Government has announced a Sector Deal for the offshore wind industry. The aim is that a third of British electricity will be produced by offshore turbines by 2030.

BSRIA, district energy, network heating, global market

Market research by BSRIA has identified district heating as a major growth sector over the next few years, in Europe and the rest of the world. 

ECA, prequalification, standardised, Paul Reeve, PQQs, CAS

The Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) has welcomed the new Common Prequalification Assessment Standard (CAS).

TESP, JIB, electricians, skills, Ruth Devine, NET, apprenticeships

A new labour market report on the electrotechnical industry has estimated that between 12,500 and 15,000 additional skilled electricians will be needed over the next five years to accommodate forecasted growth.

pricing, ICAEW, risk, investment, margins

The construction industry is characterised by risk, uncertainty and complexity according to a new report form The Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW). 

gas boilers, domestic heating, heating, CCC, Committee on Climate Change, legislation

The industry offers a mixed response to the CCC's proposal that the UK moves away from gas-fired domestic heating. And points out that more must be done to make the UK's housing stock sustainable.

CIBSE, symposium, IAQ, air quality, wellbeing

CIBSE's Technical Symposium speakers will address the issue of air quality at the event at the end of April

ECA, Certsure, Electrical Safety First, ESF, electrotechnical, ECS, JIB, competence, training, electrician

Certsure, ECA and Electrical Safety First (ESF) join forces to drive measurement and recognitition

refrigerants, R32, FETA, DSEAR, HSE

FETA offers guidance on risk assessments for flammable refrigerants

SES, M7, Stratford, office, win, London

SES Engineering Services will be working on the new office scheme M7 in Stratford London

REL, Richmond upon Thames college, RUTC, contract, win

REL Building Services wins contract of the new BREEAM Excellent Richmond upon Thames college.

smart controls, heating controls, smart homes, controls, BMS, domestic heating, heating

UK consumers embrace smart home technology, driving demand for digital heating controls

A number of reports show mixed performance for the construction industry over the past few months, with some sectors faring better than others.

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) continues its campaign to raise industry standards and improve awareness amongst building owners.

BESA urges government to avoid construction workforce shortages in the event of 'no deal' Brexit.

The CLC offers recommendations on labour and skills in post-Brexit construction sector.

ECA welcomes electrical testing for private rented domestic properties - and focuses on proper enforcement.

JTL calles on SMEs to take on apprentices with 'Trade Up' campaign.

CIBSE recognises the best in building performance at its annual Award ceremony.

energy efficiency, smart buildings, controls, smart metering

BEIS launches a £4.4 million competition to develop energy saving tech.

gas, domestic heating, CCC, Institution of Gas Engineers, heat pumps, electric heating, housing design

CCC targets gas heating

01 March, 2019

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has demanded that no new homes be connected to the gas grid from 2025. In its report UK Housing: Fit for the future, the CCC also says that existing homes should be retrofitted for efficiency and use of heating technologies such as heat networks or heat pumps.

Alfie Watterson, SEC Group Northern Ireland

Construction SME firms in Northern Ireland’s have praised the project bank account (PBA) initiative which has been driven by Construction and Procurement Delivery (CPD), the procurement authority in Northern Ireland.

BCIA

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has appointed Terry Sharp as its new Vice-President.

David Mowatt, SCA, Smoke Control Association

SCA welcomes Hackitt plan

07 February, 2019

In response to the recent announcement that the Government plans to introduce a tougher regulatory system for building safety, the Smoke Control Association (SCA) has voiced its full support for the proposed programme of reform.

Carillion, ECA, Rob Driscoll, Aldous Bill

One year on from Carillion’s collapse, business owners are telling Government that not enough has been done to ensure a similar insolvency crisis does not happen again.

CSA Awards

Building on the success of the last year’s impressive event, the 2019 CSA Awards Dinner will be held at the Guoman Tower Hotel, next to St Katherine Docks and Tower Bridge in London on 27th June.

Euris, Brexit

The EURIS Taskforce, a body of trade organisations representing UK manufacturing worth £148 billion in turnover, has written to the Prime Minister for the second time to reinforce that no-deal should not be an option in the Brexit debate.  

PICVs, Hattersley, pressure independent control valves, Neil Gibson

MBS has worked with valve specialist Hattersley to produce an introductory guide to pressure independent control valves (PICVs). This joint publication has been delivered with the February 2019 issue of the magazine.

Glenigan, forecast

Construction intelligence specialist Glenigan has forecast a market contraction of -2% in 2019, followed by a lift of 3% in 2020. However, its report also highlights a number of markets where growth is expected.

late payment, retentions. Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, BEIS, Paul Uppal, BESA, ECA

A report from the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee has backed the building engineering sector’s call for tougher action on late payment.

shortage of skills, Generation Z

Get to know Generation Z

07 January, 2019

As the building services industry faces a shortage of skills, Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2010, are the people the sector needs to attract if it is to grow and modernise.

modern Method, decarbonising heat, new homes

The construction industry needs to adopt modern methods to reach UK government targets on decarbonising heat, as well as housing provision.

NG Bailey

NG Bailey’s Services division celebrates a year of success, after acquiring FM specialist Freedom Group, securing client contracts worth £80 millions and relocating their offices in London.

Nottingham, Partners in Nottingham, Nottingham College, Skills Shortage, Construction Skills Fund

The East Midlands is tackling staff shortages within the construction industry though the government’s funding initiative. Partners in Nottingham has been given a slice of a £22 millions funding pot, which will launch construction academies with Nottingham College. 

Scottish school buildings, schools

The Scottish Government’s Deputy First Minister, John Swinney has announced a further £1 billion for rebuilding and refurbishing the country’s schools.

Graham Wright, Heat Pump Association, Mike Nankivell

New president for HPA

07 January, 2019

Graham Wright takes over as president of the Heat Pump Association as Mike Nankivell steps down from the role in early 2019.

Trevor Hursthouse, SEC Group, regulatory authority

Trevor Hursthouse OBE, chair of the SEC Group, has called for a regulatory authority for the construction sector.

Landsec, flexible office

Landsec’s results announced on 13th November show that the company is financially steady, in spite of pressure on retail property returns and on the London office market.

SCA, The Smoke Control Association, Hackitt, Local Authority Building Control, LABC

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has declared its backing for a new industry initiative launched to encourage the government to deliver on all of the recommendations laid out in Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of building regulations and fire safety processes.

SES, SES Engineering Services, Godiva Place

SES Engineering Services (SES), has completed a £9.6m M&E contract at Godiva Place, a 770-bed student accommodation scheme at Coventry University.

IoR, Brexit

Incoming Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) president Kevin Glass addressed the Institute at his inaugural address on 8th November. In it, he highlighted the importance of the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors and the potential harm of poorly-managed Brexit.

enhanced capital allowances, ECA, Energy Technology List, ETL, Paul Arnold, Remeha

In the 2018 Budget, the Chancellor announced the closure of the enhanced capital allowances (ECA) scheme from April 2020. Manufacturers of eligible equipment are warning businesses to take full advantage of tax relief opportunities.

Andrew Eldred, Budget, ECA

Calls from the ECA and BESA to protect SMEs from employment red tape and to increase support for engineering skills are reflected in the Budget announcement made by Chancellor Philip Hammond.

MBS

MBS appoints new reporter

03 December, 2018

Renu Chopra joins MBS and MBStv this month, and will be applying her multimedia skills to support our involvement in new media.

Homes England, Housing, MMC, modern methods of construction, modular

Homes England, the government’s ‘housing accelerator’ has published a strategic 5-year plan that will make modular offsite construction a requirement.

decarbonised, Heat Networks Investment Project, HNIP, Claire Perry MP, Heat Network Industry Council, ADE, Tom Rotheray

Government is pushing forward on delivery of its Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) as a way to reduce fuel poverty, decarbonise heat and to create jobs. A fund of £320 millions has been set aside to support up to 200 projects by 2021 through grants, loans and other mechanisms.

HIU Standard, BESA

The UK’s first test standard for Heat Interface Units (HIUs), which is managed by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), has been updated in response to growing demand from the industry.

University

University buildings play a key role in attracting and retaining students and staff, according to this month’s MBS round table discussion, sponsored by Trend Controls.

BESA, CIBSE ASHRAE, Reanna Evans, Tim Hopkinson

Reanna Evans of NG Bailey has been named as the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year 2018. She was recently elected chair of the Building Engineering Services Association’s Future Leaders group and is a mentor and STEM Ambassador for the North West.

Current by GE, Vodafone

Current by GE and Vodafone have developed a digital productivity solution that was a winner at the EG Tech Awards for digital transformation of the real estate sector.




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CABE: Skills shortage

David Taylor, president of CABE talks about how to deal with the major skills shortage and the need to attract young people to rebuild the industry. 

Future Office: Designing workspaces for people

Nicola Gillen, director and architect at Aecom talks about her new book 'Future Office' and why we need to focus on building workplaces for people.

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