Building professionals were urged to recognise their role as “physicians of the future” by an international authority on virus transmission and a range of speakers highlighted the importance of mechanical ventilation systems in dealing with the UK’s multiple health and wellbeing problems.
As England begins its second national lockdown, building operators will once again need to put into place measures to protect the heating and hot water systems in any unoccupied premises.
Déjà vu? Well, yes and no. While this second lockdown is anticipated to be shorter than the first, lasting one month rather than three, it takes place at the onset of winter. Heating engineers and facility management providers will therefore need to adapt the maintenance schedule accordingly to ensure that the heating and hot water system operates efficiently and – crucially – safely once the premises is reactivated.
As schools prepare to close their gates to all but key workers’ children, the half term holiday is the perfect time to check on the heating and hot water system.