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Gas Boiler Ban for New Builds from 2025

Gas Boiler Ban in Favour of Renewables

Following recommendations from the Independent Committee on Climate Change, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, recently announced a ban on gas boilers for all new homes, from 2025. Various ways of reducing fossil fuel as an energy source in new builds, have been mooted before, but an outright ban within 6 years, puts the measure in a formal setting. While gas for cooking will still be allowed for the foreseeable future, gas heating systems will not be a feature in new homes from 2025. The gas ban is part of an effort to reduce carbon emissions, as part of the UK’s role in tackling climate change. Up to 14% of emissions come from housing and a lot of the increase in home emissions, comes from gas boilers. So what will replace gas and what will builders and developers be installing as alternatives to gas heating?

Lower Emission Heating at Home

There are a range of options for heating your home, outside of traditional fossil fuels. Low carbon heating systems are not expensive options, when put into new builds. Retro-fitting costs more, but both options provide homeowners with energy saving and cost cutting heating. Heat pumps are increasingly effective and are becoming a go-to choice for homeowners.  Underfloor heating has also come a long way in recent years and provides substantial heat at lower temperatures. Insulation is also key to maintaining ambient temperatures at home. Advances in insulation technology have meant that heat loss is less of an issue for householders. Making sure that you have an efficient hot water cylinder also goes a long way to cutting bills and reducing energy consumption.

All new builds have to have a renewable energy source. In 2025, the removal of gas central heating from new homes will mean that there will be an even bigger emphasis on renewable energy. Energy efficiency will also be paramount in cutting down on emissions. Of course, it benefits the consumer too, with lower bills into the future.

Heat Pumps & Underfloor Heating Options

In the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, alternatives to gas, such as heat pumps, are recommended to help reduce carbon emissions. Air source heat pumps which extract energy from outside, transferring it as heat to inside your home, are already becoming a mainstay in new builds. The heat pump uses the heat from ambient air, a free and renewable energy source. Heat pumps can also be integrated with radiators, underfloor heating systems and solar thermal systems.

Another good reason to consider moving to a heat pump sourced system is the availability of govt. grants for installing the pumps. You can find out more about the grant scheme here.

Underfloor heating typically runs at a much lower temperature than that required by radiators. It therefore uses less energy, keeping costs down, often saving between 15-20% on running costs. It can also be installed within a variety of different floor constructions. The different floor constructions comprise of solid screed floors, suspended floors and floating floors.

There are a lot of options other than gas heating and with the advances in technology, the renewable options can save your money in the long run as well as helping you cut down on your carbon footprint.

About ThermaQ

We are a world class UK manufacturing company. We are focused on our relationships with our customers in the delivery of the highest quality hot water products, utilising the latest innovative technologies while providing excellence in customer service.

If you are thinking about installing underfloor heating and would like to know a bit more about our underfloor heating system, Therma-TeQ, you can contact us using our online form or you can email: design@therma-teq.co.uk.

Contact ThermaQ:

sales@thermaq.co.uk

 Phone: 01924 270847

Picking the Right Heating System for Your New Build

Plan Your Heating from the Outset

Picking the heating system for your new build shouldn’t be an afterthought. One of the advantages of a new home is the blank canvas when it comes to design and layout. You’ve thought about the rooms, the type of kitchen you want and probably the decor; these things are important, but have you thought about how you’re going to heat your water and home? It’s important to see your heating as integral to the overall design of your home. You should incorporate it from the outset. Thinking about the right heating system can save you time and money. So what’s the right system for your house? Well, a lot of it depends on your current lifestyle and needs into the future. We take a look at some of the options and how to go about getting the right fit for your home.

Use a Domestic Heating Design

The first thing we recommend you do, before making your mind up about your hot water and heating system, is to work with a domestic heating designer. Your heating installer may already work with or have a domestic heating firm as a partner. Ask them about the heating design. A domestic heating design will put the heating system as a core part of your building project. A designer will create detailed CAD (computer aided design) drawings, showing where boilers, pipes or radiators are in the overall design of the building. You may want different heating zones in your home, with different settings and times for different parts of the house. A domestic heating designer can work with you and/or your installer to get the plan that suits you best. They will also work with other professionals in the creation of detailed plans for your home. This will save you time and unnecessary changes to layouts. Find out more about Domestic Heating Design.

Choosing Your Heat Source

There are a range of heating options you can choose for a new build, as you’re not constrained by existing structures or heat systems. You can also combine  Here are a few to look at, from how to heat your water to keeping warm underfoot.

Underfloor Heating

If you are at home for most of the day, underfloor heating can be a great option. It gives steady and consistent heat throughout the day. Once you’ve got your new heating system up and running, the savings can be substantial as good underfloor heating (UFH) system can work to its optimum at low water temperatures. it also gives you freedom to design your rooms and decor, free from having to work around where radiators are placed.

Heat Pumps

Home owners and installers are increasingly opting for new heat pump technology for new builds. Air source heat pumps, which extract heat from the outside environment and upgrade it to higher temperatures, are an option now recognised as efficient and less costly sources of heating. Next generation heat pumps are also smart phone compatible and benefit from remote monitoring for better service.

Solar Thermal

There are a few good reasons to think about installing solar panels for your home. Investing in solar thermal panels is a cost saving exercise in the medium term. Once you’re up and running you will be saving on your hot water bills. There is also the obvious good environmental impact of using solar. Once you use a registered and reliable installer, the process of installing the panels is straightforward and it’s cost effective. Of course, there is also the convenience of having low cost or free hot water at the ready. Find out more about our Evocyl Standard Cylinders, which include a solar version.

Radiators & Cylinder Types Matter

If you choose to have radiators throughout your home, make sure they are the most efficient they can be. One of the advantages of a new build is that you have the option to choose next generation rads which operate at low temperatures. Pick a radiator which has a very high output per section, at low temperatures. Picking the right cylinder also makes sense. Again, look for something which is recognised as having the best in production and energy efficiency. Always make sure that someone qualified is carrying out any installations in your home and where possible someone who has received training specific to the product you’re using. You can find out more about the ThermaQ Evocyl range of cylinders here.

No matter which type of heating or hot water system you plan on using, make sure to do some research on products and spend some time thinking about heating design. It’ll be worth it in the long run.

About ThermaQ

We are a world class United Kingdom manufacturing company. We are focused on our relationships with our customers in the delivery of the highest quality hot water products, utilising the latest innovative technologies while providing excellence in customer service.

Contact ThermaQ:

sales@thermaq.co.uk

 Phone: 01924 270847