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 BESA’s head of technical Graeme Fox

Call for ‘massive retrofit push’ to address energy crisis

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) says the dramatic surge in energy prices reinforces the need for a national programme of building retrofits.

The Association applauded the Government’s attempts to soften the blow to household finances following Ofgem’s decision to lift the energy price cap by 54% from April, but said longer term measures were needed to tackle the issue properly. 

 10 Feb 2022
BESA’s director of training Helen Yeulet

BESA urges employers to take apprenticeship pledge

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has called on employers to pledge they will take on at least one apprentice this year in a bid to plug the industry’s alarming skills gap and ensure it has the right talent to address future.

With the building services sector struggling to cope with the loss of many experienced workers since the start of the pandemic and a rapidly ageing workforce, the need to recruit new people who can quickly start contributing to business growth is acute. 

 8 Feb 2022

Rise in apprenticeships welcomed, but warning of Net Zero skills shortage

Actuate UK, the voice of Building Engineering Services, warn that skills shortages are hampering ambitions to deliver Net Zero emission buildings.... 
 8 Feb 2022
Gratte Brothers marketing director Angela Hills

BESA pays tribute to Angela Hills

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) was saddened to hear of the sudden death of Angela Hills, marketing director at Gratte Brothers.... 
 7 Feb 2022

Kensa calls for a level playing field

On the back of the record energy price cap rise Kensa Group, the manufacturer of ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) is calling on the government to level out the current bias in levies causing electricity to be four times as expensive as gas.... 
 7 Feb 2022
GTEC Training’s Griff Thomas

‘Skills Bootcamp’ a missed opportunity?

GTEC Training’s Griff Thomas believes that despite good intentions, the Department of Education’s Skills Bootcamp scheme has some significant shortcomings.... 
 4 Feb 2022
Viessmann has sold 10,000 units globally of its Vitovalor fuel cell technology, which simultaneously generates electricity and heat in buildings

Viessmann sells its 10,000th fuel cell heating device

Viessmann has sold 10,000 units globally of its Vitovalor fuel cell technology, which simultaneously generates electricity and heat in buildings.... 
 4 Feb 2022

CIBSE revises Energy Performance Guidance

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has published revisions to its Technical Memorandum 54: Evaluating operational energy performance of buildings at the design stage... 
 4 Feb 2022
Bauserv’s John Trenell

Bauserv offers UFH expertise for large-scale projects

Now integrated as a member of Exeter-based Ridgespear Group, Bauserv offers practical expertise and flexible manufacturing capabilities to heating professionals working on large-scale projects such as offices, hotels, healthcare or HMOs. 
 2 Feb 2022

Hot water and heating specialist appoints sales director

Gledhill, a manufacturer of hot water and heating solutions, has appointed Neil Thompson as sales director.... 
 2 Feb 2022
Mike Foster, chief executive of EUA

Red Wall backs hydrogen heating

An exclusive opinion poll finds key political background seats backing hydrogen heating as a means of hitting Net Zero targets, thus avoiding costs of the alternatives, and saving the UK £35 billion... 
 1 Feb 2022

Survey reveals a career in gas is a good choice

Over 70% of installers think a career in gas is a good choice according to a new survey by Logic4training. The findings also show a shifting industry, with over half of respondents (54%) starting to think about upskilling into renewables and low-carbon heating technologies.

Findings show that despite dubious headlines regarding ‘gas bans', trades people still have lot of confidence in our sector's future; in fact 83% would recommend a career in building services to school-leavers.

Set against the backdrop of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, Logic4training was keen to find out how installers felt about Government plans to accelerate the take-up of heat pumps and other renewables - 44% planned to develop their business as a result of this scheme.

Of the 54% who said they had started to upskill into renewables, or planned to soon, heat pump training was by far the most popular technology (91%) but installers also expressed an interested in solar thermal (47%) and solar PV (26%). 

 1 Feb 2022

CIBSE updates air leakage testing guidance

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has revised its Technical Memorandum 23: Testing buildings for air leakage to take account of regulatory changes and advances in best practice.... 
 1 Feb 2022

BESA carries out business health check

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is urging its members to respond to its latest ‘state of trade’ survey to help establish how well the sector is faring against the current turbulent economic background.... 
 25 Jan 2022
Mark Russell is the new  managing director at Fantech Ventilation Ireland

New leadership team at Fantech Ireland

Mark Russell is succeeding Brendan O’Toole as managing director at Fantech Ventilation Ireland, part of Elta Group, as the long-serving ventilation expert announces his retirement from the industry.... 
 25 Jan 2022
Group chief executive officer of A-Gas Jack Govers

A-Gas acquires Japanese company FUSO

A-Gas, the specialist in the supply and lifecycle management of refrigerants and associated products and services, has acquired the assets and business of Japanese company FUSO.... 
 25 Jan 2022
Mike Foster the chief executive of the EUA

Red Wall wants a choice on energy future

Residents in 18 Red Wall constituencies in the north of England have made clear their views on home heating and Net Zero, results of exclusive polling conducted for the not-for-profit trade body Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has revealed.

At a time when rising energy bills are central to peoples’ concerns, the strength of feeling towards Government policy has called into question plans to decarbonise home heating. 

 25 Jan 2022

Modutherm joins forces with alpha innotec

As part of its continued growth in the UK commercial heating market, Modutherm has announced a partnership agreement with alpha innotec – a European manufacturer of heat pumps.... 
 24 Jan 2022

Education unions raise ventilation alarm

Six trade unions have urged the government to find more money to help schools tackle growing indoor air quality (IAQ) problems.... 
 24 Jan 2022
Phil Pallister, chief executive, PHS

Viessmann takes control of PHS

The Viessmann Group has taken a majority stake in Pacifica Home Services (PHS), simultaneously backing the reinvestment of the management team.... 
 24 Jan 2022
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