As of the 6th of April 2018 the Boiler Plus has been in full effect. Some big changes have been made around heating manufacturing and installations withing in the UK.
Boiler Plus has been launched by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, it has been designed to encourage energy efficiency by setting out new requirements for heating systems. New expectations have been set by BEIS which both manufacturers and installers must deliver.
What is Boiler Plus?
The new legislation will insure that:
The minimum performance of new gas boilers is no less than 92% ErP.
All gas boilers must now have controls that programme the system to come on and off at set times and set temperatures. – Commonly know as a boiler interlock
Boiler Plus will require all those fitting new and replacement combination boilers to include one of the following in their system:
Flue gas heat recovery systems
The sole purpose of this is to phase out inefficient products in order to reduce carbon emissions across Europe. This part of the Government’s ‘Clean Growth Strategy’ which aims to combat climate change and help UK home gain comfort and lower energy bills.
What action do you need to take?
The Boiler Plus legislation effects all boilers in some form. The HHIC have released the following chart to show the changes that are required:
Need to know which Smart Controls are Boiler Plus Compliant? The following controls all comply with the new legislation.
As you may already know, Honeywell are the market leaders in domestic heating system controls. Over the last few years there have been some newcomers to the programmable room thermostat market, with companies like Nest (Google) & Hive (British Gas) creating smart controls that can be accessed through smartphone apps.
Evohome & Lyric.
Honeywell launched the Evohome system a few years ago, which can be used to control 12 zones in the home by a smartphone app. This doesn’t really compete with the single zone systems that have become popular over the last couple of years. As a known serious manufacturer of heating products, Honeywell went away and have developed the a brand new range of connected thermostats as part of their Lyric smart home range.
As part of this upgrade to the programmable thermostat range Honeywell are starting to phase out the older CM range. They have already stopped making the CM901 & CM921 24hr programmable thermostat and replaced them with the T4 and T4R. According to Honeywell, the demise of the CM Range is due to difficulty in sourcing parts that are becoming ‘old-fashioned’.
The Honeywell Lyric T4 and T4R is a 7 day programmable thermostat, this will also replace the CM907 and CM927 Wireless Programmable Thermostat.
The Lyric range.
See the range here
The Honeywell Lyric range is a very intuitive range of home control products. These are designed for the connected homes age that we are approaching. The Lyric T6 Wireless Programmable Thermostat is easily fitted to an existing heating system, either by wiring the receiver to the boiler or with the Open-Therm feature. The Lyric is setup with a 5/2 day schedule and programming is accessed through the Lyric app. The Lyric app is available through Google Play or the Apple Store. The Lyric T6 can be set up to work with Amazon Alexa, Apple Homekit and with the Google Assistant. For more information about using the Lyric products and app you can watch the handy videos on Honeywell Uk YouTube Channel.