The Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) has officially come out in favour of a merger with the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association, but the type of merger is yet to be defined.

The ECA council made the decision after a survey earlier this year showed that 57% or respondents were in favour of developing a model for a single organisation. ECA group chief executive, David Pollock said that convergence will be pursued only if the interests of single-discipline mechanical and electrical companies, who still make up the bulk of the ECA’s 2,800 members, can be preserved.

The HVCA has already pledged its support for a merger after a survey of its members in March showed 81% were in favour.

Meanwhle, chartered status has been awarded to the Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering. The formal change of name will not be until later in the year when the IPHE will become the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering. The IPHE has 12,000 members including 260 manufacturers.