Election, Boris Johnson, manifesto

The Conservative Party won the December 12th 2019 General Election with 364 seats in the House of Commons, and Boris Johnson remains UK Prime Minister. The result gave the Conservatives a comfortable majority in Parliament and the power to continue the process of taking the UK out of the European Union.

CCC, zero carbon, CIBSE,

Baroness Brown, deputy chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has warned that action needs to be taken towards reaching net zero and that there are “significant risks” if the UK fails to act.

 EMEX, Redesdale, SECR, carbon reporting

Lord Rupert Redesdale, chief executive of the Energy Managers Association, warned of an “environmental catastrophe” at the 2019 EMEX event.

OFTEC, heat pumps, oil heating, oil-heated homes, rural, Paul Rose

Following the launch of its report Industrial Strategy for decarbonising oil heated homes, OFTEC has criticised the government and industry focus on shifting oil-heated homes towards heat pumps.

 SEC Group, contractors, Rudi Klein, late payments, payment issues, retentions

The SEC Group is driving a campaign to introduce new legislation on late payments. The Group has said that it will contact all political parties on 13th December to seek support for a change in the law.

Heat Pump Association, HPA, net zero, Graham Wright

A new report by the Heat Pump Association has identified an undeveloped installer base and consumer acceptability as the main problems for heat pumps going forward.

CIBSE, digital engineering, Society of Digital Engineering

CIBSE has announced the winners of the Society of Digital Engineering Awards 2019 with BuroHappold Engineering winning three out of eight categories and the best of the Best award.

 ECA, ECA Awards

The ECA has announced that nominations for the 2020 ECA awards are now open. The awards aim to recognise top performing businesses and individuals across the electrotechnical and engineering industry.

CSA, CSA Conference, commissioning

The Commissioning Specialists Association (CSA) has gained sponsorship from two of the largest organisations in commissioning for its Conference in March.

 survey, growth, Scolmore, Brexit

The latest sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey shows that sector growth remained steady in the third quarter of 2019.

ECA, BESA, late payments, SMEs

Small business owners and their employees are facing reduced or late salary payments because of late payment practises from buyers, according to a survey from the ECA and BESA.

REFCOM, Graeme Fox, refrigerants, BESA, F Gas, training, competence

Speaking to MBStv at November’s BESA Conference head of REFCOM Graeme Fox warned that training and competence are crucial factors in the successful move away from domestic fossil-fuel heating systems.

Manifestos, Green New Deal, energy bills, energy efficiency, housebuilding

Party manifestos 2019

28 November, 2019

As the election draws closer MBS has looked through the party manifestos for our area from the Conservatives, Labour party, Liberal Democrats and the Green Party of England and Wales. 

Dame Judith Hackitt, General election 2019, Hackitt, SEC Group, Trevor Hursthouse

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has launched a campaign to obtain a commitment from all parliamentary candidates in the general election on some of the industry’s most pressing issues.

BESA, BESA National Conference 2019, David Frise, John Norfolk, certification, training, energy gap

The 2019 BESA National Conference called on the building services sector to make changes in its practices before they are imposed by government.

Wakefield Research, HVAC

A new report showing the latest trends for HVAC has been published by Wakefield Research.

ECA, BESA, Wellbeing, mental health, David Frise, Paul Reeve

A survey has found that 90% of business owners across construction suffer mental health issues due to payment and other business pressures.

CIBSE, CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2019

CIBSE has announced its shortlist for the 2020 Building Performance Awards which aim to recognise and reward engineering excellence.

JS Wright, Wimbledon, Stadia Three

Building services J S Wright is to help start the residential phase of a £4 million regeneration scheme in Wimbledon.

Cushman & Wakefield, co-working, offices

A survey from commercial property services firm Cushman & Wakefield shows that the popularity of co-working office space continues to grow, with greater use predicted over the next five years.

George Clarke, housing, council house, Birmingham City University

Television architect and presenter George Clarke called for state intervention to solve “the biggest housing crisis the country has ever seen,” as he was made a visiting professor at Birmingham City University.

BSRIA, Julia Evans, climate, Future Homes Standard, circular economy, servitisation

The 2019 BRSIA Briefing focused on climate change as speakers warned of the dangers rising global temperatures pose. BSRIA CEO, Julia Evans OBE, summarised the challenges that lie ahead: “We don’t know everything, but we know that we’re in trouble.”

Phil Ord, Richard Merrit, Graeme Fox, REFCOM, BESA, Mitsubishi Electric, heat pumps, air conditioning, refrigerants, F Gas

Experts in the heating and cooling sectors have predicted a convergence of heating and cooling technologies with the drive to greater use of clean electricity.

ECA, fire, fire safety, ECS card scheme, Paul Reeve

The ECA has warned that the risk of major fire remains despite the publication of the Hackitt Report and Raising the Bar publication.

Rudi Klein, SEC Group, Office for Construction

Rudi Klein, chief executive of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group highlighted the potential benefits of a regulatory body for the construction sector.

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.

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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.




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LG supports fast-moving WeWork project

How LG Air Conditioning helped WeWork London achieve a fast project with great results.

Competency - achieving it and proving it

BESA training director Tony Howard explains why proving competency is going to be so crucial in 2020 and how he thinks it could work.

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