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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 21, 2021

BESA backs scientists’ call for overhaul of ventilation standards

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is supporting a campaign led by an international group of scientists and engineers to have current building ventilation regulations completely rewritten. The 40-strong group of leading experts and academics condemned the current state of indoor air quality (IAQ) as a scandal comparable to the contaminated water supplies in 19th Century Britain...

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Higher costs, lower employment expected for fraught engineering services sector

The rising costs of labour and materials stand out as major concerns from the latest survey of UK electrotechnical and engineering services firms. This is expected to have a negative impact on profits and employment. Significant uncertainty has led to a quarter of businesses (24 per cent) employing fewer apprentices in Q2. A third (34 per cent) of respondents added that they would need less...

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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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