Chartered Association of Building Engineers, CABE, Engineering Council, Dr Gavin Dunn

The issue of professional competency across the construction industry in the post-Grenfell era has never been more important than it is now.

March 2020 Budget, decarbonised heat policy, grants, Green Heat Network Fund, RHI

Karen Fletcher looks at what was in the recent Budget and considers what it might mean for the building services sector.

Hartnell Taylor Cook, Stuart Howell, Stuart Funiciello, sustainability, energy efficiency, landlords, MEES, BREEAM, WELL Building Standards, property developers

Both landlords and policy makers are having to respond to a growing public consciousness of the property sector’s environmental impact, resulting in a slew of regulation.

CHAS, prequalification, Build UK, PQ, Common Assessment Stanard, PAS 91, Ian McKinnon

A simpler route to PQ

01 March, 2020

The next phase of a new pre-qualification (PQ) system designed to reduce inefficiencies in the construction industry will be implemented shortly. CHAS, which certifies companies against the new standard, explains what this means for the construction sector.

 Europump, EU, legislation, energy efficiency, pumps, Eco Design, system, extended product approach, Eco-Design

Light bulb moment

01 February, 2020

The European Association of Pump Manufacturers explains why pumps should not be viewed in isolation, but as part of a system that includes a motor and controller. 

 IET, smart buildings, building controls, BMS, BEMS, BACS

Get to grips with controls

01 February, 2020

Matt Brooks reviews a new publication which offers good practice guidance on building controls from specification to implementation and updates.

 SPIE, George Adams, net zero, sustainability

Time to reach for net zero

01 January, 2020

George Adams says we need collaboration to achieve the net zero emissions target – and that our industry needs to lead the way in making big changes.

ECA, Electrical Contractors Association, Steve Bratt, CBI, payment, mental health

Steve Bratt, CEO of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) shares his thoughts on a recent CBI event and the messages for businesses in our sector.

general election, manifestos, politics

Decisions, decisions

02 December, 2019

As MBS goes to press with the December issue, the country is facing a general election. Here MBS highlights some of the parties’ policies and takes a look at what the industry would like to see in 2020. Report by Matt Brooks and Karen Fletcher*

BESA National Conference, Brexit, general election, training, payment practice

Shaping the future

02 December, 2019

Brexit might have been dominating the news in recent months, but there was no shortage of other talking points at the annual BESA National Conference 2019 which took place in London on 21st November. Matt Brooks reports.

2019, Review of the Year

The year in review

02 December, 2019

Matt Brooks looks back on the key events of 2019 which have featured in MBS and some of the main stories that made the headlines this year.

Adam Selvey, Ramboll, wellbeing, zero carbon, sustainability

In the face of growing concern about our environment, sustainable buildings expert Adam Selvey considers how we can find a balance between achieving zero carbon buildings and the wellbeing of humans who are in them. 

cyber-security, Google, IOT, IT, Katherine Farrington, skills, Smart Buildings, smart-ready, training

Geeks bearing gifts

01 November, 2019

The future of smart buildings promises benefits for those who can tap into the new era of connected systems and the IoT. But Karen Fletcher warns that there is a lot of hard work required for those to want to step into this new world.

Competence, CSCS, ECA, ECS, electricians, electrotechnical, training

Mike Smith, ECA Director of Technical, tackles one of the biggest issues still facing the engineering services sector

Charles O’Neil, Global construction success, management, business, failure, training, education

The human factor

01 October, 2019

Karen Fletcher reviews an important new publication that highlights poor management as the root cause of problems in the construction industry – and how we might set about putting things right.

creativity, Derek Clements-Croome, productivity, wellbeing

Karen Fletcher takes a look into the latest edition of a book that examines the impact of the built environment on occupant productivity and creativity.

 ECA, skills, training, employment, Construction Leadership Council, CLC, Skills Strategy Action Plan, Future Skills, JIB, Unite the Union, Unite

The Real Deal (at last)?

01 August, 2019

Andrew Eldred, ECA director of Employment and Skills offers his thoughts on the call for a move to direct employment in the construction industry – and why it’s vital for training.

Chris Yates, CCC, carbon reduction, decarbonise

Mission impossible

01 July, 2019

As the Government adopts the CCC’s new targets on carbon reduction, Chris Yates analyses the UK’s unique triple energy mix and explains why we are uniquely positioned to decarbonise, minimise cost and diversify supply.

Future influences

01 July, 2019

Karen Fletcher considers two of the main drivers of change in how buildings are being designed and operated

Paul Reeve, ECA, CO2, emissions, targets, CCC,

In May, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) effectively put Government on the spot with a remarkable recommendation that the UK moves rapidly towards a ‘zero net carbon’ economy. Paul Reeve of the ECA examines the implications.

office, wellbeing, design, Nicola Gillen, author, Aecom, future

The future office

04 May, 2019

Renu Chopra reports on an interview with the author of a book that looks at the future of our workplaces, and puts people at the heart of design and engineering

ECA, Grenfell, Steve Martin, Electrical Contractors Association, Electrical Safety First, ECS, competence, fire safety

Steve Martin, director of technical for the ECA considers if fundamental reform is finally on the way in the post-Grenfell construction sector and explains government plans for change.

refrigerants, phase down, HFC, R32, F Gas, HFOs

Karen Fletcher explores the new landscape of refrigerants as phase down kicks in

In the third in a series of articles by the Commissioning Specialists Association, we continue to highlight some of the misconceptions about the role of commissioning, by asking four quite simple questions; what, why, when and who. Here we expand on the all-important ‘when’?

The future office is here

01 March, 2019

MBS reporter Renu Chopra looks into the future of building services design for offices.

The Why of commissioning

04 March, 2019

CSA expert Keith Barker explains why today's complex buildings need commissioning more than ever.

According to the GIRI’s recent research project, the construction industry recognises that 21% of its costs is due to error.

Paul Reeve, ECA, circular, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, WEEE

A circular approach

07 February, 2019

Paul Reeve of the ECA explains the latest update to the WEEE Regulations, and why the industry needs to embrace a circular approach to the construction economy.

Keith Barker of the Commissioning Specialists Association introduces a series of articles that examine the what, why, when and who of commissioning. This month, we take a look at what the process is – and why it’s so important.

EMEX 2018, Generation Z, recruitment, retention, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, IEMA, BESA's Future Leaders

At EMEX 2018, panellists spoke about of the importance of Generation Z and the need to be aware of what they’re looking for in a career. Renu Chopra reports

decarbonise heat, George Clarke, Mitsubishi Electric, Electrification, district Heating, hybrid approach, hydrogen , biogas, modular, offsite

Time for transformation

07 January, 2019

Karen Fletcher reports on a recent seminar that highlighted the links between our need to decarbonise heat while transforming our approach to constructing high-quality, efficient dwellings.

Brexit, BESA National Conference, Building Engineering Services Association, BESA, Tim Hopkinson, late payment, Apprenticeship Levy, Grenfell Tower

Brexit – no more delays

03 December, 2018

At the BESA National Conference, speakers and delegates expressed their frustration with the process of Brexit and resulting business uncertainty – and highlighted the need for clarity from government.

EMEX

The built environment is going through a rapid transformation driven by a constant increase in energy prices and new legislation that will impose a greater control of emissions.

smart, IoT, smart building, building management systems, automation, workplace, remote working, KNX, Smart Buildings Show, digitisation

Rise of the smart workplace

01 October, 2018

There is no denying that buildings are getting smarter. As IoT has affected our domestic lives, commercial real estate managers are now adopting a connected strategy to save money and make buildings more pleasant and productive workspaces, plus making them more cost-efficient and profitable.

Must do better

01 October, 2018

BB101 Guidelines on ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools was updated in August 2018, and it sets some tough targets for building services. The document addresses three key services-related areas in school buildings: ventilation; thermal comfort; and indoor air quality (IAQ) – and introduces higher standards for all of them.

BESA Conference, fire safety, Brexit, Aldous Bill, Indoor Air Quality, Training, Refrigerants

After a year of extraordinary events and unprecedented change, the industry is preparing to gather at the Park Plaza Victoria hotel in London on November 1 to debate where we go from here.

offsite, House of Lords, OSM, infrastructure, hospitals, houses

As the House of Lords Science & Technology Committee produces its report on the benefits of offsite manufacture, the industry faces some tough questions about performance

London Energy Transformation Initiative, London Plan, LETI, Elementa, Etude, zero carbon, World Green Building Council, heat, electricity

Taking the lead to zero

04 September, 2018

The London Energy Transformation Initiative has already seen many of its recommendations adopted into the draft London Plan, and is now creating new approaches to help clients understand and achieve sustainable buildings.

CentraLine, Honeywell

Benefit from a comprehensive solution offering cross-application control, low cost installation, integrated and safe remote operation and much more…

ARENA NX v4.4

02 July, 2018

CentraLine are also pleased to announce the arrival of the latest version of their powerful supervisor ARENA NX v4.4.

Brexit, regulation, CIBSE, Hywel Davies, ICOM, EPBD, Part L, Clean Growth Strategy, nearly zero energy buildings, NZEBs

We’re all waiting to discover what Brexit might mean for UK legislation on energy and emissions. But that shouldn’t distract us from home-grown regulation that will also introduce significant changes – and opportunities. Karen Fletcher reports on a presentation by CIBSE’s Dr Hywel Davies.

EPCs, MEES, Dr Andrew Geens, CIBSE Certification

In support of EPCs

03 May, 2018

Last month, MBS raised the issue that some building performance specialists view EPCs as ‘not fit for purpose’. Here Dr Andrew Geens makes the case for EPCs as an energy efficiency measurement and clarifies his position on why EPCs are a useful indicator for building owners and managers.

wellbeing, LG, University of Salford, Dr Graeme Sherriff, Andrew Slater, Andrew Robinson, Jonathan Moore, Building Engineering Specialists Association, BESA, Foobot, WELL, British Council for Offices, BCO Guide to Specification, Jack Frienc, Professor Derek Clements-Croome, MEES, Reading University, Hasman, Kane Group Building Services, Exi-Tite, University of Salford, LG Air Conditioning and Energy Solutions

The road to wellbeing

03 May, 2018

In this month’s MBS round table discussion, sponsored by LG, our panel of experts considers the topic of wellbeing and the contribution of building services to the health and happiness of occupants at work and at home. By Karen Fletcher

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, Spring Statement, late payment, housing

Or a chill wind for construction? Karen Fletcher considers the Chancellor’s Spring Statement.

Ecobuild, Sarah Ratcliffe, Better Building Partnership, BBP, Dr Robert Cohen, Verco, Design for Performance, NABERS, Abigail Dean, BREEAM, EPC

Clients demand more

04 April, 2018

Are construction clients finally reaching the end of their collective tether when it comes to building performance? Karen Fletcher outlines the issues that are coming to a head.

Darren Richards, offsite technology, Industrial Strategy, Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, MEP, prefabricated utility cupboards, PUC, volume house-builders, procurement, trades, pods, manufacturing

Building blocks

04 April, 2018

Modular construction has gained considerable momentum over the past five years in the UK due to its positive impact on cost, programme, quality and safety. Offsite construction consultant Darren Richards discusses the latest developments.

MEES, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, EPCs

MBS looks at the latest research that shows EPC ratings look set to fall at an alarming rate, even in properties that are relatively well-managed. Computer modelling results make for difficult reading as the likely impact of MEES on property values becomes clear. 

Paul Reeve, Industrial Strategy, UK Clean Growth Strategy, Electric vehicles, ECA

Paul Reeve outlines the fundamentals of the government’s Industrial Strategy, and what it might mean for the building services sector and its clients.

Obstruction of progress

06 February, 2018

In the last three years, £7.8 billions in retentions have gone unpaid. MBS looks at the numbers which paint a picture of how this affects not only individual companies, but the construction industry’s ability to modernise, train and deliver.

Hot property, cool billions

06 February, 2018

Commercial property is 10% of UK net wealth. How will MEES affect value?




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The electric economy

Universities drive down carbon emissions

Kevin Pocock of Mitsubishi Electric discusses the drivers for universities to achieve zero carbon in their built environment – and the challenges.

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