Reforming the industry’s industrial-relations culture — HVCA president John Miller

HVCA president reports excellent progress on combined M&E working rule agreement

John Miller, president of the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association has restated the association’s commitment to reforming and reshaping the industrial-relations culture across building-services engineers — and to the work being undertaken to harmonise employment terms and conditions across the mechanical and electrical sectors.

ADCAS revisits the issue of non-standard duct sizes

In the face of mounting evidence that some system designers are increasingly using non-standard sizes of ductwork, ADCAS (Association of Ductwork Contractors & Allied Services) is renewing its initiative to rationalise the standard sizes of circular ductwork.

Energy Institute reaches agreement to issue Energy Performance Certificates in Scotland

The Energy Institute (EI) has signed a protocol with the Scottish Buildings Standards Agency (SBSA) to recognise suitably qualified members from the EI’s register of energy consultants to be accredited to issue Energy Performance Certificates in Scotland.

Promoting building-services engineering to schools — Richard Crook (left), a former winner of a National Training Award, revisits his former school, Ralph Thorsby School, where he is pictured with head teacher Stuart Hemmingway.

Training-award winners help promote building-services engineering in schools

To promote building-services engineering as a career, four winners of last year’s National Training Awards organised by SummitSkills, have visited their former schools to act as ambassadors for the industry.


Ecobuild maps the way to a sustainable future

Ecobuild returns to Earls Court in London from 26 to 28 February with over twice as many exhibitors as last year and more free seminars - over 75 compared with 60 last year.

Moving beyond the construction phase of buildings — Mark Andrews, chief executive of NG Bailey

NG Bailey continues its acquisition programme

NG Bailey has strengthened its ICT and building-services capability with the acquisition of s2s. This company is an IP security-focused managed-services provider with a turnover of £7 million.


Electricians go south

Taking a break from testing and inspecting all fixed electrical systems at the Rothera Research Station of the British Antarctic Survey are Jason Faulkner (left) and Asa Downing, two electricians from the Ipswich branch of Inviron Building Systems.

BESCA approved to accredit energy assessors

BESCA (Building Services Competence Accreditation Ltd) has been approved by the Department for Communities & Local Government to operate an accreditation scheme for energy assessors.

The ups and downs of new construction orders

New construction orders in the year to November 2007were virtually the same as the previous year, rising by just 1%. There was a 3% rise compared with the previous three months and a rise of 5% compared with the same three months a year earlier — according to figures from the Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform.


Fläkt Woods sales team pedals its way to charity fund raising

Fläkt Woods sales team pedals its way to charity fund raising

Aqua Mechanical Services wins major Colchester project

Willmott Dixon Construction has appointed Aqua Mechanical Services as M&E design and install contractor for the redevelopment of Colchester Institute.

Calorex managing director Richard Carrington (left) receives the manufacturer of the year award form Robert Kebby of Copeland Compressors.

Calorex is Copeland manufacturer of the year

Copeland Compressors has named Calorex Heat Pumps as its manufacturer of the year. The award is for outstanding performance across a broad business spectrum.The award caps a year for Calorex that saw this energy specialist smash through the million kWh mark of measured ground-source heat-pump performance data by extending its award-winning range of units.


Haden Young MD raises £30 000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care

Haden Young’s managing director David Beck (right) recently donned overalls for two days on site as part of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s ‘Back to the shop floor’ campaign at the new Birmingham Hospital Project, where Haden Young is designing and installing all building services — and raised £30 509 for the charity. The cheque was received by Christine Brown, Marie Curie community fundraiser (left) and Ann Brown, nurse of the year.

BSRIA opens office in China

BSRIA has opened a subsidiary office in Beijing in China to act as a local hub for China and the wider Asia region. The office will provide dedicated market research and a window to other BSRIA services.

Committed to building certification to achieve real carbon savings — CIBSE’s chief executive Stephen Matthews.

DCLG approves CIBSE's scheme for low-carbon energy assessors

CIBSE’s scheme for low-carbon energy assessors has been approved by the Department for Communities & Local Government. CIBSE accreditation is now accepted as a qualification for the following work.

Balfour Kilpatrick wins Durham school contract

Balfour Kilpatrick has won a £4.6 million contract to provide M&E services for a new replacement secondary school in Durham. The 3-storey building will accommodate 1450 pupils and replace the existing building of Johnston School.

Davis Langdon appointed to City College, Norwich

Project and cost consultant Davis Langdon has been appointed to provide consultancy services on the planned £215 million revamp of City College in Norwich. The firm’s Norwich office will provide project management, CDM co-ordination and cost-management services on the project, which will increase the capacity of East Anglia’s largest college from 16 000 to 20 000 students.

Virtual-reality game aims to show the realities of climate change

The National Energy Foundation has launched a virtual-reality computer game in schools across England as part of a programme to change attitudes to climate change.

Being underneath the flight path for Matthew Airport necessitated this new Stockport Academy building being sealed — making mechanical ventilation and cooling necessary. Both cooling and heating are provided by a large ground-source heat-pump installation.

Ground-source heat pumps deliver over 20% renewable energy for Stockport school

With a heating/cooling capacity of 360 kW, the ground-source heat-pump system at the new Stockport Academy is the largest such system designed by Buro Happold. James Dickinson, David Bell and Elaine Bissell outline the scheme and associated plant.

heat exchangers
As heat loss through the fabric of a building has fallen, ventilation heat losses become more significant. Recuperative heat exchangers can transfer as much as 85% of heat in exhaust air from a building to the incoming fresh air. These plate heat exchangers from Reznor are listed on the Energy Technology list, allowing qualifying end users to offset costs against tax in the year of installation.

Maximising the efficiency of warm-air heating

Energy-efficient warm-air heating of large commercial and industrial buildings can be effectively achieved using recuperative plate heat exchangers within air-handling units. Andrew Patch explains.

Robon Wood
Delivering sustainable homes — Robin Wood

Progressing with the Code for Sustainable Homes

The Code for Sustainable Homes will soon start to have more effect — as Robin Wood explains.

Robon Wood
Delivering sustainable homes — Robin Wood

Progressing with the Code for Sustainable Homes (not this one)

The Code for Sustainable Homes will soon start to have more effect — as Robin Wood explains.

Display Energy Certificates will, in due course, show the current energy performance of a building and how it has changed over the previous two years.

The new age of Energy Certificates for Buildings

Do you know your EPCs from your DECs? John Fallon unravels the jargon and outlines the two new types of certificates, when they apply and their significance.

Effective control of natural ventilation is provided by Passivent’s enhanced digital control range.

Sophisticated control for natural ventilation

A method of controlling natural air movement to ventilate buildings is recognised by the Energy Technology and, therefore, qualifies for Enhanced Capital Allowances.

It’s easy to get greener

Display Energy Certificates for buildings are intended to stimulate reductions in their energy consumption. Lisa Wilkinson discusses the role of monitoring an targeting to improve the operational rating of buildings.

sun bathing
Is solar energy far too valuable just to enjoy?

Exploiting the benefits of renewable energy

Before going for renewable-energy sources to improve a building’s energy certificate, make sure your building is ready first, says John Bailey.

The skills for delivering Energy Performance Certificates — Hywel Davies.

Delivering Energy Performance Certificates for buildings

Energy Performance Certificates for Buildings will not just happen from April. Hywel Davies explains how readers of Modern Building Services can become involved in assessing the energy performance of buildings and issuing certificates.

Roth solar collectors are part of a renewables option for commercial heating and hot-water systems from Hamworthy Heating.

Hamworthy selects Roth collectors for commercial solar solution

Hamworthy Heating now offers Roth solar panels as part of its renewables option for commercial heating and hot-water systems.

Guidance on building energy ratings can be downloaded from the web site of Mitsubishi Electric.

Shape up to energy ratings of buildings with free guide

To help those involve in the industry to find their way around the building-certification process and likely future legislation, environmental-control specialist Mitsubishi Electric has produced a free, independent guide to Building Energy Ratings.

Ground-source heat pumps provide both heating and cooling for the headquarters of Gloucestershire Constabulary.

Ground-source heating and cooling helps achieve BREEAM excellent rating

Underfloor heating and cooling, combined with ground-source heat pumps, are reducing energy consumption and carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 to 40% for the new £18 million headquarters of Gloucestershire Constabulary. This sustainable solution played a key role in this PFI project receiving a BREEAM excellent rating.

Following the installation of two ABB variable-speed drives, Castlegate Business Park in Monmouthshire has reduced the running costs of its air-handling unit by over 70%

Variable-speed drives slash running costs of AHU

Since the installation of two ABB variable-speed drives at a block of managed business premises in Monmouthshire, the running cost of the air-handling unit has been reduced by over 70%. Costs have been reduced by over £6000 a year, and carbon-dioxide emissions reduced by 12 t a year.

Advanced solar collection — Vaillant’s VFK 990 flat-plate collector.

Vaillant launches a new flat-plate solar collector

Vaillant’s new auroTHERM plus VFK 990 flat-plate solar collectors can be connected in series in horizontal or vertical orientation to suit the available roof space. These collectors have a special anti-reflex coated toughened 4 mm-thick glass. The collector consists of an ultrasonically welded copper grid with a high selective absorber coating and 60 mm of rear and side insulation.

Providing ventilation only when it is needed and at the required level is one of the keys to reducing the energy consumption of a building. Vent-Axia’s Sentinel system, for example, can be controlled by a building-management system to provide the right level of supply or extract only when required.

The role of energy-efficient ventilation

With buildings generating almost half of the UK’s carbon emissions, building services consultants have a unique role in both creating and assessing a low-carbon environment. Nygel Humphrey explains how energy-efficient ventilation can contribute to this vision.

Simply replacing two cast-iron boilers with MHS condensing boilers has reduced energy consumption at this golf and country club in Cornwall by 16%

Country club has energy efficiency down to a tee

Replacing two old cast-iron boilers with two Ultramax 381 gas-fired condensing boilers from MHS has reduced energy costs for a private golf and country club in Cornwall by 16%. The payback period for the China Fleet Country Club will be within 3.5 years.

Hoval has joined the market for solar hot water with its SolKit range.

Hoval moves into the solar hot water business

Hoval’s SolKit is a highly efficient solar system for generating domestic hot water for commercial and residential applications. It comprises solar collectors with bracketry and flashing kits for on pitched roof, in-pitched roof, on flat roof or on the wall. The system also includes a stainless-steel cylinder, sophisticated plug-and-play digital-control system, pre-mixed heat-transfer fluid and all connections.

A complete design and support service for biomass boilers is offered by Hamworthy Heating and Rural Energy.

Hamworthy moves into biomass boilers

Hamworthy Heating has joined forces with Rural Energy to offer a comprehensive and practical solution to using biomass boilers.

A certification scheme for HVAC controls

Chris Monson explains the philosophy behind a European-wide scheme for certifying the performance of building controls.

By drawing energy from their environment or from the action of pushing a switch, wireless controllers can dispense with the need for batteries.

Wireless technology opens up more control opportunities

By eliminating wiring costs, wireless sensors can increase the scope and flexibility of building-management systems — especially if they do not need batteries. Armin Ander explains.

A lift-monitoring system developed by LiftStore enables the lifts in a building to be monitored using a standard web browser.

Monitoring lifts using a web browser reduces costs

Liftstore’s CMS Anywhere software monitors the performance of lifts in a building and provides alerts to potential problems and breakdowns.

Open functionality with no cost premium — the BACnet protocol for building systems.

The BACnet solution for the effective management of building systems

The BACnet protocol for building systems does not impose a cost premium for achieving open functionality. Steve Loughney explains.

Balancing the challenges and realities of integrated systems in 2008

David Epps offers a perspective on building controls that not only deliver balance-sheet value but that help companies deliver on their HSE and CSR policies.

Staff of a large hotel in Gloucestershire have complete control of building-services systems via a Honeywell BMS installed by P. A. Collacot.

New hotel enjoys the benefits of Honeywell control system

Honeywell equipment meets the control requirements of the new Cotswold Water Park Four Pillars Hotel in Gloucestershire. This hotel has 220 guest bedrooms, a range of light and airy conference, banqueting and meeting rooms, gymnasium, lakeside restaurant and 10 separate 2-bedroom suites.

The first project to use Helvar’s Digidim router in a DALI system for lighting control is the Blekholmen premises in Stockholm

Advancing the capabilities of DALI lighting control

The first project in the world to use Helvar’s Digidim router for controlling lighting is the total refurbishment of the landmark Blekholmen premises in Stockholm, taking DALI (Digital Addressable Lighting Interface) to a new level.

Weather-compensated heating control without the complexity of a BMS is provided by Honeywell’s Smile controller.

Honeywell brings a Smile to weather-compensated control

Honeywell’s Smile controller provides weather-compensated heating control in buildings that are too small for a building-management system but too large for domestic-type controls. It provides similar capabilities to the Honeywell Aquatrol 2000, which has provided weather-compensated heating control for many years.

Included in the control regime of the Priva BMS at Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster are 150 Mitsubishi VRF air-conditioning units.

Keep Keen scores a winner at new Doncaster stadium

Keep Keen Controls has installed a control system from Priva Building Intelligence at the new £32 million Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster. The controls design included interfacing with 150 Mitsubishi split air-conditioning systems.

Among Danlers occupancy sensors used to control lighting in a self-storage warehouse in Bridgwater are long-range units in the aisles.

Occupancy sensors control lighting in self-storage warehouse

To controlled lighting in little-visited areas of its self-storage warehouse in Bridgwater, UK Storage has installed Danlers PIR occupancy switches.

Terminal-unit controllers from Siemens Building Technologies far exceed the requirements of the eu.bac certification scheme.

Siemens controllers hit the eu.bac mark

Design RXC controllers from Siemens Building Technologies for terminal units are among the first devices to achieve certification and be allowed to use the eu.bac logo (see page 33 for more information on eu.bac). This accreditation proves that these controllers provide energy-efficient control and can be a major factor in reducing a building’s carbon footprint.

cable management

Cable management

Legrand has launched an engineering manual on CD-ROM containing detailed information on how to plan and safely install cable-management systems from its Swifts, Salamandre and Arena-Walsall ranges.

Understanding anti-scald products

Intatec has developed an e-learning web site covering the accurate specification and installation of anti-scald products. This online training programme covers the essentials of anti-scald, including TMV2 and TMV3 applications, with information presented in easily digestible sections.

Lighting products

JCC Lighting’s latest catalogue (number 21) of lighting products contains over 500 pages of products and accessories and is the company’s biggest to date, containing everything a contractor needs for all lighting applications.



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