BESA has welcomed some of the broad initiatives outlined in this week’s Queen’s Speech as a step towards much needed reforms for the HVAC and building services sector. However, the organisation said it was disappointed about a lack of clear commitments to ending poor payment practices in the legislative agenda for the new parliament.
A lack of simple binary choices to help realise low to no carbon heat will require the formation of an ‘Olympic-style’ delivery body to coordinate the required national response from both government and industry, a new study has found.
LG said that it is seeing growing UK interest for hybrid heat solutions that can combine electric appliances such as its air to water heat pump technologies with traditional gas boilers.
The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has said mental health awareness will be the key focus of this year’s Quality Plumber Week campaign. The latest campaign kicks off today (7 October) and will run until 13 October.
New standard will require significant expansion of qualified heat pump installers
What the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is looking for in the Standard
A consultation intended to reshape key parts of the Building Regulations concerning energy efficiency and ventilation requirements in homes across England has been launched by government.
The government has published its routemap for the Future Homes Standard that former Chancellor Philip Hammond promised in his Spring Statement, embedding what it dubs with the latest generation of clean technology – such as air source heat pumps and solar panels - in new-build housing.
Commitments to push for the formation of a new building safety regulator by Secretary of State for Housing, Local Government and Communities Robert Jenrick have been welcomed by BESA as an example of a cross-party political consensus for drastic post-Grenfell reforms.
Urgent implementation of the government’s ‘future homes standard’ and setting a date for ending the use of fossil fuel heating systems in social housing are identified as vital steps to meeting the government’s net-zero carbon targets, a new report has concluded.
Heating policy has been put centre-stage of the national debate on how to prevent catastrophic climate change posing major questions for our homes and offices, Mike Childs, head of science, policy and research argues.
Industry experts have warned that air quality provisions outlined in Part F of the Building Regulations are flawed and require urgent revisions alongside existing ventilation requirements to address health concerns.
BESA president John Norfolk has said specialists working across the HVACR sector are facing a “perfect storm” of political and economic challenges moving into 2020 and beyond.
Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has urged government to published air quality legislation as soon as possible to address health concerns about the impacts of pollutants on indoor environments.
The final design of a new gas safe label that is set to be included on boilers has been unveiled on the start of a major new awareness campaign.
A launch event for this year’s upcoming Gas Safety Week campaign was held yesterday (11 September) at the Palace of Westminster with organisers highlighting a need to challenge basic assumptions held by the general public about current dangers.
The government has announced it will be delaying the introduction of a new process for receiving VAT payments by twelve months following concerns from the construction sector about introducing the changes.
A cross section of major companies and organisations working across the heating and mechanical engineering sector have demanded a range of policy changes to help them meet aims to fully eliminate their carbon emissions by 205
J S Wright has been awarded a £17m contract to fit mechanical and electrical services for a major residential development in East London.
BESA has established a special working group focused on understanding health and wellbeing in buildings to help implement a new British standard on quantifying the impacts of conditions such as air quality in the built environment.
A heating industry-backed survey commissioned by BEIS is seeking public feedback on major challenges facing the heating sector around the move to lower carbon appliances and how the industry can better encourage women to train as HVAC specialists.
Government will invest tens of millions of pounds to try and expand cleaner methods of generating hydrogen to heat a range of industrial processes such as gin distillation. These pilot projects form part of ongoing tests of the gas’ viability in meeting the UK’s decarbonisation ambitions.
Boiler manufacturer Intergas contends that the legislation brought in following Dame Judith Hackett’s Independent Review of the Building Regs, following the Grenfell fire, renders most flues for high-rise housing noncompliant.
The UK must look to its European neighbours for examples of heat network strategies that can help overcome existing barriers to expanding uptake of such systems, a new study has concluded. Greater choice and flexibility in how heat networks are implemented and managed is expected to be an important step in decarbonising buildings across the UK in order to drastically cut carbon emissions.
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is seeking support to test the wide-scale potential for heat pump adoption across the country as part of a £16.5m research programme.
A lack of detailed commitments to decarbonise buildings and incentivise the uptake of more energy efficient solutions are among a range of factors undermining the government’s 2050 net zero carbon goal.
A thermal storage project in Northamptonshire is expected to provide 47 new homes with their annual hot water and heating needs via renewable energy such as solar power.
Leading players in the ventilation sector have called for a major overhaul of Approved Document F of the Building Regulations to address longstanding concerns about insufficient provisions to meet occupants’ health and wellbeing needs.
Kensa Heat Pumps has announced construction of a 1000 square metre manufacturing facility at its existing base in Cornwall that will allow it to manufacture 30,000 ground source heat pumps a year.
OFTEC has said that the heating industry has lost confidence in government sustainable building programmes such as proposals for the third Energy Company Obligation (ECO3) scheme.
SNIPEF, BESA and the SEC Group have joined with other construction bodies to urge government to defer the introduction of VAT reforms until 2020 over fears about further market uncertainty.
In the second part of our podcast looking at the potential role hydrogen could play to realise low to no carbon heat, H&V News considers how the overall design and technical performance of boilers may evolve to accommodate an alternate gas supply.
The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has warned that government proposals to overhaul the third Energy Company Obligation (ECO3) scheme will serve only to undermine industry.
BESA has urged government to expand proposed reforms of fire and building safety to a wider range of high risks buildings than is presently being considered.
Government threats to proceed with a ‘no deal’ Brexit on 31 October would be potentially “horrendous” for the HVAC sector, broader business and people dependent on their success if realised, a key industry body has warned.
Building services sector support is sought for new construction industry-wide pledges to decarbonise buildings with a more holistic approach to their design and use.
The implications of the new British Standard BS 7593:2019 for commissioning and maintaining heating and cooling water systems along with recent regulation changes on energy efficiency standards will be the focus of an upcoming series of workshops.
Experts from across the building services sector, politics and academia will be joining H&V News for its first Future of HVAC Summit that is scheduled to be held on October 3 at the Bloomsbury Hotel in London.
Concerns at a lack of training for the installation and management of low carbon technologies has been identified by a major manufacturer as a key concern to heat decarbonisation after a recent industry engagement.
Calls from parliament’s Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee to make improving the energy efficiency of UK buildings into a national infrastructure priority have been welcomed by the National Energy Action (NEA) charity.
Industry body BESA is seeking to play up the importance to good building safety of ensuring ventilation hygiene and effective ongoing maintenance with a new competence scheme for specialists.
The UK’s Building Regulations and broader environmental policies are currently insufficient to viably eliminate national carbon emissions by 2050 and must therefore be amended, a range of industry bodies have warned.
Government must take drastic and decisive decisions over the future of the gas grid by the middle of the next decade to help address a range of concerns over the viability of its zero-carbon heating aims.
Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group warns that failure of Durtnell & Sons now raises concerns for its supply chain
Imtech’s John Norfolk pledges to build on ’technical legacy’ of building services association
A range of high-profile government commitments to both ban fossil fuel heating in any new homes constructed after 2025 and eliminate UK carbon emissions by 2050 poses serious questions over the role gas heating can continue to play in homes around the country.
New research from several UK households into Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) has warned of the potential dangers of inadequate ventilation in properties after everyday tasks such as cleaning or cooking.
The Toshiba Carrier joint venture has announced the launch of a specially designed module for its 3-pipe VRF air conditioning technology that allows for water to be heated up to 82 deg C.
The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has said the launch of the PAS 2035 standard will undermine efforts to introduce more efficient heating to address fuel poverty in older homes.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has demanded greater powers for city authorities to set stricter carbon standards for its buildings as part of calls for stronger government intervention on climate change.