Government launches new Boiler Plus legislation

Boiler Plus, launched by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), encourages energy efficiency by mandating requirements for heating systems, setting out new expectations regarding what both manufacturers and installers have to deliver.
Alongside a host of other measures, this policy will require a new minimum performance standard for domestic gas boilers in English homes will be set of 92% ErP. The ErP Directive aims to phase out poorly performing products across a range of product groups to reduce carbon emissions across Europe, with the ultimate goal of achieving the EU’s 2020 targets.
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The legislation will require all those fitting new combination boilers to include one of the following in their system:

  • Flue gas heat recovery systems
  • Weather Compensation
  • Load Compensation
  • Smart controls featuring automation and optimisation functions

The premise of the legislation is that it will encourage, and enable, householders to make informed decisions about the products that best meet their needs. The degree of flexibility in terms of which entities render a new boiler ‘compliant’ means that the diversity of the house stock and needs of the consumer are catered for.
Given the extent to which domestic heating contributes to emissions, the new standards, coming into effect on 6 April 2018, will help reduce carbon emissions by 2 MtCO2e in the fourth Carbon Budget and 3.2 MtCO2e in the fifth Carbon Budget, and encourage consumers to prioritise the thermal comfort and energy efficiency of their heating.
This is part of the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, aimed at cutting carbon emissions to combat climate change while driving economic growth.

  • Strategy launched to cut carbon emissions while growing the economy and keeping bills down.
  • Over £2.5 billion of Government funding to be invested in low carbon innovation from 2015 to 2021 and new measures to make UK a world leader in green finance as part of the Industrial Strategy.
  • Homeowners, renters and those living in social housing to benefit from increased energy efficiency and reduced bills with plans for as many homes as possible to have an Energy Performance Certificate of Band C by 2035, potentially cutting energy costs for the average household by £270 a year.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said:
“This Government has put clean growth at the heart of its Industrial Strategy to increase productivity, boost people’s earning power and ensure Britain continues to lead the world in efforts to tackle climate change.
“For the first time in a generation, the British government is leading the way on taking decisions on new nuclear, rolling out smart meters and investing in low carbon innovation. The world is moving from being powered by polluting fossil fuels to clean energy. It’s as big a change as the move from the age of steam to the age of oil and Britain is showing the way.”
For homes, the commitments include:

  • Support around £3.6 billion of investment to upgrade around a million homes through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), and extend support for home energy efficiency improvements from 2022 to 2028 at least at the current level of ECO funding
  • All fuel poor homes to be upgraded to Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2030 and the aspiration is for as many homes as possible to be Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2035 where practical, cost effective and affordable
  • Develop a long term trajectory to improve the energy performance standards of privately-rented homes, with the aim of upgrading as many private rented homes as possible to Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2030 where practical, cost effective and affordable