UK leads world in setting target on net zero for 2050

Prime Minister Theresa May announced on 12th June that the UK will eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050. The statutory instrument to amend the Climate Change Act 2008 was laid before Parliament on the same day.

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has welcomed Government efforts to address the construction industry’s late payments but is…

In the next of a series of moves to enhance the robustness of cardholder qualifications, CSCS and SKILLcard are requiring all applicants to have…

A government taskforce has stated that the government’s plans for a net zero electricity grid are hindered by ‘poor quality’ and ‘inaccurate’…

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The ECA and other members of The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) are launching a series of programmes to bring industry and education…

The 2019 ECA Industry Awards showcased some of the key achievements by leading talent in the sector during an impressive ceremony held in London…



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Julia Kitchen explains what agile working is and how companies can achieve it.

Dr Gavin Dunn, CEO of CABE discusses how the industry needs to handle responsibility better. 

Facilities Show's Director, Chris Edwards tells us what to expect from this year's exhibition.

As the Government adopts the CCC’s new targets on carbon reduction, Chris Yates analyses the UK’s unique triple energy mix and explains why we are uniquely positioned to decarbonise, minimise cost and diversify supply.

Karen Fletcher considers two of the main drivers of change in how buildings are being designed and operated

In May, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) effectively put Government on the spot with a remarkable recommendation that the UK moves rapidly towards a ‘zero net carbon’ economy. Paul Reeve of the ECA examines the implications.

Richard Gordon explains why upgrading fans is a cost-effective approach to saving energy in existing buildings.

Commercial property expert Jackie Cocking considers how the use of office space and the working environment is changing.

Andy Green outlines the key factors of installing a new heating system, regardless of a building’s age.

Sandy Damm takes a closer look at smoke detection and the best way to select and maintain your equipment.

Dario Giordani explains how the Construction Products Regulation keeps cables safe from fire, and why it concerns everyone in the industry.

The crucial role of specification writing has been so severely downgraded that it is undermining building designs, according to David Fitzpatrick*.

Hern Yau discusses the importance of air quality for optimal occupant performance and safety.

Donna-Marie Evans considers the crucial role of HVAC in delivering better buildings.

A roundtable of industry experts and legal specialists calls for regulations on air quality in our cities. 

Adrian Walker discusses how the UK’s shifting energy sources and decarbonisation of the grid are changing the choices for heating in sectors such as hotels, schools and leisure centres.

Maintaining a comfortable environment for shoppers in a retail ‘shed’ can be challenging. Ian Dagley explains how a flexible approach helps to address these challenges

London’s Danubius Hotel upgraded its boilers with a space-saving solution to provide a reliable flow of hot water for demanding clientele.

Martin Fahey examines the wellbeing arguments for effective use of modern cooling technologies.

Colin Goode asks some searching questions about the design of air conditioning systems in a market that has some pretty tough demands.

Virgin founder and world-famous marketeer Richard Branson wants the air conditioning market to make radical technical changes, but Daikin Applied UK’s James Henley* believes that manufacturers are already on the right track.

Mark Todd, chairman of the Commissioning Specialists Association, explains why BiPolar UK is his chosen charity for this year.

The judging for the 2019 CSA Awards took place on 14th May at the CSA’s headquarters in Horsham. The judges worked hard through an extensive manual of entries – with all agreeing that this year has seen some of the highest-quality entries since the Awards were established.

Steven Booth explains that some of the common practices employed during pre-commissioning cleaning have the potential to introduce problems rather than solve them.

Reliable, clear and effective lighting in hospitals plays a key role in all aspects of operational effectiveness, patient recovery as well as staff productivity. Nathan Cole explains the benefits of lighting control.

Smart buildings can deliver a whole host of benefits for any business and open up a wealth of opportunities. Daniel Lilley explains

Jon Belfield, president of the BCIA, compares a well-designed smart building argues it’s not the quantity of technology implemented that makes a building truly smart, it’s about choosing the right technology for the right system.

Maximising use of on-board and cost-effective optional controls is a simple step that can enhance both boiler and system performance, says Paul Arnold

Drew Clough explains why contractors should be changing their business model to accommodate offsite construction and in doing so improve the efficiency and productivity of their business.

Andy Green outlines the current legislative requirements to reduce NOx emissions and how the commercial HVAC sector should continue to implement change.

New guidelines on pressure relief valves and safety valves have been published by SAFed. Les Littlewood outlines the key points and the correct usage.

Angela Reid outlines the numerous labelling schemes available for buildings, and notes the importance of understanding what each offers owners and managers.

With a 51% increase in the Climate Change Levy occurring on 1st April, Sebastian Gray explains one method to calculate your CCL tax liability accurately.

With a growing trend towards off-site construction, Andrew Miele looks at the benefits and considerations of prefabricated modular solutions for the UK’s buildings.

Chris Caton explains how environmental and financial demands are driving the market for modular boilers, particularly in buildings where demand varies widely every day.

More than being the answer in an emergency, boiler hire has other advantages. Russ Baker discusses how customer considerations are changing.

Stephen Booth explains how a variable speed cold water booster could be a better option for promoting a greener future.

Is reluctance to move away from traditional materials still holding us back when it comes to drainage pipes and fittings? 

Improving the performance of hydronic balancing valves requires accurate commissioning, says Paul Wightman.

Today’s fast-paced business world is requiring companies to actively seek out new opportunities in order to keep up with the competition and gain a stronger foothold in the market.

With the introduction of the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) policy, the number of companies needing to measure and provide usage data to the government will almost treble.

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