Natural Gas Connection To New Build Home
When building a new house to live in yourself, or for sale or long term rent, you obviously need water and electricity supplied to your property.
You may also decide to use gas for heating and cooking in your house, in which case you have two options, either a connection to a natural gas supply or to a gas storage tank in your back garden.
The natural gas pipeline network is not yet as widespread as water and electricity supplies, and to get a network connection to your new house you must take the following steps:
Contact Bord Gáis Networks, who will advise you if a natural gas pipeline is near enough to your new house to enable them to connect you to the gas network. Obviously if you are building your new house near existing houses, its very easy to find out what system they are using and check for yourself if piped gas is available.
Depending on the location of your new build house, Bord Gais Networks may either provided a standard connection quotation or they may require a site inspection before issuing you with an individual quotation.
Currently the charge for a natural gas connection is 256 euros up to 15 metres. Thereafter for every extra meter of pipeline trenching dug by Bord Gáis Networks the charge is 53 euros, although this drops to 11 euros per meter if you arrange to have the necessary pipeline dug before Bord Gais Networks arrive to connect your house.
The next step in the connection process is to complete and return a connection contract to Bord Gais Networks. Bord Gais Networks will require that you pay the connection charge before they will proceed with the connection to your property. After you pay them, they will provide you with a installation date and time for the connection to your house.
As with ESB Networks and electricity connections, Bord Gais Networks are concerned with the establishment of a safe and reliable connection to your house and you will need to arrange a separate contract for the actual supply of gas to your house.
Bord Gais have a list of registered gas suppliers approved by them and these suppliers will install the gas meter in your house. You will need a Certificate of Conformance from your registered gas installer, which demonstrates that your natural gas boiler and hot water heating system comply with Bord Gais Network standards of safety and reliability.
Although it is possible for you to employ a non registered installer, Bord Gais Networks will charge you an additional fee to carry out safety checks on your domestic hot water heating system.
This article is only intended as a basic general summary and you should always seek professional advice where necessary.
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