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BEMS – Greener, safer, and more efficient buildings

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By Richard Irvin FM

A Building Energy Management Systems, (BEMS) is an intelligent and efficient approach to monitor and control building services such as lighting, heating and HVAC. Information is collected, tracked, monitored and used to control equipment for energy consumption.

As increasing energy costs continue to be a significant challenge, more building owners are using BEMS systems to improve efficiencies, reduce waste and manage costs.

This technology can be used in both residential and commercial buildings. Depending on the size of the premises, building type and budget – the BEMS system can be wired or wireless with both software and hardware integrated to the equipment, devices and appliances. Once installed, systems need to be maintained or they can be upgraded to maximise results.

The Richard Irvin FM advantage:

  • Plan – our engineers and specialists have industry-leading experience to help you get the best possible results from your existing BEMS / plant systems; from survey for new installation to re-commissioning and upgrades.
  • Protect – building users and residents benefit from clean air, set at the right temperature to create a healthy environment. Conserving energy reduces running costs and pollution.
  • Control – monitor and manage consumption based on data, make informed decisions to reduce running costs, act on energy consumption and minimise repairs.
  • Improve – we have the skill to assess, advice, supply and install renewable options such as ground source heat pumps and solar photovoltaic systems to improve both carbon footprint and energy consumption.

Our team of specialists review and recommend the best solution to achieve your goals. From recommissioning to upgrades or building new BEMS / HVAC systems – we will ensure the best possible outcome to prioritise safety and efficiency within the current environment.

Please visit our website or contact our Energy Division Manager,

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Richard Irvin energy services

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By Richard Irvin FM

Robust energy management doesn’t just help your bottom line – it helps the planet. By providing you with powerful energy monitoring and reporting systems, we can help you bring down costs and carbon emissions.

By giving you deeper insights into how your facilities are using energy, we give you the power to quickly identify solutions and take control of your energy bills.

Sustainability has risen to the top of the corporate agenda as customers, businesses and stakeholders are asking tough questions about corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. ESG is now mandated at a board level, it’s part of business strategy, and reporting has moved up a level. It is clear that, momentum is accelerating and most leaders will soon be held accountable for ESG performance —if they aren’t already.

We provide more than energy management and project services – we combine this offering with our leading project and maintenance capability to create a complete, end to end and bespoke energy solution. Our ultimate aim is to reduce our customer energy and utility costs, in turn reducing their carbon emissions. We will build a bespoke service for you, whether you’re
looking to lower your bills or meet your obligations to the planet, we’ll give you the tools you need.

5 Minutes with… Stewart Butler, Head of Energy Services at Richard Irvin FM

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In the latest instalment of our energy management industry executive industry interview series we spoke to Stewart Butler, Head of Energy Services at Richard Irvin FM, about the company, industry challenges, the switch from conventional heating systems to renewable sources and the switch to hybrid working…

Tell us about your company, products and services.

At Richard Irvin, we create safer, smarter and greener places to live and work. We’re the leading technical facilities management services business serving public and private sector clients across Scotland and England.

With a strong focus on excellent customer care and compliance, Richard Irvin provides a broad scope of services for commercial property and housing. These include planned and reactive maintenance, comprehensive plant and system replacement and upgrades, full project management services and energy management which includes commercial energy management, external wall Insulation and focuses on reducing utility bills and CO2 emissions. 

What have been the biggest challenges the Energy Management industry has faced over the past 12 months?

I think one of the biggest challenges in the difficult last twelve months was the reduction in office occupancy, which in turn reduced the demand for energy management systems to be working at full capacity causing concern in keeping the skilled staff within the businesses/industry as workloads reduced there was only the requirement for minimum staff.

And what have been the biggest opportunities?

Clients raised awareness of the need for a clean air/safe working environment for office staff due to the pandemic, this has given rise to the need for a suitable heating and ventilation system with close control allowing ventilation to be increased/decreased depending on the occupancy throughout the working day.

What is the biggest priority for the Energy Management industry in 2022?

Stabilisation following the past twelve months and watching how the clients will react regarding their need for office working. This could go two ways the need to maintain/increase the offices but with the requirement for improved clean air systems or the reduction of office requirement therefore reducing the need for the management of the building.

What are the main trends you are expecting to see in the market in 2022?

The continued switch from conventional heating systems to renewables sources also the increase in demand for solar car ports to aid the vehicle charging points as the increase in electric vehicles continues.

What technology is going to have the biggest impact on the market this year?

I think we will see the increase of installation of solar car ports both on an industrial and domestic basis. Possibly due to the pandemic it could be the requirement for clean air within office environments and how this will be controlled ie. CO 2 monitoring to drive variable speed fans within ventilation systems etc.. I also think we will continue to see the shift from conventional heating systems to the renewables in ground and air source heat pumps.

In 2025 we’ll all be talking about…?

Produce technology enhancements in virtual and augmented reality and AI that allow people to live smarter, safer and more productive lives, enabled in many cases by “smart systems” in such key areas as health care, education and community living.

Which person in, or associated with, the Energy Management industry would you most like to meet?

I do not have any single individual, I think there is inspiration and knowledge to be gained throughout the industry, this is clearly evident when attending seminars etc. and the great individuals you meet.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learnt about the Energy Management sector?

Initially the lack of knowledge in general but as the years have progressed, I have seen a substantial change in both the industry and client base knowledge of the energy management and renewables sector.

You go to the bar at the Energy Management Summit – what’s your tipple of choice?


What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

The constant changes and challenges you encounter daily, meeting great people who are like minded in they want to improve our working environment and in turn improve our carbon footprint.

And what’s the most challenging?

As above the changes and challenges need solutions and at Richard Irvin FM we pride ourselves on being able to determine the best solutions for our clients’ needs.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t see problems, see solutions.

Peaky Blinders or Stranger Things?

Peaky Blinders