BCIA teams up with B&ES to promote integration for better building performance at conference

BCIA, B&ES, BMS, controls
Left; Integrated and energy-efficient buildings — Ian Ellis. Right; Key strategic development for B&ES — Sue Sharp

The Building Controls Industry Association has teamed up with the Building & Engineering Services Association to promote integration for better building performance at its national conference on 9 May 2013. BCIA president Ian Ellis says: ‘We are delighted to work with the B&ES on this event. The topic itself is very important to our membership, who are often responsible for ensuring that the HVAC systems of a building operate in an integrated and energy-efficient way.’

The BCIA National Conference will examine how legislation and incentives such as the Green Deal, Part L and Renewable Heat Incentive, are encouraging contractors and building managers to ensure that buildings perform as they are designed. An integrated approach is vital to ensure long-term energy-efficient building operation.

B&ES president Sue Sharp says: ‘There are far too many renewable and low-carbon projects failing to meet the expectations of end users. Yet, it is more important than ever that we deliver on our energy-efficiency promises to protect building users from soaring fuel costs and to cut carbon emissions.

‘The only way to ensure that low-carbon technologies work to their full potential is to make them part of properly integrated, whole-building solutions and this depends on contractors working hand-in-hand with the controls industry.

‘This joint project with the BCIA is, therefore, a key strategic development for B&ES.’

The conference will feature a range of industry speakers — including Jacqueline Balian, head of operations for the Renewable Heat Incentive at Ofgem, and Colin Braidwood, who is responsible for energy management and the sustainability agenda at Dixons retail stores and distribution network. They will be joined by Mark Oliver, director of business services for Wales & West Utilities and David Frise, chair of the B&ES BIM Group.

Accompanying the conference will be a networking lounge with industry exhibitors, where delegates can meet technical experts and discuss the latest technological developments. Last year’s networking lounge included 12 leading control manufacturers and systems specialists demonstrating a range of technologies.

Places cost only £55, including lunch and a delegate pack that contains copies of speaker presentations. Book now on our dedicated conference website below.

The BCIA National Conference 2013 will take place on 9 May at the St John's Hotel, Solihull.

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