Cause for celebration
I had an overwhelming feeling of pride at this year’s 2019 BCIA Awards. It was another glorious event which celebrated the stars of the building controls industry in recognition of their achievements and one that also leaves me confident that our sector is in a strong position to play its part in tackling climate change. […]
Lead the Way
‘One small change’ – not a new concept but what does it mean to you? Whether it’s the ‘aggregation of marginal gains’ made famous by Team GB during the Olympics or even a pact with yourself to change a habit like taking the stairs in place of the lift, the common theme is that ‘small […]
Championing young blood
According to a recent survey, over a quarter of the nation has no idea what “the cloud” is or how “cloud storage” works, but they might be able to identify cumulostratus or cumulonimbus! The poll was undertaken by Currys PC World and is an example of a modern technology that is a mystery to a […]
Are you feeling the heat?
Chances are that you or someone you work alongside has had a rant about the high temperatures we’ve been experiencing of late. A summer heatwave is great if you’re by the beach of course…but the workplace is a different matter, especially if you have no air conditioning or any control over your immediate surroundings… Being […]
Don’t fear innovation…embrace it!
Managing change is something we all have to do at home and at work, sometimes as a reaction to events and other times as part of strategic planning. To some, managing change comes easily, others might be more apprehensive – but both these responses are normal! With so much innovative technology ‘disrupting’ our industry and […]
How are you tackling energy efficiency in your building?
All talk and no action? Everyone is on the energy saving bandwagon right now…or at least everyone knows they ought to be…However, there’s a big difference between talking about lowering energy usage and actively doing it. As I have touched upon previously, with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) now in full force, the commercial […]
Are we maximising our opportunities for new talent?
According to Engineering UK, there is an increase in numbers of the 11-16 age group who would consider a career in engineering – this is great news. As 186,000 people with engineering skills are needed annually through to 2024, what a terrific opportunity this represents for the building controls industry. I genuinely think we have […]
What skills do you need to be a building controls engineer?
With 2018 being the official Year of Engineering, it got me pondering over what makes a great engineer. For those of us who already have engineering experience under our belts, it’s probably something we don’t reflect on all too often… However, if we wish to attract more talent into the world of engineering and building […]