2015 November

Siemens, valve actuator

Siemens is launching a new range of actuators for its proven Acvatix short stroke valves. The SAS range of compact actuators offers a high positioning force and short running times. These actuators are equipped with a multifunction manual adjuster and an easy-to-read status operation.

The energy-saving benefits of underfloor heating can often compromise response times and the consistency of heat distribution. Ryan Grant of SAV Systems explains how these issues can be resolved with high-heat-dissipation systems

AirSource Ventilation, heat pump, air conditioning

AirSource Ventilation, which makes heat pumps and other products for commercial and industrial heating and air conditioning, is celebrating its first five years in business. Based in Eccles, Manchester, the company was founded by Dave Clayton, Alex Pinchbeck and Andrew Pinchbeck (pictured left to right) in October 2010.

Mitsubishi Electric, ErP, CPD

Mitsubishi Electric has produced a free CPD-accredited guide to the new Energy-related Products Directive (ErP 2009/125/EC). The ErP came into effect at the end of September and requires commercial and residential heating products to display an energy label.

Cool-Therm, chiller, air conditioning

Cool-Therm, which specialises in chillers and air conditioning, has opened a new office in the south of England to serve London, the south east and the Home Counties. Headed by southern region manager Steve Soffe (pictured), the branch is at the East Malling Business Centre.

Advanced Air, fan coil unit, air conditioning, wardrobe

This split-level space-saving fan-coil unit from Advanced Air UK has many applications, but the most popular to date is to fit into wardrobes or cupboards for residential, education, leisure or hotel installations. The lower deck comprises the coil, valves and control, with a slimline connecting duct (about 100 mm deep) to the upper deck, from where the air is discharged.

Riello, burner, boiler

Riello has introduced low-NOx (less than 80 mg/kWh) ‘blue-flame’ versions to all sizes of its RS range of burners. The use of a low-NOx combustion head ensures emissions conform to EN676 Class 3 in capacities from 3600 to 6260 kW.

Swegon has enhanced the control capabilities of its Parasol comfort module with the introduction of Parasol VAV. Up to eight units can be connected to one common control unit to provide cost-effective variable air volume heating and cooling.

Airflow Developments. MVHR, heat recovery, mechanical ventilation

Airflow Developments’ Duplexvent Rotary range is described as representing a significant advance in the compact construction of a high-performance MVHR (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery) system. A rotary thermal wheel can achieve up to 85% heat recovery. Air volumes are from 8000 to 16 000 m3/h, and all units comply with the latest ErP regulations.

Marflow Hydronics, manifold, chilled beam, fan coil unit, air conditioning

Following modifications to its portfolio of manifold solutions, Marflow Hydronics has relaunched them as the Diversiflow range. These manifold systems house all the valves required for a group of terminal units in a single, insulated box that provides easy and convenient access for the commissioning and maintenance of a number of chilled beams or fan-coil units.

Smith's, fan convector, space heating

Smith’s Fan Convectors has added a concealed version to its range of Caspian commercial fan convectors. A range of accessories enables them to be fitted virtually anywhere and to face in any direction. Jim Smith, sales and marketing director, explained, ‘The Caspian Concealed has been developed to bring a much-requested addition to the Caspian commercial range of fan convectors. It came about following customer enquiries for large projects that need more innovative heating solutions for their existing listed buildings.’ They are compatible with any wet heating system, including heat pumps.

Daikin Applied, chiller, air handling unit

Daikin Applied UK has extended its range of chillers with multi scroll compressors using R410A. Air-cooled chillers offer cooling capacities of 75 to 150 kW. Water-cooled chillers and heat pumps have cooling capacities from 90 to 720 kW and heating from 234 to 916 kW with a compact footprint.

Sentinel, water treatment, inhibitor, chiller, bacteria

Sentinel’s X100 inhibitor for chilled-water systems features a carefully prepared blend of TripleTech (Sentinel’s trade name) anti-corrosion technology and a formula of heavy-duty, specialist corrosion inhibitors. It is free of nitrites, which can give rise to bacterial contamination of chilled-water systems. X100 offers corrosion protection for all system metals found in chillers — such as mild steel, copper and aluminium — while avoiding bio-fouling of system water.

Daikin, spaceair, VRV, VRF, air conditioning

By separating the compressor stage and heat-rejection functions of VRV air conditioning, Daikin Europe has made it possible to install the compressor unit indoors and the heat-rejection unit close to the facade, with only the grilles visible from outside, or in a ceiling void with a ducted connection to the outside. Up to 10 indoor units can be served.

Mitsubishi Electric, air conditioning, cassette, lower grille

Replacement grilles for Mitsubishi Electric ceiling cassettes can be automatically lowered on any ceiling up to 4 m high so that filters can be cleaned by someone standing on the floor. The PLP-6BAJ grilled can be fitted as a replacement for any PLA or standard-size PLFY models of 4-way-blow cassettes.

Hygromatik, humidifier, RH

Resistive humidifiers

05 November, 2015

HygroMatik’s HeaterLine range of resistive steam humidifiers is designed for applications such as medical environments, clean rooms, data centres, museums and galleries. These units are available in nine sizes with steam outputs of 6 to 225 kg/h. Steam output of over 45 kg/h is obtained by using multiple units in parallel. They can be operated with completely demineralised, partially softened water or tap water.

Gilberts Blackpool, ventilation, natural ventilation, IAQ

Gilberts of Blackpool has developed an approach to delivering effective, compliant ventilation of multi-occupancy rooms that is simple to install. Mistrale Fusion is a stand-alone unit that is installed through a wall and protrudes into the room; it does not require additional ductwork or plant. Its internal fan costs less than £5 a year to run.

Fire Fighting Enterprises, optical break smoke detector, condensation

To prevent condensation forming on the detector lenses and reflective prisms of its Fireray optical-beam smoke detectors, Fire Fighting Enterprises has developed a range of heaters to circulate warm air over the lens. Condensation has a similar effect to smoke and can cause false alarms.

Pegler Yorkshire, radiator valve, TRV, space heating

Radiator valves

05 November, 2015

Pegler Yorkshire has prepared a brochure on its Terrier range of radiator valves that includes system-design considerations, benefits and cost savings of TRVs, installation instructions and flow charts. It provides a comprehensive overview of valves, how and why they should be incorporated into a heating system and what savings they can achieve.

Zehnder’s new UK web site

05 November, 2015

Zehnder, which specialises in indoor-climate control, has re-launched its UK web site, with improved navigation and functionality throughout. Customers can access detailed product information and videos across multiple platforms. The site can be accessed via a computer, table or smartphone.

Grundfos Pumps

The Grundfos Product Center represents a significant update of the long-established WebCAPS and WinCAPS pump-selection tools. During a period of extensive development this new selection tool has built on the positive elements from its predecessors and incorporated new aspects.

Vogue, radiator, towel rail, space heating

Luxury heating solutions

05 November, 2015

Vogue (UK) has published a new brochure on its range of luxury heating solutions, which includes designer radiators and towel warmers. This 142-page brochure is organised into six product collections covering contemporary, ladder rails, traditional, designer radiators electric and additions.

BSRIA, building performance, soft landings

BSRIA has published an introduction to building-performance evaluation (BPE) for non-domestic buildings that explains why it is important and how it can be carried out. BPE is a key element of the BSRIA soft-landings process to help deliver a building that meets the performance as expected and deliver an effective and efficient building.

Contributing to the energy-efficiency of the fan-coil heating and cooling system for the £80 million Building 7 at Chiswick Park are 1060 Modula Compact units from Frese. The valves for this 12-storey 31 000 m2 office building, the largest building on the Chiswick Park development, were supplied complete with metering station and solder union couplings.

FDS Consult, fire safety engineering, smoke ventilation

FDS Consult, which specialises in fire engineering, has provided a bespoke fire-safety solution for a luxury residential project in London to reduce costs. Capital Towers in Stratford is due for completion by mid-2016 and will comprise two towers with a total of 174 apartments. One tower will be 14 storeys high, and the other 32 storeys high. The project is being developed by Galliard Homes and is designed by architects Stockwool.

Grundfos Pumps

This recent addition to the Scottish tourist scene, the Kelpies in Falkirk, opened 18 months ago, is now expected to attract a million visitors a year. The main attraction (pictured) is the two 30 m-high 300 t sculptures of horses’ heads. The name Kelpies is a derivation from mythical beasts which it was said possessed the strength and endurance of 10 horses.

Rehau, district heating, pipework, preinsulated, polymer

Rehau has supplied 7 km of its Rauthermex pre-insulated polymer pipework for what the company believes is one of the largest polymer district-heating networks in the UK. Heat is provided by four Guntamatic Pro 249 kW wood-pellet boilers supported by a 3 MW LPG boiler system to serve 45 buildings around the 125-acre Soho Farmhouse estate and members’ club in Great Tew, Oxfordshire.

Remeha Commercial, boiler, space heating, DHW

Remeha gas-fired high-efficiency condensing boilers have been installed in two boiler plant rooms at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth to deliver space heating for Wales’s primary research library and archive. This replacement boiler plant comprises Gas 310 and 610 Eco Pro.

Toshiba, air conditioning

A replacement Toshiba air-conditioning system installed at Thorpe Park in Leeds is equipped with the new generation of touchscreen Smart Touch controllers (pictured). They give engineers and building managers immediate access to system controls, setpoints and a comprehensive range of diagnostic and analytical tools via a colour high-definition screen.

FDS, Fire Design Solutions, smoke ventilation, fire safety engineering

Fire Design Solutions (FDS) has been appointed to design, supply, install and commission mechanical smoke ventilation and car-park smoke-ventilation system for a luxury residential development in West London. Redrow’s Royal Waterside project in the Park Royal area consists of 265 residences — including studios, apartments and penthouses. A range of amenities includes farmers’ markets, music venues and Michelin-starred restaurants nearby.

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