New Standard Published – Update to BS EN 303-5

In 2021, BSI published details of the updates to the requirements, testing and marking of independent boiler appliances standard, BS EN 303-5 Heating boilers for solid fuels, manually and automatically stoke, nominal output of up to 500kW. Independent boiler appliances are regulated under the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, which is transposed into UK law under the Read More…

Addressing Concern About Wood Burning

The latest statistics from Defra released this week show that PM2.5 emissions from burning wood in homes are significantly less than originally estimated by the Clean Air Strategy in 2019. Based on a Government commissioned report by independent consultants Kantar, the volume of wood burnt in UK homes is estimated to be 1.74m tonnes, which Read More…

HETAS Cleaner Choice – New Scheme Raising Industry Standards

Why is the Cleaner Choice Scheme is needed? In line with on-going government strategies to promote cleaner air and to better support consumer decisions in the purchase of environmentally responsible products, HETAS has launched the independent “Cleaner Choice” initiative for UK biomass and solid fuel products. These developments aim to reform the currently recognised HETAS Product Approval Scheme, Read More…

What’s changing for RHI recipients with biomass appliances?

There are upcoming changes to those in receipt of domestic and non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for their biomass appliances. Initially, recipients of the non-domestic RHI for biomass boilers will be required to have annual planned maintenance that meets the MCS Standard. The government plan to draw up legislation in February 2022, with an aim Read More…

Simple steps to take to help your chimney safety

Chimney Fire Safety Week 2021 Chimney Fire Safety Week is an annual campaign that will run from 30th August to 5th September this year. The national campaign aims to highlight small steps you can take to mitigate your risk of having a chimney fire. You will see messages across HETAS socials during the week with Read More…

A Consumer Guide To Ecodesign And DEFRA Exemption

We have put together a simple guide to give you as a consumer an overview of Ecodesign and DEFRA Exemption requirements. Hopefully, this will enable you to make an informed choice about buying a solid fuel appliance. Both standards support government initiatives to reduce the impact of emissions from domestic solid fuel burning. Ecodesign Implementation Read More…