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Summer sees a flurry of activity

August is usually regarded as the ‘holiday season’, but there has been little evidence of any reduction in tempo this year.

Following numerous government reports, including updates to the Building Regulations, combined with last week’s Energy Saving Trust report and more positive news on the economy and jobs, if anything this month has seen more activity than the traditionally hectic autumn period.

Added to this are the ongoing discussions as the industry considers the implications of developments in the energy market.

It seems likely that the use of shale gas will continue to divide opinion, with a number of questions to be answered in addition to the environmental concerns, including how long it will take to establish an effective and regulated infrastructure.

With further details also recently published on contracts for difference in the government’s Energy Bill, it will be interesting to see whether this fulfils the intention of encouraging more investment in large-scale renewable energy projects in the future.

Another recent report has shown that power generation from renewable energy sources is continuing to grow, but does the UK have the skills required to deliver growth?

While it remains to be seen whether these various points lead to more work for building services providers, there is a growing feeling that the market is beginning to show more positive signs for the future.

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