The Electrical Contractors’ Association has officially come out in favour of some form of merger with the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association.

The ECA council took the step after a survey showed that 57% of its members backed development of a model for a single organisation.

David Pollock, ECA group chief executive, said that convergence would be pursued only if the interests of single-discipline mechanical and electrical companies, which still make up most of the ECA’s 2800 members, could be preserved.

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

n Chartered status has been awarded to the Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering. The formal change of name, expected in late summer, will see the IPHE become the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering. The group has 12,000 members, including 260 manufacturers.