Former chairman of Smith Brothers group and third generation member of family business dies aged 86
Government efforts to improve energy efficiency in fuel poor homes are falling short of official targets and wider low carbon ambitions set out in the UK Clean Growth Strategy, a new report from the Committee on Fuel Poverty has found.
The lessons of the Grenfell tragedy and the subsequent criticisms of Building Regs from the Hackitt Review have yet to be learned across construction, with many sites showing no signs of changes in practice or culture.
A “no deal” Brexit that fails to establish clear rules for hiring skilled foreign nationals, importing components and some regulatory alignment between the EU and UK would be a disaster for the UK HVAC industry that must be avoided, a panel of political and influential industry figures has warned.
Some manufacturers and fuel poverty charities have warned that the 2018 Budget is a missed opportunity to push industry to adopt low carbon approaches to heating amidst the announcement of cuts to a long-standing incentive programme.
Manufacturers have warned that the Chancellor’s decision to axe the first year tax relief on energy efficient equipment from 2020 will give specifiers only a limited time left to benefit. As part of the 2018 Budget, the Chancellor announced the closure of the enhanced capital allowances (ECA) scheme from April 2020. Businesses looking to invest in energy efficiency measures should plan now to take full advantage of tax relief opportunities, warned heating manufacturer Remeha.
The 2018 Budget has set out fresh commitments to transform apprenticeship training that could have implications for the future of the building services sector.
The Construction Products Association (CPA) has downgraded industry growth prospects for 2019, citing the uncertain nature of Brexit planning and delays in the delivery of major infrastructure projects.
UK standards for Heat Interface Units (HIUs) have been revised and updated with an additional number of organisations now able to conduct testing.
The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has warned that the scope of late payments still owed to SMEs working in the building services sector remains too high, with smaller companies in the industry often being forced onto unfair terms.