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specialist, BGB, has reaffirmed its


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rantham-based global


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commitment to the safety of its employees after becoming one of only 30 businesses in the UK to achieve ISO 45001 accreditation.


The much sought-after health and safety standard is recognition of the high levels of compliance with regulations and the company’s promotion of employee safety, health and wellbeing.


strategy to encourage an open and honest culture, enabling our staff, clients and supply chain to continually raise the health and safety bar at BGB. “We will continue to eliminate risks in the


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BGB recognised for high safety standards Almost twice as many Brits are likely to save energy at home than at work, according to new report


workplace and strive to build a culture where quality, safety, health and the environment underpins the values of all stakeholders in achieving an incident and injury free environment.” BGB also recently opened a new state-of-the-art testing facility at its


The firm’s HSE compliance officer, Jason Day, believes the accreditation is testament to the efforts of the whole team at BGB. He


said: “We are all very proud that BGB has achieved compliance to the new ISO 45001 standard this year. This was a truly a team effort and


one that demonstrates the importance of effective health and safety management in our business. It fits with our


headquarters in Grantham, where new products for the wind energy sector can be researched and tested to ensure high performance in extreme conditions.


Rehau publishes new guide to offsite construction


hile offsite construction is not a new concept, it has recently seen a resurgence within the UK construction market, and one that is expected to continue. In line with this, Rehau has produced a new dedicated guide on the subject aimed at M&E contractors and building services engineers to help them negotiate offsite construction and get the best out of this way of working. The guide provides an insight into the reasons for the increase in popularity of the technique, which include the influence of government policy, the residential housing crisis and emergence of built-to-rent. Advice is also provided on the importance of embracing and adapting sooner rather than later and how this will pay dividends in the long run. With many potential users being members or affiliated to the main industry bodies, such as CIBSE, BESA, BSRIA and IME, the guide explores the current viewpoint of each of these organisations as well as highlighting


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the reasons for adopting the techniques on a range projects and what they can deliver.


The guide focuses on three of the key applications currently experiencing growth; bathroom pods, utility cupboards and volumetric modular, while detailing the many features and benefits of working with prefabrication and preassembly.


HVAC product integration and the key considerations for heating and plumbing products when utilised in offsite construction is also explored in the guide. Benefits such as the need for fewer joints in pipe runs, leak proof piping, durability of materials, space saving, reducing the need for hot works, as well as quick and easy installation are all discussed. Drew Clough, product manager for building solutions at Rehau, said: “In recent years we’ve seen a massive increase in the amount of building services projects adopting offsite construction techniques. As such, we felt it would be appropriate to give engineers the benefit of our extensive


home, new statistics from E.ON have unearthed a shocking lack of concern for energy consumption in the workplace. One-in-two employees admitted to not switching off their computer and screen at the end of their working day. Twice as many British employees admitted being more likely to turn off appliances at home (49%) than at work (27%). Alongside a cuppa, people like to feel toasty at work, with more than twice as many people turning the thermostat down one degree at home (34%) as opposed to at work (15%). So why are we so much better at saving energy at home?


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One answer is a lack of awareness: 60% of people have never heard of their company’s energy practices to begin with. Additionally, the role of the energy manager, the person who ensures a company’s energy consumption is


acceptable, and energy management itself is often not understood enough in the workplace.


experience of working in this way and put together a guide to assist them.” To download the guide or to find out more information please visit www.rehau.uk/buildyourlegacy


Nearly 60% of workers surveyed said they were unaware of their


companies’ energy saving practices, sustainability standards or quotas and energy efficiency


hile we might make a special effort in the


legislation. Furthermore, only four per cent of people think energy management is important to keep their business operating effectively, compared to 37% who believe IT is a more significant factor. This might be due to a lack of visibility. Although 92% of energy managers believe staff in their office would be able to identify them as the decision maker for energy, nearly half of employees say they do not know who manages energy in their workplace.


E.ON’s Green Guru, Mike Feely, said: “When it comes to a business running smoothly, comfortably and efficiently, energy


managers are some of the most important people in the office, yet their efforts often go unnoticed. “It’s interesting, but perhaps not surprising, that people make more effort to save energy at home than they do in the office, as they feel the benefits in reduced bills directly. There’s clearly a job to be done around persuading colleagues that little changes they make to their office behaviours can collectively have a significant impact, and what’s good for the company in terms of greater efficiency and lower overheads translates into a benefit for all in terms of job security and prospects.”


Read the latest at: www.bsee.co.uk


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