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Air source heat pumps added to LCBP

BRE has included air source heat pumps (ASHPs) on its list of accredited products eligible for grant funding under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP). The Heat Pump Association praised the move and backed the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, saying its members felt the fees were reasonable. The fees (£1,800 for installers and £3,600 for manufacturers) have been widely criticised as too expensive. Under the LCBP, ASHPs are now eligible for a grant of £900, while ground source heat pumps are eligible for a grant of £1,200. Tony Bowen, president of the Heat Pumps Association (HPA) welcomed the move by BRE at the recent FETA Board Meeting and Open Forum. “The enhanced capital allowance scheme has been a great success in helping companies to sell high efficiency systems to the commercial market, and this is a significant move in the domestic sector,” he said. Mr Bowen praised the scheme for providing a financial incentive, and also in providing strong standards for the manufacture and installation of heat pumps in the UK. “This framework provides security for people who want to buy heat pump systems. Furthermore, most of the HPA’s members are happy to pay the fees required by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.” He added that heat pumps had been made one of the target priorities for utility companies under the Energy Efficiency Commitment (EEC), in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint.