Up-to-date comment and thought leadership on key industry issues from our expert team.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

A question of trust

Although it has been a challenging year, BESA President Rab Fletcher argues that progress has been made on many fronts not least around the reputation of UK engineers.  Ukraine, inflation, energy prices, building health and safety, material and skills shortages, economic and political turmoil – you couldn’t say that 2022 has been an average year. And the prospects for 2023 aren’t great, but BESA...

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Friday, June 24, 2022

How pioneering women grew the renewables industry

Guest blogger Jarne Veronica reflects on the crucial role played by women pioneers and inventors in the development of the modern renewable building sector.  The amount of solar generation capacity installed in Europe grew by 34% last year with EU member states alone installing more than 25 gigawatts. This year, installations will provide enough electricity for around eight million homes, and...

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Thursday, June 23, 2022

You can’t be, what you can’t see

Alexandra Knight, founder of Stemazing – the organisation she set up to inspire greater diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). She will be delivering a keynote talk at this year’s BESA National Conference.  People who work in STEM are the hidden heroes of humanity. They keep society functioning, but most of the population is unaware of the vital work people in STEM...

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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

How I am making real impact on carbon saving

It seems strange to admit it now, but I actually had no idea about building services until I ended up IN building services.  Having completed a degree in chemical engineering, I went looking for a graduate job and came across the job advert for FairHeat. It sounded interesting because I was keen to work in the low carbon / renewable sector.   Having got the job, I then discovered this whole new...

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Why ‘why’ is more important than ‘what’

Why do we engineer things? Why do we do it like that? Is it because we have always done it that way? Why not try this instead?  I would not want to claim that only women put the ‘why’ ahead of the ‘what’ when it comes to addressing an engineering challenge, but I do think we bring a different perspective, which can help to challenge the status quo. The client is interested in the outcome so...

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