Legislation affecting businesses

Significant legislation such as F-Gas; MEES; the Ecodesign Directive; ESOS; and Part L & Part F of the Building Regulations are placing demands on commercial organisations to monitor and control their energy use as never before.

At the same time, incentives such as the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme and the domestic and non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) are helping shorten the payback time for energy efficient technologies.

 


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Legislation affecting homeowners

The rising cost of fuel and the need to reduce emissions now means we are at a significant tipping point in the way we heat our homes. Carbon intensive forms of heating, such as gas and oil are no longer viable. At the same time, the Government has recommended air source heat pumps as the most sustainable form of heating for UK homes and predicts sales of 1 million a year by 2030.

Eligible for 7 years of payments from the Renewable Heat Incentive, renewable heat pumps are suitable for almost any home and can lower running costs and reduce emissions. Find out how much you could save.


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Legislation affecting installers

Changes to refrigerants under the F-Gas Regulations is driving change in air conditioning and at the same time, the Ecodesign Directive is placing pressure on the energy rating of traditional methods of heating and cooling buildings such as Chillers. Installers also need to be able to offer the most energy efficient products available.

Equipment installers need a manufacturer that is ahead of the curve and developing products that meet both current and future legislation now.


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Legislation

MEES – Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

From April 2018, landlords will no longer be allowed to let a commercial property that does not meet a minimum energy rating of E or above. 

Read our CPD Guide on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for Non-dwellings here >>

Ecodesign Energy Related Products (ErP) Directive

ErP has already introduced energy labelling on small heating and air conditioning units and from January 2018, Lot 21 of ErP will affect larger equipment such as Chillers, air heating products and fan coil units

Read our CPD Guide on the ERP Directive and Heating Equipment here >>

F-Gas and the phase down of HFCs 

F-Gas Regulations aim to reduce emissions of fluorinated greenhouse gases and will affect the HVAC industry for years to come.

Read our CPD Guide to Working with F Gas Regulations here >>

ESOS – Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

ESOS requires many large organisations to measure total energy consumption, conduct regular energy audits and report compliance.

Read our CPD Guide on Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme here >>

Part L of the Building Regulations

Part L focuses on the need to conserve fuel and power in domestic and commercial buildings.

Read our CPD Guide on Part L Legislation: Affects on Use of Heat Pumps

Part F of the Building Regulations

Part F looks at ways to improve ventilation and indoor air quality.

Read our CPD Guide on Part F Legislation Update

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive - RHI

The RHI offers homeowners 7-years of quarterly payments for every kW of renewable heat their systems produce and can significantly reduce payback periods.

Read our CPD Guide on Domestic Renewable Heating Incentive >>

Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive - RHI

The commercial RHI offers businesses 20-years of quarterly payments for every kW of renewable heat their systems produce, shortening the payback period and making renewable heating viable for almost any project.

Read our CPD Guide on Non-Domestic Renewable Heating Incentive >>

Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme - ECA

The ECA allows businesses to offset the capital costs of installing energy efficient equipment against their annual corporate tax bill.

Read our CD Guide on The Enhanced Capital Allowance Scheme here >>

Technologies

Hybrid VRF air conditioning

Hybrid Variable Refrigerant Flow systems can combine the heat recovery benefits of VRF together with the functional benefits of a four-pipe fan coil system, while only using two pipes.

Read our CPD Guide on 'The Future of Air Conditioning - Hybrid Technologies' here >>

Chiller technologies

Water cooled chillers and air cooled chillers are refrigeration systems used to cool fluids in both commercial buildings and industrial facilities. 

Read our CPD Guide on Chiller Technologies

Heating & Hot Water provision in new-build

Building hundreds of thousands of new houses is a golden opportunity to change the way we heat and provide hot water in our homes. 

Read our CPD Guide on 'Heating & Hot Water Provision in New Build Homes' here >>

Open Loop Water Source Heat Pumps

Open loop water source heat pump systems have the opportunity offer low-carbon and affordable heat in many large urban densely populated areas as shown on the water source heat map of England. 

 Read our CPD Guide on 'Open Loop Water Source Heat Pumps' here >>

The impact of control strategies on building energy performance

Controls offer a highly effective solution to the challenge of energy efficiency. They can provide effective automation and control of heating, ventilation, cooling, hot water and lighting systems that lead to better overall building efficiency.

 Read our CPD Guide on 'The Impact of Control Strategies on Building Energy Performance' here >>