Research & Development

Advancing industry knowledge and protocols in legionella control

HBE’s experience and track record in managing the environmental risk arising from legionella bacteria has led us to be recognised as a leading provider of consultancy and control services across the UK and Ireland.


Throughout HBE’s existence, we continually focus on innovation, developing new methodologies and consistently enhancing and extending our product offering.

HBE’s R&D current focus is on process innovation and optimisation to benefit our client base and advancement of  the industry protocols as a whole. Enhancement of current legionella control guidelines and regulations through the integration of technological advancements has the potential to lead to greater levels of control of the bacteria and thus save more lives and protect the public from illness

Legionella Centre of Excellence

To aid us in our quest, HBE have developed a Legionella Centre of Excellence to facilitate our R&D programme.

Advancements, whilst potentially providing great benefits to peoples’ occupational health, have to be mirrored with robust research to validate and verify that the innovation is at least similar to or better than the methods laid down in the current regulations, before rolling out to help protect public health, our Legionella Centre of Excellence will allow us to undertake this work.

Current Research Projects:

Our current research projects focus on the:

  • Application of technology to improve control.
  • Deployment of new biocidal chemistry to improve rates of disinfection.
  • Creation of processes to reduce water consumption and the impact of control programmes client buildings

Technical Bulletins:

Technical Bulletin 2 – Embracing Technology for Proactive Management

RTM technology allows us to analyse live data, trend results, monitor systems 24/7, and for the first time, to generate a realtime profile of a building’s water system, which enables us to pro-actively manage compliance issues before they become a problem, rather than the reactive nature of the traditional approach.

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Technical Bulletin Issue 1

Welcome to the first HBE Legionella Control Technical News Bulletin. In our everchanging world, data and information analysis has become commonplace and it is no different with HBE.

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Project part financed by the Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme for Northern Ireland co financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

HBE is in receipt of support for Research and Development – RD12191345 – Development of EF Biocide

This project which is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme 2014-2020.  The aim is the development a new biocide that will be an advancement in the field of legionella control and would incorporate the following environmental and sustainable benefits;

• Reduce water usage for the process.
• Reduce chemical usage for the process.
• Reduce time and inconvenience to occupants of the buildings being disinfected.
• Enhance the occupational health and safety for the staff undertaking the work.
• Potentially allow for the reduction in hot water running temperatures and therefore saving on energy costs