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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

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
Head of training and external affairs at Vaillant, Mark Wilkins

Vaillant welcomes green homes funding, but warns of skills gap

Mark Wilkins, head of training and external affairs at Vaillant has welcomed the Chancellor’s Summer Statement which included £50m of funding to pilot innovative energy-saving measures for social housing, as well as a £2billion Green Homes Grant to ... 
 20 Jul 2020

CICV Forum animations urge construction workers to be COVID-19 smart 

As the easing of lockdown measures continues, the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum in Scotland, of which the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is a key member, has launched a new social media campaign urging workers to ... 
 16 Jul 2020

HVR Awards 2020: Get your entry in!

The deadline for the 2020 HVR Awards is approaching and companies and individuals from across the heating and ventilating sector are urged to get entries in by next Friday, 24 July.... 
 16 Jul 2020

Industry working group launches building control regulation proposals

Leadership organisations from across the building control sector have come together in a Future of Building Control Working Group to develop 11 key recommendations for the future oversight and regulation of the profession and Building Control Bodies.... 
 15 Jul 2020

Sustainability Guide puts engineers at the heart of better building

A new updated guide on sustainability, published by CIBSE, empowers engineers to influence the work done and decisions made on building projects, to lead to more sustainable outcomes.... 
 15 Jul 2020

Ventilation vital to gyms reopening

Vent-Axia has advised that now is the time to check ventilation to ensure there is enough airflow to dilute viruses and improve indoor air quality of gyms and sports facilities which are set to open on 25 July.... 
 14 Jul 2020
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WHO backs industry stance on airborne threat

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has belatedly acknowledged the threat posed by airborne transmission of the coronavirus following months of warnings from ventilation and air quality experts.... 
 13 Jul 2020
The Chancellor Rishi Sunak visited the Worcester Bosch factory

Chancellor Rishi Sunak learns of ‘safe gas’ technology

Heating systems manufacturer Worcester Bosch has welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak MP, to its Worcester factory.... 
 13 Jul 2020

Lochinvar makes double sales appointment

Water heater, boiler and renewable company Lochinvar has further boosted its sales team in line with its continued growth plans and to provide additional support to its customers.... 
 13 Jul 2020

New flexible model could boost apprenticeships, says BESA

A more ‘blended’ approach to the delivery of apprentice training must emerge in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).... 
 13 Jul 2020

Nearly CO2-free heating for 90 households

Panasonic has annouced the start of its CO2-saving energy solution for the smart city project, Future Living Berlin. The urban beacon is an important project in the company’s wider smart cities portfolio, which contribute to its focus on the ... 
 13 Jul 2020
Graham Wright, chairman of the HPA

More support for Chancellor’s Summer Statement

There has been more positive reaction from the industry to Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s plans to invest in green technology to make buildings more energy efficient.... 
 13 Jul 2020

Lotus Cars to move to Heatrae Sadia’s Norwich site

Following a move of the Heatrae Sadia manufacturing activities from Norwich to Preston, Baxi Heating has announced that Lotus Cars will transfer its aluminium chassis manufacturing to the site in Norwich.... 
 9 Jul 2020

Industry welcomes green economy plans

The industry has broadly welcomed Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement to boost the “green economy” which includes a Green Homes Grant Scheme and an investment in the energy efficiency of public buildings.


 9 Jul 2020

SKILLcard endorsements now ‘fully digital’

One of the construction industry’s largest card issuing and personnel registration schemes has further streamlined its service by making the recording of employer endorsements for card applicants fully digital.... 
 8 Jul 2020
The facility at Avonmouth, Bristol, will become what is described s the nation

Flogas starts work on UK’s largest LPG storage facility

Flogas Britain, one of the UK’s liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) suppliers, has started work on what will become the nation’s largest LPG storage terminal, with the capacity to store 34,564 tonnes of LPG.... 
 7 Jul 2020

HHIC launches Heat Pump Charter

The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, HHIC, has produced a “Heat Pump Charter” aimed at ensuring the best consumer experience is obtained when heat pumps are installed, replacing other systems.... 
 7 Jul 2020
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