APHC and Baxi successfully ran a free evening event for plumbing and heating businesses at the APHC offices in Solihull in the West Midlands on 16 October.
Plumbing Edge offered a useful insight into the benefits of trade membership, as well as informative presentations on customer contracts and the Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive.
Jon Phillips, head of product management at Baxi, presented the new legislation for the ErP Directive - which encompasses energy labelling and ecodesign - and explained how it will affect installers.
“When the legislation comes into effect in 2015, the Directive will affect all heating and hot water products that have an output of less than 400kW,” said Mr Phillips.
“It was put in place to help the EU achieve its 20-20-20 target to lower emissions by 20% and to increase the share of renewable energies by 20% by 2020. Boilers and heating systems will be labelled in the same way as white goods. The Directive will ultimately make it easier for installers and consumers to choose the most efficient products, helping to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs.”
He added: “Installers will normally be required to calculate the overall efficiency of the entire package and provide this information to consumers. Manufacturers will be required to provide the Energy Label for the products. Baxi will continue to offer guidance, training and support tools to installers in the coming months. It is vital that installers understand and are prepared for these changes for when they come into force later next year.”
APHC technical services manager Graeme Dryden also offered advice on customer contracts.
The APHC Membership Services Team presented an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of certification schemes and guidance on how membership of a trade association can help businesses save money and attract custom.
APHC intends to repeat the format at future events in other areas of England and Wales as part of a drive to promote membership, as well as to help keep plumbing and heating professionals informed and up to date with industry changes and practical business advice.