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Nathan Wood, chair of BESA’s Health & Wellbeing in Buildings group

Opening windows will not protect schools, says BESA

The return of thousands of children to schools in England next week has reignited the debate about how best to minimise the risk of virus transmission including the need for better ventilation, according to the Building Engineering Services.

The Association believes that decades of under-investment in school buildings has been brought sharply into focus by the pandemic. It says current strategies focused around “natural” ventilation are not adequate for dealing with the current health emergency or to give school children the healthy conditions they need for the future. 

 4 Mar 2021

Industry welcomes budget commitments

Industry commentators are largely encouraged by the Chancellor Rishi Sunak's budget in which he recommited to existing green policies and offered extra support to businesses, the self-employed and SMEs... 
 4 Mar 2021
Paul Mickleburgh is a new appointment for ELCO Heating Solutions

ELCO appoints new area sales manager

Commercial heating manufacturer ELCO Heating Solutions has appointed Paul Mickleburgh as area sales manager for the South East of England.... 
 2 Mar 2021
Equipment hire could be key post lockdown

Equipment hire key to post-lockdown recovery

Innovative equipment hiring strategies could be key for COVID-impacted organisations looking to ramp up production and improve competitiveness following the loosening of lockdown restrictions, says a manufacturing sector expert.... 
 2 Mar 2021
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WHO campaigner backs ‘beginner’s guide’ to indoor air quality

With public interest in the quality of the air we breathe at an all-time high, a new ‘Beginners Guide’ to improving Indoor Air Quality’ (IAQ) has gained the support of one of the UK’s most high-profile child health campaigners.... 
 1 Mar 2021

Whitepaper targets heat pumps as climate neutral solution

Samsung has published its latest whitepaper report on ‘The Indoor Climate Solution of tomorrow for Residential Buildings’ and discusses how the use of heat pumps and smart solutions can create a sustainable heating and cooling system in order to ... 
 1 Mar 2021
PACAIR becomes APS

PACAIR adds Applied Projects to expand customer service

Bespoke design and air conditioning supplier, PACAIR has expanded its range of services with the addition of a specialist applied project team, which will assist customers looking to capitalise on the many opportunities behind the legislative drive ... 
 1 Mar 2021
UV-C has proven successful in tackling previous coronaviruses

Partnership helps manufacturers fight COVID

PP-L, an infection mitigation specialist has partnered with an engineering and fabrication firm to help manufacturing names across the UK get COVID-secure through effective UV-C solutions.... 
 24 Feb 2021

Installers can now access 70% off renewable training

The Renewable Heat Installer Training & Support Scheme (RHITSS) has launched, offering installers up to 70% off the training and associated certification required to become a heat pump or solar thermal engineer – two of the most popular and ... 
 24 Feb 2021

Industry groups call for rethink on Green Homes Grant cut

Actuate UK, the new alliance of eight engineering services organisations, has urged Government to reconsider its intention to remove funding from the £2bn Green Homes Grants (GHG) scheme....

“Such drastic reduction of funding sends out all the wrong signals, especially as the Government aims to put the green economy at the heart of plans for rebuilding the economy” says Julia Evans from Actuate UK member BSRIA. 

 24 Feb 2021
BESA’s head of certification Duncan Sibbald

BESCA strengthens vent hygiene scheme

BESCA has responded to growing demand for improved fire safety in buildings by adding new features to its Ventilation Hygiene Elite (VHE) scheme website.... 
 24 Feb 2021
Neil Gibbard, managing director of Coolair Equipment

Coolair to focus on employee wellbeing and the environment

Air conditioning specialist Coolair Equipment has announced two key areas of focus for the business in 2021: sustainability and employee wellbeing.... 
 24 Feb 2021

New engineering services alliance, Actuate UK, to champion change and collaboration

A new alliance for the multi-billion UK engineering services sector launched this week via a virtual industry event. 

Actuate UK is an alliance of eight leading trade, technology, research and professional bodies in engineering services. It will deliver a single, consolidated voice for the sector. 

 10 Feb 2021

Government will challenge low bids

Contractors face “intense scrutiny” if they submit unrealistically low bids for public sector contracts, according to a senior official at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).... 
 9 Feb 2021

North Yorkshire firm wins contract to train installers in renewables

A specialist training provider based in North Yorkshire, has been awarded a contract worth almost £1 million to deliver national training for installers of renewable energy products.... 
 9 Feb 2021
Fiona Hodgson, chief executive of SNIPEF

SNIPEF welcomes training grant funding

The Scotland and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) has welcomed an announcement of funding to help upskill plumbing apprentices and employees in the installation of ground and air source heat pumps.... 
 8 Feb 2021

Time to shine this World Plumbing Day

On 11 March, professional plumbers across the land will be celebrated on World Plumbing Day and the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has praised the critical work they do.... 
 8 Feb 2021

Insite to supply heat metering to Battersea Power Station homes

Insite Energy has been appointed to supply and commission the heat metering and payment system for the Phase 4A heat network at Battersea Power Station.... 
 5 Feb 2021

We may never have all the answers, warns scientist

Ventilating buildings has never been more important and higher profile, but the building engineering industry needs much more scientific data to help it improve protection from viral infections, according to one of the country’s leading experts on.

Professor Cath Noakes, one of the two engineer members the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), told a webinar hosted by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) that it was not enough to simply increase ventilation rates in buildings to mitigate transmission of the Covid-19 virus. 

 4 Feb 2021

Toshiba Carrier’s SMMS-u wins energy award in Japan

Toshiba Carrier Corporation's SMMS-u, its new VRF series, has won an award at the Energy Conservation Grand Prize Awards of Japan.... 
 3 Feb 2021
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