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The Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning Kevin Stewart

Construction industry urged to stick to safety guidance

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart has joined the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum in reminding the sector’s workers to stay COVID smart in their social lives and when travelling to and from jobs.... 
 16 Nov 2020

'Revolutionary' report targets decarbonisation of heating

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has released a report outlining the steps the UK Government should take to shape future policy and decarbonise the heating industry.

The report aims to substantially shake up the existing frameworks and introduce regulatory, impactful, and meaningful changes in the heating sector, paving the way for mass deployment of low carbon heating.


 12 Nov 2020

Non-domestic RHI extension vital for meeting green targets

The 12-month extension of the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will be vital to ensuring all future building projects meet sustainability targets, says polymer pipework specialist Rehau.... 
 11 Nov 2020

Indoor air company opens new R&D centre

Indoor air solutions specialist, Halton, is set to open its 10th product development centre on the grounds of its Lahti plant in Finland.... 
 11 Nov 2020
Iain McCaskey, head of devolved nations at BESA and head of the CICV Forum Skills Group

Construction bodies launch 'Be COVID Smart' digital learning toolkit

The Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has created a digital learning toolkit to promote best practice as part of its latest initiative to help Scotland’s building sector get safely back to work.... 
 11 Nov 2020
Building services experts Nathan Wood, Graeme Fox, Tim Hopkinson and Dr Stephanie Taylor of Harvard Medical School

Building engineers are the ‘physicians of the future’

The work of building services specialists is increasingly being measured in terms of human health, according to a range of experts speaking at last week’s BESA National Conference.

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. 

 10 Nov 2020

Workers still exposed to 'dangerous' levels of air pollution

Geraint Davies MP, the Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Air Pollution (APPG), has been warned that workers in manufacturing environments are still being exposed to dangerous levels of air pollutants.... 
 10 Nov 2020
Baxi Heating’s technical director Andy Green

The COVID-lockdown building hokey cokey

As England heads into a winter lockdown, Baxi Heating’s technical director Andy Green offers pointers on protecting unoccupied buildings and their heating systems in the colder months...

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. 

 10 Nov 2020
Chair of the Industry Safety Steering Group, Dame Judith Hackitt

Hackitt set to reward early adopters

Building safety champion Dame Judith Hackitt has announced plans to recognise companies who reform their working practices before they are forced to by new regulations.... 
 9 Nov 2020
Dave Smith, business director at Koura Global, member of the EFCTC

Bringing industry together to protect the environment

A member of the European FluoroCarbons Technical Committee (EFCTC) has shed some light on the aims of EFCTC's #SayNoToIllegalHFCs pledge campaign.... 
 9 Nov 2020

Renewed fears over legionella

Guardian Water Treatment has urged facilities managers and building maintenance teams to prioritise legionella prevention and water system maintenance to stop the ongoing trend of sample failure rates caused by underused buildings.... 
 9 Nov 2020

COVID-19 Achievement Award created

A new award recognising the work undertaken by building services professionals and the wider supply chain to combat the effects of COVID-19 has been set up by CIBSE.... 
 9 Nov 2020

BESA and ForrestBrown expand partnership

After delivering over £12m for BESA members via the government’s R&D tax credits, the R&D tax credit specialist ForrestBrown has becomes BESA’s official R&D partner.... 
 4 Nov 2020

BESA and REFCOM extend support for members

As part of a concerted drive by its management team to extend the services it offers to its members, BESA and REFCOM have launched their own brand of specialised business-related insurance products in conjunction with Marsh Commercial.... 
 4 Nov 2020

Webinar brings first ‘smart city’ to you

Kensa Contracting is hosting a free webinar, supported by Stonewater Housing and members of the Energy Oxford Superhub (ESO) consortium, offering a chance to take a virtual site tour of the transport, power, and energy superhub project in Oxford.... 
 2 Nov 2020

Joint energy efficiency group established

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has established a joint Special Interest Group with the Energy Services Technology Association (ESTA) to promote energy efficiency in buildings to government and industry.... 
 2 Nov 2020

Trade event focuses on matchmaking and lead generation

ISH 2021, the trade fair for water, heating and air conditioning is aiming to bring together and connect all of the sector’s experts for five days when the digital event takes place from 22 to 26 March 2021.... 
 2 Nov 2020

Nominate your installer heroes

Conex Bänninger has teamed up with darts legend Bobby George to search for the UK’s Installer Heroes of 2020.... 
 2 Nov 2020

Ventilation debate heats up at BESA Conference

The role of ventilation systems in tackling the coronavirus epidemic inside buildings has hit the national headlines and raised temperatures in Parliament.... 
 28 Oct 2020
Vent-Axia distribution staff member in its distribution centre

Vent-Axia named a ‘UK Business Hero’ for COVID-19 response

Vent-Axia has been named as a ‘UK Business Hero’ by the British Chamber of Commerce as part of the Chamber’s campaign to recognise the work UK businesses are undertaking, in the most challenging of years.... 
 27 Oct 2020
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