INTRODUCTION

HEVAC is a trade association within the building engineering services element of the wider construction industry.  Traditionally representing manufacturers and suppliers, it is the largest member of the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA).

Companies represented by HEVAC have made a positive decision to differentiate themselves by belonging to a reputable, not-for-profit organisation, which is committed to making a difference.  Central to those efforts is a focus on energy efficiency, supporting DECC and International Energy Association views that the demand for energy can and should be significantly reduced via this mechanism.

APPROACH

HEVAC seeks to be a pro-active association collaborating with similar industry groups and government departments to strengthen sustainability as an essential component of resource efficiency.

With this positive approach to improving product performance, system design and client awareness, the association is in a strong position to influence policies, legislation and standards affecting the air conditioning, ventilation and related heating market.

FORMAT

HEVAC’s structure of numerous specialist groups reflects the reality of the diverse range of solutions to indoor air quality and comfort.  Hence, the industry experts in a certain technology are free to approach the issues of direct and specific concern to them.

Whenever possible, the different views of the specialists will be coordinated into an agreed position, strengthening the collective input to consultations or representations.

ROLES

As the representative voice of HVAC equipment suppliers, HEVAC promotes and defends the interests of its member companies.

It does so in a number of ways : by participating in relevant scientific and policy debates; by being a prime source of information, and by formulating technical guidance.

CONCLUSION

HEVAC acknowledges the need to be more than a trade body exclusively protecting the commercial interests of its member companies.  Those businesses offer products and services which are essential to the safety, well-being and comfort of the public.  That induces a sense of responsibility which extends beyond business commitments to an understanding that HEVAC members have a significant role to play in protecting the environment.  A key contribution they make is in the area of energy efficiency, now recognised as an essential route to conserving energy.