Clearview South March 2014 - Issue 148 - Page 79

businessNEWS New guidance on benefits of building controls & building energy management BRE has published two Information Papers to help non-technical clients and building occupiers specify building controls to provide a comfortable climate for a building’s occupants with the lowest possible energy consumption. Information Paper 1/14: Understanding the Choices for Building Controls has been produced by BRE, with support from the Energy Services Technology Association (ESTA) and Siemens Building Technologies. Many building controls specifications are currently focused on providing minimum controls requirements rather than innovative, energy saving controls solutions, because cuttingedge controls technologies are perceived to be too technical and complex to operate. This 16-page document has been produced to overcome these issues by helping clients and building occupiers select the most appropriate controls strategy and technologies for a building in order to help reduce its carbon footprint and to provide a better environment for the occupants. With simple explanations of the different control systems available, it offers guidance as to where and why each system can, and should, be used along with advice on how to apply a technology to get an