Primary school breaks new ground in working with the environment

Taking the application of ground-source heat pumps a significant step forward by collecting and storing energy from the Sun during the summer and using it for heating in the winter is a new school in Hertfordshire.

A prosperous sector for many years to come — Keith Marshall, chief executive of SummitSkills.

A new era for delivering the skills needs of the building-services industry

The right skills in the right place at the right time and in the right quantities are the heady objectives of the sector skills agreement for the industry launched by SummitSkills.

While the individual components that make up, for example, an electrical panel will have been fully tested and awarded a CE Mark, there is a danger that the completed panel will not have been subjected to the rigours of a Type Test that is required as part of the Technical Construction File.

The risks of avoiding Type Testing for electrical panels

The costs and complexities of Type Testing of electrical panels are leading to it being avoided, which concerns Dave Holcroft.

The clever integration of daylight and artificial light in the second phase of the Arup Campus at Solihull saw this project win the low-carbon category of the Lighting Design Awards.

Showing the way towards low-carbon lighting

Modern lighting equipment and lighting practice is far from wasteful in its use of energy — but still achieves aesthetically pleasing lighting installations, as the new low-carbon category of the Lighting Design Awards demonstrated.

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High double-digit growth for building-controls industry

Just when you might have thought that the building-controls market had peaked comes growth of well over 20% overall — according to the latest figures from the Building Controls Industry Association.

The application of variable speed drives with all fans and pumps in the refurbished plant room of the Natural History Museum uses Danfoss drives and eliminates the need for balancing and commissioning valves.

BMSs meet variable-speed drives

Modern variable-speed drives can become an integral part of a building-management system — and eliminate the need for motor control panels. John Reid describes the realities.

Over a decade of LonWorks

The LON communication protocol has a history stretching back about 15 years, and is firmly placed as a control technology for future generations, as Ron Bernstein explains.

Temperature-balancing valves that can maintain flow in the return of a recirculating hot-water system when water is drawn off from other branches and open fully to permit thermal disinfection are far more effective than traditional balancing valves.

Achieving efficient and safe recirculating hot-water systems

Traditional approaches to balancing recirculating hot-water systems fail in their task as soon as a tap is opened. They also do not readily permit the satisfactory thermal disinfection of a system. David Corner explains a better approach.

Scalding accidents are wholly avoidable — Nic Mallinson.

Preventing the risk of scalding

Nic Mallinson reminds us of the dangers of hot water and calls for the wider use of thermostatic mixing valves.

Getting the best from solar energy — Bob Walsh.

Exploiting solar hot water for commercial applications

Solar energy for hot water in commercial buildings is becoming increasingly touted as the way forward, says Bob Walsh

The Park Central apartment development in Birmingham uses central plant to provide domestic hot water and heating via an Elson Coral CB unit in each flat to provide individual control.

Looking to the future of domestic hot water

Mike McDonald explains how the flexibility and efficiency of central plant in developments such as apartments can be combined with individual control in each apartment.

Condensing technology is used extensively in direct gas-fired water heaters. Shown here is a Lochinvar Eco Knight and two sizes of Turbo Charger.

Combining gas with renewable energy

David Pepper explains how direct gas-fired water heaters have an important role to play in reducing energy consumption and helping to exploit renewable energy.

Employment-agency alliance aims to set standards

An organisation designed to improve and maintain professional standards among employment agencies has been launched by the HVCA. The Building Services Engineering Employment Agency represents a voluntary grouping of employment agencies that supply skilled personnel to contractors in building-services engineering.

Richard Press was first home in the London Marathon of a trio of runners from Buro Happold.

Buro Happold employees complete London Marathon

Three Buro Happold employees raised £3000 running in the London Marathon last month, including £1500 from the company. The money raised will benefit a selection of worth causes.

CIBSE Energy Assessor presents one of the first commercial EPCs

Richard Ratcliffe (left) of St Martins Property receives one of the first commercial Energy Performance Certificates produced by an accredited CIBSE Low Carbon Energy Assessor, John Field.

The heat-pump company set up by Phil Moore (left) in 2003 has been taken over by Danfoss. He is pictured with Soren Thomsen of Danfoss and marketing director Sally Moore.

Danfoss acquires Eco Heat Pumps

Danfoss has taken a stake in the fast-growing heat-pump market in the UK with the acquisition of Eco Heat Pumps. This is the sixth acquisition that Danfoss has made in the heat-pump sector in less than three years.

MPs to examine how to ‘green’ existing buildings

A Parliamentary enquiry has been launched to establish what ministers, city leaders, property owners and occupiers need to do to cut carbon emissions from the country’s offices, shops and factories. The enquiry wants local firms and political leaders to get involved and support this first public enquiry into the issue.

Daikin teams up with Climate Center

Daikin’s split and Sky Air air-conditioning systems are now available through Climate Center, following a new arrangement with Wolseley. They will be available through Climate Center’s nationwide network of 51 branches, the largest in the UK.

Ener-G acquires Ground Source Solutions

Ener-G, which specialises in sustainable energy technology, has moved into ground-source technology with the acquisition of Ground Source Solutions, which is involved in renewable heating and cooling energy. The 80% stake in Ground Source Solutions brings Ener-G’s major transactions in the last six months to three.

Parkersell adopts the Dalkia name

Lighting and electrical-services specialist Parkersell has a new name, The company is part of Dalkia and has been renamed Dalkia Lighting & Electrical in a move that reflects Dalkia’s holistic service approach across all business sectors.

European environment organisation calls for air, water and ground sources to be recognised as renewable energy

A call for ambient-air, water and ground sources to be included in the definition of renewable energy sources in the draft EU law on the promotion of renewable energy sources has been made by the European Partnership for Energy & the Environment. The primary technology to use these energy sources is heat pumps, and their use will strongly benefit from such an expanded definition of energy sources, combined with the inclusion of heat pumps in the EU Directive.

H&V09 web site goes live

The web site for the exhibition H&V09 is now live (address below). This comprehensive resource has a wealth of event information and will be regularly updated with the latest event news.

Shouksmith’s completes second project for Unite

David Shouksmith, project manager with building-services company Shouksmiths give a final once-over to its latest ‘complete package’ project. Concept House in Leeds was completed for main contractors Carillon and client Unite, the UK’s largest provider of student hospitality and accommodation.

Balfour Kilpatrick has started on the M&E installation for this new college in Walsall.

Balfour Kilpatrick wins £10 million college contract

Balfour Kilpatrick has been awarded a £10 million contract to design, supply and install M&E services for a new arts and technology college. Walsall College is adding the college to its existing four sites.

Business as usual — Andy Moore on the acquisition of Hamworthy Heating by Group Atlantic.

Hamworthy Heating under new ownership

Hamworthy Heating has been acquired by Group Atlantic of France, which is well known across Europe for its commercial and domestic boilers, electric water heaters, panel heaters, towel driers, air conditioning, ventilation and renewable energy. It already has a presence in the UK through its Atlantic and Ygnis brands.

Report casts serious doubts on housing target for 2016

The Construction Products Association has cast serious doubts on the Government’s target to see 240 000 new homes a year built to zero-carbon standards by 2016 in a new report.

BRE acquires Europe’s leading consultancy in intelligent building

BRE has boosted its expertise in intelligent buildings with the acquisition of two specialist divisions of i&i Ltd, Europe’s leading intelligent-building consultancy. The acquisition brings two important services areas into BRE — intelligent-building-systems consultancy and ibexcellence, the world-renowned Centre of Excellence for Intelligent Building.

Grundfos achieves record sales figures

Grundfos Group has reported record sales figures for 2007 of £1.68 billion. Emerging markets in eastern Europe, Russia, Asia and China showed strong growth, but even the traditional more mature markets in western Europe showed a healthy 6% growth.

Second Queen’s Award received by Gripple

Gripple has received a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise — this time for the growth of its international business. The Gripple wire suspension system is widely used to support services such as ductwork, pipework and lighting, and nearly 300 million wire joiners have been sold to this and other industries since it was invented 20 years ago.

M&E services for two new health centres in Stockport are being designed and installed by Inviron.

Inviron wins healthy business in Stockport

Inviron has been selected by Alfred McAlpine to design and install the M&E services for two primary-care-trust centres in Stockport. The £10.3 million project will see two state-of-the-art one-stop centres in Woodley and Heald Green replacing the current outdated facilities. Services to be provided by the new centres include district nursing, baby clinics, physiotherapy and nutritional advice.

Wembley Stadium project wins two major awards for Honeywell

Honeywell’s building solutions business (HBS) has won the IP in Security Innovation award for best application for its work at Wembley Stadium. Honeywell was also selected for the innovation award over two other category winners — best software and best hardware. The judges commented that Wembley Stadium is ‘a fantastic example of system convergence, with impressive scale to boot’; it was also described as ‘a world-class example of an integrated solution’.

Natural ventilation is a key element in ‘very good’ BREEAM rating

A combination of controlled natural ventilation and air conditioning is helping Capital Print achieve a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating for its new custom-built premises, where it is moving to after being displaced from the 2012 Olympic site.

This air curtain at the Esprit store in London’s Covent Garden was installed as a turnkey project by JS Air Curtains.

JS air curtain welcomes Esprit passers-by

JS Air Curtains has supplied and installed a Windbox 18 kW air curtain for the Esprit Store in London’s Covent Garden. It was specified by consulting engineers E&M Tecnica of Surrey.

Supporting the development of Honda engines for Formula One motor racing is a bespoke Keston boiler rig for Honda Racing Development at Bracknell.

Keston races into action for Honda Formula One

Keston Boilers has supplied a bespoke rig to provide all the heating and domestic-hot-water needs of the engine production facility of Honda Racing Development in Bracknell, which supplies racing engines for Honda Racing and Super Aguri Formula One teams.

MHS boilers, water heaters and cast-iron radiators are being installation as part of the refurbishment of the Land Registry building in London.

MHS meets refurbishment needs of Land Registry

Boilers and radiators supplied by MHS feature prominently in the refurbishment of the imposing Land Registry building in Lincoln’s Inn Fields in London.

When healthcare staff agency faced a delay in the completion of its offices because of supply problems, Climate Center was able to supply Panasonic indoor units within 24 hours.

Panasonic comes to rescue of temporary staff agency

When supply problems were encountered with air-conditioning equipment for new offices for a leading company providing temporary staffing solutions, air-conditioning specialist Cool Air Solutions turned to Climate Center for help — and took delivery of six Panasonic wall-mounted units the next day.

Helping to reduce carbon emissions from the new Walthamstow Academy is a Broag biomass boiler, supported by gas-fired condensing boilers.

Broag supplies biomass boiler for new London academy

The carbon footprint of the new Walthamstow Academy in London has been reduced by the installation of a 120 kW biomass boiler from Broag. It is fuelled by compressed wood pellets fed from a store on the ground floor next to the first-floor plant room.

Oventrop valves have been entrusted with the control of heating and hot-water systems throughout redevelopment work at Rochford Hospital.

Oventrop valves take control of heating for the redevelopment of Rochford Hospital

Oventrop vales have been used exclusively throughout a redevelopment at Rochford Hospital in Essex.

With the help of interest-free Salix funding, Leeds Metropolitan is achieving a payback within two years on energy-efficient improvements to ventilation systems.

Efficient Air helps Leeds Metropolitan University maximise the benefits of Salix funding

The upgrading of three ventilation systems at Leeds Metropolitan University will reduce running costs by an estimated £25 000 a year, for a capital spend of £47 000. That saving corresponds to 438 MWh of electricity and a reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions of over 192 t.

Actulite makes headlines at Leicester Mercury

Actulite polarised daylight lighting is being widely installed in the offices of the Leicester Mercury newspaper following its success during refurbishment work.

Two heat pumps served by 11 boreholes are a key part of the underfloor heating system in this new school at Wrexham.

NIBE devises ground-source system for heating in new school in Wrexham

Heating for a new school in Wrexham is provided by ground-source heat pumps serving underfloor heating. It was designed by NIBE Energy Systems and comprises 11 boreholes 100 m deep drilled into the school grounds before landscaping.

When uncomfortably high temperatures in this laundry in London became a pressing problem, evaporative cooling was installed to reduce them by up to 15 K.

Evaporative cooling takes the heat out of working in the laundry

Unpleasantly high temperatures of around 38°C in a London laundry have been reduced by 10 to 15 K following the installation of a Breezair evaporative cooling system. The system for Bates Laundry in Leyton was specified and installed by Cosaf Environments, exclusive UK distributor for the system.

Sun shines on MoD establishment

Vaillant’s solar domestic-hot-water system has been installed to serve two shower facilities at a Ministry of Defence Establishment in Dorset. They were installed by Southern Pipe Services, whose Dave Dodd says, ‘We use Vaillant products a lot and have completed several solar installation using their system.’

Underfloor heating served by a ground-source heat pump is among energy-efficient services in a new clubhouse at St Andrews.

Energy costs will be well below par for new clubhouse at St Andrews

The energy needed to provide heating and cooling for a new clubhouse for the golf club at St Andrews Links will be substantially reduced following the installation of a new system from Mitsubishi Electric.

The science of drainage

A total of 200 m of Vulcathene pipework has been installed to carry chemical waste from sinks in new science laboratories at King’s College School at Wimbledon. Pipework ranging in sizes from 6 mm to 100 mm was used in six laboratories built as an extension to the existing science block.

ASDA slashes water usage for cooling at distribution centres

Recycling water used in evaporative condensers at ASDA’s distribution centre in Lutterworth will reduce water consumption and the discharge of water-treatment chemicals. In addition, electricity consumption will be reduced.

Among sustainable technologies featuring in this new building at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales are walls built with hemp.

Centre for Alternative Technology uses hemp walls

Walls built with hemp will be a major feature of a new building at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Wales. Hemcrete is a mixture of hemp stalks, lime and a small quantity of cement. It produces less carbon emissions than conventional concrete, owing to the fact that cement is fired at high temperatures, using a lot of energy. The energy needed to make cement accounts for about 10% of carbon emissions globally.

Ability fan-coil units specially developed for hotel bedrooms have been installed in the Ramada Encore hotel at Chatham.

Chatham hotel installs specially developed fan-coil units

Guests at the recently opened Ramada Encore hotel in Chatham are enjoying the benefits of air conditioning provided by Ability Aurora II fan-coil units installed by Tandy Engineering Services of Gloucester.

Senior Hargreaves has completed the ductwork installation for Liverpool’s Echo Arena and BT Conference and exhibition complex.

Senior Hargreaves completes work for major development on Liverpool’s waterfront

Senior Hargreaves has completed the installation of heating and ventilation ductwork for the new Echo Arena and BT conference and exhibition complex on Liverpool’s waterfront. The project was handed over in phases, with completion in April.

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