Government commitments to phase out and end the sale of coal and wet wood for domestic burning in England has been welcomed by a broad range of stove industry bodies.
The government has announced plans to stop sales of coal and wet wood for domestic heat, as it seeks to cut emissions of PM2.5 particulates.
The majority of a £90m government investment into alternative energy projects intended to move away from carbon intensive heating for homes will be focused on building two new hydrogen plants.
Heat network provider Switch2 Energy has welcomed government commitments to introduce fresh consumer protections and further funding for district heating projects.
BESA has appointed Helen Yeulet as director of training to overhaul the organisation’s focus on skills programmes and how it supports apprenticeships working in the built environment sector.
The Mayor of London’s Office has announced a £3.6m programme to support the retrofit of public sector-managed homes to incorporate lower-carbon heating, insulation and alternative energy solutions.
A second reading of a bill to ensure that every home in the country by 2035 is within the top three ratings categorised by Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) has been heard in the House of Lords.
The convergence of smart metering, heat pumps and software that is purposefully designed to manage energy demand could provide a seismic change in the industry and expand the appeal of such technologies over the coming decade.
Plans to appoint Ofgem as the regulator of heat networks in the UK has been proposed in a new government consultation focused on expanding uptake of such systems.
A new Environment Bill proposed by the government should be used to introduce strong, legally binding targets for improving Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), BESA has said.
The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) is urging government to be ‘technology agnostic’ when finalising its Future Homes Standard that is currently under consultation.
The Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) has given a cautious welcome to Ofgem’s Decarbonisation Action Plan, which appears to hedge its bets over the route to Net Zero emissions and not back one single path. But IGEM warned that ‘ripping out the central heating’ - going to an electric-only grid - was not a feasible option for government.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from heating, furnishings, building materials and damp are up to seven times higher indoors than out, according to a new report from the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
Fuel distributors’ association says oil remains important part of clean growth equation and large-scale heat pump use ’not feasible’
‘Hydrogen-ready’ boiler will run on either natural gas or hydrogen
Several industry bodies have called for planned amendments by the government to the powers of the Small Business Commissioner to be expanded to apply to the construction and built environment sector.
The Grenfell Inquiry has heard calls for external fire consultants to be a mandatory requirement of complex projects, to fully analyse the fire risks following the revelation that no external fire advice was sought for the cladding specification. Under current Building Regulations, there is no mandatory requirement to engage a fire consultant.
Grenfell Inquiry lays bare supply chain responsibility assumptions amidst 'merry-go-round of buck-passing'
The Grenfell Inquiry has laid bare the extent to which decisions on design suitability were ‘passed down’ the supply chain, with a series of key stakeholders each denying that they bore ultimate responsibility for product compliance on the fatal refurbishment.
BSRIA has partnered with to jointly manage a new research and innovation centre focused on building services and the built environment.
Fast-expanding wholesaler Brymec has moved in to a new site near Gatwick Airport, which the firm says will allow the company to improve its stockholding capacity and ensure that key products are available for customers the next day.