A series of workshop events will be held in England and Wales in September focused on the implications of the new standards on heating systems as industry also faces stricter decarbonisation laws
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.
The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC), which is hosting the six free workshop events around the UK in September, said the focus was timely, particularly with the range of major changes facing the heating industry.
These issues include new climate legislation committing the UK to net zero carbon emissions by 2050, as well as calls from the influential Committee on Climate Change to end connecting new homes to the gas grid by 2050. At the same time, a cross section of heating industry specialists, academics and energy groups are looking for the potential of switching to hydrogen as a potentially zero carbon alternative to fossil fuels for gas heating.
Another major change for the industry is the commitment in the latest Spring Statement to end fossil fuel heating in new homes from 2025 that was unveiled by former chancellor Philip Hammond, who has resigned from office ahead of Boris Johnson becoming prime minister.
APHC chief executive John Thompson said the introduction of BS 7593:2019 in light of these policy developments had led to the decision to host the upcoming regional workshops.
He said, “We will dive into the practicalities of these announcements in terms of what new technologies will likely be available, what the likely types of alternative fuels will be, what this will mean for current boilers and central heating systems, what the future training requirements and skills development requirements will be, and ultimately what the potential threats and opportunities will be for installers.”
The six workshop events will run between 9am to 12 am at the following dates and locations:
- Tuesday 17 September - Devon
- Wednesday 18 September - Newport
- Thursday 19 September - Dartford
- Tuesday 24 September - Stafford
- Wednesday 25 September - St Asaph, Denbighshire
- Thursday 26 September - Leeds
Mr Thompson said that the workshops, held in partnership with member company Altecnic, would also be used to raise awareness of the Quality Plumber Week campaign.
He said, “Quality Plumber Week aims to raise awareness of what poor mental health is, and the effects it can have. Plumbing and heating contractors form a part of the construction industry in which male site workers are three times more likely to take steps to end their life as compared with males in the general population.”