are designed to ensure the health, safety and welfare of people in and
around buildings and to encourage energy conservation.
From 1st April 2005:
• All gas boilers installed in England and Wales must be of the
condensing type. Exceptions are allowed in certain exceptional
circumstances and we cover this issue later.
• Details of all boiler installations must be supplied to the local authority building control. (LABC)
• Any electrical work that involves adding a new circuit must be either
a. completed by a person competent to carry out the work and notified/inspected by LABC or
b. completed by a competent person registered with a Part P
self-certification scheme who must the notify the scheme provider.
• small jobs such as replacing socket outlets in kitchens and bathrooms must also be notified to the LABC.
More information on these issues can be found on the website of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. www.odpm.gov.uk
From 1st April 2005 it is a requirement of the Building Regulations
Part L1 (Conservation of Fuel and Power) that any replacement or new gas
fired boiler be of the condensing type.
There are certain exceptional circumstances where a
standard efficiency boiler may be installed and these are determined by
an Assessment procedure.
The assessment is an evaluation of the property to find a
position where a condensing boiler can be installed at lowest cost,
ignoring obstacles such as furniture or fitments and disregarding
whether or not the position is acceptable to the owner.
If a customer does not want a condensing boiler or it is
too difficult and expensive to install one, the engineer will fill in an
Assessment Form which is based on points system.
The points system has been developed so that a simple
'yes' or 'no' decision can be made as to whether or not a condensing
boiler must be installed.
This Assessment will take into account:
• The property type (flat, semi-detached, detached etc)
• The fuel type
• If the boiler needs to be moved to another position.
• If the flue needs to be extended
• The need for a condensate soakaway or pump.
All feasible condensing boiler positions anywhere within
the property and flue options, irrespective of whether they are
acceptable to the owner will be taken into account including cost and
feasibility. Should the points be lower than 1000 a high efficiency
condensing boiler must be installed. If the points for the installation
are higher than 1000, a standard efficiency boiler can be installed. An
Assessment Form, signed by a competent person, must be kept as evidence
of compliance with the Building Regulations and may be required when the
house is sold.
Comprehensive copy of 'The Domestic Heating & Hot
Water Guide to the Building Regulations 2001 - Part L1 can be read or
GAS WORK NOTIFICATION SCHEME
From 1st April 2005 CORGI introduced it's 'Complete Safety
Initiative', new scheme whereby the installation of any new or
replacement heat producing gas appliance in a residential dwelling must
be notified to CORGI making your home a safer place and making it more
difficult for bogus gas engineers to continue working.
Research has shown that faulty gas appliances are
responsible for a number of deaths and injuries that occur in the home.
In order to reduce this risk Gas Work Notification has been introduced
to increase safety standards.
When a new or replacement installation has taken place,
the CORGI engineer must notify CORGI that the work has been carried out
and CORGI will issue the homeowner with a 'declaration of safety' or
'Building Regulations compliance certificate' confirming that the work
has been carried out by a competent CORGI registered installer and that
the installer meets the requirements of the relevant Gas and/or Building
Regulations. Only CORGI registered installers are able to inform CORGI
and thus enable the certificate to be issued.
This certificate will form part of the Home Information
Pack which, from January 2007, will be required when selling a home.
Remember - Please ask for the CORGI card of anyone working on your gas appliances or controls.