F Gas Company Certification:
From 4 July 2009 it became a legal requirement for all businesses that install, maintain or service stationary refrigeration, air-conditioning and/or heat pump equipment containing or designed to contain F gas refrigerants to obtain an F gas Company Certificate.
It is now a criminal offence to carry out the above activities without a Company Certificate.
For more detailed information on the F gas Regulations click here to view Defra's F-Gas Support web pages.
The principal objective of the EC Regulation is to contain, prevent and thereby reduce emissions of F gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol, so as to help combat climate change.
There are obligations in the F gas Regulation (EC Regulation 842/2006) and the Ozone Regulation (EC Regulation 2037/2000) that affect many industry sectors. In some cases the obligations lie with the owner / operator of the equipment. In other situations the obligations lie with third parties, such as equipment suppliers, maintenance contractors and waste handling companies.
More details of the various obligations and a full listing of affected sectors can be found in a series of Sector Information Sheets available on the F- Gas Support website.
Altherma gains MCS approval
Daikin’s Altherma Air Source Heat Pump has been approved under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS). Altherma now qualifies for grant aid and householders can apply for a grant of up to £900 to cover part of the cost of installation.
A Daikin spokesman said: “The MCS gives consumers the guarantee that certified Microgeneration products and the installers of those products have conformed to a rigorous set of standards.
“The criteria for product certification include evaluation of manufacturing quality and operation performance, to ensure the certified products deliver the required levels of energy efficiency and therefore, running cost savings.”
Daikin claims the Altherma system can reduce heating costs by up to 50 per cent as well as reducing carbon emissions by a similar amount when compared to traditional fossil fuel boiler systems.
It is compatible with underfloor heating, radiators and fan convectors, there is no need for flues, fuel lines or tank storage facilities and maintenance requirements are low.