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HVCA calls for industry recognition

Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association (HVCA) members must emphasise the positive contribution they make to modern life in order for their skills to be appreciated stressed Gareth Vaughan, HVCA president for 2008/09.

Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association (HVCA) members must emphasise the positive contribution they make to modern life in order for their skills to be appreciated stressed Gareth Vaughan, HVCA president for 2008/09.

Speaking at the recent HVCA annual general meeting, Vaughan stressed that the growing demand for a sustainable built environment including low and zero carbon technologies and renewable energy sources is central to the members’ capabilities. “This is contributing hugely to our status as highly qualified professionals, capable of original thinking and genuine innovation,” he stated.

An increasing onus being placed on contractors to ensure that buildings comply with stricter rules, regulations and quality standards, plus a rising involvement of the engineering services sector in the overall design of today’s built environment are key points that must be made to the industry in general he stressed.

“These developments mean that we are increasingly being seen as professionals who are expert in the latest sustainable solutions and are capable of designing, installing and maintaining systems that combine maximum performance and energy efficiency with the smallest of carbon footprints and the minimum of damage to the environment,” he stated.

He stressed that the HVCA is committed to the development of skills and competences across the sector, but added that the importance of engineers is not yet fully recognised. “Surely at no other time in history has there been so many practical problems to solve and difficulties to overcome simply to ensure the long-term health of the planet. We can all make a difference…by using our knowledge and expertise,” he concluded.

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