Vokèra will be in attendance at a number of industry and trade events over the coming months.
Meet the Manufacturers in association with HIP! Magazine
As part of its College Partnership Programme, Vokèra will be attending six regional Meet the Manufacturers events throughout February and March 2015. At the events, which have been organised by student heating and plumbing magazine HIP!, Vokèra will be presenting its current range of boilers and controls to students and lecturers throughout the country.
For a full list of dates, and to book your place, visit their website here.
Vokèra will be attending the first ever Installer2015 trade show at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on the 12th to the 15th May. Installers will be able to get hands on with Vokèra’s current range and their Technical Trainers will be on hand to answer any questions attendees may have.
To register your attendance at Installer 2015, visit their website here.
PHEX+ Alexandra Palace 2015
Vokèra will be attending the Plumbing and Heating Exhibition (PHEX+) at Alexandra Palace on the 20th and 21st May. Popular Vokèra models will be on display along with Technical Trainers and Area Sales Managers on hand to answer any questions attendees may have.
To register your attendance at PHEX Alexandra Palace 2015, visit their website here.
Vokèra has enhanced the modulation ratio on its innovative Mynute i30 system boiler. Now benefiting from a modulation ratio of 10:1, the Mynute i30 is an extremely energy efficient solution which is also easy to install, maintain and use.
“We are delighted to bring an improved Mynute i30 to market,” comments Alister Maclachlan, Product Director at Vokèra. “By increasing the modulation ratio on the Mynute i30 we can maximise fuel saving performance of the boiler without compromising on comfort. It ensures that the boiler can modulate down to an extremely low output – to just 3kW, reducing wear and tear on primary components and optimising fuel efficiency.”
In addition to offering an impressive modulation ratio, the Mynute i30 also features a rear flue option as well as the standard top flue option to give excellent siting flexibility in new build and replacement applications. Additional options include horizontal, vertical and twin flues, so that the boiler can be easily installed almost anywhere in the home. The boiler is compact and lightweight, allowing it to be easily lifted, positioned and secured.
The front-facing radial heat exchanger makes maintenance a hassle-free task for installers. The unique radial design utilises an extruded aluminium alloy for optimum thermal transfer performance and incorporates a new profile that inhibits the build-up of condensate residue to cut the need for cleaning. Integral frost protection and an automatic anti-seize function help minimise the risk of failure in cold weather and pump sticking after long periods of inactivity.
To boost the boiler’s low energy credentials, the Mynute i30 is compatible with a range of Vokèra control options. These include the company’s pioneering, easy to install OpenTherm programmable room thermostat and its outdoor weather compensation sensor (heating only applications) which are proven to save money for consumers. Low in NOx emissions and delivering Class-5-rated performance, the Mynute i30 also comes with anti-cycling control as standard to minimise fuel consumption and general wear and tear.
The simple to use back-lit LCD display ensures end-users can easily operate and adjust the appliance and the integrated Autostop disabling function gives landlords peace of mind that the boiler will alert tenants when the annual gas safety check is due and will go into standby mode if the check is overdue.
Vokèra’s Mynute i range also includes the Mynute i20 and Mynute i35 and is suitable for both natural gas and LPG installations, with the addition of the LPG conversion kit. For more information on the Mynute i range or to view the whole Vokèra product offering, visit www.vokera.co.uk
Vokèra is delighted to announce the opening of its new training centre and College Partnership with JTL in Birmingham.
JTL, a charity which was set up in 1990 by the Electrical Contractors Association and the Union Unite, offers a vast variety of learning resources for young people including Advanced Apprenticeships, Training Courses and NVQ Assessments.
JTL will be the seventh satellite training centre where Vokèra training courses are held, offering Gas Safe registered engineers the opportunity to learn more about the Vokèra product range to ensure the service they provide to homeowners is efficient.
Alongside a new training facility, Vokèra will be supporting JTL as part of their College Partnership Programme. As a College Partner, JTL will receive marketing and educational support from Vokèra including educational material, signage and training days for students and lecturers. Vokèra will also provide access to discounted boilers and sponsorship for student awards throughout the year.
Vokèra set up the College Partnership Programme in 2013 and, to date, are working with eleven colleges throughout the country to give their students the confidence they need to work in the industry.
Vokèra currently offers three training courses; High Efficiency, Fault Finding and Controls. To enquire further, or for more information, please click here or call our Technical Training Department on 0844 391 0999 option 5.
Following extensive consultation with the market, Vokèra is proud to announce that the relaunch of its popular loyalty scheme, Vokèra Affinity, to now live and ready to support, inspire and motivate the modern, digitally-driven installer.
The new Vokèra Affinity scheme offers installers unparalleled support and convenience by allowing them to register their customers’ extended product warranty, receive free Gas Safe notification and claim their Affinity points in one easy online form. Additionally, the new scheme provides installers with personalised rewards, Marketing Support, product information, spare parts, stockists, literature and Technical Support all in one place. For more information, please click here.
The scheme is the result of extensive research conducted by Vokèra with existing Affinity members and non-members to ensure the scheme was designed around them fulfilling their needs as modern, professional installers. As a result, Vokèra has ensured Affinity will help installers and make their working lives easier by reducing paperwork allowing them more time to get on with the job
and enjoy their free time.
Following the relaunch of Vokèra Affinity, Vokèra is also launching the Vokèra App. The Vokèra App, which will be available on iOS and Android devices in the next few weeks, will be able to do everything the website can do on the move, wherever you are! You will be able to register installations, log on to your Affinity account and access a whole host of support material on an engaging portable interface.
Neil Mattock, Marketing Director at Vokèra, looks at the key issues that will affect the boiler industry during 2015.
One of the biggest changes expected this year is the introduction of the ErP (Energy-related Products) Directive. Coming into force in September, the ErP is a mandatory piece of EU legislation which will create minimum efficiency standards for heating and hot water systems, by ensuring that manufacturers meet energy labelling and eco-design requirements. It is designed to help achieve a targeted EU reduction in greenhouse as emissions of 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050.
In essence, the ErP will ensure that specific design requirements are met and that products are labelled with their energy efficiency ratings, named the Labelling Directive. The energy performance labels are rated from G to A+++, in a similar way to the ratings already found on domestic white goods.
Overall, the aim is to drive change and encourage the uptake of more energy efficient boilers, allowing installers and consumers to compare the respective performances of different products in a clearly labelled, easily recognisable way. After the introduction of ErP, manufacturers will not be able to produce boilers below a particular efficiency.
Of course, improving efficiency continues to be a very important goal for manufacturers, ahead of the ErP introduction, and there is much that has been done to help installers reduce fuel bills and carbon emissions for their customers.
Boiler modulation will continue to be a significant area of innovation. In simple terms, this is the boiler’s ability to reduce its maximum output to its minimum output. A wide modulation range will provide a good output ratio, whereas a narrow modulation will give a poor ratio. For example, if a boiler has a maximum output of 30kW and a minimum output of 7.7kW its modulation ratio is less than 4:1. Meanwhile, an appliance with a maximum output of 30kW and a minimum output of 3kW has a wider modulation ratio of 10:1. This will both improve comfort levels and significantly reduce the wear and tear of the boiler itself, consequently improving the overall efficiency of the boiler.
Interactive controls will also play their part in making boilers as efficient as possible. Linking the boiler to an intelligent thermostat control can contribute to efficiency improvements. For example, Vokèra has recently introduced its OpenTherm protocol RF programmable room thermostat to improve boiler operating efficiency still further. Simple to install, this product modulates the boiler’s outlet flow-temperature in line with the internal temperature to substantially reduce a home’s energy consumption by as much as 10%.
Weather compensation controls regulate the output of the boiler in line with the outside temperature, and will lead to further savings of 3% under SAP, which allows the space heating efficiency to also rise by 3%. Our research shows that having no temperature control or no boiler ‘interlock’ will impair efficiency by as much as 5%.
Installing a combi boiler with a high maximum output and a wide modulation ratio will deliver optimal efficiency and comfort. Vokèra has made a significant investment in the development of boilers with excellent modulation ratios. For example, our latest Unica i28, Unica i32 and Unica i36 boilers all feature a class-leading modulation ratio of 10:1. This range also incorporates weather compensation and OpenTherm technology to further enhance fuel efficiency and comfort still further.
2015 is going to be an exciting year for the boiler industry and here at Vokèra we are looking forward to the challenges ahead. We have all the tools and information installers need to understand the changes and make the most of the upcoming opportunities.
Riello Group, the parent company of Vokèra, will be present at the world’s leading trade fair, ISH 2015.
Riello Group, with its brands Riello and Beretta, will be in attendance at ISH, the world’s biggest annual trade fair from the 10th to 14th May 2015 in Frankfurt. Riello Group will be found in Hall 8, Stand F93.
ISH brings together over 2,400 exhibitors from across the globe in order to showcase innovative bathroom design, energy efficient heating and air-conditioning technology and renewable energies.
For more information on ISH 2015 please click here.