Commissioning Guidance Smoke, Spillage & Flue Draught Testing

The following guidance will form a Technical Note which will be published by HETAS early in 2020. All of the HETAS Technical Notes and Bulletins can be accessed in the Technical Area of the website (login required). Commissioning Commissioning of solid fuel burning appliances is a critical final stage of any installation, servicing or maintenance Read More…

BS EN 16510-1 Explained

In 2018, HETAS released details of the recently published testing standard BS EN 16510-1 General Requirements and test methods for residential solid fuel burning appliances. The new requirements have been developed over a number of years through the relevant European Standards committee, with the intention of providing an updated and more robust means for testing Read More…

Hearth Boundaries

Hearth Boundaries The HETAS Technical team often provides clarification to registrants on issues relating to the subject of how a hearth surface should be marked out, ie. the demarcation or boundary of the hearth against the regular flooring material in the room. Regulation The regulation requiring reference here is Approved Document J (ADJ): J4: Protection 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…

The Importance of Commissioning

Importance of Commissioning Commissioning of any solid fuel appliance is a vital part of the installation process. However, on occasions it can be overlooked. HETAS Inspections Manager Alan Young talks to us about the critical points of the commissioning process. Guidance Building Regulations require appliances and flue systems to be tested on completion to ensure Read More…

Hearth Marking

Marking of the Hearth Boundary The HETAS technical helpline regularly receive enquiries relating to the subject of how a hearth surface should be marked out, i.e. the demarcation or boundary of the hearth against the regular flooring material in the room. The regulation requiring reference here is as follows: J4: Protection of Building; Combustion appliances Read More…

Ready for Inspection

Ready for inspection When your HETAS inspector makes contact with you for your routine inspection, it is an opportunity to demonstrate your ongoing compliance with HETAS registration and compliance with Regulations. Here we highlight some tips to ensure a compliant inspection. Prior to joining HETAS, installers must successfully complete training and pass an onsite inspection Read More…

Be Alarmed

Be alarmed The positioning of a carbon monoxide alarms can be an important factor in ensuring compliance with Approved Document J and ensuring an alarm has the best opportunity to identify carbon monoxide. HETAS Technical Note 0022 has all the information you need. Questions from installers over the type, suitability and positioning of carbon monoxide Read More…