Queen’s speech hints at construction policy direction

Key industry figures have responded to the Queen’s Speech delivered on 14th October in the House of Lords, which set out the government’s priorities for the year ahead.

The government launched a consultation on building regulations in October in an attempt to drive greater use of low-carbon technologies and…

Procurement organisation and social enterprise body Fusion21 has launched a national Heating and Renewables Framework which could be worth up to…

Barbour ABI has released its latest top-50 league tables for the construction industry. The total value of the projects it covers is just under…

The Commissioning Specialists Association (CSA) will be hosting a series of seminars in 2020, with the first taking place at The Crystal Building…

The 2020 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards are now open for entries with a number of different awards on offer.

The way homes are designed and delivered in the future could be changed after architect and TV presenter George Clarke’s charity signed a…



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BESA Group Chair Nathan Wood on what the Health & Wellbeing in Buildings Group aims to achieve.

BESA chief executive David Frise discusses the BESA National Conference 2019. Find out what's coming up.

Gordon Mitchell, CIO of Key Facilities Management explains why the FM sector should understand smart building technologies and the need for them to focus on the people.

In the face of growing concern about our environment, sustainable buildings expert Adam Selvey considers how we can find a balance between achieving zero carbon buildings and the wellbeing of humans who are in them. 

The future of smart buildings promises benefits for those who can tap into the new era of connected systems and the IoT. But Karen Fletcher warns that there is a lot of hard work required for those to want to step into this new world.

Mike Smith, ECA Director of Technical, tackles one of the biggest issues still facing the engineering services sector

This month’s MBS round table, sponsored by Swegon, considered the rise of the smart building and smart kit. 

Jon Belfield examines and explores how the government's target to have a net-zero carbon economy can be achieved and the opportunities it presents.

Chris Irwin on the search for a truly open approach to building controls – and the project that is bringing the vision closer to reality.

Hot topic of the moment is how to supply heating and hot water to buildings while meeting tougher targets on energy and carbon. Craig Dolan looks at the solutions available.

In October, government launched a consultation on the Future Homes Standard. Karen Fletcher looks at the proposals, with a focus on plans for domestic heating.

With the latest piece of emission legislation in place for over six months with little fanfare, Charlie Mowbray looks at the implications to both new and existing boilers.

Paul Arnold looks at how some schools have overcome the challenges of upgrading heating systems in older buildings.

Dieter Lang explains how human centric lighting, a lighting concept that simulates the course of natural daylight, holds great potential for education

Daniel Tebay the challenges of delivering operational refurbishment projects in a luxury hotel environment, drawing upon the company’s experience at the five-star Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

The Association of Tank and Cistern Manufacturers (ATCM) offers a considered opinion on whether it’s better to refurbish or replace aging equipment.

Antony Corbett explores the benefits of multi-layer piping as a solution for a wide range of project challenges.

Glynn Williams considers the increasingly connected world and highlights the benefits of being able to gather data from around today’s buildings and their services.

Using one pipe connection method across a project can significantly impact the speed and success of an install. Scott James highlights the benefits of modern approach to pipework for building owners and installers.

With indoor air quality firmly in the headlines, Lee Caulfield looks at the role installers can play in delivering healthier air for occupants.

Despite the unusually hot temperatures experienced in the UK over an extended period this summer, the failure rate for chillers supported by planned maintenance contracts was no higher than in any other year.

Matt Whiting, discusses why a holistic approach to specifying water controls in healthcare environments can help improve performance and compliance

Valeria Ferrando explains the difference between digital twins and BIM – and how twinning helps designers and operators understand their buildings better.

As the new TR19 Grease specification is issued by BESA, Gary Nicholls explains why some building managers may still find that there are challenges to achieving full compliance.

Our expert panel considers the ‘Branson’ challenge and highlights the developments, opportunities and challenges facing the air conditioning and refrigeration sector. Sponsored by Daikin Applied (UK)

Karen Fletcher speaks to a company at the front line of changes in the air conditioning sector and learns how it is staying ahead of the game with an eye firmly on the future.

The UK’s primary F Gas register Refcom played a key role in the first World Refrigeration Day (WRD) as co-host with the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Project of the Year sponsored by BSRIA Instrument Solutions

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.

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. 

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.

Cable management is an integral part of the specification process. When it comes to specifying cable management systems, there are a number of key areas to consider in addition to cost per unit and installation time.

The answer is obvious. Everyone. The provision of clean, wholesome water at the turn of a tap is second nature, or so we would like to think.

The experience that your friend or colleague complaining that they are cold when you feel comfortable or even hot is a common phenomenon and there are many reasons why two people might experience the same temperature differently.

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