Nearly half the members of the Building & Engineering Services Association who responded to the association’s latest state-of trade survey experienced increases in workload and turnover during the second half of last year. However, there were indications of a modest slowdown approaching, with the rate of growth falling since similar research six months earlier.
£15.5 billion-worth of stalled construction projects came back on stream in 2014, a 50% rise on 2013, according to Glenigan’s market research. This was the second consecutive year that the value of projects coming back into development exceeded those put on hold, which totalled £11.9 billion.
While it is true that there is some way to go to get to the point where BIM is delivering all of its intended benefits, giant strides are being made, and there are reasons to be cheerful. Ian Chapman of NBS looks at the progress that is being made.
The Energys approach to optimising the performance of boilers is achieving average annual savings in gas of 18.8% across 10 sites of the Avon & Somerset Constabulary. Savings range from 14 to 25% at each site, and the system can be accessed remotely to provide immediate and comprehensive visibility of gas consumption and savings.
How much maintenance is really needed to achieve a building that operates satisfactorily? That is the focus of recently published guides, Andy Green discusses the success being achieved by a planned and structured maintenance scheme on the cost of maintenance and the life-cycle costs of buildings.
A new update to the UK Wiring Regulations is now in place (the third amendment), meaning that the nation’s 100 000 electrical contractors have until 1 July to get up to speed with the latest changes. Russell Coleman explains the importance of compliance.
The industry can no longer ignore the financial and social implications of poorly performing buildings, says Mike McCloskey.
The engineering department of Barclays has teamed up with Smart Buildings of Leeds to develop a fully integrated platform that interacts with its building equipment such as boilers, lights, thermostats and critical plant to provide secure monitoring, management and control of equipment for the entire Barclays portfolio. The partnership won the ‘Building Controls System Award 2015’ at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards.
Utilising Belimo’s Energy Valve to control, monitor and meter the fuel used for space heating at the Institute of Forestry at the University of Macedonia has reduced heating costs by around 30%. The savings were confirmed by invoices from the local heating supplier Balkan Energy Group.
LJJ has completed the £14 million M&E installation at CLS Holdings’ Spring Mews mixed-used scheme in the Vauxhall Gardens conservation area south of the River Thames. The project was part of Shepherd Construction’s £40 million design-and-build programme.
Is LED lighting the best option for a lighting system? Certainly, some schemes have been disappointing. Steven Henry of Chalmor provides practical advice about new lighting schemes — including what to consider to determine if LED technology really is the best for a particular project.