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CLG issues clarification on ASHPs

The Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) insists that air source heat pumps (ASHPs) can be used to achieve compliance with the Code for Sustainable Homes.

This clarification comes after CLG omitted to specifically mention ASHPs as a recognised low-carbon technology in its revised technical guidance for the code, which was issued last month.

The guide mentions ground source heat pumps but not ASHPs, prompting concern among some industry groups that they could not be used to achieve high levels under the code.

Defending the omission, a spokesman for CLG said: “ASHPs weren’t mentioned but the list was not meant to be exhaustive. If this causes confusion it is possible an addendum could be added  to the CLG website clarifying that ASHPs are a recognised low-carbon technology allowed within the Code for Sustainable Homes.”

Kelly Butler, the director of the British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association (BEAMA), was alarmed when he noticed that ASHPs were not on the list of low-carbon technologies in the technical guidance. 

He told H&V News: “BEAMA has spent a lot of money working with its heat pump and ventilation manufacturers, talking to some 450 people from the housebuilding industry, advising them that ASHPs are a listed technology and how to comply with Level 3 and 4 of the Code.

“Clearly, this new guidance can be misconstrued and we’ll be pushing for it to be re-published.”