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Latest news on the initiatives and activities being undertaken by the BESA in support of its members and the building engineering services sector.

Friday, May 7, 2021

Workers need more protection from poverty in retirement

The revelation that just 36% of workers in the construction industry are saving into a pension scheme means thousands face poverty in old age. Unite the union was able to access Department of Work and Pensions figures through a freedom of information request which showed that only 797,000 employees out of a total industry workforce of 2.2 million were paying into any kind of pension. These...

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

Covid site safety here for the foreseeable future

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has become the first training provider to fully integrate Site Operating Procedures (SOPs) into its health and safety courses. Understanding SOPs will also become a pre-requisite for anyone applying for or updating their SKILLcard so making it a requirement for working on site. The online BESA Academy has embedded a series of mandatory SOP...

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Industry training has ‘even steeper hill to climb

Meeting the government’s new carbon emissions target will need an unprecedented surge in training and recruitment across the building services sector, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The new target of a 78% cut in emissions by 2035 (compared with 1990 levels) announced by Boris Johnson on Earth Day will depend on a huge contribution from the built environment,...

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Tuesday, April 27, 2021

An end to prequalification waste ‘finally in sight’

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has become the first trade body to adopt a new industry agreed prequalification standard that promises to cut expensive and time consuming ‘red tape’ for contractors. The new Common Assessment Standard, developed by Build UK and endorsed by the Construction Leadership Council, means suppliers will only need to be certified once a year by a...

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Just 1% of buildings complying with vital fire safety measure

Despite their crucial fire safety role, huge numbers of fire and smoke dampers remain untested in thousands of buildings across the UK, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The Association fears that less than 1% of buildings have been fully tested in line with legislation, despite growing awareness of the importance of carrying out comprehensive fire safety risk...

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