Solar panels to ‘smart’ buildings: energy in the construction industry


SSE Enterprise has joined forces with The Telegraph for a collaborative campaign that explores how energy use can affect the bottom line of British businesses.

Advances in technology have brought new options for companies looking to improve their energy efficiency – from solar photovoltaic panels to “smart” buildings. But even among businesses that are well informed on the issue of efficiency, finding a cost-effective strategy can be tricky – and this is where SSE Enterprise can help.

Its most recent round table event brought together several experts from the UK’s construction sector: George Adams, director of global engineering firm SPIE; Dr Simon Harrison, group strategic development officer at engineering management and development consultancy Mott MacDonald; Jeff Douglas, strategy manager at the Energy Technologies Institute; and Nathan Sanders, managing director of SSE Enterprise Utilities.

The discussion was chaired by Rebecca Burn-Callander, the Telegraph’s enterprise editor. Read Rebecca's full report from the construction round table debate.

Among other topics, the experts examined the construction sector’s contribution towards the Government’s 2020 targets for the reduction of carbon emissions. In addition to exploring the key obstacles that must be overcome to meet these goals, the discussion called for the creation of a new forum – one that could enable industry figures to share ideas and intellectual property, and achieve real change.

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