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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.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Skills crunch keeping contractors awake at night

Rising costs and a shortage of skilled people are giving building services contractors sleepless nights, according to a new business survey. Members of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) said they were facing “major challenges” due to a combination of rising labour and material costs, growing lead times, shortage of equipment and delivery delays. Many respondents said they...

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Friday, October 1, 2021

Industry pays tribute to refrigerant pioneers

The refrigeration and air conditioning industry owes a huge debt of gratitude to the founding members of what is now the country’s main F-Gas register, according to a former President of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). In a speech marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of REFCOM, Malcolm Thomson said the original members had displayed “true vision” and paved the way...

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Free service aims to clear up apprentice confusion

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has launched a free advisory service to help employers and potential apprentices navigate the increasingly complex recruitment and training process. Run by the Association’s Academy, the Skills Advisory Service aims to simplify and speed up a system that can often be baffling and lead to many young people missing out on career opportunities in...

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

George Clarke heads growing cast for BESA Conference

The architect and TV personality George Clarke is to deliver a keynote address at this year’s Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) National Conference. The two-day event, which is sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric, takes place online on November 3 and 4 and is structured around an overall theme of ‘Building Back Better, Safer, Greener’ with a focus on the detailed technical elements...

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Thursday, September 23, 2021

BESA calls for practical response to WHO targets

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed tough new air quality targets contained in updated World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines but stressed the need for indoor targets to be practical and affordable. In its first update to air quality guidelines since 2005, the WHO blamed exposure to pollution for seven million premature deaths a year worldwide. It slashed the...

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