The BSRIA Briefing 2012, chaired by Robert Higgs (OBE), the former chief executive of B&ES, welcomed nearly 400 industry professionals. The Briefing discussed the Energy Bill, BEMS, decarbonisation, heat pumps, dash for gas, retrofit, building performance, robots and magic boxes.
Carbon Trust chairman James Smith told the audience that climate change has not gone away and appealed to the audience to collectively keep the agenda going. Mr Smith mentioned that, amongst other challenges, we need to address the behavioural aspects of energy use such as over-consumption and an increasing desire for thermal comfort.
“There are two levers for carbon reduction: energy efficiency and decarbonisation. For example, carbon capture and storage is vital. The projections from our past poor performance on carbon emission reduction suggest that negative carbon technologies are needed. We also need to get behind the Energy Bill,” explained Mr Smith.
James believes that a cap for subsidies on immature technologies is the right thing to do - this will at least incentivise engineers to come up with better solutions.
BSRIA director of worldwide market intelligence Andrew Giles provided a timely overview of market trends including the growth of heat pumps, dash for gas, the use of Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS), cloud software, and a vision for buildings in the future.
CIBSE president David Fisk believes we’re lacking leadership for energy efficiency and we’re facing a return to the 70s in terms of our over-reliance on energy imports. Mr Fisk told the audience the UK’s economy is returning to a situation whereby energy is no longer a good thing to use, and we’re facing serious energy supply and/or price issues.