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Conference partnership drives call for integration

The BCIA National Conference 2013 will be a joint effort between the BCIA and B&ES, it was announced today.

The collaborative effort is intended to highlight the importance of integration for better building performance, said the statement.

The conference will be held at the St John’s Hotel, Solihull on 9 May.

It will examine how legislation and incentives such as the Green Deal, Part L and the Renewable Heat Incentive are encouraging contractors and building managers to ensure that buildings perform as they are designed.

BCIA president Ian Ellis said: “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 2013 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 Wales & West Utilities director of business services Mark Oliver and B&ES BIM Group chair David Frise.

B&ES president Sue Sharp said: “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.”

Places cost £55.00, including lunch and a delegate pack and more information is available at

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