B&ES teams up with BCIA to host joint industry conference
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) and the Service & Facilities Group of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) have linked up to develop a one-day pan-industry conference.
The event is called 10-80-10 - The Building Services Summit and relates to the life cycle of a building, which comprises 10% construction, 80% running costs and 10% disposal. It will focus on ensuring that building engineering services operate as effectively and efficiently as possible during a building's entire lifecycle.
Chairman of BCIA's Marketing Working Group, Terry Sharp, said: 'Much emphasis is placed on the capital cost of non-residential buildings, while lifetime costs - including energy use, maintenance and refurbishment - represent around 80% of the total, yet are too often overlooked.'
Vice chairman of the B&ES Service & Facilities Group, Simon Carter, said: 'Our association represents the engineers and contractors who deal with the installation, commissioning and maintenance of building services on a daily basis. As such, we are able to provide expert advice and guidance to building owners and managers on reducing energy bills and getting the most from the equipment they have invested in.'
BCIA president Steve Harrison stressed that 'working with other organisations is the best way for us to demonstrate that it is by co-operation and holistic thinking that optimum energy efficiency can be achieved'.
B&ES chief executive, Roderick Pettigrew, added: 'The commercial pressures inherent in the construction process too often encourage all parties to take a short-term view. The aim of this conference is to make the whole procurement chain aware of whole-life costing - including energy costs - and so provide clients with best value.' he explained.
10-80-10 - The Building Services Summit will be held at the Barbican Centre, London EC2, on Thursday 27 November 2014.