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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.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

BESA congratulates new IOR president Graeme Fox

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has congratulated its head of technical Graeme Fox on being elected as the next President of the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR). Fox was announced as the winner of a members’ vote at the Institute’s AGM last week and will take over from current president Mike Creamer next year. A chartered engineer with more than 30 years’ experience in...

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Monday, November 8, 2021

No excuse for poorly ventilated buildings

One of the government’s top scientific advisors has called for a concerted programme of ventilation improvements in buildings including professional accreditation for contractors. Professor Cath Noakes told the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) National Conference that the pandemic had increased understanding of how disease is transmitted around indoor spaces and raised public...

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Monday, November 8, 2021

Five years and counting for the BESA Scotland Local Authority Forum

BESA Scotland’s Local Authority Forum is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week. It first started out with just three attendees and over the years has grown to more than 25. At the height of the pandemic, the forum went from meeting once a quarter to every week.   “It was vital that we met regularly to discuss the everchanging guidance from the Scottish Government and the other Scottish...

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

George Clarke calls for scrapping of VAT on refurbs

TV personality and architect George Clarke has urged the government to help power “a global retrofit revolution” by abolishing VAT on the restoration and conversion of existing buildings. During his keynote address that launched the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) National Conference 2021, he said the construction and building engineering sectors could play a key role in...

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Thursday, October 28, 2021

BESA welcomes Budget boost for green skills

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has applauded the Chancellor for setting aside £3.8bn for education and skills with particular focus on additional support for SMEs and the creation of new T-levels to help young adults take up vocational careers. The new funds announced in this week’s Budget back up promises made by the government in last week’s Net Zero strategy to create...

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