Stimulating interest in building-services engineering as a career and supporting students through their degree courses are two long-term strategies of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. An important element of this work is the award of student bursaries. LYNNE BEATTIE explains.
The student-bursary scheme operated by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers to encourage more people to embark on careers in building-services engineering has a vital role to play in helping to provide the expertise needed for the future. The latest Building Regulations give much more responsibility and greater opportunities for imaginative engineers to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings in the UK and tackle the issue of Climate Change.
Partnering used to be a good idea. Now it’s a necessity. That is if you want to deliver a major construction project on time and to budget, according to one of the industry’s leading strategic thinkers.
The first company to successfully undergo BESCA’s competent-persons scheme registration criteria is M. D. Enertech Ltd, a design-and-build mechanical-services contractor and a member of the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association.
With the plethora of competent-persons schemes that have sprung up in the HVACR sector, BILL BELSHAW clarifies some of the most commonly asked questions to help dispel the myths and bring some clarity to the issue.
The control of energy use in buildings is becoming a key element of planning regulations and this will now affect anyone involved all aspects of both new builds and conversions. PHILIP ORD explains more.
Conventional air conditioning may not be the best way of delivering comfort in buildings as ambient temperatures rise.JOHN STAUNTON discusses an alternative.
RICHARD SCOTT explains why sustainable energy is no longer an option but a necessity — and looks at heating and hot-water innovations for the 21st century.
A small village in North Yorkshire is a working model of the effective application of renewable-energy technologies.
Effective and energy-efficient heating for a village church in Gloucestershire is provided by an air-conditioning system — used purely for heating. Such is the efficiency of Toshiba’s Super Digital Inverter Split heat-pump system with a COP of over 4.0 at full capacity that it provided an effective replacement for electric radiant heaters in this Methodist church, which has no gas available. The system was suggested by local air-conditioning contractor Eesicool.
British business wasted nearly £600 million through poor energy management this summer. If nothing else gets efficiency changes made, then greed will, says HVCA president MIKE McCLOSKEY
To speed up the installation of photo-voltaic systems by up to 90%, Wieland Electric has developed a specialised connection system.
The Thermia Diplomat heat pump is now available from Eco Heat Pumps and can extract heat from a variety of sources — ground loops, lakes and outdoor air.
A whole-house heat-recovery system from Xpelair is said to be up to 92% efficient. The Xcell 150 unit is designed for smaller dwellings and is the smallest in the Xcell range. It can be installed in existing buildings.
Clyde Energy Systems has helped bring Bromley Council up to speed on condensing boilers with a CPD session on Part L of the Building Regulations and the replacement of old boilers with condensing boilers.
Vaillant claims that its AuroTherm VFK 900 flat-plate solar collector is the highest performing available in the UK It joins the company’s total-solar-system solution launched earlier this year.
Rape-seed oil can now be used as the fuel for the R Series of condensing boilers from Atlantic Boilers. The rape-seed is stored like conventional fuel oil in an external or bunded vessel and piped to a pre-heat tank within the boiler, from where it passes to the burner. The rape-seed oil burns with the same maximum condensing efficiency as light oil and natural gas.
Occupants of a dramatic office building that has won a RIBA award can control the temperature of their surrounding office environment from their PCs — thanks to an innovative natural-ventilation system from SE Controls.
Over a hundred heating engineers have qualified for the BPEC certificate in solar domestic hot water by participating in Vaillant’s training programme. This certificate gives candidates automatic entry to the Government’s Clear Skies Scheme, which is now part of the Low Carbon Building Programme managed by Energy Savings Trust. The scheme gives householders access to grant funding for fitting solar heating.
Stiebel Eltron offers a range of solar systems for generating domestic hot water. They are available exclusively through Applied Energy, with a nationwide after-sales services and approved-installer network.
Tucked away in the north-east corner of Wales is a factory producing photo-voltaic solar panels and being installed in a rapidly growing number of substantial projects in the UK.
Pump specialist Smedegaard UK is developing a new corporate image following the recent appoint of Chris Barrett as general manager. Smedegaard is a Danish company and makes pumps in Denmark and Switzerland. The UK operation at Bridgewater makes pressure and boosting equipment covering commercial/domestic, industrial and fire-fighting applications.
Their ability to save energy is just one benefit of applying variable-speed drives to pumps. BRITTA FRANK explores other possibilities.
AquaTech has extended its range of VariMatic water-pressure booster sets, based on combination of Smart Logic controller and variable-speed inverter technology.
To simplify the installation of solar heating systems, Taconova has introduced a solar station combining pump, regulator and air vent. Designed for commercial, public-sector and domestic applications, the FV 70 Tacosol 3.0 enables hydraulic balancing, flow measurement and venting to be performed at the same point.
By exploiting the latest in pump technology, Grundfos is moving to reduce the energy consumption of domestic circulators by up to 80% compared with today’s average.
PETER NEARS explains why variable-speed pumps should be commissioned by a competent person to achieve effective operational performance, maximise energy savings and prolong life expectancy.
There are two aspects to be considered in responding to climate change — and here we are considering the how, not the why. One is reducing the consumption of fossil fuels that generate the carbon dioxide which increases the greenhouse effect of the Earth’s atmosphere, leading to global warming. The other is achieving comfortable buildings in the warmer climate that we are assured is inevitable.
The strengthening in the sales of construction products over the last three months exceeded manufacturers’ expectations, according to the latest figures from the Construction Products Association. The association’s activity barometer records a score of 68, well above the no-change mark of 50.
Briggs & Forrester has added to its range of charity fund raising with a team of 11 cyclists participating in the ride from Oxford to Cambridge for the British Heart Foundation. This firm of building-services engineers has presented over £60 000 to various organisations over the last five years.
Lindab, which specialises in circular-duct systems, has agreed to acquire CCL Veloduct, a leading UK supplier of ventilation and air-movement products. The deal will give Lindab major penetration of the UK market and enable CCL to expand its branch network and product range at a greater rate.
Consulting engineers White Young Green have reported a 16% increase in revenue for the year to the end of June 2006 to reach £167,5 million. Profit before tax was up to 18% to £11.1 million and operating margin on net revenue increased to 10.3%. This was the ninth consecutive year of double-digit organic growth.
Calorex Heat Pumps is increasing manufacturing capacity at its UK factory by 20% as part of major expansion plans. The move coincides with a major investment in the in-house engineering department, which has doubled in size — stepping up the pace of research and development, with new and updated products constantly on the drawing board.
To help tackle the skills shortage in the air-conditioning and refrigeration industry, Daikin Airconditioning UK has donated a VRV air-conditioning system to Grimsby Institute of Further & Higher Education.
SummitSkills is running a series of consultation workshops as the next stage in its Horizon project to create a sector skills agreement for building-services engineering.
Thermography specialist Flir Systems has introduced into its seminar programme a foundation course for building science thermography. The first will be held from 15 to 17 November at the company’s infra-red training centre in West Malling, Kent.
Bailey has secured a £7 million-plus contract to design, install, test and commission all mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations for BP’s new North Sea headquarters in Aberdeen.
Diffusion, which makes commercial heating and air cooling products, is investing over £100 000 in new testing facilities at its main manufacturing site in Molesey, Surrey.
Buro Happold’s 30th anniversary celebrations at the new Emirates Stadium of Arsenal Football Club raised over £2000 for the club’s charity of the season. Bids for a football shirt donated by Arsenal FC and signed by the current team reached £2250 during the evening. The event was attended by over 500 clients and friends of this multi-disciplinary consultancy.
ADCAS (the Association of Ductwork Contractors & Allied Services) has joined FETA (Federation of Environmental Trade Associations) — giving the UK ductwork industry a louder voice in its campaign for better training and fair practice. FETA will provide a full secretarial and administrative service to ADCAS, which represents most of the UK industry, and is growing fast.
Modular Heating Group has moved to new 4000 m2 purpose-built premises in Southfields, Basildon. The new premises provide offices, warehouse and distribution centre for the company’s MHS brands of designer radiators and commercial boilers.
Building-services provider SES has restructured its operations. The company now has two divisions, north and south, which replace the former three regions. A work-winning team has also been set up, comprising business development, marketing and public-relations, estimating and cost planning. As part of this change, the company will increasingly focus on risk and commercial management.
AMEC Plc, international project-management and services company, has topped the 2006 Dow Jones sustainability index (DJSI) in the world and European sustainability indices for the support-services sector.
JS Humidifiers’ yacht Juliet Sierra finished 11th out of 29 places in the Class 7 Cruisers category of the Little Britain Challenge Cup out of Cowes on the Isle of Wight.
A fire has been prevented in an unmanned storage facility in Austria by Wagner’s OxyReduct system. The Roco automatic storage facility has a capacity of 3000 pallets and is unmanned during normal operation.