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Finding a model energy policy

The government’s disjointed approach to energy management was brought into sharp focus with prime minister David Cameron’s recent ill-judged comments on tariffs.

While this represents nothing new for the building services sector – which has had to endure delays, last-minute changes and conflicting information in a number of areas – perhaps the angry response to Mr Cameron’s statement will serve to generate more attention on urgent matters, including the need to meet carbon reduction targets.

The government’s announcement on the Energy Bill is eagerly awaited, not least by those needing to formulate and implement strategies to match its requirements.

While we all know you can’t please all the people all of the time, there should be growing concern within Westminster that a clear strategy is outlined.

There is certainly a need for increased collaboration between government departments and relevant industries.

For proof of this, look no further than page 4 of this issue to see how considerable savings have been made by the Ministry of Justice and Interserve through the use of building information modelling.

The use of BIM is set to increase, becoming mandatory on public projects in 2016.

What the government needs is a BIM-type programme to combine all relevant resources to ensure that its entire energy policy is effective, clearly defined and rigidly adhered to for the benefit of all concerned in future.


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