12th November 2020
BCIA Awards 2021 now open for entry – enter online today!
The BCIA is delighted to announce the launch of the 2021 BCIA Awards which will take place on Thursday 6th May 2021 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole. The biggest and best Awards in the controls and BEMS industry, the BCIA Awards recognise innovation, product development, project delivery and great training in the building controls sector.
For 2021 the BCIA has introduced a brand new online entry system which allows you to start, edit, view and download your entry before submitting it for the 2021 BCIA Awards. The closing date for entries is Friday 22nd January 2021.
There are nine different categories available to enter:
Building Controls and BEMS Installer of the Year
Awarded in recognition of the building controls and/or Building Energy Management System (BEMS) installer which demonstrates professionalism, commitment and understanding of the needs of clients.
Engineer of the Year
This award is open to individuals working for controls installers, manufacturers, consulting engineers or FM companies who best demonstrate engineering excellence in controls and BEMS.
Young Engineer of the Year
Awarded to the individual aged 35 years or under who best demonstrates the achievements gained through successful participation in the BCIA Technical Training Programme and other building controls educational programmes.
Energy Management Award
Awarded to a manufacturer, installer or team in recognition of a project which demonstrates how building controls and/or BEMS have been applied to increase energy efficiency in a building or building complex.
Best Service & Maintenance Provider
Awarded to the company which best demonstrates outstanding levels of customer care in the provision of long-term service and maintenance contracts for Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) and building controls.
Technical Innovation of the Year – Products
Awarded to the most innovative building controls/BEMS product development introduced in the last 12 months. Entries must detail what aspects of the product are innovative.
Technical Innovation of the Year – Projects
Awarded to the project installer/team which demonstrates innovative thinking on the installation or service/maintenance of building controls or BEMS. The project must have been delivered in the last 12 months.
Contribution to Training Award
Awarded to the individual, company or organisation that has contributed to training on the installation, design and/or use of building controls and BEMS. This can include training for controls professionals, clients, end-users or apprentices.
Smart Buildings Award
Awarded to a manufacturer, installer or team in recognition of a project which demonstrates how smart technology has been used to enhance the user experience in a building or building complex.
Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “The 2020 Awards were a little different as they had to take place online. That said, the way all of the entrants got into the spirit of it on the night virtually this year demonstrates the high esteem in which the Awards are held by the industry. The excitement of being in the running for a prize, never mind winning one, is enough to create an amazing buzz for the occasion.” Terry added: “The entries just seem to get better each year and I am really hopeful that we can all be together again in May to celebrate the finest our industry has to offer.”
17 September 2020
Winners announced at first ever BCIA Virtual Awards
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) hosted its first ever Virtual Awards on Thursday 10 September 2020. The event was held in aid of Mind, a charity which provides advice and support to empower millions of people across the UK dealing with mental health issues.
Finalists and guests got dressed up for the occasion and enjoyed the event virtually via the ‘Hopin’ platform, where they were able to meet and mingle with their industry friends and colleagues in the networking area before heading over to the ‘main stage’ for the Awards ceremony, which was followed by a live performance online by comedian Suzi Ruffell.
The first award of the night was for the Building Controls and BEMS Installer of the Year, which was won by Global Associates.
Jake Piner of InTandem Systems and Lawrence Nunn of Crown House Technologies then took the trophies for Young Engineer of the Year and Engineer of the Year respectively, followed by Kendra Energy Solutions claiming the first of their two prizes won on the night in the category for Best Service and Maintenance Provider.
Sontay’s Smart Sensor was voted as the Technical Innovation of the Year in the ‘Products’ category, while Ecopilot and E.ON Control Solutions claimed the ‘Projects’ award for Technical Innovation of the Year for their work at Parexel’s Nottingham facility.
For the third year running, One Sightsolutions were victorious in the Contribution to Training category, and thanks to their work at the University College London Student Centre, Kendra Energy Solutions won their second prize of the night in the Smart Buildings Award - a new category for 2020. Thanks to their BeMS Optimisation project with Morrisons, Optimised Buildings also won their second consecutive Energy Management Award.
The final award on the night was for Outstanding Contribution of the Year, which went to Sam Saunders of E.ON Control Solutions. Sam has used his knowledge and experience to help with the development of skills and training courses for people in the BEMS sector. More recently he has been a key figure in the Trailblazer Employer Group. He has also strived to ensure that his organisation invests in apprentices and continuous professional development.
Terry Sharp, President of the BCIA, said: “I would like to congratulate all the winners of this year’s BCIA Awards. As ever there was some very tough competition in all the categories and all the finalists can feel proud of their achievements.”
Commenting on the Virtual Awards, Terry added: “It obviously wasn’t quite the event we usually look forward to but I am extremely grateful to everybody who joined us online for the evening, dressed up and got into the celebratory spirit. It is this kind of camaraderie that makes this industry such a pleasure to be a part of, and I hope it is not too long before we can all meet up again properly.”
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.
Terry Sharp, President, NDA Consulting
Graeme Rees, Vice President, BCIA
Jon Belfield,Immediate Past President, InTandem Systems Ltd
Roger Borer, Executive Officer, BCIA
Richard Bush, Chair of the Technical Working Group, Priva UK
Karl Walker, Chair of the Marketing Working Group, Beckhoff Automation