“Earth shattering” amendments that will dramatically reshape building safety standards and how they are enforced should not be expected during the course of 2019, the chief executive of the Specialist Engineering Contractors (SEC) Group has said.
The heating industry is significantly lacking skills to ensure the effective design and maintenance of pressurised water systems, fluid conditioning specialist Spirotech has argued.
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority is being asked to clearly define if there will be any potential role for gas heating under a proposed low carbon development plan for the city.
Two major outsourcing groups working across the UK construction sector have this week announced they are entering administration.
Gas boilers currently in use in the UK will not be suitable for use in news homes by 2025, the government has confirmed.
A new online service has been launched with the aim of streamlining the application process for the Engineering Services Skillcard.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said it has set aside £9m in new funding to support planning and technical studies in order to establish 200,000 homes in new garden town and village projects in England.
Despite continued uncertainty over how Brexit will impact trade, regulations and the construction supply should it go ahead as scheduled at the end of this month, the UK HVAC industry must undergo significant change to adapt to a changing global market place.
Relying on one fuel type or heating technology for new build housing will restrict the UK’s low carbon transformation ambitions, a leading gas appliance manufacturer has argued.
Manufacturer sets ambitious target for energy generation capability of the equipment it makes to equal its energy consumption
The Scottish Government has announced it has more than halved the threshold for mandatory use of project bank accounts in public works projects to £2m.
New company from national M&E contractor will offer property maintenance, servicing and emergency repair in London
Strategic partnership comes in response to building owners seeking integrated solutions
The construction sector could face drastic shortages in skilled labour unless the government can amend existing immigration policies in case of a ’no deal’ Brexit, building services body BESA has warned.
Manufacturer Viessmann has argued that an expansion of the Boiler Plus efficiency standards to include news homes can better address concerns about energy efficiency in UK housing.
Pressure independent control valve technology developed by Crane Fluid Systems has helped developers of a major North London office refurbishment project to realise a more sustainable building operation that it said also offers improved installation costs.
Mike Foster, head of the Energy and Utilities Alliance, and a former government minister, has slammed the Committee on Climate Change for “living on another planet and not trying to save the one we have” in his response to its latest report UK Housing: fit for the future?, which addresses low-carbon heating in its series of calls to action.
The influential independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has said that the government must ’act now to improve the quality of UK homes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions’ - and that includes stepping up low-carbon heating technology and the skills to design and install it.
Two district heating projects that were set to receive funds as part of a £24m government funding trial will not move forward with development on the basis of changing commercial viability and system needs.
Scheme supporting £35m Leeds PIPES project will see supply of heating and hot water to 26 tower blocks in the city.
CCS campaign follows survey which found 31 per cent of industry frequently use plastics and packaging that cannot be reused or recycled
The financial outlook of building services companies over the first quarter of 2019 is described as “subdued” with a majority expecting their incomes to either stay unchanged or fall in 2019, an industry survey has found.
The company has also made a key investment in ‘smart hot water tank’ technology, backing the Oxford University commercial spinoff Mixergy.
Contractors of all sizes have a chance to bid for M&E packages in London as the London Construction Programme (LCP), the virtual partnership between 43 London authorities, seeks expressions of interest for its 2019 framework contracts.
Government is being urged to rethink policy around tackling fuel poor homes and energy efficiency over concerns at statistics showing an increased number of excess deaths last winter.
A holistic approach to retrofitting homes that combines the introduction of thermal efficiency products, solar energy panels and electric heating technologies can help better meet the UK’s low-carbon aims for housing, initial findings from a trial project have concluded.
UK-based manufacturers reliant on the CE marking to show compliance with key EU safety and quality standards will have to switch to new branding for domestic testing should no-deal be reached on Brexit.
The Health and Safety Executive has issued a safety alert for all those involved with welding of mild steel, following new scientific evidence showing that the fumes can can cause lung cancer and possibly kidney cancer in humans.
A new consultation paper seeking wider industry and public sector feedback on introducing a clear definition for zero carbon building standards in the UK has been published by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced that its flagship heating scheme, the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP), is now open for applications.
Boiler flue was not moved to safe location when extension built
An ongoing increase in the overall energy efficiency of homes in England over the last twenty years has slowed down considerably in 2017, according to a major national survey conducted by government.
A second reading of a bill that would legally mandate the ringfencing of cash retentions is currently scheduled for March 8 with supporters claiming that the chairs of 15 influential select committees are among parliamentarians to have now expressed support.
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.
A no deal Brexit remains the worst-case scenario for the HVAC industry as parliament braces for a vote next week over whether to back an exit agreement reached between the government and the EU, a number of manufacturers and industry bodies have said.
The UK Green Building Council has unveiled the 22 participants that will partake in the latest Future Leaders programme, which is now in its sixth year.
The MD of British heat pump manufacturer Kensa has summarily dismissed the charges from the oil industry body OFTEC that the technoology is a less appropriate solution for offgrid households than oil.
The Greater Manchester Combined Authority has proposed that all new building developments in the city region are ‘net zero carbon’ by 2028 as part of a revised development strategy.
H&V News has produced its second supplement looking at longer-term approaches to technology use within the HVAC industry.
Stop 'rewarding the wealthy' with heat pump incentives and allow rural poor to keep using oil says OFTEC
The chief executive of oil heating body OFTEC has launched a stinging attack on the government’s current inaction over fuel poverty and called for rural homeowners to be allowed to keep using oil as the cheapest heating option, even though it produces higher carbon emissions than other options.
The EURIS Taskforce, representing UK manufacturers worth £148 billion in turnover, has written to the Prime Minister for the second time to reinforce that no-deal should not be an option