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Industry backs PM's 10-Point Green Plan

The industry has broadly welcomed The Prime Minister's Green Plan which includes intentions to develop the first town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade and to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028.

The announcements were made earlier this week by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as part of a 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution which will create and support up to 250,000 British jobs. The plans also include a welcome extension to the Green Homes Grant aimed at making energy efficient improvements in the home. 

 19 Nov 2020
Insite Energy’s managing director, Anthony Coates-Smith

New heat network regulations demand meter retrofits

Heat suppliers to properties connected to heat networks will be required to retrofit heat metering devices, where it is cost-effective and technically feasible to do so, by September 2022. They must also bill individual consumers based on their ... 
 18 Nov 2020

HHIC expands platform for future of UK heat

Emerging technologies have prompted a reorganisation of the Heating and Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC) industry working groups, in order to provide a diverse platform for discussion on the future of UK heat.... 
 17 Nov 2020

Focus falls on renewable heating at World Climate Forum

World Climate Forum Europe, which is being held today as part of the virtual London Climate Action Week, will tackle the subject of Renewable Heating and Cooling for a Decarbonised Economy.... 
 17 Nov 2020

Switch2 appointed to ProcurePublic heat network framework

Switch2 Energy has been appointed to the ProcurePublic framework to supply heat network metering, billing and interface equipment to the public sector across the UK.... 
 17 Nov 2020

Hydrogen-ready boiler defined

Trade body the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has established a definition of what is a 'hydrogen-ready' boiler, ahead of a potential nation-wide roll-out of hydrogen for heating.... 
 17 Nov 2020

BESA backs new Cabinet rules on late pay

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed the latest government measure to tackle persistent late payment in construction supply chains.... 
 17 Nov 2020
Safety reformer Dame Judith Hackitt.

Industry warned to stop ignoring digital tools

Companies will be compelled to use digital tools to register and record details of their work under new building legislation, according to safety reformer Dame Judith Hackitt.... 
 16 Nov 2020

A-Gas expands recovery and reclamation offering in Italy

A-Gas, the specialist in the supply and lifecycle management of refrigerants and associated products and services, has reached an agreement to acquire the reclamation business of Safety Hi-Tech in Italy. The transaction is ultimately subject to ... 
 16 Nov 2020
The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart

Construction industry urged to stick to safety guidance

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart has joined the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum in reminding the sector’s workers to stay COVID smart in their social lives and when travelling to and from jobs.... 
 16 Nov 2020

'Revolutionary' report targets decarbonisation of heating

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has released a report outlining the steps the UK Government should take to shape future policy and decarbonise the heating industry.

The report aims to substantially shake up the existing frameworks and introduce regulatory, impactful, and meaningful changes in the heating sector, paving the way for mass deployment of low carbon heating.

 

 12 Nov 2020

Non-domestic RHI extension vital for meeting green targets

The 12-month extension of the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will be vital to ensuring all future building projects meet sustainability targets, says polymer pipework specialist Rehau.... 
 11 Nov 2020

Indoor air company opens new R&D centre

Indoor air solutions specialist, Halton, is set to open its 10th product development centre on the grounds of its Lahti plant in Finland.... 
 11 Nov 2020
Iain McCaskey, head of devolved nations at BESA and head of the CICV Forum Skills Group

Construction bodies launch 'Be COVID Smart' digital learning toolkit

The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has created a digital learning toolkit to promote best practice as part of its latest initiative to help Scotland’s building sector get safely back to work.... 
 11 Nov 2020
Building services experts Nathan Wood, Graeme Fox, Tim Hopkinson and Dr Stephanie Taylor of Harvard Medical School

Building engineers are the ‘physicians of the future’

The work of building services specialists is increasingly being measured in terms of human health, according to a range of experts speaking at last week’s BESA National Conference.

Building professionals were urged to recognise their role as “physicians of the future” by an international authority on virus transmission and a range of speakers highlighted the importance of mechanical ventilation systems in dealing with the UK’s multiple health and wellbeing problems. 

 10 Nov 2020

Workers still exposed to 'dangerous' levels of air pollution

Geraint Davies MP, the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Air Pollution (APPG), has been warned that workers in manufacturing environments are still being exposed to dangerous levels of air pollutants.... 
 10 Nov 2020
Baxi Heating’s technical director Andy Green

The COVID-lockdown building hokey cokey

As England heads into a winter lockdown, Baxi Heating’s technical director Andy Green offers pointers on protecting unoccupied buildings and their heating systems in the colder months...

As England begins its second national lockdown, building operators will once again need to put into place measures to protect the heating and hot water systems in any unoccupied premises.

Déjà vu? Well, yes and no. While this second lockdown is anticipated to be shorter than the first, lasting one month rather than three, it takes place at the onset of winter. Heating engineers and facility management providers will therefore need to adapt the maintenance schedule accordingly to ensure that the heating and hot water system operates efficiently and – crucially – safely once the premises is reactivated. 

 10 Nov 2020
Chair of the Industry Safety Steering Group, Dame Judith Hackitt

Hackitt set to reward early adopters

Building safety champion Dame Judith Hackitt has announced plans to recognise companies who reform their working practices before they are forced to by new regulations.... 
 9 Nov 2020
Dave Smith, business director at Koura Global, member of the EFCTC

Bringing industry together to protect the environment

A member of the European FluoroCarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) has shed some light on the aims of EFCTC's #SayNoToIllegalHFCs pledge campaign.... 
 9 Nov 2020

Renewed fears over legionella

Guardian Water Treatment has urged facilities managers and building maintenance teams to prioritise legionella prevention and water system maintenance to stop the ongoing trend of sample failure rates caused by underused buildings.... 
 9 Nov 2020
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