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universities, Round Table, Trend Controls, George Adams, SPIE, Chris Baldwin, Trend Controls, Scott Brooks, Nottingham Trent University, Association of University Engineers, Toby Buckley, REL Building Services, Richard Dewdney, BMSI
Learning the value of construction

UK universities have invested heavily in their building stock. This month’s Round Table, sponsored by Trend Controls, discusses the importance of high quality buildings for this market, and the challenge of operating them efficiently.

Jon Belfield, Building Controls Industry Association, BCIA
Make building controls a priority, not an afterthought…

Bill Gates is quoted as having said “People don’t know how to want the things we can offer them”. For example, some things we now consider normal were once considered as unnecessary luxuries – early electric lights were switched on/off at the fitting meaning you would bump into furniture as you fumbled for the switch. When it was realised that a switch could be fitted just inside the door, for a time, many people considered this as a needless indulgence.

Will Darby, solar PV, battery storage, metering, Carlo Gavazzi UK
Solar system

Imagine being able to harness the sun’s energy during the day for use during the night. With a battery storage system this is exactly what can happen. During the day a roof mounted photovoltaic system can gather electrical energy from the sun then, at night the occupants can draw on the electrical energy stored in the battery.

Ben Lewis, Smart Building,Topology, KNX Consultants
Smart thinking for future-proofing

Smart building technology cannot stand still: it has to be able evolve throughout a building’s lifetime if it is to continue adding value. Commercial tenants may need to set up for a completely new way of working as their business changes. New sustainability and energy efficiency targets may be imposed to manage costs and/ or to manifest corporate social responsibility.

Dr Alex Mardapittas, transformers, Powerstar
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

The importance of the distribution transformer should not be misunderstood – the technology plays a significant, but sometimes underestimated, role in the high voltage energy infrastructure of facilities across the country. Distribution transformers are energised 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Even when then don’t carry a load they ensure buildings receive the correct electricity supply that is safe for use and fit for requirements.

Stephen Preece, Arbnco
Proving the value of renewables

Installations of renewable energy generation have been declining month on month since February 2016. One of the main reasons behind the decline is due to a lack of understanding and inability to evaluate the feasibility of all renewable options available to a specific building.

Abtec Building Technologies, Ibstock Brick, Dave Watkins
Building blocks of efficiency

Abtec Building Technologies has recently completed a project to install a connected lighting system at a newly constructed brick factory in the East Midlands. Ibstock Brick, an Ibstock PLC company, has built a new factory capable of producing 100 million bricks a year, helping to address the UK’s housing shortage.