Paul Reeve, ECA, CO2, emissions, targets, CCC,

In May, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) effectively put Government on the spot with a remarkable recommendation that the UK moves rapidly towards a ‘zero net carbon’ economy. Paul Reeve of the ECA examines the implications.

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The future office

04 May, 2019

Renu Chopra reports on an interview with the author of a book that looks at the future of our workplaces, and puts people at the heart of design and engineering

air quality, IAQ, BESA, David Frise, wellbeing

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

refrigerants, phase down, HFC, R32, F Gas, HFOs

Karen Fletcher explores the new landscape of refrigerants as phase down kicks in

ECA, Grenfell, Steve Martin, Electrical Contractors Association, Electrical Safety First, ECS, competence, fire safety

Steve Martin, director of technical for the ECA considers if fundamental reform is finally on the way in the post-Grenfell construction sector and explains government plans for change.

In the third in a series of articles by the Commissioning Specialists Association, we continue to highlight some of the misconceptions about the role of commissioning, by asking four quite simple questions; what, why, when and who. Here we expand on the all-important ‘when’?

The future office is here

01 March, 2019

MBS reporter Renu Chopra looks into the future of building services design for offices.

The Why of commissioning

04 March, 2019

CSA expert Keith Barker explains why today's complex buildings need commissioning more than ever.

According to the GIRI’s recent research project, the construction industry recognises that 21% of its costs is due to error.

Paul Reeve, ECA, circular, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, WEEE

A circular approach

07 February, 2019

Paul Reeve of the ECA explains the latest update to the WEEE Regulations, and why the industry needs to embrace a circular approach to the construction economy.

Keith Barker of the Commissioning Specialists Association introduces a series of articles that examine the what, why, when and who of commissioning. This month, we take a look at what the process is – and why it’s so important.

EMEX 2018, Generation Z, recruitment, retention, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, IEMA, BESA's Future Leaders

At EMEX 2018, panellists spoke about of the importance of Generation Z and the need to be aware of what they’re looking for in a career. Renu Chopra reports

decarbonise heat, George Clarke, Mitsubishi Electric, Electrification, district Heating, hybrid approach, hydrogen , biogas, modular, offsite

Time for transformation

07 January, 2019

Karen Fletcher reports on a recent seminar that highlighted the links between our need to decarbonise heat while transforming our approach to constructing high-quality, efficient dwellings.

Brexit, BESA National Conference, Building Engineering Services Association, BESA, Tim Hopkinson, late payment, Apprenticeship Levy, Grenfell Tower

Brexit – no more delays

03 December, 2018

At the BESA National Conference, speakers and delegates expressed their frustration with the process of Brexit and resulting business uncertainty – and highlighted the need for clarity from government.

EMEX

The built environment is going through a rapid transformation driven by a constant increase in energy prices and new legislation that will impose a greater control of emissions.

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Rise of the smart workplace

01 October, 2018

There is no denying that buildings are getting smarter. As IoT has affected our domestic lives, commercial real estate managers are now adopting a connected strategy to save money and make buildings more pleasant and productive workspaces, plus making them more cost-efficient and profitable.

Must do better

01 October, 2018

BB101 Guidelines on ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools was updated in August 2018, and it sets some tough targets for building services. The document addresses three key services-related areas in school buildings: ventilation; thermal comfort; and indoor air quality (IAQ) – and introduces higher standards for all of them.

BESA Conference, fire safety, Brexit, Aldous Bill, Indoor Air Quality, Training, Refrigerants

After a year of extraordinary events and unprecedented change, the industry is preparing to gather at the Park Plaza Victoria hotel in London on November 1 to debate where we go from here.

offsite, House of Lords, OSM, infrastructure, hospitals, houses

As the House of Lords Science & Technology Committee produces its report on the benefits of offsite manufacture, the industry faces some tough questions about performance

London Energy Transformation Initiative, London Plan, LETI, Elementa, Etude, zero carbon, World Green Building Council, heat, electricity

Taking the lead to zero

04 September, 2018

The London Energy Transformation Initiative has already seen many of its recommendations adopted into the draft London Plan, and is now creating new approaches to help clients understand and achieve sustainable buildings.

CentraLine, Honeywell

Benefit from a comprehensive solution offering cross-application control, low cost installation, integrated and safe remote operation and much more…

ARENA NX v4.4

02 July, 2018

CentraLine are also pleased to announce the arrival of the latest version of their powerful supervisor ARENA NX v4.4.

Brexit, regulation, CIBSE, Hywel Davies, ICOM, EPBD, Part L, Clean Growth Strategy, nearly zero energy buildings, NZEBs

We’re all waiting to discover what Brexit might mean for UK legislation on energy and emissions. But that shouldn’t distract us from home-grown regulation that will also introduce significant changes – and opportunities. Karen Fletcher reports on a presentation by CIBSE’s Dr Hywel Davies.

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In support of EPCs

03 May, 2018

Last month, MBS raised the issue that some building performance specialists view EPCs as ‘not fit for purpose’. Here Dr Andrew Geens makes the case for EPCs as an energy efficiency measurement and clarifies his position on why EPCs are a useful indicator for building owners and managers.

wellbeing, LG, University of Salford, Dr Graeme Sherriff, Andrew Slater, Andrew Robinson, Jonathan Moore, Building Engineering Specialists Association, BESA, Foobot, WELL, British Council for Offices, BCO Guide to Specification, Jack Frienc, Professor Derek Clements-Croome, MEES, Reading University, Hasman, Kane Group Building Services, Exi-Tite, University of Salford, LG Air Conditioning and Energy Solutions

The road to wellbeing

03 May, 2018

In this month’s MBS round table discussion, sponsored by LG, our panel of experts considers the topic of wellbeing and the contribution of building services to the health and happiness of occupants at work and at home. By Karen Fletcher

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, Spring Statement, late payment, housing

Or a chill wind for construction? Karen Fletcher considers the Chancellor’s Spring Statement.

Ecobuild, Sarah Ratcliffe, Better Building Partnership, BBP, Dr Robert Cohen, Verco, Design for Performance, NABERS, Abigail Dean, BREEAM, EPC

Clients demand more

04 April, 2018

Are construction clients finally reaching the end of their collective tether when it comes to building performance? Karen Fletcher outlines the issues that are coming to a head.

Darren Richards, offsite technology, Industrial Strategy, Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, MEP, prefabricated utility cupboards, PUC, volume house-builders, procurement, trades, pods, manufacturing

Building blocks

04 April, 2018

Modular construction has gained considerable momentum over the past five years in the UK due to its positive impact on cost, programme, quality and safety. Offsite construction consultant Darren Richards discusses the latest developments.

MEES, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard, EPCs

MBS looks at the latest research that shows EPC ratings look set to fall at an alarming rate, even in properties that are relatively well-managed. Computer modelling results make for difficult reading as the likely impact of MEES on property values becomes clear. 

Paul Reeve, Industrial Strategy, UK Clean Growth Strategy, Electric vehicles, ECA

Paul Reeve outlines the fundamentals of the government’s Industrial Strategy, and what it might mean for the building services sector and its clients.

Obstruction of progress

06 February, 2018

In the last three years, £7.8 billions in retentions have gone unpaid. MBS looks at the numbers which paint a picture of how this affects not only individual companies, but the construction industry’s ability to modernise, train and deliver.

Hot property, cool billions

06 February, 2018

Commercial property is 10% of UK net wealth. How will MEES affect value?

Building Engineering Services Association, Retentions

A group of MPs are lending their support to proposed new legislation that could provide a welcome boost to the finances of thousands of SMEs working in construction related sectors.

Ecodesign, Chris Meir, heating, NOx, Remeha

Ecodesign – the heat is on

04 December, 2017

More stringent regulations for space heating are on their way as the next phase of Ecodesign requirements come into effect next year under the Energy-related Products Directive (ErP). Chris Meir considers the implications for boiler manufacturers and the building services industry as a whole.

Peter Reynolds, Grundfos UK, hydraulic balancing

Peter Reynolds explains why hydraulic balancing offers benefits for heating system efficiency, and why he welcomes government policy that it should be ‘expected practice’ in domestic installations.

CentraLine, Energy Vision NX

CentraLine announces latest version of ENERGY VISION NX - a software solution for professional building energy management.

CentraLine

CentraLine took to the road last month for a series of product updates across the country, where CentraLine Partners had the opportunity to interact with the existing product range, and to find out more about the latest product offerings. The sessions took the form of live technical demonstrations and showcased the new, improved functionality within the CentraLine NX platform.

BESA, apprentice, careers

The government must move quickly to clear up the confusion surrounding funding for apprentice training, according to the President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

booster set, Steve Schofield, Europump, BPMA, CE marking

Boosting confidence

01 November, 2017

If you are part of the booster set supply chain, you have legal obligations to ensure that the products which you place on the market are fully compliant with EU legislation. In this article, Steve Schofield urges users to buy with confidence.

ECA, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Steve Martin, Paul Reeve

Making it personal

01 November, 2017

The issue of personal data protection will become increasingly important with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25th May 2018. Steve Martin and Paul Reeve explain what it means for our sector.

Lord Rupert Redesdale, energy, Energy Managers Association, energy management

Rising to the challenge

01 November, 2017

Lord Rupert Redesdale is a man on a mission. In fact, he’s been pursuing his goal of more effective, efficient and sustainable energy production and use in the UK for some time. MBS talks to him about the future.

MEES, LG Air Conditioning, EPCs, Debbie Hobbs, Andrew Geens, Simon Clouston, Andrew Slater, Jeremy Smith, Martyn Wilkinson, Cundall, Andrew Slater

MEES – Just the start

01 November, 2017

With only five months until Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are applied to buildings, our round table discussion panel, sponsored by LG Air Conditioning, agrees that MEES should be viewed as the starting point for building efficiency, not the finish.

EMEX

Exhibition preview: EMEX 2017

01 November, 2017

As a media partner, Modern Building Services would like to invite all our readers to join us at EMEX on stand B14.

Electrical Contractors' Association, ECA, energy market, distributed energy, Ofgem, energy storage, batteries, renewables, Paul Reeve

Smart energy revolution

04 October, 2017

Paul Reeve looks at government plans to enable a distributed energy future and sees the disruption of our energy market – and future opportunities for our industry.

Brace for impact

04 October, 2017

As Ofgem and National Grid rethink how commercial customers are charged for electricity transmission costs, businesses will see significant changes in what they’re paying and when. MBS considers the proposed changes and how they might impact energy use.

Reflections on water

04 October, 2017

As Whitbread announces that it’s the first hospitality multinational to be granted a self-supply licence, MBS considers the implications of a focus on water for building services

Building Engineering Services Association, BESA, training, skills, Apprenticeship Levy, Trailblazer, apprenticeship, Tony Howard

Demand for building engineering services is growing at its fastest rate for years, but companies are struggling to find the skilled people to fill vacancies and our productivity is suffering. Tony Howard* says proper support for training is the answer.




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Dr Gavin Dunn: Managing responsibility

Dr Gavin Dunn, CEO of CABE discusses how the industry needs to handle responsibility better. 

Facilities Show 2019

Facilities Show's Director, Chris Edwards tells us what to expect from this year's exhibition.

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