Government supports shift to more efficient heating systems and controls

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From April 2018, UK householders installing new boilers will benefit from an improved energy efficiency standard, saving them energy, reducing bills and reducing carbon emissions in line with the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy.

This new requirement which the Government announced today (12th October 2017) means that each new and replacement gas boiler installed in England from April 2018 will be required to have an efficiency rating of at least 92% (ErP). For householders installing combination boilers, they are also required to choose an additional energy saving control: weather/load compensation; flue gas heat recovery (FGHR); or specified smart controls. In addition, basic time and temperature controls will be mandated with all oil and gas boilers.

The SEA has supported the development of this policy and regulation change since 2015, producing policy analysis and publishing several papers in support. Our members have provided market-intelligence to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and we have continually engaged with policymakers as the policy has been developed.

Commenting on today’s announcement Lesley Rudd, SEA Chief Executive said

“The SEA welcomes the UK Government’s decision to increase heating standards to reflect the opportunities presented by improved technologies. Increasing the efficiency of our homes is vital if the country is to tackle both the cost of energy, and to reduce carbon emissions. We need to ensure this is not a one-off improvement and that we work to continuously improve how we heat our homes, progressing from more efficient gas boilers to renewables as part of a clear strategy. Government and industry have worked closely in developing the improvement announced today, the engagement process has been a good one, and the SEA looks forward to further engagement on developing a timetable for the assessment of further standard improvement opportunities as we move towards the 4th and 5th carbon budgets.”