BESA reveals conference topics


13 June 2023

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has announced further details of its sixth annual conference, which will take place on October 12 at the Novotel London West.

The theme is Building businesses, building the future and the programme is designed to appeal to a broad range of industry professionals, young engineers, manufacturers, specifiers and procurers of building services projects. 

Mitsubishi Electric is headline sponsor of the conference and the one-day event is also supported by GPS Air as bronze sponsor. 

BESA members and young engineers can attend free of charge, although delegates are encouraged to make a £10 donation to the association’s chosen charity, Light House Club, which is dedicated to tackling mental health problems in the industry.  

There will be three distinct strands to the content with one focused on business issues including addressing the key challenges currently facing firms in the sector such as tackling the skills gap, ESG reporting, insurance and legal, managing costs and investing for the future, improving collaboration, and complying with the Building Safety Act.

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The technical section will be the largest with sessions dedicated to each of the industry’s key technologies and shaped by BESA’s specialist groups. The over-arching technical theme is delivering safe, healthy, and energy efficient building

There will be individual talks and debates on ventilation and indoor air quality, fire safety, energy efficiency and carbon counting, Golden Thread; heat pumps; changes to the F-Gas regulations, heat networks and the role of heat interface units (HIUs); FM and building maintenance, overheating and climate change adaption, among others.

The third strand is made up of sessions aimed directly at younger engineers and shaped by the association’s Future Leaders group. These will include sessions on helping employers make themselves more attractive to younger people considering their first career steps, and advice on mentoring. There will also be opportunities for younger delegates to network with each other and meet senior industry figures.

The event will also feature an exhibition area and will be followed in the evening by BESA’s Industry Awards event, also sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric.

For more details, along with exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, contact [email protected]