Information and advice for anyone who uses heating equipment at home
or work and is off the mains gas network
Heating installation work and Building Regulations
Building regulations are designed to ensure that building work meets essential health, safety, welfare, convenience and sustainability standards. Many kinds of building work on homes must comply with these regulations and all must be checked and approved by a building control body - usually either your local authority, an approved independent inspector or someone authorised to self-certify their own work.
How does it affect heating equipment?
The installation of heating equipment is one area that must comply with building regulations and it is a legal requirement to do so. It’s particularly important with heating equipment because a badly installed appliance may not be safe and could cause injury or even death. Failing to have an installation approved could leave you liable to a fine as well as facing additional costs to put things right. It could also make it more difficult to sell your home because you will not have a certificate of compliance, showing that the work was carried out safely and done in accordance with the regulations.
The benefits of using an OFTEC registered 'competent person'
One way to avoid these problems is to have your heating equipment installed by an OFTEC registered heating technician. Before joining OFTEC, all technicians must complete an approved training course and are inspected regularly by OFTEC as part of their registration. Once an installer is registered with OFTEC they are considered to be a ‘competent person’ and this allows them to self-certify any installation work they do, avoiding the need for it to be checked by a building control officer. This makes the whole installation process much easier and saves both time and money. Work that is self-certified by an OFTEC competent person also carries a workmanship warranty against building regulation non-compliance. This provides you with peace of mind because, if a problem is found and the installer is no longer trading, someone else will carry out any remedial work that is needed.
OFTEC’s competent person registration scheme includes installers who work in oil heating and cooking systems and, since 2014, an expanding range of other technologies. These include Part P electrical, solar thermal, heat pumps and solid fuel heating. Biomass will be available before the end of 2015 and OFTEC also offers PAS 2030 registration for technicians who carry out oil installation work as part of the government’s ECO scheme. Heating technicians and businesses who service and maintain oil heating systems can also register with OFTEC, although this falls outside the building regulations.
Some installers will specialise in one type of heating technology while others can offer a range of options. To find an OFTEC registered installer or servicing technician in your local area, simply use our find a technician search facility.
If you would like to find out more about the competent persons scheme in Britain, you can download a leaflet published by the Department of Communities and Local Government.