2008 February

NG Bailey has strengthened its ICT and building-services capability with the acquisition of s2s. This company is an IP security-focused managed-services provider with a turnover of £7 million.
BESCA (Building Services Competence Accreditation Ltd) has been approved by the Department for Communities & Local Government to operate an accreditation scheme for energy assessors.

Electricians go south

16 February, 2008
Taking a break from testing and inspecting all fixed electrical systems at the Rothera Research Station of the British Antarctic Survey are Jason Faulkner (left) and Asa Downing, two electricians from the Ipswich branch of Inviron Building Systems.
John Miller, president of the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association has restated the association’s commitment to reforming and reshaping the industrial-relations culture across building-services engineers — and to the work being undertaken to harmonise employment terms and conditions across the mechanical and electrical sectors.
In the face of mounting evidence that some system designers are increasingly using non-standard sizes of ductwork, ADCAS (Association of Ductwork Contractors & Allied Services) is renewing its initiative to rationalise the standard sizes of circular ductwork.
The Energy Institute (EI) has signed a protocol with the Scottish Buildings Standards Agency (SBSA) to recognise suitably qualified members from the EI’s register of energy consultants to be accredited to issue Energy Performance Certificates in Scotland.
To promote building-services engineering as a career, four winners of last year’s National Training Awards organised by SummitSkills, have visited their former schools to act as ambassadors for the industry.
Ecobuild returns to Earls Court in London from 26 to 28 February with over twice as many exhibitors as last year and more free seminars - over 75 compared with 60 last year.
heat exchangers
Energy-efficient warm-air heating of large commercial and industrial buildings can be effectively achieved using recuperative plate heat exchangers within air-handling units. Andrew Patch explains.
With a heating/cooling capacity of 360 kW, the ground-source heat-pump system at the new Stockport Academy is the largest such system designed by Buro Happold. James Dickinson, David Bell and Elaine Bissell outline the scheme and associated plant.
New construction orders in the year to November 2007were virtually the same as the previous year, rising by just 1%. There was a 3% rise compared with the previous three months and a rise of 5% compared with the same three months a year earlier — according to figures from the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform.
The National Energy Foundation has launched a virtual-reality computer game in schools across England as part of a programme to change attitudes to climate change.
Fläkt Woods sales team pedals its way to charity fund raising
Willmott Dixon Construction has appointed Aqua Mechanical Services as M&E design and install contractor for the redevelopment of Colchester Institute.

BSRIA opens office in China

15 February, 2008
BSRIA has opened a subsidiary office in Beijing in China to act as a local hub for China and the wider Asia region. The office will provide dedicated market research and a window to other BSRIA services.
Copeland Compressors has named Calorex Heat Pumps as its manufacturer of the year. The award is for outstanding performance across a broad business spectrum.The award caps a year for Calorex that saw this energy specialist smash through the million kWh mark of measured ground-source heat-pump performance data by extending its award-winning range of units.
Haden Young’s managing director David Beck (right) recently donned overalls for two days on site as part of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s ‘Back to the shop floor’ campaign at the new Birmingham Hospital Project, where Haden Young is designing and installing all building services — and raised £30 509 for the charity. The cheque was received by Christine Brown, Marie Curie community fundraiser (left) and Ann Brown, nurse of the year.
Project and cost consultant Davis Langdon has been appointed to provide consultancy services on the planned £215 million revamp of City College in Norwich. The firm’s Norwich office will provide project management, CDM co-ordination and cost-management services on the project, which will increase the capacity of East Anglia’s largest college from 16 000 to 20 000 students.
Balfour Kilpatrick has won a £4.6 million contract to provide M&E services for a new replacement secondary school in Durham. The 3-storey building will accommodate 1450 pupils and replace the existing building of Johnston School.
CIBSE’s scheme for low-carbon energy assessors has been approved by the Department for Communities & Local Government. CIBSE accreditation is now accepted as a qualification for the following work.
Do you know your EPCs from your DECs? John Fallon unravels the jargon and outlines the two new types of certificates, when they apply and their significance.
Energy Performance Certificates for Buildings will not just happen from April. Hywel Davies explains how readers of Modern Building Services can become involved in assessing the energy performance of buildings and issuing certificates.
sun bathing
Before going for renewable-energy sources to improve a building’s energy certificate, make sure your building is ready first, says John Bailey.
A method of controlling natural air movement to ventilate buildings is recognised by the Energy Technology and, therefore, qualifies for Enhanced Capital Allowances.

It’s easy to get greener

12 February, 2008
Display Energy Certificates for buildings are intended to stimulate reductions in their energy consumption. Lisa Wilkinson discusses the role of monitoring an targeting to improve the operational rating of buildings.
Hamworthy Heating now offers Roth solar panels as part of its renewables option for commercial heating and hot-water systems.
Robon Wood
The Code for Sustainable Homes will soon start to have more effect — as Robin Wood explains.
Robon Wood
The Code for Sustainable Homes will soon start to have more effect — as Robin Wood explains.
12 months’ experience of using a natural cooling and ventilation system in the Lee Valley Athletics Centre (LVAC) has included performing well during hot summer weather.

SBEM technical manual

10 February, 2008
The SBEM technical manual is now available for downloading from the SBEM web site. This manual looks at the requirement for a calculation methodology for the UK that complies with Article 3 of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, which has been developed into the National Calculation Methodology.

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