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Call to prioritise building retrofitting over demolition

Building designers and specifiers should consider retrofitting solutions to improve overall sustainability, according to Rehau.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) estimates that a sizeable proportion of a building’s lifecycle carbon is emitted during construction – 35% and 51% for office and residential properties respectively.

These findings have prompted campaigns for developers to prioritise the restoration of older properties over demolishing and replacing them at high carbon costs.

 

 11 Aug 2020
Bruce Allen, chief executive of HETAS

HETAS welcomes new law on safer and cleaner solid fuels

HETAS, the non-profit organisation committed to ever better practice in the use of biomass and other solid fuels, has welcomed the government’s publication of draft regulations for the Air Quality Domestic Solid Fuels Standards in England.... 
 11 Aug 2020
MENTalk

All-star line up for Baxi and MENTalk partnership

As part of Baxi’s partnership with MENTalk, the boiler manufacturer is helping to spread the word about the group’s podcast series, which features a host of guests including TalkSport presenters Mark Saggers and Andy Jacobs, mixed martial artist ... 
 11 Aug 2020
BESA’s head of technical Graeme Fox

Covid is not an excuse for the race to the bottom, says BESA

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has urged construction companies to resist the temptation to use the COVID-19 crisis as an excuse to return to “a culture of corner cutting”.... 
 10 Aug 2020

New CO2 refrigeration training sessions

Further to renewed interest in CO2 as a natural refrigerant for the commercial refrigeration sector, Panasonic has announced the first of its new ‘free’ online training sessions in the use of CO2. The first, 90-minute session takes place on 11 ... 
 10 Aug 2020
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Schools have no budget for air

When they re-open fully in September, schools will only be able to take very basic indoor air quality precautions due to tight budget constraints despite fears over the possibility of the coronavirus spreading around poorly ventilated classrooms.... 
 5 Aug 2020
BESA

Online air conditioning sales put lives in danger

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has condemned online retailers for “playing fast and loose with public safety” by selling specialised air conditioning equipment to unregistered installers and end users.

BESA, which runs the UK’s main F-Gas certification body REFCOM, says products containing flammable refrigerant gases were being bought by DIYers and unqualified installers.

While selling these products online is not illegal, BESA is urging all retailers to take responsibility by only selling to properly qualified and registered installers. 

 3 Aug 2020
BESA director of certification Rachel Davidson

BESA backs redundant workers with free SKILLcards

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is supporting redundant workers by allowing them to apply for and renew SKILLcards free of charge.... 
 3 Aug 2020
Caroline Turner, director of policy & external relations at JTL

JTL calls for employers to hire new apprentices 

Training provider JTL is encouraging employers to harness the new government funding initiative and hire new apprentices now to offset the devastating impact that COVID-19 has had on workers.... 
 30 Jul 2020
BESA President Neil Brackenridge

Covid magnified the skills gap, but sped up possible solutions

The COVID-19 crisis exacerbated the existing skills gap in the building services sector, but also created new opportunities and accelerated potential solutions, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).... 
 29 Jul 2020

Carrier offers CPDs on chiller efficiency

Carrier is offering three new Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses focusing on chiller efficiency and compliance in relation to the latest European and UK regulations.... 
 29 Jul 2020

Energy infrastructure of the future

NIBE Energy Systems has published a new policy paper which includes a scheme to support the installation of ground source heat pump (GSHP) infrastructure to enable greater uptake in the UK. It has been shared with BEIS and industry representatives.... 
 27 Jul 2020

Now let’s bring our buildings out of lockdown

As the government has relaxed lockdown restrictions, facilities managers should take the opportunity to review how their ventilation and air conditioning systems are operating in preparation for the re-opening of buildings, according to indoor ... 
 27 Jul 2020

BESA welcomes Building Safety Bill

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed the publication of a new government bill that promises the biggest shake up of building safety in 40 years.... 
 27 Jul 2020
BESA

Graeme Fox appointed Head of Technical at BESA

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has announced that Graeme Fox has been appointed as its new Head of Technical.... 
 24 Jul 2020

‘Colossal’ opportunity in retrofit market

The government’s economic recovery plans will create massive demand for residential and small commercial property retrofits, according to the quality assurance and consumer protection scheme Trustmark.... 
 24 Jul 2020

HVR Awards entry deadline extended to Friday 21 August

After careful consideration, the organisers of the HVR Awards have decided to grant an additional extension to the entry period for this year’s scheme. Companies and professionals operating in the heating and ventilating sector will can now submit ... 
 24 Jul 2020

Policy report calls for national delivery to decarbonise heat

A new Heat Commission convened by the CBI and University of Birmingham has called on the Government to develop a National Delivery Body (NDB) to lead the development and implementation of a national heat decarbonisation strategy.... 
 22 Jul 2020
Ideal Commercial specification manager East and West Midlands Michael Fraser

Ideal Commercial welcomes new specification manager

Ideal Commercial, the commercial boiler specialist, has appointed Michael Fraser as specification manager for East and West Midlands.... 
 21 Jul 2020
Head of REFCOM Graeme Fox

REFCOM warns ‘cowboy’ contractors of looming prosecutions

Increasing concern about the continued use of illegally imported refrigerant gas has prompted the UK’s F-Gas certification body REFCOM to issue a stark warning to ‘rogue’ refrigeration and air conditioning contractors.... 
 21 Jul 2020
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