Wood Burning Issues

HETAS and Woodsure have recently joined forces to promote the importance of using Wood Burning Issuesquality wood fuel in boilers and wood burning appliances. A seminar by both approval schemes was held in London on 29th March with guest speakers from DECC, Defra and The National Measurement Office (NMO) discussing key industry issues. (find out more about woodsure joining forces with HETAS)

A principal objective of HETAS is to increase awareness of the importance of safe installation and maintenance of appliances and chimney systems. The partnership with Woodsure enforces a focus on the importance of purchasing quality wood fuel from recognised suppliers, approved by Woodsure or ENplus. This ensures that appliances burn as clean and effectively as possible.

One of Woodsure’s key objectives is to show how important the smooth delivery and correct storage of wood fuel is.  During the meeting, Woodsure explained the pros and cons of different types of wood fuel and appliances and shared an informative video on pellet delivery with attendees.

DECC – The Ecodesign Directive
An insightful talk was given by DECC based upon the upcoming requirements within the Ecodesign Directive which sets performance standards, with the purpose to remove the poor quality products from the market. The Ecodesign Directive continues to significantly contribute to the EU’s 2020 energy efficiency objective, which was set by EU leaders in 2007 and encompasses three key targets:

The Ecodesign Directive for boilers will be in place by January 2020, including new emissions and seasonal efficiency limits, plus labelling provisions and actions required from manufacturers.

DECC also spoke about energy labelling, an initiative that helps consumers choose the best performing and most energy efficient products. New and updated labelling directives for boilers will be required by April 2017 and by July 2017 for system packages.

HETAS - The EN 303-5 boiler testing standard
HETAS discussed the proposed changes and developments to the EN 303-5 boiler testing standard including:
Defra discussed the impact of Ecodesign and standards on future air quality:

The NMO presented how these new boiler regulations are likely to be enforced, what activity is covered by the NMO and the challenges they are faced with. The NMO’s primary aim is to simplify technical regulations for the benefit of British business, and discussed what enforcement tools are available to them and other regulatory bodies.

Throughout the event, there was a general agreement that there is a need to improve communication between local authorities, designers of heating systems and the boiler industry. Improved communication between these parties would result in a better understanding of the required actions for the safe and efficient installation of biomass appliances within both the domestic and commercial sectors.

Bruce Allen, CEO of HETAS, comments: “Keeping up to date with key issues in our industry is critical for us all. With this in mind, we intend to arrange further meetings so that biomass boiler groups can gather with fuel suppliers and installers to discuss key industry issues in an interactive roundtable format. For the latest HETAS and Woodsure news please visit the website.

“HETAS can then represent industry views to Government or EU officials and influence standard-setting organisations directly. This collaboration across the supply chain will be useful to us as well as officials in many relevant areasWood Burning Issues 2 of Government and Non-Governmental Departments. We look forward to building on our relationships with such departments and working together to promote the clean and efficient burning of biomass fuels. (Find out more about Woodsure)


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