M&E- The Building Services Event will take place at London Olympia from 11th – 12th October 2011 and will offer building services professionals the latest information and guidance on current UK policy. Electrical Engineering magazine found out more

The stringent carbon emissions targets introduced by the government, and the latest changes to the Building Regulations, have made the environmental impact of a building increasingly significant.

The government is committed to a 22% cut in greenhouse gases by 2012 and an 80% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2050, with the aim of minimising the levels of harmful carbon emissions. However, existing buildings account for approximately 40% of carbon emissions in the UK, with non-domestic buildings responsible for half this amount.

Whilst industry professionals such as architects, designers and surveyors work closely with one another where the internal environment of a building is concerned, it is more often than not the responsibility of the building services engineers to ensure energy efficiency and sustainability.

To offer a helping hand with this important responsibility, M&E – The Building Services Event, the UK’s only dedicated event for all building services, is home to a wealth of free educational content, more than 300 exhibitors and a number of feature areas.

Skill M&E

Run in association with SummitSkills, Skill M&E, the building services engineering competition, returns to M&E for its second year. Taking place during the course of the event, Skill M&E is set to find the next generation of electricians, plumbers, pipe fitters, refrigeration and air conditioning engineers. Consisting of four skills competitions, SkillELECTRIC, SkillFRIDGE, SkillPLUMB and SkillPIPE, each has been designed to uncover the very best young mechanical and electrical engineers from the building services industry.

Training Academy and CPD Theatre

With education at the forefront of this industry, M&E sees the return of the Training Academy and CPD Theatre, where a programme of free dedicated seminar sessions will provide expert opinion and guidance on significant industry concerns. The CPD Theatre will also allow visitors the opportunity to gain valuable CPD points.

Innovation Showcase

Following its successful launch in 2010, the Innovation Showcase returns to the exhibition with a new and improved format. Providing a platform for pioneering industry experts, visitors are invited to witness a range of product innovations that will assist in saving energy and ultimately allow the end user to profit from sustainability.

The Innovation & Sustainability Awards 2011

Taking place during the event, the Innovation & Sustainability Awards will showcase the success stories of the year – celebrating the people, products and services that have made a real difference in their industries. There are awards for best innovation in categories such as building services, energy management, product innovation, health and safety, plus the award for outstanding contribution to the industry

The Innovation & Sustainability Awards will be open for entries in early August 2011.

Run in association with CIBSE and supported by NICEIC, HVCA and ECA, M&E is expected to attract more than 8,000 attendees with an interest in a range of industry areas including refrigeration, air conditioning, electrical installation, plumbing, heating and ventilation. In addition to building services engineering, there is also a clear focus on the issues surrounding safe working practices and the applications of environmental protection.

Thanks to its support M&E appeals to a wide visitor demographic of consultants, contractors and end users requiring knowledge on the full range of building services. Metartec, Dehn, Dale Power Solutions, Rittal and Viconics are amongst the exhibitors set to demonstrate their latest products and services.

The event will be home to over 150 hours of educational content and is co-located with Total Workplace Management, The FM & Estates Event and Energy Solutions. Energy Solutions is also supported by the Carbon Trust. All events are free to attend for pre-registered visitors.

For further information on M&E- The Building Services Event and to register for your free pass, see the details below. You can also follow the event on Twitter @MandE_Expo.