Latest news on the initiatives and activities being undertaken by the BESA in support of its members and the building engineering services sector.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Economic upturn masks mental health crisis

The economic recovery is concealing a growing mental health epidemic among construction SMEs, according to a new online survey carried out by pollsters YouGov*. Despite an upbeat forecast for growth across the UK economy this year and a rapid recovery for construction and its related sectors, firms are continuing to report serious conditions amongst workers, including panic attacks, insomnia, and...

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Skills gap threatens cooling sector’s safety and environmental aims

A shortage of skilled technicians will make it increasingly difficult for the refrigeration and air conditioning sector to adopt new ‘alternative’ refrigerants, which are critical to achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The Association’s head of technical Graeme Fox told this week’s F-Gas Question Time hosted by RAC...

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Thursday, May 27, 2021

BESA welcomes fast tracking of wellbeing standard

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has praised the British Standards Institute (BSI) for deciding to speed up the development of a new standard for measuring indoor environment quality (IEQ). Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 3003 was championed by engineering firm EFT Consult, which has been working on it for six years. The BSI has now decided to accelerate that work into...

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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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