New HVCA president welcomes ‘the age of the engineer’
The time is right for members of the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association to emphasis the positive contribution they make to life in the first decade of the 21st century — according to the association’s new president Gareth Vaughan. Speaking at the annual general meeting, he pointed out that the growing demand for a sustainable built environment — for low- and zero-carbon technologies and renewable energy sources — was contributing ‘hugely to our status as highly qualified professionals, capable of original thinking and genuine innovation.’ He elaborated, ‘Take also the increasing onus being placed on contractors to ensure that buildings comply with ever-stricter rules and regulations, and ever-higher quality standards. ‘And take the increasing involvement of the engineering-services sector in the overall design of today’s built environment. ‘These developments mean that we are increasingly being seen as professionals who are expert in the very latest sustainable solutions — and who 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 reminded the meeting that the HVCA was already committed to the development of skills and competencies across the sector. ‘But I believe that the time is also right for us to go one step further — by insisting that the era in which we live might accurately be described as the “age of the engineer”.’ ‘We can all make a difference — in a global context — by doing our jobs to the very best of our ability, and by using our knowledge and our expertise for the good of all,’ he concluded.