Government Announces Boiler Plus Legislation
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has set out new legislation that encourages energy efficiency to meet the EU’s 2020 carbon emission targets. the new legislation is set to take effect from April 2018.
There have been a host of measures but the main points are that any domestic gas boiler must have a minimum performance of 92% ErP.
The legislation also requires that any new combination boiler be fitted one of the following on the system;
- Flue gas heat recovery systems
Pros – Improves efficiency, uses less gas for the same temperature, little maintance required
Cons – Bulky if space is a premium, will take a long time to get investment back
- Weather Compensation
Pros – Increases efficiency by monitoring weather outside the dwelling, adapting radiator temperatures to temperature rises/decline
Cons – Difficult to set up and adjust quickly
- Load Compensation (A load compensator adjusts the radiator circulating temperature to be hotter when the house is cold)
Pros – Runs radiators at a cooler temperature when less heat is required, more responsive
Cons – If controller isn’t placed correctly then whole property can be thrown out
- Smart controls featuring automation and optimisation functions
Pros – Allows remote access to control the temperature of the property, view your the property’s energy consumption, thermostats can learn the owners behaviour
Cons – Are more expensive than conventional thermostats, thermostats can be tricky to use for some end users
With some weather compensation kits costing in excess of £150 and with space being a premium on most new installations to allow the fitting of a flue gas heat recovery system, it seems that the fitting of smart controls such as Nest and Hive is going to be the most effective way of meeting the new Boiler Plus legislation.
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