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13
Jun

Abtec Building Technologies wins recognition in top industry awards

Abtec Building Technologies has scooped an honour at this year’s ECA Industry Awards, held on Friday 8 June at the London Hilton Bankside Hotel.

The ECA Industry Awards recognise key achievements of the finest talent in the sector, providing a great opportunity for contractors and wider industry associates to showcase exceptional work.

CO2 saving

Abtec’s team won a highly commended award in the Best Energy Solutions Project, for a recent project with Ibstock Brick.  The project, which delivers energy efficient and intelligent lighting for Ibstock Brick’s new factory, will save 170,000kg of CO2 per year.

The ECA Industry Awards judges were impressed with Abtec’s demonstration of significant CO2 savings, anticipated energy savings of 50% and a project payback time of less than two years.

‘These numbers are very significant indeed’

Commenting on the commendation by the ECA, Site Engineering Manager John Grew said:

“What we have achieved with the team from Abtec BT is the coming-together of the key elements of energy management. This includes lighting that is controlled by presence detection, automated emergency lighting testing, constant daylight control, as well as scene-setting. All of this is integrated within a wider, site-wide building management solution. The result is a 50% saving when it is compared with the cost of a traditional lighting solution – thus saving 170,041 kg CO2 per year, when coupled with the automated emergency testing further savings that are expected. These numbers are very significant indeed make a major contribution to our overall energy efficiency goals.”

Ibstock Brick’s engineering team is now working with Abtec to fully integrate the building services on the new site and the wider estate to provide even greater energy management.

18
Aug

Industry award for Abtec

Abtec Building Technologies has been awarded accreditation from Safecontractor for its commitment to achieving excellence in health and safety.

Safecontractor is a leading third party accreditation scheme which recognises very high standards in health and safety management amongst UK contractors.

Abtec is principally involved in the building services sector, specialising in reducing the energy used by large buildings with the implementation of ‘smart’ building technology.  Last year saw a record turnover for the company with a number of high profile projects, including; Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, F1’s Red Bull Racing factory, and Damien Hirst’s new London gallery.

Dave Watkins, commercial director at Abtec Building Technologies, comments; “We are continuing to see lots of growth and this accreditation will enable us to deliver that growth safely.”

John Kinge, technical director of Safecontractor said, “More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Abtec has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example which hopefully will be followed by other companies within the sector.”

Under the Safecontractor scheme, businesses undergo a vetting process which examines health and safety procedures and their track record for safe practice. Those companies meeting the high standard are included on a database, which is accessible to registered users only via a website.

11
Jun

Protecting Buildings from Cyber Attack – Part Two

In our second article for KNX Today looking at protecting buildings from cyber attack we explore tactics to protect BMS and head ends.  You can read the full article here:
KNX Today

 

Over the last two years we’ve seen an increase in the number of attacks against automated buildings.  Many of these attacks, including the ones that have made the headlines, have occurred because of the lack of security added to the BMS when installed.

Knowing what security measures to take and, more importantly, how to implement them is a challenge.  This is where we can help.  Our sister organisation, Abtec Network Systems, has specialist knowledge to help secure BMS and head ends.  It has helped many BMS and energy specialists harden their network connections and add appropriate security to projects.

It’s worth talking to the client about security from the early stages of the project as this will help identify what kind of security is appropriate.  Most of the BMS security measures we discuss in the article are low cost and fairly simple to implement.  Some of your larger projects will warrant additional security measures, for example if the project includes building access control, and again we can help here too.  We can work on your behalf, identifying the best security measures to take, with your client.

Call us on 01858 438 550 to discuss how we’ve helped other specialists like you secure their clients’ projects.

Don’t forget we’ve also created a free training session that looks at securing building automation projects.  You can book onto this here:

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Also, our white paper looking at the best way to provide remote connections to BMS can be found here, it’s well worth a read.

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11
May

Protecting Buildings from Cyber Attack – article highlights steps to protect KNX projects

In our latest article for KNX Today, the leading online KNX journal, we explore some of the steps to take to protect KNX projects from cyber attack.  You can read the article here.

Attacking industrial control protocols and building management systems (BMS) is nothing new. Over the last 18 months however, the number of reported attacks on such systems appears to be growing. The common thread between some of the more notable cases is Internet Protocol (IP) networks. The trend in deploying building control projects over IP networks has the potential to make those systems less secure – if you don’t exercise appropriate IP security.

The article highlights some of the simple steps to take to secure KNX projects delivered over IP networks.  It’s part of a series of articles that addresses the changing deployment methods of BMS systems.  Historically these systems have been deployed on their own self-contained network.  It’s now popular to deliver KNX and BMS projects over IP networks.  The articles focus on protecting these projects from cyber attack.

For more information about how to deploy KNX and BMS projects over IP sign up for our free training

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or download our white paper “Providing Remote Access Connections for Building Services Projects”

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