Altecnic IT projects co-ordinator, Matt Lee, has presented the Donna Louise Children’s hospice with a cheque for £2020.40 following his successful Staff ord half marathon charity raising eff orts.

Andrews Water Heaters has launched a new cashback scheme for anyone upgrading a commercial water heater to one of its new greener models.

Smith Brothers Stores (SBS) has achieved the Silver accreditation from the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) for the third year running since upgrading from the bronze award, having now held the accreditation for six years in total.

Titon has introduced a new CPD seminar aimed at increasing awareness of how purge and overheating aff ects everyday quality of life.

Visitors to the Conex Bänninger stand at PHEX Manchester will be able to take on darts ace Peter Manley and meet sports MC Paul Booth, while also fi nding out about the company’s range of >B< Press fi ttings.

Following successful trials on various sites in the UK, RAB Specialist Engineers has announced the launch of its latest design.

Vent-Axia’s Floating Home project has been shortlisted for the Building Awards 2018. The project, which utilised the revolutionary Lo-Carbon Sentinel Kinetic BH Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR), is a fi nalist in the ‘Small Project of Year (up to £5m)’ category of these prestigious awards.

SAV Systems has backed the changes introduced by the latest edition of BB101, Guidelines on ventilation, thermal comfort and indoor air quality in schools, noting the improvements to comfort and indoor air quality (IAQ) that will be delivered.

6 October 2018



hree trade bodies have joined forces to secure an historic agreement from the four UK governments to manage and develop apprenticeships,

qualifi cations and National Occupational Standards for the building services engineering sector. The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA),

SELECT and SNIPEF have created a joint body called BSE Skills, which has been appointed to oversee vocational training in electrical, plumbing and HVAC. This is the fi rst time that trade bodies have received a government commission to carry out this work. The government-sponsored sector skills council, SummitSkills, was the managing body until it ceased trading in 2017 due to insuffi cient funding. Now, following a four-nation tender process, the central and devolved governments have turned to the three organisations in order to ensure a secure future for vocational training in these crucial specialist sectors. As member bodies, the trade associations were able to demonstrate close links with employers as well as UK-wide capacity as part of the bidding process. They are now poised to work with their respective memberships – comprising more than 43,000 businesses representing around 342,000 operatives – to manage the delivery of a training framework for the whole sector. “This sets a wonderful precedent for the future of

vocational training across the UK,” said BESA chief executive David Frise. “We are very grateful to the UK governments for having the foresight to recognise the value industry bodies can bring to the management and delivery of vocational training in vital technical sectors. “It is also extremely heartening to see three

complementary bodies working closely together in partnership to achieve a result that should go a long way to addressing the skills shortages being experienced by building engineering employers. Congratulations to my own staff at BESA and to their counterparts at SNIPEF and SELECT for putting together such an excellent joint bid.” Fiona Harper, head of employment aff airs at SELECT, said it was vital that the sector retained control over the development of its own National Occupational Standards. “They are the starting point for all the work we do in

developing the training undertaken by our workforce,” she added. “Securing the agreement was testament to the hard work put in by all of the trade bodies involved. It will be exciting to see how we can develop this work and shape the training needs of the sector as new technologies and working practices develop.” Fiona Hodgson, chief executive offi cer of SNIPEF,

welcomed the agreement. She said the successful bid demonstrated the strength of trade associations “working together to ensure that the sector and its employers continue to have the occupational standards, qualifi cations and apprenticeship frameworks they need to maintain and develop a skilled workforce for the future.” BSE Skills will now set about consulting with its

combined memberships as well as relevant government departments and training providers to update National Occupational Standards for the sector right across the UK. It has also sought to co-ordinate all end dates for UK

qualifi cations and modern apprenticeship frameworks. The industry bodies have also identifi ed a need to establish mutual recognition and transportability of all BSE qualifi cations across the UK.



wo organisations, the Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) and the National Association of Air Duct-Cleaners UK (NAADUK) have joined

together to provide valuable advice regarding the appropriate cleaning techniques for fi re resisting ductwork maintenance. After two years of extensive testing, the two associations have produced guidelines on the best practice of cleaning fi re resisting ductwork. A team, led by Professor Balvinder Singh and Mark

Chaplyn, has given guidelines to manufacturers on the cleaning and maintenance of their fi re resisting duct systems.

The tests were undertaken using anonymised samples supplied by the ASFP, to ensure that the testing was not compromised or infl uenced by outside parties. The team spent two years testing the intumescent and

other materials used in the duct systems, applying all major cleaning agents and caustic solutions. The results from this extensive testing have led to the

following statement being released to all fi re resisting ducting manufacturers on the recommended cleaning regime for fi re resisting ducting systems: “When cleaning fi re resisting ductwork, we would recommend that on fi re resisting ductwork, that a strong detergent-based cleaner is used from installation onwards to comply with cleaning regulations EC582:2004. This approach may require an increased frequency of cleaning. “In cases where a caustic-based cleaner is required, a solution with a maximum of eight per cent caustic solution should be used, followed by a thorough rinse with cold water to protect the galvanised surface.” For further technical guidance, call NAADUK directly on 01404 891539. Alternatively, email

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