The HETAS Guide 2018 has arrived
The HETAS Guide 2018 has been published and has a change of look and feel as well as a few tricks up its sleeve. After surveying and talking to users of the Guide we had an overwhelming steer to keep it both hard copy and web based. The question of dropping the hard copy was one with a clear answer from users – keep it going!
Apart from keeping the hard copy format we have listened to the users and have fitted in more approved appliances and equipment in to a thinner and lighter document. This has meant making decisions about how to present information which is now clearer and more concise than ever before.
Alongside the main printed guide, we have the website with numerous search options and new for this year we are offering manufacturers a ‘Mini Guide’; a version of the Guide with just their own appliances listed and some useful supplementary information. The purpose of this is to support customers looking for a particular stove manufacturer and wanting more information from HETAS.
Over 60% of consumer calls to HETAS are from customers wanting to choose an appliance and coming to HETAS first get advice before making that choice. If they enquire about a particular manufacturer we can send an electronic copy of that manufacturer’s approvals in a Mini Guide format without sending the whole Guide. This is something that manufacturers appear to like as it supports and underpins their sales efforts.
A key benefit of HETAS third party approval is that customers can see that any approved stove, chimney, boiler, ancillary product has a third party validation. Customers like the comfort they get from third party assessment and certification. The HETAS scheme looks at more than CE marking and also supports approval schemes like MCS and Ecodesign Ready for the Stove Industry Alliance (SIA).
Another benefit this year is that HETAS is producing comprehensive certification packs for each appliance, chimney/flue and fuel. The certification pack makes clear what tests and checks have been done and clearly demonstrates the product credentials, again giving buyers, specifiers etc, a third party validation of the manufacturer’s compliance with the various requirements.
As more and more products become HETAS Approved we are supporting the manufacturers with better support. Each month the HETAS website gets up to 60,000 visits. With the recent concerns about particulate emissions and air quality, it is more important than ever to show customers that modern solid fuel and wood-burning appliances are part of the air quality solution. Having a new modern, clean appliance to replace any old open fires or old stove helps reduce environmental impact. Always use clean dry fuel with the Woodsure Ready to Burn logo on it.
Get in touch if you’d like a copy of the HETAS Guide 2018. Click here to contact HETAS.
Heat Hero Gets HETAS Listing
Heat Hero is the latest product to be listed in the HETAS Guide under Link-Up Systems for Heating & Hot Water.
The product is a unique system based on manifold injectors in two installed units that enable circulation around a solid fuel fired heating system to be maximised as well as gravity circulation around the hot water storage cylinder when the heating/radiator system is not energised. It contains no moving parts or any electrical components. Where required, it enables a secondary heat source, such as a gas or oil fired boiler, to be linked into the system with the solid fuel boiler.
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There are no specific technical standards for assessing the design, production or performance of this type of equipment although there do exist standards for the individual components from which the devices are built up. For example, plate heat exchangers, pipes and fittings and electrical components. It is therefore not a requirement that the equipment is CE Marked.
The listings given in the HETAS Guide are based on the manufacturer demonstrating satisfactorily that their product is safe and fit for the purpose of serving a boiler red by biomass or solid mineral fuel. This will normally be an assessment by an independent authorised competent organisation such as a Notified Body. In the absence of any regulatory standards for the design, production or performance of the equipment listed it is not possible for HETAS to approve it. The listing is therefore simply a recognition that the manufacturer has taken all necessary steps to ensure their product is safe and fit for its purpose when installed in accordance with their instructions.
Find out more about the Heat Hero listing and other ancillary products such as Zonealone’s Heat Genie, Advanced Appliances thermal storage cylinder and AMAC chimney inspection cameras in the HETAS Guide by visiting www.hetas.co.uk/find-appliance and clicking on Ancillary Products.
Interested in getting a product approved or listed with HETAS? Get in touch with the Product Approval team on 01684 278170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Waxman Heating, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of solid fuel stoves and chimney accessories, is pleased to announce the new HETAS Approval on its range of Pacific Energy wood burning stoves.
Waxman Heating is dedicated to providing high quality products, backed up with outstanding service, which is why this recent accolade is so important. With heating season just beginning, the new Approval means that the distribution company can now give installers, retailers and end-users an industry backed product that meets the high standards HETAS represents.
The products approved include the entire Pacific Energy wood burning stove range, Alderlea 1.2, NEO 1.2, NEO 1.6 & NEO 1.2 Short; these are exclusively available throughout the UK and Ireland from Waxman Heating. Manufactured in Canada with over 35 years’ design experience, Pacific Energy stoves are a hallmark of innovation, efficiency and quality; the new HETAS Approval represents this.
As a highly respected industry body, which is recognised by Government to approve biomass and solid fuel heating appliances, fuels and services, including the registration of competent installers and servicing businesses, the HETAS Approved stoves will give customers quality assurance. Waxman Heating customers can add this to a number of key benefits Pacific Energy stoves offer, including a considerable 15 year manufacturer warranty and three year parts and labour guarantee.
The stoves are to be listed on the HETAS Approved product list both online and in print, where customers can be informed of energy efficiency, key characteristics and clearances to help build an informed decision prior to purchase.
For more information about the Pacific Energy stoves that have been recently approved, customers are encouraged to visit the Waxman Heating website, here: www.waxmanheating.co.uk/
With over 1,000 approved products listed in the HETAS Guide and online, now is the time to have your appliances approved with HETAS.
The HETAS Guide is published annually and officially launches at the Ecobuild exhibition at the start of March. The HETAS Guide has expanded greatly in recent years and now includes a wide variety of approvals and listing, including:
- Stoves: wood, multi fuel
- Slow heat release appliances
- Room heaters/stoves with boilers
- Biomass heating
- Condensing biomass boilers
- Chimney systems
- Mineral Fuels
- Biomass Fuels in association with Woodsure
- Ventilation equipment
- Prefabricated insulated fireplace recess liners
- Link up systems
Most recently AMAC Engineering is one of the latest companies to get their products listed in the HETAS Guide, with their range of chimney inspection cameras. HETAS also approve around 75% of the biomass appliances listed on the MCS scheme.
HETAS product approval is based on a number of factors, including:
- CE Type Test Report
- Installation instructions
- Operating instructions
- Sales brochures
- Assembly drawings
- Details of Quality Management Systems
Summer is an excellent opportunity to gain product approval with HETAS in advance of the heating season. To aid applications, HETAS have introduced a real-time step-by-step online application process for manufacturers of appliances and products to use, for easier upload and submission of technical data, marketing literature and associated documentation. Alternatively you can contact the HETAS team on 01684 278180 or email email@example.com.