OFTEC now the only solid fuel registration provider for installers in Ireland
With the news that HETAS has decided not to continue with its registered installer scheme in Ireland, OFTEC is now the only body in the country providing solid fuel registration for installers and servicing technicians.
As part of OFTEC’s suite of registration services, the solid fuel registration demonstrates an installer’s professionalism and shows that their work complies with local building regulations.
There has been a steady increase in solid biomass use across Ireland, as it was the second largest growth in renewable energy in the last decade. The SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) has also recently endorsed sustainable solid biomass as an important renewable option in future.
Additionally, with the recent rise in household heating costs, many may be turning to solid fuel appliances to heat their home in an attempt to keep central heating bills low.
New and replacement solid fuel combustion appliances must be installed in accordance with regional building regulations and manufacturer’s installation instructions. OFTEC registration is vital, as poorly installed appliances and lack of servicing can present a dangerous risk to life.
Commenting on the importance of the solid fuel registration scheme, OFTEC Ireland Manager David Blevings said: “It can be incredibly dangerous if appliances are installed or serviced by an unregistered technician. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a real threat to consumers burning any fossil fuel and it is imperative that any solid fuel appliance is installed correctly and tested by a professional to minimise this risk.
“For some regions, it is essential for installers to show they work in compliance with building regulations. OFTEC registration will immediately demonstrate this, giving registered technicians the ability to self-certify installation work.
“We recognise technical qualifications in solid fuel installation from the likes of HETAS, as well as providing our own, and will quickly ensure any applications from former HETAS registered installers are processed, giving technicians the recognition they require.”
OFTEC registered installers also have access to low cost business insurance, free technical support from qualified staff, free-of-charge consumer information to help with quotation and new business, as well as a free listing on the OFTEC website for consumers to find installers.
To read more benefits of OFTEC Solid Fuel Registration and to apply online, visit: oftec.org/technicians/areas-of-registration/solid-fuel-registration