HVCA sees benefits of a changing industry

Published:  01 September, 2011

The opportunities of change — HVCA president Bob Shelley.

To satisfy the demands of customers and clients so as to remain in business and in profit, contractors must be prepared to learn a great many new tricks, according to the new president of the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association, Bob Shelley. He told the AGM of the association, ‘Building-engineering-services contractors have reached not just one crossroads, but several — and the choices they face in their business lives have never been so challenging, nor so complex.’

He continued, ‘I refer, of course, to the continuing recession, to the ever more rigorous legislation with which contractors must comply, to the increasing demand for renewable technologies and to the ongoing quest for sustainability across the built environment.’

Bob Shelley stressed that today’s industry is dramatically different from 10 or even five years ago, and he has no doubt that it will be very different again in another five to 10 years’ time.

In particular, he referred to how, over the past decade, sustainability has come ‘to pervade everything we are and everything we do’.

‘Whatever the climate-change sceptics may want us to believe, the development of a low-carbon economy is with us for the long haul — and represents the biggest commercial opportunity our sector has ever known.

‘The rewards are there for the taking — provided we have the skills, the competence, the initiative and the will to reach out and grasp them.’



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