Setting the standard

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In the run up to the domestic RHI, MCS and its industry-led heat technology working groups are all working closely with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to ensure the MCS standards remain fit for purpose. The MCS standards are being updated across a number of areas, with one of the key aims being to provide further clarity for installation companies in meeting these standards, in order to ensure they continue to provide quality installations for their consumers.

As a result of the changes and updates being proposed, MCS will be conducting a public consultation on the updates to the standards in early October 2013 for a period of one month. These comments will then be collated and reviewed, with the updates being finalised within the MCS Working Groups and through the MCS Governance Process. The MCS Licensee will then publish the newly updated standards in December 2013.

Many of the updates being made at the moment centre around the calculations for estimates of performance, in addition to the information installation companies will need to supply to the customer in order for them to be able to easily apply for the domestic RHI. MCS is also looking more widely at developing tools to support installation companies in the rollout of the new standards. It is expected that installation companies will be given up to three months before the standards become mandatory in March 2013.