BUS scheme rules relaxed but OFTEC expresses concern

OFTEC has added its voice to those expressing concern about recent changes to the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) announced by the Government.

Malcolm Farrow, BUS scheme

The changes permit applicants to ignore previous requirements to install minimum standards of loft and cavity wall insulation building fabric recommendations that are included within their home’s Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

The Government has not revealed details of any research its undertaken on the impact of this policy change, and in taking this step has ignored the findings of its own consultation - over 75% of respondents actually supported retaining existing requirements on minimum insulation building fabric requirements.

The policy change is about driving heat pumps sales but breaks with the long-established fabric-first retrofit principle. This increases the risk of poorer outcomes for consumers due to more expensive heating bills and less efficient installations. OFTEC argues the requirements were there to protect consumers by ensuring . . .

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