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Biomass boilers- which fuel is best?

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Increasing numbers of homes and businesses are recognising the benefits of switching to wood-fired heating systems, but there is still confusion about which fuel source to opt for. Modern, automatic wood-fired biomass boilers can be fuelled by pellets or chips, and the choice of fuel source depends on a number of factors. Increasingly, it appears that a lack of both ... Read More »

Flaring up

Flaringup

While some heating engineers who work in LPG may have reservations about the requirements in UP/1, Barrie Church explains why flaring gas is preferable to venting. For some time now there has been concern amongst LPG installers that the requirements in UP/1 for flaring all LPG purge operations may be too excessive. The argument goes further in that for small ... Read More »

Addressing vulnerabilities

Addressing vulnerabilities

It is a common misconception that modern boilers and central heating systems require less protection from corrosion and limescale build -up because technology has advanced. Francine Wickham explains why this is not the case and explores the products to consider when installing and servicing systems of any age. Professional installers will be fully aware that corrosion is a central heating ... Read More »

Piloting change

Piloting change

The APHC and Severn Trent Water have joined forces to pilot a scheme that would see WaterSafe-approved contractors directly report high-risk plumbing work to the relevant water company. A new pilot scheme initiated by The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) and Severn Trent Water has been designed to provide a mechanism for WaterSafe-approved contractors (located within Severn Trent ... Read More »

In the gutter

In the gutter

Robin Oakley looks at the various considerations required before commencing work on any new rainwater guttering and drainpipe systems. Rainwater guttering and downpipe systems should be designed and installed to comply with the Building Regulations, 2010, Approved Document H, Section 3 in England & Wales (AD ‘H’); Scottish Building Standards 2013 Technical Handbook – Domestic; and The Building Regulations (Northern ... Read More »

Working on sunshine

Working on sunshine

Installer talks to David Mooney – an independent Energy Consultant – about the current solar PV market and the many opportunities that are now available to new and existing solar companies. The solar PV market has gone through some major ups and downs over the last few years that has seen many companies experience a rollercoaster ride that has taken ... Read More »

Dealing with pressure

Dealing with pressure

Householders are becoming increasingly aware of low water pressure but fitting a shower pump is not always straightforward. Malcolm Campbell explains how plumbers can help homeowners to deal with water pressure problems in the home. The new digital landscape is bringing about a major shift when it comes to doing something about poor water performance in the home caused by ... Read More »

Testing procedure

Testing procedure

The testing procedure IGEM/UP/1B edition 3 was launched in October 2012 and incorporated natural gas, LPG and LPG/air as well as a number of additional changes. Mike Heads re-examines this procedure as there still seems to be some confusion on its implementation. This recent edition Tightness testing and direct purging of small Liquefied Petroleum Gas/Air, Natural Gas and Liquefied Petroleum ... Read More »

Winning combination

Winning combination

Following the introduction of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), manufacturers have been challenged to create technologies that act as the next step towards a wholesale reliance on green energy. Martyn Bridges explains the next level of innovation coming onto the boiler market. The incentive to take up efficient domestic technologies has gained momentum ever since the introduction of the ... Read More »

Be air aware

Be air aware

Dirt and magnetite have long been recognised as causing problems in domestic heating systems. However, the negative effect of air is far less widely acknowledged. Roger Williams explains the issues surrounding air and offers installers some best practice advice. In order to treat, solve or even prevent a problem such as system breakdown, it is firstly important to understand thecause ... Read More »