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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 said it does not think 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.

While B&ES said the European Commission’s guidance reflects best practice, the association wished 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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