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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, November 12, 2020

BESA/UNITE AGREE JOINT UPDATE REGARDING GUARANTEED WEEK AND EXTENDED JOB RETENTION SCHEME (FURLOUGH)

Following the introduction of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (referred to as furlough) at the start of COVID-19 back in March 2020, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and Unite the Union (Unite), as joint party signatories to the HVAC Operative National Agreement, agreed that: a) for a temporary period, BESA employers who use the HVAC/BESA National Agreement and their...

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

BESA WINS Building Awards ‘Proud to Help’ Honour

At the 2020 Building Awards, many things were different – no glitzy black-tie do, no champagne and no dodgy dancing – but there was also a new award specifically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The new ‘Proud to Help’ Award was introduced to recognise the work of organisations who had gone above and beyond during the pandemic. At BESA we were delighted to be shortlisted alongside a number...

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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

CICV Forum teams up with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre to launch new Be Covid Smart digital learning toolkit

In its latest initiative to help Scotland’s building sector get safely back to work, the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has used cutting-edge technology to create a digital learning toolkit to promote best practice.   Working closely with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), which links business, university experts and public sector providers, the Forum this week (w/b...

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Building engineers are the ‘physicians of the future’

The work of building services specialists is increasingly being measured in terms of human health, according to a range of experts speaking at last week’s BESA National Conference. Building professionals were urged to recognise their role as “physicians of the future” by an international authority on virus transmission and a range of speakers highlighted the importance of mechanical ventilation...

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Friday, November 6, 2020

HACKITT SET TO REWARD ‘EARLY ADOPTERS’

Building safety champion Dame Judith Hackitt has announced plans to recognise companies who reform their working practices before they are forced to by new regulations. Speaking at the BESA National Conference, the chair of the Industry Safety Steering Group said businesses should not be waiting for the new building regulations due to come into force in 2023 and the appointment of the new...

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