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Sustainability 'needs team effort'

Building services engineers need the co-operation of other disciplines in the construction sector to help them continue their efforts to shift to a sustainable way of working, the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association has said.

The president of the HVCA, Martin Burton, said professionals working in the heating engineering sector are adopting new working practices and developing new skills in order to improve sustainability - but to make the move successful across the whole industry and to continue to meet quality standards, other tradesmen need to embrace the challenge.

At the HVCA president’s luncheon, Mr Burton said: “We are already taking a proactive role in promoting to clients the economic and environmental benefits of low-carbon products and systems.

“We have overhauled our qualifications and training infrastructure to incorporate emerging renewable technologies, and are working to rigorous technical standards conceived, written and published by the sector itself.

“And we are taking very seriously indeed the crucial role we are - uniquely - qualified to play in the creation of a truly sustainable built environment.”

But he said a team effort across the construction industry will be crucial to fulfil the Government’s plans for a low-carbon future.

He said: “I therefore call on clients and building owners to take account of whole-life costs, rather than simply initial capital outlay.

“I call on principal contractors to involve their specialist sub-contractors early enough in the life of a project to bring their expertise to bear on the final result.”