HVP Magazine – HETAS Highlights Need for Better Burning Advice as New Regulations Come into Force
THE STRENGTHS OF HETAS NEED BETTER BURNING ADVICE ON ENTRY OF NEW RULES
As new air quality regulations come into effect, homeowners will need even more help from installers and heating professionals to understand how to use wood and solid fuel appliances. in a safe, efficient and environmentally friendly manner in order to comply with the new rules, underlines a new investigation by HETAS.
From May 1, 2021, the Air Quality (Domestic Standards for Solid Fuels) Regulation 2020 (England) will ban the sale of wet wood and domestic charcoal and provide minimum standards for firewood and firewood. manufactured solid fuels that are certified under the Defra’s Ready to Burn program. The Ready to Burn program aims to help consumers easily identify which wood or solid manufactured fuels are best suited for home combustion, while minimizing the impact of combustion on health and the environment.
A new survey of 2,000 people by HETAS found that almost a third (31%) of respondents have an open fireplace, wood stove or solid fuel stove in their home, and 12% of those surveyed have stated that they would like to have one. . The results show that there are a significant number of people likely to be affected by the new regulations and HETAS is working with its licensed professionals to help them get the message across to their clients.
Bruce Allen, CEO of HETAS, said: “It has never been more important to ensure that customers know how to use and maintain an appliance and which fuel is best to use. Our survey found that 26% of respondents had inherited their homes when they moved into a property, and others may not have had the devices installed by a competent person. This shows that many regular users would benefit from the knowledge and advice provided by HETAS approved installers, service and maintenance engineers and chimney sweeps.
“The new legislation and the Ready to Burn program aim to ensure people burn better by being able to easily identify the cleanest fuels to use in their homes. People on the front lines play a vital role in making sure people understand the benefits of using modern heaters with the right fuel to minimize the impact of home heating on the environment and our health.
“We believe that the additional support and enforcement of new air quality regulations to use cleaner fuels, as well as raising awareness of the use of modern, low-emission clean appliances, will make a huge difference in environmentally responsible use of solid fuels and wood for stoves and boilers. The Ready to Burn program is an important step towards reducing emissions of harmful particles and improving air quality. “
HETAS, the industrial non-profit organization that supports cleaner and safer choices for the use of biomass and other solid fuels, appliances and related technologies, is implementing the Ready to Burn certification program for Manufactured Solid Fuels (MSF), appointed by Defra to comply with the regulations. which enter into force in England from 1 May 2021.
The legislation defines MSF as a fuel made from charcoal, wood, plant materials, waxes or petroleum products with other ingredients. All fuels that fall under the MSF description must comply with the standards set by the regulations and therefore must be verified as emitting less than 5g / h of smoke emissions as tested to BS 3841-1 and have a content of in proven sulfur. not more than 2% (base without dry ash).
Only MSF with verified emissions and sulfur content are legal for sale in England from 1 May 2021. Authorized fuels will be certified by HETAS to carry the Ready to Burn certification mark and will appear on the list of fuels authorized for England by the Secretary of State on smokecontrol.defra.gov.uk.
The Ready to Burn mark is also applied to firewood certified by Woodsure, a subsidiary of HETAS. From May 1, 2021, the new air quality regulation stipulates that wood sold in volumes up to 2m3 must be certified Ready to Burn with a proven moisture content of 20% or less. Suppliers selling timber quantities over 2m3 will need to provide their customers with advice on how to store and season fuel so that it is dry to burn.