Building Controls & Automation

  • Raising awareness of energy saving

    By BSEE on January 31, 2014
    By Steve Harrison, President of the Building Controls industry Association At recent industry discussions about how to raise awareness of demand-side energy issues with government, it became clear that we’ve been hiding our achievements rather than shouting about them.   Supply-side policies have dominated the debate about how the UK can meet its energy requirements. Energy suppliers have the ear […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Sontay helps lift energy efficiency at Eden

    By BSEE on September 27, 2013
    The Eden Project in Cornwall, one of the UK’s largest visitor attractions, has undergone a site-wide upgrade of its Building Management System (BMS) to enable control of multiple buildings and the iconic Eden biomes. The installation features a number of Sontay’s temperature, humidity, CO2, pressure sensors and other devices, chosen for their reliability, accuracy and ability to work in critical […]