2011 February

Honeywell, controls, valves, HVAC

Honeywell has established a Building Group to help and advise all who use, maintain, design or specify HVAC, central-heating, water and other systems. This expert team freely provides advice to companies in the buildings industry.

Danlers, PIR occupancy detection, lighting

Danlers manufactures a comprehensive range of passive infra-red occupancy switches for automatic lighting control. The products are easy to install, using the existing wiring in a building. They are ideal for energy saving in offices, factories, schools etc.

Big Foot, solar, roof support systems

Big Foot Solar Systems offer the complete non-penetrative mounting system for photovoltaic panels on a flat roof.

Schneider Electric has conducted a major review of its web site in response to customer feedback which showed that 85% of customers primarily visit it to access product and technical information. A new facility therefore enables customers to compare products at reference level. They can now look at the features of specific part numbers and will be able to understand differences such as colour, voltage, ratings, dimensions and settings.

Polypipe Ventilation

Polypipe Ventilation now offers customers site-based support with a further enhancement to its technical support service. The support includes site visits to assist with problem solving, administering the on-site warranty of Silavent fan products, scheduling drawings with ventilation layouts incorporated, product training and general support for Polypipe’s mechanical extraction, air distribution and heat-recovery ranges of ventilation products.

Smith's Environmental Products

Smith’s Environmental Products has achieved ISO 9001:2008 quality-assurance certification following assessment by an independent organisation. The assessment was carried out by Bill Dickinson for Certified Quality Systems.

Flir, thermal imaging, infrared, infra-red

Flir is organising a 3-day training course for new and experienced users of thermal imaging, regardless of the brand of infra-red camera they have chosen. It is also an ideal foundation course for those who have not yet invested in thermal imaging but need a thorough grounding in the subject to enable them to make an informed choice.

BSRIA, space heating, underfloor heating, cooling

BSRIA has published a new guide to underfloor heating and cooling for designers, installers, clients/end users and manufacturers of underfloor heating systems and related products such as building controls and boilers. It runs to 117 pages and includes 24 tables and figures. This guide provides straightforward technical guidance for those who are new to underfloor heating and is a good reference guide for those more experienced in the industry.

Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls’ HVAC&R controls product catalogue for 2011 contains product information and prices for over 1500 leading product lines covering actuators, valves, sensors, thermostats, transducers and controllers. New products include the VP1000 series of pressure-independent control valves, larger sizes of ball valves and the VT series of electronic room controllers.

Bitzer’s range of Ecoline semi-hermetic reciprocating compressors optimised for R134a is covered in a 16-page guide. These compressors are designed to reduce annual energy consumption by up to 20% and are especially suited to medium-temperature cooling applications in supermarkets, meat-processing plant, bakers and catering establishments.

Sill Lighting, Pracht, IP

A 215-page brochure on the Pracht range of high-performance IP-rated fluorescent and linear LEC lighting fittings for more aggressive environments is available from Sill Lighting. It covers batten, tubular, vandal-resistant, industrial, surface, recessed, special, emergency and a new range of LED luminaires — all from high-tech plastics.

BSRIA’s guide on embodied carbon presents 1800 records of embodied carbon for 35 classes of material in a way that can be readily used in calculations. This inventory has been collated from independent sources and open literature and rigorously analysed to give users confidence in the reliability of the values.

Hitachi Air Conditioning has added a compact single-fan unit to its Yutaki range of air-source heat pumps. They are only 800 mm high and can deliver hot water at up to 60°C. Outputs range from 5 to 17 kW.

Fujitsu, Eurofred, air conditioning

A new compact cassette for use with Fujitsu’s popular range of outdoor units for multi-split air-conditioning systems has nominal capacities of 2.7 kW for cooling and 3.3 kW for heating. It weighs just 15 kg and is 570 mm square and 245 mm deep, excluding grille. The AUYF09LAL ceiling cassette is available from FG Eurofred.

IDS Climalife has introduced an environmentally friendly heat-transfer fluid for heating, renewable-energy and refrigeration applications as an alternative to mono propylene glycol. Greenway is produced from a renewable vegetable resource, and its manufacturing process is said to produce 40% lower CO2 emissions and use 40% less energy. It includes organic long-lasting corrosion inhibitors.

Legrand, Salamandre, electrical, cable trunking

Legrand’s latest range of Salamandre trunking is 50% quicker to install than its predecessor, according to independent tests — considerably reducing its total installed cost. It was designed following consultations with specifiers, installers and engineers that highlighted a desire for a solution that was faster and easier to install, had fewer components, less time on site and improved health and safety.

Cooper Controls, lighting, iLight, Kensington

The Kensington range of lighting control plates from iLight by Cooper Controls combines high-level functionality with stylish design. These discreet units have a low-profile design that stands just 4 mm off the wall. All plates fit a 35 mm-deep UK single-gang back box and have a screwless fixing, so they can be retrofitted to existing installations.

Estimation, estimating software, Luckins, LuckinsLive

Estimation 2011 software for contractors has a host of new features and functionality to help reduce costs and save time on routine tasks in key areas of a user’s business — including winning work, running contracts, managing finances and service and maintenance operations.

ALC Lighting Controls, DALI module

ALC Lighting Controls, which is now part of Cooper Controls Ltd, now offers a DALI pre-addressed pluggable lighting-control module that helps comply with energy-efficiency legislation and carbon reduction, while meeting the latest trend for flexible working environments. When used as part of a networked system, this module is extremely flexible and can easily be reprogrammed to respond to changes in working methods and room layouts.

Creda, Nobo, electric space heating

A sophisticated range of controls for Creda’s Nobo Series 8 range of electric convector heaters makes them suitable for a wide range of applications. Individual room controllers are ideal for student accommodation. There is a cable remote system for hotels and commercial buildings. The Orion 700 system can be used for new-build apartments.

Airflow Developments, anemometer, Part F, ventilation

Airflow’s LCA301 anemometer kit is designed to help installers meet the recommendations set out in the 2010 domestic-compliance guide to Part F of the Building Regulations. The kit makes it easy to accurately measure airflow in both directions from exterior extract grilles or internal air valves.

Osram, electronic control gear, lighting

Osram describes its Powertronic (PTi) 35 S Mini as the lightest and most compact 35 W electronic control gear to date. It has a very long lifetime of up to 40 000 h and an identical housing footprint to the PTi 20 S. It is suitable for all standard 35 W ceramic metal-halide lamps and designed to be installed within the luminaire, coming with a lightweight plastic housing and fixing cable that is 0.5 m long.

Siemens, central heating programmer, space heating

Following extensive market research, Siemens has launched a range of time controllers for central-heating systems with large backlit displays, simple programming and slider controls. They deliberately avoid push buttons and setting menus that require interrogation. The range comprises two programmers and two time switches.

Daikin Europe has introduced two new series of 600 and 900 mm-square ceiling cassette fan-coil units for 2- and 4-pipe installations. Cooling capacities range from 2 to 5.4 kW with heating from 2.9 to 6.9 kW for the FWF series. The FWC series provides cooling from 6 to 8.9 kW and heating from 8 to 12.1 kW.

Calomax, water heater, drinks, boiling water

Calomax’s Eclipse range of water boilers for drinks is made in the UK and offers next-generation styling, energy-saving and anti-microbial protection. The price is said to be significantly lower than imported products. The Eclipse range of wall-mounted and counter-top boilers comprises seven new models offering 100 to over 200 cups of boiling water per hour. They can be installed in staff rooms, canteens, kitchens and restaurants.

Stiebel Eltron, electric instantaneous water heater, DHW

Stiebel Eltron’s DHE range of 3-phase electric instantaneous water heaters is available in ratings of 18, 21, 24 and 27 kW. Once the water temperature has been set, it will be maintained under all circumstances. These water heaters are said to be ideal for the leisure, hospitality and health-care sectors, where a duty of care relating to hot water exists. All L8 requirements for health and safety are met.

Frese, Optima valve, commissioning, PICBV

Frese’s Optima Compact range of valve combines pressure-independent balancing and control of hydronic systems. They can be used with fan-coil units and chilled beams and remove the need for separate double-regulating valves, 2-port control valves and differential-pressure control valves.

Ideal Commercial, boiler, Evomax

Ideal Commercial’s Evomax range of gas-fired wall-hung boilers achieves seasonal efficiencies of up to 97.2% and modulates down to 20% of full output to achieve close load matching and more efficient system operation. Nox emissions are less than 40 mg/kWh, qualifying these boilers for maximum BREEAM points.

Weatherite, space heating

Weatherite Building Services has completed the installation for a new heating system at Enfield Teaching College in London. Appointed as project manager by Briar Associated, Weatherite assumed full responsibility for the supply and installation of a Buderus gas-fired condensing boiler, two Grundfos circulating pumps, a new flue system from the boiler house to the roof and all associated building and electrical work.

Tony Hardiman, chairman of the National Insulation Association, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list for services to the energy industry. The award follows the National Insulation Association’s own appreciation for his support and dedication when he was presented with an award for services to the industry at its annual conference in December 2010 in recognition of the huge contribution he has made to the insulation industry for over 30 years.

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