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Housing: Heating

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will make it her policy to amend Part L of the Building Regulations to make the specification of A-rated circulatory pumps mandatory from 2010. (243109)

My Department is proposing to amend Part L of the Building Regulations to include, for the first time, standards for circulatory pumps from 2010. My officials have been working with the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) (which account for approximately 85 per cent. of the UK market for pumps) to develop agreed proposals. The BPMA have proposed that for 2010 the Regulations should, as a first step, introduce the Europump labelling scheme for circulators in domestic heating systems and variable speed drives for larger water pumps. The eventual proposals will be the subject of formal consultation in 2009.