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Homes England pushes for modular methods

Homes England, the government’s ‘housing accelerator’ has published a strategic 5-year plan that will make modular offsite construction a requirement.

Andrew Eldred, Budget, ECA
Associations welcome recent Budget

Calls from the ECA and BESA to protect SMEs from employment red tape and to increase support for engineering skills are reflected in the Budget announcement made by Chancellor Philip Hammond.

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New IoR president highlights Brexit issues

Incoming Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) president Kevin Glass addressed the Institute at his inaugural address on 8th November. In it, he highlighted the importance of the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors and the potential harm of poorly-managed Brexit.

MBS
MBS appoints new reporter

Renu Chopra joins MBS and MBStv this month, and will be applying her multimedia skills to support our involvement in new media.

Grundfos
Grundfos Ecademy has all the right ingredients for training online

Today many more industry professionals are able to take advantage of the great flexibility offered by Grundfos Ecademy. This means that no matter if a user’s focus is on large or small projects, or if they are involved with supplying or specifying pumps within a domestic set-up or in larger commercial buildings; or perhaps they operate mainly within industrial applications or specialise in water utilities; there are specific modules that have been designed to help everyone to gain a deeper insight into many of the pump challenges that might be encountered.

Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls offers low-GWP chiller platforms

Johnson Controls has introduced the York YLAA scroll chiller available with low-global warming potential (GWP) R454B refrigerant from 190 to 530 kW cooling capacity.

No excuses for no maintenance

People offer countless excuses for failing to maintain HVAC plant – ‘It’s too expensive… too disruptive… too timeconsuming… too difficult… too much effort’, the justifications go on. The arguments in favour of maintenance are, however, powerful and the cost is absurdly low when compared with the cost of dealing with a catastrophic equipment failure.

Rehau
Make some noise for acoustic pipework course from Rehau

Rehau has launched a new CPD course for professionals who want to learn more about the specification and installation of acoustic soil and waste pipework solutions.

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backwards & forwards

Karen Fletcher reviews the news of 2018 and considers what might be heading our way in 2019 and beyond.

enhanced capital allowances, ECA, Energy Technology List, ETL, Paul Arnold, Remeha
Manufacturers warn on closure of capital allowances scheme

In the 2018 Budget, the Chancellor announced the closure of the enhanced capital allowances (ECA) scheme from April 2020. Manufacturers of eligible equipment are warning businesses to take full advantage of tax relief opportunities.

SES, SES Engineering Services, Godiva Place
SES completes £9.6m student accommodation contract in Coventry

SES Engineering Services (SES), has completed a £9.6m M&E contract at Godiva Place, a 770-bed student accommodation scheme at Coventry University.

SCA, The Smoke Control Association, Hackitt, Local Authority Building Control, LABC
SCA signs up to support 100% Hackitt initiative

The Smoke Control Association (SCA) has declared its backing for a new industry initiative launched to encourage the government to deliver on all of the recommendations laid out in Dame Judith Hackitt’s independent review of building regulations and fire safety processes.