The poor condition of the buildings services and a lack of detailed knowledge about them are the reasons for the Joint Committee on the Palace of Westminster recommending that MPs, Peers and staff should move out temporarily [six years] so that a total refurbishment can be carried out. The palace has not had a major refurbishment of its M&E services since it was built in the mid-1800s, leading to a substantial and growing risk that a catastrophic event such as a major fire or incremental system failures will lead to the building becoming uninhabitable.
The building-services-engineering sector, which makes up 40% of the UK construction and maintenance industry, believes it will weather the outcome of Brexit over the next few years — according to a major survey from the Electrical Contractors’ Association, the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and Scotland’s trade association for the electrical industry SELECT. Almost half of survey respondents (46%) believe Brexit will have a positive effect on their company in just five years’ time, with 19% saying it will have a negative impact. 23% said it will have no discernable impact.
Malcolm Thomson, president of the Building Engineering Services Association, plans during his presidential year to champion the association’s campaigns in the fields of diversity, equal opportunities and mental health in the workplace, and standing up for the small contractor. He himself is managing director of a small air-conditioning company, Enigma Environmental Services, based in Berkshire.
Nearly two-thirds (62%) of engineering employers say that graduates do not have the right skills for today’s workplace, while 68% are concerned that the education system will struggle to keep up with the skills required for technological change according to a report* published by the Institution of Engineering & Technology.
Selecting energy-efficient boiler plant is just the first step in efficiency. How it is controlled through its life is just as important. Kevin Stones of Hoval illustrates this principle with reference to heating systems served by cascade boiler installations.
If even one life was saved, then all the industry’s efforts to tackle mental-health issues in the workplace would be worthwhile, says Paul McLaughlin, chief executive of the Building Engineering Services Association.
Brexit poses many questions about UK energy and environmental policy and what it means for facilities managers. Adrian Trevelyan of Airedale shares his views and offers some guidance.
Pending completion of Google’s new 93 000 m2 offices at Kings Cross in London, Gilberts has upgraded the air movement in temporary rented accommodation for 4500 staff in front of the new site. The rented space was speculatively built and fully fitted out for general office accommodation. However, the higher-than-average use of IT by Google required upgrading the existing air movement.
The first UK installation of Ciat’s M2M air-conditioning control and monitoring system is for a leading horticultural specialist. The system is providing continuous remote monitoring of a 2.1 MW water-to-water heat-pump plant, based on four Dynaciat Power LG1800v units.
Stewart Jones of Tata Steel discusses the benefits of hot-finished tubes over cold-formed alternatives in building service applications.
Fuel Storage Solutions (FSS) and Geberit have worked together to create a bespoke version of Mapress pipe. It is a bunded pressing solution for a data centre in London which required new bulk tanks, polishing systems and pipework, fully linking with the existing single-skin welded steel pipe systems.
Traditionally, vast quantities of clean, potable water are discharged to drain during the dynamic flushing procedure that is part of the pre-commission cleaning process of a closed pipework system. Up to 20 times the system volume may be required, which has to be discharged to drain.
Energy-storage technology is starting to transform the way buildings operate and opens up the possibility of a 100% renewable electricity system, says Tim Rook of BESA.
Surface water as a potential heat source for heat pumps abounds. Phil Jones would like to see it much more widely exploited.
To maximise the benefits of the biomass heating, specifiers and building operators need to address some key criteria — as Martin Murrish of Hoval explains.
- 24 October, 2016, 18:30Moving towards low GWP refrigerants
- 25 October, 2016, 16:00Diversity in the engineering workforce
- 11 November, 2016BSRIA Briefing
- 16 November, 2016 - 17 November, 2016, 16:30EMEX, The Energy Management Exhibition
- 16 - 17 November, 2016PHEX - the plumbing and heating exhibition
- 23 November, 2016Building Services Summit 2016
- 23 November, 2016Heat 2016: from global agreement to local action
- 11 May, 2017BCIA Awards 2017
- 15 June, 2017 - 23:55CSA Awards