Views from the training team

With the end of 2021 fast approaching we caught up with HETAS and Woodsure Training Manger Mike Harvey to discuss how HETAS training centres have supported our industry throughout a very challenging year and what to expect for 2022. It’s been an exciting year of challenges and development as we see the industry go from Read More…

Omicron Update from the HETAS team

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to affect our daily lives, the government has announced some changes to the way businesses are required to operate to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant.  HETAS will continue to operate to our usual operating hours of Monday – Thursday 8:30 to 5pm and Friday 8:30 to 4:30pm. Since Read More…

Implementation of Ecodesign Regulation in 2022

This article was first published in HETAS Technical Bulletin #24 (login required). HETAS over the last couple of years have been raising awareness to industry stakeholders in relation to the impending regulatory changes stipulated within Ecodesign. Responsibilities for both HETAS registered installers and approved retailers can be found in guidance notes GN003I and GN003R in Read More…

Christmas Closure 2021

It’s heading towards that time of year when the HETAS office close for a Christmas break following a busy year. No doubt you will all be doing the same and having some well-deserved time with your family & friends. With the festive break fast approaching, we wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a Read More…

Cleaner Air for Scotland Delivery Group formed

The first meeting of Scotland’s Cleaner Air For Scotland 2 (CAFS2) Delivery Group recently took place. The Delivery Group has overall responsibility for ensuring the high level actions detailed in the Scottish Government’s strategy for clean air comes to fruition. The Cleaner Air for Scotland 2 – Towards a Better Place for Everyone which was published in July, sets out the Scottish Government’s air quality policy framework for the next five years and a series of actions to deliver further air quality improvements. Specialist sub-groups will have input into key policy areas of the strategy, with domestic burning being an area of focus.

HETAS signs up to the Prompt Payment Code

HETAS has now signed up to The Prompt Payment Code (PPC). The Code is a voluntary code of practice for businesses, administered by the Office of the Small Business Commissioner (SBC) on behalf of BEIS. It was established in December 2008 and sets standards for payment practices between organisations of any size and their suppliers. Read More…

Flue Heights and BS EN 13384 Calculations

This article was first published in HETAS Technical Bulletin #23. It is well known that a flue works as a result of two natural principles; pressure difference and temperature difference.  BS8303:2018 states:  In general, the size of flue is chosen to ensure adequate evacuation of combustion products. The major operating force providing the flue draught Read More…

Small Business Saturday

It’s been a challenging few years for everyone and the retail sector has been impacted massively since the initial lockdown of 2020. The Federation of Small Business suggests there were 5.9 million small businesses at the start of 2020 and SMEs account for three fifths of the employment and around half of turnover in the UK Read More…

Defra’s Burn Better Campaign

The ‘Burn Better’ campaign is a joint initiative supported by Defra, the Solid Fuel Association and HETAS to help reduce emissions and improve people’s health. This year the initiative is calling on those with solid fuel appliances in their homes to help improve air quality. Some simple steps can be taken such as using seasoned Read More…

Introducing The Environment Act 2021

HETAS welcomes Environmental Act air quality targets HETAS welcomes the passing of the Environment Act 2021 into law. On 9 November, the Act was approved after being first introduced to Parliament in January 2020 to address environmental protection and the delivery of the Government’s 25-year environment plan following Brexit. Government says the Act will clean Read More…