Smart Building - Who is Actually in Control?

13:45 - Wednesday 6th October 2021


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The Net Zero challenge is upon us and what better way to meet the challenge head on than with effective control of our commercial buildings. But is it enough to install smart technology and who is in control in the long term?

Jon Belfield will discuss the ‘Smart’ agenda and explain why we all need to get involved to meet the challenge head on. There are some quick wins available on the route to 2050 but we also need to take a long hard look at our measures of success. A lot of smart technology has been installed in commercial buildings over the last few years but it is still commonplace to see chillers and boilers running simultaneously – that certainly isn’t a success in reducing energy consumption in the longer term.

Jon will explain why it isn’t enough to just install the right technology and hope for the best because effective building control requires everyone to sign up to the agenda – and that means unlocking the potential of the smart technology which you have already paid for.

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Jon Belfield

Managing Director

InTandem Systems

After the completion of an apprenticeship in Machining and Fitting followed by a BSc in Engineering with Business Studies in the mid-1980’s, Jon started his career in the Building Services sector with Landis and Gyr as a Sales Engineer and progressed to a Senior Project Engineer within two years.

Over the subsequent decade Jon developed his skills/experience of controls through a variety of different challenges ranging from telephone controlled lighting systems to medical electronics, process controls and automation. After 12 years of controls experience he identified a gap in the market for a customer-led (as opposed to product-led) controls company and as a result InTandem Systems Ltd was formed. This 30+ year career has enabled Jon to experience and contribute to an extensive range of projects and initiatives in the controls sector and to invest significantly in the development of future BMS Controls Engineers. He is a Fellow of CIBSE and a Chartered Engineer and promotes professional development for all BMS Controls Engineers.

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