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EST Raises The Bar On Energy Efficient Boilers

Only A-rated boilers to carry the Energy Saving Recommended logo

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has revised the criteria for endorsing energy efficient boilers.

From 1 August 2005, the criteria for endorsement of gas boilers was raised from SEDBUK A&B to SEDBUK A only. The changes to Part L of the Building Regulations, which came into force on 1April 2005, now state that all new and replacement boilers, with a small number of exceptions, should be SEDBUK A or B rated. EST has revised its endorsement in line with these changes and to support the Government's ambitious energy saving targets.

Richard Bawden, Trade Programme Manager, Energy Saving Trust, said: "Our aim is always to go beyond what is merely mandatory to help drive energy savings. By revising our recommendation criteria we will support the industry to meet the targets laid out in the Energy White Paper and Energy Efficiency: The Government's Plan for Action."

The gas boiler market is currently dominated by sales of A and D rated boilers but, over the last twelve months, sales of A rated boilers have broadly replaced sales of D rated. Sales of A rated boilers have increased from 21% in April 2004 to 69% in June 2005. At the same time, D rated boiler sales have dropped from 76% to 17%.

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