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.
The Welsh Government is consulting on proposals to ensure every new home across the nation can be heated via clean energy sources from 2025 onwards.
The government has announced this week that it has established a new Building Safety Regulator that will operate under the purview of the Health and Safety Executive with immediate effect.
The H&V News Award-winning Gas App safety app is now available free of charge to all registered Gas Safe Engineers. The previous £25 subscription charge has been waived thanks to the backing of merchant giant Wolseley.
A mandatory 30-day limit for payments to be discharged on construction industry related projects is among several reforms in proposed legislation put before the House of Lords today.
An innovative flat-pack solar thermal collector intended to revolutionise hot water generation in developing countries has received £250,000 of funding from Innovate UK.
A new training centre focused on building understanding and best practice around the use of press-fit solutions for heating and cooling systems has been established by Conex Bänninger.
The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has recommended office buildings curb energy demand on average by 60 per cent from current levels up to 2050 to support national decarbonisation efforts.
Investment company buys Peterborough-based firm for undisclosed sum as Joseph Valente launches new ventures
A carbon intensity regulation intended to improve heating system efficiency by setting targets on carbon emissions per kWh should be introduced by government to better realise its net zero aims, the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has said.
Devolved authorities in Scotland and Wales could set important precedents to introduce ringfenced cash retention schemes for private sector contracts to help tackle industry concerns about bad payment practice, industry body BESA has said.
The partners behind the HyDeploy hydrogen network development project are preparing for their first public trial of a grid-injected hydrogen blend, following the successful launch of a pilot at Keele University in Staffordshire.
Clean air campaigner Rosamund Adoo Kissi-Debrah, who is the UK’s first World Health Organisation advocate for air quality and health, has joined BESA’s group for Health and Wellbeing in Buildings. The group is looking to turn buildings into safe havens from air pollution.
The Scottish government will introduce regulations that will require all new homes in the country by 2024 to have either “renewable or low carbon heating”.
HVAC body urges bold measures in proposed Environment Bill to transform wellbeing in buildings
The latest Queen’s Speech, the second to be delivered this year, reinstates broad government proposals for air quality legislation, building safety reforms and the future enforcement of environmental standards over the course of the current parliament.
The introduction of statutory licences for plumbing and heating specialists is among the priorities outlined by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) in its new manifesto document that outlines major industry challenges for the new government.
The construction sector must ensure strong political pressure is in place to realise sustainable buildins commitments made in this year’s General Election, several trade bodies have argued.
Any new government must play a role to revise proposals in the draft Environment Bill that would enshrine indoor air quality standards into legislation, industry experts and campaigners have demanded.
BSRIA research has found that the value of the UK’s smart homes solutions market, which includes installation, servicing and maintenance work, has grown by more than three times the value recorded five years ago. The association cited demand for HVAC and control products as one of the key drivers behind anticipated growth in the market.
Construction group falls into administration, leaving HVAC supply chain fearing further risk of losses
Fears across Whitehall of another insolvency of a major construction group, similar in scale to the collapse of Carillion last year, reflects a continued lack of political action on payment practices, BESA has warned.
Integrated consultancy acquires thermal modelling and design specialist
A ten-point plan to introduce a stable policy framework that can support a viable increase in heat pump adoption in the UK has been set out in a new roadmap document developed by the Heat Pump Association (HPA).
Viessmann has announced the acquisition of heater manufacturer Kospel to support efforts to expand its capabilities in Central and Eastern Europe.
Skills shortages remain a pressing challenge in the heating industry’s overall ability to address the issue of fuel poverty in UK homes, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has warned.
The public sector should spearhead ambitions to eliminate carbon emissions from UK buildings and infrastructure by realising the aim by 2040, ten years ahead of current legal targets, the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has said.
Cross Rental Services Group has acquired Swegon Hire UK.
A survey of over 600 hundred business owners working across the HVAC and building services sector has found a strong majority have suffered stress and other significant mental health issues as a result of poor payment practices.
Grant applications for a share of £18m in funding that has been set aside to help finance industrial heat recovery technologies are being accepted by government up until 31 January next year.
Our latest podcast builds on a key session from H&V News’ recent Future of HVAC Summit and the question of whether advancements in heat pump technology will mean an end to the dominance of the gas boiler in domestic heating.