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

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.

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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.

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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).

ECA, BESA, BEAMA
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
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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

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.
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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.”

BEIS aims to push UK to forefront of battery technology

The Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched the £246 million Faraday Challenge to boost UK expertise in battery technology.

RHI, The Heat Pump Association, HPA, Mike Nankivell
Nankivell: heat pumps important to achieve carbon targets.

HPA welcomes revised RHI regulations

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has responded to government reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Grundfos

Grundfos announces encouraging half-year results

Grundfos Pumps has released half-year results for 2017 that show that the Group have gained global market share with a net turnover increase of 5.8%, as well as seeing EBIT increase to 26.9% in comparison to the same period in 2016.

Whitbread, Ofwat, water retail market
Whitbread wins self-supply licence in open water market

Whitbread becomes its own water supplier

The UK’s largest hotel, restaurant and coffee shop operator, Whitbread, will supply its own water and wastewater services. It has been granted a self-supply licence by economic regulator Ofwat following the opening up of the water retail market earlier in 2017.

Aldi, CO2 refrigeration
Green grocer: Aldi invests in renewables and efficiency

Aldi commits to renewable and low energy technologies

Supermarket success story Aldi has committed to converting all of its UK stores to CO2 refrigeration. By the end of 2018 up to 100 stores will be converted, at a cost of £20 million.

Ofgem, National Grid, electricity market, load shedding
All change in the business electricity market
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Ofgem and National Grid propose changes to business electricity charging

Two of the national bodies for distributing and overseeing the country’s electricity market are working on proposals that will impact how businesses pay for their power – and how much.

Panasonic
Panasonic acquires AMP with sights set on UK growth

Panasonic aims high in UK air conditioning market

Electronics giant Panasonic has its sights set on major growth in the UK and European markets. At the start of September this year, Panasonic made its first move with the acquisition of AMP Air Conditioning, one of UK’s largest distributors.

BESA, low margins, Lord Adonis, Rob Driscoll, Tim Rook
Driscoll: Adonis insensitive and detached from reality.

BESA slams Adonis’ criticism of industry’s worries over margins

The Building and Engineering Services Association (BESA) has reacted in the strongest terms to Labour peer Lord Adonis as he dismissed fears over low margins in the construction industry.

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