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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

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.

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.”

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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"Modern Building Services" announces its new editor

Karen Fletcher has joined the MBS team as editor. Her background in journalism and PR for the building-services sector means that she brings a wealth of technical knowledge and media expertise to the role.

Glenigan, construction starts

Construction starts fall, but there is reason for optimism

Delays in public-sector projects are highlighted by Glenigan as one of the reasons for construction starts in the three months to July being 10% lower than a year earlier. Non-residential project starts were 15% down on the same period in 2016, led by falls in retail, education and health projects Residential starts were unchanged. However, on a seasonally adjusted basis starts were 6% higher that for the period February to April 2017. Civil-engineering starts were 23% lower than a year earlier.

Arbnco, performance gap
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Research aims to close energy performance gap

The Energy Systems Research Unit (ESRU) at the University of Strathclyde has partnered with software provider Arbnco on a ambitious knowledge-transfer partnership (KTP) that aims to address the so-called ‘energy performance gap’ as buildings often underperform when compared to design expectations. The energy performance gap is the difference between design predictions and operational performance in buildings. It creates market confusion, with the predicted asset performance of a standardised building becoming disconnected from operational reality.

Mansfield Pollard, ventilation, sound management

Mansfield Pollard rebrands

Air-management specialist Mansfield Pollard, which supplies energy-efficient ventilation and sound-management equipment to a global customer base, has rebranded. The new look and new brands consolidates the company’s areas of expertise and reinforces its wide and varied product and service offering.

JS Wright, contractor

JS Wright wins east-London regeneration contract

Building-services provider JS Wright has secured a contract worth over £10.5 million to help regenerate a former industrial district of east London. The contract is for the first two phases of a new 580-home development at Fish Island Village in Hackney Wick.

Bennetts Associates, Woolwich Creative District

Major step towards creating Woolwich creative district

Bennetts Associates has been appointed architect for the transformation of part of the historic Royal Arsenal riverfront site in Woolwich into a 16 500 m2 creative hub. The Woolwich Creative District will turn the unused Grade II and Grade II*-listed buildings into a space that will include a 450-seat theatre, a performance courtyard seating up to 600 and 10 rehearsal studios, as well as a base for internationally acclaimed theatre companies.

Vital Energi, Multiplex, Royal Albert Dock

Major energy contract awarded for business district in London’s Docklands

Vital Energi has been appointed to the £7.9 million design-and-build contract with Multiplex for the first-phase energy scheme for the massive new business district at London’s Royal Albert Dock. Vital is preferred partner of Chinese developer ABP to build, operate and maintain the temporary energy centre and district-heating and cooling networks that will serve the first phase of the 440 000 m2 mixed-use development. The first phase is due for completion in early 2019.

BSRIA, sound, testing, sound absorption, Rebecca Hogg

BSRIA introduces sound-absorption testing

Sound-absorption testing is now offered by BSRIA as part of its UKAS-accredited services. Tests are carried out in accordance with BS EN ISO 354:2003 and BS EN 11654:1997. BSRIA provides acoustic testing to determine the sound-absorption coefficient and rating of sound absorption for a range of materials — including insulation, carpets, wall panels, ceiling tiles and office screens.

SCS Group, Investors in People. energy management, natural ventilation

SCS strikes gold with Investors in People accreditation

SCS Group, which specialises in smoke control, building energy management systems and natural ventilation, has been awarded gold accreditation against the Investors in People (IIP) standard, joining the top 7% of accredited organisations across the UK. The company has offices in Cardiff, London and Dorset.

SPIE, contractor, building services

SPIE completes office refurbishment for BT

SPIE UK has completed the refurbishment of the sixth-floor office space at BT Lancaster House in Liverpool, working as principal contractor. The scheme included fabric, M&E and fire-alarm works. It has transformed the space to accommodate 76 work stations, meeting and training rooms, as well as a staff welfare space.

Ductclean (UK) is acquired by Marlowe Plc

Ductwork-cleaning specialist Ductclean (UK) has been acquired by Marlowe Plc for a total enterprise value of up to £10 million. Established in 1998 and operating nationally from headquarters in Welwyn Garden City, Ductclean is a UK market leader in ventilation maintenance, ductwork cleaning and management, kitchen-extract cleaning and contamination remediation services, including asbestos remediation.

Imtech Inviron, facilities management, technical facilities management

Imtech Inviron secures Plymouth shopping-centre contract

Technical-services provider Imtech Inviron has secured a new contract for the Drake Circus shopping centre in Plymouth. This 3-year retail contract was awarded by Broadgate Estate. Imtech Inviron’s role includes planned and reactive maintenance of the 40 000 m2 centre in central Plymouth, which has over 60 shops, restaurants and cafes.

Elmsbrook, Perch, zero carbon

Business centre aims to be zero carbon

Work has started on a new zero-carbon business centre at the Elmsbrook development in Bicester, Oxfordshire. Perch, Elmsbrook is one of two new co-working spaces brought to Bicester by Cherwell District Council (CDC) and is subject to support from European Regional Development Funding.

BSRIA Briefing

BSRIA announces two more speakers for its annual briefing

BSRIA has announced two more speakers for its annual BSRIA Briefing in London on 17 November. The theme of this year’s briefing is ‘Tomorrow’s challenges in today’s buildings’, and the latest speakers are Jane Vass, director of policy and age research at Age UK (pictured left) and Alan Kell, managing director of I&G Systems (pictured right).

Grundfos Pumps

Scope of Grundfos Ecademy is extended

Grundfos has boosted the scope of its on-line Ecademy to include a new audience whose focus is on larger applications. This now means that consultants/specifiers as well as relevant distribution partners working on large projects and applications will be able to get access to a range of on-line training modules.

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