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…

Round the bend

Round the bend HETAS receive on occasion queries relating to the appropriate application of any provisions contained within recognised BSI standards, and how they can be applied with continued re-assurance in meeting the UK Building Regulation requirements. Recently this has included provisions surrounding immediate bends directly off the top of an appliance. Alternative approach In 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…

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

Through the Heat and Buildings Strategy, the government in October 2021 published plans to incentivise people to install low-carbon heating systems in a simple, fair and cheap way as they come to replace their old boilers over the coming decade. This will significantly reduce the UK’s dependency on fossil fuels and exposure to global price 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…