2009 May

Please find below a selection of latest headlines and articles on the website of “Modern Building Services”. For more information, please visit www.modbs.co.uk or click the relevant headline.


Grundfos Pumps has won the Design Plus Award from the German Design Council and the organiser of the ISH exhibition in Frankfurt for its Magna 32-60 N domestic-hot-water recirculator. The award is conferred on a product that combines functionality and aesthetics in an efficient and sustainable way.


LG has devised a programme of CPD-accredited air-conditioning presentations for building-services consultants. They highlight the main points of design, showing how a well designed VRF system will improve overall energy efficiency and produce cost savings.


Eleven giant Monodraught Windcatchers each 4 m high have been installed at Tesco’s new Eco Store at Cheetham Hill, Manchester. This is one of the first supermarkets to have natural-ventilation systems fitted to the shopping floor. As it is a food store, special air filters have been incorporated in the Windcatchers to ensure optimum air quality Natural ventilation substantially lowers energy consumed in supermarkets by controlling air movement using wind power only without any energy costs.

Ivan Thompson, managing director of Stokvis Energy Systems, reports a high level of interest from consultants and contractors in the Riomay solar thermal system for commercial applications which it introduced last year and which is being shown at NEMEX at the NEC from 19 to 21 May.


Hager’s new range of staircase time-lag switches offer a simple and flexible solution for saving energy. They are easy to fit or retrofit onto a DIN rail and can be used with any wall switches. The basic switch provides an adjustable time lag of 30 s to 10 min and has a manual over-ride.


Danlers makes a comprehensive range of passive infra-red occupancy switches for automatic lighting control, including the popular ceiling flush mounted version (pictured). The products are easy to install, using the existing wiring in a building.

Big Foot

Big Foot Systems has introduced five standard designs of prefabricated aluminium roof penetrations with rounded inlets to prevent damage to insulated pipes and cables.

JS Humidification claims to be the first humidification company in the UK to become accredited with the Occupational Health & Safety Standard OHSAS 18001. This British Standard covers all elements of health and safety in the organisation and ensures that safety-at-work legislation is fully implemented throughout the company.

Flexelec’s range of Stopgel-Antifreeze range of electric trace-heating cables are designed to protect metal pipes from freezing. A thermostat at the end of the cable is preset to activate heating when the temperature falls below 5°C. These cables have a flat section of 5 x 7 mm for good heat transfer and use 15 W/m. They come in kits, which include the double-insulated heating cable with a metre-long power-supply section at one end, electrical connection plug and fitting accessories. Lengths are 3, 5, 7, 10 and 15 m.

Solex, a distributor of solar-thermal equipment, is now approved to deliver Logic Certification’s course in solar thermal hot water from its state-of-the-art centre in Preston. Solex offers a wide range of equipment, and its training centre has live working systems, indoor roofs with mounted collector arrays and demonstration test areas for components and system controls.


A Sainsbury first

18 May, 2009

Sainsbury’s new flagship green store in Dartmouth, Devon is the first UK supermarket to fit Monodraught 750 mm diameter SunPipes in its main shop floor area, bringing all the benefits of natural daylight to the thousands of Sainsbury’s customers that shop there every week. A total of 85 energy-free SunPipes are installed in the pioneering store, helping it to achieve its target of slashing by 50% the energy currently taken from the national grid; and saving 40% off CO2 emissions.


The latest edition of JCC’s lighting catalogue features over 125 new products, including the latest LEDs, Fireguard and low-energy solutions. New icons indicate key features of each products, including PIR, LED, low-energy and 40/45 lm/W.


Underfloor heating

18 May, 2009

Polypipe has published a brochure covering the many benefits of underfloor heating. Called ‘Commercial floor heating systems’, it covers the suitability of the systems to different applications and outlines the range of system components that can be combined to create the perfect heating solution.

AECB (formerly the Association for Environment Conscious Building) has published a water standard that is applicable to new homes, the refurbishment of existing dwellings and non-domestic buildings.


Solar-thermal guide

18 May, 2009

Lochinvar has produced a guide on the use of solar energy with traditional gas-fired water heaters.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has launched a simplified air-conditioning controller for hotel rooms. The RCH-E3 is based on the established RC-E3 controller, which has been proven with MHI’s VRF systems for some time.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has launched a simplified air-conditioning controller for hotel rooms. The RCH-E3 is based on the established RC-E3 controller, which has been proven with MHI’s VRF systems for some time.


MK Electric has launched a lockable double-pole fire-alarm isolator to ensure that systems comply with Part 1 of BS 5839 for fire-detection and alarm systems for buildings.


Vaillant has introduced two new flat-plate solar thermal collectors, the auroTHERM plus VFK 150 and auroTHERM VFK 145.


A thermal-imaging camera that takes the guesswork out of temperature measurement by fusing visual and thermal images onto the same screen has been developed by Irisys. The IRI 2010 costs about £2000 and can be used to identify problems such as poor building insulation and badly fitting windows and doors. It can also be used to detect problems with wiring, fuses, resistors and overheating mechanical equipment, including worn bearings.


Colman now offers heavy- and medium-duty floor grilles for underfloor air-distribution systems data centres, computer rooms, exchanges and offices. TJH (heavy-duty) and TJM (medium-duty) grilles are designed to replace 600 mm-square tiles.

Aermec’s NRL range includes air-cooled water chillers, heat pumps and condensing units. They have high-efficiency scroll compressors to achieve high EERs and are designed to use R410A. 18 sizes offer cooling capacities from 53 to 469 kW and heating from 58 to 510 kW.


MK Electric’s Logic Plus range of wiring accessories is made using urea formaldehyde, a thermosetting plastic with similar properties to anti-microbial additives which inhibit the growth of four infectious diseases.


The Powertrack underfloor electrical distribution system from Britmac has undergone some radical improvements to meet growing requirements for power in the workplace and to make it easier to install. The whole system is designed with the minimum number of parts.

Flakt Woods

A new generation of kitchen canopy fan from Fläkt Woods has an externally located motor, enabling high-performance extraction at high temperatures — up to 80°C.

Vortice’s Vort Leto central mechanical extract fans are available with two control options — hard-wired and radio-frequency remote.

Advanced Engineering has devised a range of reporting sheets to help smaller companies and independent contractors keep the formal records required by the new regulations on F Gas refrigerants. There are five types of AC-Pro reporting pads covering a range of jobs which must now be recorded by law. There are specific forms for servicing, breakdowns, installation and commissioning. The 2-part forms are carbonated to simplify invoicing and enhance customer service.


Ravenheat Manufacturing claims that its Combiplus range of domestic condensing combination boilers will outperform the very best SEDBUK Band A boilers and make savings equivalent to, or exceeding, those of solar hot-water heating. It takes only 20 minutes longer to install when changing a boiler.


LG’s Multi V 2 and Maxi range of condensing units for VRF air-conditioning systems is available with a comprehensive range of indoor units. They include cases, ducted cassettes, wall-mounted units, floor-standing cased and uncased units and the Art Cool range.

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