Many refurbishment projects provide scope for including low or zero carbon technologies. Ant Wilson of Faber Maunsell explores some of the options and their viabilities for different geographical locations.
To enable rooftop packaged air conditioners using R22 to be replaced easily, Carrier will make new units to fit exactly into the space occupied by the units being replaced. Such units are especially used in the retail sectors, and several Tesco stores in the south of England have recently benefited from this service.
The nature of the UK electricity supply means that much electrical equipment is served by a higher voltage than it is designed for — wasting energy and shortening its life. Angus Robertson explains how voltage power optimisation addresses these problems.
Mike Nankivell explains how the requirements of the Energy in Buildings Performance Directive for most commercial air-conditioning system installations to be inspected and the F-Gas Regulation’s leak-checking procedures should address some of the more basic design flaws, user error and maintenance failings that result in poor operating efficiency.
Over 120 Mitsubishi Electric water-cooled WR2 air-conditioning systems have been installed as part of the refurbishment of Fort Dunlop in Birmingham by Urban Splash — making it the largest such system in the UK.
Replacing a boiler will not in itself fully maximise the efficiency of the heating system. Engineers must take all aspects of the system into account when upgrading commercial heating, says John Bailey.
Ex-Or offers a complete range of energy- and cost-saving controls and managed lighting systems for new-build and refurbishment projects. They ensure compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations.
Elmhurst Energy has launched an accreditation scheme and training packages to enable qualified property-industry professionals to undertake energy-rating assessments and produce Energy Performance Certificates for commercial buildings and Display Energy Certificates for public buildings.
The latest grease-management system from ACO Building Drainage is designed for small kitchens such as pubs, cafes, snack bars, cafeterias and tea rooms to dispose of fats, oils and grease that might cause blockages in pipes.
CIBSE gold medallist and former president Brian Moss believes the expertise of engineers could transcend politics in reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions — even to the level of CIBSE partnering with the Government.
A Grundfos SP 60 borehole pump plays a key role in the open-loop geothermal system that provides heating and cooling for the £36 million refurbishment of St Martin-in-the-Field church in London’s Trafalgar Square.
Keston Boilers has supplied a custom-built modular rig to provide energy-efficient and cost-effective heating and DHW for the refurbishment of Palmers Lodge youth hostel, a Victorian Grade 2 listed building in Swiss Cottage, London.
The capability of multi-service chilled beams (MSCBs) to use chilled water at the relatively high temperatures of 14°C flow and 17°C return is highlighted by Trox as making the use renewable energy sources such ground water and heat pumps viable propositions.
Clivet Aircon reports that its contract maintenance business has more than doubled in the last 12 months and that demand for its Versatemp refurbishment and test regime programmes is at an all-time high.
Distributor RS Components has begun a trial installation of Dialight LED downlighters in its Corby head office. Over a hundred Dialight HL 16 retro-fit LED units are replacing MR 16 halogen downlighters in the main corridor that leads to all the meeting rooms.
Air-conditioning distributor Oceanair Distribution, has been acquired by an investment group for an undisclosed sump. The deal does not affect Oceanair (UK), the Nottingham-based distributor, which continues as a separate stand-alone company.
Aqua Mechanical Services has completed a £2.7 million contract for Willmott Dixon Construction for the installation of M&E services for a new research and teaching facility for the physics of medicine in Cambridge. The building is next to the world-famous Cavendish Laboratory.
Support services and construction company Carillion has signed up to the Ministry of Defence’s sustainable procurement charter. The charter was signed by Carillion chief executive John McDonough and chief executive of Defence Estates Vice Admiral Tim Laurence.
Over 1900 t of virgin R22 refrigerant was sold in the UK, all of it used to service R22 systems — according to the latest market survey from the British Refrigeration Association. Concerned about its effects on ozone depletion and global warming, the BRA and its members are urging the industry to improve system tightness, as required in the F Gas Regulations, and minimise leakage.
Productivity in the building-services engineering sector is being inhibited by poor management and leadership skills, according to research by SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for building-services engineering.
NG Bailey has won a £13 million contract to fit out 10 new office buildings on the largest speculatively office park in the UK. Work has started on the 70 200 m2 Maxim Office Park development for TAL CPT, which is next to the Eurocentral Business Park in North Lanarkshire.
HVCA president Gareth Vaughan has responded enthusiastically to a new report on the construction industry by the House of Commons Business & Enterprise Select Committee, which picks up many of the concepts and solutions that the specialist engineering sector has been promoting for more than a decade.
Arrow Commercial has appointed the northern office of Faber Maunsell to provide design services for this £10 million development in Sunderland. Subject to planning consent, Arrow will create a river-front mixed-used development to be known as The Edge at Scotia Quays on the River Wear.
Inviron is working on a contract to install the complete M&E services for South Bank Sixth Form College in Litherland, Merseyside. The project includes 60 boreholes, each 100 m deep, to serve ground-source heat pumps to heat and cool the building.
Marshall-Tufflex has published a 72-page catalogue ‘Universal rainwater and drainage systems’ It illustrates the company’s entire range of complementary water-management systems, from roof-top guttering to soil and waste and underground solutions. Most are produced in high-impact, fully certified, PVC-u — making them suitable for most applications.
Legrand, which specialises in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks, has launched a new UK web site. It provides visitors with the opportunity to do everything from browsing its revamped online catalogue through to booking CPD training courses — and even win prizes.
Polypipe Ventilation has invested in new tooling for its Domus range of products for ducting systems for light-commercial and domestic ventilation projects. The investment has already improved product quality and the company’s ability to react to changing and more demanding needs of the market.