The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) will be lobbying for better trading conditions for the quality plumbing and heating sector.
Brian Silvester gave his first speech as National President of the APHC at the beginning of July 2016.
“Over the next year I would like to promote and support the lobbying work that we are engaged in; which I am quite passionate about, and personally believe will bring about much needed change for the betterment of our industry.”
Applying regulations and competing for work.
Speaking from Billesley Manor Hotel at the annual APHC President’s Dinner, Mr Silvester began his speech with a discussion of the independent research currently being undertaken into the lack of enforcement of Building Regulations in the plumbing and heating industry.
The new President went on to detail how the research aims both to quantify the experiences of plumbing and heating contractors in this area around on site workmanship standards and the issues they face when applying regulations and competing for work.
Mr Silvester also explained that the findings of the research, which will be made public by APHC in August 2016, will form the basis of new industry solutions to be presented to Government later in the year.
Collaborating for change
APHC and other bodies in the plumbing industry are aiming to lobby Govermen for much needed regulatory change.
The Association’s President also spoke about APHC’s work, in collaboration with a number of industry partners and larger gas contracting businesses, in bringing about refinements to the ACS gas reassessment requirements.
He said that following general concern around ACS’s 5 year reassessment requirements, the broad principles of a re-shaped ACS reassessment package have now been ratified by the SMB group who oversee the scheme.
John Thompson, Chief Executive at APHC said:
“It was great to see Brian’s passion for the important work APHC is undertaking to improve trading conditions in the plumbing and heating industry. The improvement of Building Regulations enforcement and subtle changes to the ACS reassessment process will certainly be a key priority for Brian in his second term of office and we wish him the best of luck for what we are sure will be a successful and productive year.”