Regulatory Requirements Kent Stoves. It is common knowledge that stove installations need to be Certified or “signed off”. Performed by a qualified engineer or surveyor who will meet the needs of Local Authorities, insurers, and solicitors etc. What is not so commonly known is who can complete the required paperwork. As well as how many options are available in the marketplace today.
A solid fuel appliance must meet appropriate building regulations if installed to a home in England. The exact requirements are covered by Section J of the Building Regulations. Your installation by Kent Stoves will be signed off stating it meets these approved regulations. Once signed off full details of your installation’s compliance will then be held on record with your Local Authority.
Local building control officers do not need to inspect now as the Government introduced a Competent Persons Scheme or CPS for short. As such this allows individuals that have met the appropriate level of qualification to certify your installation. Additionally signed off as meeting the requirements of the aforementioned Section J within your local authorities Building Regulations.
There are 7 options at the time of writing for you to consider.
APHC – The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors.
A trade body for the plumbing and heating industry covering England and Wales. APHC was formed in 1925 and now represents plumbing companies of all sizes as well as sole traders working in both the commercial and residential markets.
BESCA – Building Engineering Services Competence Assessment
In 2006 they formed a scheme to act as the certification body of the wider BESA Group. Their stated goals as such help businesses and individuals meet industry standards. Additionally to comply with all regulatory requirements within the building engineering industry.
Certsure was formed to offer certification services and demonstration of compliance with Building Regulations schemes. As such for the construction and installation industries in the UK. It is a Government recognised body under the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).
The Heating Equipment Testing and Approval Scheme has grown to become the better known of competent scheme members. Appropriately trained and competent installers are registered hence meeting their standards. Kent Stoves are members and therefore meet the standards.
A Government approved United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) membership scheme operator with over 15,000 members. This covers the electrical, heating, plumbing, ventilation, microgeneration and building fabric trades across the UK. This applies both in the domestic and commercial markets.
Forming Oil Firing Technical Association in 1991 with the objective of raising standards in the UK’s heating industry. OFTEC has become a vital participant in the UK market. Courses and assessment material are developed for training providers as well as members alike. Since 2002 OFTEC became a UKAS accredited competent person registration scheme member
Providing a professional Building Control service for both commercial and domestic installations. Coupled with independent support helping their clients meet Building Regulations approval.
Finally, the above are all members of the Government Approved Competent Persons Scheme and can all issue a Certificate of Installation. This meets the needs of any regulatory body. Peace of mind is assured therefore that you are living with a safe and secure installation.
Kent Stoves as specialists are truly experts with many years of experience advising clients for Stoves across Kent. Contact Us to find out more.