Queen’s Speech, legislation, construction industry, competence, late payments, fair payments, BESA, RICS, National Federation of Builders, David Frise

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.

 ECS, electricians, registered electricians, ECS cards, competence, training, Wiring Regulations, Wiring Regs, 18th Edition

Over 20,000 ECS cardholders have now signed up for the ECS registered electrician status.

George Clarke, MOBIE, modular construction, modern methods of construction, University of Northumbria

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

BCIA, Awards

BCIA Awards 2020 launched

01 November, 2019

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

 Commissioning Specialists Association (CSA), The Crystal, commissioning, seminar

The Commissioning Specialists Association (CSA) will be hosting a series of seminars in 2020, with the first taking place at The Crystal Building in London on 31st March 2020.

Grundfos, Mads Nipper

Grundfos Pumps has announced that for the first half of 2019 they have had sales growth and increased earnings despite a challenging global market.

Barbour ABI, league tables, top fifty, contractors, Balfour Beatty, HS2, Galliford Try, Mace

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 £20 billions.

Fusion21, procurement, heating, renewables, framework, schools, Department for Education, Peter Francis

Procurement organisation and social enterprise body Fusion21 has launched a national Heating and Renewables Framework which could be worth up to £500 million over a four-year period. The launch is set for January 2020; submission deadline is 20th November 2019.

BESA, wellbeing, Nathan Wood, pollution, indoor air quality, IAQ

A new Health & Wellbeing Group has been established by BESA, with Nathan Wood of Farmwood M&E chairing. The new group has already been invited by BSI, EFT Consult and a group of like-minded industry bodies to help draft the UK’s first British Standard (PAS) for the health and wellbeing performance rating of commercial and domestic buildings.

 Future Homes Consultation, domestic heating, heating, decarbonisation, LGA, planning, new homes, Part L, Part F, Building Regulations

The government launched a consultation on building regulations in October in an attempt to drive greater use of low-carbon technologies and world-leading levels of energy efficiency.

 Brian Townsend

Former BESA president and former Commissioning Specialists Association (CSA)chairman  Brian Townsend passed away in September and the industry has paid tribute to his long service and support for the sector. 

VAT Reverse Charge, David Frise, Rob Driscoll

VAT reverse charge delayed

01 October, 2019

Government has conceded to industry calls to postpone the introduction of reverse charging VAT for one year. The new deadline will be 1st October 2020.

Survey

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Our News Analysis is a review of a new publication, Global construction success, edited by risk management expert Charles O’Neil, with contributions from 17 industry experts, including Professor Rudi Klein, CEO of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group (SEC).

ECA

Competence is key - ECA

01 October, 2019

ECA director of technical, Mike Smith highlights the importance of competence in the electrical sector in our News Analysis.

SKILLcard

Holders of Engineering Services SKILLcards are now able to renew their cards online following another upgrade of the online SKILLcard application system operated by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

BESA

As part of the campaign to attract more women into engineering professions, BESA is launching the Outstanding Woman in Building Engineering Services Award. It also marks the 100 anniversary of the founding of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) The Award will be presented at the BESA National Conference and Awards at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London on November 21st 2019.

 consultation on the regulation of electricians

Senior industry figures have welcomed the Scottish Government’s pledge to publish a consultation on the regulation of electricians – but have also urged them to make it happen soon.

Briggs & Forrester

Briggs and Forrester Engineering Services have recently secured the MEP services contract on the Doncaster Central Library and Museum. Located on the junction of Waterdale and Chequer Road in the town centre, the four-storey structure will incorporate the architectural heritage of the former Hall Cross Girls School building.

J S Wright

Leading building services provider J S Wright has secured a contract worth in excess of £17 million to fit out one of London’s biggest residential developments.

John Norfolk, BESA

John Norfolk, president of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) had strong words for government when he addressed the annual President’s Lunch in London on 19th September.

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

 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Apprentices, TESP, training, RoI

Companies that recruit apprentices can see a return on investment (RoI) as soon as year two of the apprenticeship programme, according to new figures from The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP).

 FIDIC, CHINCA, China, Nelson Ogunshakin, ACE

The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) has signed a ground-breaking memorandum of understanding with the China International Contractors Association (CHINCA). The MoU will improve collaboration between international and Chinese businesses, facilitate skills transfer and increase the use of FIDIC contracts.

BESA, BESCA, TR19, training, ventilation hygiene, Ventilation Hygiene Elite

BESA has launched a scheme to allow ventilation hygiene specialists demonstrate competence as part of an industry-wide campaign to improve safety in buildings.

BESA, John Norfolk, president, zero carbon

John Norfolk has been elected to serve as President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) for 2019/20.

technology, housebuilding, social

Government is offering a share of £1.25 million to firms that devise new technologies that allow local authorities to monitor progress on housebuilding projects.

Trustmark, home improvement, domestic, Each Home Counts, ECO

Home energy improvements for low-income households will only be carried out by trusted tradesmen under new government plans.

RIBA, climate emergency, Gary Clark

Trustees of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has formally agreed to join the global declaration of an environment and climate emergency. The Institute also pledged to support the government’s 2050 net zero emissions target.

HMRC, VAT, tax, regulation, legislation

From October 1st, 2019, new rules on VAT will come into force that look set to have a significant impact on the cash flow of many businesses in the building services sector.

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.

TESP, ECA, skills, apprentices, apprenticeships, training, schools

The ECA and other members of The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) are launching a series of programmes to bring industry and education together. The move follows a report that highlights school leavers as poorly-prepared for careers in engineering or electrotechnical sectors.

Net zero, low carbon, energy supply, Ofgem, BEIS, Innovate UK, digital, data, electricity grid, Energy Data Taskforce

A government taskforce has stated that the government’s plans for a net zero electricity grid are hindered by ‘poor quality’ and ‘inaccurate’ data on the UK energy system.

SKILLcard, CSCS, health and safety, H&S, certification, Industrial Strategy for Construction

In the next of a series of moves to enhance the robustness of cardholder qualifications, CSCS and SKILLcard are requiring all applicants to have satisfactorily completed the CITB health, safety and environment test or approved equivalent. This will now be the only way to show satisfactory evidence of health and safety compliance.

 late payments, project bank accounts, Aldous Bill, Small Business Commissioner, Rudi Klein, SEC Group

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has welcomed Government efforts to address the construction industry’s late payments but is calling for further action – and faster.

 Hydrogen, IET, IMechE, decarbonising heat, heating, low carbon, net zero, greenhouse gases, gas network

Leading UK engineers have assessed the possibility of using hydrogen in place of natural gas in the UK’s gas grid and concluded that there is no reason why this cannot be achieved safely. This would contribute significantly to the UK’s 2050 carbon emission reduction target and help address the climate emergency.

Awards, ECA, ECA Awards

The 2019 ECA Industry Awards showcased some of the key achievements by leading talent in the sector during an impressive ceremony held in London on Friday 7 June.

Soft Landings, BSRIA, Newcastle University, Urban Sciences Building, Max Fordham, Awards

Winners of the BSRIA Soft Landings Awards 2019 were announced on 14th June, at the end of Association’s conference held at Arup’s London office.

OFTEC, biofuels, low carbon, modelling, Paul Rose, greenhouse gas emissions, heating, decarbonisation

OFTEC, the trade body for the oil-fired heating industry, has revealed research that supports liquid biofuels as a low-cost, highest-impact carbon reduction solution for oil-heated homes.

Modern Building Services magazine is switching from plastic wrapping from September 2019.




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