All new and replacement boilers in dwellings should now be of the condensing type, if it is appropriate for your property.
There is a simple procedure that will determine whether a condensing boiler can be fitted. This involves assessing the installation considering the following areas:
- The property type
- The fuel
- Whether the boiler needs to be moved
- The need for an extended flue
- The need for a condensate pump or soakaway
All gas boilers must be installed by a CORGI registered installer who will advise you whether a condensing boiler is appropriate for your property and provide you with a “declaration form” for you to keep. (An OFTEC installer will advise you for oil fired boilers.)
This comes into force on 1 April 2005 for gas boilers
(1 April 2007 for Oil fired boilers)
New standard boilers that have been ordered before 1 April 2005 are acceptable, provided they are installed before 30 June 2005.
Condensing boilers are more efficient than the conventional type and are available in standard and combination models. Better efficiency means that your heating bills will be reduced.
Condensing boilers need not cost the earth
The Big Green Boiler Scheme is a well established initiative backed by the Government and local councils. Gas and oil condensing boilers can be purchased at a discounted price (selected models).
For more information on the Big Green Boiler Scheme contact:
Freephone: 0800 028 28 55 or www.green-boilers.co.uk
For further details on the Building Regulations, contact Building Control on
Tel: 01895 837212