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consideration. While this isn’t an issue for most self-build projects, it is worth looking at the sound levels from different manufacturers and also thinking about where you site the outdoor unit if you are building near to neighbours or windows. It’s worth looking at the Quiet Mark website or asking the manufacturer what their noise levels are.


HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT SECURING RHI PAYMENTS TO HELP MAKE THINGS EASIER?


The Government has just announced a revision of the RHI which came into effect on 20 September. This sees the rate for air source heat pumps increase by 33 per cent to 10.18 pence per kWh. It is subject to a cap of 20,000 kWh per property, but this is something that is unlikely to affect the majority of self- build heat pump installs. RHI payments depend on the installation and installer being MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) registered before they can qualify. Choose an installer that is MCS- Accredited and ask their advice about the application.


HOW CAN YOU BE SURE YOUR INSTALLERS REALLY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING, TO AVOID POOR INSTALLATION CANCELLING OUT THE BENEFITS?


All Ecodan installers have to have attended our extensive training programmes and all creditable manufacturers should operate similar training. If in doubt, contact the manufacturer first for advice on finding a suitable installer in your particular region.


WHAT ARE THE GOLDEN RULES SELF-BUILDERS NEED TO KNOW IF THEY'RE KEEN TO INSTALL AN AIR SOURCE HEAT PUMP?


Firstly, use an appropriately qualified installer to design the system to suit your needs. As stated earlier, the installer and the installation will need to be MCS-accredited if you wish to apply for RHI payments.


Second, a complete new build project will less of a requirement for heating than a refurbished property but will still


have the same requirements for hot water. There are air source heat pumps which are designed specifically for this purpose. There are also units which are more suitable for properties with a higher heat load.


Lastly, most modern air source heat pumps should include internet-based controls and should be both straightforward to use and easy to understand, but always make sure you also receive training on how to control the system from the installer.


Max Halliwell is a renewable heating expert at Mitsubishi Electric


STRUCTURAL WARRANTY SITE INSURANCE SITE SURVEYS


Self-Build Zone provides Site Insurance and liability cover for anyone starting new building works, as well as covering any existing structures on site.


Our Approved Inspectors can facilitate all survey services you may need during the build or for the warranty provision. On completion, Build-Zone can provide you with a 10 Year Structural Warranty.


For more information or to obtain a quotation go online at or Call the Self-Build Zone Team on www.selfbuildzone.com 0345 230 9874 12 www.sbhonline.co.uk september/october 2017


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