HVCA president calls for team effort to meet challenges of the future
Published:  11 October, 2010
HVCA

Building-services engineers are adopting new working practices and developing new skills to engage positively with the overall issue of sustainability — but they require the co-operation of other disciplines to maximise their contribution to the achievement of excellence. That was the message of Martin Burton, president of the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association, at a luncheon that the president hosts for the industry.

Referring to the carbon-reduction targets set by the Government and the growing expectation of the construction industry to deliver more for less, he stressed that ‘the building-engineering-services sector is ready, willing and fit for purpose to play a key role in the delivery of this much desired low-carbon future’.

He said, ‘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. An we are taking very seriously indeed the crucial role we are, uniquely, qualified to play in the creation of a truly sustainable environment.’

He stressed that the fulfilment of the Government’s promise of a low-carbon future would require a genuine team effort and called on clients and building owners to take account of whole-life costs rather than simply initial capital outlay.

‘I call on architects and designers to test their concepts with colleagues in building-engineering services so as to arrive at an energy-efficient design that will prove genuinely carbon friendly in practice, And I encourage them to select for their tender partners services contractors registered with competent-persons schemes.’

He also called on the Government as the UK’s largest construction client to demonstrate best practice in terms of environmental responsibility, project management and fair payment. He urged the Government to demonstrate boldness and imagination by laying aside traditional procurement methods and experiment with alternative scenarios.




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