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.

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.

Latest news from the SIA

Latest news from the SIA

If asked the question Are the PM emissions from wood burning increasing or decreasing, you might well have answered increasing. A new study from Kings College London has shown that across the country PM from wood burning is going down, even with increasing stove sales.

The main reason given for drop in emissions is the replacement of open fires and older stoves with more modern appliances that produce lower amounts of particulate matter (PM 10 and PM 2.5). The study headed by Dr. Gary Fuller looked at the wood burning emissions across most of the main cities in the UK between 2009 and 2014. Most cities showed a decrease in emissions over the period

The outcome of the study reflects the fact that only DEFRA Exempt stoves, with emissions that meet strict DEFRA limits on emissions, can be installed in smoke control areas. The reduction may not have been as great as we would all have liked, as the decrease in emissions is partly offset by the continued use of open fires to burn wood. Although burning wood in an open fire in a smoke control area is not permitted under the Clean Air Act, 70% of the wood burnt in London is on an open fire.

New Ecodesign regulations will come into effect in 2022, and the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) has already worked with stove manufacturers to have an accredited list of SIA Ecodesign Ready appliances that already meet these new regulations right now.

Burning wood on an open fire is the worst way to burn wood, both from point of view of heat generated and the emissions produced. An SIA Ecodesign Ready stove can reduce PM emissions by 90% compared to an open fire, 80% compared to a 10-year-old stove and over 40% when compared with a DEFRA Exempt stove.

The Stove Industry Alliance (SIA) has proposed an upgrade scheme that would help consumers make the move from an open fire or an older stove to an Ecodesign Ready stove. This could help accelerate the introduction of Ecodesign Ready stoves and the reduction in emissions.

HETAS, the SIA, Woodsure and other industry organisations are continuing to work together to tackle the issues of air quality relating to wood burning.

 

 

Your Technical Area

Your Technical Area

Your Technical AreaTechnical Area update – make use of the HETAS Technical Area

Have you made use of your Technical Area? Launched in 2016, the Technical Area is the go to resource for HETAS Registrants. From Bulletins to Technical Notes through to useful links and documents. Recently uploaded is the Ready to Burn Bulletin.

The HETAS Technical Area is a free to use benefit for HETAS registrants and contains a wealth of information to support the guidance provided through your training, helpline support and Technical Handbook.

In the Technical Area you will find:

  • All of the HETAS Technical Bulletins
  • The recent
  • Technical Notes – from thatch guidance to CO alarm positioning
  • All of our e-newsletters (from 2013 onwards)
  • Detailed guidance on Energy Labelling Requirements

In addition this dedicated platform offers useful links, guidance documents and documentation to support registrants in their daily work. Useful links include:

  • COSHH guidance
  • CDM Regulations
  • Working at Height
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Asbestos
  • Guidance from Which? Trusted Traders

Back in January the requirement for Energy Labelling for roomheater stoves come into force. Click here to find out more or visit the HETAS Technical Area for detailed guidance.

Click here to access the HETAS Technical Area now.

Your Route to a CSCS card

Your Route to a CSCS card

HETAS is pleased to be working with The Joint Industry Board for the Plumbing Industry in England & Wales (JIB-PMES) in providing HETAS Registered Installers with an affordable and accessible route to achieving a CSCS card. The JIB-PMES is a not for profit organisation existing for the benefit of everyone in the Plumbing Industry. They seek to provide registration services quickly and inexpensively and to resolve any problems in a fair and professional manner.

About the JIB UK-PHMES CSCS scheme

Registration cards are becoming essential for all trades people working in the Plumbing and Heating Industry. The card shows site managers, employers and other trades people that you are qualified for the work you are doing, and have passed a Health & Safety Test. The Health & Safety Test ensures that you have been trained to the required legal standard, and have the knowledge and competence to keep you and your fellow workers safe and healthy.

Cards are available for all trades and related occupations in the plumbing industry. Your card depends on your qualifications and your occupation.

Plumbing Related Occupations Registration Card

Cards are available for all trades and related occupations in the plumbing industry. Your card depends on your qualifications and your occupation.

To be issued with a registration card you must be able to show that:

  • You have the relevant qualifications, either UK or overseas.
  • You have passed a Health & Safety Test or an approved course with a Health & Safety module. Health & Safety tests and exemptions
  • You are working in the Plumbing Industry, or are an apprentice or trainee.
  • You must be residing in England or Wales. If you are living in Scotland or Northern Ireland you should contact the Scottish & Northern Ireland JIB

Blue cards are for operatives with a full Level 2 NVQ Diploma or equivalent. Gold cards are for operatives with advanced qualifications – Level 3 NVQ Diploma qualifications or equivalent.

In addition to the availability of the plumbing cards, a specific dual branded JIB/HETAS card is now available for all HETAS Registered Installers.

To apply for your card visit the JIB-PMES website and download the application form or to discuss your options in more detail, contact JIB-PMES directly using the details below.

The card is valid for up to five years.

For more information visit https://www.jib-pmes.org/plumbing-related-occupations-registration-card/

Health and Safety Test

All JIB-PMES CSCS card applicants must meet the JIB’s Health & Safety requirements. The card will only be issued on the basis that you have passed the CITB Health, Safety Environment Test in the Construction Industry. Click here to view the routes to achieving the requirements of the Health & Safety test.

How much does it cost?

A card through JIB-PMES costs £35 (standard application, including Smart Card). Click here for the full list of fees.

Contact the JIB-PMES now to discuss your route to getting a CSCS card and quote ‘HETAS’.

Tel: 01480 476925

Email: info@jib-pmes.org.uk

Moving Home

Moving home

Moving HomeWhen moving home, it is always good practise to know exactly what documentation you require as part of your home exchange process.

Moving home can be stressful enough so we have put together top tips of what you will need if you have an existing solid fuel appliance:

  • Certificate of Compliance
  • Original appliance instructions manual
  • Latest chimney sweeping safety record
  • Servicing record

Please keep these records in a safe place for future reference and ask for these records when purchasing a new property that has a solid fuel heating system.

Certificate of Compliance

If you have an existing solid fuel appliance, you must handover the original certificate of compliance to the new homeowners. This is so they will have all of the details of the appliance and installation for safety and operational purposes. It is also proof that the work has been carried out meeting Building Regulations and standards.

If the work has been carried out by a HETAS registered installer, then you can contact us on 01684 278170 to ask for your certificate to be re-issued. There is an administration fee of £15.00 plus VAT to re-issue your certificate which can be emailed or sent by post.

Please note; we can only post the certificate to the property address where the installation is registered.

For non HETAS installations, please contact the original installer to ask them for a duplicate certificate. You may be able to contact your Local Authority Building Control Department for support with obtaining a duplicate certificate of compliance.

Original appliance instructions manual

We would encourage you to leave the appliances instruction manual so that the new homeowner will be able to read up on how to use and operate the appliance safely.

If you have lost or misplace the manual, you may be able to obtain a duplicate from your supplier or manufacturer.

The HETAS Product search also contains a large number of appliance instructions. Click here to see if we have the information you require.

Chimney Sweeping Certificate

This is handed over to the new homeowners so they will know when the chimney was last swept.

We encourage having your chimney swept at least twice a year when burning wood or bituminous housed coal and at least once a year when burning smokeless fuels. Click here to search for a suitable fuel for your appliance.

The best times to have your chimney swept are just before the start of the heating season and after your stove has not been used over a prolonged period.  If sweeping twice a year, the second time should be after the peak of the main heating season.

We recommend using a HETAS Approved Chimney Sweep – your local sweep can be found on our website using a postcode search.

HETAS Approved Chimney Sweeps will also be a member of one of the three following chimney sweeping associations:

Servicing Record

All solid fuel appliances require continued maintenance and servicing, to ensure they operate efficiently and safely. A routine service should be carried out at least once a year and must meet the appliance manufacturers’ requirements given in any maintenance instructions.

After a servicing by a HETAS Registered Servicing Technician, a servicing & safety record sheet is presented to yourselves as the homeowner.  This confirms any remedial work required and what checks/tests have been carried out during the service.

When moving home, it would be advisable to leave a copy of your latest Servicing Record so that the new homeowners have confirmation of the last service and details of the appliance.  This will also aid future servicing technicians with having a history of the appliance servicing.

Click here to get in touch with the HETAS team.

Get Refreshed

Get RefreshedRefresher Training

New Year training opportunities and the ideal time to get refreshed. Heating combustion installers across industry are required to refresh their training, demonstrating competence as required by the government every 5 years. HETAS continues to facilitate this requirement through their network of HETAS accredited training centres, located strategically throughout the UK and Ireland.

DCLG described the new CPS regulations in 2013 as aiming to improve “consistency and transparency, enhancing quality assurance and improving the level of compliance with the Building Regulations.”

The leading provider for solid fuel and biomass training, HETAS continues to work closely across the wider industry developing and updating appropriate training, offering guidance at government level so as to ensure standards of education in the sector meet and exceed National Occupational Standards (NOS) and Minimum Technical Competence (MTC). As a HETAS registered installer you will have received regular Technical Bulletins, Technical Notes and monthly e-newsletters providing details on some of the changes since your initial training which will assist in successful completion of your training.

The option to refresh your training up to six months early is available without losing your registration expiry date. This has been adopted by HETAS in the knowledge that at times it may be difficult to undertake training within a specific time frame.

Get Refreshed

If you are aware that your refresher training is due soon or have been contacted by one of the registration team, don’t delay, contact your preferred or nearest HETAS accredited training centre for details on dates and availability by accessing https://www.hetas.co.uk/professionals/training-courses/ or call one of the team on 01684 278195.

HETAS has a network of Approved Training Centres. Find your local centre at www.hetas.co.uk/professionals/training-centres.

 

T Panel for the future

T Panel for the future

Department for Education logoMike Harvey, HETAS Training & Technical Manager, has been appointed on to the Building Services T-Level Panel; one of the first three new T-Levels announced recently by the Education Secretary, Justine Greening.

T level panel’s role is to co-create technical education programmes with the Department for Education. Each panel will bring together the expertise of industry professionals and employers to provide the outline ‘core’ content of the knowledge, skills and behaviours and ‘specialist’ content, in sufficient detail, for awarding organisations to develop the full qualification content.

First announced in 2016 and backed by £500 million every year in additional funding, the qualifications are seen as a key milestone in transforming technical education in the UK and they extend the offer for young people to study a technical qualification at Level 3 – equivalent to A-Levels.

T level qualifications will provide students with the knowledge, skills and behaviours they need to get skilled jobs. It is intended that all T level programmes will also include a substantial, high quality work placement‎ so that students can apply their learning in a real workplace environment. The first of the new technical qualifications will be taught from 2020, with the full set of T-Levels introduced by 2022.

Training and ongoing development are key priorities for HETAS. The current suite of HETAS training courses meet and exceed the Minimum Technical Competence standards for our industry. In order to be registered with a competent person scheme, installers need to demonstrate that they meet the relevant minimum technical competence requirements. HETAS is keen to see these Minimum Technical Competence standards raised and will continue to work on behalf of our registrants to raise standards in training and professional competence.

To find out more about the range of HETAS training courses please click here.

CEDA and HETAS collaborate on new guidance

CEDA and HETAS collaborate on new guidance

CEDA and HETAS collaborate on new guidanceSolid fuel fired catering equipment has seen a huge increase in popularity in the last couple of years. HETAS has spent the last 18 months in close collaboration with ceda to produce some much-needed industry guidelines. These guidelines are in harmony with the latest version of DW172, the specification for commercial kitchen ventilation systems.

About ceda

CEDA Ltd is the premier Trade Association representing the most professional Catering Equipment Distributors and Service companies in the UK. Click here to find out more about ceda.

With no “ready-made” document available, Peter Kay from ceda has spent the last 18 months in close collaboration with HETAS to produce some much-needed industry guidelines.

Understanding the risk

There are a number of risks associated with this type of equipment including:

  • Production of carbon monoxide
  • Sparks from the fuels being burned
  • Very high temperature exhaust fumes

Aimed at a broad cross section of the industry, the guide is recommended for foodservice operators, kitchen design teams, equipment suppliers and installers, ventilation designers and engineers, maintenance engineers and ventilation cleaning specialists.

Topics covered include all aspects of equipment selection and positioning, ventilation, fire suppression, equipment operation, fuel types plus storage and handling, cleaning equipment and ductwork and maintenance issues.

HETAS and ceda expect the guide to become the go to document for the industry.

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HETAS Registrants can access a free to download pdf version of the guidance document in the HETAS Technical Area. Alternatively, contact the HETAS Technical Helpline for advice.

Purchase

The document entitled “Guidance on best practice for the safe installation, operation and maintenance of solid fuel fired catering equipment in commercial premises” is available from ceda for a cost of £50. To order a copy please visit the website www.ceda.co.uk/contact-us/ or contact ceda directly on 01386 793911 or by email at info@ceda.co.uk.

 

 

Need to Vent?

Need to Vent?

Rytons Ventilation | Need to VentThe heating season is here and hopefully your books are already pretty full and business is looking healthy. To help with your preparations, the team at Rytons has provided a quick reminder of some of their most popular vents you’re sure to need during the next few months.

Rytons, Established in 1972, began manufacturing just two products; the Rytons Slim Vent Minor and Slim Vent Major. Their aim was to educate architects and builders on the benefits of specifying and installing cavity ventilation in new build cavity walls. The concept grew steadily and eventually became part of UK regulations and standards. Today the number of products Rytons manufacture and distribute has expanded to over three hundred, but it still contains those first two products.

The products are well-designed, made of good quality materials and will last! To support these claims and offer peace of mind when buying or specifying, Rytons have products approved by two of the most well respected bodies in the industry – HETAS and the British Board of Agrément (BBA).

The Rytons website also has ventilation calculators for stoves, open fires and gas appliances. They are there to save you time and a headache – give them a try.
Video

A full range of useful videos can be found on the Rytons Vimeo channel.

With Rytons celebrating 45 years of manufacturing, they have also produced a timeline of the business. Click here to view the history of Rytons.

Got a technical ventilation question? Contact the HETAS Technical team on technical@hetas.co.uk or call 01684 278170.