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The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has released a new Technical Guide to add to its portfolio of online Guides available to download.

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The Institute of Refrigeration announced today that eight members had been recognised as Fellows for their leadership and contribution to the RACHP industry. 

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Actuate UK has expressed its support for the revitalised prequalification Common Assessment Standard.

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CHAS was the first Recognised Assessment Body to offer the Common Assessment Standard which has fast become the industry’s gold standard for pre-qualification. 

Rising expenditure

Construction sector R&D spending hit £368m last year, according to latest ONS data

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BESA’s head of technical Graeme Fox said the heat pump market represented “an absolutely colossal opportunity” for suitably qualified engineers but warned that the industry would have “to rapidly scale up capacity and needed considerable investment in additional skills to deliver all these hugely ambitious targets”.

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Mitsubishi Electric has launched an R32 version of its popular e-series chillers, available in 150kW and 180kW units. 

Armacell

Armacell has achieved one of the highest fire performance ratings for its pre-insulated seamless drawn copper pipes. The enhanced safety of the environmentally sustainable Tubolit Split and DuoSplit products makes them ideal for use as part of the external air source heat pump systems that the government is encouraging in its drive to achieve carbon neutrality.

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The XYVEX EXC is the latest versatile addition to Mackwell’s XYVEX emergency exit sign range. The XYVEX EXC is designed to allow complete customisation for each application, making it ideal for meticulous, architecturally designed areas.

Spirotech has improved the dry pocket of the magnetic dirt separator in its steel SpiroTrap and SpiroCombi units, making them even easier to maintain.

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The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is launching the industry’s only online training course for heat pump installation to help fill a skills gap highlighted by the government’s flagship Green Homes Grant voucher scheme.

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A team of researchers at London South Bank University (LSBU) is entering the second design stage of a unique indoor air filter system which aims to remove COVID-19 from the air, particularly indoor environments. 

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The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has written to the Prime Minister confirming they have reached agreement in principle with UK boiler manufacturers

The Manufacturers Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) launched a campaign in 2020 to raise consumer awareness of the importance of having quality radiators that conform to current standards installed in their home. 

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The EIC can provide support to any former or current employee of the electrical and energy sector using the four branches of the charity Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a residential range of Lossnay Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) systems to provide clean and healthy air for homes. The addition to the renowned Lossnay range is designed specifically for the UK housing market and makes energy efficient, super-quiet ventilation accessible to even more homes.

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When tasked with specifying the fuel transfer pipework system for a Spanish data centre’s emergency back-up power generator, Tavicce once again turned to the PLX system from Aliaxis, due to its long design life and reliability.

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Ian Arbon has been announced as a keynote speaker for the IOR Annual Conference – the Journey to Net Zero Heating and Cooling – Beyond Refrigeration 2021 which will take place on 21 and 22 April 2021.

Cardiff Interchange

The Cardiff Interchange – a new multi-purpose development in the heart of the Welsh capital containing over 300 homes – has become the first building in the UK to achieve Home Quality Mark ONE (HQM ONE) interim certification at design stage.

When tasked with specifying the fuel transfer pipework system for a Spanish data centre’s emergency back-up power generator, Tavicce once again turned to the PLX system from Aliaxis, due to its long design life and reliability.

Hampshire

As the number of people unemployed in the UK is likely to reach 2.6 million in the middle of 2021 due to the ongoing Covid pandemic, the business community tool BBX UK has teamed up with Hampshire Training and Assessments (HTAA) to offer 20 candidates training courses to get them fully qualified and back into work across a variety of trade sectors.

NBS, a leading specification platform for the construction industry, has announced its partnership with the British Board of Agrément (BBA) in its latest move to provide best practice advice to NBS users.

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BESCA has responded to growing demand for improved fire safety in buildings by adding new features to its Ventilation Hygiene Elite (VHE) scheme website.

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Following the UK Government’s recently announced roadmap to the lifting of its COVID-19 restrictions, the CSA have once again been forced to postpone the 2020/21 CSA Awards Ceremony. 

Look to the future

After a tumultuous 2020, what can we expect from the next 12 months?

Mitsubishi Multi Density system

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new range of close coupled precision air conditioning models, designed specifically for business-critical I.T. environments. 

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The Government has recently published a Construction Playbook outlining how government will work with the industry to improve standards in public projects with the objective of delivering these faster, better and greener.

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A new report released by Liquid Gas UK (LGUK), the trade association for the LPG industry in the UK, outlines the route to decarbonising manufacturing off-grid businesses using LPG and bioLPG. 

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Hydrogen has been hyped for heat for meeting the UK’s zero carbon target. 

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NG Bailey has relocated to a new office in the heart of Salford Quays. The business has chosen Building 5 at Exchange Quay as its new regional base in the North West.

Scarlett Allen-Horton

The IOR Women in RACHP Network will be hosting an online event on 4 March dedicated to apprenticeships and recruitment with BBC’s The Apprentice 2019 Finalist Scarlett Allen-Horton. 

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The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has appointed Matt Malloy as the new chair of their Alternative Disputes Resolution (ADR) Management Board.  

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ADEY announce being acquired by Polypipe.

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A new alliance for the multi-billion UK engineering services sector launched on the 10th of February via a virtual industry event. 

A new range from Micronics

A new Micronics PORTAFLOW range with the latest ultrasonic flow measurement technology and Hydronic Liquid Flow Energy Measurement and a comprehensive data logging facility for the PF333 version.

The De Pala 3-way 633BED Diverting Zone Valve

The de Pala 3-way 633BED Diverting Zone Valve has successfully achieved Kiwa UK Regulation 4 Product and WRAS approval.

A new grouping

The £multi-billion UK engineering services sector is launching a major new industry alliance of eight organisations on 10 February. 

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Topscan rebrands to Sircle

18 January, 2021

Multi-disciplined surveyor of the built environment Topscan has rebranded to become Sircle.

What a waste of time!

13 January, 2021

Manufacturing and engineering professionals waste more time looking for information whilst working remotely than the average

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The Network Infrastructure industry’s new Occupational Qualification Structure leading to Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Card recognition came into play on 1 January 2021. 

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Businesses are set to write off £20million more in bad debt this year, compared to 2019.

Malcolm Farrow

Any consultation arising from the Government’s long anticipated Heat in Buildings strategy must allow a genuine discussion on all the options to decarbonise rural homes, otherwise thousands of households could suffer severe financial consequences, warns OFTEC.

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The Prime Minister has pledged to tackle energy efficiency in hospitals, schools, and other public buildings through the £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme and extended the Green Homes Grant for homeowners by a year until March 2022.

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The Network Infrastructure industry’s new Occupational Qualification Structure leading to Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) Card recognition comes into play on 1 January 2021

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Mechanical and electrical building services specialist J S Wright has clinched a new globally recognised management award.

Jose Mourinio

INEOS Hygienics, the global healthcare brand, has become the Official Hygiene Supplier to Tottenham Hotspur Football Club and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Andrea Belloni

Güntner is pleased to appoint Andrea Belloni as "Head of Sales Europe“ with the beginning of the new financial year. Within his responsibility, the company pools the strengths and competences of the entire sales organisation in Europe to pursue its successful development consistently and forge ahead with the ambitious plans for the future.

Heating Hub

The Government’s plan to increase heat pump installations is “doomed to failure” without a substantial increase in training for installers, according to consumer advice specialists at The Heating Hub 

Vaillant Mark Wilkinson

The Government’s 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, is a positive step in the right direction 

Saint-Gobain

Young lives transformed by award-winning Barnardo’s YouthBuild Academy supported by Saint-Gobain




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CIBSE team awarded BEIS contract for new guidance for large heat pump installations in non-domestic buildings

CIBSE are working with an authoring team from Arup and a cross-industry steering group on a contract awarded by BEIS to produce new guidance on the installation of heat pumps in larger non-residential buildings.

Supply chain issues still affecting construction output

Glenigan’s November Construction Index indicates continued decline, countering positive expectations of an autumn recovery