BEIS’s Future of Heat consultation (December 2016)

beisThe Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published a consultation on The Future of Heat in domestic buildings in England on 8 December 2016. The consultation period closes on 27 January 2017.

BEIS is consulting on ways to “drive the performance of heating systems up and [fuel] bills down…” For example, they propose increasing minimum boiler efficiency requirements, and making the installation of time and temperature controls mandatory with each domestic boiler installation.

The department also stresses that they are “committed to reducing the amount of energy and carbon used in buildings” and that policies “to cut carbon from heating must be complementary with policies that encourage energy efficiency in the home. The ultimate aim should be for Government to set a clear framework that enables markets to deliver these goals.”

Useful information and statistics in the document (please refer directly to the source material for further context, assumptions and explanations):

  • “Consumers now tend to heat more rooms in their homes and to higher temperatures than at any time in history.” (Source given – Mavrogianni et al, Historic Variations in Winter Indoor Domestic Temperatures, 2011)
  • “Commercial sales data indicates there are 1.5m replacement boilers installed each year in the UK, 96% are gas boilers and 86% of gas connections are in England…this gives approximately 1.2m boiler replacements per year.” (Source given – Subnational statistics 2014)
  • “Energy consumption by the domestic sector accounted for 29% of final energy consumption in the UK in 2015.” (Source given – ECUK 2016)
  • “Gas usage accounted for 77% of energy consumption for space heating in the domestic sector (excluding lighting and appliances) in 2013.” (Source given – Table 1.04, ECUK 2016)
  • “It is thought that [mandating the use of highly efficient boilers in 2005] reduced average household bills by around £95 a year, and in 2009 condensing boilers are estimated to have saved £800 million in fuel costs across the UK.” (No source given)
  • “Currently [in 2016] the efficiency of a domestic gas boiler should be at least 88%, calculated using a standard model known as ‘SEDBUK 2009’. For oil boilers the minimum varies: 88% in the case of system boilers and 86% for combination boilers.”
  • “…Nearly all consumers receive advice from their installers when heating controls are installed, most commonly in the form of a manual (73%) or a practical demonstration (44%).” (Source given – BEIS Impact Assessment: Domestic Heating Replacement Regulations 2016)
  • Guidance on how to comply with boiler requirements is provided in Approved Document L1B and the Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide.