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About MCS

MCS is a mark of quality and demonstrates
compliance to industry standards that companies
strive to meet. It highlights to consumers that
companies are able to consistently install or
manufacture to the highest quality every time.

MCS has today updated a number of installation and product standards. The changes to the standards include: 

  • Update to the definitions in all standards to align with a review undertaken by the Standards Management Group
  • Update to section 8 in all installation standards to clarify the requirements of this section
  • A significant update to the heat pump standards to comply with the Energy related Products Directive. We have also attached an email on the heat pump updates which has been sent to installers and manufacturers. This includes further information on the implementation timescales.

Survey on solar thermal design course

A training provider in North East England (Narec Distributed Energy) is seeking industry views on a design course for solar thermal systems.

MCS has today published an update to MCS 017 which is the product standard for Bespoke Building Integrated Photovoltaic Products (BBIPV). Please visit the product standards page for a copy of the standard - link here.

The Department of Energy and Climate (DECC) has issued a call for evidence to seek information and evidence to inform the development of policy to amend regulations to allow additional financing options into the domestic renewable heat incentive (RHI). The deadline for responses is 13th March 2015 and you can find further information by visiting the following web page:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/rhi-introducing-third-party-ownership-models-call-for-evidence

Following the previous announcements concerning the MCZ Suite, Club, and Hydro products, BRE Global Ltd have now concluded their investigation.

Following an internal review, MCS has withdrawn the MCS hydro standards. For further information please click here.

DECC and OFGEM would like to invite installers to participate in a Q&A session with experts from DECC and OFGEM, they will be able to answer questions on the the RHI scheme and provide advice for installers. This event is only for installers and will be held in the evening from 4-5:30pm.

For further details and to register please see the table below:

We are aware that there was an intermittent issue with some transactions being delayed longer than normal (outside that PayPal security review times) or not being processed correctly and credits not displaying.

Please note that biomass sustainability RHI regulations came into force on February 5, 2015, with the obligation on RHI participants to meet the sustainability requirements from 5 October 2015. This is to help provide sufficient lead time for participants to fully understand the requirement and how to demonstrate compliance, and for suppliers on the Biomass Suppliers List (BSL) to ensure they have the necessary supply chain evidence in place to demonstrate they meet the land use criteria. Information sheets are available in the Biomass Sustainability section on the DECC policy webpage. Further information on the BSL is available for suppliers or traders of biomass fuel as well as consumers.

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is a government scheme which provides financial incentives for using renewable heating in place of fossil fuels in domestic properties. The Domestic RHI offers eligible participants the chance to receive quarterly subsidies for generating renewable heat in the home from eligible biomass boilers and stoves, solar thermal installations, ground source heat pumps and air source heat pumps. The scheme launched on April 9 2014 and, based on experiences and feedback so far, DECC have amended the regulations to make small changes to the policy.