The Heating and Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC) has launched a series of guides aimed at bringing installers and consumers up to speed about the requirements of the incoming Boiler Plus legislation.

From 1 April 2018, Boiler Plus will require all those fitting new combi 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 first guide to be published covers weather compensation and it can be viewed here.

Speaking about the guide, Martyn Bridges - Director of Marketing and Technical Support at Worcester Bosch Group and chair of HHIC Boiler Technical Panel, said: “With the advent of the Boiler + standards, entering into force in April 2018, we know that many installers will be keen to learn more about the four technologies eligible for installation with a replacement gas combination boiler, at least one of which must be specified and fitted alongside the boiler.

"Through discussion at HHIC meetings, and whilst the policy was at a formative stage, we identified that there was a need to provide a simple and effective way to assist in educating and supporting installers less familiar with the concepts, principles and installation considerations for weather compensation.

"We decided that an industry factsheet would be the best approach, helping installers grasp the key points, and instilling them with the confidence to undertake more focused training if necessary. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy have placed great emphasis on the importance of installer skills and competence to the success of Boiler Plus, not least through the correct specification and installation of control options based on property, consumer and system considerations."