This years’s Smart Buildings Show, (Olympia London, 9th - 10th October) will feature three panel debates, which will highlight the rapid development of the smart buildings industry

Hosted by Chris Moriarty director of insight and engagement at the IWFM, ‘Smart buildings enabling smart work. Are FM professionals in danger of missing a huge opportunity?’ will focus on a 2018 IWFM report, Embracing Technology to Move FM Forward. It highlighted a lack of awareness and expertise around emerging technologies; perhaps that’s to be expected. But it also highlighted that currently FM’s are focused on the tools that can make managing the building easier and were less switched on to how smart building technology can enable better work. The panel will give their thoughts on whether FM’s are in danger of experiencing a digital marginalisation or could they hold the key to a digital reinvention of the profession?

Trevor Miles of IBM will be heading up a panel which will feature Darlene Pope head of smart buildings at WeWork, Peter Smith from ia Connects, Pradyumna V Pandit, Schneider Electric and Mark Davenport from Engie. They will be looking at ‘Smarter Building misconceptions and fallacies.’ This will be an interesting debate, featuring some of the leading names in the smart building sector.

The final panel debate will be hosted by Jon Belfield, president of the BCIA. ‘One small change’ will discuss how small changes can have a big impact. Just imagine that if all buildings under the BCIA membership could have their energy consumption reduced by a few percent, the result of all of these ‘small changes’ would be massive.

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