Preparing for the Future of Gas
Preparing for the Future of Gas
We’ve gathered the latest information from the UK Government to reassure you about the future of gas. New legislation arriving in 2025 will generate thousands of new jobs in the gas industry. Here at Brookhouse we are already taking action to make sure our engineers receive the latest training to gain the certifications required to implement these new changes.
Read this page to learn more about the new changes to gas boilers and how this will affect your home and business.
What will be happening in 2025?
In short, gas boilers will not be banned.
In December of 2020, the UK Government published the Energy White Paper, which outlined the ways in which we can take steps to become carbon neutral over the next decade. One such suggestion was the replacement of gas boilers that run off fossil fuels, this led to mass confusion and gave the wrong impression that all gas boilers are to be banned in 2025, we can confirm that this is not true.
The target for reaching net-zero is 2035, at present, oil and gas boilers make up more than 90% of the UK’s heating appliances. Therefore, the fuel used to heat our homes and businesses will be changed in order to reach net-zero.
The low carbon technologies that will be introduced are:
- Hydrogen ready boilers
- Heat pumps (air or ground sourced heat pumps)
To read more about these changes and how they will affect your home, click here.
How will this affect gas engineers?
In order to implement these changes, gas engineers will have to gain additional skills and certifications.
Here at Brookhouse, we are already taking action to enable our gas engineers to be able to implement these changes and keep up to date with the latest legislation. We want all of our students to be ready for this change.
“One of the prerequisites to do a ground or air source heat pump course is to be ACS gas qualified, so it’s a natural progression for Gas Engineers anyway.” – Tim Hughes, Brookhouse Development manager.
We have a history of keeping up to date with the latest legislation and making sure all of the gas engineers who go through Brookhouse are kept informed and up to date with the latest changes.
For example, in 2018 the UK Government introduced the Boiler Plus scheme. The new legislation was part of the Government’s ‘Heat in Buildings’ programme and was designed to maximise energy efficiency to reduce the country’s carbon footprint. This was the biggest change to gas engineering since the UK went “all-condensing” in 2005. It meant that all boilers from 2018 were required to have a minimum ErP (energy-related products) efficiency of 92% and all installations must have time and temperature controls fitted. Since 2018, all of our gas engineers have kept to this new legislation and we predict that the change to come in 2025 will be met in an equally successful manner.
How can I meet the new gas regulations when they come into action?
In order to meet the new legislation arriving in 2025, we have started working with Intergas Heating – they have developed a hydrogen ready boiler. In the lab, they have successfully developed a 100% hydrogen boiler which is yet to become commercially available. We will keep you updated on these developments and innovations in the coming months as we get closer to a greener future.
For our engineers, we arrange a training day at the end of each course. Currently, these training days cover part L energy regulation and unvented cylinders, students are following new legislation and are ready for these changes. All current gas engineers are required to have the ability to install and develop these appliances, these qualifications are essential to obtain before you do anything else.
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With the expected demand due to hit our industry, now is the time to become Gas Safe Qualified. Here at Brookhouse, we make it easy for you to transition into your new career so if you are looking to pursue a career in gas contact us or register to attend one of our open days.
You can use the form below to reach out to us with any questions or concerns you might have about these new regulations and how they will affect your training programme.