type of fixing for boards should also be considered as the use of adhesives that might be flammable would be prohibited and it should also be noted that drilling and using screws and rawl plugs in a fireplace recess wall might also compromise the integrity of the structure in terms of its fire protection capabilities.

Alternatives

General alternatives may include some of the cement-based adhesives available on the market. Again, manufacturer’s method of installation must be adhered to

The use of boards to offer protection deemed equivalent to the guidance given in ADJ is challenging. In our experience some boards are not tested under equilibrium conditions to show any equivalence in this sense.

The guidance in ADJ specifies certain thicknesses for masonry or concrete walls adjacent to hearths (around solid fuel appliances) and so not only is the material being used different but may also be of different thickness.

As this is an alternative approach from the current provided guidance in ADJ, to ensure compliance to the regulations sufficient evidence must be available to show that the different method employed provides at least an equivalent level of protection.

We understand that limited testing has been carried out on boards for use in small craft installations (small boats) and there is some guidance reference in BS EN 8511, the scope of which allows application in dwelling installation scenarios.

Further guidance on BS 8511 and guidance on ensuring careful selection of boarding is available from our Technical Helpline team on: 01684 278194.

 

Is your fuel legal?

Is your fuel legal?

Recently the Woodsure team provided an update to its members on the legality of woodfuel. The article is really insightful and we wanted to share the update with installers, retailers and sweeps so you can check with your suppliers.

When finding a supplier of the raw material, ensure that they can provide you with proof of Legality and sustainability this can be by the following:-

  • FSC, PEFC or other recognised voluntary certification scheme
  • Management plan in place & valid felling licence
  • Risk Based Regional Assessment (RBRA)

If purchasing from a company who is a member of a voluntary certification scheme it is important to ensure that the licence is valid for the supply you receive.  This can be checked on the relevant scheme website, such as FSC. Simply enter the details and check the product type is valid for what you are being supplied. A description of corewood, rough wood is fine, but if it states card or paper alarm bells should ring as a wrong licence number may have been given.

If purchasing timber that is not covered by a certification scheme, then we recommend that you use one of the other two methods to demonstrate legality.  Felling licences are given for felling on the licensed area of land they are granted for.  There are different types of permission to fell trees: health and safety, planning permission, Statutory Plant Health Notices or thinning of woodland.  Licences can be issued for one off activities or associated with a management plan.  A licence cannot be extended beyond its expiry date and its FREE OF CHARGE to apply for one! A felling licence associated with a management plan normally lasts 5 or 10 years.

RBRA can be used when receiving volumes of timber from within a region.  It assesses the risk of the timber coming from sustainable sources.  The Biomass Suppliers List and Confor have a template that can be used for timber being sourced within the UK and guidance on RBRAs on the government website for those sourcing from outside the UK.  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/woodfuel-guidance-version-2

We recommend all Woodsure accredited businesses should request that their timber supplier demonstrates proof of legality and sustainability. It is suggest you record all your suppliers on a simple spreadsheet document showing name, address, licence number, validity date and that you have some form of checking in case licences are revoked, perhaps check the licence numbers every quarter.

Importing Wood fuel

There are two things that you need to ensure when importing firewood into the UK: the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), and the Statutory Firewood Notification Scheme.

Any wood coming into the EU needs to comply with the EU Timber Regulation (EUTR), which came into force on 3rd March 2013. The regulation affects all who first place timber on the EU market, plus those further down the supply chain.   Anyone importing wood into the UK is affected by this and must show that they have practices in place to ensure the legality of the wood being imported, even as a finished product. A due diligence system must be in place for anyone importing and to comply the minimum requirements are:

  • Full information on the supplier
  • Assessment that the timber being imported is legal and applies to regulation
  • Checked and identified any risks by obtaining any additional information to verify legality.

Templates for this can be found on the Forestry Commission England website.

For those who buy and sell wood further down the supply chain it is essential to record where you buy from and who you sell to.

Firewood notification came into force on 1st January 2017 to assist the Forestry Commission in assessing the pest-risk represented by the trade in fuel wood.  All relevant consignments, irrespective of size/weight, must be notified at least 3 working days prior to landing.  Notification of landing is a statutory requirement and failure to comply is a contravention of the Plant Health (Forestry) Order 2015.  In addition, certain species will also require a Plant Passport.

For more advice on this topic get in touch with the team on 01684 278188 or email info@woodsure.co.uk

Useful Links

Here are some other useful links on this topic:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/eu-timber-regulation-guidance-for-business-and-industry

http://www.fsc-uk.org/en-uk/about-fsc

https://www.pefc.org/

https://www.forestry.gov.uk/publicregisters

https://www.forestry.gov.uk/england-fellinglicences

https://www.forestry.gov.uk/pdf/FellingLicenceFAQJuly2005.pdf/$FILE/FellingLicenceFAQJuly2005.pdf

New Training Centres

New Training Centres

HETAS is committed to providing an accessible route for industry to train at professional, reputable training centres. We have recently taken on some new training centres to replace some that no longer work in our sector.

Leading the way

HETAS continues to be the leading training provider of solid fuel and biomass training courses for industry. We are pleased to be supported by a network of professional training centres throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. These training centres are well established business that have been working within our sector for a number of years. Our full range of training centres can be viewed at https://www.hetas.co.uk/professionals/training-centres/.

In recent months we have had some changes in the provision of training centres and welcomed the following approved training centres:

John J Doyle Ltd – Located in Belfast, John J Doyle has 90 years of experience in the chimney and flue industry

North West Building Services Training Centre – conveniently located close to Liverpool John Lennon airport offering the full suite of HETAS training courses.

Robinsons UK Technical Training Academy (Exeter) – extending their offering of HETAS courses from their Worcestershire base and now offering courses from the former Stovax training centre.

Gastec Training and Assessments –  a leading supplier of training and assessment services to the utilities industries

As a reminder the range of courses available at HETAS approved training centres includes dry appliance installation, wet systems, system chimneys, pellet stoves and biomass.

To book a HETAS courses, please contact your nearest HETAS Approved Training Centre.

Stove Store Open Day

Stove Store Open Day

20th and 21st April 2018

Meet the Experts at The Stove Store

The Stove Store Cirencester, specialists in the supply and installation of wood burning and multifuel stoves, is hosting a stove event on Friday 21st April, and also on Saturday 22nd April in partnership with HETAS & Woodsure, two industry bodies working to regulate and guarantee the safety and efficiency of wood burning stoves, fuels and services including installers and sweeps.

This is an opportunity to meet the experts and learn about the consumer journey for purchasing, installing, operating and maintaining a stove.  As one of HETAS’ Approved Retailers, The Stove Store Cirencester will bring together several stove manufacturers and provide demonstrations of their latest appliances.

HETAS will be available to comment on wider industry issues including air quality and the Ready to Burn scheme that it is working on with Woodsure and Defra .

The event is open to all and attendance is free of charge.

Who will be there?

The following manufacturers will be at the event;

  • HETA – working room heater pellet stove display and a wood burning demo trailer
  • Pevex – advise/sales person
  • ACR Heat Products – advise/sales person
  • Flue & Ducting – advise/sales person
  • Hunter Stoves – advise/sales person
  • Kiwa Training – Training Centre Manager. Offering show discounts for HETAS Training courses (Friday only )
  • HETAS Insurance (Friday only)
  • Press (Friday only)

There will be working appliances and demos throughout the event. Ample on-site parking. Hot food and refreshments are available throughout the event.

HETAS Technical Training Manager Mike Harvey will be attending on the Friday to answer technical questions.

The store is open from 8.30, however the event will be from 10am – 4pm both days.

You can register to attend the Stove Store Open Day by clicking here.

A busy few months ahead

A busy few months ahead….

As the heating season nears an end, the HETAS team is busying itself for a number of upcoming events and exhibitions and we would really like to see as many of our registrants as possible at each of them. The Technical and Registration teams will be on hand at each event to answer your questions.

Here is quick summary of where you’ll find us over the coming months.

NACS Exhibition – 13/14 April

The annual NACS Exhibition is taking place at The Crowne Plaza in Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April. The exhibition times will be 9.30am – 4.00pm on both days. There is no need to register and attendance is free.

Exhibitors include AMAC, CPL Distribution, Topstak, Landy Vent, Percy Doughty, HETAS and many more. You can catch up with the HETAS team on stand C9, right next to CPL.

Stove Store Open Day – 21/22 April

The Stove Store Cirencester, specialists in the supply and installation of wood burning and multifuel stoves, is hosting a stove event on Friday 21st April, and also on Saturday 22nd April in partnership with HETAS & Woodsure, two industry bodies working to regulate and guarantee the safety and efficiency of wood burning stoves, fuels and services including installers and sweeps.

This is an opportunity to meet the experts and learn about the consumer journey for purchasing, installing, operating and maintaining a stove.  As one of HETAS’ Approved Retailers, The Stove Store Cirencester will bring together several stove manufacturers and provide demonstrations of their latest appliances.

HETAS will be available to comment on wider industry issues including air quality and the Ready to Burn scheme that it is working on with Woodsure and Defra .

The event is open to all and attendance is free of charge.

The following manufacturers will be at the event;

  • HETA
  • Pevex – advise/sales person
  • ACR Heat Products – advise/sales person
  • Flue & Ducting – advise/sales person
  • Hunter – advise/sales person
  • Kiwa Training – Training Centre Manager. They will be offering show discounts for HETAS Training courses (Friday only )
  • HETAS Insurance (Friday only)
  • Press (Friday only)

There will be working appliances and demos throughout the event. Ample on-site parking. Hot food and refreshments are available throughout the event.

HETAS Technical Training Manager Mike Harvey will be attending on the Friday to answer technical questions.

The store is open from 8.30, however the event will be from 10am – 4pm both days.

You can register to attend the Stove Store Open Day by clicking here.

Installer 2018 – 8-10 May

Now in its fourth year, HETAS will be back at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry for the annual Installer exhibition. With over 4,000 installers expected through the doors over the three days in May.

Allowing installers to get hands-on with the products they use on a daily basis is at the heart of Installer2018, which has lots of show features designed with heating and plumbing engineers in mind:

  • HELPDESK – Boilers & Smart Controls
  • Demonstration Zones
  • Live discussion groups involving industry experts
  • Live skill challenges
  • Show-only offers on products
  • A VIP evening and lots of chances for installers to socialise and enjoy themselves

HETAS is exhibiting alongside Kiwa and you’ll find us next to the Elite Installers Lounge.

Taking place from the 8th to the 10th May at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, you can sign up for free tickets here.

Hearth & Home – 10-12 June

Hearth & Home Exhibition 2018 brings together all sectors of the hearth industry, providing an exciting environment that offers trade professionals the opportunity to network and meet each other. Visitors can expect to be wowed by industry leading demonstrations, new innovations and product launches, while exhibitors benefit from a valuable and enthusiastic audience of industry professionals.

As always, the event is taking place at The Harrogate International Centre and runs from Sunday 10th to Tuesday 12th June. HETAS will be exhibiting alongside Woodsure in hall C (stand C8).

Click here to register for your free tickets.

Later on in the year, we will be supporting Woodsure at APF 2018 which takes place on the Ragley Hall Estate in September. You can keep up to date with Woodsure by signing up to their newsletters. Click here to subscribe.

The HETAS Guide 2018 has arrived

The HETAS Guide 2018 has arrived

HETAS Guide 2018The HETAS Guide 2018 has been published and has a change of look and feel as well as a few tricks up its sleeve. After surveying and talking to users of the Guide we had an overwhelming steer to keep it both hard copy and web based. The question of dropping the hard copy was one with a clear answer from users – keep it going!

Apart from keeping the hard copy format we have listened to the users and have fitted in more approved appliances and equipment in to a thinner and lighter document. This has meant making decisions about how to present information which is now clearer and more concise than ever before.

Alongside the main printed guide, we have the website with numerous search options and new for this year we are offering manufacturers a ‘Mini Guide’; a version of the Guide with just their own appliances listed and some useful supplementary information. The purpose of this is to support customers looking for a particular stove manufacturer and wanting more information from HETAS.

Over 60% of consumer calls to HETAS are from customers wanting to choose an appliance and coming to HETAS first get advice before making that choice. If they enquire about a particular manufacturer we can send an electronic copy of that manufacturer’s approvals in a Mini Guide format without sending the whole Guide. This is something that manufacturers appear to like as it supports and underpins their sales efforts.

A key benefit of HETAS third party approval is that customers can see that any approved stove, chimney, boiler, ancillary product has a third party validation. Customers like the comfort they get from third party assessment and certification. The HETAS scheme looks at more than CE marking and also supports approval schemes like MCS and Ecodesign Ready for the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA).

Another benefit this year is that HETAS is producing comprehensive certification packs for each appliance, chimney/flue and fuel. The certification pack makes clear what tests and checks have been done and clearly demonstrates the product credentials, again giving buyers, specifiers etc, a third party validation of the manufacturer’s compliance with the various requirements.

As more and more products become HETAS Approved we are supporting the manufacturers with better support. Each month the HETAS website gets up to 60,000 visits. With the recent concerns about particulate emissions and air quality, it is more important than ever to show customers that modern solid fuel and wood-burning appliances are part of the air quality solution. Having a new modern, clean appliance to replace any old open fires or old stove helps reduce environmental impact.  Always use clean dry fuel with the Woodsure Ready to Burn logo on it.

Get in touch if you’d like a copy of the HETAS Guide 2018. Click here to contact HETAS.