B&ES, Andy Sneyd

New president of B&ES focuses on era of ‘unprecedented changes’

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 raises its growth forecasts

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.

Changing generations at Shouksmiths — from left are director John Miller, managing director David Shouksmith, commercial manager Edward Shouksmith and chairman Richard Shouksmith.

The seventh generation at Shouksmiths

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.

SolarPV, FiT

High Court rules in favour of SolarPV industry over FiT cuts

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.

The bridge to a lower-carbon future

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.

RHI stimulus for ground- source heat pumps

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.

Car-park ventilation system gets ABB drives make-over

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.

Rinnai continuous-flow water heater also serves underfloor heating

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 is a bear necessity at zoo

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.

Training as the route to business success

Steve Harrison explains why it is becoming increasingly more important to consider training as an essential part of every business.

Better together

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.



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