Party manifestos 2019

As the election draws closer MBS has looked through the party manifestos for our area from the Conservatives, Labour party, Liberal Democrats and the Green Party of England and Wales. 

The 2019 BESA National Conference called on the building services sector to make changes in its practices before they are imposed by…

Rudi Klein, chief executive of the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group highlighted the potential benefits of a regulatory body for the…

CIBSE has announced its shortlist for the 2020 Building Performance Awards which aim to recognise and reward engineering excellence.

The ECA has warned that the risk of major fire remains despite the publication of the Hackitt Report and Raising the Bar publication.

Experts in the heating and cooling sectors have predicted a convergence of heating and cooling technologies with the drive to greater use of…

The 2019 BRSIA Briefing focused on climate change as speakers warned of the dangers rising global temperatures pose. BSRIA CEO, Julia Evans OBE,…



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How LG Air Conditioning helped WeWork London achieve a fast project with great results.

The BESA National Conference 2019 saw over 200 delegates gather to discuss the industry’s challenges and opportunities. MBStv was there to capture it all.

BESA’s president John Norfolk spoke to MBStv about issues impacting the industry, the challenges ahead and the opportunities for change.

As MBS goes to press with the December issue, the country is facing a general election. Here MBS highlights some of the parties’ policies and takes a look at what the industry would like to see in 2020. Report by Matt Brooks and Karen Fletcher*

Brexit might have been dominating the news in recent months, but there was no shortage of other talking points at the annual BESA National Conference 2019 which took place in London on 21st November. Matt Brooks reports.

Matt Brooks looks back on the key events of 2019 which have featured in MBS and some of the main stories that made the headlines this year.

Karen Fletcher explores the growing number of high-rise buildings in London and considers the importance of HVAC in delivering space that attracts the all-important paying occupants.

Jeff Kerridge explains the importance of early engagement with a manufacturer, when specifying cable management systems for offices - and what key factors should be included within the specification process.

The office market is on the move. Moving from a conventional ‘one desk per employee’ approach to a more flexible model, occupiers have begun to view space differently, causing the market to rapidly evolve in the last five years. Chris Grazier explains

In buildings with high, constant demand for heat, combined heat and power is proving an economic tool to long-term savings. Mark Gibbons looks into the technology.

With 67 elegant rooms and suites as well as a spa and gym, the luxury 5-star Italian Baglioni Hotel is a welcome retreat in Kensington.

The importance of supplying ‘fit-for-purpose’ products for building services applications and especially for hot and cold water systems that can affect public health has never been greater. By David Keys.

This month’s MBS round table, sponsored by Swegon, considered the rise of the smart building and smart kit. 

Jon Belfield examines and explores how the government's target to have a net-zero carbon economy can be achieved and the opportunities it presents.

Chris Irwin on the search for a truly open approach to building controls – and the project that is bringing the vision closer to reality.

Hot topic of the moment is how to supply heating and hot water to buildings while meeting tougher targets on energy and carbon. Craig Dolan looks at the solutions available.

In October, government launched a consultation on the Future Homes Standard. Karen Fletcher looks at the proposals, with a focus on plans for domestic heating.

With the latest piece of emission legislation in place for over six months with little fanfare, Charlie Mowbray looks at the implications to both new and existing boilers.

The Association of Tank and Cistern Manufacturers (ATCM) offers a considered opinion on whether it’s better to refurbish or replace aging equipment.

Antony Corbett explores the benefits of multi-layer piping as a solution for a wide range of project challenges.

Glynn Williams considers the increasingly connected world and highlights the benefits of being able to gather data from around today’s buildings and their services.

Using one pipe connection method across a project can significantly impact the speed and success of an install. Scott James highlights the benefits of modern approach to pipework for building owners and installers.

With indoor air quality firmly in the headlines, Lee Caulfield looks at the role installers can play in delivering healthier air for occupants.

Despite the unusually hot temperatures experienced in the UK over an extended period this summer, the failure rate for chillers supported by planned maintenance contracts was no higher than in any other year.

Matt Whiting, discusses why a holistic approach to specifying water controls in healthcare environments can help improve performance and compliance

Valeria Ferrando explains the difference between digital twins and BIM – and how twinning helps designers and operators understand their buildings better.

As the new TR19 Grease specification is issued by BESA, Gary Nicholls explains why some building managers may still find that there are challenges to achieving full compliance.

Our expert panel considers the ‘Branson’ challenge and highlights the developments, opportunities and challenges facing the air conditioning and refrigeration sector. Sponsored by Daikin Applied (UK)

Karen Fletcher speaks to a company at the front line of changes in the air conditioning sector and learns how it is staying ahead of the game with an eye firmly on the future.

The UK’s primary F Gas register Refcom played a key role in the first World Refrigeration Day (WRD) as co-host with the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Project of the Year sponsored by BSRIA Instrument Solutions

Mark Todd, chairman of the Commissioning Specialists Association, explains why BiPolar UK is his chosen charity for this year.

The judging for the 2019 CSA Awards took place on 14th May at the CSA’s headquarters in Horsham. The judges worked hard through an extensive manual of entries – with all agreeing that this year has seen some of the highest-quality entries since the Awards were established.

Sandy Damm takes a closer look at smoke detection and the best way to select and maintain your equipment.

Dario Giordani explains how the Construction Products Regulation keeps cables safe from fire, and why it concerns everyone in the industry.

The crucial role of specification writing has been so severely downgraded that it is undermining building designs, according to David Fitzpatrick*.

Hern Yau discusses the importance of air quality for optimal occupant performance and safety.

Donna-Marie Evans considers the crucial role of HVAC in delivering better buildings.

A roundtable of industry experts and legal specialists calls for regulations on air quality in our cities. 

New guidelines on pressure relief valves and safety valves have been published by SAFed. Les Littlewood outlines the key points and the correct usage.

Angela Reid outlines the numerous labelling schemes available for buildings, and notes the importance of understanding what each offers owners and managers.

With a 51% increase in the Climate Change Levy occurring on 1st April, Sebastian Gray explains one method to calculate your CCL tax liability accurately.

With a growing trend towards off-site construction, Andrew Miele looks at the benefits and considerations of prefabricated modular solutions for the UK’s buildings.

Chris Caton explains how environmental and financial demands are driving the market for modular boilers, particularly in buildings where demand varies widely every day.

More than being the answer in an emergency, boiler hire has other advantages. Russ Baker discusses how customer considerations are changing.

In a traditional industry such as water engineering and supply one might think nothing much changes when viewed from a consumer aspect. Water still flows out of the tap on demand. However the last ten years have seen considerable activity behind the scenes, resulting in a safer, more efficient water product.

Cable management is an integral part of the specification process. When it comes to specifying cable management systems, there are a number of key areas to consider in addition to cost per unit and installation time.

The answer is obvious. Everyone. The provision of clean, wholesome water at the turn of a tap is second nature, or so we would like to think.