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
- 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
here or download an information sheet from list
'Renewable Energy - An introduction.pdf'
'Solar Hot Water.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
>> Download Water Regulations Northern Ireland pdf
Avoiding Burst or
• 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
• 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
Download 'Building Regulations (Scotland)- Condensing
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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
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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