2023 August

Oliver Wooley of ABB

Variable speed drives (VSDs) are not generally designed to be exposed to the elements of nature and so for a drive operating outdoors we frequently see the highest rated drives specified. However, protection against ingress of dust and water alone is not enough to keep a drive running optimally in all weather, as ABB’s Oliver Woolley explains.

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55 years of Kalzip

29 August, 2023

Koblenz-based provider of aluminium and metal roofs, facades, and building envelopes celebrates its anniversary by looking back at milestones. Since 1968, Kalzip has been producing roof and facade systems on modern roll-forming equipment.

Stannah at the Winter Gardens

Stannah was chosen to replace the passenger lift in the historic Blackpool Winter Gardens


ACV UK is pleased to announce the introduction of its new EVO S wall-hung boiler range, which incorporates the latest stainless steel heat exchanger technology for energy efficiency and reliability.

18V DAS180 LXT Blower

Makita has added a handheld blower to its expanding LXT cordless collection. 

Mark Sutcliffe

‘Smart Buildings’ are no longer something that simply conjures images out of science fiction movies, says Mark Sutcliffe of Lorne Stewart.

Nick Robinson, Managing Partner at Beyond ESG, looks at how technological innovations are transforming our buildings, offering tangible commercial benefits that go beyond energy savings. Connected by IoT and supported by data science, the modern digitised building boasts unparalleled levels of control and monitoring.

BIM Classroom

Modern buildings are being designed and constructed for greater efficiency, sustainability, and decarbonisation in line with the industry-wide net zero approach – and due to this shift, every installed system being considered is under the microscope in terms of its performance.

Existing site layoug

Successfully optimising plant for a sustainable future - Dr Rob Lamb gives a case study in cold store refurbishment. 

Jacob Backblack of LMG

Redefining Smart Buildings

29 August, 2023

An Integrated Approach with IoT Solutions by Jacob Blackwell of LMG

Big money!

There are around 2.7 million landlords in the UK who declare some kind of income from renting. Despite this surprising and huge figure, landlords can often come up short financially whether it is due to a lack of rent from tenants, lack of occupancy or facing the brunt of building fixes, housing disrepairs and renovations.

Finances can be a balancing act

Running out of money during a house-building project can be a daunting and challenging situation. While planning, budgeting, and financial diligence are essential, unforeseen circumstances can still arise, causing financial shortfalls. In the UK, the construction industry has experienced its share of such situations. Let's delve into what you can do if you're building a house and run out of money, along with relevant statistics from the UK.

Row of Houses

Financing home improvements can be a smart investment in your property's value, comfort, and aesthetics.

safety in construction

CIBSE welcomes the publication of new regulations for Higher Risk Buildings (HRBs) and the major changes to the Building Regulations that will enable further elements of the Building Safety Act to be fully implemented in England on 1 October 2023.

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Actuate UK, the voice of the engineering services sector, welcomes the Department of Business & Trade (DBT) announcement to indefinitely extend recognition of CE mark for some goods coming into Great Britain but asks for clarity on construction products. 

Block M1 Lv 8

Adam Fox, Director at Mason UK, argues that these two methods have major drawbacks for vertical pipe runs and that supporting the pipes on springs is a far more effective solution to the problem presented by thermal movement.

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Surely, self-balancing valves and automatic balancing valves means there is no longer any need for a commissioning engineer? Wrong!  Tony Anderson, Technical Manager at the Commissioning Specialists’ Association’s (CSA), explains why the commissioning engineer’s role is in fact more important than ever.

Nuaire Axtan

Global ventilation leader, Nuaire, announces new smoke shaft system, AxTân - the only fully-certified all-in-one shaft system as part of its AXUS axials range. 

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Modern Building Services (MBS), along with an additional 50 invited guests attended an event to showcase the potential of the pioneering EnergiVault® energy storage solution, which is designed to support the global decarbonisation of cooling and deliver cost savings for industrial processes and commercial buildings.

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Armorduct joins BEAMA

16 August, 2023

Armorduct, a manufacturer of standard and bespoke cable management systems, has joined BEAMA to help develop the trade association’s next best practice guide for cable containment design, specification and installation.

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The MP who signed the UK’s net zero pledge into law has told an industry podcast that adapting buildings will deliver economic growth and better quality of life.


The BCIA’s Technical Working Group has produced a new Technical Guide to add to its online portfolio of Guides

John Miles

As the world moves closer to global net zero targets, is retrofitting historical buildings the answer to achieving this?

Uponor Installation

Dave Lancaster, Senior Category Manager – Commercial at Uponor, explains the importance of ensuring building services pipework is specified correctly and of choosing high quality pipe systems designed to minimise pressure and heat loss.

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Manufacturer helps equip skills centre

Ideal Heating has helped to equip a new £500,000 green energy centre in Merseyside which is seeking to attract fresh talent into the heating industry.

Acoustic solutions suite with easy access to services at University of Birmingham

A suite of ceiling and wall acoustic solutions have been specified for The University of Birmingham’s new landmark Molecular Sciences building, which will provide a hub for research and academic work.