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End user familiarity to drive smart controls take-up

BCIA’s new vice president sees a changing landscape for the building controls industry and its training needs based partly on the commercial success of numerous connected technologies

Growing end-user familiarity with smart and connected building controls and increased user expectations are expected to drive an uptake of similar technologies for a range of commercial applications, the vice president of the BCIA has said.

Terry Sharp, the new vice president of the BCIA, said he believed that the popularity and low cost of technologies such as Nest, web-enabled security products, as well as Google’s Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa will be an important factor in encouraging increased take up of smart systems. This is expected to apply to control systems for buildings used for a range of purposes including residential and commercial functions.

He added, “A modern, smart, energy efficient building with employee wellbeing at the heart is being used to attract and retain the best staff and demonstrate environmental responsibility to customers and suppliers.”

“Today’s patterns of hot-desk space and intermittent occupancy of the increasing remote workers means staff need appropriate tools to ensure efficient availability and operation of resources.”

Mr Sharp said that the potential for an emerging array of controls and smart devices that can potentially offer increasingly data-driven, automated building services solutions, has helped recently drive rapid growth in membership for the organisation and its training courses.

The introduction of the Trailblazer Standard of training and verification for building energy management systems over the course of 2019 was therefore expected to drive a further increase in membership interest for the next 12 months, according to Mr Sharp.

“This is great news for us all, but I am very conscious of the need to ensure we engage with the whole membership and continue to represent the full sector of the controls industry.”

Mr Sharp was unveiled as BCIA’s vice president earlier this year and will build on his 35 years of experience in the building controls sector.

He said that his appointment would focus on steering BCIA’s work to influence the uptake of control technologies and shape the sector for future generations of engineers in the industry.

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