2014 October

Single point project forecasts hamper our ability to make the best choices.

Single point project forecasts hamper our ability to make the best choices.

The "Internet of Things" makes brings your household appliances online. How can we utilise this technology for Construction?

Staff can make or break your energy strategy.

Staff can make or break your energy strategy.

Ozone layer turns the corner

03 October, 2014

Ken Sharpe Considers HCFCs and 25 years of the Ozone hole.

AmbiRad, Airbloc, door curtain, quick fixes

It takes no time at all to lose lots of heat when large doors are opened in buildings such as warehouses. But there is a quick and effective solution, as John Halley of AmbiRad explains.

ABB, VSD, variable speed drive, quick fixes

Retrofitting variable-speed drives can offer the fastest and greatest energy saving rewards. Carl Turbitt of ABB explains how.

Tamlite, lighting, quick fixes

Faced with the dubious distinction of emitting more CO2 than any other school in the county, Rye Hills School in Redcar embarked on a series of energy-saving measures. They included new lighting that has reduced energy consumption by 38%. The lighting upgrade is based on energy-efficient technology from Tamlite Lighting using Government-backed interest-free funding from the Salix Finance scheme. The school has 900 pupils.

Sabien, boiler, space heating, quick fixes

Sabien’s M2G boiler load optimisation controls have been installed at 28 Ministry of Defence site across south-east England as a cost-effective way of introducing more savings on boiler energy consumption over and above those achieved by upgrading the building-management system.

Marshall-Tufflex’s portable sub-meters have helped Bedfordshire Police identify potential energy savings as part of an initiative to cut power bills by 25% in two years. The force invested in the handheld Sinergy e-Tracker sub-meter two years ago and used it in police stations, operational bases and its headquarters at Kempston to audit energy use and highlight areas of inefficient power use.

CIBSE, controls, lighting, quick fixes

Quick energy-saving tips

01 October, 2014

Hywel Davies of CIBSE explains how simple processes and alterations can reduce energy use and, therefore, costly bills with one flick of a switch.

Durapipe, ABS, plastic pipework, pipes,pipework

As Durapipe celebrates its 60th anniversary, Mitchell Holmes, looks at the development of plastic pipework in the building-services sector

Victaulic flexible grooved couplings for pipework have the inherent capability of accommodating linear movement and angular deflection and can be used as a cost-effective maintenance-free alternative to accommodate thermal movement. The EDPM gaskets used in Victaulic couplings and withstand the flow temperatures commonly used in district-heating systems — 90 to 95°C.

Grundfos Pumps, pipes, pipework

The recently launched Grundfos Product Center has been designed and developed to make choosing the best pump for a system as easy as possible. One benefit is a replacement tool; entering basic information about an older model of a Grundfos pump or one from another manufacturer will suggest a number of alternatives.

The University of Wolverhampton has boosted the efficiency of the heating systems in two of its buildings following the installation of Spirotech dirt and air separation and pressurisation units. Energy savings of 5 to 6% are being achieved as a direct result of these units being installed.

Pipes, Pipework, Raychem, trace heating

Raychem HWAT self-regulating electric trace-heating cable is said to meet all the recommendations in the new ‘CIBSE Guide G: Public health and plumbing engineering’. The guide recommends that secondary circulation or trace heating should be provided when the hot-water installation is such that its would take an unreasonable length to draw off the cool water from the pipework.

Micronics, metering, pipes, pipework

Micronics, a leading UK manufacturer of clamp-on metering products for building services, has increased its product offering to provide complete metering solutions for building services. A comprehensive range of traditional inline meters (pictured) complements the established clamp-on range.

Baxi Commercial, Baxi Genuine Parts, boiler

Baxi Commercial’s parts division has a new name — Baxi Genuine Parts. The previous name was Interpart. The new name is now included in all packaging, brochures and promotional material. A new web site will arrive later this year to replace the Interpart site.

Cool Designs, Toshiba Air Conditioning, training

Toshiba distributor Cool Designs offers a comprehensive programme of classroom-based training courses for air-conditioning engineers, consultants and end users. The company believes a combination of practical hands-on courses supported by a library of professional online videos is the most powerful way of training the next generation and ensuring existing installers get up to speed with the latest technology.

Airflow SP, sensing Precision, instrument, air flow

Following the re-naming and re-branding of the Airflow S P to Sensing Precision Limited earlier this year, the company reports continued growth of the business across all business metrics and the launch of the ECO radial flowgrid to support the air-measurement needs of the general HVAC market.

Torin-Sifan, fan, impeller. airflow, EVIA, ventilation

Torin-Sifan joins EVIA

01 October, 2014

Torin-Sifan is now a member of the European Ventilation Industry Association (EVIA), The company is a leading UK manufacturer and supplier of motors, motorised impellers, fans and blowers. The EVIA membership coincides with the company’s continued growth in the European HVAC market.

S&P Coil Products, SPC, BIM, radiant panel, space heating, trench heater, fan convector

S&P Coil Products (SPC) has achieved full BIM (Building Information Modelling) compliance with its Active-BIM objects. They are available to load into Revit models using a supplied type catalogue holding all the project information configured by SPC’s selection program at the design and quotation stage.

BSRIA, safety in building services design, maintenance

BSRIA’s guide to ‘Safety in building-services design’ addresses the issue of the cost of providing space for plant and building-services distribution and the pressure that designers often face to reduce the spatial requirements for building-services installation. The guide is intended for designers and provides guidance on designing for safety for both new-build and refurbishment projects.

Tridonic, lighting control

Lighting specialist Tridonic has launched a ‘toolbox’ of support services for architects, specifiers, end users and OEMs to help them make the most of the company’s extensive range of products and increase their understanding of the issues and options available.

Distech Controls

Apps for control systems

01 October, 2014

Distech Controls has developed two apps for the installation and use of controls in buildings. They are myDC Control app and the Smart-Sense Room Control app. Both are available for Android and iOS.

Fuel cells

01 October, 2014

A report prepared on behalf of several UK fuel-cell developers highlights that fuel-cell smart power units are suitable for 90% of households and small businesses in the UK, which equates to 22 million properties. 5.3 million consumers could generate heat and electricity using fuel smart power units, introducing 5 GW of flexible capacity into the energy system.

Bristan, tap, shower, sanitary ware

Bristan is making specification simpler for commercial customers with a new specifier brochure and updated web site. The web site and brochure enable users to search for the items they need by product type or by the specialist sector they will be used in. The collection of taps, showers and accessories includes solutions for healthcare, NHS, education, sport and leisure.

Sanha, pipe, fittings, pipework

Pipes and fittings

01 October, 2014

Sanha, a leading German manufacturer of pipes and fittings has published its product catalogue for 2014/15. It covers the company’s extensive range of conventional soldered, threaded and welded fittings alongside the fully developed range of push and press fittings. It is available in electronic and printed formats.

ABB, variable speed drive, fan, motor, pump

Variable-speed drives

01 October, 2014

A checklist to help consultants specify the most up-to-date variable-speed drive (VSD) has been compiled by ABB. Called ‘A guide to selecting variable-speed drives for use in buildings’, it highlights the VSD features that provide effective building control and performance from the HVAC system.

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In August, MBStv talks to Stephen Lisk, president of CIBSE about the need to adapt to changes and how collaboration leads to better working. many more...

Part 1: Office of the future

Alan Jamieson of Peldon Rose discusses the changes and trends of building services within offices and the focus of wellbeing. 

Alastair Martin: The energy market right now

Chief Strategy Officer at Flexitricity expresses the current state of the energy market and the need for flexibility.