RHI, MMSP
Encouraging efficiency and the decarbonisation of heating for homes
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RHI update puts focus on monitoring and incentives

In May, government announced updates to the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI). The key aims of the changes are to gather more detailed information on energy use by heat pumps; to manage up-front costs for consumers investing in renewables; and to manage government budgets for incentives more closely.

BCO wellness study informs Specification Guide 2019

In June the British Council for Offices (BCO) issued ‘definitive guidance’ on how to enable health and wellbeing across an office building’s lifecycle.

BSRIA
Julia Evans OBE, BSRIA

BSRIA’s Julia Evans recognised in birthday honours

Julia Evans, BSRIA’s chief executive has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.

BESA Conference
Alexi Ozioro, BESA

BESA Conference 2018 focuses on post-Brexit future

The 2018 Building Engineering Services Association Conference has started to take shape with high profile sessions already agreed on the technical implications for contractors of the Hackitt Review and how Brexit will affect the building engineering marketplace; along with a number of ‘meet the buyer’ sessions.

Chris Grayling, Heathrow, Industrial Strategy
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Take-off agreed for Heathrow’s third runway

On 5th June Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP announced that the government is giving the go-ahead for a third runway at Heathrow airport.

ECA, BESA, SELECT, SNIPEF
Rob Driscoll, ECA

Ongoing issues and one-off events slow engineering services growth

Research by ECA, BESA, SELECT and SNIPEF shows a slowdown in growth in Q1 2018 Around 28% engineering services firms say turnover decreased during the first quarter of 2018, according to new findings from the quarterly sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey, sponsored by Scolmore. The survey covers a membership turnover of around £12 billion. This is the highest reported percentage fall in turnover since Q1 2016, when 33% of respondents reported a fall in turnover since the previous quarter.

CSA
Mark Todd, CSA

CSA Awards 2018 winnners announced with new chairman

The Commissioning Specialists Association hosted a highly successful Awards evening on 14th June.

polluted, air quality
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London schools funding for fresh air

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged funding for the capital’s most polluted schools following research carried out by WSP.

BSRIA
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Youngsters encouraged into STEM careers

BSRIA welcomed a group of 9- and 10-year-old students from schools in Reading to its test facilities as part of a campaign to encourage youngsters to consider careers in engineering, science, technology and mathematics.

Aldous Bill, Peter Aldous, David Frise
Peter Aldous MP (right) meets David Frise, BESA chief executive

Aldous Bill 2nd Reading moved to October – but half a million businesses and 25% of MPs support

The Second Reading of the Aldous Bill has been moved from June to 26th October 2018, but support continues to grow.

Off-site
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Lords probes improved construction methods

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee concluded taking evidence for its enquiry ‘Off-site manufacture for construction’ in early June.

Gatwick plans ahead

With the announcement of an extra runway for Heathrow, Gatwick Airport has committed to £3 billion of investment with a new five-year plan.

EMEX, Lord Rupert Redesdale
Lord Redesdale, EMA

EMEX speakers – call for 2018 event submissions

The Energy Management Exhibition 2018 has issued a call for speakers for the event which takes place on 21 – 22 November at London’s ExCel.

IMechE, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Jennifer Baxter
Jennifer Baxter, IMechE

One day for clean air not enough, says IMechE

On 21st June, national Clean Air Day, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has stated that the government’s Clean Air Strategy is a missed opportunity.

Dame Judith Hackitt, Hackitt review, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, Steve Martin, David Frise
Image of Glenfell Tower
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Ignorant, indifferent, inadequate – but no cladding ban from Hackitt review

Dame Judith Hackitt’s Final Report following the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety is scathing in its assessment of the construction industry.

ECA, Malcolm Crofts
Malcolm Crofts, ECA

ECA welcomes new president

Malcolm Crofts of DH Crofts has become ECA president. He has held a variety of roles at his company and has been managing director since 2000. Crofts began his career as an apprentice at Crawley College in West Sussex, and worked as an electrical engineer for 15 years before moving up to run what has become a growing electrical engineering business.

BCIA, Building Controls Industry Association

BCIA Award winners recognised at annual event

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards 2018 took place on 10th May in Birmingham. BCIA president Jon Belfield commented: “It was a wonderful occasion to celebrate the achievements of the industry’s finest. I would like to offer my congratulations to all of the winners and thank all of the sponsors and media partners for their continued support.”

CSA Awards 2018 Finalists announced

This year’s finalists in the Commissioning Specialists Association (CSA) Awards have been revealed after judging on the 2nd May.

BPMA, CE Mark, Steve Schofield
Steve Schofield, BPMA

BPMA joins CE Mark briefing with government

The British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) joined 16 other trade bodies at a meeting at the Houses of Parliament to discuss the issue of CE Marks in post-Brexit UK.

CABE
L to R: David Gunn, CABE; Alasdair Coates, Engineering Council; Dr John Hooper, CABE; Paul Bailey, Engineering Council

CABE members vote to apply for Chartered status

The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) has today announced it will go ahead with its application to become a licensed member of the Engineering Council.

BSRIA HIU, UKAS
Tom Garrigan

BSRIA HIU testing UKAS accredited

BSRIA has extended its scope of UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation to include Heat Interface Unit (HIU) testing in accordance with BESA UK HIU Test Regime Technical Specification – December 2016.

CIBSE, Stephen Lisk
Stephen Lisk, CIBSE

New president calls on CIBSE to adapt to change

Stephen Lisk, incoming CIBSE president, has called for CIBSE to accelerate its evolution in response to a rapidly changing world.

SAV Systems

Danish-Scottish meeting of minds

Denmark and Scotland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on low carbon heat, heat networks and energy efficient buildings. This agreement will support the Scottish Government’s aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, with significant reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions by 2032.

Aldous Bill, BESA, Carillion, David Frise, ECA, Paul Reeve, Retentions
Left; John McDonnell MP. Right: Caroline Lucas MP

Over 100 MPs express support for ring-fencing of retentions cash

Political support for holding cash retentions in trust has soared in recent weeks, with over 100 MPs already in favour of ring-fencing of retention monies.

CSA Awards 2018 Finalists announced

This year’s finalists in the Commissioning Specialists Association CSA) Awards have been revealed after judging on the 2nd May. 

FETA, John Smith
John Smith FETA chairman

FETA chairman eyes challenging times ahead for the industry

Speaking at this year’s FETA Annual Lunch on 19th April, FETA chairman John Smith highlighted challenges and opportunities for the sector.

Aldous Bill, Carillion, Rudi Klein, SEC
Rudi Klein, SEC Group

SEC welcomes government action on supply chains with new measures

Construction body the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has welcomed the Government’s announcement today that they will be introducing a package of measures to support SMEs supplying to government.

Nearly Zero will be the goal

Speaking at this year’s ICOM Spring Conference, CIBSE technical director, Hywel Davies, highlighted nearly zero energy buildings (NZEBs) as an important area for construction professionals to be aware of in the next few years.

Commissioning Specialists Association, CSA

CSA heads to London for 2018 Awards Gala Dinner in June

The Commissioning Specialists Association (CSA) Awards 2018 will take place on 14th June at The Mermaid Theatre in London.

Shortlist for ECA Industry Awards 2018 revealed after judging

A shortlist of 26 leading businesses from across the electrotechnical and engineering services sector has been selected by judges for this year’s ECA Industry Awards.

Brexit, EURIS
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EURIS welcomes Implementation Period sign-off on road to Brexit

Dr Howard Porter, EURIS chair, responded to developments in negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU, saying: “Reaching agreement on the terms of the UK’s Implementation Period with the EU is an important step forward. The agreement provides our members with the certainty they have been calling for on the terms of this period and helps minimise uncertainties around Brexit for UK industry as a whole”.

Andrew Slater, Jonathan Moore, Kane Group Building Services, LG air conditioning, wellbeing

MBS round table group calls for regulation to improve wellbeing

A group of industry experts has called for regulation on wellbeing in order to ensure that better indoor environments are delivered for occupants.

MBS celebrates 15 years of success with this month’s issue

Modern Building Services magazine is 15 years old this month, and it continues to serve the largest readership of any UK building services title.

BEIS, decarbonised heating, ICOM, IGEM
Karen Wood, BEIS

Decarbonised heating is our biggest challenge

At the ICOM Spring Conference on 10th April, the focus was on decarbonising the UK’s heating. Conference content reflected the government’s 2017 Clean Growth Strategy, which targets decarbonised heat.

House of Lords, modular, offsite
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House of Lords hears evidence on impact of modular on construction

At the end of April, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, chaired by Lord Patel, took evidence for its inquiry investigating offsite manufacture for construction.

Spring Statement, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, late payments, Specialist Engineering Contractors Group, SEC, Rudi Klein, BESA, ECA, Paul Reeve
Rudi Klein: More initiatives?

Industry's cautious welcome for Spring Statement

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond gave his first Spring Statement on 13th March, and used this to highlight some key issues facing the construction industry. Whilst telling the country that our “best days lie ahead of us”, the chancellor touched on the late payments issue and its effect on the UK’s small businesses. Hammond called for evidence on “how we can eliminate the continuing scourge of late payments”.

Frise, David Frise, Building Engineering Specialist Association
David Frise, BESA

Frise set to raise the profile of building engineers

David Frise has been appointed chief executive of the Building Engineering Specialists Association with immediate effect and he says his key goal is to raise the profile of engineers in the sector because they have a 'vital social and economic role to play'.

BREEAM, BREEAM Awards 2018, Alan Yates

BREEAM Awards show the way on sustainable buildings

The BREEAM Awards 2018 took place on March 6th at Excel, in partnership with the Ecobuild exhibition, and saw an international audience enjoy an evening which recognised sustainable building projects of all types.

replacement refrigerants, Federation of Environmental Trade Associations, FETA, R410A, A1, R32, A2L, flammable, CE Marking
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Warnings on replacement refrigerants

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) is warning of issues over incorrect and potentially harmful handling of refrigerants for air conditioning. FETA has advised that there have been some instances of R410A (classified as A1, nonflammable) being completely removed from some air conditioning systems which are then simply recharged with R32 (classed as A2L, low flammability).

Apprenticeship assessments improved

BESA has been appointed as a Registered End Point Assessment Organisation (RoEPAO) which allows it to assess new training standards in England. This follows the Association’s appointment in 2017 as an officially-registered New Standard apprentice delivery body able to operate across the UK.

NAO, National Audit Office, OFTEC, RHI
Paul Rose, OFTEC

Questions remain over effectiveness of RHI

OFTEC has restated its calls for an overhaul of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) following a recent report from the National Audit Office (NAO) which confirms the scheme ‘has not achieved value for money’.

EPCs, Energy Performance Certificate, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, MEES, Dr Robert Cohen, De Andrew Geens

EPCs don’t make the grade for true efficiency measurement

Experts are pointing out that Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are not a good indication of energy efficiency for buildings. The growing calls for other ways to indicate building energy use come as Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are introduced this month.

BESA, ECA, SELECT, SNIPEF, Paul Reeve, Rob Driscoll
Rob Driscoll, BESA

Survey says engineering services in confident mood this year

Around 80% of engineering services firms say turnover increased or was steady during the final quarter of 2017, according to new findings from the sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey, sponsored by Scolmore.

BEIS, Arbnco, MEES, Exemptions, Stephen Preece
Stephen Preece: Government has recognised this helpful software

BEIS approves Arbnco MEES exemption software for use

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has approved the Arbn Consult (Arbnco) reporting software for use in registering exemptions for the MEES legislation.

UK’s digital infrastructure at risk of attack

The Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has raised concerns that the UK’s increasing reliance on digital infrastructure puts it at risk of hacker attacks.

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