Building Services Summit looks to lower lifetime building costs

Building Services Summit, BCIA, B&ES
Energy-efficient controls at the top of the energy-saving agenda — Steve Harrison, president of BCIA.

Ensuring that building engineering services operate as effectively and efficiently as possible during the entire lifetime of a building is the theme of The Building Services Summit — being organised by the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) and the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES). It will address the concept of 10-80-10, whereby 10% of the total lifetime cost of a building is invested at construction stage, 80% is spent on operating the building and the remaining 10% is accounted for in dismantling and demolition.

A total of 90% of a building’s costs are entirely influenced by its design, construction and operation. The event, at the Barbican in London on 27 November, will help building owners and managers understand where efficiencies can be made in new and existing buildings.

Steve Harrison, president of BCIA, says, ‘Numerous studies have shown that the design, construction and operation of our buildings can benefit from better planning and implementation, and that this in turn will result in lower costs and better building performance. By working with the services and facilities specialists within B&ES we are aiming to put intelligent building services, with energy-efficient controls, at the top of the building-services agenda — where they rightly belong.’

Roderick Pettigrew, chief executive of B&ES says, ‘The commercial pressures inherent in the construction process all to often encourage all parties to take a short-term view of the operational consequences. Our aim is to make the whole procurement chain aware of whole-life costing — including energy costs — and so provide clients with best value.’

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