Industry Comment

  • Engineering body comments on potential causes of London tower block fire

    By Debbie Eales on June 14, 2017
              The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), publisher of the IET Wiring Regulations which set the standards for electrical installation in the UK, outlines some of the possible causes of the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower, West London. Mark Coles, Head of Technical Regulations at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) said: “This is […]
  • Energy efficiency research and development project worth £900,000 launches in Scotland

    By Debbie Eales on May 18, 2016
    A research and development project worth £900,000 has been launched in Scotland to develop breakthrough technology in the energy efficiency market. NetThings, an Edinburgh based “internet of things” company has partnered with CSEM a Swiss private, non-profit research company to develop an analytical platform to save energy and increase equipment reliability in commercial buildings. The two-year project aims to save […]
  • BEAMA launches new Building Based Energy Storage Group

    By Debbie Eales on November 6, 2015
    The Building Based Energy Storage Group is being launched to prepare the market for a future energy system that will be increasingly dominated by variable, low carbon energy sources (solar, wind and tidal) requiring a significant degree of energy supply flexibility. Energy storage will become an important element of the energy infrastructure of the future, right down the energy supply […]
  • Apprenticeship standards secure seal of approval

    By Debbie Eales on August 28, 2015
    Standards which future apprentices in the ductwork and service and maintenance sectors of the building engineering services industry will be expected to achieve by the end of their training have gained government approval. The apprenticeship standards, which were developed by groups of employers brought together under the auspices of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), have been the subject […]
  • BSRIA welcomes Obama’s Clean Power Plan speech

    By Debbie Eales on August 6, 2015
    BSRIA has welcomed the key messages in Obama’s ‘Clean Power Plan’ speech. The aim of the revised plan is to cut greenhouse gas emissions from US power stations by nearly a third within 15 years. Obama unveiled what he called ‘the biggest, most important step the USA has ever taken’ in tackling climate change. The measures will place significant emphasis […]
  • BSRIA chief responds to the Queen’s Speech

    By BSEE on May 29, 2015
    This Queen’s Speech is the first for two decades that reflects the aspirations of a Parliament with a Conservative majority. It contains proposals for Bills on energy, housing and apprenticeships. BSRIA’s Chief Executive Julia Evans gives her response on each Bill. Energy It was disappointing to see that energy and the environment were mentioned only twice in the Queen’s speech. […]
  • Taking control means taking full advantage of technology

    By Debbie Eales on December 8, 2014
    When it comes to upgrading lighting for improved energy efficiency, the light sources – and particularly LEDs – are often the ‘headline act’. However, specifiers should also be extolling the benefits of enhanced control to their clients, says Alec Fielding of Tridonic Over the last few years the latest generation of LED light sources and advanced drivers have made a […]
  • Non-domestic buildings must not be the ‘poor relation’

    By Debbie Eales on November 13, 2014
    “Non-domestic buildings must not be the poor relation if we are serious about tackling carbon emissions; they account for over a third of buildings emissions and around 13 per cent of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions overall,” says Ross Anderson, Director of the Industrial and Commercial Energy Association (ICOM). He made the comment following the publication of the Labour Party’s […]
  • Energy efficiency – global powerhouse, local challenge

    By BSEE on November 11, 2014
    By Steve Harrison, President of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) In October, the International Energy Agency (IEA) identified energy efficiency as the ‘invisible powerhouse’ that is improving energy security, lowering bills and helping to reach climate goals in many of the world’s most developed countries. For those involved in building services and building controls, the report is significant because […]
  • Is construction still a losing game for most women?

    By BSEE on August 20, 2014
    With so few women in the construction industry that the figure is “unmeasurable”, Julia Evans (pictured), Chief Executive of BSRIA, calls for a more inclusive approach… Cynics might cast a sceptical eye at the timing of the Cabinet reshuffle, but the fact that women are more prominent in politics is a cause for celebration. Women comprise 52% of Britain’s population, […]