Useful Links

Boiler Replacement Scheme

The boiler replacement scheme, which is available in Northern Ireland only, helps owner occupiers to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The scheme has been extended until 31 March 2016.

Bryson Energy

Bryson Energy is the European Regional Energy Agency for Northern Ireland and is part of Bryson Charitable Group, Northern Ireland’s leading social enterprise.

Bryson Energy has offices in Belfast, L/Derry and Enniskillen. It directly employs 60 staff and indirectly employs a similar number through subcontracting and has a current turnover of £10m.

Contact Details

T: 028 9045 5008
W: www.brysonenergy.org

REAL Assurance Scheme

The aim of the REAL Assurance Scheme is to ensure that consumers wishing to install a small-scale heat or power generation unit for their homes have the necessary confidence and service standards so that they can make an informed choice.

Contact Details

T: 0207 9810850
E: info@realassurance.org.uk
W: www.realassurance.org.uk

MCS – The Microgeneration Certification Scheme

MCS has been developed to provide consumers with an assurance that microgeneration products and installation companies meet a robust set of standards. The MCS is also linked to financial incentives such as Feed in Tariffs.

Contact Details

T: 0207 0901082
E: mcs@gemserv.com
W: www.microgenerationcertification.org

OFTEC – Oil Firing Technical Association

Much like the Gas Safe Register is for gas, OFTEC are watchdogs of oil safety within the UK. OFTEC are also in partnership with Building Regulations in an effort to stamp out rogue engineers and improve overall quality and standards within the oil fired industry.

Contact Details

T: 0845 6585080
E: enquiries@oftec.org.uk
W: www.oftec.org.uk

SEDBUK – Seasonal Efficiency of Domestic Boilers in the UK

SEDBUK is a rating scheme to assess the efficiency of a domestic boiler. A SEDBUK rating represents an average annual efficiency rating of a domestic boiler which runs in a typical house, having made certain assumptions including usage pattern, control mechanisms and climate.

Energy Saving Trust

The Energy Saving Trust is the UK’s leading impartial organisation helping people save energy and reduce carbon emissions. We do this by providing expert insight and knowledge about energy saving, supporting people to take action, helping local authorities and communities to save energy and providing quality assurance for goods, services and installers.

Contact Details

T: 0800 512012
W: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was created in October 2008, to bring together:

  • energy policy (previously with BERR, which is now BIS – the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and
  • climate change mitigation policy (previously with DEFRA – the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

DECC exists to take the lead in these policies, and reflects the fact that climate change and energy policies are inextricably linked – two thirds of our emissions come from the energy we use. Decisions in one field cannot be made without considering the impacts in the other.

Contact Details

T: 0300 0604000
E: correspondence@decc.gsi.gov.uk
W: www.decc.gov.uk

Heating and Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC)

The HHIC is a member organisation committed to effectively driving, supporting and promoting the sustained growth of the UK domestic heating and hot water industry. We are also the trade association that represents the whole of the domestic heating market in the UK.

Contact Details

W: www.centralheating.co.uk

Forest Stewardship Council

FSC is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. It was founded in 1993 in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labelling scheme. There are national working groups more than 50 countries including the UK. FSC UK is a registered charity. It is supported by NGOs including WWF, Greenpeace and the Woodland Trust.

Contact Details

T: 01686 413916
E: info@fsc-uk.org
W: www.fsc-uk.org

BSRIA is a test, instruments, research and consultancy organisation, providing specialist services in construction and building services.

Contact Details

T: 01344 465600
E: bsria@bsria.co.uk
W: www.bsria.co.uk

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is a Government Department in the UK.

We cover – we make policy and legislation, and work with others to deliver our policies in – areas such as:

  • the natural environment, biodiversity, plants and animals
  • sustainable development and the green economy
  • food, farming and fisheries
  • animal health and welfare
  • environmental protection and pollution control
  • rural communities and issues.

Contact Details

T: 08459 335577
E: helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk
W: ww2.defra.gov.uk

The Keymark

The Keymark for solar thermal products will assist users to select quality solar collectors and systems. This “Solar Keymark” is the result of a voluntary certification scheme supported by the Eurpean Solar Thermal Industry Federation – ESTIF.

The CEN certification mark – The Keymark – is a general voluntary mark, developed by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN). The clear and simple message of The Keymark is that the product complies with the European Standard(s) covering the product.

Contact Details

W: www.estif.org

Association for the Conservation of Energy

ACE aims to reduce overall energy demand to ensure a secure and sustainable energy future. Through our lobbying, campaigning and research we help to achieve sensible and consistent policy, legislation and targets. ACE works to raise a positive awareness of energy conservation and encourage increased investment in all energy saving measures.

Contact Details

T: 0207 3598000
W: www.ukace.org

National Energy Association

NEA develops and promotes energy efficiency services to tackle the heating and insulation problems of low-income households. Working in partnership with central and local government; with fuel utilities, housing providers and health services; and with consumer organisations, NEA aims to eradicate fuel poverty and campaigns for greater investment in energy efficiency to help those who are poor or vulnerable.

Contact Details

T: 0191 2615677
W: www.nea.org.uk

Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE)

Founded in 1906, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is the professional body for the UK plumbing and heating industry. Membership is made up of individuals from a wide range of backgrounds such as consultants, specifiers, designers, public health engineers, lecturers, trainers, trainees and practitioners. The CIPHE has a membership of around 12,000 including approximately 260 manufacturers and distributors, which support its work as Industrial Associates.

Contact Details

T: 01708 472791
E: info@ciphe.org.uk
W: www.ciphe.org.uk

Institute of Domestic Heating & Environmental Engineers

The IDHEE is an independent non-profit making professional body, founded in 1964, serving the Domestic Heating Engineer for more than 46 years. The IDHEE is the pre-eminent professional body for the domestic heating engineer. The Institute aims to promote energy efficient domestic central heating components and the installation of safe and efficient systems.

Contact Details

T: 02380 668900
E: admin@idhee.org.uk
W: www.idhee.org.uk

The Solar Trade Association

The Solar Trade Association represents the interests of its member companies, made up of UK based Solar Electricity (PV) and Solar Thermal (solar hot water) companies. We work to promote the uptake of the technologies in domestic, commercial and industrial applications and promote the Association & technologies through our website; at local & national trade events as well as through our annual publication The Solar Handbook.

Contact Details

T: 01908 442290
E: enquiries@solar-trade.org.uk
W: www.solar-trade.org.uk

Heat Pump Association

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) is the UK’s leading authority on the use and benefits of heat pump technology and includes many of the country’s leading manufacturers of heat pumps, components and associated equipment. The Association influences legislation and other matters that affect the interests of either the industry in general, or its members in particular. In addition, the HPA co-ordinates technical and market research into areas of mutual interest, identified by members with the aim of improving market opportunities for members.

Contact Details

T: 0118 9403416
E: info@feta.co.uk
W: www.feta.co.uk