2006 July

David Leatherbarrow
DAVID LEATHERBARROW believes that true innovation is not something that can be cultivated but needs freedom to grow.
John Armstrong
JOHN ARMSTRONG reports on the launch of the CIBSE campaign 100 days of carbon clean up, which stresses the importance of measurement and provides the way to rate operational performance of buildings.
One of the major players in off-site construction in the building-services industry is NG Bailey — and the opening of a new factory significantly boosts its capabilities.
Andrew Eastwell
ANDREW EASTWELL firmly believes that applying new technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings needs the support of research to eliminate associated risks early on.
As part of the £35 million refurbishment of Wembley Arena, Integrated Control Systems has completed a £190 000 controls contract. ICS designed and installed a building-management system to control the vast auditorium, hospitality areas, dressing rooms, promoter’s offices, entrance foyer, bars, restaurants and food outlets.
Quiet air conditioning that is simple to control is provided for a residential village in Buckinghamshire for people over 55 using equipment for Toshiba and Carrier.
Underfloor heating has proved to be the ideal solution for the new Brunswick Beech Care centre on the outskirts of Newcastle.
Simmtronic SPECS3 controls were chosen for the award-winning lighting scheme at BP's new financial operations centre at Canary Wharf in London. For the Cat B fit-out of this 22 000 m2 office at Canada Square, Simmtronic supplied electrical contractor T. Clarke Plc with a fully addressable lighting-control system with automatic light-level compensation and DALI control gear for the special 5-lamp fittings.
Energy-efficient air conditioning for the new Blue Cross animal hospital in Grimsby is provided by a Daikin VRVII R410A heat recovery air-conditioning system providing up to 44.5 kW of cooling and 50 kW of heating.
hree oil-fired Ferroli cast-iron boilers have been installed as part of a £5 million refurbishment at an historic manor house in Brighton. Once complete, the renovation of the eighteenth-century Stanmer House will provide a venue for weddings, conferences and corporate events.
McQuay UK has drastically reduced on-site labour costs for a huge air-handling unit for a fast-track contract in Scotland by the off-site packaging of electrics, control panels and pipework.
High-performance fan-coil units and air curtains have been supplied by Biddle Air Systems for the new Institute of Molecular Medicine, Epidemiology & Cancer Research at St James’ Hospital in Leeds.
The installation and commissioning of air-conditioning using fan-coil units in a luxurious residential development in London was considerably simplified using SAV commissioning modules.
As part of a programme of refitting its car showrooms, Toyota has installed underfloor heating in its showroom at St Leonards. It is believed to be the fist showroom in this programme to have underfloor heating.
To increase heating efficiency and deliver improved tenant services in the Three Rivers District Council area in Hertfordshire, the council and boiler manufacturer Glow-worm have entered into a partnering agreement.
Frost protection for a 10 200 m2 distribution centre in Leeds is provided by an air-rotation system designed by Nordair-Niche.
To help provide the best working environment for its staff, building-services-engineering consultant Desco has installed Mitsubishi heat-recovery air conditioning in its new premises in Sunderland. The 700 m2 2-storey building accommodates 40 staff.
George Wimpey has become the first national house builder to offer complete RCD protection for all electrical circuits in its houses — substantially reducing the likelihood of electric shocks.
Pumps with extremely low maintenance requirements will bring valuable benefits for the new heart-and-lung unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. The 4300 Series in-line pumps from Armstrong Holden Brooke Pullen make it possible for routine maintenance on critical HVAC systems to be carried out in minutes instead of hours.
Reznor delivers comfort for antique dealers and pigs
The refurbishment and remodelling of the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia makes extensive use of equipment from Carrier. Six chillers ranging in size from 33 kW Aquasnaps to 250 kW units are coupled with 45 modular air-handling units.
Women MPs tap into manual skills
The Energy 2006 exhibition has had to change its opening dates. The new dates are 7 and 8 September, replacing 6 and 7 September. The venue remains the same, the National Motorcycle Museum.
Ambi-Rad has expanded its capabilities in radiant heating with the acquisition of Sonning Heating for an undisclosed sum. Sonning radiant heaters use hot air to deliver highly effective heat in large-space buildings. Ambi-Rad’s expertise is direct combustion.
Bookings can now be made for Mitsubishi Electric’s seminar tour next year. Ian Parry, business-development manager of this air-conditioning company, says, ‘As these courses are CPD [continuing professional development] verified, they offer the industry an independent view of some of the major issues affecting us all today.’
CIBSE, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, has called on the Government to introduce operational ratings for buildings more widely. The institution has declared its support for the Government’s intention to introduce limited use of operational ratings as part of the implementation of the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive.
Diffusion, a UK manufacturer of commercial heating and cooling products, has announced a 38% increase in sales this year compared with the same period last year.
Water-supply issues are addressed in the design of a new building at Merton College by collecting rainwater for sanitation and water plants. Formerly opened by Bill Rammell, MP, the minister whose responsibilities include further education and lifelong learning, the building provides students with a library and learning centre with over a hundred computers and 20 000 books and journals, flexible IT-networked teaching spaces, sixth-form centre, IT café and bookshop, science laboratories and special areas for the visual and performing arts. It provides 6000 m2 of floor space.
Work-related accidents in the construction-products industry fell by nearly 20% in the year 2005/06, according to the latest Key Performance Indicators. This fall follows a reduction of nearly 30% the previous year, representing a 42% improvement in two years.
Building-services contractor SES has completed the £6.5 million M&E contract at the new PFI Education Village in Darlington. This £37.3 million project has been hailed as the ‘natural exemplar’ for education in the country and brings three local schools together to create one learning campus. The site will accommodate 1400 pupils aged three to 19.

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