BCIA Awards winners revealed T

he winners of the 2019 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards were announced at an

exclusive ceremony and gala dinner held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Birmingham last month. Multi-award winning comedian and writer, Holly Walsh hosted this year’s event, which saw not only a record number of entries, but also a record number of guests.

The first accolade of the night went to Eton

Associates for Independent Building Controls & BEMS Installer of the Year as a result of its lasting customer relationships, professionalism and understanding of clients’ needs.

Next up was the Engineer of the Year Award, which was presented to Ian Dalby, a senior systems engineer for System Five. The Young Engineer of the Year Award saw a record 12 finalists, but it was Luke Williamson of

Eton Associates who was triumphant amongst fierce competition. Optimised Buildings clinched the Energy Management Award for its energy saving projects in Superdry Stores throughout the UK. Following this, Demand Logic scooped the Best Service and Maintenance Provider Award. Innovation is at the forefront of the building services industry and IAconnects emerged victorious in the coveted

Waterloo invests in the future with an impressive training programme

Technical Innovation of the Year – Products Award with its forward-thinking MobiusFlow Edge Gateway, an IoT solution that enables actuators, sensors and controllers to connect, control and communicate with each other and the Cloud. Equally impressive was the winner of the Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects Award: Econowise Drives & Controls, for its 99 Gresham Street Bubll Installation. One

Sightsolutions claimed the honour of the Contribution to Training Award with its newly available and free online training videos, demonstrating its ongoing commitment to further the knowledge of those within the industry.

The final award on the night was for Outstanding Contribution of the Year and was presented to Wendy Belfield of InTandem Systems. Wendy has demonstrated her ongoing commitment and dedication in making the BEMS Controls Engineer Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard come to fruition, which will play a pivotal role in tackling the skills gap. Jon Belfield, President of the BCIA, said: “The BCIA Awards were once again a wonderful occasion and it was a joy to celebrate the crème de la crème of the building controls industry. I would like to offer my congratulations to all of the winners and thank all of the sponsors and media partners for their continued support.”

‘Fire safety must be priority in newbuild homes’ urges DHF, following BBC investigation

amworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation) is emphasising the importance of making fire safety an ‘absolute priority’ in new-build homes, following an investigation into potentially dangerous fire safety issues in houses developed by Persimmon Homes and Bellway Homes. The findings, by BBC Watchdog Live, highlighted that a number of new-builds constructed by the firms were sold with missing or incorrectly installed fire barriers, which are used to form a complete seal between different areas of a home, and prevent the spread of fire. Without them, experts say, fire and smoke can spread five to ten times faster. “The BBC’s Watchdog discovered serious breaches that had gone undetected during the construction process, leaving homes and lives potentially at risk in the event of a fire,” explained DHF’s commercial manager, Patricia Sowsbery-Stevens. “In many new builds, particularly timber- framed buildings, fire barriers are a vital part of fire protection and we would urge house builders to ‘get it right’ at the construction stage and to have a workforce that is trained in, and understands, the importance of installing the fire barriers required to prevent potential problems down the line. Ultimately, responsibility for ensuring that buildings are compliant with Building Regulations lies with the house builder.”


Following the investigation, Bellway Homes stated that it was ‘committed to improvement’ with regards to potentially flawed fire safety issues in developments in Kent and West Lothian, and that mandatory training on, amongst other subjects, fire stopping, has been introduced for all relevant construction staff.

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aterloo Air Products plc is investing in an 18- month professional development programme for a group of employees from all disciplines within the company. Run in conjunction with Accelerator Solutions, the initiative is designed specifically to develop the skill sets that Waterloo will require as it continues to expand, creating a group that is ready for the future challenges the business will face. The participants were selected on the basis of an initial assessment as to suitability, aptitude and potential to benefit from the programme. The content is broad-based, from analytical skills and the application of technology, through to emotional intelligence and communication. The benefits will not just be for the business. The goal is to increase employee satisfaction and generate a positive impact on customer service.


Managing director at Waterloo, John Tiernan, said: "Customer service is the main focus for Waterloo as we move forward. We know that the key factor in delivering exceptional customer service is having experienced and happy employees. This course is designed to really support and challenge our people to help drive innovative customer solutions into the future."

Heidi Daniell, director of the providers of the training programme, Accelerator Solutions, added: “It’s fantastic to be working with Waterloo Air Products. We aim to not only benefit Waterloo’s employees, but positively impact the organisation. Accelerator delivers high-impact training and development programmes to clients in a range of sectors. We've found that these programmes really help organisations to strengthen skill sets, and build a culture based on shared vision and values with team members at all levels as well as customers and stakeholders.”

Mitton Group to provide M&E services for Enviro Building Solutions


n a move designed to enhance levels of efficiency, sustainability and quality, mechanical and electrical (M&E) services specialist, Mitton Group, has entered into a new partnering agreement with modular and portable building company, Enviro Building Solutions. The agreement will see Mitton provide M&E services for buildings designed and constructed by Enviro Building Solutions across the UK.

Enviro Building Solutions has been designing and constructing modular buildings for over 30 years, serving sectors including healthcare, education, retail and commercial. With the business seeing significant growth and projects becoming larger and more complex, the company was looking to partner with an established and responsive M&E specialist capable of designing and installing high quality, sustainable, mechanical and electrical services to match customer requirements.

"Partnering with Mitton Group ensures we and our clients have access to the highest quality M&E services. The proximity of their head office to our manufacturing site is an added bonus, whilst we will benefit from the convenience of their operational depots across the UK when completing work on site," stated Jonathan Collins for Enviro Building Solutions. "Our new partners produce a premium quality product designed to provide answers for a range of accommodation requirements. Their professional approach matches our own commitment to quality and performance at every stage of the project," said Mitton director, Jonny Knowles.


The HPA responds to Committee on Climate Change Net Zero report

T he Heat Pump

Association (HPA), as the UK’s leading

authority on the use and benefits of heat pump technology, has welcomed the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s Net Zero report, which highlights that a net-zero target for UK greenhouse gas

emissions by 2050 is both achievable and will deliver on the UK’s Paris Agreement

commitments. The HPA agrees with the

Committee that reaching this target is feasible with already available technologies, such as heat pumps, which are vital in the

decarbonisation of UK heating systems. Crucially, the report highlights the need for the government to act

immediately to implement a clear regulatory framework

to achieve the

decarbonisation of heat and recommends a range of policies to do so. The policy recommendations of the report include support for low carbon heating, a review of the balance of tax and regulatory costs across fuels, and a nationwide training programme to upskill the existing workforce. Graham Wright, HPA chairman, commented: “The HPA wholeheartedly supports the report’s recognition that urgent action is required to meet a net-zero target and welcomes the specific recommendations for decarbonising heat within the publication. “Momentum is now

gathering among the public acknowledging the need to change the way we heat our buildings and, as highlighted in the report, known technologies, such as heat pumps, offer a clear solution for this.”

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