Changes to the Non-Domestic RHI regulations (autumn 2013) - metering and air quality

Publication date
24th September 2013
Information types
Policy areas

The government introduced changes to the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive on 24 September 2013.

What changed?

The two most significant changes were:

1. Simplified metering requirements

The rules now require the minimum number of meters necessary to calculate your scheme payment. They allow - in certain circumstances – for heat loss from external pipework to be ignored if it has been properly insulated. In addition, applicants that can prove that it is either physically or financially difficult to install a heat meter, will be allowed to submit a heat loss calculation instead of installing additional meters.

2. Air quality requirements for biomass boilers

All applicants with biomass boilers will now need to submit an RHI emission certificate or a valid environmental permit with their application.

Other changes and improvements to the scheme allow:

  • heat to be used for processes other than in a building in certain circumstances
  • accredited installations to be moved providing the installation meets the necessary requirements at its new location
  • installations used to gain Microgeneration Certification Scheme accreditation to be eligible for the Non-Domestic RHI.