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Witten by Bernard Morgan (Engineer) & Adam Apperley (Marketing). Published: April 13, 2018. Updated: January 23, 2024

Boiler Plus Legislation 2018

Boiler Plus: New standards for domestic boiler installations in England from April 2018

What is Boiler Plus and what does it mean for you?

New regulations for boiler efficiency came into place on April 6 2018. These regulations are designed to improve the way you use energy in your home, giving you greater choice and control over your energy usage. This results in tangible savings on your energy bills.

The new Boiler Plus Legislation 2018 ensures programmable timers and room thermostats are an explicit requirement for all gas and oil systems. This gives you the power to achieve the greatest comfort in your home. Under this legislation, there are three new requirements for boilers being installed:

  1. All gas boilers must have a seasonal efficiency of at least 92% ErP.
  2. All gas and oil boilers must have time and temperature control.
  3. All gas combination boilers must be installed with one of the following additional energy-saving measures:

Flue Gas Heat Recovery Systems (FGHR):

This device is designed to improve energy efficiency of the boiler by recycling the heat from the flue gases, which would usually be lost into the atmosphere. Instead this heat is used to preheat domestic hot water.

Weather Compensation

Weather Compensation uses sensors installed outside on a north-facing elevation that monitor the temperature changes over time.

They communicate this information back to your central heating system, which then calculates, with great accuracy, how much heat should be generated and for how long. This way, the Weather Compensation system maintains the temperature you want without spikes of overheating and under-heating.

Load Compensation

Load Compensation monitors the response from the heating system, measures it, and then adjusts the flow temperature automatically based on requirements to reduce fuel consumption.

Smart Controls (Thermostats) featuring Automation and Optimisation functions

Below is a diagram that better explains how the Boiler Plus Legislation 2018 works courtesy of the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council website:

Boiler Plus Legislation 2018

You can now get an online quote for a Boiler Plus Legislation 2018 compliant Boiler or Full Central Heating System Installation. Simply enter your postcode below and hit the button:

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Why is the government pushing Boiler Plus, and why is it important?

We think, and sure you will agree, this was a great initiative by the UK government. The UK is a global leader in the gas boiler market and has continued to develop cutting-edge technologies that have exceeded the minimum standards set in the last decade.

Raising these already high standards has helped the UK maintain this strong market position. As a global leader, the UK’s new Boiler Plus Regulations 2018 has ensured that British homes provide people with the advances they expect and the comfort they deserve.

The Boiler Plus standard achieves this while reducing fuel consumption, not only saving a lot of your hard-earned money on energy bills but also reducing your carbon footprint. The best thing about Boiler Plus is you have a choice of technologies. You can choose a setup that best fits your lifestyle, ensuring that your home has the right heating controls in place, we can help drive down bills.

What’s more, the UK government has also taken some more positive steps toward higher energy efficiency:

  • They invested £3.6 billion into the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Scheme helping to eradicate fuel poverty.
  • They strive to upgrade all fuel-poor homes to Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2035.
  • Improve the energy performance standards of all private homes to Energy Performance Band C by 2030.

What happens if you don’t comply with Boiler Plus Legislation 2018?

If you are told by a plumber/installer/installation company that installing a cheap, below 90% efficiency boiler, will comply with Boiler Plus, please be warned – it can be considered fraudulent.

While there is a grace period of about 6 months for installers and homeowners to comply with Boiler Plus, precaution is a better route than cure. Building Control can prosecute installers who do not install boilers complying with the Boiler Plus Legislation 2018 as it can be deemed breaking the law.

As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to ensure your new boiler complies with Boiler Plus, as you may be prosecuted and fined if you don’t.

Does Boilerhut comply with Boiler Plus Legislation 2018?

As you can understand, a standard like this will affect all of close to 1.5 million boiler installations taking place in the UK every year. On top of that, these legislative changes can be a headache for heating engineers as they often have to take time out of their already busy schedules to attend further training.

The Boiler Plus Legislation 2018 is different, however, especially for Boilerhut, because our engineers and installers have been recommending and installing energy-saving measures for the past few years already.

On top of that, Boilerhut are Viessmann Approved Installers. Viessmann was given a “UK Best Buy” approval in 2017. They are also one of the highest efficiency boilers in the world, with the Vitodens 050-W and the Vitodens 100-W close to 94% efficiency, and the Vitodens 200-W at 98% energy efficiency.

This means Boilerhut was “Boiler Plus” compliant before any legislation was put into place, installing one of the highest-efficiency boilers in the UK.

What’s more, our installation cost already includes a wireless, programmable thermostat, which, when combined with a high-efficiency boiler like the Viessmann Vitodens range, will comfortably exceed the required efficiency.

If you would like a quote for a brand new A-Rated Boiler Plus compliant condensing boiler installation or even a full central heating installation quote, you can do that by simply entering your postcode in the box below and hitting the button.

Based on your answers, our quoting system will give you an online estimate instantly, and we can install it within 24 hours.

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