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Tuesday, 20 November 2018
CoE Meeting with BICC Chairman

In March, the Chamber of Engineers welcomed Building Industry Consultative Council (BICC) Chairman, Perit Censu Galea to the CoE offices. The aim of the meeting was to discuss the CoE strategy for improving the safety of equipment, as well as other matters.

The Chamber was represented by President Ing. Saviour Baldacchino, Vice President Ing. Ray Vassallo, Secretary General Ing. Ray Muscat, and Public Relations Officer, Ing. Paul Refalo.

During the meeting, the CoE representatives made a number of recommendations to Perit Galea as points for discussion, with the possibility of future implementation. Amongst their recommendations, they suggested the possibility of conducting training needs analysis of the construction industry workforce so that appropriate training could be identified, not only for those within the industry but also for those interested in potential employment, so that social, economic, environmental and political targets can be met.

The CoE also suggested that the roles of those involved in the industry should be defined and regulated. Together with appropriate and targeted training, this would ensure a better quality product and service to society.

The promotion of practices such as multi skilled teams at design stage in medium sized projects (such as high rise buildings), was also highlighted, with the aim of incorporating professional concepts in to the design of new buildings. Design teams could involve mechanical, electrical, hydraulic, structural and building services engineers, as well as engineers specialising in fire detection and fire fighting systems, acoustics or thermal insulation.

The Chamber also recommended the upgrading of existing buildings to make them more habitable and more energy efficient. This would include innovative and effective systems such as shading, insulation, roof gardens, water reservoirs and water recycling systems.

The promotion of professional installation of pv panels and solar water heaters was also mentioned, as well as the regulation in order to minimise the generation of waste during construction and to dispose of the waste generated in a responsible manner to minimise the impact on the environment.

The CoE also referred to the upgrading of existing building stock so that this would become more attractive to potential users/tenants. It added that the health and safety of construction workers needed to be ensured, as did the preservation of the environment surrounding building sites. Engineers could contribute to the testing and certification of equipment used on construction sites, specifying correct equipment and educating operators in the correct practices.