is needed. Then we can all start to play our part.” The use of stored data will place another obligation on contractors. The

Bill reinforces the need for a mandatory ‘golden thread’ of information created during construction and updated throughout the building’s lifecycle. This will make it clear who did what when and who was responsible for each aspect of the design and delivery. BESA’s head of certification Duncan Sibbald said the industry had been

forced to go right back to basics in many areas to work out the definition of what competence and compliance looks like. “This is work that is long overdue, but is incredibly wide ranging because

the building engineering sector is so diverse. It includes many highly specialised areas that have, effectively, been making up their own definitions of compliance for years.” He pointed to the ventilation hygiene sector as a case in point where many

firms wanted to improve standards and find definitions of best practice that could be regulated and enforced. However, because the sector had been totally unregulated, it had to deal with a ‘cowboy’ element who pushed down prices and carried out sub-standard, unsafe work.


He said BESA’s Ventilation Hygiene Elite (VHE) scheme was an example of how a sector can work together to agree a method for demonstrating compliance in line with an industry-wide standard – in this case TR/19® – so that contractors can provide evidence to clients, insurers, and regulators that their work is compliant. “Kitchen extract cleaning was highlighted as a key fire safety area that

was not well regulated long before Grenfell,” added Sibbald. “By working together, we have been able to deliver a competence and compliance regime that has helped to raise the professionalism of a whole sector and make a massive difference to building safety.” “Of course, there will always be people looking to cut corners, but they are

rapidly becoming the minority. In the main we have found that companies want to do the right thing and agree on a standard that everyone can work towards to keep people safe in buildings,” he said. “One of the biggest challenges with delivering Hackitt’s vision is creating

proper definitions of the many separate roles and responsibilities so that everyone is clearly aware of what is expected of them,” added Sibbald. “BESA has been in the vanguard of this work, but we cannot come up with the definitions on our own – so we are working right across the industry on this and there is still a long way to go. “We don’t have all the answers, but we are working closely with member

companies and other like-minded organisations to establish definitions of best practice and compliance. Then it is up to bodies like BESA and others to offer training that meets that standard and companies to invest in their people to ensure they are competent.” In preparation for the major changes enshrined in the Bill, BESA has

also revised and strengthened its Competence Assessment Standard – the system it uses to assess the suitability of firms for membership. It involves independently auditing their technical and behavioural competence and ability to comply with industry best practice and building regulations. This is all part of the ‘culture change’ needed to ensure people can have

higher expectations of their buildings and believe they are living and working in ‘safe havens’ that keep them and their families healthy and productive.

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THREE REASONS TO JOIN NIBE PRO by Neil Hope, head of installer development at NIBE Energy Systems

re you currently installing gas and oil boilers into people’s homes? Already aware of the fundamentals of heating, you are the ideal candidate for NIBE Pro –

a streamlined training route designed to guide heating and plumbing installers through the process of becoming an accredited heat pump installer. Wondering why this is so important? Fossil fuel heating systems are set to be phased out in new homes from 2025, and a target from the Government means that 600,000 heat pumps will need to be installed per year by 2028. Moreover, the government intends to phase out gas boilers altogether. Being a competent gas or oil heating installer will no longer be enough. New skills and expertise will need to be gained at the earliest opportunity – and you can learn everything you need to know by becoming a NIBE Pro. Your NIBE Pro journey will lead you to become an MCS certified heat pump

installer whilst unlocking rewards and benefits along the way. But it will now also enable you to deliver a brand-new selection of innovative products and solutions to help your customers make the most of their heat pump system. Following the launch of NIBE’s latest products, here are three new reasons heating and plumbing installers should join NIBE Pro. Offer your customers a complete energy efficient solution As a NIBE Pro, you can now offer your customers a NIBE PV package so they can power their heating system using free energy from the sun. Solar PV can help to cover the electricity consumption of heat pumps, removing any worries the household may have around rising electricity prices, and you can also empower them to earn a revenue through the Smart Export Guarantee for supplying a surplus portion of electricity back to the Grid. Full NIBE solar PV panels : The NIBE PV package is comprised of

monocrystalline silicone cell panels using PERC technology for maximum efficiency, available in eight sizes with an elegant all-black design. Each base package consists of 10 panels with a nominal power of 3.6 kW, mounting parts and a suitable inverter with a communication module, all of which are ready for installation.

Help your customers make the most of their heat pump People are always looking for smart ways to make life simpler and advancements in technology mean that you can now help people to save time, energy and money through the use of smart home accessories that deliver comfort through connectivity. NIBE smart accessories: Complementing the NIBE S Series range of heat

pumps, our product range now includes wireless smart home accessories to provide more comfortable, precise room-by-room or ‘zone by zone’ climate control. Included in the range is a new repeater plus, temperature humidity sensor, carbon dioxide sensor, room thermostat, and room unit. Make your life easier through remote connectivity NIBE Pro installers can benefit from the NIBE myUplink Pro app, which offers a range of functions to help with the commissioning, monitoring and diagnosis of heat pumps, and smart solutions to reduce the need for site visits. myUplink: the key to connectivity: Your customers can also benefit from the myUplink app too, easily controlling monitoring their heat pump from their smart phone. Once the smart accessories are connected to the S Series heat pump and the zones have been established, this data can be provided room by room to offer greater precision and comfort. Visit


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