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Boiler Benchmark scheme undergoes ‘significant’ update

Amendments introduced following a twelve-month review of HHIC administered Benchmark for gas appliance commissioning are designed to ensure compatibility with Boiler Plus standards

A key benchmark for commissioning gas heating appliances has been upgraded significantly to address the requirements of Boiler Plus standards, the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has said.

A twelve month-long review of the benchmark has now been completed with an eye on ensuring the most up to date best practice around boiler installation is performed in line with current standards and legislation are all met through the initiative.

Benchmark is an industry scheme administered by the HHIC that is intended to place responsibilities on both manufacturers and installers to ensure heating and hot water products are safe and efficient, while also complying with Building Regulations. This would now include the mandatory Boiler Plus efficiency standards that came into effect in April 2018.

Under the amendments, a revised checklist has now been set out for installers to complete alongside work to ensure that an appliance is commissioned and installed to the manufacturers’ instructions.

The benchmark then requires that a boiler is registered with a manufacturer within one month of the initial installation work.

The HHIC said, “Embracing Benchmark is the most straightforward way to help make sure engineers comply, as the documentation is already supplied with the appliance. It also offers protection to the installer. It demonstrates that their work has been carried out to best practice guidelines and increases credibility with both manufacturers and customers.”

“If the product is correctly fitted and has a completed Benchmark checklist, if a problem then occurs, the onus is on the product manufacturer to undertake the repair. It is also worth noting that, without completing the Benchmark checklist, the warranty of the product is void.”

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