Building Controls & Automation

  • In it for the long run

    By BSEE on January 31, 2014
    Getting the design and construction of a new structure right is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to ensuring truly sustainable long term building performance. Here Daniel Kittow, Managing Director of ABEC, explains why retaining a specialist building controls company after completion makes financial and environmental sense for a smooth transition through handover and beyond.   It […]
  • Setting standards for the industry

    By BSEE on January 14, 2014
    By Steve Harrison, President of the Building Controls Industry Association Many sectors in construction have called for greater recognition of their significance by other professionals in the industry. We all want to have our say at the earliest stage, and to ensure that we are allotted both the appropriate payment for and the time to do our jobs well. The […]
  • Another successful show

    By BSEE on January 14, 2014
    There is no avoiding the fact that building controls are now at the top of the agenda in the building services industry and nowhere was this more apparent than at Building Controls Sandown Park which took place in October 2013. On show was a huge variety of different products and services from some of the leading manufacturers in the industry […]
  • Tackle uncertainty by taking control

    By BSEE on December 2, 2013
    An interesting conference took place in London in October: Energy Live 2013. Energy managers, facilities managers and related professions gathered to find out where their energy costs might be going in the next few years. The news wasn’t surprising – or good. Energy prices seem to be heading ever-upward. Some were hinting that if the UK finds itself with a […]
  • The importance of training for our industry

    By BSEE on October 31, 2013
    As the drive to energy efficiency continues, controls and building energy management systems are a point of focus for specifiers and end-users alike. Now is the time that our sector can step forward to offer clear advice and support on measuring, monitoring and managing energy use. However, the onus is also on the controls industry to ensure that we are […]
  • All together now

    By BSEE on October 30, 2013
    Devising and implementing an energy management strategy across a number of disparate buildings can seem an overwhelming and intimidating task. John O’Leary, Key Account Manager at Trend Control Systems demystifies the process and explains how to maximise the potential of a Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS). The vast majority of organisations are looking to optimise their energy use however, developing […]
  • Short term gains and long term strategy

    By BSEE on October 30, 2013
    Increasing numbers of organisations of all sizes are now choosing to take a more comprehensive view of carbon reduction because that’s where the real savings lie, says Paul Summers, CEO of WEMSinternational. The popular approach to carbon reduction over the last few years has been to target the low-hanging fruit or fast fixes of energy saving. However, it’s now becoming […]
  • Do we need another order to audit?

    By BSEE on October 10, 2013
    By Ian Ellis, President of the Building Controls Industry Association The Government launched its consultation on the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) over the summer, and it ends in early October.  The outcome will be interesting because it is a scheme that needs to be handled carefully so that businesses aren’t so busy with paperwork that they don’t get around […]
  • Leading brands show the way

    By BSEE on September 27, 2013
    At this year’s Energy Event in September, the BCIA chaired a series of presentations. The excellent speakers there had many stories to tell about the challenges of energy efficiency in buildings, but one clear message came through: building controls are a major part of achieving lower energy costs and more efficient buildings. Leading UK brands such as Alliance Boots and […]
  • Suffolk high school creates sustainable ethos

    By BSEE on September 27, 2013
    Pakefield High School in South Lowestoft has specified cutting-edge Priva BMS technology for its brand-new £12million building, setting the standard in terms of sustainable excellence. As the first new secondary school to be built by Suffolk County Council in over 20 years, Pakefield High School marks an important addition to the surrounding community. Phase 1 of the high-spec, environmentally friendly […]