2005 November

DAVID WHITFIELD explains how the built-in modulation and control capabilities of modern condensing boilers should be utilised to achieve more efficient underfloor heating systems.
Andy Green

Best-value optioneering

15 November, 2005
When capital cost exceeds the available budget it is time to practise best-value optioneering — namely, investing in the right solution, not in just doing the project really well. ANDY GREEN explains.
Central Park

Counting the cost savings

15 November, 2005
DEREK DUFFILL describes a cost analysis that shows how integrated building controls slashes both capital and running costs.
The energy consumption associated with an air filter can be 10 times its initial costs. COLIN HITCHdiscusses the implications.
fire station
Life-cycle costing is an important element in value-engineering exercises that seek to minimise whole-life costs. STEVEN HENRY suggests that life-cycle-costing exercises for lighting are becoming increasingly complex.
Mike Nankivell
MIKE NANKIVELL has doubts about some perceptions of value engineering — and suggests that products on the Carbon Trust’s Energy Technologies List offer the route to value.
TERRY FARTHING explains how applying a system approach to designing and selecting fan-coil units and their associated equipment automatically leads to delivering value engineering.
test rig
Those distinctive orange Belimo direct-coupled actuators that abound in so many building-services installations and characterised control valves offer the potential for value-engineering opportunities.
Underfloor heating
COLIN PAVEY highlights the benefits that are making underfloor heating the system of choice for commercial and public-sector buildings.
sports hall
Radiant tube heating is among the most economical forms of space heating on the market. It is clean, energy-lean and responsive. HOWARD MARFLEET looks at the options and applications for radiant heating.
With financial support available for both commercial and domestic projects, TERRY SEWARD examines the technology of heat pumps for space heating.
John Roper of Sir Robert McAlpine has been named Construction Manager of the Year. He won the award for his work leading the team that bid for and built the Paul O’Gormon Building for the Northern Institute of Cancer Research at Newcastle University.
training centre
This new training centre in Southampton has the capacity to provide plumbing and electric courses for a hundred people at any one time. It has been set up by New Careers Skills, a nationwide training provider for mature career changers, and Apprenticeship Training.
SummitSkills has moved into permanent offices in Milton Keynes. The executive team, development managers and support staff are based there. The team of operations managers continue to work from offices around the UK.
Samsung appoints air-conditioning distributor
Denco has moved to a new, purpose-built factory and headquarters near Hereford. The move marks the 60th year of this air-conditioning manufacturer and building-services-engineering company, which has a turnover exceeding £40 million and employs over 500 people worldwide.
Mitsubishi Electric has signed a new 3-year agreement with air-conditioning and refrigeration wholesaler Dean & Wood to help the manufacturer provide choice in how customers purchase its products. By supporting customers directly or through Dean & Wood, Mitsubishi Electric believes it offers the market a service that places the choice with the customer.
GSH has won a 3-year facilities-management control with the operator of Amsterdam Airport, Schiphol Nederland BV. The contract covers ‘hard services’ at Terminal 3, Schiphol Plaza and piers E, F and G — totalling 275 00 m2 of floor space. The two key priorities are to maximise plant operating efficiency through excellence in technical engineering and maintain a comfortable passenger environment.
Following the recent acquisition of the Invensys advanced-building-systems business by Schneider Electric, Derek Duffill, managing director of TAC Satchwell in the UK, has set out the new organisation’s business strategy in this country.
Growth in new construction orders in the public sector in the year to September were more than offset by sharp declines in the private sector — according to figures from the DTI.
Two leading associations representing contractors have signed a commitment to work together on a range of key health-and-safety matters to improve safety on site. They are the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association and the Electrical Contractors’ Association. They jointly represent nearly 4000 member companies.
The rejection by the European Parliament of proposals that would effectively have banned the use of HFCs for air-conditioning and refrigeration applications has been welcomed throughout the industry.

Containing the HFCs issue

14 November, 2005
Who at the beginning of October would have dreamed that the European Parliament would, by the end of the month, have been voting on an issue that could have seen the end of HFC’s (F-gases) being used for air-conditioning and refrigeration?
Tests carried out for Nu-Heat by BSRIA on the effect of carpet on the performance of underfloor heating have shown that much heavier carpets can be used than is generally recommended.
Following serious damage to the Wellington Hotel in Boscastle, Cornwall, by flash floods in August 2004, the heating and hot-water requirements are served by a Hamworthy Milborne 502 wall-hung modular condensing boiler with an output of 100 kW.
A bank of four Broag Quinta wall-hung condensing boilers serve the space-heating system for a new mosque in Bradford. They were supplied complete with cascade kit for the 30 m-square Madni Jamia Masjid, which has been built and furnished in stages over the last three years as the money was raised.

Radiator-cleaning service

14 November, 2005
Coverad, which makes and fits LST radiator and pipe covers, has expanded its service for cleaning radiators and covers to all existing and new customers, regardless of the make of cover or radiator type. The cleaning system was developed with estates and infection-control departments in top UK hospitals.
A low-surface-temperature (LST) fan convector has been developed by Biddle Air Systems in response to customer demands for a fan convector with a surface temperature no greater than 43°C.

Lighting guide

14 November, 2005
Fitzgerald Lighting’s ‘Lighting and safety solutions specifier’ covers the company’s comprehensive range of luminaires, lighting controls and fire-detection systems.
Newey & Eyre’s 128-page specialist guide to lamp and control gear highlights the extensive range of specialist lighting products that are stocked by the company.

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