CHPA Heat Conference 2012

 

CHPA Bringing Energy Together

 

Recently, Simon Osborne, Head of Product Management, spoke at the Combined Heat and Power Association Heat Conference, held in association with the Energy Institute.  The event was well attended and had a clear focus on heat strategy.

Simon spoke about the use of micro-CHP to supply domestic heat, while Martin Ashcroft of Tata Chemicals Europe spoke about industrial heat and Paul Denniff of Scotia Gas talked about the gas supply in the UK and the improvements that could be made, such as injecting biogas from industrial sized anaerobic digester systems.

Keynote speakers were Rt. Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and The Rt Hon Lord Deben PC, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

Ed Davey said: “From businesses to industry, householders to communities, we all have a role to play in changing the way we generate and use heat. We need to find low carbon alternatives and our heat strategy published in March set out a pathway for moving ahead. We are working closely with industry and trade bodies like the CHPA and this event provides an excellent forum for sharing ideas and views on progress being made, such as support for heat networks in cities. I look forward to setting out our proposals next year.”

The conclusion was that ‘doing nothing’ is a conscious decision, and is not an acceptable one.  In order for the UK to meets carbon reduction targets there is not just one silver bullet, but is a question of engaging and educating everyone, including consumers and installers.  The present UK gas grid is one of the best in the world, and able to cope even during the freak winters we have every few years.  It is questionable whether the electricity grid, in its current state, will be able to cope in the future when demand is greatest.

Micro-CHP clearly has a big part to play in reducing carbon emissions and assisting the electricity grid at times of peak demand.

Baxi presented with Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation

Andrew Keating receives the Queen’s Award from The Rt Hon the Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, watched by Chris Tyrer (right)

Baxi’s UK boiler manufacturing site in Bamber Bridge, near Preston, Lancashire, was the scene of celebration when the Queen’s representative, the Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, presented the company with the prestigious Queen’s Award.

Baxi played host to the Rt Hon the Lord Shuttleworth, the Mayor and Mayoress of South Ribble, the Mayor and Mayoress of Preston, guests and employees at the ceremony to recognise the innovation of Baxi Ecogen, the first commercially available wall hung micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) dual energy system.

In his welcoming address, Andrew Keating, Managing Director Baxi Residential Boilers Division, Baxi Heating UK, explained that as soon as they heard the company had received the award, plans were put in motion to hold the ceremony at the Preston site.

“Richard Baxendale established the business close to this site in 1866 and nearly 150 years later we are still going strong,” he said.  “We were at the forefront of the heating industry at the very beginning and we still are as we enter the next phase of lower carbon and energy home heating solutions.”

Following a tour of the micro-CHP manufacturing facilities and the research and development department where it was conceived and developed, Lord Shuttleworth expressed his pleasure at being able to present the award.  Addressing the audience of employees who had all played a part in the success of Baxi Ecogen, he said: “It is with great pleasure that, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, I am presenting this award.

“It is one of only 50 in the Innovation category that have been awarded this year.  The award is not given lightly.  Only the highest level of innovation is recognised and it is clear that you have all achieved this.”  Lord Shuttleworth also stressed that the award is presented to the business rather than to an individual, and he congratulated everyone for playing their part in its success.

Chris Tyrer, Manufacturing Director at the site, thanked Lord Shuttleworth.  “He responded, addressing the assembled workforce: “The presentation of the Queen’s Award is testament to the determination and dedication of everyone who has been involved with the Baxi Ecogen project, from its conception in 2006,and development right through to its production and subsequent industry leading position in the marketplace.”

CHP stands for ‘combined heat and power’. This means the Baxi Ecogen is a dual energy system, so at the same time as providing efficient gas central heating and hot water like any other boiler, it also generates up to 1kWh of low cost, low carbon electricity using a Free Piston Stirling Engine.

It is the first micro-CHP product to achieve Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certification, meaning it is also eligible for the Government’s Feed-in Tariff – providing financial assistance to lower fuel bills even further.

Baxi proud to receive Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation

The Queen's Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2012

UK heating manufacturer Baxi is proud to announce that it has received the Queen’s Award forEnterprise in Innovation.  The prestigious accolade, bestowed during Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee year, is for the Baxi Ecogen micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) boiler, which is designed, developed and manufactured at Baxi’s Club Street facilities, in Bamber Bridge, near Preston in Lancashire.

Managing Director of Baxi’s UK Residential Boiler Division, Andrew Keating, said: “We are really proud of this fantastic achievement.  It is testament to the commitment and hard work of the teams in Preston who have brought Baxi Ecogen, the first domestic appliance of its kind, to the UK marketplace, and made our facility a centre of excellence for this important new technology.”

Using a Free Piston Stirling Engine, Baxi Ecogen is a like for like replacement for a conventional boiler which generates up to 1kW electricity that can be used in the home or exported back to the electricity grid.  It is MCS certified so is eligible for the Government’s Feed-in Tariff, making it a cost effective alternative as well as energy efficient. 

Baxi was established by Richard Baxendale in 1866, not far from the company’s present manufacturing premises, and is proud of its long UK heritage.  Baxi has always been at the forefront of innovation.  In 1966, it launched the Baxi Bermuda back boiler unit, which revolutionised home heating.  More recently, in 2011, Baxi was the first boiler manufacturer to include a combustion management system in its boilers as standard, providing exceptional energy efficiency and cost savings for householders compared to standard boilers.

RHPP and RHI must work together

Biomass boiler wood pellets

Biomass boiler wood pellets

An extension of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) has been announced by DECC as part of its broader plans to support low carbon heating. At the same time, the implementation of a domestic version of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been pushed in to 2013.

Simon Osborne, spokesperson for Baxi, outlined the company’s position on the news: “RHPP has always been seen as a precursor to domestic RHI, so as the Government pushes back the latter, we are glad that a new RHPP will bridge the gap. Ideally both schemes need to work together in order to encourage individual installers, as well as homeowners, to start thinking about renewables. RHPP will definitely support early adopters, but might have a limited scope if accompanying tariff payments are not announced soon. If installers are going to invest in training on renewables, then they need to know what the potential market is going to be – and this will be determined, to a large extent, by domestic RHI.

“Customers in off-gas areas definitely have the most to gain under RHPP and we are pleased to see continued support for biomass and heat pumps. By introducing new elements that will cover larger projects, in social housing for example, there is a massive opportunity to impact fuel switching and alleviate fuel poverty.”

The outline from the Government states a headline figure of £25m for the new RHPP scheme, with £8m and £10m allocated to social housing and community groups respectively.

Baxi Know How at Ecobuild

It’s the first day of Ecobuild 2012 at ExCel exhibition centre in London.  The doors are open and people are starting to flood in.  We are expecting the next three days to be very busy! 

The Baxi stand looks pretty impressive, if we do say so ourselves!  We have a 3D theatre showing presentations about getting the best SAP benefits for newbuild specifiers, ways to comply with Decent Homes and, for installers, the benefits of the new range of GA boilers and GasSaver technology.

We are showcasing our new range of Solargen PV and the enhanced Baxi solarflo solar thermal.  There are live demonstrations of Baxi Ecogen micro-CHP and Bioflo biomass on the Practical Installer stand. 

From our view point on our top tier, we can see a plethora of equally enthusiastic businesses – all passionate about helping people to reduce carbon emissions, lower their energy bills and be kinder to the environment all round.

We have created the Baxi Know How newspaper, especioally for Ecobuild.  You can download it here.

 

Ecobuild is this week!

Ecobuild is this week, at the ExCel exhibition centre in London, 20 – 22 March.  The Baxi stand is located at N2360 and there will also be live demonstrations of Baxi Ecogen micro-CHP and Baxi Bioflo biomass in the Practical Installer demonstration area N2440.

Come along and see our unique 3D presentations every day:

  • 11.00am  New Build SAP clinic                                       
  • 12.00pm  Social Housing Decent Homes clinic           
  •   1.00pm  Installer GA range benefits clinic                  
  •   2.00pm  New Build SAP clinic                                          
  •   3.00pm  Social Housing Decent Homes clinic            

Register for your free tickets to Ecobuild 2012 here.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Baxi welcomes DECC confirmation on Feed-in Tariff Phase 2 deadline

Baxi Ecogen micro-CHP eligible for the Feed-in Tariff

Baxi has welcomed the news that the Department of Energy and Climate Change will publish its Phase 2 consultation on Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) on February 9th 2012.

On 26th January 2012, Energy Minister, the Rt. Hon. Chris Huhne, MP, issued a written Ministerial Statement which stated:
“We want as far as possible to minimise the uncertainty for PV and other technologies eligible for support under FITs. We are therefore still intending to publish the phase 2 consultation by 9th February. This will include proposed tariffs for other FITs technologies and a set of reform proposals for the scheme. We are also intending to publish the Government’s response to the other aspects of the phase 1 consultation that are not affected by the Judicial Review (namely the proposals on energy efficiency and for multi-installation tariff rates).”

“This is good news for the broader renewables sector” says Simon Osborne, Specification Channel Manager at Baxi. “The uncertainty around FITs generated by the Court of Appeal challenge which focused exclusively on solar technologies is not helpful to manufacturers of other important renewables, such as, micro-CHP (Combined Heat and Power). We have worked hard with other UK micro-CHP providers to push for an increase in tariff to 15p. We trust that the Government will take account of our case and that the proposed tariffs will continue to move the micro-generation sector forward.”

Baxi manufactures the country’s only commercially available micro-CHP unit for the home, the award-winning Baxi Ecogen. This type of dual energy appliance can generate 1kWh of electricity, while also providing abundant supplies of space heating and hot water for a property. The unit responds to an initial heat demand up to 6kW by igniting the engine’s gas burner.  The heat causes the inert gas inside the unit’s Free Piston Stirling Engine (FPSE) to expand, displacing the piston between a copper coil. As a result, electricity is generated in a similar way to an alternator in a car.

Energy Saving Week – day 2: Microgeneration

 

Baxi Solo Innova Biomass boiler with solar panels

Living with renewables – how to choose what’s right for you

The idea of ‘green’ living is high on many people’s agenda now, fuelled by extensive coverage in the media and the threat of major energy price rises.  But how do you decide which of the many new low carbon technologies on offer are right for you and will you have to change the way you live to fit in with them?  We help to remove some of the mystery surrounding low carbon technologies and look at how the right products could provide viable domestic heating solutions.

Before considering which of the many low carbon products could be suitable, the most important thing to do is to insure your home is insulated.  Well insulated.  There’s no point installing low carbon technologies if the heat they generate is just going to leak out through poorly insulated roofs, walls, windows and pipes.  The next step is to look at other ways to reduce energy consumption, such as using energy saving light bulbs and switching electrical appliances off at the wall.  These simple little life-changes start to change the mind set and will also start reducing energy bills.

The next decision is cost.  How much is going to be spent on the technology?  Is it a ‘one off’ or part of an ongoing project?  Many technologies work well together, so it is worth deciding if the long term aim is to install more than one device, and prepare the way for later additions.  For example, this could mean replacing standard radiators with low temperature radiators or even underfloor heating, and the hot water storage cylinder with a twin coil cylinder so that solar thermal could be added in the future.

The property itself and what it will support must be considered.  For example, does it have mains gas or is it in a rural off-mains gas area?  What is the property’s orientation and the size and condition of its roof, if considering solar thermal?

Finally, what do you want the technology to do, for example heating, hot water, electricity generation?  How will the different products fit in with your lifestyle?

It’s good to look at this holistic process as a room full of open doors.  For each question asked a door closes, until only one remains open.  The property chooses the technology because it’s important that the property itself can fully support and really benefit from whichever product you choose.

A Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) qualified installer can provide invaluable help with this decision, and will help to ensure that the correct technology is being sold.  MCS is a quality process rather than just a qualification.  It provides a level of protection for customers and installers that is not as readily available with gas boilers, because the grants that are available are driven by MCS; both the installer and the products must be MCS accredited in order for you to be eligible to receive the grants.

So let’s have a look at the different technologies available, their most appropriate applications and any changes that may need to be made to the your lifestyle.

Micro-CHP

A domestic micro-combined heat and power, or dual energy, system is a like for like replacement for an existing mains or LPG gas boiler and, as such, is the easiest way to reduce carbon.  The advantage of micro-CHP is that it is familiar – it works in the same way as a gas boiler – and is compatible with the existing system.  The unit does not require planning permission and does not rely on the building’s orientation or the weather. 

It generates electricity when you need it most, usually when the central heating is on, and the greatest financial savings are made by using the generated electricity rather than drawing it from the grid.  An average three bedroom semi-detached property uses roughly 3000 kWh electricity per annum.  A micro-CHP appliance could generate around 2000kWh.  Micro-CHP is eligible for the Government’s Feed-in Tariff, which is currently set at 10p generation and 3p export.  In addition, the carbon savings could be around 2.5 tonnes, compared to a standard efficiency boiler.

Air source and ground source heat pumps 

Heat pumps work best in well insulated homes with either underfloor heating or low temperature radiators, in off mains gas areas.  Heat pumps are not recommended for high temperature domestic hot water, but are suitable to be used in conjunction with solar thermal.  Very little intervention is needed – the system can be set up and left.  Heat pumps do not provide instant heat, but allow the heat to build up in the fabric of the building.  They can be switched to holiday mode to keep them ticking over during winter breaks, so the house is still warm and cosy on your return.  To make them more cost effective, they can be set up to run on economy electricity tariffs. 

The sizing of air source heat pumps is critical: an under or oversized unit leads to inefficiency and can result in increased electricity bills.  On commissioning, the parameters need to be set correctly and the distribution network operator (DNO) must be notified.  This is because if there are a number of air source heat pumps programmed to start at the same time, in the same area, there could be a bit of a drain on the local electricity supply.  Before installation, it is also worth checking with the local council to see if planning permission is required.

Under typical conditions, air source heat pumps operate at average seasonal efficiencies of between 200% and 300%, depending on the difference between the outside air temperature and central heating temperature; the smaller the difference, the greater the efficiency.

Ground source heat pumps are best for properties with plenty of space to bury the underground collectors, or ‘slinkies’.  They can also be used with a bore hole, but this is a more expensive alternative, requiring a geothermal survey to make sure of the suitability of the ground.  Both slinkies and bore holes need to be correctly sized to ensure optimum efficiency.  Ground source heat pumps are more efficient than air source heat pumps because the temperature underground remains constant.

Solar thermal domestic hot water

For solar thermal to work most efficiently, the roof needs to be predominantly south-facing and at an angle of 30-40 degrees, without the risk of shading from, for example, nearby trees and buildings.  The condition and structure of the roof is also a consideration, as is any future plan for extension or conversion.  While most local authorities now encourage the installation of low carbon technologies where possible, it is always worth checking if planning permission is required, especially in conservation areas or for listed buildings.

There are three main kinds of solar collector: in-roof, on-roof and evacuated tubes.  In-roof collector panels are built in to the structure of the roof and are the best option for newbuild properties or for installation as part of a major refurbishment.  On-roof collectors are the most cost effective retro-fit solution, while evacuated tubes offer more flexible siting and are easier to install because they can be taken up onto the roof individually.

Solar thermal systems need a dedicated, well insulated solar cylinder with a twin coil, to store the hot water and either an immersion heater or system boiler as backup.  From May to October, depending on the weather, most of the home’s hot water requirements can be met using solar thermal.  At other times of the year, it may still raise the temperature of water in the cylinder enough to reduce energy bills.  The boiler can be set up to kick in to provide hot water when solar isn’t enough.

As with other low carbon technologies, sizing is critical.  The home’s hot water requirements will determine the size of the cylinder and the number of panels or tubes.  It is a false economy to oversize the panels, as this could result in stagnation.  Once installed and set up correctly, solar thermal needs very little maintenance.

Solar PV

If the roof is the same orientation as described for solar thermal and big enough to accommodate enough panels to provide a reasonable return on investment, solar PV could be an option.  The advantage of Solar PV is that the electricity generated is eligible for the Feed-in Tariff.  However, unlike solar thermal, any shading of the panels will dramatically reduce the effect of the solar gain.

Solar PV will give the most financial benefits for households that use electricity during the day, as they will not need to pay for as much electricity from the grid and will also receive the generation tariff.  There are companies that offer to install solar PV panels free of charge; these mostly take the Feed-in Tariff while the household benefits from the electricity generated.  In these situations, it is very important to check all the terms and conditions, particularly with regard to the future sale of the property.

The installer must be a solar PV registered installer with MCS and Part P qualifications and the DNO will need to be notified.

Biomass

Biomass is considered to be the only true carbon neutral technology, and is currently far more cost effective than oil.  The latest biomass boilers are a blend of old and new technologies.  They are conventionally flued and fit into a modern system with modern controls. 

Biomass is a more interactive technology than the others we have covered, because the fuel supply needs to be checked and topped up.  In addition, the ash will need to be emptied, although the boilers are so efficient that they only need to be emptied about once a month.  By the way, the ash makes an excellent fertilizer for the garden!

Pellets are available at most heating and builders’ merchants, and can be delivered in bulk or by the bag.  A small biomass boiler, suitable for use in the living area, is also available and is equivalent to a 12kW system boiler with pump and expansion vessel combined.  For areas with plenty of woodland, log burning boilers may be a cost effective alternative.

An MCS accredited installer will be able to assess whether a buffer tank is required to store the heat from the boiler.  As with all low carbon technologies, sizing is very important for maximum efficiency.  For large biomass boilers and those needing a buffer tank, space for out-buildings for the boiler, buffer tank and fuel is required.

Conclusion

Installing a low carbon technology is a long term investment and it is vital to get it right.  There is not one ‘silver bullet’, but it is important that the correct technology is specified for each individual property and its occupants’ lifestyle.  Once installed, there should be very little difference in the way the home is run, and few lifestyle changes.

However, while the initial outlay is greater, there are longer term gains to be made; the property’s value is increased, its energy bills will be lower, it will get a better Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating and its carbon footprint will be considerably reduced.

Baxi offers a comprehensive range of low carbon technologies, supported by a dedicated team of professionals.

It’s Energy Saving Week 2011

Baxi is supporting Energy Saving Week

The Energy Saving Trust is holding its 15th Energy Saving Week from 24 – 28 October 2011.  This year, the theme is ‘Take back control of your bills’ and offers lots of advice on how you can take back control of your spiralling energy bills at home.

As everyone knows, our gas and electricity bills have been rising on a yearly basis. The current economic slowdown has been fundamental in the way that consumers are thinking about energy saving. Energy Saving Week provides the perfect opportunity for households across the county to learn about how they can make a difference.

Here are some top tips from the Energy Saving Trust to help you save money and stop wasting energy.

LOOK FOR CAVITIES…
Around a third of the heat lost in an uninsulated home is through the walls, so insulating them can be one of the most cost-effective ways to save energy in the home. Not all buildings are suitable, but if your home was built between the 1920s and 1990s then it could be the ideal candidate for cavity wall insulation and you could save up to £135 on your annual heating bills! Like double-glazing, cavity wall insulation will keep you warm in winter and can also help to keep you cool in the summer. If your house was built before 1920’s and has a solid wall construction you could think about installing internal or external wall insulation.  It could save you up to £475 a year on your heating bills.
BE ECO-CHIC AND LOOK OUT FOR THE LOGO…
Look out for the Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo when you’re buying new electrical appliances. The logo is a simple and quick way to find the most energy efficient products on the market. You’ll find it on a wide range of products from kitchen appliances, heating and lighting to televisions and computers. The idea is that whatever the product, whichever the labelling system – all you need to do is look for the Energy Saving Trust Recommended logo. For instance, replacing your old, energy inefficient fridge-freezer with a new energy saving recommended one could save you up to £26 every year.  All Baxi boilers are Energy Saving Trust Recommended.
BOILERS… IF IT ISN’T BROKEN, IT STILL MIGHT NEED FIXING…
We rarely think of our boilers – until they go on the blink! If your boiler is over 15 years old, it’s probably time you thought about replacing it with a new energy efficient one. Replacing your old boiler with a new A-rated condensing model with a full set of heating controls will save you up to a quarter on your heating bills straight away – that’s up to £300 on average in gas heated homes. If all homes in the UK with gas or a G-rated boiler switched to condensing boilers, we’d save around £886 million a year!  Check out the new range of Baxi boilers with THINK intelligence within for maximum energy efficiency, reliability and cost savings.
BE NICE TO YOUR FREEZER…
Fridge freezers are the most hardworking appliances in our kitchens – in fact, UK households use around £2 billion worth of electricity on refrigeration and freezing every year. To help cut costs, don’t leave the door open longer than necessary, as cold air will escape. Avoid putting hot food into the fridge, defrost the freezer regularly and check the door seals are working properly.
WRAP UP YOUR HOT WATER TANK… GIVE IT A JACKET
An insulating jacket for hot water tanks only costs a few pounds and pays for itself within months. Fit one that’s at least 75mm (3”) thick and you could save around £40 a year. If every UK household fitted a jacket on their tank tomorrow, we’d save around £141 million on energy bills every year.
DRAW AT DUSK… CLOSE YOUR CURTAINS
As the days get chillier, closing your curtains at dusk will stop heat escaping through windows. This is an easy and practically free way to help you reduce you energy bills and stop wasting energy.
A BRIGHT IDEA… BUY AN ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHT BULB
When the days are shorter you’ll be relying on your lights more. Trade up your ordinary light bulbs for energy saving ones. And with inefficient light bulbs being phased out over the next few years, now is a great time to do so. Energy saving light bulbs last up to 10 times longer than ordinary bulbs, and by fitting all the lights in your house with energy saving bulbs you could save around £30 a year and £480 over the lifetime of all of the bulbs… This saving could be around £120 over its lifetime if you’re replacing a high wattage incandescent bulb, or one used for more than a few hours a day.
TAKE TO THE FLOOR…
Stop draughts and heat escaping by filling gaps under skirting boards with beading or mastic sealant. That’ll save around £25 off your heating bills every year!
SEE DOUBLE… AND CUT HEAT LOSS BY 50%
Double-glazing cuts heat loss through windows by 50% and could cut your heating bill by up to £165 a year. If you can’t afford to replace all the windows, why not choose the rooms that cost you the most to heat, such as the living room and occupied bedrooms.
FEELING CHILLY? LOFT INSULATION WILL KEEP THE HEAT IN YOUR HOME
If your loft is uninsulated, about 15% of what you’re paying for your heating could be escaping through your roof. Insulate your loft to 270mm and if it’s currently uninsulated you could save around £175 a year off your heating bills. If you have less than the recommended 270mm, topping it up will save you around £25 a year. If everybody in the UK who could install 270mm of loft insulation did so, we would save around £437 million per year.
GENERATE YOUR OWN!
If you have the funds available, then why not think about installing your own microgeneration unit such as solar PV or Baxi Ecogen micro-CHP dual energy system for your electricity or a ground source heat pump for your heat. Schemes like the Feed-in Tariff offer you income for the electricity you generate, while the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) helps cover the up-front cost of green heating systems. You can find out which technology suits your home best with our Home Energy Generation Selector – www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/renewableselector
BE SWITCHED ON – TAKE A HOME ENERGY CHECK!
To find out how much energy can be saved in your own home, fill out the Energy Saving Trust’s online home energy check www.energysavingtrust.org.uk  Alternatively, you can call our free phone advice number on 0800 512 012. Our regional Energy Saving Trust advice centres can provide you with free, impartial advice on how to make your home more energy efficient and talk to you about grants you may be eligible for to implement energy efficient measures.

A good week for Baxi

Left to right: Kelvin Stevens, MD of category sponsor Adey; Graham Parkes, Baxi Low Carbon Technologies; Comedian Rufus Hound

It’s been a very good week for Baxi.  InstallerLive 2011 – of of our main industry exhibitions – started on Sunday 16 October.  InstallerLive is a great opportunity for us to meet installers, merchants, specifiers and students and catch up with all the latest industry news.  As well as the Baxi stand, our sister companies Main, Remeha, Heatrae Sadia and interpart were all present.

It’s the first time for InstallerLive at the NEC – it has always been at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry in the past – and the first time organised by eMap, so we were all wondering how it would be.  Pretty good was the answer.  The Baxi stand featured the new range of boilers with THINK intelligence within, and the 5-year warranty offer.

The highlight of the week was the ‘Oscars’ of the heating industry, the InstallerLive Awards.  The awards were hosted by comedian Rufus Hound, who kept the audience amused whilst announcing the winners. Baxi was shortlisted for the Heating Manufacturer of the Year and the Green Manufacturer of the Year.  We are delighted to announce that we won the Green Manufacturer of the Year award, and our Low Carbon Technologies Head of Sales Graham Parkes proudly accepted the trophy.

“Winning the Green Award is a great accolade,” said Graham, “especially as the panel of judges are all prominent figures in the industry or former winners.

“At Baxi we pride ourselves on our low carbon portfolio and the support and training we offer.  We are particularly proud of Baxi Ecogen, and of being the first manufacturer to launch a domestic micro-CHP appliance to the UK market.

“I have received this award on behalf of the fantastic team that work tirelessly behind the scenes to enable us to deliver award-winning products and customer support.” 

The judges said: “The combination of heating and generating power from one unit is an exciting prospect and [Baxi] have started this very difficult path and are seeing great results.”

This is a good opportunity to congratulate Heatrae Sadia, who won the Environmental and Sustainability category of the Eastern Daily Press Business Awards in recognition of its continued commitment to promoting greener products and practice in the workplace.