2009 July


Building-services contractor Skerritt has strengthened its presence in the education sector with a contract worth £3.8 million. The company is nearing completion on a 52-week programme of electrical and mechanical works at the 120 000 m2 Becket School in Nottingham.

LG offers a range of free training courses to provide installers and specifiers with essential hands-on experience of its wide range of air-conditioning. They are held in its state-of-the-art training facility at its UK headquarters in Slough.


MK Electric has introduced a range of multi-media devices to provide a complete solution for residential television, radio and audio needs.


Telegan Gas Monitoring and its industry partner Anton Industrial Services are providing flue-gas analysers and gas detectors to all Gas Safe Register inspectors. The contract involves 106 Telegan Sprint V multi-function flue-gas analysers (pictured) and 106 Crowcon Elkon carbon-monoxide monitors.


Lindab has moved into East Anglia with the opening of a 600 m2 branch on the outskirts of Norwich to offer the company’s huge range of ducting, fittings, fans and air-movement products to customers throughout the area. Branch manager is Paul Seaman (left in photo with joint managing director Iain Robertson at the opening ceremony).


Waldmann’ Lighting’s Ataro range of free-standing and desk-mounted luminaires provide glare-free lighting with maximum efficiency by using a special polymethylmethacrylate material with high light transmission. This system is said to be 30% more energy efficient than conventional solutions. There is a choice of two or four compact fluorescent lamps.


Timoleon, an underfloor-heating specialist based in Exeter, is now an indoor environmental systems partner for Polypipe. Rex Ingram (pictured), chairman of Timoleon, says, ‘We’re naturally flattered that the leading name in the UK piping-systems market has seen the potential of Timoleon so early in our development. The relationship with Polypipe gives us access to an even more comprehensive range of underfloor-heating solutions and the investment to put all our ideas into action much sooner.’


Samsung has stepped up its drive to capture a significant slice of the UK air-conditioning market by forging a strategic alliance with nationwide specialist wholesaler HRP. It makes the DVM Plus III (VRF) range available through a newly formed HRP subsidiary, Samsung Air Conditioning Centre (SACC) and split systems available through HRP’s extensive network of branches.


Building-controls specialist BG Controls has reinforced its systems-support arm by opening a dedicated service and maintenance office in Preston. It is at Albert Edward House in The Pavilions, Preston.


Honeywell’s pressure-reducing valves provide an effective method of reducing water consumption in all types of building.


Comark’s RF500 wireless monitoring system can be used for almost any data-monitoring in virtually any industry following the development of a new RF515 multi-parameter transmitter.


ATC Semitec has introduced a range of pipe-mounting disc thermostats to ensure better control of hot and cold water systems. The SJW6 series can be used on pipes from 10 to16 mm diameter using integral tight-fitting stainless-steel clips. The thermostat has a curved base to improve the contact area with the pipe to maximise thermal response.


BMS installer Building Environment Control (BEC) has won a Top Ten Sales Award from Delta Controls, a leading developer of native BACnet building automation systems. The award was won in competition with Delta’s 90 pan-European partners.


Designed to provide perfect indoor climate control, the Frese Optima pressure-independent control valve (PICV) combines three functions in a single valve housing. The Optima PICV limits flow from 0.021 to 0.83 l/s, regulates differential pressure from 16 to 400 kPa and offers full 5.5 mm stroke modulation to ensure design flow is achieved even under fluctuating system pressures.

Big Foot

Big Foot Systems — a market leader in non-penetrative roof supports has launched a 1000 mm version of the Fix It Foot to add to the 250, 400 and 600 mm products. Fix It foot supports are recycled rubber components with excellent anti-vibration properties and at the same time recycling a mountain of car tyres!

CIBSE has published new guidance on reducing the carbon emissions and energy costs associated with commercial kitchens. ‘TM50: Energy efficiency in commercial kitchens’ has been prepared jointly by CIBSE and the Catering for a Sustainable Future Group. It provides industry-specific guidance and advice on sustainability and how to reduce the energy used in commercial kitchens.


The latest version of ABB’s 6-step energy-saving plan provides information on the best way to save money by applying variable-speed drives and low-voltage motors to fans and pumps. It runs to 20 pages and provides information on how to save money in setting up and running drive and motor applications, with tips on managing installation and when best to replace old technology with modern drives and motors. It provide numerous examples of companies that have benefited from implementing energy-saving drives and motors in production and process.


Thermokon’s 2009 catalogue is bigger than ever — with 233 pages that include all types of sensor from room operating panels, pressure, mixed-gas, CO2, light/motion, IO modules, humidity and temperature. The innovative and proven wireless product line EasySens is also featured.

Andrews Water Heaters

Andrews Water Heaters has updated its Size IT sizing program for DHW systems to reflect new developments in the industry and the latest products and solutions from the company.


Weidmüller, which specialises in solutions for general control cabinet building has developed a new approach to supplying cabinets which was featured at the recent Hanover Fair in Germany.

Ackermann Cablelink/MK Electric

The Ackermann Cablelink Plus modular floorbox from MK Electric is designed for high load-bearing capability and for speed and ease of installation. Load-bearing capability meets BS EN 50085-2-2. These boxes also have self-closing lids in accordance with the draft IEC 61534-11 and improved robustness with cord caps that cannot be kicked off.


Trion has added three units to its Air Boss range of electronic air cleaners. The range now comprises 11 models with airflows from 1000 to 17 000 m3/h with a pressure drop of just 90 Pa. They can remove fumes and odours in a greater variety of kitchen exhaust applications.

MHS Radiator

MHS Radiators’ new range of radiant ceiling panels integrate with T-bar suspended ceilings and are said to make possible significant reductions in energy consumption by enabling air temperature to be typically 3 K lower than an equivalent convective air system.

MK Electric

MK Electric has expanded its Echo range of ‘self-powered’ wireless and battery-free switches with a variety of decorative and industrial finishes. MK says it is the first major UK manufacturer to incorporate this EnOcean technology into switches. Simply operating the switch generates enough electricity to operate lighting at up to 30 m.


LG’s comprehensive range of outdoor units covers a host of configurations for commercial and domestic air-conditioning applications. It includes what is claimed to be the only indoor-mounted condensing for VRF — the Multi V Space.

Flakt Woods

Flakt Woods e3-Line fan concept includes the JM range of fans fitted with EFF1 motors to provide a more energy-efficient solution. The platform is complete and will enable motors with even higher efficiencies to be introduced in compliance with IEC 60034-30. Branded the e3-Line A range, it is available for selection using the on-line fan-selection tool.

Taconova, Danfoss

Taconova now offers two ranges of high-limit safety control valves from Danfoss to limit the temperature of secondary hot water in large-scale heating and DHW systems.

Industrial air curtains

08 July, 2009

Airbloc’s AB Series of air curtains is said to reduce the energy loss through open external doors of heated or air-conditioned buildings by over 80%. They are designed for industrial environments and allow doors to remain open with little detriment to internal comfort or energy use.

The G-save Economiser controller from Gas-elec is said to be capable of reducing heating bills for gas, oil or LPG installations by up to 35%.

Walter Meier

Wolf’s KG Top range of air-handling units is available through Walter Meier (Climate UK). 16 sizes cover throughputs from 2100 to 100 000 m3/h. These units are said to combine high performance and low energy consumption with sensible pricing and low cost of ownership.


EC motors in Torin-Sifan’s range of double-inlet centrifugal Pod blowers provide soft start and infinitely variable speed control, resulting in very low specific fan power and noise levels.


Crabtree’s bright yellow Safety Shield enables first and second fix of electrical accessories to be carried out at the same time, without having to return later when plasterers and decorators have finished their work. Safety Shields are said to be particularly useful in the refurbishment of domestic kitchens that have to be kept as functional as possible during refurbishment.


Capable of being installed in a standard 300 mm kitchen cupboard is a range of open-vent condensing boilers from Viessmann. The Vitodens 100-W Compact range comprises four models with outputs from 13 to 26 kW, and they are just 285 mm deep.


Very high EERs and COPs are claimed for the wall-mounted SRK-ZIX range of inverter heat-pump single splits from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Europe. Cooling EER is 5.71, with a heating COP of 5.56.

Clyde Bohemia

Clyde’s Bohemia antique-style cast-iron column radiators can be used with open-vented or sealed heating systems with a maximum operating pressure of 6 bar and are also certified for 0.7 bar steam.

Armstrong has launched two pump ranges under its Design Envelope category. They are the Series 4300 IVS vertical inline pump and the Series 4302 dualARM IVS pump designs.

Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a card-operated controller for air conditioning in hotel rooms. The card can be specifically for the controller or double up as the room key.

CentraLine/ Honeywell

CentraLine from Honeywell has added two products to its range. They are the Spyder terminal-unit controller and Zio programmable wall units.

Drive belts for fans and pumps in HVAC applications can be accurately tightened with the use of a digital tension meter from PIX Europe. The right tension makes an important contribution to energy efficiency and service life. It also helps prevent the belt breaking, bearing damage, motor overheating and slippage.

Pegler Yorkshire

Pegler Yorkshire’s Loko range of single-lever designer brassware is part of the luxury Francis Pegler portfolio. The range includes basin and bath/shower mixers though to mini basin mixers for smaller basins and kitchen taps.

Delta Controls and Complete Control Installations

Delta Controls and Complete Control Installations have launched a plug-and-play controller for fan-coil units that enables building owners and manager to accommodate changes to floor layouts with the need for costly HVAC program modifications.

MEM Memera

The MEM Memera range of consumer units has been redesigned and expanded to include units to overcome problems faced by installers trying to meet the requirements of the 17th Edition of the Wiring Regulations. In particular, there is more wiring space to accommodate RCBOs for protecting individual outgoing circuits.


The addition of a web server to Ex-Or’s MLS Digital managed lighting system provides access via a web browser on a computer.


Underfloor heating based on Flowcrete’s Floorzone solution has been installed in a £27 million sports village in Stirling. The Peak has been developed for Stirling Council and includes a 9-court sports hall, 6-sheet ices rink and a 25 m 6-lane swimming pool. There are also health and fitness facilities, 12 m climbing wall and licensed restaurant.

Ridi Lighting

A lighting control system developed by Ridi Lighting and Hampshire County Council has been installed in Burnham Copse primary school in Tadley.

Mitsubishi Electric

Helping the new headquarters of Peugeot Citroen Automobiles UK meet high environmental standards are a VRF air-conditioning system and thermal heatwave recuperators from Mitsubishi Electric. Installer BMS Air Conditioning supplied and fitted 15 large City Multi outdoor units and 252 ducted indoor units as part of a VRF system for the 3-storey Pinley House on Sunbeam Way in Coventry.


Luxo is helping Waitrose achieve a new look for its Kenilworth with a change from linear fluorescent luminaires to modular 600 mm-square fittings. Working on a brief to achieve the look of a dropped ceiling and liaising with Waitrose’s engineering manager Toby Marlow, Luxo came up with a design based on Modul 600 luminaires interspersed with Minitravel recessed downlighters.


Monodraught natural ventilation and lighting has been installed at the £7 million, 3300 m2 Lincoln Innovation Centre to reduce running costs and carbon footprint. The centre is the key to the city’s aspirations to bring in higher-level and more highly paid jobs. It rents first- and second-floor offices to new and existing businesses in the area.

Arriving at the £1.1 million A&E department of the Royal Preston Hospital at night is made even more dramatic by the striking pagoda-style canopy and its lighting.


Durapipe’s Friaphon sound-attenuated drainage system in sizes up to 160 mm has been installed in a new landmark building in Cork. The 17-storey Elysian is the tallest in Cork. It consists of 212 apartments, two storeys of office space and five retail units. As with many multi-occupancy buildings, reducing the noise of sanitary installations is important, so the Friaphon system was installed for all soil and wastewater drainage.


The water supply to two large water tanks — the larger is 108 m3 — in the Westfield London Shopping centre (pictured) is controlled by fast-acting Keraflo float valves. Another tank storing water for the adiabatic cooling system also uses a Keraflo float valve.

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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.