The Scottish Government has committed to limit national fuel poverty rates to no more than five per cent of the country’s homes by 2040 to allow for more widespread adoption of low carbon heating.
Individual funding grants of up to £50,000 will be set outside for developing private sector prototypes that can monitor a range of conditions that can impact resident health and safety in social housing such as heat and humidity.
The government has unveiled a new single complaints service for the entire housing sector to simplify how both renters and home owners can seek redress for faulty construction or building services work.
BEAMA said it anticipates a fundamental and unprecedented change within the functionality of heating controls moving forward that will be driven by a shift towards data-led energy management and more automated ‘smart’ functions.
An annual survey looking at the use, adoption and challenges in using Building Information Modelling (BIM) services has been launched to get a view of the UK market for such technologies over the last 12 months.
The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has said it is aware of a “significant proportion” of boiler installations not fitted in line with updated standards or manufacturer instructions. These standards are intended to ensure appliances are protected against adverse cold weather.
The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has backed proposed legislation introduced to parliament this week that would require government and other public sector contracts to make use of project bank accounts.
An industry body bringing together a range of UK manufacturers and building service bodies has urged government to delay its scheduled exit from the EU by at least six months after parliament rejected its proposed withdrawal agreement.
The government’s new Clean Air Strategy - the long-awaited cross-sector response to rising international concern about the health issues from poor air quality - has been launched to a mixed reception not least from the HVAC sector, for whom it has potentially wide ranging consequences.
Baxi group says it will close its historic Preston foundry following its development of compact boilers with stainless steel heat exchangers and will move its production of Heatrae Sadia and Megaflo water heaters and cylinders from Norwich to the Preston site.