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UK commercial property owners must make improvements

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Almost a fifth of UK commercial property owners must make improvements to their buildings in order to comply with government energy standards or risk being barred from letting them, new research has found.

The Government’s Energy Act, which was passed in the last Parliament, includes rules that mean from 2018 it will be unlawful to rent out a business property which fails to meet the minimum energy efficiency standard – an “E” rating.

Research by property agent Cushman & Wakefield found that almost 20pc of commercial property buildings currently fall into the “F” or “G” categories – meaning they will need to make improvements before the new rules come into force.

A further 19pc are rated “E” and sit just above what will be the legal cut off. In total, nearly 40pc of all properties could face a significant performance risk, the research found.

Any building which does not meet this rating would be classified as “sub-standard”, causing its value to drop significantly. Not complying with the new regulations also risks penalty fines of up to £150,000.

The changes in legislation are likely to be worrying for some commercial property investors and landlords who may have to make costly changes to their buildings at relatively short notice.

CBES raising funds for the RNLI

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CBES organised the third Bi-annual golf day raising money for the RNLI

The day was a great success with an enjoyable day of golf, food and fun.

CBES would like to thank all the 12 teams that took part and the many sponsors that helped to raise in excess of £3,200 to help save lives at sea.

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The Importance of Tailored Electrical Installations

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Business premises require electrical installations that are tailored to meet specific needs. When these needs are met, this will enable greater and more consistent productivity, together with aiding better functionality on the premises.

Based in Bristol, we at Combined Building and Electrical Services (CBES) have more than 25 years experience regarding industrial and commercial electrical installation projects. We operate in the Bristol, Gloucester and Swindon areas, and all over the South West of England. We are electrical contractors that offer extensive electrical services, and some of our notable clients have included Tate & Lyle, the Ministry of Defence and SERCO. Our expertise and knowledge is used to take on both large and small projects and, along with installation, our services include design, testing and security.

CBES offers its clients electrical installation services that are bespoke, and can range from a computer room installation to the factory floor. Whether it’s installing L.V. mains switch gear and controls, or testing periodically and assessing electrical installations, we offer a wide range of services to our clients. We are very experienced at taking on basic and more complicated work, and we take pride in providing our clients with a service that is not only highly professional, but one that has the personal touch. Throughout all the jobs that we undertake, we work closely with our clients to ensure a tailored electrical installation is achieved.

Giving our customers the appropriate advice is also something that we regard as a top priority. To this end, our staff regularly undergo training which ensures they are equipped to offer the best possible service and guidance to our clients at all times.

For further information on the services that we provide and can tailor to your needs and your setting, browse out website or get in touch with us today on 0117 982 0865.

3 Most Common Signs of an Electrical Fault

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Many electrical problems at homes or business premises usually give off warning signs before becoming serious. Knowing these signs at an early stage can help you make necessary repairs or replacements to prevent dangerous situations that may lead to electric shocks, fires or destruction of property. With that in mind, we at CBES Group have highlighted 3 of the most common signs of an electrical fault you must watch out for: Continue reading

Why Should You Add a Lift to Your Commercial Property?

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Every business deserves to operate productively; with smooth work flow and efficient in-house communication, a lift can introduce a higher level of functionality to your workplace environment. If your commercial premises consist of multiple floors, then here are several benefits you can experience by having a lift installed by our qualified team here at CBES Group. Continue reading

The Benefits Of Using An NICEIC Accredited Electrician For Your Business

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Due to the current unstable economic climate, you can easily be tempted to fix some electrical problems yourself just to save some money. However, for the sake of safety, you should always consider hiring the services of an NICEIC accredited electrical contractor such as the Combined Building & Electrical Services Group. Some of the main benefits of hiring us to handle electrical jobs for you include:

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Providing Care: How Our Services Can Make Life Easier

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When it comes to providing exceptional levels of care in care homes or residential healthcare buildings, a number of factors play their part in allowing you and your staff to do so. Adequate staffing, training and resources are, of course, all vital components in providing great care. But the facilities available within the building also play an equally important role, and ensuring optimum safety and care for residents is linked to a number of effective safety facilities.

Safety Lighting & Security

The safety and security of those in your care is certainly one of your top priorities, and effective emergency and security systems help guarantee this safety in the event of an emergency or anything that might pose a threat to residents.

Here at CBES, our highly experienced and trained engineers are able to provide a vast array of safety and security systems from simple emergency lighting and security systems to the design and installation of complete fire alarm systems – including their integration with existing lifts and security systems.

Lift Installations

Mobility is extremely important in care homes and healthcare in general, and an effective lift system can mean the difference between a life of freedom and not being able to get around. Those who rely on wheelchairs, mobility scooters or crutches to get around also rely on working and reliable lift systems, and providing this in your building is essential to providing effective care.

Reliability is also essential, and choosing your contractor carefully can make a big difference between whether or not those in your care are able to receive the services they really need.

That’s why using CBES Group for your lift installation needs in Bristol, Bath or the surrounding areas will guarantee quality, safety and reliability not only for your building but also for those who need it most.

If you’re the manager at a care home or healthcare provider, and urgently need electrical or lift installations for those in your care, then look no further than our comprehensive contractor services here at CBES. We can tailor all aspects of your project to suit both the needs of you and your building, and those who rely on you. Call us today on 0117 982 0865 to discuss our services and plan a project that suits you.

Ensuring The Best Possible Fire Safety For Your Building With CBES

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The importance of fire safety is paramount to any building design, and relies heavily on a high quality and effective electrical system in place. A good fire safety system in your building, whether it’s commercial or industrial, is more than just a series of fire alarms and smoke detectors, and needs to provide a watertight solution to fire safety as well as meeting government standards for appropriate fire safety measures.

Both our electrical and our lift engineering divisions here at CBES provide effective solutions for fire safety in a range of buildings and environments, to cover all necessary bases in the unfortunate event of a fire.

Fire Alarm Systems

Having adequate and effect alarms in place in your building is essential to good fire safety, ensuring any occupants or people inside are aware of the threat and able to begin evacuating. Here at CBES we carry out the full work needed to make your building safe, from designing a system that’s right for your building right through to installation, testing and maintenance.

Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting is often a necessity in large buildings, where smoke may obscure visibility during evacuation or when a fire may have damaged lighting or fuses to the point where the building’s usual lighting is not working. As well as increasing visibility, emergency lighting can help mark out evacuation routes and emergency exits, improving your overall evacuation efficiency and level of fire safety.

Lift Integration

Here at CBES we not only specialise in electrical installations, but also specialise in lift installations in Bath and the surrounding area. As such, we’re able to offer fantastic integration either with existing fire alarm and fire safety systems, or with new systems being installed by our electrical engineers. This not only increases lift safety, but also fire safety making your building even safer across the board.

If you’re looking to install a new fire alarm system in your building or want to upgrade your existing system then CBES can help. Our experienced and highly qualified team can help provide you with customised electrical and lift installation services to make your building safe in case of emergency. Call us today on 0177 982 0865 or contact us via our website for more information.

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