Skip to main content
The Building Services Podcast

The Building Services Podcast

By Responsum Global

For Building Services Consultants to help build a better future

Engineered by Responsum Global Ltd
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Spotify Logo

Spotify

LSBU Mini-Masterclass - Skills for a Net Zero Built Environment
LSBU Mini-Masterclass - Skills for a Net Zero Built Environment
A lunchtime Masterclass for those seeking to understand the new skills & mindset required for the Net Zero transition Net Zero is more than just a buzzword or a standard we might aspire to in the distant future. Net Zero is a global mega-trend, fast gathering momentum. The old ways of designing, procuring, building, and operating our buildings are being reinvented. Old hierarchies have been challenged. Accepted norms are rapidly becoming obsolete. This rapidly changing landscape means individuals and organizations within the built environment need a new suite of skills and a whole new mindset if they are to respond to the Net Zero imperative with agility and intelligence.  This recording is taken from a live Webinar which you can watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/pU8Ij0j9s0E
01:04:36
October 25, 2022
4 questions to ask in an interview to get an insight into your future boss/company
4 questions to ask in an interview to get an insight into your future boss/company
If you'd like the latest, tips, job, advice, and blogs from our team of experts in a consolidated free monthly newsletter here
15:35
May 18, 2022
Energy, Sustainability & Practicality: NHS Challenges Ahead
Energy, Sustainability & Practicality: NHS Challenges Ahead
Join Oliver’s team at Silver EMS Connect with Oliver on LinkedIn Connect with Alston on LinkedIn Visit The GBP Partnership website Join our Newsletter Your first free Amazon Audible book on us
49:37
December 08, 2021
INFLATION: Should you ask your boss for a payrise?
INFLATION: Should you ask your boss for a payrise?
Don't forget to join our newsletter here: https://tinyurl.com/Responsum-news Love learning? Your first Amazon Audible book is free from us - click here Want to learn more about inflation? Ignore the title, here's a great book.
12:47
November 10, 2021
Using Dopamine to achieve Superman Concentration
Using Dopamine to achieve Superman Concentration
Don't forget to join our newsletter here: https://tinyurl.com/Responsum-news Love learning? Your first Amazon Audible book is free from us - click here Want to learn more about improving your concentration levels? We'd recommend this book.
13:04
September 22, 2021
How to know if you're undervalued in your job
How to know if you're undervalued in your job
You can download our free salary survey from www.responsumltd.com for impartial and personalised advice, feel free to reach out to any of my colleagues at Responsum
15:28
July 28, 2021
Top 5 Reasons Engineers Are Moving Right Now
Top 5 Reasons Engineers Are Moving Right Now
Here's Responsum's latest case study / trend analysis on why Engineers are moving right now Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram www.responsumltd.com Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
08:43
June 09, 2021
How to become an expert in building services
How to become an expert in building services
Thanks for listening! If you'd like to learn more about how to become an expert, we'd recommend this book. Love learning? Your first Amazon Audible book is free from us - click here Here's a link to the building services blog. Here's a link to our newsletter and salary guide. www.responsumltd.com 
15:50
May 26, 2021
Not had a payrise yet? Here's how you can earn more money.
Not had a payrise yet? Here's how you can earn more money.
Download our free salary survey on www.responsumltd.com Listen to Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki on Audible for free https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/B008BT35R2?source_code=ASSOR150021921000V
06:30
April 28, 2021
Mohammed Adris on 5 Essential questions to ensure your career is on track
Mohammed Adris on 5 Essential questions to ensure your career is on track
Want to get the best out of your review and make sure everything is on track, here are the 5 key things you need to get out of your review. Follow Mohammed on LinkedIn here Subscribe to our newsletter here Read the full blog post here Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram www.responsumltd.com
11:24
March 17, 2021
Danny Main on How to get the best out of your Recruitment Consultant
Danny Main on How to get the best out of your Recruitment Consultant
Some tips from our Director on how to get the best out of your specialist Building Services Recruitment Consultant Check out more from Danny Main on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/danny-main-11918229 Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram www.responsumltd.com Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
04:01
February 17, 2021
Advice on how to get noticed for you next promotion
Advice on how to get noticed for you next promotion
This tip work even if you're an introvert, or you're already a senior. As always, follow us on LinkedIn, and don't forget to leave us a review. Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
05:40
February 03, 2021
The Fire Safety Bill, what does it mean? With Steve Cooper & Hannah Eales
The Fire Safety Bill, what does it mean? With Steve Cooper & Hannah Eales
A much-needed discussion around the Fire Safety Bill with 2 professionals. Hannah Eales, a practicing barrister specializing in fire safety provides clarity Steve Cooper, a fire professional of 30 years explains what this means for professionals in practice. Want to join Team Hollis? Click here You can reach out to Steve & Hannah using the links below. Steve Cooper: https://tinyurl.com/y6vbnsh4 Hannah Eales: https://tinyurl.com/yd4f48yb We enjoyed our podcast, if you did too, don't forget to leave us a review You can connect and engage with all our guests on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-building-services-podcast/ Our Host: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohammed-adris-building-services-engineering/ Thanks for listening Love learning? Your first Amazon Audible book is free from us - click here Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
36:55
December 21, 2020
Lawrence Sheppard of Daikin on Lockdown experience, future market trends, & some positive words
Lawrence Sheppard of Daikin on Lockdown experience, future market trends, & some positive words
We were Joined by Lawrence Shepperd of Daiken in this podcast. Lawrence gave his views on: - His personal experience during lockdown - His professional experience during lockdown - The busy and quiet periods - The busy and quiet market sectors - What he is seeing as upward trends in building services - An insight into new products that will support NetZero and Zero Carbon initiatives - Some final words of encouragement We enjoyed our podcast with Lawrence, if you do, don't forget to leave us a review You can connect and engage with all our guests on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-building-services-podcast/ Our Host: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohammed-adris-building-services-engineering/ Thanks for listening Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
42:16
November 25, 2020
Advice for Job Seekers - Career or Job?
Advice for Job Seekers - Career or Job?
This is an explainer Podcast between the difference of a career and a job. In the challenging times we face today this is such an important difference to know. Please pass on to a friend or colleague who might benefit. Contact me here: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/mohammed-adris-building-services-engineering-recruiter-recruitment-consultant_redundant-career-job-activity-6696374114866757632-DuaY Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
13:36
August 11, 2020
RECRUITMENT SERIES - how to solve the "I sent the CV first" debate
RECRUITMENT SERIES - how to solve the "I sent the CV first" debate
How the control and eliminate the debate of who sent the CV first Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
06:12
July 21, 2020
Cormac Freehill - Changing Jobs, becoming MD and planning to grow - all during lockdown
Cormac Freehill - Changing Jobs, becoming MD and planning to grow - all during lockdown
I've known Cormac for a few years however his view took me a little by surprise. He's changed jobs, now an MD, and has plans to set up 3 new offices - all of this in lockdown. He joins us to share his career story, lockdown experience, and how he's going to drive the business forward. As always, you can connect and engage with Cormac on our socials. Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
44:23
July 16, 2020
RECRUITMENT SERIES - Removing the problems recruiters create
RECRUITMENT SERIES - Removing the problems recruiters create
Here's the 2nd of the recruitment series. In this episode, I speak about the problems recruiters create and how to stop them. This includes recruiters flooding your inbox, not sending you the right discipline of engineer you're looking for, sending irrelevant CVs, not listening or acting on your requests. Listen in on how I solved these problems for myself. Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
16:47
June 30, 2020
Bernard Savage - How do you pump the project pipeline when you can’t network?
Bernard Savage - How do you pump the project pipeline when you can’t network?
Bernard Savage from http://www.tenandahalf.co.uk/ has helped several professional services firms including those in property and construction to drum up businesses during the testing times that we're facing right now. We spoke about how the cake is shrinking and how some small adjustments can make sure you rise above your competitors. Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
51:38
June 23, 2020
RECRUITMENT SERIES - Recruiters shouldn’t charge as much as they do for flicking over a CV …
RECRUITMENT SERIES - Recruiters shouldn’t charge as much as they do for flicking over a CV …
RECRUITMENT SERIES - Recruiters shouldn’t charge as much as they do for flicking over a CV … Recruiters shouldn’t charge as much as they do for flicking over a CV … Why recruiters are so painful & how to remove the pain The cost of working with a recruiter and how to reduce it How to get the best out of your recruiter How/when to bring your recruitment function in house Finding your ideal recruiter In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be uploading podcast addressing the above items. I’ve worked internally as a recruiter and I’ve worked on the agency side – so I know all the painful things that hiring managers go through. In this episode, I talk about why I’m on your side in relation to some recruitment fees and how you prevent the unwanted, along with how to identify a good recruiter. Check me out on LinkedIn Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
28:37
June 16, 2020
Laura O’Leary – Director at MZA Consulting Engineers on getting through COVID
Laura O’Leary – Director at MZA Consulting Engineers on getting through COVID
Laura O’Leary is a Director with MZA who juggle work and life between both London and Dublin. Laura speaks about how MZA responded to the crisis, what’s worked well for them and how they are starting to get moving again. She also shares her personal experience of when she struggled to get into a routine at the start, and what the future holds. As always, you can connect and interact with our guests on our social media pages. Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
43:28
June 09, 2020
Suzy Glaskie - How to reduce costs by taking care of the wellbeing of your employees
Suzy Glaskie - How to reduce costs by taking care of the wellbeing of your employees
In this week’s episode of the Building Services podcast, I was joined by Suzy Glaskie.  Suzy Glaskie is a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach, founder of Peppermint Wellness (www.peppermintwellness.co.uk), and host of the Wellness Unwrapped podcast. We discussed the steps employers can take to make sure their employees’ health & wellbeing is taken care of and what to do if the manager or employer themselves are struggling with their own health & wellbeing issues. And some very simple and effective steps everyone can take right now. Suzy has experience coaching and training around this subject matter with consultants in the Property & Construction sector, she’s worked with Savills, Morgan Sindall and Colliers to name a few. Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
48:22
June 02, 2020
Alex McDonald – Starting his own business mid-lockdown after being made redundant
Alex McDonald – Starting his own business mid-lockdown after being made redundant
Alex is a seasoned engineering professional, a chartered engineer with a wealth of experience in Building Services, and when I heard he started an engineering consultancy of his own, mid-COVID-lockdown, there were several questions that ran through my head including: - Are you crazy? Is this going to work? - Is this the only option you had, that’s why you’re doing it? - Why are you so confident this is going to work but other businesses with more money and established brands are not so prepared to do this? So, I asked him all these questions… Additionally, and during our conversation, we touched on: Alex’s career steps, where to find less stress and more money, the challenges he’s expecting including those he shares with more established businesses, what success looks like to him and the advice he’d give to others who are unsure about where to invest. Connect & Interact with us and our guests on LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter. Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
01:03:14
May 26, 2020
Farah Naz - Sustainability Leader on how to prepare for Net Zero Carbon Delivery
Farah Naz - Sustainability Leader on how to prepare for Net Zero Carbon Delivery
During this week’s podcast, we were joined by Farah Naz who is CEng ASHRAE FCIBSE LEED (BD+C) and WELL AP. Farah answered the following questions for me: What does a green economic recovery mean? What is climate emergency? What is the link between climate change/energy and buildings? How can Building Services consultants prepare to deliver Net Zero Carbon solutions for their clients? Should SMEs be investing in their own energy and sustainability division if they don’t already have one? If you don’t understand climate change, emergency, then this short clip should explain it well – Watch on YouTube As always, you can interact with our guests on our social platforms Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
54:42
May 18, 2020
Jos Brownlie – Vice-Chair CIBSE – What the new lockdown measures mean for Building Services
Jos Brownlie – Vice-Chair CIBSE – What the new lockdown measures mean for Building Services
This episode was recorded with Jos Brownlie, a Chartered Engineer, a fellow of CIBSE, and Vice-Chair of the CIBSE West Midlands region in the UK. Jos discussed: · What Boris Johnson's announcements regarding easing lockdown measures mean for the Building Services industry and those consultants who might receive a lot of work from contractors · What essential measures must be taken before people re-enter uninhabited buildings including the risk of legionnaires · Future building regulations for upturn and downturn in occupancy rates · How building maintenance and work-place health & safety/wellbeing must go hand in hand · What consultants should be doing now and going forward considering financial constraints You can connect and interact with our guests in our LinkedIn and Instagram pages Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
55:58
May 13, 2020
Hannah Schaapkens - Electrical Design Engineer & her story from burnout to a Mental Health advocate
Hannah Schaapkens - Electrical Design Engineer & her story from burnout to a Mental Health advocate
This podcast touched on a number of topics while in discussion with an Electrical Building Services Engineer. Hannah is new to Building Services Engineering coming from international travel in an Oil, Gas & Energy role with Flour. Her professional challenges include her experience of being a woman in a male-dominated industry and how that contrasts with cultures around the world. We went on to speak about the challenges faced having started a new role just before the UK lockdown due to COVID-19 and how she has had to adapt despite only working with her team for 3 weeks. Later, with bravery, Hannah shares the stressful and tragic challenges she faced in her personal life, and how she managed to turn things around and now offers mental health support for those who need it. Check out www.engineeryourmind.com to find her blog, links to all her socials, and her podcast. Don't forget, you can interact with our guest on our Linkedin and Instagram pages Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
54:30
May 04, 2020
David Gilbey - Part 2 - Actor, Stage lighter then Lighting Designer now Head of Lighting
David Gilbey - Part 2 - Actor, Stage lighter then Lighting Designer now Head of Lighting
We had to release a Part 2 with David, this episode is much shorter and to the point, however, we had just enough time for some jokes and some very interesting points. Listen in to find out: About lighting design fairies - no joke I challenged David on some of his opinions We spoke about why the clients budget is NOT the limiter to delivering great designs How to be responsible with your work You can interact with our guests on our social media platforms Linkedin - Instagram Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
47:38
April 27, 2020
David Gilbey - Actor, Stage lighter then Lighting Designer now Head of Lighting
David Gilbey - Actor, Stage lighter then Lighting Designer now Head of Lighting
We were joined by David Gilbey - Head of Lighting, London Design studio, NDY Light (a TetraTech company) David is passionate about his work and touches on several topics including: The Italian saying: "Life is hard, life is a sacrifice" His international experience How lighting design connects with mental health (we made reference to #engineeryourmind) How Job applicant CVs are not uncovering rough-diamond-like talent Celebrity friends How he changed an aspiring civil engineers mind to choose lighting design as a career (this is hilarious) When he defended competing colleagues work, even though the client wanted to hire David The language of colour is different around the world (green doesn't mean "go" everywhere in the world) You can reach David on Linkedin and Instagram Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
02:03:33
April 20, 2020
Ashley Allsop - Chartered Engineer, one-man-band, working alone since 2013
Ashley Allsop - Chartered Engineer, one-man-band, working alone since 2013
Ashley's challenge amid the #COVID19 crisis has nothing to do with working alone. He works on his own and has been doing so since 2013. He's a chartered engineer, husband, and a dad of 2 - he is a design engineer and runs his won company. Ashley shares his career storey, how he defined success for himself, when he wanted to be a marine biologist & an astronaut  (WHAT?!), and who he still looks up to for inspiration.  http://www.allsopconsult.co.uk/ https://www.instagram.com/allsopconsultltd/ Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
01:04:55
April 13, 2020
Wendy Warren - Chartered Engineer, Business owner, Mother and Survivor of 2 recessions
Wendy Warren - Chartered Engineer, Business owner, Mother and Survivor of 2 recessions
Wendy Warren of Carnell Warren Associates has seen it all. She started her business in 1991 during a recession, her business expanded during the 2008 recession and she joins us to tell the story. We discussed: Women in Engineering How she got into engineering and her influences & motives How her company grew during the 2008 recession How shes maintaining staff-morale during the COVID-19 Pandemic Her thoughts on future trends in Building Services, including her thought on how China built a hospital so quickly! Check out the company website here: https://www.carnellwarren.co.uk/ Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
01:14:52
April 06, 2020
Doctors Advice for Building Services Consultants
Doctors Advice for Building Services Consultants
Dr Azeem Alam is on the frontline in the fight against #Covid19 AND he runs a business that has been effected. We discussed if #covid19 is just a cold, how to carry out essential site-based duties amid the crisis, and some measures Building services consultants (employers & employees) should take. Azeem can be contacted via his business for general advice and especially if you're a trainee doctor about to enter the real world. www.bitemedicine.com https://www.instagram.com/bitemedicine/ Dr Azeem Alam on LinkedIn Join our newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/0e0a47177bcb/newsletter-sign-up
43:21
March 23, 2020