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BCIA kicks off small changes building efficiency campaign

Building controls industry is being asked to implement and share smaller scale approaches to efficiency such as amending chill setpoints in line with cooling demand

Enacting small behavioural changes in the use of cooling systems and other building services functions is the focus of a new campaign to curb energy needs in buildings.

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has said its ‘One Small Change’ campaign is intended to drive a shift towards lower energy demand in buildings at an individual, as well as organisational level.

Despite the global scale of efforts to try and combat climate change, the organisation said that perceptions that the issue was too big to be addressed in individual actions and behaviours undermined the potential benefits of smaller scale initiatives.

BCIA is seeking to encourage initiatives, such as organisations shifting control strategies to change a chiller setpoint in line with a building’s cooling demand, to collectively ensure a big longer-term impact on carbon emissions. Even encouraging windows to be closed when air conditioning when in use were highlighted as behaviours that could be encouraged by the organisation.

Energy wastage from both everyday processes and critical building services such as cooling is one of a number of challenges faced in trying to transform building performance in line the UK government’s recent commitments to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

BCIA president Jon Belfield said the organisation was calling on the buildings control industry to post or publish details via social media or other online platforms to share knowledge on different means of saving energy in buildings.

He added, “It is abundantly clear that highly trained, smart BEMS engineers are already making innovative and effective changes to play a huge role in improving energy efficiency and at the same time, making buildings more comfortable for occupants.”

“This professional approach to improve the overall performance of buildings is critical in ensuring the sector continues to grow and remains strong over the coming years. Therefore, I would like to challenge everyone in the building controls industry to share their own method(s) of saving energy in a building or your workplace be they large or small, it is the combined difference that we make together that will make the overall change we wish to see.”

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