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News Archive - March 2016

BESA Training launches site safety plus courses 26 March 2016

BESA Training has launched three new courses aimed at site supervisors and those who have recently begun working within the building engineering services sector.

HVR Awards 2016 open for entries from 1 April 24 March 2016

From 1 April, entries are open for the HVR Awards 2016 which will be returning to the sensational Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London in October.

Chillventa organisers launch awards alongside show 24 March 2016

NürnbergMesse is launching an award scheme alongside the Chillventa exhibition in partnership with the publishing company Bauverlag.

Altecnic invests in Stafford distribution centre 24 March 2016

Altecnic Ltd, a leading UK provider of precision heating and plumbing components is investing £100,000 to create an international standard distribution centre at its headquarters in Staffordshire.

Refrigeration sector urged to target compressor efficiency 24 March 2016

As the EU’s 2021 energy saving legislation looms over the UK’s refrigeration market, the industry is being urged to proactively target compressor efficiency in order to fulfil its carbon reduction obligations.

BSRIA publishes white paper 24 March 2016

BSRIA has published a white paper entitled ‘Retrofit & Refurbishment & the Growth of Connected HVAC Technology’.

Industry bodies back new health survey 23 March 2016

Following the announcement by the BESA (Building Engineering Services Association) of a major initiative on occupational health ( in collaboration with the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) and Constructing Better Health, leading organisations in the building engineering sector have offered their full support for the survey.

Conex Bänninger strengthens UK sales team 23 March 2016

Conex Bänninger, a leading manufacturer of valves and pipe-fittings, has expanded its UK sales team, with the appointment of Ben Hampton as regional specification sales manager.

JS Air Curtains appoints area sales manager 22 March 2016

Chris Prentice has joined JS Air Curtains as area sales manager for the Midlands and North of England.

New guide helps apprentices choose their trade 21 March 2016

Starrett, the power tool accessories and handtool specialist, has launched an infographic designed to help young people considering an apprenticeship in building, plumbing, electrical contracting or an associated sector choose their trade.

Merriott relaunches with new brand and vision 21 March 2016

Merriott, the commercial heating and cooling specialist has relaunched, unveiling a new brand identity and announcing a series of new developments across all areas of its business.

CIBSE Annual Lecture challenges engineers to save civilisation 21 March 2016

At the CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) Annual Lecture on 16 March, at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Fiona Cousins, PE, CIBSE, ARUP and LEED Fellow, set out a vision for engineers taking the lead in the fight against climate change by working with policy makers and the public to champion sustainability.

BESA Air Quality Award won by ClientEarth 17 March 2016

Environmental law firm ClientEarth was recently named ‘winner of winners’ in the prestigious National Sustainable City Awards backed by the City of London.

Consistent policies key to energy demand reduction, says CIBSE 17 March 2016

According to CIBSE (the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) in its submission to the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee, a lack of consistent policymaking and and disjointed attempts at delivery are behind past failures of energy efficiency policy.

Plumb Center signs up as competition partner 14 March 2016

Friday 11 March was World Plumbing Day and following the success of the competition’s inaugural year in 2015, Plumb Center, has joined forces with JT and Bristan to become a partner for the 2016 UK Plumber of the Year.

CIC project manager elected to Architects Registration Board 14 March 2016

Construction Industry Council (CIC) project manager, Danna Walker, has been elected to the Architects Registration Board.

BESA and ECA call for SME support ahead of Budget 10 March 2016

The Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) and the Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA) have issued a joint statement ahead of next week’s Budget on a number of the key topics affecting members of both organisations.

HygroMatik targets occupant wellbeing 10 March 2016

At this year’s ACR Show, HygroMatik’s national sales manager and Humidity Group chairman, Andie Chessun, presented a white paper entitled Humidity and its Impact on Human Comfort and Wellbeing in Occupied Buildings.

Worcester, Bosch Group unveils new advertising campaign 10 March 2016

This month Worcester, Bosch Group is launching its latest consumer communication campaign, as it aims to demonstrate the benefits of its flagship Wave smart internet-connected controller to millions of installers and homeowners across the country.

Riello continues to support cancer centre 10 March 2016

Riello has donated another £1,000 to the Macmillan Woodlands Centre Appeal, as part of its ongoing support.

Occupational health survey launched by the BESA and ECA 09 March 2016

The Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA) has launched a major initiative on occupational health, in collaboration with the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) and Constructing Better Health.

BESA members positive despite slowdown in growth 08 March 2016

According to the latest state of trade survey by the Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA), building engineering services contractors saw turnover increase in the six months from July to December 2015.

OFTEC calls for realistic carbon cutting solutions 08 March 2016

With the latest industry figures revealing a further 7.8% fall in the cost of heating a typical home using oil in the last three months, OFTEC says the case for consumers to stick with, or even switch to, oil is growing stronger, emphasising the need for an urgent change to the Government’s low carbon heat strategy.

Johnson Controls – Hitachi Air Conditioning to exhibit at Mostra 08 March 2016

Johnson Controls – Hitachi Air Conditioning will showcase world class air conditioning products and technology on a joint stand (G35 K30 in Hall 15) at Mostra Convegno Expocomfort, which takes place in Milan from 15 to 18 March.

BESA appoints head of Scotland and Northern Ireland 07 March 2016

BESA (the Building Engineering Services Association) has appointed Iain McCaskey as head of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

CAREL UK appoints new MD 07 March 2016

CAREL UK has appointed Nigel Hiller as its new managing director.

Carrier helps PwC HQ to achieve outstanding BREEAM rating 07 March 2016

Carrier has supplied three high performance screw chillers for the pioneering refurbishment project at PwC’s headquarters at 1 Embankment Place, London.

Past BESA president dies 04 March 2016

Gareth Vaughan, past president of the Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA), has died aged 62.

PHEX+ returns to Alexandra Palace in May 03 March 2016

Taking place from 18 to 19 May this year, PHEX+, the plumbing and heating exhibition, will house more than 100 exhibitors, specialising in everything from sanitaryware and pipe systems, to tools and training.

A-Gas unveils new UK website 03 March 2016

A-Gas has launched a new UK website making it easier for engineers to access refrigerant data.

Legionella case highlights importance of preventative measures 02 March 2016

Following news of a recent inquest in which Legionnaire's disease was to blame for a death at a hospital in bath last year, Chris Meir, sales director at Andrews Water Heaters, says the need for preventative measures remains a priority for manufacturers, specifiers and estate managers alike.

Construction sector facing non-executive director shortfall 02 March 2016

According to new data from online recruitment platform,, there is a shortage of senior candidates in construction looking for non-executive director (NED) positions.

Manufacturers cast net wider to fill HVAC sales roles 02 March 2016

According to recruiter Thornhvac, a shortage of technical sales candidates is contributing to the current skills gap in the construction sector.

Energy efficient house builder gains MCS accreditation 02 March 2016

Caplin Homes, a house builder based in Leicestershire and specialising in energy efficient, sustainable homes, has achieved MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) accreditation as an installer of renewable technologies.

BSRIA celebrates International Women's Day 02 March 2016

BSRIA chief executive, Julia Evans, is asking whether the industry is doing enough to promote the excellence of female engineers into engineering and into the boardroom.

Bosch urges plant operators to prepare for MCPD 02 March 2016

Bosch Commercial and Industrial is urging plant operators to prepare ahead of the rapidly approaching implementation of the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD).

ACR Show hailed a success by exhibitors 02 March 2016

Exhibitors at last week’s ACR Show at the NEC in Birmingham reported multiple leads and orders and there was a notable increase in the quality of visitors.

ADCAS points to link between ductwork and indoor air quality 02 March 2016

ADCAS points to link between ductwork and indoor air quality ADCAS (the Association of Ductwork Control Contractors and Allied Services) is urging facilities and building managers to focus on ductwork as central to the importance of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ).

Mitsubishi Electric launches free guide to MEES 01 March 2016

Mitsubishi Electric has produced a free, CPD-accredited guide to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) which take effect from April 2018.