Industry Comment

  • 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Quality and performance come top of the list

    By BSEE on December 20, 2012
    If end users weren’t already worried about soaring energy prices, the recent announcements in price hikes of almost 10% from the big providers will certainly have focused minds. The large leap in annual bills for commercial operations will surely speed the demand for more energy efficient appliances and this can only be good news for installers who will be on […]
  • Headline prices tell only part of the story

    By BSEE on December 20, 2012
    Commercial and industrial users are rightly concerned about the size of their energy bills, and are taking imaginative steps towards reducing their consumption. The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme has proved to be a formidable approach to carbon reduction and we all suspect that it is only a matter of time before much smaller businesses come within its remit. However, at […]