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B&ES business manifesto addresses 2020 challenge

The Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) has published its Business Manifesto in order to highlight the issues it believes the 2015-to-2020 Government – whatever its political colour – must address if UK construction is to remain genuinely fit-for-purpose in the years ahead


Specification makeover to maintain standards

Client and contractor demand has resulted in the biggest change in the SFG20 maintenance specification since its launch over two decades ago. Guardians of the specification, B&ES, believe the changes will drive down costs for clients, consultants and contractors.


Keeping cool about energy

Tim Fryer asked a number of organisations what were the considerations involved in running and specifying HVAC. In general the answer had little to do with creating the right office environment. Of far more importance was how much energy the system used.


Sharp elected B&ES president

The Building & Engineering Services Association has chosen Sue Sharp to be its President for 2012/13 at its AGM in July. Sharp joined the building engineering services sector in 1987 – following a career in banking – when she was appointed office manager by Overclean Ltd, the Devon-based ventilation hygiene specialist which has been in membership of the Association since 1996.


McCloskey presides over European body

Mike McCloskey has been elected president of GCI-UICP, the European umbrella body for the mechanical services and plumbing industries.


Legionella and your legal duties

Following the recent outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in Edinburgh, adhering to health and safety law is even more paramount if you are to keep your workers and the public safe and avoid costly prosecutions. Simon French, Representative of B&ES Publications’ SFG20 Technical Committee, explains the risks of failing to control legionella in buildings’ water systems.


HVCA to become B&ES

The Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association (HVCA) is rebranding and from 1 March 2012 will be known as the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES).


Contractors consult on standard practice

Eight of the UK’s largest building engineering services contractors have begun an extensive employee consultation on the introduction of a unified national agreement for mechanical, electrical and plumbing operatives.


‘Contractors at crossroads’

Bob Shelley has been elected president of the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association (HVCA) for 2011/12, and used his inaugural speech to lay out the challenges he sees for the industry in coming years.


HVCA launches updated Strategic Plan

The HVCA's Responding to Change document will guide its initiatives and activities for the next three years.


Hand Over and Deliver

Building services engineers used to disappear over the horizon leaving the FM to pick up the pieces if the building failed to perform. Peter Excell explains that a new culture called Soft Landings is changing all that.


New president of HCVA hails ''The age of the engineer''

The time is right for HVCA members to emphasise the very positive contribution they make to life in the first decade of the 21st century, according to Gareth Vaughan, president of the Association for 2008/09.


HVCA Council supports HVCA/ECA convergence model

Following a member consultation exercise, the HVCA Council has pledged its support to the development of a model of a single organisation to represent mechanical and electrical contractors brought about by the convergence of the HVCA and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).