Design and Installation
For a list of HETAS Registered Engineers, visit the HETAS website,
From the 1st of April 2002 people wishing to have a new (or replacement) solid fuel or wood burning product(s) installed in their homes will have to obtain Building Control Approval from either their Local Authority or through the Competent Persons Scheme being operated by HETAS Ltd.
HETAS Ltd (Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme) with its distinctive three-tick logo, is the organisation recognised by the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions (DTLR) as the official approval body for the domestic solid fuel industry. Established in 1936, HETAS Ltd is an non profit making independent body whose prime function is to ensure that the highest possible standards are maintained throughout the solid fuel heating industry by regular testing and inspection of appliances, fuels and other associated equipment used in the domestic market.
Why are the Rules Changing?
As part of the Governments drive to improve standards throughout the construction industry and to further the conservation of fuel and power, the existing Building Regulations covering the installation of domestic heating equipment have undergone a major revision These new Building Regulations will apply to the installation of all new heating appliances using solid fuel, oil or gas and will come into force on the 1st April 2002.
Will Standards be improved?
Historically, the vast majority of installations of heating appliances even by reputable companies have not been notified to local authorities and as a result, have not been inspected by Building Control. However, there are many thousands of installations carried out each year by companies or individuals who have little or no experience, often to a poor standard of workmanship which may result in an unsafe installation.
How will the Competent Persons Scheme help me?
HETAS Ltd with long history of dealing with all matters relating to solid fuel and appliances has developed a Registration Scheme for Companies and Individual Engineers involved with the installation of appliances and other related equipment. However, it should be noted that not all of the companies are registered for the installation of central heating and some chimney lining systems. It is therefore important to confirm what level of registration the company has before placing your order.
Companies applying for membership of the HETAS Ltd Registration Scheme will have to meet a number of conditions before acceptance
The main conditions are:
- They employ HETAS Ltd trained engineers
- That their workmanship (on inspection) is of a good standard
- They have the required level of Public Liability Insurance
- They respond to customers concerns in a positive way
Companies accepted into membership of the Registration Scheme will not need to seek building control approval before commencing work. This will save you both time and money.
How do I know who is Registered?
Full details of the companies registered with HETAS Ltd under the Competent Persons Scheme are available from the following sources:
P0 Box 37
The Solid Fuel Association
7 Swanwick Court
Service and Maintenance
In order to ensure that you new solid fuel fired appliance maintains its performance and operates in a safe manner HETAS Ltd recommends that an annual service (including chimney sweeping) is carried out. Many of the companies registered with HETAS Ltd are additionally able to undertake service and maintenance in a professional manner. The addresses above should be contacted to identify which companies are registered for this type of work.
Approved Chimney Sweeps
In addition to the HETAS Ltd register of companies able to undertake the installation and servicing of solid fuel fired appliances, we also operate a nationwide list of Approved Chimney Sweeps. Again details can be obtained from the contact points above or directly from:
The National Association of Chimney Sweeps
Stone Business Park
ST1 5 OSR
Tel: 0800 833464
Fax: 01785 811712