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

Friday, August 21, 2015

The start of a journey

Paul McLaughlin, BESA Chief Executive

Being asked to write a blog on your first day in not only a new role but a new industry is a somewhat daunting prospect. The very able staff at B&ES drafted a thoughtful, accurate and well-researched piece for me to sign that would make an immediate impression on members and staff who could not fail to note the depth of knowledge and insight that this newcomer has already absorbed. But I...

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Tackle skills shortage from the inside

Malcolm Thomson, BESA President

Having been in this industry for over 30 years, I have experienced my fair share of ups and downs, but there is something particularly challenging about the current business cycle, writes Jim Marner. The last recession was longer and deeper than most and, as a result, the inevitable upswing and the accompanying skills shortages are more dramatic than the past. The skills issue is a real threat...

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Monday, August 10, 2015

The engineer's dilemma and 'sexist' air conditioning

David Frise, BESA Head of Sustainability

So the silly season is definitely in full swing: Newspaper journalists; bloggers and social media pundits have jumped on this year’s daftest headline, which branded office air conditioning as ‘sexist’. Research from the University of Maastricht reveals that temperature settings in UK buildings tend to suit men and not women. Apparently, commissioning engineers still rely on guidance produced by...

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Monday, July 6, 2015

'Organic' air is bad for you

David Frise, BESA Head of Sustainability

Poor air quality is killing more people in the UK than smoking and alcohol combined; accounting for 29,000 premature deaths every year, according to Public Health England. The recent heatwave has focused attention on the effects of outdoor pollutants and has exacerbated already serious problems with transport emissions, but there is also a major problem INSIDE buildings. Poor indoor air quality...

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Energy efficiency - no longer the Cinderella?

David Frise, BESA Head of Sustainability

Legislation underpinning improved energy security was one of the headline announcements in this week’s Queen’ Speech that heralded the start of the new parliamentary year. A new Energy Bill promising “affordable and reliable energy for businesses and families” was one of 28 listed in Her Majesty’s address. Among other things, it will create an independent Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) “charged...

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