CAFS2 Update | April 2022

Cleaner Air for Scotland 2 – Towards a Better Place for Everyone is Scotland’s second air quality strategy, setting out how the Scottish Government and its partner organisations propose to further reduce air pollution to protect human health and fulfil Scotland’s legal responsibilities over the period 2021-2026. Representatives from the domestic combustion sector regularly meet Read More…

Boiler Upgrade Scheme now open

The £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme (previously known as the Clean Heat Grant) is part of more than £3.9 billion of new funding being announced by the government for decarbonising heat and buildings. This will fund the next 3 years of investment through the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, the Home Upgrade Grant scheme, the Boiler Read More…

Installation of Open-Flued Solid Fuel Heating Appliances in Bedrooms

This article was first published in HETAS Technical Bulletin #25. A common enquiry received on the HETAS technical helpline of late surrounds the options for the installation of a solid fuel heating appliance into a bedroom or rooms utilised for sleeping accommodation. Guidance within current standards and regulation requirements are not ultimately clear in terms Read More…

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…

UKAS Audit success for HETAS

A common misconception of HETAS, by both consumers and our registrants is that we are a governing body, this is not the case. Amongst a number of services provided by HETAS, in England and Wales we operate the Competent Persons Scheme (CPS) and a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) for installers and appliances. HETAS operates it’s Read More…

Biomass maintenance requirements

Incoming legislation this April will pay dividends for installers, non-domestic biomass heating owners and the environment, says HETAS.  As of April 2022, updates to The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2022 will make it a legal requirement to prove biomass heating systems in non-domestic settings have been properly Read More…

National statistics of emissions of air pollutants

On the 18th February Defra published its emissions of air pollutants national statistics. The publication provides estimates of UK emissions of particulate matter (PM10 and PM2.5), nitrogen oxides, ammonia, non-methane volatile organic compounds and sulphur dioxide. The information contains statistics on annual emissions for the period 1970 to 2020.  The full set of emissions of Read More…

Help to Grow: Digital

Help to Grow: Digital, is a UK-wide government-backed scheme which provides businesses with free, impartial advice, guidance and tools to help you explore digital technology and how it can help your business grow. The scheme also provides targeted financial support, worth up to £5,000 towards the costs of buying approved digital technologies. The Help to Grow website Read More…