Industry Comment

  • Are you as green as you think?

    By BSEE on June 28, 2013
    Most companies now have strict environmental policies in place which deal with the day to day procedures but quite often this doesn’t include the recycling of end of life lighting equipment. Simon Cook of Lumicom explains why you need to take this into account when carrying out a refurbishment. Recycling is an issue which is close to many people’s hearts […]
  • The proactive approach to energy saving

    By BSEE on June 28, 2013
    Breaking down your energy usage and monitoring power consumption is now essential if we are to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. James Hart of CP Northern explains why a proactive approach to this will reap rewards. There is a lot of pressure on companies to reduce their carbon emissions both to reduce energy costs and because Government legislation now […]
  • No alternative to good lighting design

    By BSEE on May 28, 2013
    The need for energy efficiency in commercial buildings has led to a vast amount of new technology in the lighting market but as Stephen Woodnutt of Delmatic explains we must not lose sight of the basics because the route to energy efficiency should not become an alternative to sound design. The principles of good lighting design are very simple because […]
  • 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. […]
  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]