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EDA Regional Business Forum, Electrical Design & Install Expo (ED&I)

RSVP: Don't forget to book your place at the EDA Forum AND at the ED&I Expo. You'll find details and links on how to book on this page. View large image

Join us at the inaugural Electrical Design & Install Expo (ED&I) at the NEC in Birmingham for a Regional Business Forum. 

EDA Regional Business Forum Venue: Concourse Hospitality Suites 31 & 32

ED&I venue: the ED&I is held in Hall 7 and you can view a map of the NEC here. 

Travelliing to the NEC, parking and getting to the Forum

Please use carparks N2 and N3, which you will find located on this map. NEC parking costs £12 a day per vehicle. We are sorry but the NEC is unable to offer us any discounted rates. 

If you need additional directions, or you are travelling by train, you'll find useful information here.

You should enter the NEC via Attrium entrances 2 or 3. You'll see signage directing you to the Forum which is being held in Concourse Hospitality Suites 31 & 32. 

To confirm your Forum place, click the RSVP button at the top or bottom of this page 

There is no extra charge for EDA members and affiliate members to attend the Regional Business Forums, it's all part of your membership package, but it is essential to register as a delegate.

Your delegate package includes breakfast refreshments and a buffet lunch. After which we hope you will explore the ED&I Expo.

Pre-register for your free ticket to ED&I 

Follow this link to register online for the Electrical Design & Install Expo. 

ED&I is a new national event designed to provide a business nexus for contractors and industry stakeholders. It is free to attend and has as its headline sponsor, the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA). The show will offer a compelling mix of new products and services as well as learning experiences vital in keeping your company on the front foot.  

Your Regonal Business Programme

9.30am - 9.50am: Registration and Refreshments

9.50am - 10am: Introduction and Welcome

Your host: Glyn Prestwood, Commercial Director, Edmundson Electrical and EDA Board Member

10.00am – 10.30am: Whole House Heat Recovery - What is it and how can wholesalers benefit from the changes in building regulations and the increasing demand for more sustainable, efficient and environmentally friendly ventilation systems?


Phillip Bone, Sales Director – Distribution and Key Accounts, Vent-Axia
Jordan Lilford, Assistant Product Manager, Vent-Axia

In this session market leaders, Vent-Axia, explain how whole house systems work, their design and selection service, and why this expanding market creates a revenue opportunity for the wholesaler through:

  • Higher transactional value per dwelling compared to conventional ventilation
  • Higher cash margin per dwelling and per transaction in branch 
  • Higher residual sales value ongoing due to servicing and filters for years after the installation
  • Direct delivery to site for large projects 
  • Increased turnover and, in turn, accelerated path to higher achievement levels

10.30am - 11.00am: Ecodesign & Lot 20: What are the upcoming changes to heating products, and how they will affect the electrical distributor industry?

Presenter: Howard Fincham, Specification Manager, Dimplex (part of the GDC Group)

Lot 20 is part of the Ecodesign Directive; responsible for driving the recent changes in lighting, gas boilers and many other measures that set about improving the energy efficiency of the products that we use every day.

In this session, Dimplex (part of the GDC Group) will cover the basics of the regulation, which products are affected, and what the industry needs to know to remain compliant and benefit from the changes that are being made.

11am- 11.30am Refreshment Break and Networking

11.30am – 12.00pm EDA Update

  • Education & Training
  • ETIM-UK: Enhancing digital data and its use in the UK installation supply chain
  • Helping you get the most out of your EDA membership: marketing and communications update

12.00pm – 12.30pm: Connected Buildings - applications, technology, opportunities and pitfalls, and what the wholesaler needs to know

Presenter: Les Woolner, Business Development Director, BEAMA

Is your business ready to seize the opportunities created by the technological advances ofconnected buildings? This session will give you answers to all those key questions and help you avoid the pitfalls. Find out: 

  • What exactly are connected buildings?
  • What applications (e.g. energy metering, HVAC, lighting, embedded generation, energy storage etc) will we need to be able to exchange information and why? 
  • What are the communications technology options?
  • Why are there so many options and how do they compare?
  • Who are the winners and losers?

12.30pm – 1.00pm: How Smart Electrical distribution contributes to Internet of Things and what role do distributors play in educating the market and selecting the right components?

Presenter: Shashwat Khare, Smart Panels Business Manager, Schneider Electric

Electrical distribution networks contain vital information about the condition of a building and its key assets.

Electrical parameters and trending have been inherently under-utilized by building management software to enhance the performance of a building.

With the advent of Internet of Things and major innovations in electrical switchgear, the key components of the electrical system have now become a lot easier to access for the real time building management software and cloud based analytics tools.

The new innovations will most certainly lead to an increase in demand for smart electrical devices and distributors play an important in raising the market awareness and helping their customers make the right choices.

1.00pm – 1.30pm: Connected buildings and the Internet of Things: What the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) is saying to its members and what opportunities this brings for the wholesaler

Presenter: Steve Martin, Acting Head of Technical, Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA)

Drawing on the previous two sessions, the ECA summarises how the growth in smart technology provides new business opportunities for the contractor and their wholesaler partners.

Positioned within ECA’s Technical Department, Steve ensures relevant and practical advice and support is given to all electrical and wider electrotechnical areas, notably fire and security, home technology and building automation.  With an established industry background, Steve has first-hand experience within contracting and the challenges faced when embracing emerging technologies.

1.30pm - 1.40pm: Final round-up and Q&A, followed by a buffet lunch in the VIP area on the exhibition floor of the Electrical Design & Install Expo.

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