Arbnco, MEES

£130.68 billions in commercial property at risk from MEES

Leading energy consultant Arbnco has revealed that 20% of the 3,620 commercial properties it has surveyed have fallen into a lower EPC category when tested against the latest EPC standards. Extrapolated to the whole UK commercial market, that puts over £130 billions of commercial property at risk of being unlettable due to low EPC ratings.

Ambirad, Airbloc, Benson, Reznor, Nortek Global, Simon Parker

Major hvac brands move under one name to invest in R&D and customers

Ambirad, Airbloc, Benson and Reznor are now operating under a single brand name: Reznor. Each of these brands belongs to Nortek Global HVAC UK, and this move coincides with a number of new product developments that ensure the entire portfolio is ErP-compliant.

CSA Awards open for entries

Entry to the Commissioning Specialists Association (CSA) Awards is open until the 27th March. Any company or individual involved in the commissioning sector is eligible - and entry is free. Full details can be found at the link below.

Unite, CITB, training, BESA, Tony Howard, skill gap

Unite union says demise of CITB training will create skills black hole

The UK’s largest trade union, Unite, has said that a decision by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to end all direct training services by 2020 will “create a skills black hole”.

Smart homes, Institute of Mechanical Engineers, IMechE

Smart homes to save elderly care costs

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) says that smart technology will play a crucial role in helping the elderly remain in their own homes – reducing pressure on NHS resources.

LETI, London Plan, zero carbon
LETI: Professionals offering evidence-based recommendations

LETI says Building Regulations are hampering low carbon London goals

The London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) has responded to the London Plan consultation, stating that it believes the current energy policy relating to carbon emissions in London buildings will not deliver net zero carbon by 2050.

Steve Schofield

BPMA joins EURIS and announces its 2018 Awards finalists

Following the British Pump Manufacturers Association’s (BPMA) statement on Brexit (see MBS February 2018, News) the Association has joined EURIS – the European Union Relationship and Industrial Strategy advisory body.

Michael Phelan, Endeco Technologies, capacity auction, grid, demand response, balancing services, energy optimisation
Michael Phelan

UK energy in balance

Michael Phelan, CEO of Endeco Technologies, has commented on the latest T-4 capacity auction results in February, saying: “It’s no longer about capacity, it’s now about flexibility. Following the results of both T-1 and T-4 auctions, as well as grid trends, we may see grid stability turned on its head in a few years’ time with less stability in summer than in the winter.”

ESOS Phase 2, Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, ESOS

Countdown to ESOS Phase 2 is underway – time to start measuring energy

Since January 2018, firms which have to comply with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) have been able to measure their energy use for ESOS Phase 2. Compliance has to be complete by 5th December 2019.

BRE report on blockchain benefits for the built environment

A new report from BRE explores how blockchain technology can help to address the particular challenges of the built environment sector.

BCIA Awards 2018
Winners in 2017 celebrating their success

BCIA Awards 2018 – finalists announced

The Building Controls Industry Association has announced the finalists for its 2018 Awards. The winners will be announced at a ceremony and gala dinner on Thursday 10th May at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.

£75 millions owed - and subbies at back of queue

Carillion owes around £75 millions to approximately 80 engineering services firms who have been providing works such as electrical, plumbing, gas, fire safety, security and HVAC installation.

Clean Air Act, 'Safe Havens'

Experts call for new Clean Air Act

A new report concludes that the UK needs a new Clean Air Act to prevent illness and deaths caused poor air quality. The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) authored the report which focuses on emissions from transport and calls for coherent monitoring of transport emissions so informed targets can be set.

OFTEC, heat pumps
Paul Rose: OFTEC CEO

OFTEC fights move to domestic heat pumps

OFTEC, the trade association for the oil storage, appliance and supply equipment manufacturers, has expressed concern about government plans to shift 850,000 off-grid homeowners away from oil-fired heating, saying the move would be unfair, anti-competitive and premature.

Aldous Bill launched - 2nd reading in April

On 9th January, Peter Aldous MP successfully introduced a Bill under the ‘Ten Minute Rule’. Its aim is to reform the controversial practice of retentions in the construction industry. The Bill has attracted cross- party support and is set for a second reading towards the end of April.

Hackitt, BSRIA, Julia Evans
Evans: Support cultural change on safety

Support Hackitt advises BSRIA

BSRIA responded to the interim report of Dame Judith Hackitt into the Building Regulations and Fire Safety, calling on its members to support the findings.

BSRIA, Blue Book, Steve Sansom
Sansom: Source of knowledge

BSRIA launches Blue Book 2018

The well-known BSRIA Blue book contains valuable industry information including conversion data, KPIs, market statistics, legislation and financial information. The publication also includes information on BSRIA such as contacts, training courses and current guidance.

BPMA offers position on Brexit

The British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) has composed its Brexit position statement to clarify opportunities and threats for its members. The statement has been circulated to MPs and government departments dealing with Brexit.


Mitigate risks of fouling small control valves says Frese

Following the article in January’s MBS entitled Closed systems need careful commissioning, leading valve manufacturer Frese is advising that the risks of fouling small control valves should be mitigated against, because small bores are more common in today’s systems.

The modern office: Sustainable and supporting wellbeing.
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How to be WELL and BREEAM accredited

BRE and the International Well Building Institute (IWBI) have released a joint updated briefing paper that outlines how projects can achieve both a certified BREEAM rating and WELL certification.

IET, skills gap

IET report reveals importance of tackling engineering skills gap

A survey by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) shows that 61% of the engineering and technical workforce see the problems in recruitment of engineering and technical staff with the right skills as a barrier to achieving business objectives.

ECA, ECS Registered Electrician
Mike Smith (Top) and Kevin Snowdon

First ECS Registered Electrician cards issued

Two prominent members of the electrotechnical industry have been among the first to sign up for the new ECS Registered Electrician status. ECA president Mike Smith (below left), bid director at SES Engineering, and Kevin Snowdon, owner of NES Electrical, applied after meeting the criteria and agreeing to the Code of Professional Practice.


MBStv launch brings video coverage to the sector

Modern Building Services magazine has launched MBStv, a new video channel that will bring news and interviews to its website visitors.

BPMA, Duncan Lewis, Xylem Water Solutions UK
Duncan Lewis

BPMA appoints new President

Duncan Lewis, managing director of Xylem Water Solutions UK, has been appointed president of the British Pump Manufacturers Association.

CIBSE, HVAC Group, HVAC Systems, Professor Tony Day
Professor Tony Day

CIBSE launches HVAC Group to share best practice on design, install and operation

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has launched an HVAC Systems Group to support and encourage the efficient design, installation and operation of HVAC systems.

PBAs, Peter Aldous MP, Peter Davies, Project bank accounts, Retentions, Ten Minute Rule Bill, Welsh Parliament
Parliament to hear first reading of Bill to start the end of retentions
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London follows Welsh move to end retentions

On January 9th at the Houses of Parliament, Peter Aldous MP will introduce the first reading of a Ten Minute Rule Bill that seeks to amend the 1996 Construction Act and ensure that retentions within construction are held in a third party trust scheme.

Andrew Wolstenhome, Infrastructure Projects Authority, IPA, National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline, Tony Meggs
Financial boost to support ambitious aims for sector
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£600 billion investment to boost construction industry productivity

The government announced a £600 billion investment for the UK’s infrastructure in early December. As well as improving infrastructure the investment is also viewed as a route to boosting construction productivity – saving £15 billion per year.

Construction Sector Deal, Greg Clarke MP, Sector Deals, Industrial Strategy, Construction Industry Training Board, Apprenticeship Levy
Greg Clark MP

Construction Sector Deal – focus on transformation

At the end of November 2017, business secretary Greg Clark MP announced a flagship deal for the UK construction sector that aims to modernise the industry and recruit the next generation of highly-skilled construction workers.

ErP deadline looms for heating systems

More stringent regulations for space heating are on their way as the next phase of Ecodesign requirements come into effect in 2018 under the Energy-related Products Directive (ErP).

Rotherwick House: the new industry association hub.

New Association hub established in London

Several building services and electrical associations moved to co-locate in a new London headquarters in early November. The ECA and BESA are joined by BEAMA, the Electrical Distributors’ Association, SEC Group, GAMBICA, the Electrical Industries Charity, and Voltimum.

CSA Awards, Commissioning Specialists Association, CSA

CSA Awards open for entries with move to London for ceremony

The Commissioning Specialists Association (CSA) Awards 2018 are now open for entries, with a deadline of 27th March 2018. The online entry form can be found at the link below.

Aecom, heat networks, Energy Technologies Institute, ETI, Clean Growth Strategy, district heat networks
Heat networks a government target for lower carbon cost-effective heating for the UK.

Aecom shows way to save £30 billion on heat networks

Aecom, commissioned by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has researched and set out eight route maps that could save the UK £30 billion on delivering district heat networks.

hyrdraulic balancing
Comfort and efficiency supported by hydraulic balancing
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Government recognises hyrdraulic balancing as key to heating efficiency

In October 2017, the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) recognised hydraulic balancing in domestic heating systems as key to delivering optimal water distribution and cost savings to householders.

energy, Centrica, Resilience
Report by Centrica highlights energy resilience as a point of failure for businesses

Companies showing ‘unrealistic optimism’ in the face of potential energy shortages

A report from Centrica Business Solutions shows that many UK businesses are not prepared for energy failures within the next 12 months, even though more than half expect such problems to arise.

BESA, ECA, retentions

BESA and ECA continue the fight to end retentions

The Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) and Building Engineering Specialists Association (BESA) have expressed concern that the government is once more consulting on the problem of retentions, rather than taking action.

BPMA, The British Pump Manufacturers Association

BPMA warns booster set rules being flaunted

The British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) is supporting its European counterpart, Europump, in a call that installers and buyers should beware when purchasing the increasingly popular booster sets.

Energy Managers Association, EMEX

Redesale highlights energy challenge

Lord Rupert Redesdale, founder of the Energy Managers Association, offered a stark warning about energy shortages when he spoke exclusively to MBS in October.

Clean Growth Strategy

Government unveils Clean Growth Strategy

In October, Claire Perry MP the minister of state for climate change and industry, introduced the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy document. The Strategy has been developed as part of the UK’s obligations under the Climate Change Act.

Pump Industry Awards, British Pump Manufacturers Association, BPMA

Pump Industry Awards 2018 open for entries

The British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) is hosting its 18th annual Awards on 22nd March 2018. And the call for entries is now going out.

MEES, Round Table

Go beyond MEES for better buildings

A panel of industry experts strongly urges building owners and managers to look beyond the requirements of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) if they want better long-term building performance.

BSRIA, ventilation, ventilation market
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China leads world ventilation market, with lift for Europe

The latest research from BSRIA shows that China is set to lead world demand for fans and ventilation, but Europe will also see a lift and steady growth over the next seven years.

Building Engineering Services Association, BESA, Paul McLaughlin
Paul McLaughlin

Association makes organisation changes

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has reorganised its management and staff in order to focus resources on increasing value to members.

BESA National Conference, London Plan, Shirley Rodrigues
Shirley Rodrigues

Deputy London Mayor highlights importance of building services at BESA National Conference

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) held its first annual conference in London on 19th October. Speaking at the conference, London’s deputy mayor for sustainability and energy, Shirley Rodrigues, outlined the new London Plan and said: “Buildings are critical to making London greener, and the work that BESA and its members are doing is vital to delivering that.”

Air Quality, air pollution, IAQ, filters, BESA, Safe Havens
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Engineers play important role in providing clean air

Air quality, indoor and outdoor, has been rising up the agenda again. It was discussed at some length at October’s BESA National Conference, raised there by London deputy mayor for environment and sustainability Shirley Rodrigues as well as by technical experts.

ECS Check, JIB, Registered Electrician, Steve Brawley, JIB Chief Executive

New ‘ECS Check’ service launched by the JIB

A new system that allows clients and main contractors to verify the skills of electrical staff has been launched by the JIB. It is an online verification tool that complements the new Registered Electrician status

LG, Hidden Technologies

Hidden Technologies

A simple look around is all it takes to remind us of how the rapid technological advances of the past several decades have raised quality of life and placed vast amounts of information at our fingertips. Just as these highly visible changes have impacted almost every aspect of modern life, a number of equally significant innovations have shaped the world around us from just outside public view. Advances in green energy, processor speed, and efficient components may not immediately come to mind when thinking of important breakthroughs, but these technologies have all grown by leaps and bounds in recent years.

EMEX, Lord Rupert Redesdale
Redesdale: Energy is a growing cost to business

EMEX set for biggest year yet in 2017

The Energy Management Exhibition (EMEX) is now in its third year and looks set for its biggest event yet. With 100 speakers lined up for 80 seminar sessions, the event has grown rapidly in a short time.

BCIA appoints new members to management committee

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has appointed three new members to its management committee: Sandy Damm, Terry Sharp and Paul Wetherfield.


BESA President focuses on showcasing excellence

Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) president Tim Hopkinson (picture left) focused on showcasing excellence at the President’s Lunch event on 28th September. He also officially launched the Association’s Future Leaders initiative.

CIBSE, Society of Digital Engineering
More building services engineers are entering the digital sphere as new technology impacts on the industry.

CIBSE launches Society of Digital Engineering

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has launched the Society of Digital Engineering (SDE). At the launch on 12th September, CIBSE president Peter Y Wong said: “The formation of the Society of Digital Engineering demonstrates the importance of digital technology in the building services sector and the commitment of CIBSE to develop the art and science of digital engineering.”



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