2008 November

North Building Technologies has released a new version of its integration platform ObSys (Object Systems). The previous version sold over 10 000 copies.
Spinwave
If the cost of an energy-management system to reduce energy costs is prohibitive, Dave Laurence advocates wireless technology.
The Birds Nest (olympics)
The BACnet open-protocol building-automation system for the 173 000 m2 Beijing Olympic Park Underground Commercial Centre was provided by Delta Controls — a world leader in providing BACnet open-protocol BAS systems.
Ridi Lighting
Ridi Lighting’s Control3 lighting-control package is designed to achieve maximum energy and cost efficiency. It is software based and uses standard TCP/IP and DALI to provide complete access to building systems from a single interface. Users can manage their own environment from a PC pop-up or wireless control. The system can also make use of the existing data network and manual control switches.
PIR Timer
Elkay’s new ceiling-mounted PIR timer can be used in new and existing buildings and is just 64 mm wide with an external bezel of 70 mm.
Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club
Ashdown Park hotel & Country Club in East Sussex is using EMS Group’s Universe+ ACU wireless interfaces as the basis of a recent security upgrade. The hotel has 106 bedrooms and is a listed 19th century mansion house, so it was important not to damage the interior during the upgrade.
IP68 temperature sensors

IP68 temperature sensors

07 November, 2008
The lead and sensing element of these temperature sensors from ATC Semitec are made of the same material to prevent water ingress.
Bath

Dining out on KNX

07 November, 2008
Rick Stein’s recently opened Prospect House hotel in Padstow combines seaside luxury with cutting-edge building intelligence.
man on computer and Aston Villa
Tony Diffley, stadium manager at Aston Villa, is over the moon with the capabilities of the expanding Trend building-management system.Villa Park — the home of Aston Villa Football Club — has one of the most advanced building-management systems in any UK sports stadium. The Trend system enables the stadium manager to access the status of all monitored points from any PC terminal in the building, wirelessly from his personal digital assistant (PDA) or elsewhere via the Internet.
man on computer and Aston Villa
Tony Diffley, stadium manager at Aston Villa, is over the moon with the capabilities of the expanding Trend building-management system.Villa Park — the home of Aston Villa Football Club — has one of the most advanced building-management systems in any UK sports stadium. The Trend system enables the stadium manager to access the status of all monitored points from any PC terminal in the building, wirelessly from his personal digital assistant (PDA) or elsewhere via the Internet.
man on computer and Aston Villa
Tony Diffley, stadium manager at Aston Villa, is over the moon with the capabilities of the expanding Trend building-management system.Villa Park — the home of Aston Villa Football Club — has one of the most advanced building-management systems in any UK sports stadium. The Trend system enables the stadium manager to access the status of all monitored points from any PC terminal in the building, wirelessly from his personal digital assistant (PDA) or elsewhere via the Internet.
Heat Picture
Making full use of low-carbon technologies for space heating necessitates a fresh view and a more holistic approach, says Ant Wilson of Faber Maunsell.
Luxury Develpment
This luxury residential development at Southport in the north west of England is served by Evenheat underfloor heating. Royal Park comprises 24 apartments and three mews houses in a small landscaped park within easy reach of long sandy beaches and a bustling city centre.
Buderus boiler
Following an energy survey by the Government agency Resolve, a hotel near Bridgend has replaced two outdated heating and hot-water boilers with a modern Buderus system which is expected to pay for itself within two years. The agency recommended a complete new solution to meet the total needs of the 28-bedroom Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel in Coychurch.
RIOpanel radiator
BSS Industrial has added an LST version to its BOSS RIOpanel range of radiators.
RIOpanel radiator
BSS Industrial has added an LST version to its BOSS RIOpanel range of radiators.
Sofa and Light

A new direction for Purmo

07 November, 2008
Purmo’s vertical Kos V radiator combines a minimalist appearance with high heat outputs. These radiators have a flat from panel and closed, curved side covers.
Graham Williamson
The heating industry has made a strong response to Government legislation to encourage energy efficiency, and the specification of high-efficiency condensing boilers has steadily increased. However, to maximise efficiencies Graham Williamson, business director of commercial heating at Ideal Boilers, stresses that installers now need to take into account more factors than simply upgrading to a high efficiency boiler.
Graham Williamson
The heating industry has made a strong response to Government legislation to encourage energy efficiency, and the specification of high-efficiency condensing boilers has steadily increased. However, to maximise efficiencies Graham Williamson, business director of commercial heating at Ideal Boilers, stresses that installers now need to take into account more factors than simply upgrading to a high efficiency boiler.
Graham Williamson
The heating industry has made a strong response to Government legislation to encourage energy efficiency, and the specification of high-efficiency condensing boilers has steadily increased. However, to maximise efficiencies Graham Williamson, business director of commercial heating at Ideal Boilers, stresses that installers now need to take into account more factors than simply upgrading to a high efficiency boiler.
Man with purple tie
Philip Ord believes that if a building requires cooling, the same system should also be used to provide heating — reducing energy costs and carbon emissions.
Man digging
Interest in renewable energy continues to soar as fuel costs rise and legislation to reduce carbon emissions from non-domestic buildings comes into force — and heat pumps have much to offer, says Karen Trewick.
Ecodon air-source
Mitsubishi Electric has added two new models to its Ecodan range of air-source heat-pump space- and water-heating products. The Ecodan series is now packaged with a wider range of tank sizes and specifications and is also available as a standalone solution for situations where a packaged solution is not required.
KOB wood burning boilers

Seeing the wood for the trees

07 November, 2008
With the UK catching on to Europe’s enthusiasm for wood-burning boilers, George Fletcher explains how to get the best from this carbon-neutral technology.
Fan convectors can be up to 31% more energy efficient than panel radiators, according to research carried out by BSRIA for Smith’s Environmental Products.
fan convector
Dunham Bush’s AM88 fan convector introduces preheated fresh air to the space at the appropriate volumes, irrespective of weather conditions. The same facility is also available with Avant-garde fan convectors, optimised for use with condensing boilers, and the recently introduced LST range of fan convectors.
Boiler
Potterton Commercial has added two larger models to its Paramount Two range of wall-hung high-efficiency condensing boilers, which now offers outputs of 30, 40, 60, 80, 95 and 115 kW for commercial and larger domestic applications.
RAF Coltishall

Spend now, save later

07 November, 2008
Keith Sprague explains why carefully considering the heating requirements of a building will bring long-term economic benefits.
Women
By switching from an oil-fired central-heating system to an Ecodan air-source heat-pump system from Mitsubishi Electric, the owners of a 300-year-old house near Marlborough are expecting to reduce fuel bills by around £500 a year and halve carbon-dioxide emissions.
Ecomat
Wet underfloor heating can be provided in a depth of just 25 mm using Chelmer’s Ecomat with a self-levelling screed and special insulation board — making it ideally suited to the retrofit market. Its response time is 25 minutes.



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