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HVCA president: Contractors must seize opportunities

New HVCA president Graham Manly has predicted the incoming Carbon Reduction Commitment will offer new opportunities to the building services engineering sector.

In his inaugural address to the annual general meeting of the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association, Mr Manly said pressure on resources and new regulations were pushing clients to consider their energy use.

Mr Manly said: “Not only are many energy sources insecure, but legislation is demanding that we reduce demand or pay up.

“It will not be very long before the Carbon Reduction Commitment is extended to all significant businesses – and our clients will expect us to be able to help them reduce their carbon footprint. We must ensure that we are up to the task.”

Mr Manly pointed out renewable technology was set to make rapid inroads into the market.

“Last year, France and Germany combined installed 35 times as many heat pumps and 23 times as many solar panels as we did,” he said. “And it will not be long before replacing, on a like-for-like basis, the two million gas boilers we currently install every year will not be an option.”

He urged contractors to develop their understanding of renewable technologies and the legislation surrounding them and acquire the skills they need to design, install and maintain them.

“If we do not do this, not only will inappropriate systems be installed, but others will come along and take our business away from us,” Mr Manly concluded.