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Managing buildings during and after lockdown

When the Government imposed a shutdown on all non-essential workplaces midway through March, many of us had to adapt to new work schedules. The number of meetings held virtually through communication platforms like Skype and Zoom increased dramatically and networks would have felt the pressure as the country strived to carry on as normal as […]

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A message from the BCIA President, Terry Sharp

BCIA: Supporting our members through coronavirus The first half of 2020 threw us a test I’m sure none of us could have imagined just six months ago. Due to the coronavirus outbreak we have all been forced to adapt to new ways of living, working and communicating and we have all been adjusting as well […]

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Prizes up for grabs as BCIA launches school competition

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has launched a brand new summer competition that encourages young people to get their thinking caps on and devise an idea that could help reduce the energy consumption of their schools. The Schoolz Out competition challenges school pupils to design an energy saving product or initiative for their school […]

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Drawing a blank

With the introduction of electronic drawing portals and online repositories it has become easy to ‘share’ files. BMS companies are frequently sent enquiries typically with `Dropbox` type emails, which contain literally hundreds of ‘zipped’ site drawings and no meaningful specification. The vast majority of these drawings have no significant content for the BMS companies, they […]

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BCIA releases new Technical Guide: The Impact of Controls on the Energy Efficiency of Buildings

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has released a new Technical Guide to add to its portfolio of online Guides available to download. The new Guide, entitled “The Impact of Controls on the Energy Efficiency of Buildings”, focuses on the British and European standard, BS EN 15232-1:2017, which assesses the cumulative impact of building automation […]

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Technology Refresh Part 2

In the second part of his blog, Graeme Rees looks at the advantages of a phased approach to upgrading a building’s BMS. In last week’s blog I examined the rate of progress in various forms of technology, such as cars, televisions. This week I will apply that analysis to the technological advances made in our […]

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Technology Refresh Part 1

In a two-part blog, Graeme Rees, Vice-President of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), looks at the progress made in technology over the last few decades and explains why modern, adaptable systems are the way forward, particularly when it comes to building controls.   Take a moment to reminisce, to think back to the days […]

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Apprenticeship Panel Survey: Have your say

The Institute for Apprenticeships & Technology Education has created a survey designed by apprentices, for apprentices. The purpose is to take a deep dive into the learner journey, looking at a range of different aspects that affect apprentices, from the content and assessment in their apprenticeship standards to their experiences while completing an apprenticeship. The survey […]

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