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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, 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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Friday, April 23, 2021

Don’t forget about the indoor air

Measures to tackle increasingly dangerous levels of air pollution inside buildings must be part of the new air quality laws proposed in a landmark coroner’s report, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). In his Prevention of Future Deaths report, south London coroner Philip Barlow called for new legally enforceable lower air pollution limits in line with World Health...

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Put buildings at heart of new climate challenge, says BESA

A major retrofit strategy for existing buildings could be crucial to the Prime Minister’s radical new targets for cutting carbon emissions, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The Association welcomed “the exciting and bold challenge” laid down by Boris Johnson this week ahead of a climate summit hosted by the US. The new target of a 78% cut in emissions by 2035...

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Labour market feeling the heat as industry rebounds

The speed of the economic recovery is already revealing cracks in the building services labour market, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). During a webinar hosted by the Association, recruitment experts warned that without significant investment in upskilling existing workers and adding to the sector’s headcount the industry would struggle to keep pace as the...

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