2007 February

Martyn Rowlands, Head of Marketing for Durapipe UK, discusses the developments regarding prefabrication of pipework within the building services industry
David Dunn highlights trends in VRF air conditioning that you need to be keeping up with.
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We increasingly understand the need for exploiting renewable energy and the theory. Using it in practice is the final — and more complicated stage — says Graham Blandford.

Air-conditioning issues

18 February, 2007
The weight of legislation being thrown at air-conditioning is growing. Graham Hendra explains what it all means and who is affected.

Making Part L work

18 February, 2007
It is nearly a year since the publication of the 2006 Building Regulations, and the 12-month transitional period is nearly over. How well are they working? A recent CIBSE seminar sought to find out.
The interests of air-conditioning and refrigeration engineers have moved closer with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR). The two organisations have committed to working together to develop and promote excellence in the refrigeration and air-conditioning aspects of building services.
Contractor Briggs & Forrester has recently handed over the £1.45 million base-build mechanical-services installation at 1 Coleman Street in the City of London and has moved on to the tenant fit-out works valued at £1.9 million.
Pegler and Yorkshire Fittings have combined the commercial functions of the two businesses. Bryan Liddle has taken on the role of commercial managing director, running the new combined sales, marketing and distribution functions.
A building-management system based on IP could provide control of much more than the services. Ken Munro explores the risk.
Mark Andrews
Building-management systems and intelligent buildings have a key role to play in reducing carbon emissions from buildings. Mark Andrews explains how his company is working to exploit the opportunities.
The software engineering tool that is part of the Priva building-management system has been used to control a variety of alternative-energy sources for holiday accommodation in Cornwall and enabled the system to be set-up with minimal special work.
Integrated Control Systems has recently completed work on three contracts totalling over £1 million. The are all in prestigious buildings close to one another in central London and involved the design and installation of new or refurbished building-management systems.
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Marketing building controls is different from other products and systems. Appreciating the differences between packaged integration and selling open protocols is important to those marketing building controls and also to those buying the services of systems integrators. John Nicholls explains.
Darren Burford explores the vital role of compatible connectivity in making possible the truly integrated building — and the installation and operational benefits.
Fläkt Woods has introduced a monitoring unit for its Econet packaged liquid-coupled heat-recovery system. Remo can check and control all temperature functions remotely to deliver what is described as outstanding energy-saving advantages.
The operation and control of existing plant in the headquarters of Vernon Building Society in Stockport have been much improved following the installation of Honeywell Excel Web controls by Zalti Control Systems.

CIBSE leads from the front

18 February, 2007
CIBSE, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, is positioning itself as the prime source of expertise for sustainable buildings. The institution’s president David Hughes, told members and their guests at the recent annual dinner in London, ‘We intend to build towards this aspiration by harnessing the expertise of our members to raise competence across the industry.’
It was two gold medals for Chris Price (second from left), and an after-sales technician with Reznor UK, in the British and World Coastal Rowing Championships in Guernsey recently. With four team mates from his Dover rowing club, he fought off stiff competition from the world’s best coastal rowers from as far afield as New Zealand.
The Olympic Development Authority, which is responsible for creating the Olympic venues and infrastructure for the 2012 games in London, has pledged to cut carbon emissions linked to the Olympic Park and other venues by 50%. That is substantially more than the 44% reduction required by new regulations due to be introduced in 2013.
Mitsubishi Electric has announced more dates for its series of free CPD-approved seminars on renewable energy following the success of the four held from September to January at its conference suite in Hatfield.
Building-services contractor Skerrit is working on a £6 million contract for Trinity Square in Nottingham, a mixed-used development including shopping, restaurants, pubs, parking and residential accommodation. The company has a team of 90 plumbers, mechanical and electrical engineers on site working on all external and internal lighting, ventilation systems, power sources, fire systems and plumbing and heating systems.
The development of a Sector Skills Agreement for building-services engineer is now involving the industry in a series of workshops. 12 workshops have been held so far as part of this Horizon project. Delegates have learnt about the key findings from research carried out by SummitSkills and, following team discussions, suggestions have been put forward on how to solve the issues facing the sector.
Following the management buy-out of EHS International, a distributor of air-treatment products based in Manchester, the company is acquiring additional warehouse and office space with over £1 million of funding from Bank of Scotland Corporate.
Faced with a brief to design energy- and space-efficient engineering systems for a retail and office development near St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers has devised a central condenser water system incorporating ground-source heating and cooling for the retail tenancies in the lower floors of One New Change.
AMEC has won a £36 million contract to design and deliver two new secondary schools in Salford. It was awarded by Hochtief PPP Solutions for Harrop Fold High School and Buile Hill High School.
CIBSE reports a successful 2006, with membership now exceeding 18 000 — marking a significant achievement in the recruitment and retention of members from the building-services industry. The rise in membership reflects an ongoing commitment by the institution to ensure it represents and serves its existing members to a high standard, while continually taking advantage of new ways to boost numbers.
77% of respondents to a recent skills survey had problems recruiting during 2006. The sample in the survey by the Chartered Institute of Building consisted of 623 respondents, 96% of which were members. and working at management level.
A training centre serving Europe, the Middle East and Africa has been opened by Toshiba Carrier at its headquarters at Leatherhead.
Esca house
Setting an example for its recently published ‘Agenda for action on sustainability’, the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association has teamed up with the Electrical Contractors’ Association to reduce the carbon footprint of Esca House, their jointly owned office in west London. The initiative follows the involvement of both associations in CIBSE’s 100 days of carbon clean-up campaign last year, aimed at reducing carbon emissions by 10 to 15%.
The BTU Golfing Society, formed in 1926 by building-services engineers in London, has raised £1746 for the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance. The money was raised by the Thames Valley BTU with an auction of gifts presented by members and guests, together with a raffle draw.

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