The clock is ticking for installers of SEDBUK Band B boilers. If you didn’t already know, the Government’s changes to Part L of the Building Regulations come into force on October 1st this year, which means that SEDBUK Band B boilers can no longer be installed.
There is a little bit of leeway built into the changes, in that installers can still install Band B boilers until April 2011 providing the order was taken before October 1st 2010. The exception to this rule is oil-fired combination boilers which can continue to be installed regardless.
Many Worcester installers will probably be surprised that a Band B can still be fitted as Worcester has never actually made a Band B boiler. We chose to go straight to Band A in advance of the 2005 changes.
However, a number of manufacturers did continue to make Band B while the regulations allowed and many installers remain very comfortable with the technology. Band B boilers currently account for approximately 10-15 per cent of the UK boiler market, which in real terms is circa 150-180,000 boilers per annum.
I would urge any installer who still gets the majority of their work from installing Band B to get onto a Worcester training course as soon as possible. Once on a course, Band B installers might be pleasantly surprised at how installer-friendly a Band A boiler actually is. Band A boilers offer much more flexibility in terms of where the boiler can be sited and there is also much greater flueing flexibility.
The message is that things will change on October 1st, but we can help you get up to speed.
By Martyn Bridges, director of marketing and technical support at Worcester, Bosch Group