How can I find a biomass wood heating installer?

When installing a wood-fired heating system, finding a qualified professional installer who can properly size and design the system will be important. Prices can vary, so it's also key to get a few quotes from different installers.

How to find installers

To receive financial support through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), the installer, equipment and fuel will need to be accredited / certified. The directory of Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certified installers and products is available at www.microgenerationcertification.org.

Also, the boiler needs to be on Ofgem's Product Eligibility List.

In addition to the MCS certification, some installers of heating systems will have voluntarily joined other professional bodies and agreed to abide by their codes - such as the organisations listed below.

For biomass equipment not eligible for the RHI (e.g. a standalone log stove), you could also use the HETAS website to find retailers and installers.

Contacts

Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors - http://www.aphc.co.uk - 0121 711 5030
  Trade association for the plumbing and heating industry in England & Wales. Encourage training and best practice, to provide consumers with the reassurance of quality workmanship and service.
Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering - http://www.ciphe.org.uk - 01708 472791
  Trade body for plumbing and heating professionals. Members have to prove their competence through recognised qualifications or extensive experience.
Institute of Domestic Heating & Environmental Engineers - http://www.idhee.org.uk - 02380 668 900
  Professional body promoting energy efficient domestic central heating and renewable energy systems. Website lists members: consultants & installers.
Microgeneration Certification Scheme - http://www.microgenerationcertification.org/ - 020 7090 1082
  The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certifies microgeneration products and installers. MCS accreditation is required for Feed-in Tariff and Renewable Heat Incentive support.
Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC) - https://www.recc.org.uk - 0207 981 0850
  Set up by the Renewable Energy Association. It aims to guarantee a high quality experience for consumers of small scale renewable energy technology.

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