Building Regulations...Standards I work to
How they relate to the Central Heating products I install:
The rules around gas installations are designed to protect you and your family. The standards are regularly improved. From 1 April 2005 all central heating boiler installations fall under the control of building regulations (the change applies to oil-fired central-heating boilers from 1 April 2007).
If you are having a gas appliance installed or replaced, this is how the current rules apply:
All gas boilers (and oil boilers from 1 April 2007) fitted in both new and existing homes must be condensing boilers with either an ‘A’ or ‘B’ efficiency rating (A= greater than 90%, B= 86%-90%).
There are exceptional circumstances (for example where it is not practical or economic) when a non-condensing boiler can be fitted and in this case an ‘exception certificate’ will be provided.
Declaration of Safety Certificate
You will receive a safety certificate (called a Declaration of Safety) from Gas Safe after a gas appliance has been installed. Please keep this safe as it proves the appliance has been installed by a professional. It will also form an essential part of the Home Information Pack, to be a legal requirement in England and Wales from 2007. For more information about the introduction of the Home Information Pack visit www.odpm.gov.uk.
Building Regulations define how a central heating installer should work:
The regulations refer to documents which give clear advice for any installer or homeowner. The two main documents are The Good Practice Guide 302 (GPG302) and Central Heating Standard Specification (CheSS – GIL059), these give two levels of control that will be deemed to satisfy the regulations; “Good Practice” and “Best Practice”.
What is required?
When the central heating system is handed over by the central heating engineer to the householder: operation and maintenance must be explained to the householder and instructions left with proof of commissioning. ( A completed and signed Benchmark Logbook is accepted).
Minimum requirements to fulfil "Good Practice" or "Best Practice" requirements are:
For Good Practice Stored Hot Water Systems should include:
For Good Practice Combi Boilers should include:
For Best Practice Stored Hot Water Systems should include:
For Best practice Combi Boilers should include:
* Radiator thermostats should be used on all radiators except where the room thermostat is fitted.
For stored hot water systems, Sundial S, W and Y Plans satisfy Good practice and Smartfit satisfies Best Practice.
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