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HVCA to become BESA

Heating and Ventilation Contractors Association becomes Building & Engineering Services Association to reflect changing membership

The HVCA is to change the name it has had for almost half a century to the Building & Engineering Services Association.

The ‘bold and historic’ move will take place in March after over 90 per cent support from members

HVCA president Bob Shelley explained that independent research carried out among members and their clients had revealed a widespread belief that the HVCA name no longer fully reflected the scope of services provided by Association members – which he said is “now much broader than simply H&G”.

“It is clear that clients do not fully recognise the ever-widening range of services our members provide – nor the increasing role they play in the integration of engineering systems in today’s buildings, especially in relation to the growing trend towards renewable and environmental technologies,” he added.

The Association had long been convinced of the need for the creation of an organisation to represent the wider building and engineering services sector, said Mr Shelley – adding that “HVCA is now ideally placed to become just such an organisation”.

This is the third time in its 107-year history that the Association has changed its name to reflect the developing character of its membership – the most recent instance being in 1963.

“In those days, most members thought of themselves as ‘heating and ventilating contractors’, a description that few use now,” Mr Shelley noted.

“Today, our membership embraces many other specialisms, such as ventilation hygiene, refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps, and facilities management services, all of which can be accommodated under the ‘building and engineering services’ description.”

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