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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). 

Figures from sales-lead specialist Glenigan show that in spite of a subdued economy, there are areas of demand for specialist…

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

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…

A new labour market report on the electrotechnical industry has estimated that between 12,500 and 15,000 additional skilled electricians will be…

Certsure, ECA and Electrical Safety First (ESF) join forces to drive measurement and recognitition

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



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Nicola Gillen, director and architect at Aecom talks about her new book 'Future Office' and why we need to focus on building workplaces for people.

"Over the years 'sustainability' has become the most overused word"- MBE Ant Wilson, Director, and AECOM Fellow

Director and AECOM fellow, MBE Ant Wilson talks about the importance of wellbeing for the industry and its clients.

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

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

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

Reliable, clear and effective lighting in hospitals plays a key role in all aspects of operational effectiveness, patient recovery as well as staff productivity. Nathan Cole explains the benefits of lighting control.

Smart buildings can deliver a whole host of benefits for any business and open up a wealth of opportunities. Daniel Lilley explains

Jon Belfield, president of the BCIA, compares a well-designed smart building argues it’s not the quantity of technology implemented that makes a building truly smart, it’s about choosing the right technology for the right system.

Maximising use of on-board and cost-effective optional controls is a simple step that can enhance both boiler and system performance, says Paul Arnold

Drew Clough explains why contractors should be changing their business model to accommodate offsite construction and in doing so improve the efficiency and productivity of their business.

Andy Green outlines the current legislative requirements to reduce NOx emissions and how the commercial HVAC sector should continue to implement change.

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.

Stephen Booth explains how a variable speed cold water booster could be a better option for promoting a greener future.

Is reluctance to move away from traditional materials still holding us back when it comes to drainage pipes and fittings? 

Improving the performance of hydronic balancing valves requires accurate commissioning, says Paul Wightman.

Paul Collins highlights the importance of proactive maintenance for saving energy and running costs.

Dave Cooper looks at the heavy load of documentation, legal obligations and standards to be reached at the varying stages in the life cycle of a lift and shares his experiences in the field of lift maintenance.

Space is now at a premium in urban areas, and we’re seeing more and more buildings being constructed upwards resulting in people having to live in closer proximity to one another.

How one university successfully updated the cooling and capacity for its data centre.

Mike Hefford, looks at how a high-efficiency technology like CHP can help hospitals reduce energy costs, improve environmental performance, and increase energy security

Mission-critical data centres require high security and reliability, and indoor air quality plays a crucial role in keeping blade server racks and electronic components fully functional. Mark Taylor explains

When building occupants think of wellbeing and how to improve their surroundings, HVAC systems may not be at the top of their list.

The role of every FM varies – dependent on industry sector and the demands of the working environment.

Our cover this month refers to buildings as sources of productivity for occupants. A well-designed, engineered and constructed building enhances the performance of people in it, as a number of our expert writers explain.

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