The Smart Buildings of the Future - why we need to start planning for them now

14:30 - Thursday 7th October 2021


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Commercial buildings and the technology which makes them smart continues to evolve but where is the technology going and do we have the resources we need to keep pace with the speed of growth?

The panellists will discuss the need for continued training and competency frameworks to ensure that the next generation of building controls engineers have the right skills to deliver true smart buildings in the future.

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Andy Reakes

Head of Growth, JIB/ECS

Joint Industry Board

Andy has been with the JIB since 2012 and is experienced in a number of areas across the organisation and with the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS), which covers more than 175,000 valid card holders across the industry including building controls.

Andy’s role as Head of Growth is focused on the strategic development of the ECS and includes a leading role in the sector to improve the coverage of the scheme, develop new digital systems and processes to enhance user value, raise competence standards and work for a safer built environment. Andy is on Working Group 2 for Installers as part of Dame Judith Hackitt’s review into competence following the tragedy at Grenfell, is Chair of a smart technology group for CSCS Partner Schemes covering more than 2 million card holders and acts as Secretary to an industry charity promoting skills development and further education.

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Terry Sharp


Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA)

Terry has over 40 years of experience in the controls and BEMS industry where he has held technical, engineering, sales and marketing and management roles in both the home and international markets.

He is an Associate at NDA Consulting Limited; the UK’s leading specialist controls and BEMS engineering consultancy practice where he helps clients identify and apply their control and smart building technology needs. Previously, Terry has worked with both control manufacturers and systems integrators to gain a rounded perspective of the supply side of our industry.

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Graeme Rees

UK & Ireland Digital Energy Marketing Manager & Vice President of the BCIA

Schneider Electric & BCIA

Graeme is currently the UK & Ireland Digital Energy Marketing Manager for Schneider Electric and has been involved in the building controls industry for more than 30 years, after starting his career as a Project Engineer at Lidworth Ltd.

He later moved on to Bristol Management Systems before spending 19 years at Trend Control Systems, where he worked his way up from Regional Field Services Manager to Marketing Director. Early in 2019 Graeme was elected on to the BCIA’s Management Committee and he will now use his years of experience gained in the industry to support Terry Sharp in building on the BCIA’s position as a leading influence on standards, professionalism and innovation for its members.

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Peter Behan


Group Horizon

Peter is the Founder and Director of Group Horizon, a specialist training provider developing and delivering apprenticeship programmes nationally for over 12 years. Group Horizon is delighted to be working in partnership with the BCIA to deliver the new Building Energy Management Systems Engineer Apprenticeship standard.

Having started his career as an engineering apprentice at 16, Peter is a passionate advocate of apprenticeships and the critical role of integrated skills development in achieving Net Zero.

Peter has a First Class Honours Degree in Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, he completed the Cranfield University General Management Programme and is currently undertaking a Masters in Digital Analytics and Machine Learning at Newcastle University.

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