Editor’s note

As we welcome in the New Year it is a good time to take a look at the industry and what is happening in it.

One area which will continue to shine is that of building controls and we couldn’t talk about this area of the industry without giving you one final reminder that the deadline for entries for the 2010 Building Controls Industry Awards is Friday 29 January 2010. You do still have a few days to spare but don’t leave it until the last minute or you may miss the deadline.

Building controls continue to be a growth area, and as more companies seek to make energy savings, the drive towards using a control system is increasing. As you will see from the features in this issue alone there are a number of different types of control systems on the market from full building management systems down to PIR detectors and simple stand alone controls.

As budgets become increasingly tighter and project costs scrutinised on a daily basis, the industry needs to be aware of the savings which controls can make, both in the initial planning stages and in the whole life costs of the building. Far too often the control systems are introduced as an afterthought which means that they don’t really do the job properly and are more of a hindrance than a help.

Whatever your requirement, the key to making savings is in the control of the product or application and now is the time to do something about it. There is no shortage of products on the market and therefore you have no excuse for not taking action. Let’s make 2010 the year when we embrace this technology and acknowledge that the best way to have a system fit for purpose is to consider it in the very early planning stages.

See you next month

Tracey

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