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InstallerSHOW presents timely opportunities, says Richard Soper, CBE

The 2023 InstallerSHOW comes at an important time for our industry.

It is set against a background of continuing product development of heat, water, air, energy and renewable technologies. It also follows the government’s Power Up Britain announcement covering plans to scale up affordable, green homegrown power and build thriving green industries in Britain.

Measures include a new £30 million Heat Pump Investment Accelerator and an extension of the Boiler Upgrade incentive scheme to 2028 for anyone buying a heat pump.

It is a good time to look at the different HVAC technologies at the exhibition, some of which may be unfamiliar. The majority of houses in the UK rely on some form of traditional fossil fuel heating whilst for ventilation, opening windows remains the main method.

However, the need for better control of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) is now widely acknowledged and should be considered as much as how to heat and cool a building.Heat pump installations will continue to grow. They can be used with conventional heating and air conditioning appliances, as well as other technologies such as sdHVAC small duct high velocity systems.

These all-in-one solutions can combine heating, cooling, ventilation whilst also addressing IAQ with air filtration and purification options.The buoyant home improvement and renovation market, alongside achieving targets for building new homes, means that the H&V installation and specification sector is busier than ever.

This presents opportunities to introduce the benefits of sdHVAC, renewables, air movement systems as a whole to potential users. Installers can consider upskilling and creating business opportunities with these technologies – particularly as the ban on gas and oil boilers in new build homes is set to come into effect in 2025.

Any understandable trepidation to installing less familiar products can be addressed through professional training and development that build confidence. Unico System in the UK and the CIPHE, as well as many other organisations, are committed to ensuring that no-one is left behind. Unico’s CIPHE Approved introductory sdHVAC CPD is now available and there are many more courses and general training programmes available covering HVAC. These help engineers to develop new skills and diversify.

Typically, Training companies such as Elements Training and Assessment, in conjunction with Unico UK partner Bell Plumbing Supplies, is not only an accredited Unico sdHVAC Training Centre but also has vast experience in training courses for all professional levels covering plumbing, heating and gas.

Any incentives that encourage us to adopt renewable technology are advantageous not only for the planet and building owners, but also for the specifiers, installers and manufacturers who are at the heart of our industry. The InstallerSHOW is designed for engagement with companies that will shape the future and it offers the chance to gain an understanding of how their products can be integrated for maximum effectiveness.

With Unico sdHVAC systems specifically, there are significant advantages for installers who decide to give their business a new dimension. For over 25 years, proven Unico technology has featured in thousands of successful worldwide installations and the company is recognised for the quality, reliability and longevity of its systems.

Becoming an approved Unico Specialist Partner and being part of the Unico family means installers receive 24/7 support and undertake comprehensive training to ensure their customers can receive the best advice and service before, during and after every installation. Find out more: www.unicosystem.co.uk

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