The National Association of Chimney Engineers

The National Association of Chimney Engineers (NACE) mission is to: “Ensure the safety of NACE Logoall fuel users in the UK and Ireland, who depend on a chimney or flue for the operation of a heating appliance, by providing a register of competent chimney engineers for all types of chimney work.”

NACE is the foremost authority with regard to compliant chimney lining, flue and chimney construction, and the NACE cast in-situ concrete lining system, as well as providing guidance and direction for the use of chimney components throughout the industry.

For technical guidance and help, call 08437136223. (Calls will cost 5p per minute from a BT landline, but calls from other operators and mobile providers may vary and will be charged at their standard rates.)

NACE works closely with a number of governmental bodies and is recognised by HETAS as a major mechanical presence within the solid fuel industry.

NACE offers the general public direct access to their technical data base for chimney engineers located within the UK and Ireland.

NACE is the only professional chimney engineering association within the UK committed to raising installation and administration standards and to maintain, as well as to develop, the growing science of pure chimney engineering.

NACE maintains a register of competent chimney engineers who are able to provide installation services as well as mechanical inspections and surveys within known domestic and commercial environments.

NACE installer members are able to carry out the testing of flue systems, comprehensive flue system surveys, solid fuel appliance rectifications as well as re-lining, remedial structural repairs, commissioning and appropriate safety guidance.

NACE is dedicated to the needs of the professional chimney engineer who may be involved in various methods of chimney lining as well as remedial repairs and re-construction. Design and system installation methods as well as understanding compliance and liability are just a few of the support systems available to our members.

NACE has developed a Specialist Apprenticeship Programme (SAP) for Chimney Engineering, in partnership with CITB-ConstructionSkills (CSkills) and with the support of HETAS. This SAP is the most comprehensive training programme the chimney engineering industry has ever seen and in some cases can be fully funded by grants available through CSkills.

NACE can assist and guide experienced chimney engineers to reach an obtainable level of expertise within the chimney industry, working towards the only formal qualification currently available within our industry, the L2 NVQ Diploma in Chimney Engineering.

NACE welcomes new members who can demonstrate the necessary mechanical and administrative skills necessary to meet today’s increasing demand for competent installation personnel as well as high quality, high end workmanship.

Experienced NACE Technicians and Chimney Engineers continue to provide an essential public and professional service by way of achieving compliance with consumer safety through a qualified mechanical as well as administrative 'life support' system fully supported by NACE where design and installation methods as well as fire risk, structural integrity, consumer safety and technical processes have to be considered in particular where flue systems serve multi-occupied dwellings and liability is in question.

NACE encourages knowledge growth so that its members are fully aware of, and have the necessary skill sets to demonstrate competence in the
following areas;
* Provision for First Aid
* Contractual Administration Methods & Procedures
* County Court Protocol
* Consumer Law
* Personal Liability
* Protection of Work Area
* Methods & Procedures / Protecting Consumer Property
* Recording of Site Activities
* Professional Indemnity
* Mechanical Interpretation of Masonry Structures
* Thermal - Dynamics, Design & Implementation
* Meteorological & Topographical Impact upon Design / Installation
* Propriety Fire Risk Levels
* Reporting & Recording Function
* Audit Trail & Documentation
* Regulatory Interpretation of Minimum Standards & BS/EN 'Best
Practice' Guidance
* Trading Standards Minimum Requirements
* Consumer Law / Rights & Expectations
* Document 7 (Building Regulations)
* Working at Height Act
* The Health & Safety Executive, working practices, penalties & the Self Employed

These are just a few of the technically competent areas that NACE Chimney Technicians and Engineers advise upon as well as undertake directly, no other association or organisation within the field of controlled services or combustion appliance installation offer or provide such support or access to learning.


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