Industry Comment

  • Why buy British?

    By BSEE on May 28, 2013
    When it comes to business, the world has shrunk.  No market is now too far away and no country too inaccessible. So why should buying British still count for anything? Richard Shaw, Managing Director of Ellis gives his opinion. There can be very little doubt that in today’s global market being British no longer carries the weight it once did, […]
  • Don’t get left in the dark

    By BSEE on April 24, 2013
    Outdoor lighting is a topic of hot debate at the moment with some arguing that it is necessary to keep people safe, while others argue that it can be switched off to make energy savings. It is a good way to save energy because if the lights aren’t switched on they are not costing anything, but it isn’t the most […]
  • Pensions auto-enrolment avalanche

    By BSEE on April 24, 2013
    Auto-enrolment for pensions has had a successful start with just a 10% opt out rate since the first staging date in October. To help businesses comply, it is recommended that employers use a 12 to 18 month implementation plan to ensure they are ready. Mike Jenkins, Business Development Manager at Welplan Pensions, explains why. Research from The Pensions Regulator has […]
  • Look before you leap

    By BSEE on March 26, 2013
    Although renewable energy technologies have been given a significant number of column inches, maximising the effectiveness of an existing building energy management system (BEMS) should be at the top of the list of ways to optimise energy use and save money. In light of rising costs of energy and growing pressure to use it more wisely, building owners and managers […]
  • Protecting the future through procurement

    By BSEE on March 26, 2013
    The public sector is a major customer for construction, worth around 40% of the sector’s £110 million turnover according to the 2011 Government Construction Strategy.  As a key part of the wider construction industry, companies in the building services sector reap the benefit of this investment, with some firms earning a significant proportion of their turnover from public sector projects. […]
  • Putting the spotlight on controls

    By BSEE on February 21, 2013
    For several years now the lighting industry has experienced an unprecedented period of invention, innovation and product and light source development. The majority of this has been in LED technology which has revolutionised the expectations of performance and energy savings that can be achieved from artificial lighting.  Understandably, this pace of change has created an appetite for yet more innovation […]
  • BIM signals specification shift

    By BSEE on February 21, 2013
    Although the current interest surrounding BIM has only been around for a relatively short time, it really is shaking up the entire building process. It is being driven by governments around the world and could become normal practice in most, if not all, elements of design, construction and building operation far more quickly than it would if it had been […]
  • Chain better

    By BSEE on February 4, 2013
    The recent unrest in the Chinese factory that is a principal manufacturer of the iPhone5 highlighted one of the complexities of modern life. Namely that beneath the sleek facades of the products we buy lies the story of their production, transportation, marketing and eventual demise. Look further back than the factory and it usually starts with a hole in the […]
  • Let’s find a better way

    By BSEE on February 4, 2013
    In the documents issued by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) late last year was buried a bombshell for energy management. While the news media moved from the Leveson Inquiry findings for just long enough to mash up the Energy Bill announcement, two reports on energy security from Ofgem went completely unnoticed. At last year’s CIBSE Annual lecture, […]
  • Is RHI incentive enough?

    By BSEE on February 4, 2013
    Over a year into the first phase of RHI, Jeff House, Marketing & Applications Manager for Baxi Commercial Division asks, what is the story? The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) introduced the RHI scheme on 28 November 2011 to promote the uptake of renewable heat technologies by industrial, commercial, public sector and not for profit organisations. A range […]