Installation Sub Committee Formation
The HETAS Installation Sub-Committee (HISC) has been formulated as a mirror group to the HETAS Technical Committee (HTC), to allow for the discussion, evaluation and progression of installation specific technical issues, challenges and projects, and to help form resolutions, as well as increase communication and support between HETAS and its registered installers, retailers, maintenance engineers and chimney sweeps.
The HISC aims and objectives are to always promote the safe design, installation and use of solid fuel and biomass appliances through;
- Discussion and development of resolutions to common installation issues experienced through industry stakeholder activity and allow HETAS to best target its resources
- Undertake a more focused discussion on installation specific activities and develop better means to allow industry to carry out installation works safely and competently.
- Continue to update members on current and any future changes to legislations which may impact industry and ensure members’ voice is heard.
- Use meeting outcomes to influence future standards, consultations and regulation development, ensuring installers can carry out works in both a safe and realistic matter with today’s most up-to-date and verified installation methods
- Feed meeting discussions into the wider HTC format amongst Appliance & Chimney Manufacturers, Test Houses and Fuel Producers
- Use meeting to drive consumer awareness and education so that one standardised position is relayed and attainable
The group encompasses input from a wide variety of industry expertise from its stakeholder base, ensuring an open forum of discussion can be had, to continually promote industry activity and to support HETAS in providing effective guidance and clarification back to its stakeholders undertaking solid fuel installation works.
HETAS is always looking to continually work with, and better engage with its membership to promote effective change of the industry and its practices, and the HISC forms an integral part of this pushing for better quality standards and regulations, as well as being seen to be offering a more secure and safe route to meeting current and future Building Regulation compliance for its membership.
Sune Nightingale of Firepower Heating, who attended the first meeting comments: “It was a really productive first meeting. For me the most important thing was that we clearly saw that we needed to connect better with you, the installers on the ground. After all you are the ones who have to use the guidance which HETAS and the Technical Committee (the HTC) come up, you are the ones who see new issues as they crop up first, you are the ones that know whether a system is workable or not. We also thought it would be a good opportunity for you to get to know the people who make up HETAS and the things that they do.
“As far as I am concerned I take part in these committees to try to improve safety and at the same time keep things practical and doable. The other members are experts in their fields and so it is a pleasure and an honour to be part of them. Did you know that the members donate their time? We do get lunch and coffee.
“Over the coming months you should see HETAS start the ongoing conversation with you to invite feedback and suggestions. I will also be reaching out to the installers and engineers that we work with. It will of course take time, but I hope that you start to notice a difference in the general approach. Our industry is changing fast and faces new challenges: tightened legislation, new standards, EcoDesign, we have work to do to improve on emissions and we have to keep pace with new building methods. It’s a time where we very much need to be working together.”
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