Barbour ABI
Residential leads construction bounce-back.
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Construction industry bounces back after recent stall in growth

Contract awards in the construction industry increased by 12% in the latest survey from Barbour ABI, as a number of high-profile projects were given the green light. The latest edition of the company’s ‘Economic and construction market review’ from the company reports that the levels of construction contract values awarded in June across all regions of Great Britain totalled £5.5 billion based on a 3-month rolling average, an increase on the £4.9 billion from May.

BESA, President, Tim Hopkinson
Looking to attract young people into the industry — Tim Hopkinson.

BESA’s new president focuses on youth

The new president of BESA (Building Engineering Services Association) has declared his main focus for the year will be ‘to drive emerging talent into our industry’ and empower young people to set the agenda for the association’s future. He will also be unveiling a major new initiative at the BESA’s president’s lunch in September that will set a new direction for the sector’s ‘future leadership’.

Andy Lewry, controls, BMS, BEMS, energy efficiency, performance gap
Even choosing the correct controls are chosen does not necessarily guarantee performance — Andy Lewry.

Taking control of building performance

The control of energy in buildings is generally poor, and the performance gap can inflate energy bills by up to 400%. Andy Lewry discusses how controls can help.

Metsec, cost overruns, cost over-runs
Closing the cost gap — Ryan Simmonds.

Bringing cost over-runs on projects under control

Why is there so often a significant difference between projected costs versus final costs? Ryan Simmonds of voestalpine Metsec examines the reasons and reviews how changing the approach to planning the project can bring inbound and outbound project costs closer together.

Best practice design for displacement ventilation

Displacement ventilation is inherently more energy efficient than mixed-air systems, but care is needed to avoid creating uncomfortable conditions. Mike Gosling of Trox UK explores the issues.

Reluctant support for 18th edition of the ‘Wiring Regulations’

Only one in 16 electro-technical businesses ‘absolutely support’ the proposed 18th edition to the ‘Wiring Regulations’ according to a major survey from the Electrical Contractors’ Association. 28% of respondents said that the planned changes were ‘unfavourable’ or were ‘strongly opposed’ to them. 61% of firms said they ‘somewhat supported’ the proposals.

Let’s get radical … about heat

The heating sector needs to shift up a gear in using energy efficiently to keep pace with dramatic changes in demand and technology, according to Tim Rook of the Building Engineering Services Association.

Outdoor units are the key to VRF system efficiency

Packing the outdoor units of a VRF air-conditioning system too close together can have an adverse effect on the performance and efficiency of the system. Andy Slater of LG Air Conditioning & Energy Solutions explains.

Recognising the skills of our industry stalwarts

Malcolm Anson, president of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), explains the need to highlight the valuable skills that our industry stalwarts bring and why trade associations are doing more to recognise them.

There’s never a wrong time to consider a BMS

Specifying a building-management system (BMS) at the beginning of an energy-reduction initiative frequently provides the most effective route to optimised usage — but the installation of BMS at a later stage can still deliver major benefits, says Gareth Barber of BG Energy Solutions.

Big Foot shows its credentials on German safe-access project

Big Foot Systems has supplied an extensive safe-access solution for the Zemos Research Building at the Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. Rooftop plant includes four heat pumps and three dry-air coolers on the flat room. The planners required a non-penetrative solution to provide safe access.

Wireless BEMSs cut gas use at bus depots by 20%

Bus operator Stagecoach has achieved aggregate gas savings of around 20% at 24 bus depots following the installation of wireless BEMSs by Aimteq. The investment is set to achieve a return of less than two years on a region-by-region basis.

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