Seminar Programme

8.30 am

Registration and Breakfast

9.00 am

Welcome and Introduction

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9.30 am

Maximising efficiencies with a bespoke low carbon plant room

Maximising efficiencies with a bespoke low carbon plant room

Mike Hefford, General Manager for CHP at Remeha

Remeha’s General Manager – CHP, will discuss how to maximise the efficiency of multi-component, low-carbon heating systems to avoid an energy performance gap between design intent and real world operation. This seminar will identify the key design stages to follow when installing combined heat and power units in conjunction with high-efficiency condensing boiler technology. Remeha will also provide practical examples of tailored equipment – from bespoke rig systems to packaged plant rooms – that, by accommodating individual requirements, can achieve the most commercially and environmentally sustainable heating solution for each project.

  • Mike Hefford is Remeha’s General Manager for CHP. Mike has a wealth of experience within the industry having worked for Remeha for over 20 years. Prior to being product manager, he held roles as Product Application Manager and Head of Renewables. Mike is responsible for managing the entire CHP customer journey from specification to commissioning and after sales support.

10.00 am

What you need to know about the Internet of Things

What you need to know about the Internet of Things

James Palmer, Business Development Manager at North Building Technologies

North Building Technology’s James Palmer will show how IoT and cloud based technologies are already bringing great benefits to building owners and occupiers, also highlighting some of the many issues likely to affect us all as this technology evolves.

The seminar will explain how the IoT and indeed the Cloud are not clearly definable things, but a collection of technologies which need careful specification to gain benefit from. The seminar will also demonstrate that the existing players in this field such as Google and IBM could encroach on our market in the years to come, while discussing how that could be highly disruptive.

The Building Services Forum is a great opportunity for our industry to come together and understand both the technicalities and the commercial opportunities the IoT will bring.

  • James Palmer’s expertise in the field of machine to machine communications has been gained over 24 years’ working in the integration and controls industry.

10.30 am

Making energy management work for you

Making energy management work for you

Mark Rimell, Energy Specialist at Carlo Gavazzi

Carlo Gavazzi’s Mark Rimell offers a broader knowledge and understanding on how you can make energy management work for you now and into the future.

The International Energy Association (IEA) argues that there is massive potential for improved energy efficiency in buildings. It says that up to 82% of energy efficiency measures remain untapped in buildings today; up to half of this energy efficiency potential can be realised through improved control of the building and the integration of systems that work together. It’s worth remembering that energy is 40% of the life costs and 50% of the running costs of a building. Managing these costs effectively requires monitoring and control systems to work together in harmony.

Consuming less energy is about getting the technology and strategy right, when this is understood then a building’s performance can be improved and energy usage reduced. These actions will reduce your energy expenditure and carbon footprint.

  • Mark’s career has provided him with a wealth of experience within building services, electrical design and installation. More recently, Mark has specialised in the energy management sector. Mark’s expertise will undoubtedly support customers looking to specify and install a system that will provide meaningful data to reduce energy expenditure and carbon footprint.

11.00 am

Coffee break

11.30 am

Energy performance management

Energy performance management

Andy Mills, Business Development Manager at Priva

Far too many buildings do not perform optimally. Installations use too much energy and there are plenty of problems regarding comfort. The most prevalent cause: too little attention to building performance during the maintenance and control phase; often the result of the complexity of the installations, a lack of resources and poor communication between the owner of the building and the service organisation.

Priva makes hardware and software and supplies services and solutions for climate control. In the built environment, our systems create a pleasant working environment in which people can deliver better performance levels in buildings that use significantly less energy, keep absenteeism low, labour productivity up and achieve a smaller carbon footprint. Priva solutions truly help you to manage your building and this seminar explains the thinking and techniques behind them.

  • Andy has worked in the BMS industry for 32 years, formally with Satchwell, TAC, Invensys and Schneider Electric. As a business development manager at Priva, Andy promotes both traditional BMS and new cloud based solutions for energy and performance management in buildings.

12.00 pm

The future of buildings: How BMS can future-proof your investments

The future of buildings: How BMS can future-proof your investments

Mike Hicks, IOT Services Director at Schneider Electric

Designing a future-proof network is often extremely difficult, but also a process that is absolutely necessary. Having an intelligent plan in place for migrating to new systems in the future is essential to sustaining intelligent building systems over time.

When buildings and systems are constructed they have to be interoperable with the technologies and other systems present. Planning for the future is a guessing game, losing the game may result in an expensive retrofit, needed to bring your building back up to standard. Winning the game will extend the value of your building and reduce the cost of retrofits.

This seminar looks at the trends that are shaping the future of buildings, starting from Big Data to Open Protocols. With over 50 billion devices expected to be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) worldwide by 2020, connectivity is fast becoming a key focus in systems.

  • Mike Hicks has over 20 years of experience in delivering BMS solutions and services, through a variety of project and operational management roles. He has also held a number of strategic positions within Schneider Electric and launched their Building Advisor platform in the UK in 2013.

    Recently he has taken on the role of IoT Services Director within the organisation, driving the move towards cloud based innovation through the use of connected products, apps, analytics and services.

12.30 pm

Questions and wrap up discussion

12.50 pm


1.45 pm

Walking the legislation tightrope to mitigate unnecessary business costs

Walking the legislation tightrope to mitigate unnecessary business costs

Alex Hill, Joe Warren and Martyn Young, co-founders of ZTP

With a large amount of legislation surrounding utilities, it is becoming increasingly difficult to stay compliant and mitigate costs. ZTP’s Alex Hill and Joe Warren will give an overview of both current and future legislation linked to electricity, gas and water consumption for all commercial bill payers. The seminar will provide a full explanation of all relevant legislative measures and examples of the costs involved to the end user. These costs are not solely based around compliance (or non-compliance) but energy costs as a whole. In addition to looking at the effect of legislation on the price of energy ZTP will also provide estimated energy costs up to 2021.

  • Alex Hill and Joe Warren are co-founders of ZTP, a strategic energy management consultancy that works with businesses and other organisations with multi-site operations to help them manage their energy and procurement requirements more efficiently and cost-effectively.

    After completing an honors degree in accounting at the University of Kent, Martyn qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in 1984 and has worked for a variety of Blue Chip companies in the UK in FMCG, Construction and Education sectors. Since qualifying Martyn has been active in developing the uses of data cubes in forecasting models as well as leading multi-disciplinary profit optimization teams.At ZTP Martyn runs the procurement team from the Canterbury office, utilising the trace management system to facilitate the tender process for each site or framework under management.

2.15 pm

Developing intelligent and interactive HVAC pipe networks

Developing intelligent and interactive HVAC pipe networks

Vijay Srikandarajah , CIBSE level 5 Low Carbon Energy Assessor at Loughborough University 

The government is committed to and imposing the BIM way of working in the AEC industry. This study deals with the translation of pipework systems from BIM models and the factors which affect the performance of the pipework data to present in virtual reality.

Vijay Srikandarajah’s seminar will include innovative methods for design and insulating HVAC pipes, as well as validated methods for developing novel low-cost smart coatings to improve service life. For wider dissemination, collected data will be parameterised and shared with software designers; an element of the project will also include the development and optimisation of pipework BIM models (Building Information Modelling) and improvement in pipework application training packages using virtual reality.

  • Vijay is currently undertaking PhD Research at Loughborough University. He has over 15 years in the building services consultancy industry and is a fully qualified CIBSE level 5 Low Carbon Energy Assessor.

2.45 pm

Building for wellbeing

Building for wellbeing

Dr Michelle Agha-Hossein, Building Sustainability Engineer at BSRIA

BSRIA’s Dr Michelle Agha-Hossein will present on how a building can be measured for the ‘wellness’ of the building and its impact on the ‘wellness’ of the occupants.

There are new Wellbeing measurement methodologies entering the market place and it is the buzzword in workplace management circles. BSRIA will explain what it means and offer an overview of what areas around functional, physical and psychological factors can really make the difference. There are 80 factors already identified; some are enforced by laws and are needed to satisfy basic human needs and safety, but there is a list of extra factors that are intended to improve the wellbeing of the occupants and include technologies and design that optimise occupant wellbeing and happiness. 

  • Michelle is an engineer and a researcher. Michelle runs BSRIA’s Soft Landings Network and Buildings for Wellbeing Network and also sits on the CIBSE Intelligent Buildings Group Committee.

3.15 pm

Tea break

3.45 pm

Protecting buildings from cyber attacks

Protecting buildings from cyber attacks

Steve Martin, ECA’s Head of Technical

The biggest security threat facing buildings is no longer the traditional burglar – instead, cyber attacks are now commonplace, and cost businesses billions each year.

Yet with more and more connected technology being installed in buildings – such as cameras, lights, heating systems and much more – buildings have arguably never been so vulnerable.

However, according to a recent ECA survey, four in 10 building clients say they currently take no steps to protect smart installations from cyber threats.

Given this, there is clearly much to be done by clients to secure their buildings from hackers.

This also means there are opportunities for contractors and installers to highlight their expertise in this area, and provide value to clients.

During this seminar, ECA’s Head of Technical Steve Martin will be discussing the threats faced by building owners, and how these can be a commercial opportunity for forward-looking contractors.

  • With an established industry background, Steve has firsthand experience within contracting and the challenges faced when embracing emerging technologies as additional revenue streams.

4.15 pm

Questions and wrap up discussion