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Keeping up to date with modern heating and hot water systems

Energy efficiency is a big buzz at the moment and rightly so in today's climate where money and resources should not be wasted.  The Building Controls Association (BCIA) is encouraging both the current and next generation to invest in training, to ensure that the building services industry continues to keep pace with developments and new technologies in this exciting area.

This is particularly relevant in light of research revealed at the 2016 Building Services Summit which showed that a large majority of tradespeople do not fully understand building controls. In the BCIA's view it is imperative that heating engineers can install and operate controls correctly; to meet current legislation and fulfill their customer's heating requirements in parallel with their long-term financial interests.

Appropriate legislation has tightened up too. The Building Regulations - Part L (2013) provides a mandatory methodology that covers new build and refurbishment projects.

Stating that fixed building services need to be energy efficient and have effective controls, Malcolm Anson, president of the BCIA, said:

"Building controls are integral to energy savings and long term performance. However, it is apparent that there is a lack of understanding on the true value of controls and the advantages they bring. Right now, we are suffering from a skills-shortage and a shortfall of younger people employed in the sector. Collectively, we must adopt a proactive approach and address this, to build a strong foundation for the future of the industry."

"We need to reach out to the next crop of budding engineers and demonstrate that the engineering career path is an exciting and worthwhile route to embark on.

"Technology continues to evolve at a fast pace and we as an industry must keep up to date with the latest advancements available. It is key we have knowledgeable and trained professionals."

Improve the energy efficiency of your heating systems

Level 3 Award in Energy Efficiency for Gas Fired and Oil Fired Domestic Heating and Hot Water Systems

We offer a comprehensive course that enables learners to understand and be competent in carrying out the design of heating systems in accordance with Part L of the Building Regulations. The course is designed for operatives working within the building engineering services industry and is a pre-requisite to some other renewable qualifications.

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