- Costs of building services rocketing for schoolsPublished: 02 December, 2013
Schools converting to independent academy status are finding themselves exposed to higher costs of goods and services as they emerge from under the collective buying umbrellas of local authorities.
- First global BIM kitemark launchedPublished: 02 December, 2013
RICS has developed the first BIM Manager Certification in response to industry need for a universal standard on which to assess the skills of construction professionals in using BIM (Building Information Modelling).
- Property landlords and tenants urged to prepare for R22 banPublished: 02 December, 2013
As the deadline for the complete ban of the refrigerant gas R22 gets closer, Howes Percival urges commercial property landlords and tenants to check their leases to establish responsibility for upgrading or replacing air conditioning equipment which uses this environmentally harmful gas.
- Apprentices are on the right path to professional engineeringPublished: 02 December, 2013
A new apprenticeships scheme, the first to give direct access to professional accreditation through a work-based route, has attracted hundreds of applicants.
- ADCAS works to resolve anomalies for ductwork in Part LPublished: 02 December, 2013
Analysis by the Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services (ADCAS) has resulted in the resolution of conflicting requirements between Part L (2013) of the Building Regulation and guidance in DW143 guidance for ductwork specification.
- Trend’s Chris Monson is honoured by BSRIAPublished: 02 December, 2013
Chris Monson of Trend has been awarded Honorary Membership of BSRIA. This is only the 8th time this honour has been awarded in the 58 year history of the Association and the award is made to recognise an extraordinary contribution to the Association and the independent promotion of best practice in the building services industry.
- BEAMA gives mixed reaction to new Part LPublished: 02 December, 2013
BEAMA has given a mixed reaction to the overdue release of the Building Regulations Part L guidance documents. Although frustrated at the delay and lack of ambition of the regulations, industry can now progress with a clearer plan towards April 2014 and beyond. In several areas, the guides reflect constructive discussion between DCLG and industry, and BEAMA will maintain its regular engagement with Government to press for continuous improvement in building energy efficiency.
- Building Controls Show 2014Published: 21 November, 2013
Fantastic 2013 Show: Dates of the new show are: 22nd/23rd October 2014
Exhibitors are already signing up to be part of the bigger and better than ever 2014 Building Controls Show.
- Energy management certificate now available onlinePublished: 31 October, 2013
The Energy Institute (EI)'s Level 1 Certificate in Energy Management Essentials is now available online. This popular qualification has been taught in classroom-style around the UK to hundreds of delegates since its inception in 2010. The new e-learning course allows delegates to complete the full course, or choose individual modules they wish to study, and finish in their time, at their own pace, providing more flexibility for today's busy energy manager.
- BEAMA expands scope to offer greater expertisePublished: 31 October, 2013
The new BEAMA Water Safety and Hygiene group has been launched and incorporates the Thermostatic Mixing Valve Association. The new group will advise on best practice installation, use and maintenance of products that improve safety and hygiene for water systems – crucial issues for public health. In addition to TMVs, the product scope now includes taps and showers, backflow prevention devices, and balancing, isolating and pressure reducing valves.
- National Skills Academy hub gets a makeoverPublished: 31 October, 2013
The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies' hub, Blackburn College, has opened a brand new centre, complete with state-of-the-art facilities for students undertaking environmental technologies, construction, science, engineering and maths courses.
- ESTA looks to the futurePublished: 31 October, 2013
The Energy Services & Technology Association (ESTA) is to restructure in order to maximise its role in the expected changes to the UK’s energy landscape. The transition to the new structure is currently underway and is due to be completed as the current Executive Director, Alan Aldridge, retires at the end of 2013.
- IET sets guidelines for solarPublished: 31 October, 2013
The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) new Code of Practice for the Design, Installation and Operation of Solar Photovoltaic Systems is set to reassure existing users and potential consumers of the technology.
- Keith Marshall steps downPublished: 31 October, 2013
SummitSkills has announced that Keith Marshall, OBE is stepping down as Chief Executive of the organisation. Recent weeks have seen the culmination of a great deal of hard work and activity, with the Board deciding the organisation’s strategy into 2014 and an immediate restructure in preparation for that change. This has cut costs and reshaped the organisation recognising current conditions. SummitSkills will sharpen its focus on activities that bring greatest value to the sector.
- Air conditioning systems are ‘in breach of the law’Published: 31 October, 2013
The Government is in serious danger of killing off the air conditioning inspection regime, according to Bob Towse, Head of Technical and Safety at the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES).
- E.ON buys commercial building energy management leaderPublished: 27 September, 2013
E.ON Connecting Energies, the new unit of E.ON focusing on energy efficiency and distributed energy solutions in the B2B sector globally, has agreed to buy Matrix, the UK market leader in energy management and energy efficiency services for commercial buildings. The transaction is subject to Austrian merger control clearance and expected to close in October.
- Deregulation set to put businesses in charge of water costsPublished: 27 September, 2013
With competition for water supply fully established in Scotland, reform in England is at last gathering momentum. The usage threshold for having the right to switch supplier has already been reduced tenfold from 50,000 to 5,000m3 per annum. This means some 26,000 sites already have some freedom of choice today; and the government has committed to extend this right to all non-household customers over the next few years. energyTEAM is therefore urging all businesses to be prepared for deregulation and to ensure their current requirements are specified and costs are optimised, so they are in the position to take advantage of market reform.
- CSR award for Grundfos PumpsPublished: 27 September, 2013
Grundfos has been awarded an International CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Excellence Award at a recent carbon neutral ceremony held on board HMS Belfast,
- Bosch calls for responsible CHP designPublished: 27 September, 2013
Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating has issued a rallying call for a more responsible approach to CHP system design. The appeal follows observations that there is still a large number a of electrically-biased CHP systems that have been designed to reject heat unnecessarily.
- New app to inspire young engineersPublished: 27 September, 2013
Leading figures in engineering, London politics, local pupils, apprentices and graduates have come together for the launch of a new mobile phone app to inspire young people to find out about engineering.
- Institution invests in the brightest and the bestPublished: 27 September, 2013
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is investing £2 million in the UK’s up and coming engineering talent. The Diamond Jubilee Scholarships have been awarded to 540 of the UK’s top students from 382 schools starting an engineering degree at 27 UK based universities this autumn.
- The shortlist is announced for the annual HVR AwardsPublished: 13 September, 2013
The annual HVR Awards will take place on Wednesday 9 October at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London.
- CHP is shaking off ‘Cinderella’ syndromePublished: 02 September, 2013
The latest UK energy statistics show that combined heat and power (CHP) , which is sometimes overlooked as the 'Cinderella' of UK energy generation, is rightfully taking its place at the energy generation 'ball'.
- Survey reveals growing business confidencePublished: 02 September, 2013
Research among members of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) has revealed an improvement in market conditions over the past six months, with more firms experiencing an increase in orders and enquiries.
- Industry experts to lead keynote seminars at ACR Show 2014Published: 02 September, 2013
Industry experts will update visitors on hot topics facing the cooling industry as part of the free seminar programme at the ACR Show 2014, being held at the NEC from 11 to 13 February.
- The Crystal sets the benchmark for sustainable buildingPublished: 02 September, 2013
The Crystal, a sustainable cities initiative by Siemens, has been certified Outstanding by BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment), the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.
- Sabien invests in IPMVP certificationPublished: 02 September, 2013
Sabien Technology is believed to be the first UK retrofit boiler controls company to achieve certification for staff to the International Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol (IPMVP).
- Mike Nankivell is new FETA chairmanPublished: 02 September, 2013
Mike Nankivell, President of the HEVAC Association, is the new Chairman of the Board of the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA).
- EAL announces new managing directorPublished: 02 September, 2013
EAL has announced that a new managing director will be taking the helm at the specialist awarding organisation for industry qualifications.
- New guide to building thermal modellingPublished: 02 September, 2013
BSRIA has launched a new guide (A Practical Guide to Building Thermal Modelling) in both eBook and pdf format that aims to provide practical guidance on the delivery of thermal models.
- Daikin UK supports new scheme for unemployed installersPublished: 02 September, 2013
Daikin UK has welcomed a new Jobcentre Plus scheme to help unemployed installers back into work. The programme, designed in partnership with the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies, will provide out of work plumbers, heating engineers and electricians with an opportunity to learn new ‘green’ skills. This will make them more employable in a job market open increasingly to those trained in renewable energy systems.
- Charge users for water efficiencyPublished: 02 September, 2013
To combat wastefulness and increase efficiency, basic water usage should be charged at low cost with an escalating tariff, says CIWEM in its latest policy statement on water use efficiency, which calls all users to action.
- Employers can pedal towards improved productivityPublished: 02 September, 2013
Soaring numbers of employers are investing in cycle storage facilities according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby, following the huge boom in cycling over the last 12 months which is boosted further by Britain’s successes in the Olympics and Tour De France, and the trend could also be helping to increase employee productivity according to a new study.
- Roderick Pettigrew appointed B&ES chief executivePublished: 30 July, 2013
Roderick Pettigrew has been appointed chief executive of B&ES – the Building & Engineering Services Association – with immediate effect.
- Refcom reassures sector over new F Gas qualificationsPublished: 30 July, 2013
New alternatives to the existing F Gas refrigerant handling qualifications are now available to refrigeration contractors according to F Gas certification body Refcom.
- Masterplan is ready for take offPublished: 30 July, 2013
The planning and urban design framework for one of the UK's most significant development projects has just been unveiled by Enfield Council.
- BRE launches scheme to help manufacturersPublished: 30 July, 2013
BRE has launched a new Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) verification scheme allowing product manufacturers to communicate their sustainability credentials to customers.
- JTL launches female apprentice initiativePublished: 30 July, 2013
Training charity JTL has hosted a parliamentary reception to mark the launch of its new programme to encourage more women into building services engineering apprenticeships. The initiative was backed by a range of cross party MPs, including the Leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband, who attended the event sponsored by Jim Sheridan MP and hosted by JTL’s Chairman, Dr Ian Livsey.
- UK’s excellent results is no surprisePublished: 30 July, 2013
Team UK’s performance at the WorldSkills 2013 competition in Leipzig recently has confirmed the world class skills of young people working in the country’s electrotechnical, refrigeration, air conditioning, plumbing and heating roles.
- Market demand for BREEAM leads to new international standardPublished: 28 June, 2013
BRE has launched its new standard for the overseas market - BREEAM International New Construction 2013, which will be used to assess commercial and residential buildings worldwide.
- New report encourages women’s role in economyPublished: 28 June, 2013
The Women’s Business Council (WBC) has launched a government report on maximising women’s contribution to economic growth.
- CIBSE encourages knowledge sharingPublished: 28 June, 2013
The Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) has established a freely accessible web resource to help industry bodies and professionals share knowledge and discuss the increasingly important and widely-discussed subject of Building Information Modelling (BIM).
- Properly planned space is the only way forwardPublished: 28 June, 2013
Leadership organisation Sustain Worldwide and its partner TFT has welcomed the government's overhaul of the planning laws which ministers believe will cut red tape, speed up decision making and promote enterprise and innovation.
- B&ES honour their top traineesPublished: 28 June, 2013
Presentation of awards to four of the industry’s most talented young people took place during the annual general meetings and conference of the B&ES specialist groups, which was held, for the sixth year in succession, at Trinity House in the City of London.
- Quick wins blind manufacturers to long term savingsPublished: 28 June, 2013
Manufacturers are still looking in the wrong places for energy savings, according to an energy report sponsored by ABB.
- IET seeks world’s brightest engineering innovationsPublished: 28 June, 2013
The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has launched a worldwide search for the best engineering innovations via its awards programme – the IET Innovation Awards.
- IET to publish new Code of PracticePublished: 28 June, 2013
A new Code of Practice for the Application of LED Lighting Systems will be published in January 2014 by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
- Leeds students achieve a higher levelPublished: 28 June, 2013
Two apprentices from Leeds College of Building have been selected as the best in the country at an awards ceremony held in London to recognise excellence in a newly launched Higher Level Apprenticeship in Construction and the Built Environment Sustainability.
- Chris Sneath awarded MBE for industry servicesPublished: 28 June, 2013
Chris Sneath, who served two terms as president of the Building & Engineering Services Association (then the HVCA), has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of his outstanding service to the heating and plumbing sectors.
- Energos welcomes ROC decisionPublished: 16 October, 2012
Energos says the government's decision to reverse proposed changes to the Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) support for Advanced Conversion Technologies (ACT) under its recent review will unlock much needed new generation infrastructure, including its own £450 million investment pipeline, and has praised the Coalition for listening to industry.