What is an MCS Umbrella Scheme?
An MCS umbrella Scheme (like Abode Heat’s Heat Pump Go) helps non-MCS accredited plumbing and heating professionals with their heat pump installations, by taking care of key parts of the heat pump project such as design, compliance, and certification. Using an MCS umbrella scheme lets plumbing and heating professionals concentrate on their installations and looking after their customer, knowing the design and MCS compliance of the heat pump installation has been carefully supported by a specialist.
MCS umbrella schemes, like Abode Heat’s Heat Pump Go, ensure non-MCS accredited plumbing and heating professional’s heat pump installations are fully designed, installed, and commissioned to MCS standards.
MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) is the industry standard for design and installation of air source and ground source heat pumps. It is an independent scheme that certifies renewable products such as heat pumps, as well as their installers to maintain standards within the industry.
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Why use an MCS Umbrella Scheme?
The main benefit of a MCS umbrella scheme is that your customers will have access to financial incentives like the government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) together with the confidence of knowing their well-designed, well installed system will provide all of the heating and hot water for their needs.
Launched in May 2022, the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) provides grants of £5,000 for air source, and £6,000 for ground source heat pump MCS certified installations, when replacing an existing fossil fuel boiler or direct electric heating system. Self-build and renovation projects where a heat pump is being installed also qualify. All qualifying heat pump installations must be MCS accredited for customers to benefit from the BUS scheme payment.
The new BUS scheme has generated a lot of interest in heat pumps, with more and more homeowners considering replacing their existing gas or oil boilers. If your existing customers are considering the switch to a low-carbon heating system like a heat pump, and you are a non-MCS accredited heating professional, you can still help your client make the switch without going through the time consuming and costly process of gaining MCS accreditation yourself, by using an MCS umbrella scheme.
Here are some of the other benefits for heating and plumbing professionals using an MCS Umbrella Scheme:
- Our Heat Pump Go – MCS Umbrella Scheme lets you focus on a high-quality heat pump installation for your customer without the hassle of your own MCS certification. Saving you time and money.
- Helps you gain experience in installing heat pumps and access to manufacturer training.
- Peace of mind that the heat pump and the underfloor heating and/or radiator system will be designed to MCS standards and will work well.
How do I use an MCS Umbrella Scheme?
Just as no two projects are the same, Heat Pump Go provides different levels of service depending on what you need. We provide a service only or can combine with equipment supply if you prefer.
Typically, our Heat Pump Go installations follow the following process:
- Initial consultation, heat pump specification and pricing.
- Confirmation of the heat pump specification through our room-by-room heat loss calculation.
- Pre-installation site meeting.
- You complete your heat pump installation.
- Abode Heat completes the MCS commissioning, documentation, and handover.
What do you need to do to gain access to our Heat Pump Go service?
- NVQ Level 3 Heat Pumps certified (or working toward this)
- Part L certified.
- WRAS qualified.
- G3 unvented hot water qualification.
- Be manufacturer trained for the system you are installing including troubleshooting.
How can I start?
If you have a specific project you want to discuss or want to learn more about our MCS Umbrella Scheme, contact us on 0333 577 9292, or you can use our contact form below, and one of our team will give you a call back.