Oliver Dowden, David Frise, BESA, payment issues, public sector client, Aldous Bill
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Minister for Implementation Oliver Dowden has reminded public sector organisations that they must pay suppliers on time.

 ECA, Mike Smith, qualifications

The Electrical Contractors Association has said that under-qualified workers could be putting lives at risk if a proposed new framework doesn’t tighten up on requirements – and reinforcement – of experience-based qualifications.

SKILLcard, CRO, Vent Hygiene Specialist, Ductwork Cleaning, CSCS

SKILLcard has announced that the CRO cards for Vent Hygiene Specialist, Ductwork Cleaning Specialist and Kitchen Grease Extract Operative will close on 1st November 2019. This is the 3rd wave of CRO closures as part of its plan to deliver the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) 2025 vision. All card schemes carrying the CSCS logo including SKILLcard, must only certify those occupations with nationally recognised construction related qualifications - . NVQs or approved equivalents

London regeneration, Rainham, Havering, Wates Residential

One of the capital’s biggest regeneration projects began last month with the demolition of thousands of existing older houses.

BSI, eco-homes, Trustmark, PAS, standards, Ant Burd

Standards body BSI has produced a new framework for the installation of energy efficiency measures in existing dwellings.

BESA, BESA Conference

This year’s BESA National Conference will take place at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, London on November 21st. Taking its overall theme as ‘Competence, compliance and climate change – turning theory into practice’, the Conference will consider how the building engineering industry can meet many of the technical challenges it is now facing.

survey, Building Engineering Business Survey, Scolmore, ECA, BESA, SELECT, SNIPEF

The latest sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey, sponsored by Scolmore, shows that sector growth remained steady in the second quarter of 2019 in the face of rising costs and persistent payment issues. The survey received 497 responses from companies across the sector.

VAT reverse charge, taxation

A number of key construction and taxation bodies have called on government to delay the proposed introduction to VAT Reverse Charging until April 2020.

OFTEC, Adrian Lightwood, PAS2035, Trustmark, ECO, renewables, refurbishments

OFTEC, the trade association for the oil storage, appliance and supply equipment manufacturers, is critical of government proposals to introduce further renewables installer registration schemes for the domestic sector.

NG Bailey, David Hurcomb

NG Bailey, the UK’s largest independent engineering and services group, has reported a 16% increase in turnover to £556m, with underlying operating profit also increasing from £13.7m to £19.4m for the 12 months ended 1 March 2019.

SEC Group, Brexit, Carilion, insolvencies, reverse charge VAT, Construction Minister, Nadhim Zahawi

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group is warning that the construction industry faces a ‘perfect’ storm of late or non-payment, reverse charge VAT and hikes in materials costs in post-Brexit Britain.

Apprentices, TESP, training, RoI

Companies that recruit apprentices can see a return on investment (RoI) as soon as year two of the apprenticeship programme, according to new figures from The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP).

 FIDIC, CHINCA, China, Nelson Ogunshakin, ACE

The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) has signed a ground-breaking memorandum of understanding with the China International Contractors Association (CHINCA). The MoU will improve collaboration between international and Chinese businesses, facilitate skills transfer and increase the use of FIDIC contracts.

BESA, BESCA, TR19, training, ventilation hygiene, Ventilation Hygiene Elite

BESA has launched a scheme to allow ventilation hygiene specialists demonstrate competence as part of an industry-wide campaign to improve safety in buildings.

BESA, John Norfolk, president, zero carbon

John Norfolk has been elected to serve as President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) for 2019/20.

technology, housebuilding, social

Government is offering a share of £1.25 million to firms that devise new technologies that allow local authorities to monitor progress on housebuilding projects.

Trustmark, home improvement, domestic, Each Home Counts, ECO

Home energy improvements for low-income households will only be carried out by trusted tradesmen under new government plans.

RIBA, climate emergency, Gary Clark

Trustees of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has formally agreed to join the global declaration of an environment and climate emergency. The Institute also pledged to support the government’s 2050 net zero emissions target.

HMRC, VAT, tax, regulation, legislation

From October 1st, 2019, new rules on VAT will come into force that look set to have a significant impact on the cash flow of many businesses in the building services sector.

Prime Minister Theresa May announced on 12th June that the UK will eradicate its net contribution to climate change by 2050. The statutory instrument to amend the Climate Change Act 2008 was laid before Parliament on the same day.

TESP, ECA, skills, apprentices, apprenticeships, training, schools

The ECA and other members of The Electrotechnical Skills Partnership (TESP) are launching a series of programmes to bring industry and education together. The move follows a report that highlights school leavers as poorly-prepared for careers in engineering or electrotechnical sectors.

Net zero, low carbon, energy supply, Ofgem, BEIS, Innovate UK, digital, data, electricity grid, Energy Data Taskforce

A government taskforce has stated that the government’s plans for a net zero electricity grid are hindered by ‘poor quality’ and ‘inaccurate’ data on the UK energy system.

SKILLcard, CSCS, health and safety, H&S, certification, Industrial Strategy for Construction

In the next of a series of moves to enhance the robustness of cardholder qualifications, CSCS and SKILLcard are requiring all applicants to have satisfactorily completed the CITB health, safety and environment test or approved equivalent. This will now be the only way to show satisfactory evidence of health and safety compliance.

 late payments, project bank accounts, Aldous Bill, Small Business Commissioner, Rudi Klein, SEC Group

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has welcomed Government efforts to address the construction industry’s late payments but is calling for further action – and faster.

 Hydrogen, IET, IMechE, decarbonising heat, heating, low carbon, net zero, greenhouse gases, gas network

Leading UK engineers have assessed the possibility of using hydrogen in place of natural gas in the UK’s gas grid and concluded that there is no reason why this cannot be achieved safely. This would contribute significantly to the UK’s 2050 carbon emission reduction target and help address the climate emergency.

Awards, ECA, ECA Awards

The 2019 ECA Industry Awards showcased some of the key achievements by leading talent in the sector during an impressive ceremony held in London on Friday 7 June.

Soft Landings, BSRIA, Newcastle University, Urban Sciences Building, Max Fordham, Awards

Winners of the BSRIA Soft Landings Awards 2019 were announced on 14th June, at the end of Association’s conference held at Arup’s London office.

OFTEC, biofuels, low carbon, modelling, Paul Rose, greenhouse gas emissions, heating, decarbonisation

OFTEC, the trade body for the oil-fired heating industry, has revealed research that supports liquid biofuels as a low-cost, highest-impact carbon reduction solution for oil-heated homes.

housebuilder, Persimmon Homes, mental health

One of the UK’s leading housebuilders is putting the mental health of its staff at the very top of its agenda by training 60 employees to become dedicated mental health first aiders.

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Modern Building Services magazine is switching from plastic wrapping from September 2019.

Carbon reduction, CCC, Climate change, Hywel Davies, Lord Deben

In May, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) proposed new ambitious targets for the government to reduce greenhouse gases to zero by 2050. The CCC report Net Zero – the UK’s contribution to stopping climate change calls for the UK to adopt a new, zero greenhouse gas emission target by 2050 and large-scale low or zero-carbon heating installation by 2030.

Air conditioning; BSRIA; global air conditioning; chillers; VRF; Saziye Dickson

The recently published BSRIA market intelligence study on the global air conditioning (AC) market continued to show growth in 2018. Karen Fletcher looks at the figures.

REL Building Services, Wilmott Dixon, University of Hertfordshire

Willmott Dixon has selected REL Building Services to deliver the M&E package for a new £12m facility at the University of Hertfordshire.

 housebuilder, houses, modular, Japan, Sekisui House, Urban Splash, Kit Malthouse

Japan’s largest housebuilder has taken a 35% equity stake in the modular arm of UK developer Urban Splash. The multi-million pound investment will see Sekisui House work with Urban Splash and Homes England to deliver thousands of new homes.

 BSRIA, air conditioning

BSRIA’s annual World BACS study for 2018 shows that the global market for BACS products grew by an estimated 4% annual growth rate (AGR) to reach more than US $6.3 billion in 2018 and is forecast to reach US $7.8 billion in 2023. This in turn supports the larger market for value added services and maintenance.

 BCIA, Awards, Wendy Belfield

The winners of the 2019 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards were announced at an exclusive ceremony 09 May at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole.

Deloitte, Barbour ABI, economy, Brexit, Crane Survey

Reports from Deloitte and Barbour ABI highlight growth in the construction sector in spite of the challenging economic conditions and Brexit.

 CIBSE, Professor Lynne Jack, engineers

Incoming CIBSE President Professor Lynne Jack outlined the growing relevance of building services engineers to the challenges facing both national and international societies in her inaugural address.

BSRIA, Peter Tse, zero-carbon, carbon, sustainability

The UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) has delivered a framework for the UK construction and property industry to transition new and existing buildings to becoming net zero carbon by 2050, to meet the ambitions of the Paris Climate Agreement.

ECA, Jim Pridham, Steve Bratt

Highly respected businessman and electrical engineer Jim Pridham of JR Pridham Services, has become ECA President.

SES Group, ONS, Rudi Klein, Aldous Bill, retentions

In the wake of the recent insolvency statistics published by Office of National Statistics (ONS) the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group has called for urgent action on measures to tighten payment security.

Government has announced a Sector Deal for the offshore wind industry. The aim is that a third of British electricity will be produced by offshore turbines by 2030.

BSRIA, district energy, network heating, global market

Market research by BSRIA has identified district heating as a major growth sector over the next few years, in Europe and the rest of the world. 

ECA, prequalification, standardised, Paul Reeve, PQQs, CAS

The Electrical Contractors Association (ECA) has welcomed the new Common Prequalification Assessment Standard (CAS).

TESP, JIB, electricians, skills, Ruth Devine, NET, apprenticeships

A new labour market report on the electrotechnical industry has estimated that between 12,500 and 15,000 additional skilled electricians will be needed over the next five years to accommodate forecasted growth.

pricing, ICAEW, risk, investment, margins

The construction industry is characterised by risk, uncertainty and complexity according to a new report form The Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW). 

gas boilers, domestic heating, heating, CCC, Committee on Climate Change, legislation

The industry offers a mixed response to the CCC's proposal that the UK moves away from gas-fired domestic heating. And points out that more must be done to make the UK's housing stock sustainable.

CIBSE, symposium, IAQ, air quality, wellbeing

CIBSE's Technical Symposium speakers will address the issue of air quality at the event at the end of April

smart controls, heating controls, smart homes, controls, BMS, domestic heating, heating

UK consumers embrace smart home technology, driving demand for digital heating controls




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