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  Micro Renewables

Micro Renewables technologies have the potential to help us achieve our objectives of tackling climate change, ensuring reliable energy and tackling fuel poverty. The technologies cover the generation of electricity or heat and in some cases both. A number of SNIPEF members are able to undertake the installation of micro renewable products including:
  • Solar Heating – this technology uses the sun’s heat and light to provide input to conventional heating systems, principally for heating hot water.
  • Heat pumps- these systems extract heat from natural sources – ground, air, water – and use this to power conventional heating systems. In general these systems will need to be supplemented by a conventional power source, normally electric, to guarantee a predictable heat output. These pumps are typically at their most efficient when producing water for heating at around 45º C which would normally be for under floor systems.
  • Biomass boilers – these drive conventional heating systems but use renewable fuels such as wood chip or wood pellet.

You can search for an installer by clicking here or download an information sheet from list below.


>> 'Renewable Energy - An introduction.pdf'

>> 'Solar Hot Water.pdf'

>> 'Heat Pumps.pdf'


>> 'Biomass.pdf'

 


Water Regulations (Northern Ireland)

Water Regulations (Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009) apply to ALL plumbing systems, water fittings and appliances connected to the public water supply in northern Ireland, owners and occupiers of premises and anyone who installs or maintains plumbing systems and water fittings have a legal obligation to ensure that these meet the requirements of the Water Regulations.

By using a SNIPEF Licensed plumber to undertake any work the legal obligation passes from the owner/occupier to the Licensed Plumbing Business.

>>  Download Water Regulations Northern Ireland pdf

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Avoiding Burst or Frozen Pipes

• Leave your heating on using a low setting especially if your home is going to be empty for a while.
• If you live in a flat it’s sensible to leave the heating on low in rooms where the mains pipe supplies neighbouring flats.
• If you’re going to be away for a long time turn off your water supply and drain the system – a Licensed Plumber will be able to give you advice about this.
• If your neighbours don’t have a key for your home make sure they have contact details for someone who does in case of an emergency.
• Your water tank should be fitted with an insulation jacket or alternatively the top and sides of the tank can be wrapped with suitable insulation material.
• Don’t place loft insulation under the tank though as this stops heat from the rooms below helping to keep the tank warm.
• If you have toilet cisterns, water tanks or pipes in exposed places or unheated outbuildings make sure you insulate them. Better still, if not in use, drain them for winter.
• Dripping water increases the risk of freezing so have any leaks at taps or valves repaired as soon as you discover them.

>> Download 'Avoiding Burst or Frozen Pipes.pdf'


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Building Regulations (Scotland) - Condensing Boilers

A copy of the Guidance Document produced by the Scottish Building Standards Agency (SBSA) which outlines the requirements of installing Condensing boilers can be downloaded opposite.

>> Download 'Building Regulations (Scotland)- Condensing Boilers.pdf'

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Electrical Safety of Gas Appliances in Rooms Containing a Bath or Shower

Following the launch of the 17th edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations new guidance has been issued by CORGI in regard to the installation of gas appliances in rooms containing baths or showers. A copy of the CORGI Technical Bulletin can be downloaded opposite.

>> Download 'Electrical safety of gas appliances in rooms containing a bath or shower.pdf'

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Access To Gas Appliance Flues


The HSE have raised concerns over access to gas flues following a carbon monoxide fatality incident. The HSE has identified concerns over the extent to which the building industry has been providing appropriate access to gas appliance flue systems which are located in the voids of new build properties, for example flues located within ceilings.

Access is needed to allow gas installers adequate visual checks of the flue systems for effective commissioning and on-going servicing. The HSE is trying to raise awareness of the issue amongst builders to ensure they consider the provision of appropriate access at the planning stage of new developments. Builders may also have to consider appropriate remedial actions in existing properties to help to ensure effective on-going maintenance.

A copy of the CORGI Technical Bulletin “Room-sealed fanned draught flue systems concealed within voids" which fully explains the issue and required actions" can be downloaded below.

>> Download 'Access to Gas Appliance Flues.pdf'


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Water Regulations (Northern Ireland)

Avoiding Burst or Frozen Pipes

Building Regulations (Scotland)- Condensing Boilers

Electrical Safety of Gas Appliances in Rooms Containing a Bath or Shower