The North East’s largest housing association, Thirteen is transforming its facilities management (FM) services with new mobile workforce management technology supplied by Leeds-based BigChange. 

Schneider Electric and Sustainable Ventures have named the finalists of their Net Zero Home Programme. 

WSCAD announces the launch of the new SUITE X PLUS

Adam Norton

Condair, has appointed Adam Norton as a humidifier service engineer based out of Edinburgh.

The CSA Awards have been postponed to June 2021 - and the entry deadline has been extended, so make sure you get your nominations in. 

Will Brook

Dean Thornton and Will Brooks have taken up area sales manager roles at Lochinvar

New investment to drive expansion plans for Trainor

Changing Streams

Changing Streams aims to unlock funding to reduce plastic waste

Robinsons

The Yorkshire Building Services specialist has joined an exclusive list of firms accredited to undertake work at NHS hospitals across the North of England.

Carlow based Cental projects doubling of workforce to 140 

James Harper

On your bike - for a good cause!

The Joint Industry Board (JIB) is urging electrical contracting companies to evolve and broaden their skill sets. 

Neil Harris

The KNX UK Association has named Neil Grant of the Harris Grant Partnership as KNX UK Champion for 2020. The Award is in particular recognition of his work in developing the KNX Code of Conduct as well as many years’ service as a KNX UK Board Member and his promotion of the value of KNX through the excellence of his projects around the world.

Energy Assets

Energy Assets Group begins a phased return to operations across the country

Kajima

77 Coleman Street benefits from underfloor air conditioning system 

Rankine

July 2020 marks the bicentenary of the birth of William Rankine. 

Westfield

SES Engineering Services has completed £22m+ of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) works to two landmark developments in London.

Comex

Conex Bänninger is helping manufacturers get back up and running again.

M&E services specialist nets £5m contract on major mixed-use regeneration scheme

Stuart McPherson

Incoming CIBSE president Stuart MacPherson made an appeal for net carbon standards and an ambitious programme to refurbish existing buildings in his inaugural address this week.  Delivering his speech via video, he called for targeted investment in low carbon solutions to drive recovery from the devastation of the Coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19

The team here at MBS hopes that you are well and finding a way to continue your work in these challenging times.

CSA, Conference, Mark Todd

After careful consideration, and in light of recent recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Heath England around the risks of Coronavirus, the Commissioning Management Association CSA) Management Committee has made the difficult decision to postpone the CSA’s 'Making Buildings Work' Conference, scheduled for March 31st at The Crystal, London.

ECA, BESA, SELECT, SNIPEF, late payments, retentions, Rob Driscoll

The latest quarterly sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey, sponsored by Scolmore, shows that payment conditions in the industry remain poor, with the majority of public sector work being paid for after more than 30 days

Swegon, Waterloo, Hannu Saasamoinen, Russell Shenton

Indoor environment specialist Swegon has acquired the well-known grilles and difussers manufacturer Waterloo Air Products.

IR36, HMRC, tax, Andrew Eldred

On 17th March, chief Treasury secretary Steve Barclay announced that introduction of the proposed IR35 tax reforms would be delayed until 6th April 2021.

Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, The Budget, CCL, Covid-19, Coronavirus

The March 2020 Budget was delivered against the backdrop of the global outbreak of COVID-19. Its main thrust therefore was to support UK business through uncertainty and instability.

retentions, Aldous, Aldous Bill, Alan Brown, Nadhim Zahawi

MPs and the Specialist Engineering Contractors Group (SEC Group) are trying to ensure that proposed changes to retentions legislation is not overlooked during a time of national crisis.

BCIA, Terry Sharp

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has appointed Terry Sharp as its new president. He takes over from Jon Belfield who has held the role for the past two years.

BESA, Helen Yeulet, training, David Frise

The training arm of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has appointed Helen Yeulet as its new director following the departure of Tony Howard.

CABE, Gavin Dunn, Chartered Engineering, Engineering Council

The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) has received approval to become a licensed member of the Engineering Council. This paves the way for CABE members to be formally eligible for Chartered Engineering status.

Sadiq Khan, London, heating, decarbonising heating

The Mayor of London has launched a £3.6m programme to improve energy efficiency in social housing across the capital, including replacing heating systems.

decarbonisation, electrification, carbon, BNEF

Greater electrification of building services will be central to global decarbonisation efforts.

IAQ, domestic, ventilation, housing, local authorities

Health experts call for LAs to gain more powers and funding to address poor indoor air quality.

R32, air conditioning, chillers, fan coil units, FCUs, GWP

The lower GWP refrigerant R32 will command 80% of the total splits market

building regulations, Housing, Robert Jenrick

Housing Minister Robert Jenrick is considering creating a fast-track planning process for “beautiful buildings and spaces”. He said well-designed, high quality homes and tree-lined streets should be the “norm not the exception” following the publication of the final report from The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

Coronavirus, IAQ, indoor air quality, BESA, wellbeing, ventilation

An urgent review of building ventilation strategies should be carried out to help tackle the spread of the coronavirus.

 Part L, Building Regulations, LETI, architects, energy efficiency

Proposed changes to building regulations will make buildings less energy efficient, according to groups of engineers and architects.

CSA, Commissioning Specialists Association, CSA, conference, Making Buildings Work, The Crystal

The first CSA conference takes place on 31st March at The Crystal in London.

 immigration policy, government, Priti Patel, ECA, Andrew Eldred

The ECA says that an end to easy employment of foreign workers is an opportunity to train a UK workforce.

Hackitt Review, Hywel Davies, CIBSE Patrons, Dame Judith Hackitt

The author of the post-Grenfell review of building safety believes the industry lacks the necessary “leadership and drive to bring about change”.

 REFCOM, refrigeration, Brexit, registration

An agreement between the EU and the UK to continue the mutual recognition of professional certification should put minds at ease throughout the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, according to the UK’s primary F Gas register REFCOM.

NICE, NG149, indoor air quality, homes, domestic ventilation, British Heart Foundation, pollution

In January, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published guidance arguing that poor air quality in dwellings is an ‘imminent risk’ to people’s health.

electrical safety, electrical, ECA, Electrical Safety First, Mike Smith, Martyn Allen, PRS, private rented sector, tenants, landlords

Government has introduced the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) which will coming into force from 1st April 2020.

decarbonisation, heating, renewables, Sustainable Energy Association, Lesley Rudd, net zero

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has published a paper today demonstrating how regulation could put heating on the path to reach net-zero by 2050.

Memoori, smart buildings,

Smart buildings research specialist Memoori’s latest market report shows continued massive global investment in smart buildings during 2019.

Wates, Wates Group, John Dunne, David Allen, net zero, construction

The Wates Group, one of the UK’s leading privately-owned construction, development and property services companies, has today committed to eliminating waste and carbon from its operations by 2025.

 Toyota, smart cities, smart building, Japan

Toyota has revealed plans to build a prototype “city” of the future on a 175-acre site at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan. Announced at CES 2020, the global consumer technology show in Las Vegas, the Woven City will be a fully connected ecosystem, powered by hydrogen fuel cells.

Premier Inn, London, Rockwell, Westferry, Docklands

Property developer Rockwell has today begun construction on a mixed-use scheme at 82 West India Dock Road which will include London’s largest and tallest Premier Inn hotel, alongside new homes, adjacent to Westferry DLR station. The £151m project will rejuvenate the formerly derelict Westferry site.

BPMA, pumps, CE Marking, CE, Training, UK CA Mark, Brexit

The British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) is again promoting its training course on the importance of CE Marking for pumps. The Association says that non-compliant pumping equipment remains a major problem in the UK market, where CE marking is compulsory.




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Thirteen boosts FM services with BigChange mobile tech

The North East’s largest housing association, Thirteen is transforming its facilities management (FM) services with new mobile workforce management technology supplied by Leeds-based BigChange. 

Schneider Electric and Sustainable Ventures Announce Net Zero Home Programme Finalists

Schneider Electric and Sustainable Ventures have named the finalists of their Net Zero Home Programme. 

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