Following the introduction of a new UK test standard for heat interface units and advances in technology, Evinox Energy has updated its CIBSE-accredited CPD seminar to provide the opportunity to explore district-heating networks in depth.
Mitsubishi Electric has devised an infographic on the requirements and repercussions of the F-Gas Regulations to help explain why the legislation has been introduced and what people need to do about it. ‘We’ve designed it as a simple way of taking in the main points which will be highly relevant to anyone involved in air conditioning, whether an installer, consultant, designer or building owner,’ explains Graham Temple, marketing manager for split air-conditioning systems.
Sontay, which specialises in field control devices, has prepared a series of A5 application leaflets covering a range of applications and situations. They include natural ventilation, data centres, air-handling units, chilled beams and water detection.
Cable-management specialist Unitrunk has updated and revised its CIBSE-accredited CPD presentation. It introduces fresh insights for consultants, contractors and specifiers as diverse as compliance, testing, value engineering and BIM.
Bristan, which specialises in equipment for commercial brassware installations, has developed two RIBA-approved CPD seminars aimed at developers, contractors and architects. They are called ‘A leisurely education on brassware specification’ and ‘A clinical view on brassware specification’ and provide an insightful view of specifying brassware for the education and healthcare sectors.
BSRIA’s guide ‘Maintenance contracts: a guide to best practice for procurement guide (BG66/2016)’ is aimed at helping clients, facilities managers and their organisations to understand better the key success factors in procuring maintenance contracts. It promotes ‘cutting-edge’ tender processes and procedures and supports the development of contract documentation.
Apollo Fire Detectors has enhanced its web site to include highlighting applications where its products are installed and showcase new case studies. The main features of the new resource are extensive and include live-update product information and vastly improved search functionality. The web site can be viewed on mobile devices.
Schiedel Chimney Systems has launched a new-look web site to better showcase its brand and provide a more user-friendly platform for its customers. Responsive to all Internet-enabled devices, the web site enables installers to check products and information on the go, with easily downloadable technical information and brochures to be readily downloaded.
Flakt Woods has published a guide on how to calculate the effect of jet fans on air and smoke flow rates in enclosed car parks. ‘A practical guide to smoke control for enclosed car parks aims to help designers draw up a jet-fan solution so that in the event of a fire smoke can be effectively removed rather than accumulating in or spreading to other parts of a car park.
The online Grundfos Product Center is well established as the ‘go-to’ pump-selection tool for an increasing number of industry professionals. It has been carefully developed to make choosing the right pump solution as easy as possible.
ECEX has produced a 3-minute video explaining how its air-intake screens can help reduce the maintenance of HVAC plant and increase energy efficiency. They can be applied to air-handling units, chillers, condensers, cooling towers etc.
Condair, formerly JS Humidifiers, has developed an app that determines how much energy could be saved by evaporative cooling in the exhaust air duct of a ventilation system combined with heat recovery compared with mechanical cooling using a compressor.
The Building Engineering Services Association has published the UK’s first test standard for heat interface units (HIUs). It is regarded as an important step towards improving the overall performance of district-heating schemes in the UK and has been adopted from a test regime developed by energy consultant FairHeat.
Heatrae is supporting efforts to embed smarter ways of working in the construction industry by launching a library of BIM files for its electric water-heating products and has gone above and beyond immediate public-sector requirements by investing in the higher-level BIM standard.
An animation from Mitsubishi Electric highlights how commercial premises can benefit from renewable heating using heat pumps to help reduce energy bills and qualify for 20 years of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments. Heat pumps are recognised by the EU and UK governments as renewable because they maximise the amount of heating for the electricity used.
There are 12 compelling reasons to install Rehau’s range of district-heating pipework — and they are spelt out in a new 12-page brochure. One reason is that the company’s pipework uses 10% less material than steel and has fittings that are up to 50% quicker to fit — with no hot works.
Co-generation specialist Ener-G has published a ‘Technical CHP manual’ to help specifiers select, size and install CHP systems. It offers in-depth guidance surrounding the physical parameters of cogeneration, emissions considerations and electrical and thermal outputs.
Airedale International has produced a video, which can be viewed online, describing a number of energy-saving upgrades for HVAC systems. It is presented by project engineer John Cree.
Tamlite Lighting has invested over £250 000 in four new lighting showrooms during 2016, adding to the four that were set up in 2015. The four new showrooms cover amenity, emergency and fire, industrial and Xtreme.
A brochure from Aico explains how its Ei414 fire/carbon-monoxide alarm interface, which is very popular in the social-housing sector, works and provides an installation overview showing how simple it is to install the interface. It looks at the three most common safety systems to connect to — fire panels, telecare/warden call systems and sprinkler systems.
A briefing paper from BRE in collaboration with ESTA (Energy Services & Technical Association) addresses the opportunities that an ESOS audit (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) offers and how organisations can benefit from them. It provides guidance on how ESOS compliance processes can be optimised to save costs and reduce risks. It is free to download from the link below.
Tridonic, a leader in the provision of LED lighting control and technology, has developed three new CPD modules. This brings the total number of modules to nine, all of which have been certified by CIBSE.
HygroMatik, which supplies commercial air-humidifier systems, shares its knowledge on controlled air humidification in a CIBSE-approved CPD entitled ‘Why humidify?’. It presents humidification systems, including adiabatic and isothermal. It provides insights on indoor air quality and the relative-humidity levels required in environments such as commercial offices, hospitals, clean rooms, museums and spas.
Martindale Electric has moved to larger premises less that 100 m from its current location at Imperial Way in Watford. The move will enable the company to enhance its service to customers by brining together sales, marketing, manufacturing, product development and training.
Increasing interest in Its ErP-labelled A-rated continuous-flow water heaters has led to Rinnai scheduling a new tranche of tailor-made flexible training courses to give engineers the opportunity to explore the practical and energy-saving benefits of continuous-flow gas-fired water heaters and familiarise themselves with the technology. They are hands-on events.
The topical subject of wellbeing in buildings is discussed in a free downloadable guide from BSRIA. These topic guides are designed to be ‘at-a-glance’ publications to introduce readers to key industry topics and suggesting further reading. The guide (TG10/2016 At a glance — wellbeing) details factors such as thermal comfort, noise and indoor air-quality.
AmbiRad has entered the 3D digital world of design by securing the equivalent of BIM (Building Information Modelling) Level 2 compliance for the Nor-Ray-Vac continuous radiant heating system. Nick Winton, divisional manager, says, ‘We are committed to ensuring the complete range of Nor-Ray-Vac product components are BIM compliant. Technical information is now available to download through BIMstore.’
BSRIA’s guide to the airtightness of floor plenums deals with the use of a raised access floor being used to distribute conditioned air to the spaces above. It is important that conditioned air flows into the occupied zone and does not leak into cavities, risers, stairwells, heating trenches or other occupied zones. Air leakage from a floor plenum can be a serious energy-efficiency issue and a source of discomfort to people.
Stokvis’s new web site is very straightforward to navigate and extremely easy to access via a smartphone or tablet — even one with a relatively small screen.
The Grundfos Product Center is the latest in product-selection support tools provided by Grundfos over the last 30 years. It provides a range of starting points in the search for a particular pump.
Rehau, which manufactures the Compact Data and Profile Data cable-management systems, has developed a new web site that is optimised for computers and mobile devices. It provides a mass of information for specifiers and contractors.
Designed to provide a clearer understanding of how chimneys and flues should be selected and installed in commercial applications is the new ‘Commercial flue guide’ from the British Flue & Chimney Manufacturers’ Association (BFCMA). It runs to 15 pages and is available as a pdf download.
Tamlite Lighting now offers complete availability of BIM Level 2 data for its Tamlite 2020 range of lighting fittings. The range incorporates a wide variety of LED-based products and is geared towards the needs of the projects and specification market.
The ‘Grundfos for engineers hub’ is designed to keep all engineering partners with an interest in pump technology informed about the latest developments in the industry, as well as briefed on the wide subject of integrated pump systems.
CP Electronics, which makes and designs energy-efficient lighting-control solutions, has produced a ‘how-to’ video tutorial for its professional commissioning LCD programming handset (UNLCDHS). It offers practical tips to help get the most out of the device.
Riello has updated its UK web site with improved navigation, enhanced compatibility with mobile devices and instant access to social-media links. The site includes product information and a burner-selection function to enable specifiers to easily match a burner to a chosen appliance.
All the central plant solutions from Mitsubishi Electric that can help reduce energy consumption in the built environment are detailed in a 24-page brochure. Many of the solutions are described as affordable, scalable and available now. The brochure includes examples of where the installation of well designed, energy-efficient central plant has made a difference.
Ruskin Air Management, which specialises in the manufacture of ventilation, air distribution and fire and smoke control, has launched an extensive and freely available library of BIM (building information modelling) objects to support the work of designers, installers and operators of building engineering systems.
Marshall-Tufflex describes its new cable-management catalogue as a must have for specifiers and electrical contractors. Running to 328 pages, this catalogue contains a raft of new products and system developments, together with in-depth information and images of the established ranges.
Venture Lighting Europe’s latest catalogue on HID and LED lighting solutions runs to 125 pages and can be downloaded from the company’s web site. As well as launching new products, the company has also unveiled two new brands — Vluma and Emerg-EVAC.
Heating-solutions provider Myson has made details of its heating products available on BIMstore free of charge. A range of Myson products are already on BIMstore, with more to follow. Current key products include the Premier HE and Select radiator ranges. Also listed are the LST range and the Plan Compact and Plan Compact Plus ranged.
BSRIA has prepared a topic guide on indoor air quality. It is aimed at those looking for introductory information about indoor air quality — including definition, history and prevalence. There is also information on types of contaminants and their exposure limits. It is free to download
Schneider Electric has enhanced its BIM offering for energy management , making it available through the NBS National BIM Library for the first time. Consulting engineerings can now access Schneider’s medium- and low-voltage offers.
A code of practice for connected systems integration in buildings has been published by the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET). Its publication follows widespread consultation among technical experts, and it aims to promote good practice in the specification, design and integration of connected systems in buildings. The guide provides reference to practitioners on design, integration practice and technological considerations that will help to meet key functionality and customer requirements.
Klima-Therm and LH Plc have launched new web sites as part of strategic growth plans and to support the launch of the K-Turbo second-generation Turbocor chillers. The fully responsive sites automatically optimise the user experience according to the type of digital device used — including smart phones, phablets, tablets and desktop PCs.
The fourth edition of Samsung Electronics’ ‘Specifiers design guide’ offers expert advice to assist in the selection of the most suitable air-conditioning system for commercial projects. It outlines essential details on Samsung’s DVMS VRF range, advanced controls and BMS interface. There is also information on split systems.
The ICOM Energy Association and the Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) have joined forces to produce a guide to water treatment for industrial boiler plant. The easy-to-follow guide for steam and hot-water systems is designed for use by non-specialists.
Refcom, the industry’s main certification scheme for refrigerant handling, has upgraded and relaunched its web site to reflect growing demand from contractors for greater technical information and online support. Applications and renewals for Refcom membership can now be done online.
Varilight’s most comprehensive catalogue yet, ‘The Varilight collection’ runs to 110 pages. It includes details of the company’s award-winning dimmers and a very comprehensive range of wiring accessories in a multitude of styles, finishes and colours.