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Boiler Plus: New standards for domestic boiler installations from April 2018
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

These FAQs are for information only and do not supersede or replace the requirements contained in the Boiler Plus Consultation Response. These FAQs do not constitute legal or investment advice and prospects are urged to consult their professional advisors. It is our intention to keep these FAQs under review and to publish revised issues from time-to-time. Feedback can be submitted to buildingheat@beis.gov.uk.

The new standards we have outlined in the Boiler Plus policy document improve the way many people use energy in their homes by giving them greater choice, greater control, and tangible savings on their energy bills. The new minimum performance standard for domestic gas boilers in English homes will be set at 92% ErP. The standard will also make timers and room thermostats an explicit requirement for all gas and oil systems, putting beyond doubt the need to give consumers the power to achieve the greatest comfort in the home.

When a gas combination boiler is installed, an additional energy efficiency measure will be required. This requirement is flexible to allow a suitable choice to be made that reflects the diverse nature of the housing stock, and the needs of the household. The energy saving technologies that can be used to comply are

  • Flue gas heat recovery systems
  • Weather Compensation
  • Load Compensation

Smart controls featuring automation and optimisation functions

The UK is a global leader in the gas boiler market, which has continued to develop cutting edge technologies that now exceed the minimum standards set last decade. Raising standards will maintain this strong market position, as a global leader, and will ensure English homes provide people with the advances they expect and the comfort they deserve. The Boiler Plus policy achieves this while reducing fuel consumption, meaning that bills will fall and carbon emissions are curbed. By offering consumers a choice of technologies, they can choose a setup that best fits their lifestyle, and by ensuring all households have heating controls in place, we can help drive down bills.

If you allow someone who isn’t a Gas Safe-registered engineer to inspect or work on a gas boiler, cooker or fire in your home, they might not be qualified to do the work safely. You could be putting lives at risk. Poorly maintained, badly installed or faulty gas appliances can cause: Gas leaks, Fire, Explosions, Carbon monoxide poisoning

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Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas which you can’t see, taste or smell, but it can kill quickly without warning.