HVCA president John Miller has challenged the government to enforce legislation introduced last year to Part L of the Building Regulations.

“Along with many other interests across construction, the HVCA welcomed the Part L revisions, which introduced tighter energy efficiency requirements for h&v projects in new and existing buildings,” said Miller.

This had included a broadening of the range of work that must be notified to local authority building control for inspection and approval, and the development of Competent Persons schemes that allow suitably qualified contractors to self-certify their work as complaint with the regulations.

“The HVCA’s disquiet arises from the fact that - having put such enlightened and environmentally responsible legislation in place - the Government seems unable, or unwilling, to enforce it,” said Miller.

MIller claimed that building control departments up and down the country were failing to police the regulations. Indded, many of them were quite deliberately turning a blind eye to the new regime.

“Our representations on this key issue to the Department for Communities and Local Government have so far gone unrewarded,” the president insisted. “Government must put its house in order on an issue that has massive implications not only for engineering services, not only for construction, but - ultimately - for the nation and the planet.

“Positive action must be taken now,” Miller concluded. “The new regulations have teeth. Now they must be made to bite.”

John Miller was speaking at the HVCA President’s Luncheon 2007, which was held at the British Association of Film and Television Arts, London W1, on Thursday 13 September.

On the HVCA’s increasingly close relationship with the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) and the “shared vision” of a single body to represent mechanical and electrical contractors, Miller stressed that this would ultimately be decided by the membership.

“Much consultation and debate must therefore take place before we can move forward towards what we call ‘convergence’,” said the president.