Features

  • Celebrating the engineer’s building performance achievements

    By Sarah on August 31, 2018
    Entries are being sought for the Building Performance Engineer of the Year category in the 2019 CIBSE Building Performance Awards. The new Engineer of the Year category was created to recognise and reward the important work done by practicing building services engineers and their contribution to the performance of the built environment.  It celebrates individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to engineering in […]
  • Engineering role models inspire future talent

    By Sarah on August 31, 2018
    Talented people working in building engineering are to be recognised as part of a campaign to encourage others to follow a career in construction. Launched in March 2018, UK Construction Week (UKCW) established its Role Models campaign, with help from the Construction Youth Trust, to inspire others and raise awareness of the breadth of roles available in the construction industry. The winner will be […]
  • Engineering services confident despite rising material and labour costs

    By Sarah on August 30, 2018
    Over three in four engineering services organisations (77 per cent) say turnover increased or remained steady in Q2 2018, despite rising material and labour costs. These are the findings of the latest BESA/ECA/SELECT/SNIPEF quarterly sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey, sponsored by Scolmore. Compared to Q1 2018, almost two thirds (62 per cent) of respondents reported an increase in material costs, […]
  • Over 200 MPs support Aldous Bill

    By Debbie Eales on August 28, 2018
    Reforming cash retentions has unprecedented support in Parliament Almost one in three MPs (207) now support the Aldous Bill, following major efforts by BESA and ECA to secure support for reforming cash retentions in construction. The backing comes alongside an unprecedented coalition of over 80 industry bodies and trade associations, representing over 580,000 businesses and sole traders. This is the […]
  • Oil heating industry calls for clarity on BEIS’ ambitions for decarbonising off-grid heat

    By Debbie Eales on August 28, 2018
    OFTEC and the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) have requested urgent clarification from the Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) over the carbon reduction targets the oil heating sector is expected to meet under the Clean Growth Strategy. The call follows concerns that the current lack of information is hindering industry’s progress towards developing an alternative low carbon […]
  • Construction’s Tale of Two Quarters

    By Sarah on August 22, 2018
    The latest data release from the ONS, published recently, shows that construction output rose 0.9% in the second quarter. This follows a 0.8% fall in Q1, in which activity was disrupted by severe weather conditions. Compared to a year earlier, output increased 0.8% and quarterly industry output has returned to £40.9 billion, matching the level recorded at the end of […]
  • FETA announces leadership changes

    By Debbie Eales on August 20, 2018
    The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has announced changes to some of its senior positions, with John Smith standing down as FETA Chairman, and Nick Howlett taking over the role. Nick, who is now a year into his role as HEVAC President, is Non-Executive Director at Titon and was instrumental in creating the company’s mechanical ventilation division in 2005. […]
  • Five ways to eliminate noise in MVHR systems

    By ZehnderUK on August 15, 2018
    One of the biggest complaints homeowners have about ventilation and heat recovery units is noise. In what’s known as ‘dripping tap syndrome’, if someone moves into a property and hears something, they will always hear it. This can be caused by number of sources including ventilation systems such as MVHR. Noise from MVHR units doesn’t need to be a nuisance […]
  • New network launched for female electricians

    By Debbie Eales on August 13, 2018
    A new online network has been launched to allow women working ‘on the tools’ in the electrical industry to connect, share views and advice, and create a forum for discussion and ideas. Open Circuit – the name given to the network – has been established by the charity Women on the Tools, in partnership with industry bodies the Joint Industry […]
  • Building services workers secure 5% pay rise

    By Debbie Eales on August 13, 2018
    Operatives across the building services contracting sector will receive salary increases of more than 5% by 2020, following the latest round of national wage negotiations between employers and the trade union Unite. The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) – representing the industry’s employers – settled on an hourly rate increase of 2.5% from this October followed by a further 2.75% […]