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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CentraLine, Honeywell

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Hot property, cool billions

06 February, 2018

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

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.

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.




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Construction growth eases to three-month low in December

December PMI® data pointed to another solid increase in business activity across the UK construction sector, but the rate of expansion slipped to its lowest since September.

Winners Announced in 2021 CSA Awards Programme

Having been forced to withdraw from staging its annual awards dinner and presentation ceremony last year, due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commissioning Specialists Association was delighted to finally stage the event on the evening of Thursday 11th November 2021.