2005 December


Fire protection

18 December, 2005
Cablofil has published a 12-page brochure on its EZ-Path fire-protection system for cables passing through walls.


18 December, 2005
Fagerhult’s Lighting’s latest catalogue brings together the Lyktan range of luminaires and many new Fagerhult products.

Air-movement web site

18 December, 2005
Ductwork and air-movement specialist CCL Veloduct has developed a new web site. It has many interactive features and provides a comprehensive guide to the company’s huge range of ductwork, fans and air-movement products.
Plumbing Trade Supplies, part of BSS Group, has extended its BOSS range of thermostatic radiator valves. The Supreme Plus combines the popular BOSS TVR with a matching lockshield valve in one pack.
Steinel’s LuxMaster lighting control system controls light according to ambient brightness and movement in the controlled area. The sensitivity to movement varies according to the distance from the sensor.

Screw compressors

18 December, 2005
The HallScrew HSS 3100 series of compressors from J & E Hall International has a stepless capacity-control system and is designed to use R134a and R407C.

Linear fluorescent luminaires

18 December, 2005
Designed as a ultra-modern design feature for commercial and educational premises, Thorn’s Optus IV linear fluorescent luminaire can be surface mounted or suspended.
air conditioning
LG’s Multi M multi-split air-conditioning system can provide cooling only or heating and cooling via Art Cool or wall-mounted indoor units.
Broag has launched an enhanced Mark II range of its Remeha Gas 210 Eco boilers. There are four models of these floor-standing boilers with maximum outputs from 80 to 200 kW. Pre-mix combustion enables all these boilers to modulate down to 10% of full output.
Vent-Axia’s Centrif Plus range of ventilation fans meet the requirements of Part F of the Building Regulations with low sound levels. The larger Centrif 250 models have sound levels of 40 dB(A) at high speed down to 25 dB(A).

Thermal solar systems

18 December, 2005
The Roth range of ready-to-install solar systems is available from Climate Pipework Solutions. Solutions include standard installation and solar service water heating through to complex installations designed to support heating systems.
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Radiant-heating panels

18 December, 2005
Bisque Commercial has introduced a range of radiant -heating panels using hot water as the heat source. They are made in the UK and are mounted at high level.
water heaters
Hamworthy has extended the Dorchester range of direct-fired water heaters from six to 28 models, offering options such as room-sealed, oil-fired, fully automatic and permanent-pilot models.
wiring accessories
Function and aesthetic appeal are combined by the addition of a brushed stainless-steel finish to MK’s Albany plus range of wiring accessories.
A new range of I/O control modules from Sontay feature digital electronics to eliminate the need for frequent resetting and adjustment that is needed with analogue modules to offset problems with volt drop and component ageing.
Greenstock has introduced shatterproof versions of its Aura super-long-life fluorescent tubes. The Aura Protector range uses a transparent FEP plastic film to contain the glass and contents of the lamp if it should break. The coating will outlast the 60 000 h life of these fluorescent tubes and suffers no ultra-violet degradation.
heat pumps
Dimplex has launched a range of heat pumps in response to the growing demand for sustainable, low-carbon heating solutions.
Lennox has extended its unitary range of Aircoolair and Flatair ducted air-conditioning systems.
Load-shedding software that is compatible with Priva’s Compri HX controllers can set peak electricity consumption, making it possible to choose a more economic supply contract.
Viessmann’s steel-tube shell Vitoplex PV boiler achieves a gross efficiency of 84% and is designed for projects with a low budget.
fan module
Advanced Ergonomic Technologies has introduced a slimline version of its Fresh Air Module (FAM) — an integral component of its Flexible Space Concept, which comprises Hiross underfloor air conditioning, raised access flooring and demountable partitioning systems.
fire suppression
To simplify the specification of fire-protection systems, Siemens Building Technologies has introduced a new brand name for all its fixed fire-suppression products.
Art Cool
Design changes to LG’s Art Cool range of indoor units for air conditioning enable customers in Asia regions to display their own images on the front panel by uploading them from USB memory sticks.
To stimulate the practical application of equipment using solar energy, heat pumps, photo-voltaics and biomass, Viessmann has devised a package of guidance and support. Called ‘More than heat’, the package comprises four components to support a project from concept to successful operation.
To reduce heat gain in the shooting range for the Olympic Games in Beijing, a heat-reflecting membrane has been specified for the roof and wall cavities. The contract for Thermo-Foil membrane from Apollo Energy Research in the UK was secured with help from the commercial department of the British Embassy in Beijing.
The impressive Galway Clinic in the west of Ireland has become Fujitsu’s largest VRF air-conditioning installation. Fujitsu distributor ICE of Dublin supplied the 36 VRF systems. They serve 183 indoor units in the £100 million clinic, which has a hundred beds and more than doubles the number of private hospital beds available in the area. There are 36 consulting suites used by 97 top medical consultants.
Marigold Court
Underfloor heating in very sheltered housing in Gateshead addresses the issues of providing homes that are inherently safe, economic to run and comfortably designed.
Faced with an electricity supply that was inadequate for an electrically powered air-conditioning system, the new Nobu restaurant in the Mayfair area of London has opted for a gas-power solution.
Lighting that mimics the effect of daylight by varying its colour temperature during the day has been devised by GIA Lighting Design for the offices of chartered surveyors Gordon Ingram Associates. The lighting philosophy in the main working space relies on The Intelligent Solutions lighting-management system.
To provide realistic training scenarios for firefighters, Nu-way is providing gas-fired burners at facilities for Hereford & Worcester Fire & Rescue Service and Hereford Fire Station.
To support the safe and secure operation of its new personality disorder unit, Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland Mental Health Trust has installed a building-management system based on the Apogee range from Siemens Building Technologies.
Luminaires from RIDI Lighting have been installed in virtually every area of the 4180 m2 of the London office of Christian Aid. There are six floors, including a basement.
Extremely fast recovery of hot water for three community schools in Southampton is provided by 14 water heaters from Lochinvar’s Knight and Charger range of gas-fired water heaters.
Solarcentury has joined forces with Hammerson UK Properties to install 494 solar panels into the roof of the new Bishops Square development in London’s Spitalfields.
boiler room
The low energy consumption and emissions of Ultramax boilers and Gemini calorifiers are being exploited in the Cotman Centre of Norwich & Norfolk University Hospital to provide space heating and domestic hot water.

Koolduct performs at SECC

18 December, 2005
The use of Kingspan’s Koolduct pre-insulated ducting at the Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre in Glasgow has overcome severe space restrictions — especially around the riser ducts.
Chillers using ammonia and hydrocarbons have been designed and installed by Star Refrigeration at the new 21 800 m2 headquarters of Roche Products at Shire Park in Welwyn Garden City.
The Bristolian

SES steams into Swindon

18 December, 2005
The formal launch of the new office in the south west of SES was celebrated with a soiree at Swindon Steam Museum, with the Lord Mayor of Swindon (left) welcoming this national building-services contractor into the area. Guests included architects, main contractors and clients. Also pictured are managing director Allan McDougall and southern regional director Mark Perkins,
The training academy at NG Bailey in Leeds has been opened by Alun Michael, Minister of State for Industry & the Regions. It boosts Bailey’s training capacity to 400 apprentices.
paint line

Trox enhances its paint lines

18 December, 2005
A £250 000 investment by Trox in rebuilding and refurbishing its powder-coating plant at Thetford enables one of the two lines to accommodate products up to 5 m long in a huge variety of colours. This line can handle virtually all types of multi-service chilled beam. The other line concentrates on commodity items such as grilles and diffusers.
Procurement practices on Government projects have improved only marginally over the last five years, according to an extensive survey among specialist engineering contractors by the Specialist Engineering Contractors Group. The survey sought feedback on the extent to which best practice on Government projects has permeated along the supply chain and followed a similar survey in 2000.
Skanska Innisfree has achieved financial close on a PFI scheme to transform health-care provision for users of three hospitals in central Nottinghamshire.

Airedale at Emirates Stadium

18 December, 2005
Airedale is to supply cooling equipment for critical IT/VT applications at the new Emirates Stadium of Arsenal football club in North London.
The announcement by the Government of £30 million of funding for the Low Carbon Building Programme (LCBP) over the next three years has been criticised by the Chartered Institute of Building.
LG has invested £500 000 in the development of an air-conditioning training academy that can provide courses for over 240 air-conditioning engineers and contractors each month.
Andrew Eastwell

Chips with everything

18 December, 2005
A future for the building-services industry of all the components of plant and systems having fully embedded communications capability and intelligence has been suggested by Andrew Eastwell, chief executive of BSRIA. Speaking at the association’s annual briefing in November, he suggested that the ever-falling price of micro-processors is the key to fulfiling what he dubbed the ‘plug-and-play dream’. The event marked 50 years of BSRIA’s role as a leading research organisation in the building-services industry, and Andrew Eastwell was not shy of looking forward.
The forthcoming new Building Regulations dealing with the conservation of fuel and power (Part L) and ventilation (Part F) present both challenges and opportunities to the building-services industry. It is a challenge that the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineering has responded to with the development of much guidance that is widely referred to in the new regulations and in organising a major conference to provide guidance for building designers, constructors, owners and operators.
Computer model
Energy efficiency and sustainability need not be at odds with good, commercial development or be difficult to understand, as multi-disciplinary consultant Gifford is proving.
STEVE KEAR explains why BACnet/IP provides a solution for the complete integration of building systems.
Compupter model

Enjoying the Avanti effect

18 December, 2005
TONY MATTHEWS reports on the progress of the Avanti initiative, which is demonstrating the value of information and communication technologies on real construction projects
Pump sets
The latest pressurisation sets from Grundfos Pumps are offered as single- and twin-pump versions in two models. They are applicable to sealed heating and chilled-water systems. They detect a reduction in pressure and automatically refill the system, restoring it to its original pressure.

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Manufacturer helps equip skills centre

Ideal Heating has helped to equip a new £500,000 green energy centre in Merseyside which is seeking to attract fresh talent into the heating industry.

Acoustic solutions suite with easy access to services at University of Birmingham

A suite of ceiling and wall acoustic solutions have been specified for The University of Birmingham’s new landmark Molecular Sciences building, which will provide a hub for research and academic work.