WORCESTER BOSCH’S MARTYN BRIDGES DISCUSS CORNER LEGISLATION
Martyn Bridges, Director of Technical Communications and Product Management at Worcester Bosch, discusses upcoming heating, ventilation and plumbing policy updates for England, Wales, Scotland and the Ireland.
As we move towards a more familiar way of life, the pandemic has naturally had an impact on policy updates for the UK, slowing both approvals and progress.
However, there has been some movement, with a steady increase in information about plans for home heating strategy policy improvements, building regulations, as well as Boiler Plus.
Implementation of any new policy is expected to take place in May and June 2022, with written regulations from the respective legislatures expected to materialize towards the end of 2021.
At this point, the government will shed light on its plans to meet decarbonization targets, especially in existing homes.
Earlier this year, we expected several regulations and publications to be put in place by various UK governments indicating their roadmap to decarbonization.
Although we have seen building regulation projects from all over England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, these remain in their original draft or await a second review and subsequent response. Of the industry.
This is a process to narrow down the choice of edits following initial feedback and means we haven’t seen any actual updates.
Not only that, the current period of purdah ahead of local elections across the country has halted publication of the policy, following which we will see a flurry of new regulations in Part L of UK building regulations. , Heat in Homes Strategy, and Hydrogen Strategy Paper.
Home heating strategy and building regulations
The one we are fascinated by is the crucial Heat in Homes strategy which will address existing homes both on and off the gas grid.
Government approval steps suggest a collaborative approach and implementation of industry feedback, so while we can look forward to it, it’s for good reason.
The draft building regulation shows a transition to a low-carbon or zero-carbon house and promises a provisional Part L for publication in October or November, for implementation in May or June 2022.
While building regulations call for a 31% reduction in carbon in new construction compared to equivalent homes built in 2013, there is a question mark over existing homes that has yet to be properly addressed.
Deployment of Boiler Plus
One policy which is now a regulation of all UK governments is the Boiler Plus program.
The UK’s adoption of the scheme is the most impactful part of the government’s latest plans for installers working in existing homes.
Initially introduced only in England and some homes in Wales in 2018, Boiler Plus is now appearing in draft regulations in Scotland, Ireland and across Wales.
The program aims to regulate and improve home heating systems by increasing their efficiency, and is part of the government’s strategy for heating in homes.
The Scottish and Irish versions of Boiler Plus remain the same as the English versions, while Wales requires a load compensating thermostat to directly control the boiler output.
Either way, the efficiency requirements and the four optional metrics that you should choose one from remain pretty much the same as in the English version.
In summary, the introduction of new heating, ventilation and plumbing initiatives is on the back burner, with approved plans expected to materialize by the end of this year.
Strategies are in place in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland to ensure decarbonization of homes across the country, and we’ll soon see how exactly governments plan to achieve this.