The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) says the wider industry should consider the importance of implementing effective building controls from the outset of projects in order to meet current legislation.
The 10 80 10 rule represents the total lifetime costs of a building, whereby only 10% of costs are invested at the design stage while a staggering 80% is spent on the running and maintaining of a building.
An example of this is the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) which came into force earlier this year. It is now unlawful for a landlord to let or renew a lease on a property if the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating is F or G. Installing additional zone control, for example, or demand control of lighting and heating using occupancy sensors, can have a significant impact on the EPC rating.
Energy efficiency in commercial buildings remains a high priority and the BCIA says the implementation of innovative control systems will enable the industry to comply with legislation in the future.