Solid Biomass Heating Systems Manual



BPEC have developed the Solid Biomass (NOS Mapped) Course to incorporate both core solid fuel and biomass heating systems. The course is aimed at qualified heating engineers who wish to install domestic solid wood-based biomass heating systems.

This manual is to be used in conjunction with the training course, and it covers the following:

Solid fuel 

  • Introduction to solid fuel and wood heating
  • Solid fuel wood heating
  • Combustion, appliance types and fuel types
  • Legislation, regulations and standards
  • Flues and chimneys classification
  • Flues and chimneys ventilation
  • Appliance installation requirements
  • Appliance maintenance requirements
  • Basic chimney faults
  • Unsafe situations

Biomass Heating

  • Introduction to wood heating
  • Biomass heating systems: technical overview
  • Fuel supply and combustion
  • Regulations and standards
  • System cost, funding and policy support
  • Hydraulic systems
  • Fuel storage systems
  • Combustion
  • Conducting a site assessment
  • Installation and maintenance
  • Determining system size
  • Installation
  • Commissioning and customer handover
  • Operation and maintenance
  • Unsafe situation
  • Decommissioning

BPEC recommend that you use the training manual as a pre-course study pack to prepare you for training and assessment.

The materials serve both as a means of learning, as well as a tool of reference for future use.


Delivery of this manual within the UK is included in the price.

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