Skills shortages remain a pressing challenge in the heating industry’s overall ability to address the issue of fuel poverty in UK homes, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has warned.
The public sector should spearhead ambitions to eliminate carbon emissions from UK buildings and infrastructure by realising the aim by 2040, ten years ahead of current legal targets, the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has said.
Cross Rental Services Group has acquired Swegon Hire UK.
A survey of over 600 hundred business owners working across the HVAC and building services sector has found a strong majority have suffered stress and other significant mental health issues as a result of poor payment practices.
Grant applications for a share of £18m in funding that has been set aside to help finance industrial heat recovery technologies are being accepted by government up until 31 January next year.
The November edition of H&V News looks at the wide range of issues that were debated at the magazine’s Future of HVAC Summit that took place in London on 3 October.
Our latest podcast builds on a key session from H&V News’ recent Future of HVAC Summit and the question of whether advancements in heat pump technology will mean an end to the dominance of the gas boiler in domestic heating.
A survey of 827 heating professionals has found that a significant majority of respondents are not ‘very confident’ in commissioning and informing end users about low carbon heating options.
The first part of Sir Martin Moore-Bick’s report of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry has confirmed many of the allegations of failures of compliance to regulations, training and policy that emerged during the Inquiry hearings, as well as highlighting a range of particular factors that either helped accelerate the spread of fire or hindered the rescue.
The government will implement the Trustmark endorsement scheme as a core requirement of the third Energy Company Obligation (ECO3), despite fierce ongoing opposition to the changes from some heating industry bodies over the potential disruption to boiler installations.
The industry’s calls to define a clear direction for leaving the EU, while fully avoiding the ‘worst case-scenario’ of a no-deal withdrawal will continue for at least several more months with an additional New Year Brexit extension agreed and a General Election set for 12 December.
The government has appointed Dame Judith Hackitt as an independent advisor in its work to introduce a new building safety regulator.
Rosa Kissi-Debrah, whose nine-year-old daughter Ella died in 2013 after an asthma attack linked to air pollution, is to call for action on IAQ at the upcoming BESA annual conference.
Government is facing renewed calls from the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) to tackle fears about scalding risks facing vulnerable people by introducing thermostatic mixing valve (TMV) regulations.
An estimated two per cent of UK buildings are currently linked to heat networks, despite the potential of such technology to support national decarbonisation aims.
A study funded by the Mayor of London’s Office has revealed that children travelling to primary schools across the capital are five times more exposed to air pollution than at any other time of the day.
Recommendations for the UK’s sixth Carbon Budget that will detail the predicted future costs and requirements of national decarbonisation efforts intended to transform homes, heating demand, transport and energy networks will be published in September 2020.
A key benchmark for commissioning gas heating appliances has been upgraded significantly to address the requirements of Boiler Plus standards, the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has said.
BESA has welcomed some of the broad initiatives outlined in this week’s Queen’s Speech as a step towards much needed reforms for the HVAC and building services sector. However, the organisation said it was disappointed about a lack of clear commitments to ending poor payment practices in the legislative agenda for the new parliament.
A lack of simple binary choices to help realise low to no carbon heat will require the formation of an ‘Olympic-style’ delivery body to coordinate the required national response from both government and industry, a new study has found.
LG said that it is seeing growing UK interest for hybrid heat solutions that can combine electric appliances such as its air to water heat pump technologies with traditional gas boilers.
The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has said mental health awareness will be the key focus of this year’s Quality Plumber Week campaign. The latest campaign kicks off today (7 October) and will run until 13 October.
October’s digital edition of the H&V News magazine considers the government’s response to ongoing industry calls for clarity on how politicians and the industry can realise ambitions of eliminating carbon emissions from buildings by 2050.
New standard will require significant expansion of qualified heat pump installers
What the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is looking for in the Standard
A consultation intended to reshape key parts of the Building Regulations concerning energy efficiency and ventilation requirements in homes across England has been launched by government.
The government has published its routemap for the Future Homes Standard that former Chancellor Philip Hammond promised in his Spring Statement, embedding what it dubs with the latest generation of clean technology – such as air source heat pumps and solar panels - in new-build housing.
Commitments to push for the formation of a new building safety regulator by Secretary of State for Housing, Local Government and Communities Robert Jenrick have been welcomed by BESA as an example of a cross-party political consensus for drastic post-Grenfell reforms.
Urgent implementation of the government’s ‘future homes standard’ and setting a date for ending the use of fossil fuel heating systems in social housing are identified as vital steps to meeting the government’s net-zero carbon targets, a new report has concluded.
Heating policy has been put centre-stage of the national debate on how to prevent catastrophic climate change posing major questions for our homes and offices, Mike Childs, head of science, policy and research argues.
Industry experts have warned that air quality provisions outlined in Part F of the Building Regulations are flawed and require urgent revisions alongside existing ventilation requirements to address health concerns.
BESA president John Norfolk has said specialists working across the HVACR sector are facing a “perfect storm” of political and economic challenges moving into 2020 and beyond.
Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has urged government to published air quality legislation as soon as possible to address health concerns about the impacts of pollutants on indoor environments.
The final design of a new gas safe label that is set to be included on boilers has been unveiled on the start of a major new awareness campaign.
A launch event for this year’s upcoming Gas Safety Week campaign was held yesterday (11 September) at the Palace of Westminster with organisers highlighting a need to challenge basic assumptions held by the general public about current dangers.
The government has announced it will be delaying the introduction of a new process for receiving VAT payments by twelve months following concerns from the construction sector about introducing the changes.
A cross section of major companies and organisations working across the heating and mechanical engineering sector have demanded a range of policy changes to help them meet aims to fully eliminate their carbon emissions by 205
J S Wright has been awarded a £17m contract to fit mechanical and electrical services for a major residential development in East London.
BESA has established a special working group focused on understanding health and wellbeing in buildings to help implement a new British standard on quantifying the impacts of conditions such as air quality in the built environment.
September’s H&V News is somewhat Brexit heavy regarding news. This is perhaps understandable with the ongoing political row over how to proceed with leaving the EU, not to mention a further lack of certainty for a heating industry already facing sweeping challenges to its practices and finances.
A heating industry-backed survey commissioned by BEIS is seeking public feedback on major challenges facing the heating sector around the move to lower carbon appliances and how the industry can better encourage women to train as HVAC specialists.
Government will invest tens of millions of pounds to try and expand cleaner methods of generating hydrogen to heat a range of industrial processes such as gin distillation. These pilot projects form part of ongoing tests of the gas’ viability in meeting the UK’s decarbonisation ambitions.
Boiler manufacturer Intergas contends that the legislation brought in following Dame Judith Hackett’s Independent Review of the Building Regs, following the Grenfell fire, renders most flues for high-rise housing noncompliant.
The UK must look to its European neighbours for examples of heat network strategies that can help overcome existing barriers to expanding uptake of such systems, a new study has concluded. Greater choice and flexibility in how heat networks are implemented and managed is expected to be an important step in decarbonising buildings across the UK in order to drastically cut carbon emissions.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is seeking support to test the wide-scale potential for heat pump adoption across the country as part of a £16.5m research programme.
A lack of detailed commitments to decarbonise buildings and incentivise the uptake of more energy efficient solutions are among a range of factors undermining the government’s 2050 net zero carbon goal.
A thermal storage project in Northamptonshire is expected to provide 47 new homes with their annual hot water and heating needs via renewable energy such as solar power.
Leading players in the ventilation sector have called for a major overhaul of Approved Document F of the Building Regulations to address longstanding concerns about insufficient provisions to meet occupants’ health and wellbeing needs.
Kensa Heat Pumps has announced construction of a 1000 square metre manufacturing facility at its existing base in Cornwall that will allow it to manufacture 30,000 ground source heat pumps a year.
OFTEC has said that the heating industry has lost confidence in government sustainable building programmes such as proposals for the third Energy Company Obligation (ECO3) scheme.