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  • 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% […]
  • The importance of improving indoor air quality in the fight against air pollution

    By ZehnderUK on August 7, 2018
    If we are to protect a generation of young children from serious harm, time is running out to clean-up the toxic air pollution choking many of Britain’s towns and cities. That was the urgent warning issued recently in a letter to the Prime Minister by the campaigning group Doctors Against Diesel, and it’s a concern shared by many scientific and medical […]
  • Seven steps for survival: How stay cool in buildings in the heatwave

    By Sarah on August 6, 2018
    With the current 2018 record-breaking summer heatwave stretching on into August, BSRIA has created a seven steps to surviving in buildings, factory, office and workplace alike guide. The tips are by no means prescriptive – but even adopting a couple of the suggestions could help keep staff cool and, as such, more productive. These are: Installation of external solar shading […]
  • Remeha responds to Cleaner Heat Cashback Scheme

    By Sarah on August 2, 2018
    The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched the first commercial boiler scrappage scheme of its kind in the UK to help London’s Small and Medium-sized Enterprises save money on their energy bills and improve air quality in the Capital. Under the £10m Cleaner Heat Cashback scheme, SMEs in London will be able to receive a contribution of 30% towards the cost […]
  • Marshall-Tufflex drives move to put plastics recycling at heart of cable management specification 

    By Sarah on August 2, 2018
    Market-leading cable management manufacturer Marshall-Tufflex is calling on specifiers and contractors to join it in driving up the sector’s eco credentials by specifying and installing PVC-U trunking solutions with a minimum content of 50% recycled plastic – and say no to single use plastics. The British company wants to put plastics recycling at the heart of specification and purchasing decisions in […]
  • Five great advantages of radiant panels

    By ZehnderUK on July 31, 2018
    Ceiling-mounted radiant heating panels and sails arguably have significant advantages over alternative forms of heating. From energy efficiency to easy maintenance, here are five reasons why radiant panels are a smart choice for your next building project. Energy efficiency Radiant panels are a great way of providing comfort without expending large amounts of energy; because heat is delivered only where […]
  • Tata steel joins up with the BESA to drive pipework industry forward

    By Sarah on July 30, 2018
    Tata Steel is working with the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) to proactively tackle pipework challenges in the UK building and industrial services market, by joining the prominent trade association as a Gold Affiliate member. The BESA is the leading trade organisation for building engineering services contractors – representing the interests of firms active in the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance, […]
  • Local authorities urged to protect supply chain retentions

    By Sarah on July 27, 2018
    The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group, representing the largest sector in UK construction by value, is calling on construction procurers in local authorities to protect retention monies belonging to SMEs in their supply chains. This follows an extensive survey of English local authorities which has highlighted the use of cash retentions in construction-related projects procured by local authorities and the […]
  • How are you handling the heatwave?

    By Sarah on July 27, 2018
    The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) is urging the industry to ensure that they are fully clued up on the best ways to tackle growing demands in commercial buildings to ensure optimum comfort for occupants during the summer heatwave. The hot temperatures show no sign of disappearing and this is having a dramatic impact on some of those who work […]
  • FETA welcomes government response to EAC report but believes more support is still required to reduce F-gas emissions

    By Sarah on July 25, 2018
    The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has welcomed the government’s response to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report on the UK’s progress on reducing F-gas emissions, but has highlighted areas where it believes greater effort can be made in tackling non-compliance. FETA was supportive of the EAC’s inquiry, which took a close look at how the challenge of F-gas […]