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Outdated and unsustainable construction must change

The construction sector as it currently operates cannot meet the UK’s need for housing and may struggle to meet the requirement for infrastructure. And take-up of new methods is hampered by current industry structures and practices. These are the key findings of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee in its latest report.

BESA takes a hard look at the future

The BESA (Building Engineering Services Association) National Conference takes place on 1st November and this year is designed to help BESA members build resilience during a period of economic and technical change.

London speeds its drive to low carbon buildings

An updated version of the draft London Plan was published and it includes a number of significant elements that will drive the city to drastically lower carbon emissions caused by buildings.

Registered Electrician, David Thomas, JIB
ECS Registered Electrician reaches important 10,000 milestone

Over 10,000 ECS cardholders have signed up to become ECS Registered Electricians since the initiative was launched in October 2017.

Brexit, FETA, Russell Beattie
Work needed on post-Brexit F Gas rules, says FETA

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has welcomed the government’s response to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report on the how the UK tackles F-gas reductions post-Brexit. But FETA also highlighted the dangers of over-complication and lack of focus on the importance of training.

heat network, Ian Allan, Switch2Energy
Regulation for heat network market welcomed by industry

Industry has welcomed a recommendation from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for regulation of the heat network market. The Heat Network Task Force (launched by the Association for Decentralised Energy ADE) has been calling for regulation for some time.

SEC, Lord O'Neill, Aldous Bill
SEC calls on councils for better retentions practice

The Specialist Engineering Contractors (SEC) Group is calling on local authorities to protect retention monies belonging to SMEs in their supply chains. The SEC conducted a survey of local authorities to highlight their use of retentions and the lack of guidance on bestpractice.

NG Bailey, David Hurcomb
NG Bailey breaks £1bn milestone in 2017/18

NG Bailey, one of the UK’s largest independent engineering, IT and facilities services group has reported a 14% increase in operating profits over the past year and seen its order book break the £1 billion milestone.

SPIE UK, Regent's Crescent
SPIE UK wins London Regent’s Crescent redevelopment project

SPIE UK has been awarded the contract for the mechanical, electrical, public health and fire engineering services for the redevelopment of Regent’s Crescent. The works are valued at over £20 million and began in June 2018.

Construction Sector Deal, Greg Clark MP, BESA, Rob Driscoll, ECA, SEC Group, Rudi Klein, Grenfell, Carillion, Alexi Ozioro, BESA
Sector Deal for construction finalised

The Construction Sector Deal holds out promises of greater investment and more training for experienced operatives as well as new apprentices. But a lot is expected of the industry in terms of increased productivity and high quality outputs. Read for full details. 

declaration, Zero carbon buildings, LETI
Call for engineers to sign LETI declaration of intent to move to zero carbon buildings in London by 2050

The London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) has developed the LETI Declaration and is calling on industry leader to pledge to use the Declaration over the next 12 months.

Sign up for MBS to enter prize draw

It’s time to re-subscribe to ensure you keep getting your copy of MBS magazine each month. And people who sign up between 1st August and 31st October will be entered into our prize draw.

HPA, BEIS, Heat Pump Association, CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme, seasonal performance factor
HPA welcomes BEIS 2018 emission conversion factor figures

The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has welcomed the latest emission conversion factor figures released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

circular economy
Construction to play key role in circular economy

At a joint BSRIA and ECA event, Ant Wilson MBE, director of Aecom, called on construction to consider its important role in building a circular economy.

ombudsman, All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment, APPGEBE
New Homes ombudsman proposed in latest government report

The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment (APPGEBE) has produced a report which recommends the appointment of an ombudsman to oversee the rights of buyers of new homes.

Government eases restrictions on Apprenticeship Levy funding

Government has changed rules on Apprenticeship Levy funding so that large firms who pay the Levy will be able to transfer up to 10% of their funds annually to multiple supply chain partners.

EMEX
MBS partners with EMEX 2018 event

MBS is partnering with EMEX 2018, the energy management exhibition which takes place at London’s ExCel on 21st and 22nd November this year. EMEX is the UK’s must-attend energy event for everyone wanting to increase their organisation’s energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Vodafone, Dell EMC, Utilitywise
Tech giants enter building IoT market

Vodafone and Dell EMC have joined with energy and utility management specialist Utilitywise to develop a new Internet of Things (IoT) energy and building management platform. The value of shares in Utilitywise rose at the time of the announcement.

RHI, MMSP
RHI update puts focus on monitoring and incentives

In May, government announced updates to the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (RHI). The key aims of the changes are to gather more detailed information on energy use by heat pumps; to manage up-front costs for consumers investing in renewables; and to manage government budgets for incentives more closely.

BCO wellness study informs Specification Guide 2019

In June the British Council for Offices (BCO) issued ‘definitive guidance’ on how to enable health and wellbeing across an office building’s lifecycle.

BSRIA
BSRIA’s Julia Evans recognised in birthday honours

Julia Evans, BSRIA’s chief executive has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.

BESA Conference
BESA Conference 2018 focuses on post-Brexit future

The 2018 Building Engineering Services Association Conference has started to take shape with high profile sessions already agreed on the technical implications for contractors of the Hackitt Review and how Brexit will affect the building engineering marketplace; along with a number of ‘meet the buyer’ sessions.

Chris Grayling, Heathrow, Industrial Strategy
Take-off agreed for Heathrow’s third runway

On 5th June Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP announced that the government is giving the go-ahead for a third runway at Heathrow airport.

ECA, BESA, SELECT, SNIPEF
Ongoing issues and one-off events slow engineering services growth

Research by ECA, BESA, SELECT and SNIPEF shows a slowdown in growth in Q1 2018 Around 28% engineering services firms say turnover decreased during the first quarter of 2018, according to new findings from the quarterly sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey, sponsored by Scolmore. The survey covers a membership turnover of around £12 billion. This is the highest reported percentage fall in turnover since Q1 2016, when 33% of respondents reported a fall in turnover since the previous quarter.

CSA
CSA Awards 2018 winnners announced with new chairman

The Commissioning Specialists Association hosted a highly successful Awards evening on 14th June.

polluted, air quality
London schools funding for fresh air

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has pledged funding for the capital’s most polluted schools following research carried out by WSP.

BSRIA
Youngsters encouraged into STEM careers

BSRIA welcomed a group of 9- and 10-year-old students from schools in Reading to its test facilities as part of a campaign to encourage youngsters to consider careers in engineering, science, technology and mathematics.

Aldous Bill, Peter Aldous, David Frise
Aldous Bill 2nd Reading moved to October – but half a million businesses and 25% of MPs support

The Second Reading of the Aldous Bill has been moved from June to 26th October 2018, but support continues to grow.

Off-site
Lords probes improved construction methods

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee concluded taking evidence for its enquiry ‘Off-site manufacture for construction’ in early June.

Gatwick plans ahead

With the announcement of an extra runway for Heathrow, Gatwick Airport has committed to £3 billion of investment with a new five-year plan.

EMEX, Lord Rupert Redesdale
EMEX speakers – call for 2018 event submissions

The Energy Management Exhibition 2018 has issued a call for speakers for the event which takes place on 21 – 22 November at London’s ExCel.

IMechE, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Jennifer Baxter
One day for clean air not enough, says IMechE

On 21st June, national Clean Air Day, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has stated that the government’s Clean Air Strategy is a missed opportunity.

Dame Judith Hackitt, Hackitt review, Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, Steve Martin, David Frise
Ignorant, indifferent, inadequate – but no cladding ban from Hackitt review

Dame Judith Hackitt’s Final Report following the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety is scathing in its assessment of the construction industry.

ECA, Malcolm Crofts
ECA welcomes new president

Malcolm Crofts of DH Crofts has become ECA president. He has held a variety of roles at his company and has been managing director since 2000. Crofts began his career as an apprentice at Crawley College in West Sussex, and worked as an electrical engineer for 15 years before moving up to run what has become a growing electrical engineering business.

BCIA, Building Controls Industry Association
BCIA Award winners recognised at annual event

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards 2018 took place on 10th May in Birmingham. BCIA president Jon Belfield commented: “It was a wonderful occasion to celebrate the achievements of the industry’s finest. I would like to offer my congratulations to all of the winners and thank all of the sponsors and media partners for their continued support.”

CSA Awards 2018 Finalists announced

This year’s finalists in the Commissioning Specialists Association (CSA) Awards have been revealed after judging on the 2nd May.

BPMA, CE Mark, Steve Schofield
BPMA joins CE Mark briefing with government

The British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) joined 16 other trade bodies at a meeting at the Houses of Parliament to discuss the issue of CE Marks in post-Brexit UK.

CABE
CABE members vote to apply for Chartered status

The Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) has today announced it will go ahead with its application to become a licensed member of the Engineering Council.

BSRIA HIU, UKAS
BSRIA HIU testing UKAS accredited

BSRIA has extended its scope of UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation to include Heat Interface Unit (HIU) testing in accordance with BESA UK HIU Test Regime Technical Specification – December 2016.

CIBSE, Stephen Lisk
New president calls on CIBSE to adapt to change

Stephen Lisk, incoming CIBSE president, has called for CIBSE to accelerate its evolution in response to a rapidly changing world.

SAV Systems
Danish-Scottish meeting of minds

Denmark and Scotland have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on low carbon heat, heat networks and energy efficient buildings. This agreement will support the Scottish Government’s aims to reduce CO2 emissions by 80% by 2050, with significant reductions in energy consumption and carbon emissions by 2032.

Aldous Bill, BESA, Carillion, David Frise, ECA, Paul Reeve, Retentions
Over 100 MPs express support for ring-fencing of retentions cash

Political support for holding cash retentions in trust has soared in recent weeks, with over 100 MPs already in favour of ring-fencing of retention monies.

CSA Awards 2018 Finalists announced

This year’s finalists in the Commissioning Specialists Association CSA) Awards have been revealed after judging on the 2nd May. 

FETA, John Smith
FETA chairman eyes challenging times ahead for the industry

Speaking at this year’s FETA Annual Lunch on 19th April, FETA chairman John Smith highlighted challenges and opportunities for the sector.

Aldous Bill, Carillion, Rudi Klein, SEC
SEC welcomes government action on supply chains with new measures

Construction body the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has welcomed the Government’s announcement today that they will be introducing a package of measures to support SMEs supplying to government.

Nearly Zero will be the goal

Speaking at this year’s ICOM Spring Conference, CIBSE technical director, Hywel Davies, highlighted nearly zero energy buildings (NZEBs) as an important area for construction professionals to be aware of in the next few years.

Commissioning Specialists Association, CSA
CSA heads to London for 2018 Awards Gala Dinner in June

The Commissioning Specialists Association (CSA) Awards 2018 will take place on 14th June at The Mermaid Theatre in London.

Shortlist for ECA Industry Awards 2018 revealed after judging

A shortlist of 26 leading businesses from across the electrotechnical and engineering services sector has been selected by judges for this year’s ECA Industry Awards.

Brexit, EURIS
EURIS welcomes Implementation Period sign-off on road to Brexit

Dr Howard Porter, EURIS chair, responded to developments in negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU, saying: “Reaching agreement on the terms of the UK’s Implementation Period with the EU is an important step forward. The agreement provides our members with the certainty they have been calling for on the terms of this period and helps minimise uncertainties around Brexit for UK industry as a whole”.

House of Lords, modular, offsite
House of Lords hears evidence on impact of modular on construction

At the end of April, the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, chaired by Lord Patel, took evidence for its inquiry investigating offsite manufacture for construction.