2018 September

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NG Bailey, David Hurcomb

NG Bailey, one of the UK’s largest independent engineering, IT and facilities services group has reported a 14% increase in operating profits over the past year and seen its order book break the £1 billion milestone.

heat network, Ian Allan, Switch2Energy

Industry has welcomed a recommendation from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for regulation of the heat network market. The Heat Network Task Force (launched by the Association for Decentralised Energy ADE) has been calling for regulation for some time.

Brexit, FETA, Russell Beattie

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has welcomed the government’s response to the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) report on the how the UK tackles F-gas reductions post-Brexit. But FETA also highlighted the dangers of over-complication and lack of focus on the importance of training.

Registered Electrician, David Thomas, JIB

Over 10,000 ECS cardholders have signed up to become ECS Registered Electricians since the initiative was launched in October 2017.

An updated version of the draft London Plan was published and it includes a number of significant elements that will drive the city to drastically lower carbon emissions caused by buildings.

SEC, Lord O'Neill, Aldous Bill

The Specialist Engineering Contractors (SEC) Group is calling on local authorities to protect retention monies belonging to SMEs in their supply chains. The SEC conducted a survey of local authorities to highlight their use of retentions and the lack of guidance on bestpractice.

The BESA (Building Engineering Services Association) National Conference takes place on 1st November and this year is designed to help BESA members build resilience during a period of economic and technical change.

House of Lords, Offsite Manufacture for Construction, OSM, Construction Sector Deal

The construction sector as it currently operates cannot meet the UK’s need for housing and may struggle to meet the requirement for infrastructure. And take-up of new methods is hampered by current industry structures and practices. These are the key findings of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee in its latest report.

collaboration, offsite manufacturing

A glimmer of hope

04 September, 2018

“I have to admit that it’s hard not to feel a sense of deja vu when I read a government report that’s calling for greater collaboration and allround better performance in the UK construction industry. We have really heard it before from Sir Michael Latham (Constructing the team, 1994) and Sir John Egan (Rethinking Construction,1998).

London Energy Transformation Initiative, London Plan, LETI, Elementa, Etude, zero carbon, World Green Building Council, heat, electricity

Taking the lead to zero

04 September, 2018

The London Energy Transformation Initiative has already seen many of its recommendations adopted into the draft London Plan, and is now creating new approaches to help clients understand and achieve sustainable buildings.

offsite, House of Lords, OSM, infrastructure, hospitals, houses

As the House of Lords Science & Technology Committee produces its report on the benefits of offsite manufacture, the industry faces some tough questions about performance

BESA Conference, fire safety, Brexit, Aldous Bill, Indoor Air Quality, Training, Refrigerants

After a year of extraordinary events and unprecedented change, the industry is preparing to gather at the Park Plaza Victoria hotel in London on November 1 to debate where we go from here.

Grundfos, Tollcross Park

With the sporting spotlight on Glasgow for the second time in recent years, this historic city is once again acting as a major sports event host, this time for the European Championships. These Euros, that will see 4,500 people compete for medals, are being split between two cities - Glasgow and Berlin, with Berlin hosting the athletes and Glasgow the aquatics, rowing, gymnastics, cycling, triathlon and golf.

Priva, Priva Blue ID, Severnside Energy Recovery Centre

Priva on site to save energy

04 September, 2018

Priva Blue ID, recommended by SCS group, is being used to optimise energy usage at every level of the Severnside Energy Recovery Centre at Avonmouth, which is in its final build stages on a brownfield site adjacent to Seabank Power Station and the former Terra Nitrogen plant.

KFC, Mitsubishi Electric

The recent KFC project in Banbury, Oxfordshire involving Kinlochs and Son (KSL) demonstrated that a restaurant refurbishment often requires more than just a change of menu.

Pump house, University of Hospital of Wales

Pump House at Wales hospital

04 September, 2018

University Hospital of Wales is a major 1000-bed hospital in the Heath district of Cardiff. UHW is a teaching hospital of Cardiff University School of Medicine. Kier Construction, the main contractor on the project, appointed Whitehead Building Services to oversee the installation of new rooftop air-handling units.

Mitsubishi Electric, Jaguar Land Rover

A new Mitsubishi Electric e-series chiller system has been chosen for Jaguar Land Rover’s principal design facility in Worcestershire. The new system was brought in as part of a major refurbishment with the overriding aim of improving on the energy efficiency of the old system.

B.E.G, St John's College, Cambridge

Building controls specialist B.E.G. has helped deliver an integrated lighting control strategy at St John’s College, a constituent college of the University of Cambridge.

Polypipe Terrain, 10 Fenchurch Avenue

Polypipe Terrain, plastic piping manufacturer, is to supply the water management system to one of London’s most recognisable commercial developments. The Kent-based business will provide its Terrain FUZE HDPE plastic drainage solution to the £150m 10 Fenchurch Avenue tower in the City of London. The building is due to open in March 2019.

Zumtobel, Thorn, the Spire Nottingham Hospital

Zumtobel Group companies Zumtobel Lighting and Thorn Lighting have made an important contribution to the sustainability credentials of the Spire Nottingham Hospital in Tollerton, Nottinghamshire.

SAV, AirMaster, Ballater

AirMaster Smart Ventilation Units from SAV Systems are providing discreet ventilation for visitors to the Old Royal Station in Ballater, Aberdeenshire. The AirMaster units are embedded in wall panels with only supply and extract grilles visible, to minimise the impact on the station’s historic interiors.

EMEX, Lord Rupert Redesdale

On behalf of our media partner, Modern Building Services, I’d like to invite you to join us at EMEX where MBS will have a strong presence at the event bringing MBStv cameras along to film what’s going on and carry out interviews on their stand E11.

Nortek Global HVAC UK, Danny Packham, HVAC, ventilation

DESIGN FOR WELLBEING

04 September, 2018

The environments where we live and work have a direct impact on our wellbeing, from our sleep/ wake cycles and mood to productivity and performance. Indeed there is a large body of research that convincingly demonstrates that the design, construction and operation of buildings have a substantial impact on the health and wellbeing of their occupants.

Colt International, Smoke Control Association, Conor Logan, Grenfell, smoke control systems

Lessons from Grenfell

04 September, 2018

The failure of the smoke ventilation system to help firefighters evacuate Grenfell Tower is not an indictment of the way we design, specify and manage smoke control systems in the UK.

Danfoss, Greg Tracy, PICV, digital actuatos, BACnet, Modbus

Remote control

04 September, 2018

The pressure independent control valve (PICV) is widely acknowledged as a useful tool for achieving precise and reliable balance and control of hydronic heating and cooling systems.

Panasonic UK, Neil Bilton, smart

A smart future

04 September, 2018

To achieve the tough UK 2050 carbon reduction targets, a major decarbonisation of heat production in the construction sector is required. Smart controls have a significant role to play in reducing emissions and energy consumption, proposes Neil Bilton.

FETA A2L, HFO refrigerants

FETA’s A2L Working Group will run short course on the application of HFO refrigerants at the first IIR International Conference on this topic. The event takes place on 3rd September.

Siemens, Desigo Control Point

Desigo Control Point is the new embedded building management station from Siemens. It consists of touch panels in several sizes and of web servers that enable remote control of buildings from any smart device.

ABX, Nortek

Warm air heaters are subject to Lot 21 of the directive and radiant heaters Lot 20. Minimum efficiencies for warm air is now 72% and radiant heaters is now 74%. These minimum criteria are applicable for both new installations and when replacing existing products.




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