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Legionella: Risks during and after lockdown

Many workplaces have laid dormant for weeks as the Coronavirus has taken hold of the country. This has introduced new challenges, such as the management of legionella Legionnaires’ disease is a type of pneumonia, which can cause serious respiratory illness ...

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Topscan rebrands to Sircle

Topscan, a leading multi-disciplined surveyor of the built environment, has rebranded to become Sircle. The new name is built on 30 years’ experience providing the facilities management sector, with a wide range of surveys including Land, Building & MEP Surveys, ...

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Magenta launches guide to communicating workplace change

Communications agency for the built environment, Magenta Associates, has launched a guide to help businesses to communicate better during workplace change, as many businesses formalise their planning for the return to the office. The guide, which is freely available to ...

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Construction Playbook has green recovery at heart

New plans on how government will work with the construction sector to make sure public sector works are delivered faster, better and greener have been launched. In 2018, public sector works contributed some £117 billion to the UK economy, as ...

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Kath Fontana becomes RICS new President

Kath Fontana has become President of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) 2020-21. Her inauguration as President took place on Friday 20 November after the RICS Annual General Meeting 2020, chaired by Tim Neal, the outgoing RICS President. Fontana ...

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Hackitt reinforces building safety message and sets to reward ‘early adopters’

Building safety champion Dame Judith Hackitt has announced plans to recognise companies who reform their working practices before they are forced to by new regulations. Speaking at the recent online BESA National Conference, Hackitt said businesses should not be waiting ...

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CIBSE launches Covid-19 achievement award

A new award recognising the work undertaken by building services professionals and the wider supply chain to combat the effects of Covid-19 has been set up by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). The COVID-19 Achievement Award, set ...

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BESA and ESTA create joint energy efficiency group

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has established a joint Special Interest Group with the Energy Services Technology Association (ESTA) to promote energy efficiency in buildings to government and industry. The Energy Efficiency in Buildings Group will include members from ...

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Latest version of WELL Building Standard – WELL v2 – has launched

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has formally launched the latest version of the WELL Building Standard – WELL v2. The newly graduated standard brings with it a suite of enhancements, products and services that reimagine how you engage with ...

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BSRIA publishes new guide on Handover and O&M Manuals

BG 70/2020 is the latest guide to be published by the Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA) covering the various documentation delivered and activities carried out at handover of a building, with particular focus on operating and maintenance (O&M) ...

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