Tracking changes

Published:  03 May, 2018


As you’ll see from our front cover, MBS is celebrating 15 years of bringing its readers the broadest coverage of this sector, with insights from experts in all areas of building services - designers, contractors, installers and end-users.

Our anniversary issue reflects many of the reasons that the original team of Ken Sharpe, Charles Keel and David Wade established MBS. In the very first issue, my predecessor wrote: “We are motivated by the wave of new thinking in the industry that the role of building services engineers needs to change if they are to have a role in the future.” That publication covered the hot topics of energy efficiency, building performance, the supply chain, and legislation on refrigerants.

Of course, these issues are still with us. But I think we are dealing with a lot of these things more directly now. Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards are finally drawing a straight line between energy use and property value. MEES may not be perfect, but it’s a statement of intent about how important it is to reduce our energy waste while moving to non-fossil fuel energy sources.

And of course, we’re still battling with supply chain issues, yet now we see BESA and ECA heading the charge to Parliament to drive through a law that will ring-fence retentions cash - a huge step forward for SMEs throughout the sector.

I think it’s safe to say that in the past 15 years, many aspects of the role of professionals in our sector have changed but that requirement for continued adaptation remains very much front and centre.

The challenge we face in decarbonbising our heating, for example, is clear (see our feature). We rely heavily on gas, so moving away from that source will require development of new thinking, as well as new products. Government is exploring options such as district heating, hydrogen and biogas. All of these potential solutions require a rethink on system design.

We are also hearing a great deal about the impact of buildings on occupants, and how buildings can support health and productivity. Biophilic offices, wellbeing and indoor air quality are all impacted by building services, so this is yet another new field that’s opening up for this industry.

Our aim is to continue to deliver news, analysis and in-depth features for many more years to come so that our readers can be on top of the latest developments, and we hope that they will be playing their roles in delivering the future of building services.

Karen Fletcher, Editor

comments powered by Disqus



Welcome to Modern Building Services Online, the web edition of Modern Building Services (MBS) journal and the UK's most popular Building Services engineering site. Modern Building Services covers the entire Building Services Engineering industry. This site contains archived content from the journal, plus web-specific content.

When you go to our digital edition, you can also access the archive of digital editions.


Modern Building services has a group
on Linkedin - join us!


  • Energy and sustainability: Performance and analysis manager

     An exciting opportunity will arise shortly for an exceptional person with extensive experience of managing sustainability within large complex organisations. Can you demonstrate extensive experience of energy management, proven ability to drive program......

more jobs »


"Is the Building Services industry lagging behind in the implementation of BIM?"