2019 September

What is an adaptive workplace?

18 September, 2019

Gordon Mitchell, CIO of Key Facilities Management explains what an 'adaptive workplace' is and the role AI plays within it. 

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09 September, 2019

Matt Whiting, Rada, HTM04-01, NHS, hospitals, heating, hot water

Healthy approach

01 September, 2019

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

Spirotech, Rob Jacques, high rise buildings, tall buildings, water regulations, vacuum degasser, break tank, pressurisation, British Standard EN12828

Going up

01 September, 2019

The trend in the commercial market for more and taller high rise buildings is showing no sign of letting up. Here, Rob Jacques looks at the pivotal role that system pressurisation has to play in delivering effective heating and cooling.

Gary Nicholls, Swiftclean, BESA, TR17, TR19, TR Grease, BESCA, ventilation hygiene, VHE,

Design for the best

01 September, 2019

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.

Martin Fletcher, Vokera, Riello, Condexa Pro, centralised heating, HIU, modular boiler

Central solution

01 September, 2019

With multi-occupancy residential buildings on the rise, Martin Fletcher considers the role of modular boilers and heat interface units in providing energy-efficient heating and hot water to individual tenants.

Alpha Heating Innovation, Daniel Sturch, cascade, condensing boiler, hospital heating, NHS

Warm front

01 September, 2019

The NHS spends huge amounts of money on energy each year. Daniel Sturch examines an efficient and effective way to battle these costs and provide heating to these vital buildings.

Baxi Heating, Tom Murray, whole life costing, WLC, procurement, heating

The whole truth

01 September, 2019

Tom Murray explains how a whole life costing approach to boilers leads to better choices for designers and end-users.

Hamworthy Heating, Andrew Dabin, heating, boiler, no flow, hyrdaulic separation, buffers, low loss headers, open-vented heating system

Separate ways

01 September, 2019

Andrew Dabin explains hydraulic separation methods for heating system refurbishment and why they are so important to consider.

 Zehnder Group, David Simoes, radiant heating, comfort, schools, education buildings

Classroom comfort

01 September, 2019

David Simoes considers the importance of temperature in learning environment and looks at some of the heating options available.

creativity, Derek Clements-Croome, productivity, wellbeing

Karen Fletcher takes a look into the latest edition of a book that examines the impact of the built environment on occupant productivity and creativity.

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Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden has reminded public sector organisations that they must pay suppliers on time.

SEC Group, Brexit, Carilion, insolvencies, reverse charge VAT, Construction Minister, Nadhim Zahawi

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group is warning that the construction industry faces a ‘perfect’ storm of late or non-payment, reverse charge VAT and hikes in materials costs in post-Brexit Britain.

NG Bailey, David Hurcomb

NG Bailey, the UK’s largest independent engineering and services group, has reported a 16% increase in turnover to £556m, with underlying operating profit also increasing from £13.7m to £19.4m for the 12 months ended 1 March 2019.

OFTEC, Adrian Lightwood, PAS2035, Trustmark, ECO, renewables, refurbishments

OFTEC, the trade association for the oil storage, appliance and supply equipment manufacturers, is critical of government proposals to introduce further renewables installer registration schemes for the domestic sector.

VAT reverse charge, taxation

A number of key construction and taxation bodies have called on government to delay the proposed introduction to VAT Reverse Charging until April 2020.

survey, Building Engineering Business Survey, Scolmore, ECA, BESA, SELECT, SNIPEF

The latest sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey, sponsored by Scolmore, shows that sector growth remained steady in the second quarter of 2019 in the face of rising costs and persistent payment issues. The survey received 497 responses from companies across the sector.

BESA, BESA Conference

This year’s BESA National Conference will take place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London on November 21st. Taking its overall theme as ‘Competence, compliance and climate change – turning theory into practice’, the Conference will consider how the building engineering industry can meet many of the technical challenges it is now facing.

BSI, eco-homes, Trustmark, PAS, standards, Ant Burd

Standards body BSI has produced a new framework for the installation of energy efficiency measures in existing dwellings.

London regeneration, Rainham, Havering, Wates Residential

One of the capital’s biggest regeneration projects began last month with the demolition of thousands of existing older houses.

SKILLcard, CRO, Vent Hygiene Specialist, Ductwork Cleaning, CSCS

SKILLcard has announced that the CRO cards for Vent Hygiene Specialist, Ductwork Cleaning Specialist and Kitchen Grease Extract Operative will close on 1st November 2019. This is the 3rd wave of CRO closures as part of its plan to deliver the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) 2025 vision. All card schemes carrying the CSCS logo including SKILLcard, must only certify those occupations with nationally recognised construction related qualifications - . NVQs or approved equivalents

 ECA, Mike Smith, qualifications

The Electrical Contractors Association has said that under-qualified workers could be putting lives at risk if a proposed new framework doesn’t tighten up on requirements – and reinforcement – of experience-based qualifications.

EMEX, 	Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting, 	Roadmap to Net Zero, 	ESOS , Electric Vehicle,	Battery Storage

2019 could be one of the most significant year to raise awareness of energy efficiency in businesses, with continuing technological progress and some important policy changes.

ATCM, water

THE ATCM Water matters

01 September, 2019

As Leonardo da Vinci wrote: “Water is the driving force of all nature”. That’s why the Association of Tank and Cistern Manufacturers (ATCM) was established to help our members provide quality products and services to the built environment sector.

Legrand

Following the enactment of the BS 7671:2018 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations at the beginning of this year, Mark Williams, lead marketing manager for cable management at Legrand UK, focuses on one element of the changes and what it means for building managers.

LG, smart technology, air conditioning

Smart home and smart building applications are raising expectations for home owners and building administrators, and for good reason. The smart technology available on the market has the potential to make our lives more convenient and more efficient. This technology is also being implemented in the HVAC market and improving the effectiveness and value of our HVAC systems.

Underfloor Heating, UFH, DosaFil, SolidTek, Roth UK, water treatment

Three specialist companies have joined forces to tackle the issue of poor water quality in underfloor heating (UFH) systems. UFH expert Roth UK is working with water treatment manufacturers DosaFil and SolidTek to address poor water quality, which is responsible for the premature failure of around half of all commercial UFH systems.

Grundfos, WRAS, booster set, pumps, Sunderland, FastTrack

Fast track with Grundfos

01 September, 2019

With a fantastic range of WRAS approved booster sets available, Grundfos Pumps has successfully combined its years of expertise in developing precision booster sets, with its knowledge of market demands. What’s more, these sets are built at the Grundfos site of engineering excellence in Sunderland. This means the realisation of a Booster FastTrack programme that can offer 5-day despatch on twenty-one of the most frequently requested 2- and 3- pump booster set models.

Grundfos, online, Product Centre, Grundfos Product Centre, Ecademy

As more and more of us continue to turn to the web for a wide range of information to assist us in all aspects of our lives, web sites are continuing to develop solutions to answer these needs. At Grundfos we have continued to invest heavily in this area and recent analytics show both increasing new visitor number as well as increasing returning visitor numbers to our site.

Riello, Vokera, London Colney, showroom, training, CPD

Riello shows off

01 September, 2019

Riello has opened a new showroom in the training centre at its head office in London Colney. The venue, showcasing Vokèra’s new and existing products for both the commercial and domestic heating sectors, provides an ideal space for meetings and presentations.

Grundfos Pumps, Grundfos, hot water, Comfort PM, recirculation pump, instant hot water, Autoadapt

Every year in the UK, a typical family of three living in a household with a conventional one-string plumbing system discharges up to 16,000 litres of clean water straight down the drain as they wait for hot water.

HS2, London, Sugar Cube, Euston,

Sweet start for HS2 at Euston

01 September, 2019

The first major structure to be built at Euston as part of HS2 has received the green light, with the London Borough of Camden approving the design for the high speed rail project’s eye-catching structure which will house technical equipment and a ventilation shaft for London Underground.

Carrier, Toshiba, heat pumps, river, water source, water-to-water, AquaForce

Carrier has supplied three high efficiency AquaForce heat pumps with a combined capacity of 5.0 MW for an innovative project harnessing energy from a local river.

Elco, Studley Castle, boiler, Trigon, floor-standing, hotels, Inox-Maxi

Elco takes the castle

01 September, 2019

As part of a major refurbishment, the 180-year-old Studley Castle in Warwickshire needed to refurbish its boiler plant to provide hotel guests with highly efficient and reliable heating and hot water generation.

Geyser Thermal Energy, Pure Purchasing Consultants, The Oxfordshire, Golf Club, heat pumps

The Oxfordshire Golf Club, Hotel & Spa is set to reduce its energy bills by one third as it switches to a far more economical and sustainable supplier - its own natural resources.

BEG Lighting Control, lighting, lighting control, digital lighting, controls, building controls, BEMS

A light touch

01 September, 2019

When lighting designers take on a scheme, they commonly consider in detail the type of lights needed, the number and the positioning of the lights. But as Paul Jones points out, all too often designers reduce the lighting controls to merely a dot on the page.

 Viega, press connection, Coleg Menai, Llangefi, Wales, Profipress, Megapress

Viega has supplied its German engineered press connection technology to the development of a new state-of-the-art engineering centre at Coleg Menai’s Llangefni campus.

Castle Building Services Organisation, CBS, University of Central Lancashire, UCLan, Student Centre

Castle wins education project

01 September, 2019

Castle Building Services Organisation (CBS), an independent building services design and installation contractor, has announced a significant £6 million education sector contract win for its North West Office.

Remeha, Ryan Kirkwood, specification, CHP

Condensing Your Design

01 September, 2019

As energy targets and legislative requirements tighten, low carbon equipment like CHP is increasingly integrated into multi-component solutions for compliance with Building Regulations. 

Pump House, roof support, hospital, Singleton Hospital, Wales, Swansea

Funding approved by the Welsh Assembly has seen the most up-to-date and powerful MRI scanner in Wales being installed at Singleton Hospital, Swansea.

IES, Valeria Ferrando, digital twinning, IES, digital, design, BIM

Seeing double

01 September, 2019

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




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Nathan Wood on chairing the BESA Health & Wellbeing Group

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

BESA National Conference 2019

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

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