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Households urged to stay alert for rogue traders as regulations tighten

Thursday, May 11, 2023 by OFTEC

After complaints about ‘cowboy builders’ soared by a third last year (Citizens Advice report, 2022), households are urged to be vigilant amid fears of a further rise this Spring as rogue traders seek to take advantage of the cost of living crisis.

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Don’t forget to notify!

Wednesday, May 03, 2023 by OFTEC

Changes to the Building Safety Act are set to increase the potential penalties on anyone who fails to notify building work, which includes heating installation work. Building work and associated trades are tightly controlled in the UK through a framework designed to ensure that work is carried out to an appropriate standard. It’s vital that heating installers understand their legal responsibilities and comply with the Building Regulations. We have published the following information to ensure you are accurately informed.

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OFTEC reaffirms industry commitment to sustainable bioliquids through publication of PAS 5420

Friday, April 28, 2023 by OFTEC

OFTEC has secured publication of a new Publicly Available Specification (PAS 5420) to assure the sustainability of renewable liquid fuels such as Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) as part of its commitment to offer low carbon heating solutions for off-gas grid buildings.

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83% of councillors think constituents should have a real choice over how to decarbonise home heating

Friday, April 21, 2023 by OFTEC

New polling by YouGov on behalf of heating industry trade bodies OFTEC and UKIFDA has found that 83% of rural councillors want their constituents to have a real choice about how they decarbonise their home heating, and 73% say their constituents are concerned about the financial impact of Net Zero.

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Statement on Heat Pump Training Grant

Monday, April 03, 2023 by OFTEC

The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has announced details of a new Heat Pump Training Grant to increase the number of heat pump installers. The grant, which is available in England, will provide trainees with a discount or rebate of up to £500.

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Statement on IPCC report – March 2023

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 by OFTEC

In response to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report and final warning that we need to take immediate action to tackle emissions or risk irreversible damage to the planet, Malcolm Farrow, head of public affairs at OFTEC, commented:

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Guidance issued for wood burners as use increases amid rising energy bills

Thursday, February 23, 2023 by OFTEC

With woodburning stoves and open fires surging in popularity this winter in response to rising fuels bills, households are being urged to check their appliance is working correctly as part of a new safety campaign.

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Continued investment in training essential to deliver on net zero ambitions

Monday, February 20, 2023 by OFTEC

The transition to low carbon heating will be driven by the training industry and support for providers must be front and centre of the UK’s decarbonisation strategy if we are to accelerate the rollout of low carbon technologies and achieve our net zero targets.

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Take steps to protect your oil tank from thieves, households reminded

Monday, February 06, 2023 by OFTEC

Households are being reminded to take steps to protect their oil tank from thieves as evidence emerges that theft of heating oil from rural properties may be on the rise*.

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Transition to renewable liquid fuels a step closer for oil homes as Ten Minute Rule Bill passes first stage in Parliament

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 by OFTEC

The liquid fuel heating industry has welcomed the passing of a Ten Minute Rule Bill, which could help pave the way for the UK’s 1.7 million oil heated homes to transition to a low carbon renewable fuel, and is now urging the government to adopt the proposals.

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