Build Facilities Management Awards 2016

Build 2016 Facilities Management Awards 16 ocated at the forefront of the industry and dedicated to promoting best practice throughout the sector, the LIA existsto share its vast industry knowledge and providing a wide range of services for its members and the wider lighting market. Steve outlines how the firm uses its industry influence and expertise to support its members from across the industry. “The LIA is a product of merging two trade associations representing the lighting industry into one voice; this merger has enabled us to have greater influence over legislation, a joint strategy with the UK government and ac- cess to grant funding, enabling the establishment of a major test laboratory and Academy for the entire lighting supply chain. “The association has over 260 members, who are suppliers of lighting in virtually every category, from domestic to specialist commercial lighting. Our overall aim is to support our members in achieving excellence in the lighting industry. To achieve this, we provide services that range from full UKAS accredited product testing to a wide range of courses in lighting leading to HNC/HND. The LIA also operate a WEEE compliance service with a fleet of trucks collecting end of life lighting products and lamps. Additional services include lobbying, insurance and warranty offers, statistics and guidance on legislation. “By offering a wide range of services on a not-for profit basis and by adding value to membership through ensuring our members are offering compliant products makes joining a simple decision.” Lighting is already in a new digital age in terms of controls and intelligent systems but is soon to enter the world of data and communications with the advent of visible light communications or LiFi. As the industry’s core associa- tion the LIA is at the centre of a revolution in lighting technology and the new Academy and test laboratory employ the latest iterations including lighting which senses people as they enter rooms and adjusts colours and intensity to match the human bio-rhythm. State of the art AV systems ensure trainees have a fully up to the minute experience. In order to support clients ahead of this exciting new era, the LIA is currently instigating a bold new development in order to keep members fully up to date with developments and ensuring that they benefit from this digital revolution. “From January 2017 the LIA will begin random testing of its members’ products to ensure they are compliant. This gives their customers greater confidence and means that membership of the LIA stands for compliance and quality in a market increasingly populated by poor quality non-compliant imports. This latest development is a bold move in the field of trade associa- tions but we are excited for the implications of this.” Best Construction Industry Trade Association - UK The Lighting Industry Association (LIA) is the largest trade association in Europe dedicated to serving the UK Lighting Industry and its supply chain. We invited Steve Davies to tell us more about the association and the services and support it offers to all its members. L FM160043 Company: The Lighting Industry Association Name: Steve Davies Email: [email protected] Web Address: Address: Stafford Park 7, Telford, Shropshire TF3 3BQ Telephone: 01952 290905