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B&ES supports air to water heat pumps in the RHI

B&ES has submitted its response to the Government’s plans to expand the current non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme to include air to water heat pumps and broaden the eligibility criteria for energy from waste.

The Building and Engineering Services Association agrees that air to water heat pumps should be included in the RHI and has stressed that it is important that a standard one size fits all single tariff be adopted in order to promote the most efficient system configuration.

The Association does not think that support for air to water heat pumps should be banded by size however, stating that banding by size will introduce inefficiency and unnecessary complication into what should be a straightforward system design problem.

Whilst B&ES believes that the European Commission’s guidance reflects best practice, the Association wishes to emphasise that RHI should apply only where the system is tested in accordance with BS EN 14825:2012 and with BS EN 15316-4-2:2008.

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