Panaloc

Panaloc shows how it is streets ahead in offsite construction

Not only were these houses in Salford erected in just seven days, but the project in Vincent Street of the Higher Broughton area won for Taylor Woodrow the prize for housing innovation at the Quality in Construction Awards.

Carrier responds to persistent increases in the price of raw-materials

Increases in the cost of raw materials have led to Carrier Corporation announcing a 5% increase in the price of all Carrier brand products in the UK.

Exor teams up with Electrical Contractors’ Association

Exor Management Services has teamed up with the Electrical Contractors’ Association to provide members with an easier route to wider public-sector accreditation and broader recognition of the quality standards that members have already achieved.

Charting the growth of chilled ceilings and beams

10 years ago, the market for chilled ceilings and beams was very much smaller than it is today — and the market will continue to grow, according to Saziye Dickson.

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Comfort cooling using an absorption chiller and lighting are provided by Trox multi-service chilled beams in this new building at Southampton University.

MSCBs are part of energy strategy for new university building

Multi-service chilled beams form a key part of the low-energy solution for a new building at Southampton University. Supplied by Trox for the Treble E (engineering, entrance and education) building, the beams are supplied with chilled water from an absorption chiller with a flow temperature of 14°C and a return of 17°C. The chiller is linked to the recently completed site-wide district-heating and CHP plant.

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The temperature of water drawn from boreholes in the ground or ground coiils can enable it to be used to provide cooling using chilled beams and ceilings with little, if any, mechanical cooling.

Chilled ceilings and beams can protect the environment by working with it

Growing numbers of services engineers are building chilled beams and ceilings into their designs in the search for more innovative and flexible low energy solutions, says Alan Green.

integratedThe ceiling designed for a major refurbishment project in Dublin combines cooling with other services such as lighting and smoke detectors into a zone just 85 mm deep.

Chilled ceilings provide imaginative response to many challenges

From reducing the energy requirement for comfort cooling to overcoming the constraints of refurbishing buildings, chilled beams can provide imaginative solutions. John Staunton explains.

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Highly effective comfort cooling from relatively high chilled-water temperatures, coupled with the integration of a host of other services, combine to stimulate very rapid growth in the market for multi-service chilled beams.

Just why are multi-service chilled beams such a growth market?

Terry Farthing share his views on why the popularity of multi-service chilled beams is growing so rapidly.

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A bespoke metal ceiling incorporating chilled-ceiling panels and active chilled beams was designed and made for this Jobcentre Plus building in Bournemouth by SAS.

SAS ceiling and beams are just the job for Jobcentre Plus

To help achieve the highest possible BREEAM rating for a new Government building in Bournemouth, cooling and fresh air are provided by SAS active chilled beams.

biomass
The wood pellets shown here deliver at least five times more heat per cubic metre than wood chips — but are unlikely to be locally sourced.

Exploiting the benefits of biomass boilers

Most boiler suppliers and manufacturers offer a biomass option — but what is driving the demand for biomass, and how can you ensure a successful installation? Ian Bradley has some pointers.

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Broag-Remeha boilers deliver heating for high-tech school in Bristol

The recently opened £30 million Redland Green School in Bristol has its space-heating requirements met by three Broag-Remeha 310/7 boilers installed by Lorne Stewart. These floor-standing boilers were recommended for this particular location for the efficiency and performance and ultra-low NOx emissions.

Glow-worm
Sophisticated control — Glow-worm’s new Ultracom range of high-efficiency combi boilers.

Glow-worm introduces new range of combi boilers

Glow-worm’s new Ultracom range of high-efficiency combi boilers is available with outputs of 24, 30 and 38 kW. They all have a back-lit and stylishly designed programmer to give complete control and flexibility over heating and hot-water requirements.

Boiler
Saunier Duval’s latest combi boiler is the Semia Condens

Condensing combi boiler

Saunier Duval’s Semia Condens combi boiler is available with outputs of 24 and 30 kW and a SEDBUK B rating. They have a stainless-steel recuperator, pipe-connection tails that are clip distance from the wall and a telescopic flue option.

Zenex boosts boiler performance

Adding Zenex GasSavers to three condensing boilers in the multi-purpose Plymouth Pavilions has solved under-performance issues that resulted to inadequate supplies of hot water. and reduced overall gas consumption by at least 25%.

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Small commercial boilers, such as Potterton Commercial’s Paramount two range with outputs from 30 to 115 kW are finding increasing application.

The trend towards smaller commercial boilers

10 years ago, wall-hung boilers above 100 kW would have been almost unthinkable, but now they are commonplace in commercial heating installations. Richard Walker explains how the market is changing to embrace smaller boilers in light-commercial applications.

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A standard specification and drawings for Heatpak packaged boiler rooms has been developed by Stokvis Energy Systems.

Stokvis rationalises its approach to Heatpak packaged boiler rooms

Stokvis Energy Systems has devised a standard specification for its Heatpak packaged boiler rooms. They are available with various heat outputs for rapid delivery to site.

Hoval
Three BREEAM points for NOx emissions — Hoval UltraGas condensing boilers.

Hoval boilers achieve the maximum BREEAM rating

Extensive, indepedent testing of Hoval UltraGas boilers has confirmed that their average NOx emissions are less than 40 mg/kWh. This means that these boilers, across the full range of outputs from 15 to 1440 kW, achieve the full maximum BREEAM rating of three points for NOx emissions.

Flues
Although a separate chimney for each boiler has inherent functional advantages, most boiler installations have a common header and chimney system for all the boilers.

The flue as a key part of boiler efficiency

Peter Roege considers how UN and British climate-change policies impact on the design and operation of boiler houses. affect your boiler house.

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Tuffa tanks to the rescue

As part of the renovation of the fire station at Hove by East Sussex Fire & Rescue Services, a Tuffa Firestop 10 000 litre tank was installed to serve the heating system. It replaces an old steel tank that was inside the building.

Groundforce guru installs Keston condensing boiler

As part of the refurbishment of the 4-storey house in Hackney of Tommy Walsh of Groundforce fame, a Keston C55 wall-hung condensing boiler serves the heating system. There are four very large bedrooms and underfloor heating throughout the ground floor. These boilers are room sealed, so they can be installed almost anywhere.

Baxi
A range of training opportunities for Potterton Commercial boilers and Andrews Water Heaters products is provided in this recently opened training centre.

Baxi’s new training centre

Baxi’s commercial-heating training academy at Erdington in the West Midlands is fully equipped with boilers from Potterton Commercial and water-heating products from Andrews Water Heaters. All the appliances are live, enabling training to be delivered on products, installations, commissioning, servicing and fault finding.

wood chips
The typical cost of wood chip as a fuel is less than 2 p/kWh.

Biomass builds a solid reputation

Dr Robin Cotton explains how biomass is providing heating solutions for large-scale applications such as district-heating systems and outlines its future development prospects in the UK.

Vaillant
Vaillant wall-hung commercial condensing boilers have replaced a leaking floor-standing boiler in this private school in Oxfordshire.

Wall-hung boilers replace life-expired floor-standing boiler in private school

Vaillant high-efficiency ecoMAX commercial boilers have been installed at Cranford Hose School in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, to replace an old leaking boiler.

University
The performance of heating systems in student halls of residences at the University of Warwick is being improved by installing Atag condensing boilers.

Students warm to Atag boilers

Heating boilers in student halls of residence throughout the central campus of the University of Warwick are progressively being replacing with Atag E Series condensing boilers to reduce fuel costs and carbon footprint.

boilers
Multi-boiler installations in cascade offer particular advantages where demand can vary widely throughout the year. This installation makes use of Buderus GB162 boilers.

Heating efficiency for today

Richard Evans explains why high-efficiency and condensing boilers are still one of the most popular ways to meet the energy requirements for modern heating systems.

LCC

Low Carbon Consultants scheme receives UKAS Accreditation

UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) has awarded personnel certification to CIBSE Accreditation for its Low Carbon Consultants Scheme.

LG
Preparing to become a bigger force in commercial air conditioning worldwide — LG.

LG plans for a greener future

LG is planning to boost its research-and-development division by 70% during the coming year and its sales staff by 40% — and is promising a series of launches of environmentally considerate equipment.

Balfour Kilpatrick wins major fire-service contract

Balfour Kilpatrick has been awarded a £3.1 million contract to provide M&E services for the new headquarters of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service in Sheffield city centre.

motor bike
‘Something’ from WF Electrical saved a wedding when the company was able to make quick delivery of a temperature pressure relief valve for the H&V system of a large Devon hotel that was the venue for a wedding reception that very day.

The wedding must go on

Faced with having to cancel a wedding reception when the temperature pressure relief valve in its H&V system cut out, a large Devon hotel eventually managed to source a valve from the Bristol branch of WF Electrical, having failed to find another supplier that could deliver that day. The part was delivered by motorcycle courier so that services could be restored, including catering facilities.

Nu-Way fires up series of burner training courses

Nu-Way’s burner training courses for 2008 include the maintenance and service of blown gas burners and the operation of pressure-jet oil burners and controls.

Davis Langdon team ‘grims’ and bears it

An intrepid team of 28 from project and cost consultancy Davis Langdon has raised around £25 000 for charity by taking part in the Grim Challenge at Aldershot training barracks. The challenge consists of an 8 mile race around the very muddy assault course, involving running, crawling and wading through waist-deep water. The water was particularly deep for this challenge at the beginning of December as it was the wettest year the event has taken place.

SES

SES builds on partnership with Darlington Education Village

As part of its partnership with Darlington Education Village, the north-east office of building-services provider SES attended a careers fair for year-10 pupils. The aim of the partnership is to minimise the inherent skills shortage in the region in the engineering and construction industry and to contribute to the professional development and improvement of employment opportunities of young people in the area. SES also aims to highlight the wide-ranging and exciting career opportunities available.

Heatrae Sadia Heating responds to challenges to electric heating market

To address new challenges in electric heating, Heatrae Sadia has restructured its sales and marketing teams.

legrand

Complying with Part M

Legrand has prepared a brochure on compliance with Part M of the Building Regulations (access to and use of buildings). Steve Willmore, Legrand’s regulations and standards manager, explains, ‘Part M has been around for a considerable length of time, but as it’s only applicable to applications for Building Regulations submitted after 1 May 2004, it means that only recently has it begun to have a major impact on the market.

Underfloor heating

Wavin Plastics has launched a series of literature covering its Genius Osma underfloor heating products for commercial and industrial applications. There are five Osma underfloor heating systems.

F-gas Regulation

The British Refrigeration Association has produced a practical guide to the F-gas Regulation to inform the refrigeration user supply chain of its obligations. It covers the following aspects of the regulation.

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Air curtains

There are 10 new air curtains in the 2008 catalogue from JS Air Curtains. The company says its range is now the widest in the UK and includes air curtains for all applications, from economic electric units up to powerful industrial units for doorways up to 5 m high.

Electrical products

Information of all Elkay Electrical products, in-cluding its new Energyrange, is now available on the company’s new-look web site.

Fans and ventilation products

Elta Fans Building Services has launched the fourth edition of its Select catalogue, bringing together a wide range of fans and associated ventilation products. The catalogue includes Elta’s stocked range of axial, mixed-flow, centrifugal and roof-mounted products for next-day delivery.

Mains-fed water coolers

PHS Waterlogic has launched a new web site covering its mains-fed water dispensers. It provides information about these products and an ordering system.

Solar water heating

‘The solar heating and design guide’ from the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association offers comprehensive information on the specification, design and installation of solar heating systems. It runs to 162 pages and has been compiled to assist professional heating engineers with hot-water systems that principally use heat energy from the Sun.

Flues and chimneys

The new web site of Schiedel Rite-Vent has sections specifically created for specifiers, heating engineers and merchants.

More London
The prefabrication by Armstrong Integrated Systems of important elements of the building services for this 10-storey building in central London took many weeks off the construction timetable. (Photo. Kevin Sansbury)

Off-site construction takes less time for More London

Off-site construction of building services facilities speeded up the build programme, reduced site traffic, and minimised on-site health and safety risk for a prestigious London office development.

Scorpion
The uninterrupted operation of the communications room of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is ensured by a standby generator system from Scorpion Power Systems.

Cruise operator can cruise through power outages

Security of power for the communications room of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is now provided by a standby generator system from Scorpion Power Systems. Specified by consultants Meinhardt UK and purchased through BW Interiors, the generator will automatically support the company’s system if there is a protracted power outage.

Seeley
Evaporative cooling has solved the problem of uncomfortably high temperatures in the headquarters of Fortis Bank in Brussels.

Belgian bank invests in evaporative cooling

Five Breezair coolers installed in the headquarters of Fortis Bank’s headquarters in Brussels has reduced temperatures by around 8 K. Previously, temperatures on the top floor of this building in the centre of Brussels could reach over 34°C. The Breezair units are installed outside the building, with cool, moist air delivered to the open-plan offices via textile ducts.

Sensus
By making possible the remote reading of district-heating energy meters in Oldham, Sensus energy meters are enabling households to reduce their energy bills by up to half compared to fixed billing.

Remote reading of energy meters enables households in Oldham to halve their heating energy bills

Technology developed by Sensus Metering Systems will enable 2500 households in Oldham served by district-heating schemes to be billed for the heating energy they use, rather than being billed a fixed amount. Some households are already seeing their heating bills halved compared to the previous unmetered supply.

Simmtronic
Every luminaire in this building under construction in Canary Wharf will be controlled individually by a control system being installed by Simmtronic.

Simmtronic wins major lighting-control contract at Canary Wharf

Simmtronic has won a contract to supply fully addressable lighting controls for a new building in London’s Canary Wharf. Every luminaire in the 28 000 m2 of 20 Churchill Place will be under DALI control. In addition, all emergency luminaires will incorporate DALI control inverters to make possible automatic testing. The contract was awarded by PIP Electrics.

medical centre
New air-handling units are at the heart of an air-conditioning upgrade carried out by Fläkt Woods for a medical distribution centre in Northampton.

Fläkt Woods provides the full treatment for medical centre

Fläkt Woods has completed an air-conditioning upgrade project for the national distribution centre of Baxter Healthcare in Northampton, which handles medical products. Following an inspection of the existing system, Fläkt Woods proposed two EU air-handling units to replace the existing units.

ambirad
Radiant heaters from AmbiRad’s new Vision range have replaced oil-fired warm-air heating in this steel-products factory in Kingswinford.

A Vision in radiant heating

AmbiRad Vision radiant-tube heaters have replaced an oil-fed warm-air system in the factory of steel-products manufacturer Troax. Not only do these heaters provide zoned heating in this 3500 m2 high-roof building, but they also control condensation to keep stored steel dry and prevent rust.

Rehau
With electricity the only fuel readily available, a ground-source heat pump meets the heating and hot-water requirements of this property in the Scottish Highlands.

Rehau helps exploit ground energy in the Highlands

With no mains gas available for a remote building in the Highlands of Scotland and difficult access for vehicles to deliver oil, a ground-source heat pump was installed to provide heating and hot water.

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