A Big Congratulations to the BCIA Awards Winners 2023!
Congratulations to all of the BCIA Awards 2023 winners who took home one of the sought after trophies which recognise the quality, talent and innovation which the building controls industry has to offer.
Building Controls and BEMS Installer of the Year Sponsored by Trend Control Systems - Detail Design Engineering
Engineer of the Year Sponsored by BCIA Training - George Smith - 3MSe
Young Engineer of the Year Sponsored by Schneider Electric - Abbie Bewley - InTandem Systems
Apprentice of the Year Sponsored by Group Horizon - Robert Drysdale - InTandem Systems
Energy Management Award Sponsored by Priva UK - Econowise Drives & Controls - Savills Energy Saving Project
Best Service and Maintenance Provider Sponsored by Western Automation - Kendra Energy Solutions
Technical Innovation of the Year - Products Sponsored by BCIA - Connected Power - MK Electric
Technical Innovation of the Year - Projects Sponsored by BCIA Siemens - University of Birmingham
Contribution to Training Award Sponsored by CIBSE - Group Horizon
Outstanding Contribution Award Sponsored by BCIA - Tracey Rushton-Thorpe - Keystone Communications
Charity Success - This year the President's charity was once again Teenage Cancer Trust and together we raised a massive £5,102 on the night thanks to the Higher or Lower game. Don't forget you can still donate to the charity via the online JustGiving page here.
Check out the photo gallery of the evening featured on the BCIA website, and don't forget to share and tag us! #BCIAAwards2023
BCIA boosts position as leading association for the building controls industry with seven new members
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has welcomed seven new members to the organisation in late 2022 and the first quarter of 2023, building on its position as the UK’s leading association for the building controls sector. The joining companies are SysCon Limited, Electrical Concepts, P A Collacott & Co, Demma Group, adi Intelligent Buildings, Drake Controls and Energy Controls Solutions.
The BCIA aims to promote the use of building controls as a key factor in the operational efficiency of buildings. Its members span the full range of companies operating in the building controls and Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) sector, including system integrators and manufacturers. On behalf of its members, the BCIA has built strong relationships with the trade press, other Associations and the Government.
Members have exclusive access to the BCIA Market Information Service (MIS), which provides unique data on the UK controls industry for BCIA members. Its latest report revealed the sector to be worth more than £835M to the UK economy in 2022, an 8% increase from 2021. BCIA membership also includes free membership of the Federation of Environmental Trades Association (FETA).
Paul Fish, Managing Director at P A Collacott & Co, said: “We are very proud to become a member of the BCIA, an organisation which aligns with our company values of raising industry standards and bridging the skills gap. We look forward to working alongside our fellow members to help grow the building controls sector and create a sustainable built environment for the future.”
John Nicholson, Managing Director of Syscon Ltd, said: “We are delighted to become a member of the BCIA and we hope that we can help to build on the great work the organisation has already achieved. We are a relatively young company that has taken some big steps forward in the last 10 years and I believe our BCIA membership will make us stronger.”
BCIA President Graeme Rees said: “I am delighted to welcome our newest members into the BCIA, which is focused on providing practical support for its members. The BCIA is recognised as an integral voice in the UK’s BEMS sector and membership demonstrates a mark of quality towards clients. The combined knowledge and expertise of our new members will contribute to the continued growth of the BCIA. Together, we can collectively raise the profile of the building controls sector, drive up standards, influence policy and increase the recognition of the BCIA and its members as key contributors in the UK’s mission to decarbonise of the built environment.”
To view the full list of current BCIA members visit: https://bcia.co.uk/members/
BCIA Awards Finalists Announced
It is with great pleasure that the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) can announce the finalists for this year’s BCIA Awards.
There was much deliberation during the judging process due to an exceptionally high standard of entries received. Winners of each category will be announced Thursday 04 May at the BCIA Awards 2023 ceremony and dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
The shortlisted finalists are:
Building Controls and BEMS Installer of the Year
Engineer of the Year
Young Engineer of the Year
Apprentice of the Year
Energy Management Award
Best Service and Maintenance Provider
Technical Innovation of the Year – Products
Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects
Contribution to Training Award
BCIA President Graeme Rees commented: “We would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter and gave the judges plenty to think about once again such was the quality of entries this year. To see the examples of innovation and talented people leading the way in building controls gives me great pride to be a part of this sector and I look forward to joining many of my industry colleagues at the ceremony in May and finding out who the winners are.”
To find out more about the Awards and book your table visit: https://bcia.co.uk/bcia-awards/
Changes announced to BCIA Management Committee
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced changes to its Management Committee, with the addition of new members Jen Vickers, Ron Purcell and Jason Harper, while thanking Richard Meacham and Simon Ward who have both left the Committee after serving their three-year tenure. The BCIA has also welcomed back Rob Wood as Chair of the Skills Working Group and would like to thank Wendy Belfield for covering the role on an interim basis for the past few months.
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BCIA announces changes to Working Groups personnel
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced changes to two of its Working Groups, with Keith Burnett replacing Karl Walker as Chair of the Marketing Working Group, and Wendy Belfield taking over from Rob Wood as the Chair of the Skills Working Group on a temporary basis.
2022 BCIA Awards Winners Named
The winners of the 2022 Building Controls Industry Association awards have been announced.
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Graeme Rees announced as new President of BCIA
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced Graeme Rees as its new President. Graeme takes over from Terry Sharp who has held the role for the past two years, while Paul Wetherfield will take Graeme’s place as Vice-President.
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Young voices at COP26 are an inspiration for engineers of tomorrow, says BCIA
The UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) that took place in Glasgow at the start of November demonstrated the passion and determination of the younger generation to make a real difference in ensuring the future health of the planet, according to the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA).
Then and Now: two engineers of different generations share their experiences since the BCIA’s formation 30 years ago
As part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has interviewed two of its members who are both at different stages of their career.
Roger Woodward is a founder member of the Building Controls Group (BCG), which later became the BCIA and has held roles at Johnson Controls and Tridium during a career spanning more than 40 years. He currently works as an Independent Strategy Consultant and was awarded the BCIA’s Outstanding Contribution of the Year award in 2012. George Belfield won the BCIA award for Young Engineer of the Year in 2017 and is currently a Building Controls Engineer for InTandem Systems.
The full interview can be read here.
The BCIA is a single voice, representing a growing and dynamic building controls and BEMS sector in the UK.
The overall aim of the BCIA is to promote better understanding, application and use of building controls. In order to achieve this the BCIA works with organisations and institutions such as BESA, ECA, CIBSE, BIFM, FETA and others to share knowledge and improve the performance of building automation. The Association is also committed to promote higher standards among membership through discounts on the BCIA’s suite of training courses and through the development of the approved BEMS Trailblazer Apprenticeship Standard for our sector.
The BCIA also seeks to influence legislation such as Part L of the Building Regulations to ensure that the crucial role that controls play in energy efficient buildings is recognised at all levels; and increase market awareness among specifiers and end-users about the importance of good specification, design, installation and post-occupancy support.
The BCIA is run by its members under strong governance and appointment to the Management Committee is by election only. Members are encouraged to participate in the Marketing, Technical and Skills Working Groups which enable the BCIA to tackle particular issues and projects in a focused way. These groups are well supported and critical in delivering the strategy for change.
Aims & Objectives
The overall aim of the BCIA its to promote better understanding, application and use of building controls. In order to achieve this the BCIA works with other organisations and institutions such as BESA, ECA, CIBSE, BIFM, FETA and others to promote the interests of our members. The Association is also committed to promote higher standards among membership through discounts on the BCIA’s suite of six training courses and through the development of the Apprenticeship Standard for our sector.
The BCIA also aims to influence legislation such as Part L of the Building Regulations to ensure that the crucial role that controls play in energy efficient buildings is recognised at all levels; and increase market awareness among specifiers and end-users about the importance of good specification, design and installation.
The BCIA was formed in 2004, from a merger of two earlier long-standing groups. The Association is now part of the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) so that it has access to lobbying at European level, and the ability to discuss key issues with other parts of the construction sector.
The BCIA is run by its members, for its members and appointment to the Management Committee is by election. Members are however encouraged to participate in the Marketing, Technical and Skills Working Groups which enable the BCIA to tackle particular issues and projects in a focused way.
Rob Wood, Chair, BCIA, Skills Working Group
Graeme Rees, President, BCIA, Schneider Electric
Terry Sharp, Immediate Past President, BCIA, NDA Consulting
Stacey Lucas, Vice President, BCIA, Sontay
Catherine Walker, Executive Officer, BCIA
Richard Bush, Chair of the Technical Working Group, Priva UK
Keith Burnett, Chair of the Marketing Working Group, Schneider Electric
Wendy Belfield, Chair of the Skills Working Group, InTandem Systems
Jen Vickers, Document Engineer, Crown House Technologies
Ron Purcell, Jason Harper