Although it has its roots in the UK, the IET is a global professional engineering institution. The local network in Hong Kong is one of the biggest in the IET with a long track record of serving the interests of engineers in that part of south-east Asia. A variety of sections in the network provide specific focus for the 5000 members.
Each year the Power and Energy Section hold a flagship event. This year The 17th Annual Power Symposium 2018 will be held on Friday 22nd June and its theme will be Zero Carbon Building within a Smart Cosmopolitan in Greater Bay Area.
The forthcoming update of BS 7671:2018 - Requirements for Electrical Installations (IET Wiring Regulations) will include a new informative appendix on energy efficiency in electrical installations which references the requirements of the international standard IEC 60364-8-1.
A new version of that particular document is also due shortly.
Associate Electrical Engineer, Cameron Steel, from Banyards' Tonbridge office, is the author of IET Designer's Guide to Energy Efficient Electrical Installations which was published in 2016. The guide was based on the 2014 version of IEC 60364-8-1.
The concepts of Zero Carbon buildings and energy efficiency are gaining traction around the globe and Hong Kong is no exception. Cameron has been invited by IET Hong Kong to make a presentation covering energy efficiency in electrical installations to the 17th Annual Power Symposium. His paper and accompanying presentation covers both the existing 2014 version of IEC 60364-8-1 and an overview of some of the anticipated changes to the next version which will be published later this year. Topics such as design principles, design hierarchy, evaluation and metrics, energy supplies, energy loads and uses of controls are covered as well as barycentre analysis.
Cameron commented; “It is a privilege to be asked by IET Hong Kong to take part in this prestigious event. We all need to get better at using energy. As design engineers, we have a major responsibility to reduce the energy impact of new and old buildings alike. I am looking forward to helping to spread the word on energy efficiency generally and meeting engineers in another part of the globe. It will be interesting to understand some of the particular challenges that they face.”