2015 June

Steve Marr considers the latest wiring regulations.

Paris in the Spring

08 June, 2015

Looking forward to the 2015 Climate Change Summit.

air conditioning, Fujitsu, Commissioning

The difference between a newly installed air-conditioning system working perfectly or not at all can be down to a methodical commissioning process, says Martyn Ives of Fujitsu.

air conditioning, Toshiba, training

Toshiba Air Conditioning recently joined forces with installer BL Refrigeration to host a 2-day training event at Toshiba’s new state-of-the-art training centre in Manchester. It was attended by staff from consultants Arup, Cogan & Shackleton and WYG, all based in Belfast.

air conditioning, Carrier, chiller

The first installation of Carrier AquaForce chillers equipped with variable-speed inverter-driven screw compressors delivers air conditioning for two office developments at 1 and 2 New Ludgate in central London. The 30XAV 950 chillers are equipped with Greenspeed intelligence to help deliver excellent part-load performance.

Refrigerants have been an environmental issue for many years. Having dealt with CFCs and HFCs, the pressure now moves on to HCFCs, with R32 being seen as solution. Ken Sharpe reports.

air conditioning, Panasonic

The latest stage of the long-term programme to replace HVAC systems to improve energy efficiency at the aviation headquarters of GE Aviation involved the installation of Panasonic’s recently developed PACi range of indoor and outdoor units. Eight PACi Elite 14 kW units were installed outdoors, with four under-ceiling units and four wall-ducted systems indoors. A further 28 kW of PACi cooling technology has been installed in the factory. R410A is the refrigerant.

air conditioning, Airedale, Barkell, AHU

Airedale and AHU manufacturer Barkell worked with the M&E contractor to design and engineer an energy-efficient and resilient cooling solution for the latest addition to ACC Liverpool, currently home to BT Convention Centre and Echo Arena.

air conditioning, Marflow Hydronics, valve sets, fan coil units

Even though using prefabricated valve sets in water distribution systems saves time and money and can make life a lot easier for those on site, they’re still not the obvious choice for many contractors and installers. Oliver Jones of Marflow Hydronics tries to find out why.

air conditioning, Daikin UK, SEER, seasonal efficiency

Attention to the seasonal energy efficiency and accurate sizing of climate-control systems is one of the keys to meeting the requirements of Government legislation and energy schemes, says Graham Wright of Daikin UK.

air conditioning, Reznor, packaged HVAC

Reznor has launched its first packaged HVAC set. The P125 packaged unit provides heating, cooling and ventilation for commercial and industrial applications. It is a complete standalone solution that provides energy-efficient cooling and heating with the ability to supply fresh air and extract air.

air conditioning, Klima-Therm, chiller, Gree, SolarPV

A major Chinese manufacturer is demonstrating how to use solar energy to power large-scale air conditioning. Roberto Mallozzi and Tim Mitchell of Klima-Therm look at the significance.

air conditioning, Mitsubishi Electric, SCOP, SEER, seasonal efficiency

Mitsubishi Electric’s Scott McGavin looks at what legislative changes mean for building operators and manufacturers, and how improvements in design and controls are helping increase seasonal efficiencies and performance.

air conditioning, underfloor air conditioning, AET

Underfloor air conditioning based on the AET Flexible Space approach is proving a flexible and modular approach for heating and cooling the Aberdeen headquarters of Centric Energy, a leading oil and gas company in the UK. The £45 million IQ building provides 13 766 m2 of office accommodation. It has a 4-storey atrium and double-height atrium with large, flexible floor plates.

air conditioning, Panasonic, control

Panasonic Smart Cloud is a cloud-based control solution that enables businesses to manage their cooling and heating systems remotely via a smartphone or PC. It can optimise operations and performance across multiple sites. Automated alerts and error messages are provided in real time

air conditioning, BSRIA, chiller, Turbocor, FCU, fan-coil unit, VRF

Unlike much of the world, the UK air-conditioning market was buoyant last year, but there might be a tough year ahead. David Garwood of BSRIA looks at the statistics.

commissioning, commissioning management, Chris Parsloe

The skills required of a commissioning manager continue to evolve and become more complex. Chris Parsloe gives an insight.

commissioning, Marflow Hydronics, prefabrication

As part of its prefabrication product portfolio, Marflow Hydronics offers larger, more bespoke items made to detailed specifications and more-compact standard items for a much quicker turnaround time.

commissioning, BSRIA, variable flow, valve

BSRIA has published new guidance to help designers avoid problems with the selection and application of control valves and assist with the design of energy-efficient variable-flow systems. The guidance is called ‘Selection of control valves in variable flow systems’ (BG 51/2014).

commissioning, Albion Valves (UK), PICV, balancing

Albion Valves (UK) has prepared a pocket-size guide to help ensure the industry is talking the same language when it comes to hydronic-balancing and related products. The guide explains the difference between static and dynamic systems. It shows how a typical installation might work and demonstrates how components function to ensure an even flow of energy across heating and cooling systems.

commissioning, PICV, Belimo

Belimo’s EPIV pressure-independent characterised-control valve is available in sizes from DN15 to DN150. These valves combine the four functions of measuring, controlling, hydraulic balancing and bubble-tight closing. They provide real-time information of the measured flow rate.

commissioning, Commissioning Specialists' Association

CSA, 25 years on

03 June, 2015

Commissioning of buildings services has seen the importance with which it is regarded grow over the years — in no small measure due to the efforts of the Commissioning Specialists’ Association since it was set up 25 years ago. Vice-chairman Andrew Watkin shares his reflections.

Barkell, AHU, air handling unit

Air-handling units

03 June, 2015

Barkell, which manufactures air-handling units, has launched its new web site. It is designed to provide a better user experience for customers and business partners with a wider range of tools and resources as a basis for more-informed unit selection — with a focus on simplicity, reliability and fast download speeds.

Eaton, lighting

Power-management company Eaton has developed an online energy calculator to help businesses find out what cost savings can be achieved on energy bills by switching to more-efficient lighting. It provides a lighting report to help increase efficiency.

Daikin UK, EU ecodesign, energy labels, heat pump

Daikin UK has published guidance on the EU ecodesign rules and energy labelling for space and water heaters to shed light on the impending minimum energy-efficiency requirements for Lot 1 and Lot 2 under the ecodesign framework and the extended energy-labelling obligations.

Potterton Commercial

In line with the company’s new branding, Potterton Commercial has given its web site a complete transformation to improve navigation and functionality throughout. It provides instant access to detailed product information and guidance through the responsive interface.

Advanced, emergency lighting, testing

Advanced has developed an online savings calculator to show how much time and cost can be saving using its Lux Intelligent testing system for emergency lighting compared to manual and other addressable systems. An example follows.

Marflow Hydronics, valves, prefabrication

Marflow Hydronics has enhanced the product section on its web site to provide customers with a wealth of information. Following feedback from customers, the product information available online has been increased.

Kingspan Insulation, Duckwork, preinsulated ductwork, pre-insulated ductwork

A report from Kingspan Insulation shows that pre-insulated ductwork fabricated from its KoolDuct System can achieve a weight saving of up to 75% compared to traditional ductwork systems. That reduction in weight offers the potential for significant savings in time and costs. The report concentrates on cooling and dual-purpose ductwork that is commonly used in the uK.

Smart buildings,Honeywell Building Solutions, BMS, building management system, BEMS

Smart buildings have the potential to respond to a host of issues that will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a business. Matthew Eastwood of Honeywell Building Solutions explains the benefits for business and the substantial cost savings that can be achieved.

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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.