Contracting associations push ahead on sustainabilityTwo major contracting associations have agreed to work together fully in the vital area of sustainability . The commitment signed by the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association and the Electrical Contractors’ Association recognises the considerable benefits of a joint approach to sustainability in terms of industry representation and the provision of practical and expert advice to members and clients. The comprehensive joint programme includes the following. • Funding and resourcing activities relating to sustainability.
• Providing the secretariat for an M&E sustainability interest group.
• Issuing appropriate advice, guidance and support to members.
• Developing appropriate training and competence standards.
• Managing conferences and events relating to sustainability.
• Producing relevant specifications and best-practice guides. Robert Higgs, chief executive of HVCA, explains, ‘The key role of the building-services engineer in meeting the sustainability challenge lies in providing high-efficiency, low-carbon systems using materials and technologies that preserve the planet’s natural resources and safeguard the environment. ‘It is entirely appropriate, therefore, that the ECA and the HVCA should co-operate fully in helping their members to develop the necessary skills and expertise — and to take advantage of the commercial opportunities that will undoubtedly ensue.’