Reflecting on the development of building services

What product has been the most influential in the development of the industry? Modern Building Services has teamed up with the organiser of the H&V07 exhibition to find the answer — and we want your vote. Read on.

H&S
Hartley & Sugden’s welded boiler marked the era of the mass-produced hot-water boiler — and changed the face of the heating industry.

Hartley & Sugden boilers

In the 18th century the development of boilers was directed towards raising steam to drive steam engines. Around 1810, systems of heating by hot water were introduced. Early hot water heating boilers were small and crude, and heating for buildings such as country houses, churches and prisons continued to be mainly by warm air. Most early hot-water boilers were of the saddle type, originally manufactured using rivetted wrought-iron plates. Steam heating for other than factories and large institutional buildings, such as hospitals and asylums, never achieved great popularity.

An important change came in 1854 when Samuel Cook discovered a method of joining wrought plates by fire-welding. His first designs were saddle and cylindrical boilers. By 1863 he had established the Premier Works at Halifax in Yorkshire. This spawned a whole new industry, the boilermakers of Yorkshire, where the availability of coal, iron, water and good transportation links was an important consideration. Prominent among these early firms were Robert Jenkins of Rotherham, Lumbys (later Lumby, Son & Wood) of Halifax, and Hartley & Sugden, also of Halifax.

Hartley & Sugden was established in 1867 and grew rapidly. In 1872 its improved wrought welded saddle boiler was awarded a gold medal at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Show. By 1891 its boilers, of which the patented Dome Top and the Climax were particularly successful, had been installed in their thousands throughout the UK and across Europe. The era of the mass-produced hot-water boiler, in which Hartley & Sugden played a leading role, had arrived — and changed the face of the heating industry.

Thermostat
This early electric thermostat devised by Warren S. Johnson rang a bell in the plant room of a school so that the janitor could manually control the flow of warm air to that area.

Electric thermostat

Even the cave man who rubbed two sticks together knew that he needed some control over his fire. He got fed up lugging logs from the forest just for his missus to fling the goatskin door open to cool down! Fire was therefore rationed to conserve energy, which is pretty much what a thermostat now does. Without control, we squander precious resources or use our fabulous machines to exhaustion.

Several millennia on the situation is hardly any different — but, thanks to Warren S. Johnson and his electric thermostat, we have a more choice in how we can remain comfortable in an economic way.

Sadly, as so often is the case, it was the British who invented the thermostat but failed to sell the brilliance and commercial potential of the idea to a sceptical UK industry. In the 1940s a president of the IHVE (now CIBSE) ‘deprecated in his own practice the elaboration of automatic mechanisms, because in his view, they were not needed, and, in the second place, they were liable to get out of order’.

Born in Vermont, Johnson worked as a printer, superintendent of schools and a surveyor of the Plains. In 1876 he was appointed Professor at the State Normal School in Whitewater where he experimented with control of the school’s warm-air heating system. Hand-operated dampers in the furnace room controlled the temperature of air supplied to the various classrooms. The janitor regularly toured the classrooms, noting the room temperature, then returned to the furnace to adjust the settings. In a wheeze very much like an ‘Upstairs, downstairs’ servant call system, Johnson installed electric thermostats in each room, connecting them to annunciators so that thermostat contacts rang an alarm bell and operated an indicator in the furnace room to show ‘warm’ or ‘cold’, leaving the janitor to adjust the dampers as required. Johnson was granted a patent for his electric tele-thermoscope.

He went on to develop his well-known system of pneumatic controls. In 1885 he founded the Johnson Electric Service Company, which became a major international controls manufacturer. This in turn was a significant driving force in the eventual world-wide acceptance of automatic controls in the building services engineering industry.

Grundy
Originally developed for heating a chapel in Tyldesley, the Grundy stove delivered warm air through ducts. Its inventor, John Grundy, became the first president of the Institute of Heating & Ventilating Engineers in 1898.

The Grundy stove

John Grundy Senior was born in Tyldesley near Manchester in 1807. He was a grocer and flour trader. He was a warden of the local Top Chapel. When the chapel needed a heating system he developed and installed a revolutionary warm-air heating stove with an arrangement of plenum and discharge ducts. This was so successful that in 1859 he set up in business to manufacture and market his heating apparatus, which he later patented. The business flourished and he continued to make improvements, increasing its efficiency and effectiveness, and securing more patents. He died in 1879.

His son, John Grundy Junior, born in 1844, took over and expanded the business. In the 1880s, he moved to live in Islington and opened three London offices. The firm became so successful that he set up his own iron foundry in Tyldesley. The Grundy stove became well-known in the industry, and in 1897 (the year of the founding of The Institution of Heating & Ventilating Engineers) he could claim to have heated some 3000 places of worship, including many famous cathedrals, as well as mansions, houses, hotels, hospitals, schools, warehouses, factories and workhouses. The firm advertised ‘Winter, warmth and comfort — pure warm air’.

John Grundy was one of the entrepreneurs who established the IHVE. In 1898 he was elected the first president. He died in 1913. His son Herbert Hamilton Grundy took over the business and served as IHVE President in 1915. Herbert died in 1932, but the stoves were so well-liked that manufacture continued into the 1970s. Examples can still be found in use today, a history that can be traced back nearly 150 years.

Gurney
Warm-air heating with humidification — the largest Gurney warm-air heater could heat a space of 120 000 ft3.

The Gurney stove

Goldsworthy Gurney (later Sir) was born in Cornwall in 1793. In 1814, he settled in Cambourne where he practised as a surgeon, moving to London in 1820 and developing his interest in engineering. In 1825 he patented a steam carriage, going on in 1842 to patent a system of heat recovery from lighting fittings. In 1852, Gurney was appointed to investigate the ventilation problems in the House of Commons where he flashed off large quantities of gunpowder in the chamber to observe the motion of the air currents, He was said to have posed a greater risk than Guy Fawkes!

His interest in heating led him to invent a new type of warm-air stove, which he patented in 1856 as ‘Certain Improvements in warming and moistening air’. The apparatus was described as a metallic vessel having a number of plates extending from its outer surface, standing with the plates vertical in a shallow trough of water. This was significant in attempting to provide humidification to offset the drying feeling caused by warm air. He soon after sold the rights for his invention to the London Warming & Ventilating Company which advertised itself as ‘Proprietors of the Gurney stove’ and remained active in the 1950s.

The stove was made in three sizes, the largest being 1 m in diameter with a 1.8 m diameter base and of 2.7 m high. It consumed about 200 kg of coke a week and was said to be capable a heating a space of 120 000 ft3. It was very heavy, at a time when there was a popular belief that heat output depended on the mass of metal in the stove.

By 1897 (the year of the founding of the IHVE) a London Warming advertisement claimed ‘over 10 000 churches, schools, government and other public and private buildings successfully warmed by our system’. This included some 22 cathedrals; working examples (converted from solid fuel) can still be seen in Hereford, Chester and Ely Cathedrals and in Tewkesbury Abbey.

Sturtevant fan
This early centrifugal fan devised by Benjamin Franklin Sturtevant was driven by a steam engine.

Sturtevant fan

Primitive wooden fans are depicted in 16th century German woodcut illustrations showing mine ventilation methods. These paddle-bladed fans were enclosed in a square wooden casing and cranked by hand or driven by windmills. A hand-cranked fan was installed in the House of Commons in 1736, but the forerunners of today’s centrifugal fans only appeared from the mid-19th century.

Benjamin Franklin Sturtevant, the American fan engineer, was the most important name in ventilation during the second half of the 19th century. However, he started out as a cobbler and shoemaker. Concerned with the heat in his workshop, in about 1850, he rigged up a stand with a disc fan run by a belt connected to a foot pedal. He formed the Sturtevant Blower Company in Boston in 1855 and developed various types of fan. Later, as B. F. Sturtevant, the firm produced large centrifugal fans with matching steam engines and drives. (Electric motors for fans came only into common use in the early 20th century).

By the turn of the century, Sturtevant was producing fans with cased air heaters attached and also dual-duct apparatus. The business prospered and sold fans for ventilation, exhaust systems and for boiler mechanical draught applications, virtually monopolising the supply of boiler fans for American ships. The business opened offices in London, Glasgow, Stockholm, Berlin, Milan and Amsterdam. Where Sturtevant led, others were to follow and efficient centrifugal fans became an essential feature of HVAC installations.

Lancashire boiler
An unqualified success in efficient steam generation — the Lancashire boiler was in common use for over a hundred years.

Lancashire boiler

In 1698, Savery produced a steam boiler to operate ‘The miner’s friend’, a water pump used in mines. In 1705, Newcomen and Cauley designed a boiler to drive Newcomen’s steam engine. By 1725 the Haystack and Wagon boilers were in common use and held their place for the next 70 years or so. They all had one thing in common. They were inefficient because the boiler sat above the fire, and much of the heat and hot gases never came into contact with the water-backed surfaces.

The real breakthrough came in 1803 when Richard Trevithick introduced the internally fired Cornish boiler with a single internal flue running centrally through the length of a horizontal cylinder (the boiler shell). This design became known as a furnace-tube boiler, and wholesale manufacture seems to have started around 1810.

However, the growth of British industry, particularly the demands of the Lancashire cotton industry, led for calls for larger and more powerful boilers.

The problem was neatly solved by William Fairbairn (later Sir) at his Manchester factory. In 1855, he modified the Cornish boiler design by making it longer and of larger diameter. Importantly, he provided two smoke tubes to create the Lancashire steam boiler. The Lancashire boiler was an unqualified success, and it was manufactured in the thousands by many companies and shipped around the world for both heating and process applications. It remained in common use for over the next hundred years, and many examples survive today.

hypocaust
The pioneer of underfloor heating — the Roman Hypocaust dates from over 2000 years ago.

The hypocaust

This underfloor heating system is said to have been devised by the Roman Sergius Orata in about 80 BC and was described by Vitruvius in his book De Architectura in 16 BC. Hypocaust heating was used by the Romans in their villas throughout the colder climates in Europe and Britain as they expanded their Empire. This was the first widespread central-heating system and remained in use throughout much of Europe for over 400 years. It is, at last, enjoying a revival.

There were three kinds of hypocaust.

• Floor heating only

• Heating via floors and walls

• Warm-air system in which the air was admitted to the room through holes in the floor. (Does that sound familiar?)

In the earliest form, the floor of the room was supported on pillars less than a metre high, which many of us see when we visit Roman sites where the walls and floors have been destroyed, leaving the familiar stacks of tiles or bricks.

Part of the space below the floor served as a furnace chamber, with the fire stoked through a hole in the external wall. The hot gases circulating below the floor warmed it. Around the second century AD, the hypocaust pillars were abandoned, and smoke ducts were formed in the subfloor, radiating from the furnace and connected to wall flues (by the earliest ductwork contractors?).

Fine examples of the hypocaust can still be seen in Britain at Chester, Bath, and Chedworth Villa in Gloucestershire. There are also hypocaust remains at Rockbourne Villa in Hampshire, in Newport Villa on the Isle of Wight, and at the Fort of Chesters on Hadrian’s Wall.

Tortoise stove
The slow burner that was made for well over a hundred years — Charles Portway’s Tortoise stove.

Tortoise stove

The Tortoise stove dates from 1830, when the first was hand-built by Charles Portway to heat his ironmongery store in Halstead, Essex. After making a second stove for a neighbour, Mrs Portway suggested he go into business manufacturing and selling them, so he established a small foundry and went to work.

This proved so successful that in the next 50 years over 17 000 of his stoves were sold and provided low-cost and economical heating to many thousands of people.

A solid-fuel stove may be judged by how slowly it consumes the fuel, and these first stoves were successful simply because they took so long to burn one filling, thus extracting the maximum amount of heat from the fuel. So slowly did Portway’s stoves burn that they were named Tortoise stoves, and each was produced with the motto ‘Slow but sure’ proudly displayed with the trademark. This made them possibly the first heating appliances where economy was a featured selling point.

The basic Tortoise was adapted for other uses. Catalogues of the day show heating stoves, laundry stoves and harness-room stoves. They also found favour for heating of churches, halls and domestic premises. Over the period to the turn of the century the stove was improved and refined to make it even more efficient and economical. In the early 20th century minor internal modifications were made to keep the design up to date with regulatory requirements. Production continued for the next 80 years or so, and quite a number of Tortoises can still be found today.

Perkins
The pioneer of today's high-pressure-hot-water systems — the Perkins high-pressure water heater.

Perkins high-pressure apparatus

Jacob Perkins was born in Massachusetts in 1766. In 1816 he moved to England and secured a number of patents relating to boilers, steam engines and, most notably, a vapour-compression refrigeration machine.

His son, Angier Marsh Perkins, born in 1799, also settled in England, where he devised his system of high-pressure hot-water heating. It used 25 mm seam-welded wrought-iron pipe of 6 mm wall thickness screwed together and tested before installation to 210 bar. About a sixth of the pipe was coiled and placed in a furnace. After filling all the pipework (except an expansion tube) with water, the system was sealed. When the furnace was lit, the heated water expanded, compressing the air inside and pressurising the system. A sufficiently high pressure was reached to sustain a flow of some 200°C.

In 1840, Perkins published his booklet ‘Patent apparatus for warming and ventilating buildings’ in which he describes his furnace and lists numerous buildings where his apparatus had been installed. He also describes a heat-regulating device. His system was installed at the Royal Society for Arts, the London Patent Office, two sections of the British Museum and in Strathfieldsaye (the country seat of the Duke of Wellington). However, the very high operating pressures and temperatures reached by his system caused considerable concern, so he introduced a safer medium-pressure system that soon displaced the original. The system eventually fell out of favour because of the high premiums charged by the Fire Assurance Companies, but the principle paved the way for the large HPHW systems of the mid-20th century.

Haden stove
Warm-air heating for royalty — the Haden stove. This model now serves as a post box.

Haden stove

In 1797 the brothers George, James and John Haden, with their father George Senior, were working at the world-famous firm of Boulton & Watt at the Soho Manufactory in Birmingham. The brothers all worked for the Engine Company. After serving their apprenticeships George and James worked as erectors for the improved steam engine of James Watt. In 1814 George went to Trowbridge for the firm, later being joined by James. In 1816 the pair formed their own company of G&J Haden to act as agents in the West Country for Boulton & Watt.

A natural development of the engine work was the installation of steam systems, both for process work and heating in the mills.

The heating-stove business seems to have been initiated by James, with the encouragement of Matthew Boulton, and taken up enthusiastically by both brothers. For the next 20 years or so James travelled the British Isles meeting prospective clients, giving them estimates for heating stoves and fixing them or supervising their installation. Throughout these travels he sent a stream of letters back to George — ordering stoves and their fittings and telling what prices to quote and how much to pay contractors.

Their early clients were mostly the landed gentry and nobility, and the orders flowed in by personal recommendation. The work was later expanded to include churches, schools and various kinds of institution. The Haden warm-air stove brought warmth and comfort to the privileged class, but also to many of the middle and working class in their religious and educational activities. It was the forerunner of the larger, more powerful heating stoves that appeared in the second half of the 19th century.

Many hundreds of Haden stoves were supplied, the most prestigious warm-air installation being for George IV at Windsor Castle. When this project delayed the work of other customers, he delighted in writing letters of apology: ‘But I have been much occupied fixing stoves for His Majesty at Windsor.’ A few Haden stoves still exist, and the company, now Haden Young, continues.

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A faster route to Part L2 compliance

Using iSBEM (Interface to Simplified Building Energy Method) to determine the carbon footprint of a building is a slow and tedious process. LUCY HARRISexplains the many benefits of a different interface.

cooling
With increasing heat loads in data centres, cooling solutions with a rack-based view become necessary. Shown here are Liebert overhead cooling modules on the ceiling and vertical top coolers mounted on the racks themselves.

Meeting the challenge of rising heat loads in data centres

Escalating heat loads in data centres pose cooling challenges that cannot always be met by traditional approaches. ROBERTO FELISI explores the issues.

The renewable-energy options

Against the background of the planning process increasingly requiring renewable energy on site, NIGEL ANDERSON explores the options.

TER & BER
The latest Building Regulations require carbon emissions from buildings to be reduced by about 25% compared with an equivalent building designed to the 2002 Building Regulations. Simulation software provides a useful approach to comparing the building emission rate (BER) with the target emission rate (TER).

Delivering greener buildings

‘Greenness’ cannot easily be added to a building at a late stage in the design process. The reduction of carbon emissions must be considered from the very beginning, and building-performance simulation software is an important tool. DAVID McEWAN explains.

tank
The quality of stored rainwater is maintained by underground storage and efficient prior filtering.

Rainwater harvesting

Harvesting rainwater can meet a large part of the water consumption of commercial and domestic buildings, considerably reducing the demand on mains water. STEFF WRIGHT highlights how rainwater harvesting systems can help the environment and for what purposes the harvested water can be used.

Flues
Providing the flueing arrangements to enable four 1000 kW boilers to be installed on a site on the west side of Edinburgh are these Supra lightweight flues from SFL.

SFL flues play key role in energy-efficient heating

To enable boiler plant serving the Wester Hailes Community Centre and High School on the west side of Edinburgh to be replaced with new condensing boilers, SFL supplied new flues to replace the previous mild-steel system.

Recycling services helps meet EU legislation

To provide information on the recycling of lamps and batteries, Mercury Recycling has developed a new web site. The processes used by the company recycle or re-use 99.75% by weight of the lamp — including the mercury. Mercury’s service also provides a means of complying with EU legislation that used lamps and batteries are taken to a suitably recycled recycling facility or authorised landfill site.

Hoval
Over 30% more efficient than the coal-fired boilers they have replaced, these Hoval boilers in a Welsh school burn wood pellets — so they are carbon neutral.

Carbon-neutral wood replaces coal to heat school in Wales

As part of its commitment to reduce carbon emissions, Caerphilly Council has replaced four coal-fire boilers at a school with three wood-burning boilers from Hoval.

KeyMed
Delivering the benefits of renewable energy for this new logistics centre of Olympus KeyMed at Southend is a system of boreholes linked to a Mitsubishi Electric water cooled heat-pump VRF air-conditioning system.

New office development reflects green agenda

Ground-source heat pumps to heat and cool a new office development in Southend make an important contribution to reducing its energy consumption by at least 30% compared with an equivalent traditional building. Olympus KeyMed’s 3400 m2 logistics centre will also consume 25% less water. It is the use of Mitsubishi Electric ground-source heat pumps that led to the building winning the Cooling Industry Awards this year.

adiabatic
Fig. 1: Adiabatic precooling can reduce the temperature of the air on to the coils of BAC’s Trillium dry cooler from, say, 32 to 24°C — considerably reducing the power consumption of the air-conditioning compressor.

Towards more efficient heat rejection

How the heat is rejected from an air-conditioning system has a significant effect on its power consumption. BAC Balticare has been developing new approaches.

Boreholes
As part of preparations for one of the largest ground-source heat-pump applications in the UK, test boreholes are drilled on a site about a mile from the centre of Sheffield.

Energy from the ground will heat and cool a school — and provide hot water

One of the largest ground-source heat-pump projects in the UK will provide heating, cooling and hot water for a school in Sheffield.

Altherma
A route to reducing carbon-dioxide emissions — a complete solution for heating and hot water in a home from an air-to-water heat pump is provided by Daikin’s Altherma system. The heart of the system is the Hydrobox in the small room on the back wall.

The potential of heat pumps to reduce carbon emissions

Underpinning the development by Daikin of a heating system for houses based on a heat pump is a careful analysis of its potential to massively reduce carbon emissions.

Control system minimises use of lighting

To ensure lighting is on only when necessary, Furness Green Partnership specified a Rapid lighting control system from CP Electronics for a speculative office development at 16-20 North Audley Street in central London.

adcas
Partners in progress — the expertise of ductwork specialists (represented by ADCAS president Paul Roxburgh, left) will be more widely recognised following its membership of FETA (represented by its director Cedric Sloan).

Benefiting from the expertise of ductwork specialists

PAUL ROXBURGH detects signs of a new appreciation of the role played by the ductwork specialist.

ventilation
The terminal products associated with displacement-ventilation systems can be compatible with the architectural design of buildings.

The climate-change approach to air distribution

The impact of climate change offers new opportunities for displacement ventilation says KOE WIECKOWSKI.

Kitchen
The De Kobra ventilation installed by Weatherite Building services in this kitchen at Thames Valley University has an energy-efficient control system for ventilation levels.

Weatherite takes heat out of energy costs in university kitchen

A new De Kobra kitchen-ventilation system at Thames Valley University incorporates the new Energy Saver system to control ventilation levels. It was installed by Weatherite Building Services and is one of its first installations to include this control system.

Titon
Internal bathrooms and bedrooms in the residential development in Manchester have their ventilation requirements met by Titon whole-house central-extract units.

Titon provides rounded ventilation solution for Manchester flats

Whole-house central-extract ventilation units have been supplied by Titon for 42 apartments in an exclusive circular building in Hulme, Manchester.

VSG
The ventilation system for this new headquarters of Vision Security Services was designed by D&S Air Conditioning using Lindab’s CADvent Autodesk-based software.

D&S is a dab hand with Lindab design software

Lindab’s CADvent software has been used by D&S Air Conditioning of Northampton by produce detailed ventilation-system designs for the 2-storey 1870 m2 headquarters of security company Vision Security Group.

ductwork
The reduced air leakage possible with LindabSafe presealed ductwork can reduce ventilation operating costs by 35%.

How to shut down three nuclear reactors

Against the background of increased global demands for energy efficiency, DUNCAN McGREGOR believes that property owners should raise the standards of duct systems for ventilation, heating and air conditioning. Across Europe this could not only save energy equivalent to the output of three nuclear power stations — and also result in lower installation costs, shorter assembly times and better air quality.

Rethinking the control of VAV systems

How do you halve the energy used by the fan in a VAV air-conditioning system? ANDY BARLETT has a suggestion.

filter
Designed for efficient and effective air filtration in sensitive areas — NanoPleat cassette filters are available in the UK from Viledon Filtration Division.

New standards in air filtration

Viledon Filtration Division offers a range of cassette air filters that are highly resistant to moisture and chemicals and microbiologically inert. As such, they are applicable to sensitive areas like the food and electronics industries.

ductwork

Pre-insulated ducting shows its paces in hospital project

The ability of Kingspan’s KoolDuct pre-insulated ducting system to be installed up to three times faster than sheet-metal ductwork has been exploited in the new £4.5 million hospital sterilisation and decontamination unit for Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

fire damper
tTesting rotating-blade fire dampers to the new European standard involves enclosing them in a plenum to check that their leakage does not exceed 200 m3/h per square metre of cross-sectional area at a differential pressure of 300 Pa.

New standards for fire protection in ductwork

Terry Farthing is concerned that although new standards for preventing the spread of smoke and flame through ductwork are imminent, the use of traditional curtain fire damper will still be permitted in some areas.

The response to climate change is here and now

Even without the Stern Review on the economics of climate change, those responsible for the design of buildings in Britain — clients, architects and building-services engineers — have certainly been able and increasingly willing to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings.

Architects continue move to green building practices

Client demand is the main driver for architects to practise sustainable design, according to 77% of respondents to the 2006 Autodesk Green Index, which provides a measure of the adoption of sustainable design by architects. That figure is up from 64% in 2005. The index now stands at 30 (on a score of zero to 100) and is expected to double by 2011.

HNCs

HNC graduates at Briggs & Forrester

Three apprentices with building-services engineers Briggs & Forrester have achieved HNCs in building-services engineering. They were presented with their certificates at the recent graduation ceremony at New College, Nottingham. From the left are Will Newman, Alice Doughty and Dave Newman. They were supported through four years of training by the company.

FETA signs tie-up with H&V Exhibition

FETA, the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations, has exclusively backed the H&V Exhibition as the national event for the heating and ventilating industry. The organisation’s membership comprises manufacturers representing over 90% of the trade and has signed a long-term agreement with the show’s organisers. FETA already supports the co-located RAC Show, representing refrigeration and air conditioning.

CCL and Lindab
The management team of CCL Lindab, formed by the acquisition of CCL Veloduct by Lindab — (from left) Anders Revin (financial controller), Geoff Lee and David Barker (joint managing directors).

Major ductwork deal gets OFT approval

The Office of Fair Trading has given approval for the acquisition of CCL Veloduct by Lindab. From 1 January 2007, CCL and the former ventilation division of Lindab will trade as CCL Lindab. The combined management team will be led by joint managing directors David Barker and Geoff Lee.

Excellent performance of Grundfos acknowledged

Grundfos Pumps has won through as a finalist for the UK Business Excellence Award for the second year running — winning the Corporate Social Responsibility Award. Other finalists included TNT and Siemens.

Hosting a fund-raising day for research into Parkinson’s Disease are (from left) Stephen Waite, Richard Hemborough (both sufferers and trialling the GDNF treatment), James Hamilton of Davis Langdon, Edward White (neurosurgeon at Frenchay Hospital) and Tom Isaacs, seated (a sufferer of the disease and founder of the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.

Davis Langdon racing for a cure

Over £1200 was raised to help find a cure for Parkinson’s and other degenerative diseases by Davis Langdon and its clients at a track day at the famous Castle Combe racing circuit in Wiltshire. For the past four years, Davis Langdon has supported the motor-sports initiative ‘Racing for a cure’ that raises money for the Cure Parkinson’s Disease Trust. The day was attended by the founder of the trust, Round Britain walker Tom Isaacs, who suffers from the disease.

Hosting a fund-raising day for research into Parkinson’s Disease are (from left) Stephen Waite, Richard Hemborough (both sufferers and trialling the GDNF treatment), James Hamilton of Davis Langdon, Edward White (neurosurgeon at Frenchay Hospital) and Tom Isaacs, seated (a sufferer of the disease and founder of the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.

Davis Langdon racing for a cure

Over £1200 was raised to help find a cure for Parkinson’s and other degenerative diseases by Davis Langdon and its clients at a track day at the famous Castle Combe racing circuit in Wiltshire. For the past four years, Davis Langdon has supported the motor-sports initiative ‘Racing for a cure’ that raises money for the Cure Parkinson’s Disease Trust. The day was attended by the founder of the trust, Round Britain walker Tom Isaacs, who suffers from the disease.

cylinders
Non-disposable cylinders for refrigerants will soon be the only ones on site as the EU campaign to reduce the leakage of global-warming gases moves towards a ban on disposable cylinders.

BOC urges air-conditioning contractors to plan for ban on disposable cylinders

Ahead of a Europe-wide ban on the use of disposable cylinders for topping up air-conditioning systems, refrigerant supplier BOC is urging maintenance companies to change the cylinders they use.

heads

Robertson Construction bites off NHS contract

This £4 million facility in Aberdeen will help tackle the shortage of NHS dentists in the north-east of Scotland. Aberdeen Dental Institute is a joint venture between NHS Grampian and Dundee University. The state-of-the-art centre on the site of the Royal Aberdeen Sick Children’s Hospital has been refurbished and extended by Robertson Construction Eastern (RCEL). It includes a practical room with 12 phantom heads.

CIBSE welcomes the opportunities of the Stern Report

CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) has welcomed the commitment demanded from the Government by the Stern Review in addressing climate change. In particular, CIBSE hopes that the report’s emphasis on science and economics will allow the argument to move on from whether climate change is happening to how it can be mitigated and adapted to.

SES
Skills for the future —building-services provider SES has recruited 28 new apprentices this year.

SES continues its apprentice recruitment programme

Building-services provider SES is continuing its apprenticeship training programme with the recruitment of 28 new apprentices this Autumn. They will learn their trade in a 4-year Advanced Modern Apprenticeship scheme incorporating experience on site and college-based learning. This year’s intake, aged from 16 to 27, will be trained in the traditional disciplines of heating, ventilation, plumbing and electrical installation at Leeds College of Building. Each apprentice will be allocated to one of SES’s eight business units and could be working anywhere from the University of Teesside to the Royal Alexandra’s Children’s Hospital on the Sussex coast.

Dudley College
David Dunn, business development director with Toshiba Carrier UK, hands over six Toshiba split systems to local MP Ian Austin as he opens a new centre for refrigeration and air conditioning at Dudley College.

Toshiba supports the next generation of RAC engineers

Students on technical training courses in refrigeration and air conditioning in a new £125 000 centre at Dudley College will be able to practise their skills on six split systems supplied by Toshiba Air Conditioning.

CIBSE moves into CPD training

Mid Career College, which has been the major provider of CPD education and training in the UK for the last 20 years, has become part of CIBSE.

University libraries to receive free CIBSE guides

A full set of the CIBSE guides, which offer comprehensive technical guidance on key areas of building services, is being sent free to every university offering accredited building-services courses as part of an initiative to support the next generation of engineers.

Construction Products sets up initiative to reduce carbon emissions

Low- and zero-carbon buildings have assumed a high profile at the Construction Products Association with the launch of a low- and zero-carbon buildings technology group. The aim of the group is to encourage the development of new technologies in a quest to deliver more sustainable construction.

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"Is the Building Services industry lagging behind in the implementation of BIM?"



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