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

Monday, July 24, 2017

Rise in plumbing courses fails to address the skills gap

The industry is being flooded by trainees with basic plumbing qualifications rather than the higher skills needed to address the skills gap, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). It has criticised a number of training providers for promoting lower cost plumbing courses to employers at the expense of the wider scoped building services apprenticeships and has urged...

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Joanna Robinson elected chair of BESA Ventilation Group

Joanna Robinson has been elected as the new chair of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) Ventilation Group. The Association said this was a key appointment at an “exciting and challenging time for the ventilation sector”. The managing director of Bradford-based Mansfield Pollard was also described as a “fantastic role model for women in building engineering” by BESA chief...

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Monday, July 17, 2017

BESA welcomes planned review of building regulations

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed BBC reports that a full review of the Building Regulations will be carried out in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Chief executive Paul McLaughlin said BESA had been flagging up weaknesses in the regulatory framework for many years and had long been a champion of tighter enforcement. Reports suggest that the Department for...

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Friday, July 14, 2017

BESA launches national technical conference and awards

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) will hold a combined national technical conference and awards dinner on October 19 in London. The full day event at the Park Plaza Riverbank hotel will focus on four key areas for the building engineering sector: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ); District Heating and Tall Buildings; Heat Pumps; and Digital Construction including modular systems and...

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

New BESA President to focus on youth

Tim Hopkinson has been elected President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) for 2017/18. The managing director of the ductwork manufacturer and installation contractor E Poppleton and Son took office at the Association’s annual general meeting in London and succeeds Malcolm Thomson. Mr Hopkinson, who has been working in the building engineering sector for 35 years, is the...

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