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.
Heating group warns of significant job losses from factory closure, as it announces simultaneous shake-up of sales structure
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
Queens Quay project on River Clyde in Scotland will see 5 MW heat pumps power district heating network in £15m scheme
BSRIA has argued that a lack of investment in training remains a major issue still to be addressed within a construction industry that is also facing a number of emerging challenges linked to Brexit.
A lack of transparency concerning the performance of construction products remains a pressing concern for the building services sector as the government commits to introduce a series of changes to safety regulations.
The government has published its Draft Environment Bill that is intended to enforce national commitments to protect the natural environment upon the country’s exit from the EU.
Manufacturers in the HVAC sector said they have had to invest heavily in warehousing and logistics arrangements in the event that they need to either import components or export finished product after exiting the EU with no deal in place.
Government will establish a Joint Regulators’ Group to trial components of a new regulatory system for building safety as part of its latest response to the Hackitt review of existing standards and legislation.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has unveiled a £23m scrappage scheme for vans emitting higher levels of pollution in the city to address air quality concerns.
HERU system accelerates development amidst dramatic emissions analysis
The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has granted Bosch Commercial and Industrial approval to offer a new Continuing Professional Accreditation (CPD) course focused on ‘Heat Network Design Considerations’.
Electrification, supported by a focus on improved energy efficiency in homes, continues to offer the “greatest decarbonisation opportunity” for most off-grid buildings in the UK, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has said.
The UK government will establish a regulatory framework for heat networks with the intention to secure fresh investment and increased industry uptake of the technology, as well as flexibility to accommodate new business models and innovation.
More must be done to adopt innovative technologies such as hydrogen and carbon capture and storage solutions in order to offset predictions of an increase in global carbon dioxide emissions, the International Energy Agency (IEA) has warned.
Parliament’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee has urged the government to bring forward proposals to introduce mandatory project accounts with a mechanism to independently release cash retentions owed to contractors.
An agreement has been reached to ensure that the UK will continue to participate in the European standards system amidst pressure from industry bodies for government to address ongoing uncertainty over its Brexit position.
Industry body HETAS has been awarded a contract to provide the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) with technical support on meeting key legal obligations outlined under the Clean Air Act.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) must soon decide whether to revise its plans for all UK homes to have smart meters installed by 2020, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said.
The government has pledged from Autumn next year to consider blacklisting companies from public sector construction projects that are found to be paying their suppliers late.
The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has today established a task group that will bring together dozens of industry experts from both the private and public sector in order to create a new definition for net zero carbon buildings and how they are constructed.
A resourced regulatory authority than can ensure best practice is being delivered on public sector construction projects should be established in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire and Carillion’s collapse, the chair of Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has argued.
Graham Wright of Daikin UK will take over the presidency of the Heat Pump Association (HPA) next year. The role will see him helping to play up the role that the technology can play as part of a national low carbon heating strategy.
The independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has published a new report on the role that hydrogen can play as part of a wider approach to realising lower carbon heat.
The UK Green Building Council has welcomed recommendations within the Raynsford Review to ensure that sustainable development is a clearly defined legal duty within the planning of homes and other buildings.
Bristol City Council has agreed to an ambitious environmental aim to become a carbon neutral city by 2030 as part of a strategy that will require new approaches to functions such as infrastructure, building performance and transportation.
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.
The government has begun distributing a £400m fund that it has assigned to remove and replace aluminium composite material (ACM) cladding used in high-rise residential buildings owned by social landlords.
A new consultation is seeking feedback on proposals to block supporting biomass combustion installations through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for urban properties that are on the gas grid.
A new built environment crowd-sourcing platform that connects investors with innovative projects that can help tackle sustainability challenges within the building services industry has been launched today by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).
The government has asked the independent Committee on Climate Change (CCC) for advice on setting a date for when the UK could achieve ‘net zero’ carbon emissions.
The construction and building services sectors are being urged to invest in ensuring sufficient building controls are in place at the design stage of commercial projects to ensure improved cost and operating efficiencies.