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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Retentions at heart of productivity woes

Repeated delays to proposed reforms of the payment retentions system are undermining the construction industry’s efforts to improve its productivity, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and electrotechnical and engineering services trade body the ECA. The industry continues to face government and client criticism for delivering projects behind time and over budget,...

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Fire chiefs the latest to raise alarm about industry’s skills gap

London Fire Brigade chiefs have lambasted a “general lack of competence” among building designers and construction companies in the wake of the Grenfell fire and have demanded formal qualifications and accreditation for anyone installing “life-saving systems like smoke ventilation”. “There will be an increase in serious building fires unless the construction industry starts to take fire safety...

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

UK should tighten F gas rules after Brexit

The UK’s largest register for safe refrigerant handling has called for F gas emissions rules to be tightened in the wake of Brexit. Responding to an inquiry by the parliamentary Environmental Audit Committee, Refcom called for the UK to close a number of “loopholes” that allow some operators to circumvent British laws already in place as a result of the European F gas Regulation. “In...

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

BESA pays tribute to reformer Latham

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has praised the legacy of Sir Michael Latham, who has died at the age of 74. The former MP and chairman of Willmott Dixon wrote his influential report Trust and Money followed closely by the government-commissioned Constructing the Team in 1994, which was the precursor to a wide ranging modernisation of the sector – and eventually major parts...

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Introducing civil penalties for infringements of the Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulation - consultation

Defra, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Scottish Government have published a consultation regarding the introduction of civil penalties for infringements of F gas regulations. It seeks views on the introduction of a new civil penalties scheme to replace the existing penalty regime for infringements of the EU Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulation (EU No 517/2014)...

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