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BRE reports on UK air conditioning installations in non-domestic buildings

Cooling in air-conditioning systems may account for about 10% of total electricity consumption in the UK according to a report from the BRE. The report also reveals that the proportion of buildings with air conditioning is increasing, estimating that in 2012 some 65% of UK office space and 30% of UK retail space was air conditioned.

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BESA president highlights key challenges

The president of the Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA) for 2016/17, Malcolm Thomson, has highlighted in his inaugural address the over-riding duty of the association as being to help its members to face up to present and future challenges.

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Good practice in HVAC system design — Hywel Davies

CIBSE’s new Guide B arrives

You wait 11 years for an update to CIBSE’s highly valued Guide B on good practice for the design of HVAC services — and then it comes in five parts. Hywel Davies of CIBSE outlines how the new document has changed in response to changing demands.

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University district-heating scheme receives delivery of 6.5 MW biomass boiler

The £25 million Guardian Energy Project at the University of St Andrews moved a step closer to completion when the Vital Energi project team took delivery of the 6.5 MW biomass boiler furnace from its manufacturer Jernforsen based in Sweden. The biomass boiler and furnace is over 10 m high and will weigh over 130 t when operational.

Industry expresses confidence in successor to DECC

Industry reaction to the closure of the DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change) and its responsibilities being absorbed into the new Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy as part of the Cabinet reshuffle by new Prime Minister Theresa May, has been generally positive.

HFO refrigerant for Sustainable Chemistry Building in Nottingham

An HFO-based reciprocating chiller, which has a very low global-warming potential of around six, is cooling the new Centre for Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham, which is designed to be carbon neutral. The chiller was supplied by Cool-Therm. The refrigerant is HFO1234ze, which attracts additional BREEAM and LEED points.

Spiralite ductwork meets installation challenges

Spiralite flat-oval ductwork fabricated from Kingspan KoolDuct panels helped meet the short programme timescale for upgrading and expanding a state-of-the-art manufacturing site near Belfast. The 9300 m2 factory has been carefully customised to the firm’s needs.

WEMS wireless energy management slashes electricity costs in Dubai

A WEMS wireless energy-management system is already realising reductions in energy consumption of up to 54% in 31 laboratories and public-health buildings belonging to Dubai’s Ministry of Environment & Water (MoEW). Installed by TSM, the projects are the first of three planned phases which cover multiple sites across the country.

Batteries included

Integrating renewable energy with high-performance battery technology will be a game-changer for buildings — believes Tim Mitchell of Klima-Therm.

English councils moving towards standardising pre-qualification process

Local authorities in England have made significant progress in standardising the pre-qualification process for projects, helping to reduce the £1 billion a year it costs firms to needlessly fill in questionnaires and duplicate this exercise many times over. According to a survey by the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group, 27% of local authorities are now using PAS 91 (the standard pre-qualification questionnaire) exclusively. Furthermore, over 36% are using the standard questionnaire published by the Crown Commercial Service.

Airedale rolls out 360° virtual facility tour

Airedale International has launched an interactive 360° virtual tour of its new manufacturing facility at Rawdon, Leeds — which has a BREEAM ‘Very good’ rating. Managing director Clive Parkman explains, ‘We believe that openly showing people where and how units are made will make a lasting impression and continue to speak volumes about Airedale’s commitment to quality and craftsmanship in the most transparent way.’

Let’s remind ourselves of the basics of control

Malcolm Anson, president of the Building Controls Industry Association, says that we should focus on getting the basics right to see the full benefits of building controls and BEMS in the long-term.

Lighting the way to more control

Dave Lister of Beckhoff Automation explains how lighting control and the BMS can work in harmony to provide buildings that are more energy efficient and easier to operate in the long-term.

Retuning BMS improves comfort and cuts costs

Optimising the existing building-management system in an iconic London business location reduced gas consumption by £15 000 in the third quarter of last year. There was a need to update the Schneider Electric BMS as it had not been updated in response to changes in building occupants and their usage.

Breaking down the benefits of effective control

Carefully-specified building-management systems can have a dramatic impact on the energy efficiency of modern buildings — and the good news is that an increasing number of businesses are now catching on to the benefits, writes Gavin Holvey of Priva UK.

Getting the best performance from commercial boilers

Modern boilers are very efficient, but that efficiency can be compromised by poor system design and control. Paul Sands of Stokvis Energy Systems considers the options for improving boiler efficiency in new and refurbishment situations.

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