Andy Sneyd, the newly elected president of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), believes that construction and building engineering services are ‘living through an era of unprecedented change’. Speaking at the association’s annual general meeting, he said, ‘Many people believe that the industry and the part we play in it will remain pretty much the same as in decades past, but this is a mistake.’
Glenigan has increased its growth forecast for 2014 to a 7.4% increase in the value of project starts, up from 4% at the beginning of the year. The 2014 ‘Mid-year construction review and forecast’ prepared by Glenigan’s economics team indicates that the upturn in construction activity is gathering momentum.
The tradition of the family running the business of York-based building-services engineers JH Shouksmith & Sons has entered the seventh generation with the appointments of brothers David and Edward Shouksmith as managing director and commercial director, respectively. Both are sons of company chairman Richard Shouksmith.
The High Court has ruled in favour of 14 British solar and construction companies, giving them victory in the critical legal issues trial of their damages claim against the Government following unlawful policy changes in 2011 to the Feed-in Tariff for generating clean electricity. They were represented by energy-specialist firm Prospect Law.
With the introduction of the new Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for domestic properties and a revised scheme for commercial properties, Mike Malina looks at the prospects for this industry sector.
With the Renewable Heat Incentive for ground-source heat pumps now near the top of the range for all forms of renewable energy and air-source heat pumps near the bottom, Jake Salisbury of the Ground Source Heat Pump Association reviews the technology.
The NCP car park in Drury Lane, Covent Garden, has been refurbished with variable-speed drives (VSDs) from ABB to give better control of the ventilation system and reduce energy use. NCP wanted to modernise the ventilation of this 330-space car park to meet current demands for energy efficiency and achieve energy savings.
The first installation in the UK of a Rinnai KBM continuous-flow water heater also serves underfloor heating. Dave Winrow, who runs Winrow Building Services, was asked by Rinnai to trial this low-NOx water heater. It has been installed into a retail complex that was being refurbished. This former Co-operative building houses a hair salon, separate beauty salon and one other unit.
Heating for the ‘residents’ of the new sun bear enclosure, called ‘Bears of the Rising Sun’, at Colchester Zoo and visitors is provided by Caspian high-level fan convectors from Smith’s Environmental Products. There are four units for the bear’s enclosure and three on the public viewing platform. The bears, Jo-Jo and Srey Ya, arrived from Cambodia in 2010, and this new enclosure is designed to meet their physical and behavioural needs.
Steve Harrison explains why it is becoming increasingly more important to consider training as an essential part of every business.
Why should you want to isolate the BEMS from the rest of a corporate IT network? Graham Lewry of Trend Control Systems, explains why closer collaboration and understanding between IT and FM departments can lead to a better building energy management system.
- 11 September, 2014, 12:30 - 16:30Lighting Controls & Building Regulations
- 16 - 17 September, 2014Renewables Event
- 16 - 17 September, 2014The Energy Event 2014
- 28 - 29 October, 2014Leadership in building performance
- 05 - 06 November, 2014FutureBuild 2014
- 05 November, 2014 - 15:15Heat 2014
- 14 November, 2014BSRIA Briefing — Smarter ways to better buildings
- 26 - 27 November, 2014Resilience14
- 27 November, 201410-80-10 — The Building Services Summit