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Quality Plumber Week to debate the future of heating

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) wants people to get involved with Quality Plumber Week on 5-11 October. APHC wants a debate on what direction the heating market should take in the future in terms of alternative heating technologies and what this will mean for gas engineers.

Government commitments mean that the heating industry will undergo considerable change, which will have direct consequences for type of heating technologies that engineers install. APHC CEO John Thompson says: “The Future Homes Standard will see changes to Part L and Part F of the Building Regulations for new dwellings, to ensure that by 2025 all new-build homes will feature low-carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency. This means that the majority of installers and engineers are going to have to re-train and ultimately change the way they operate as a business.”

APHC has partnered with Travis Perkins to host four online workshops during Quality Plumber Week. Travis Perkins will provide insight on current sales trends in England and Wales for alternative heat technologies, and its view on how the heating industry is currently developing. APHC will provide an overview of the direction that the heating market is most likely to take in terms of alternative heating technologies and what this will mean for gas engineers, their knowledge and skills.

The online workshops will give heating engineers the chance to have their say, says John. “We want to hear from installers, to share their thoughts, opinions and views on how the heating market needs to develop in terms of what alternative heat technologies should be at the forefront of government strategy. We also want to understand what support installers feel they need from government to help them and the industry move to alternative heating technologies.”

APHC will compile and feed these views to the government.

APHC will separate webinars for plumbing and heating contractors based in Wales or England. The same online workshop is being hosted on separate dates and times. To book a place, email marketing@aphc.co.uk

In addition to the online workshops, APHC wants to celebrate the important work that plumbing and heating contractors carry out each day. Installers can get involved on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn by posting photos of their work, and using the hashtag #QPW20. APHC will give away away spot prizes for the best photos.


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