2010 December

SPX, water heater, district heating

SPX offers a new range of APV Compakva water heaters and district heating units for domestic water heating in social housing and commercial schemes.

Fujitsu, VRF air conditioning

FG Eurofred now offers a program for the selection and design of its Fujitsu J-series and V-II VRF air-conditioning systems. This program is a powerful design tool for selecting Fujitsu VRF equipment and will produce detailed schematic drawings and equipment schedules.

Polypipe Terrain, Polypress, pipework

Polypipe Terrain’s Polypress press-fit plumbing system has been re-accredited by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme, (WRAS). This is the second such approval of the Polypress system and signifies its continued suitability for use in potable-water systems.

Kestrel, air flow meter

The Kestrel 4200 Pocket Air Flow Meter has been designed specifically for HVAC applications.

Big Foot, mounting system, solar PV

Big Foot Solar Systems offer the complete non-penetrative mounting system for photovoltaic panels on a flat roof.

Comdronic, commissioning meter

The AC6 Commissioning Meter from Comdronic is compact, lightweight and user friendly. 0 to 250 kPa differential pressure range (600 kPa also available). Database of over 2600 valves and devices from 52 manufacturers.

3D BIM service

01 December, 2010

Cadeuro offers a 3D building-information-modelling service (BIM) using Revit MEP for use in energy-analysis programs such as IES. This service is in addition to the established 3D MEP services.

Shenton Group, Solar PV, renewable energy

Shenton Group has introduced a range of solar photo-voltaic solutions for industrial and commercial applications. The launch follows the introduction of the Feed in Tariff to guarantee a minimum payment for electricity generated from renewable sources and a separate payment for electricity exported to the grid.

ICS, Tricool Thermal, chiller

ICS and Tricool Thermal offer a solution to the replacement of chillers in basement plantrooms that are difficult to access, or other areas. Standard and bespoke chillers can be manufactured at ICS’s 4600 m2 facility in Southampton, tested and systematically broke down for transport and delivery. Once delivered to site, a chiller can be rebuilt in situ and retested.

Pegler Yorkshire, pipework, gas, press fit

Pegler Yorkshire has added larger sizes to its XPress range of press-fit copper gas fittings. They are now available in sizes from 15 to 108 mm and can be used for internal and external above-ground second and third family gas services.

An electronic psychrometric chart is available from Ideas Software that makes it possible to insert, evaluate and read all the transformations taking place during the air-handling phase. Results can be printed. The chart is available plain or customised with a company’s brand.

MK Electric, Echo, wireless control, EnOcean

MK Electric has extended its Echo range of self-powered switches with a combination switch receiver and repeater. The K5420R is designed mainly for installing in ceiling voids for wiring into the lighting circuit. It reduces the stock required to wire an installation because when installed and powered but not programmed with transmitters it will work as a repeater, so there is no need to stock separate repeaters.

Fujitsu, air conditioning, cassette

Fujitsu has introduced a new compact cassette for its popular range of multi outdoor units. It has nominal cooling/heating capacities of 2.7/3.3 kW. This cassette is 570 mm square and 245 mm deep, excluding the grille. It weighs just 15 kg and can be used with a range of outdoor units.

Integrated Environmental Solutions has developed an energy-modelling tool for LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design). It streamlines the process and increases productivity and accuracy. Many other global rating systems and regulations also reference the ASHRAE 90.1 performance rating method, and these tool helps users easily comply with them.

Smith's Environmental, heat pump, renewable energy

Smith’s Environmental has launched a central-heating system powered by a 4.5 kW air-source heat pump. The Ecolectric system is described as a cost-effective renewable-heating solution that combines fan-convector and heat-pump technology for maximum energy efficiency.

Tridium, Honeywell, Galaxy

Tridium Group has added a Honeywell Galaxy driver to its Niagara AX software, enabling it to interface with Honeywell’s complete range of Galaxy Dimension intruder detection panels. The driver provides 2-way communication for monitoring and control via RS232 or IP. There are two versions to suit sites with a single panel or larger sites with multiple panels; they can run on a JACE controller or an AX supervisor.

Daikin, Altherma, heat pump

Daikin has added smaller models to its Altherma monobloc range of air-to-water heat pumps. They have nominal capacities of 6 and 8 kW and provide a plug-and-go solution for applications where space is restricted and smaller capacities are required, such as social housing.

Gilberts, security fire damper

Gilberts’ GP series of perforated-face security grilles provides a solution for extract and transfer applications in high-security areas such as prisons, cell blocks and remand centres. This range of grilles is based on the preceding series and has been restyled and updated into a tougher yet still aesthetically pleasing unit. Advances in production methods and assembly make it 20% cheaper than its predecessor.

Fujitsu, air conditioning

The latest range of Fujitsu multi-split air-conditioning systems from FG Eurofred comprises a choice of two outdoor units and a new range of wall-mounted indoor units. The outdoor heat-pump units are AA rated with most combinations connected. Nominal capacities of size 14 units are 4.0 kW of cooling (EER 3.81) and 4.4 kW of heating (COP 4.31). The size 18 unit has a cooling capacity of 5.0 kW (EER 3.21) and 5.6 kW in heating mode (COP 4.18).

Legrand, electrical accessories, Part M

Legrand has expanded its Synergy range to include a selection of wiring accessories that provide style and choice for specifying within the constraints of Part M of the Building Regulations. This range has matt back plates and white interiors, addressing visibility requirements by providing a contrast between background colour, plate and device interior.

Cooper Lighting & Safety has introduced a new version of its popular Patriot bulkhead compact fluorescent luminaire in a choice of sizes and additional lamp options to complement its renowned vandal-resistant IP65 polycarbonate housing. These luminaires can be installed indoor or outdoors. They can be supplied with opal or prismatic polycarbonate diffusers and a gasket for life-long protection against the ingress of dust or water.

Aurora has introduced a GU10 replacement compact fluorescent lamp. The 11 W Luna lamp has a nano-brite coating on the reflector to achieve a light output of nearly 50 lm/W, giving an 80% energy saving over halogen. These new lamps are designed for ambient temperatures of 65°C, as found in fire-rated downlighters.

Osram, CFL

Osram now offers pin-based compact fluorescent lamps with an average life of 36 000 h to meet professional lighting requirements. The very long life of Dulux XT lamps considerably extends the maintenance cycle, leading to much lower lighting costs — particularly for luminaires that are difficult to access. Despite the long life, energy savings of 80% compared with traditional GLS lamps are achieved.

Menzies Energy Management now offers an automated meter-reading service to provide efficient and cost-effective support to commercial and industrial organisations as they move towards implementing automated meter reading, which becomes mandatory in some sectors in 201. This service includes water, gas and electricity and is based on a non-invasive data-capture device that does not require approval for fitment and eliminates the charge for utilising meter pulses that is levied by most utilities.

Mitsubishi Electric, VRF air conditioning

Mitsubishi Electric’s latest range of City Multi VRF controllers for air-handling units include a new size 500 unit that can be connected to much larger AHUs and increase the range to cooling capacities from 11 to 56 kW. The PAC-AH-M-J range also provides more precise control of air temperature for supply and return air systems as well as adding new control options and interfaces to enable connection to the company’s extensive range of VRF equipment.

Flir, infra-red survey, thermal imaging

With Winter being an ideal time for infra-red surveys of buildings because of the greater difference between indoor and outdoor temperatures, Flir is offering an energy pack comprising a thermal camera and free complementary products to create a comprehensive kit — for an overall cost saving of £2520. The offers runs to 31 December 2010.

Star Refrigeration, heat pump,l DHW

Star Refrigeration has developed a heat-pump system that can generate chilled water for air-conditioning systems and ‘free’ domestic hot water at up to about 70°C. Called Envitherm, it uses carbon dioxide as the refrigerant and transcritical CO2 compression to produce high-grade heat that can raise the temperature of cold mains water to over 70°C in a single pass. Applications include buildings with a high demand for heating and hot water, such as hotels.

AO Smith, solar thermal, renewable energy, DHW, domestic hot water

A.O. Smith solar thermal systems for producing domestic hot water have a patented system to overcome the problem of stagnation in the panels. Mounted directly below the solar collector, the drain-back system avoids stagnation, when the heat-transfer fluid can overheat and start to break down. There is also no need to start the pump to get rid of excess heat when the demand for hot water is low, and no need to build in an oversized storage system to cope with excess heat.

Dimplex, domestic hot water, DHW, heat pump

The first supermarket to be built to PassivHaus standards in the British Isles includes a Dimplex ground-source heat pump that draws energy from refrigeration and cooling systems to supply domestic hot water. The Tesco store in Tramore, County Waterford, is built to very high levels of air tightness and insulation, so water heating is an important consideration in the overall performance of the building. Such buildings typically have an annual energy consumption less than 15 kWh/m2.

Douglas Delabie, TMV3, DHW, domestic hot water

The Securitherm cool-touch range of TMV3 shower valves from Douglas Delabie has been tested and certified by BuildCert to the NHS Model Engineering Specification D08/TMV3. The cool touch is achieved by passing the cold supply through an outer water channel before it is mixed with the incoming hot water. In addition, the water-supply inlets have thermally insulated covers. The shower temperature is factory set at 38°C and adjustable between 20 and 41°C.

Sirrus by Gummers,  DHW, domestic hot water, non-touch tap and shower

Sirrus by Gummers has introduced a new generation of non-touch controls for taps and showers. The Pulse 8 range has capacitance sensors that are now more sensitive to compete on with infra-red applications. It is suitable for a wide variety of commercial, leisure, health and institutional installations.

Santon, unvented water heater, hot water DHW

Santon has added a slimline, maintenance-free unvented water heater to its range. Aquaheat SS is made in the UK and available as 50, 80 and 100 l models. These units can be installed vertically or horizontally, on a wall or in ceiling voids or cupboards.

Zip  Heaters, DHW, electric point of use water heater

Think local

01 December, 2010

Point-of-use water heaters are evolving and bring a host of benefits, including the use of conventional taps — and with style, as Nick Taylor explains.

Sirrus by Gummers, TMV, shower, TMV3, DHW

Hot water at safe temperatures is provided for a dementia care home and 108 properties in a retirement care community by Sirrus Opac thermostatic shower valves. These TMV3-approved shower valves were specified for the Sandford Station development in north Somerset, which is owned and managed by the charity St Monica Trust.

Rads, shower, DHW, domestic hot water

Rada’s V10 sequential shower control is designed for commercial environments. It has a robust cartridge to cope with heavy usage, and occasional misuse. The thermostatic mixing valve conforms to TMV2, the standard designed to prevent scalding.

Andrews Water Heaters, Potterton Commercial, DHW, domestic hot water, legionella, Legionnaires' Disease

Paul Hardy discusses the control of legionella in DHW systems, including those supported by renewable-energy sources.

BG Controls,BMS

The control panel for The Regis School in Bognor Regis was specially built by BG Controls to be placed on a 3 m-square concrete base on top of the school. This U-shaped panel was built in the company’s workshop and had to be vertically wired and tested. The wires were then disconnected and all three sections taken apart for reassembling and testing on site before being craned on to the designated base.

HygroMatik, humidification

Humidity control for rooms housing high-tech equipment at the new Circle Bath Hospital, designed by Foster + Partners, is provided by HygroMatik equipment. Circle is a privately funded initiative which is building a chain of health campuses in the UK. A HygroMatik rooftop box provides steam-generated humidification to a constant-volume ventilation system supplying imaging rooms — including MRI, E-ray and endoscopy suites.

Ormandy, off site, prefabrication

Shard team looks to Ormandy

01 December, 2010

Prefabrication specialist Ormandy has won a contract to supply pre-packaged solutions for the Shard at London Bridge, which will be western Europe’s tallest building when it is completed in 2012. The contract was awarded by Mace and will see Ormandy prefabricating and installing plate heat exchangers, pump and pressurisation packages for the 310 m-high Shard.

MHS Boilers, solar thermal, renewable energy

36 m2 of evacuated-tube solar collectors supply by MHS Boilers support space heating and domestic hot water at the new £37 million Teddington School. It was built by Mace, with BDP as the architect and consulting engineer. The school specialises in visual arts and has state-of-the-art facilities for nearly 1200 pupils. It is one of the most sustainable schools in the country.

SCS Group has completed a £275 000 contract for the design and installation of mechanical and natural smoke-ventilation systems for the £1.5 billion Westfield Stratford City shopping — the largest shopping centre in Europe. It has an area of 176 000 m2 and will include over 300 shops at three levels — including John Lewis, Marks & Spencer and Waitrose.

KNX UK, Andromeda Telematics, lighting control

Andromeda Telematics was shortlisted in the KNX International awards presented at the 2010 Light+Building Exhibition for the renovation of the O2 project in Dublin. This integrated control solution for lighting delivers KNX/DALI colour-change functionality and testing for emergency lighting.

Advanced Air, natural ventilation

Contributing to the energy efficiency of the Midlands Co-operative superstore at Oakham, Rutland, is the provision of natural ventilation through special dampers and louvres supplied by Advanced Air The system comprises modulating intake dampers at low level with high-level discharge through a large area of outlet dampers and louvres running the length of the building on both sides.

G&D Higgins, space heating

A major boiler replacement and heating-system upgrade at The British Library, St Pancras, has been carried out in ‘textbook’ style by contractor G&D Higgins. The building has the Magna Carta, Leonardo da Vinci’s original notebook, the first edition of The Times (18 March 1788) and Beatles’ manuscripts in its care.

Grundfos, pump

The new 4-star Hilton Hotel in Liverpool, part of the £1 billion Liverpool One development features a complete turnkey pump solution provided by Grundfos Pumps. This hotel overlooks the Liver Buildings, Albert Docks and the River Mersey and has 216 rooms and a host of additional facilities.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, VRF, air conditioning

More efficient air conditioning for a computer-science laboratory at the University of Manchester has been provided by replacing an outdated system with a VRF heat-pump system from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. The 2-pipe system for the laboratory in Sackville Street is from the KX6 range and uses R410A. It achieves a COP of up to 3.4 and was installed by the northern region of Mitie Engineering Services with equipment supplied by 3D Air Sales.

Monitoring equipment supplied by BSRIA Instrument Solution is playing a key role in the Retrofit for the Future project commissioned by the Technology Strategy Board. Typical dwellings will  retrofitted with the latest energy-saving systems and monitored closely while the dwelling is occupied to accurately asses energy savings. BSRIA Instrument Solutions has developed a complete wireless monitoring package to minimise interference with the lives of the occupants over the 2-year testing period. The first home in this project is a 3-storey mid-terrace house in a row of five in Aylesbury. Built in the early 1990s for Places for People and still owned by them, it was heated by  off-peak electric storage heaters supplemented by panel heaters and with hot water by  a single electric immersion heater. The house had an SAP rating of 62. Monitoring will provide date about energy performance at 5-minute intervals for two years. Improvements include vastly improved insulation — including new doors, windows and insulated internal linings. Solar thermal and PV panels have been integrated into the roof. A heat pump extracts heat from exhaust air. Ventilation and cooling in Summer is achieved by opening windows. The basic monitoring package consists of three internal sensors and one external sensor for temperature and humidity, a CO2 sensor in the main living room and a data hub to accumulate data. The Aylesbury house also has two sensors to monitor the supply and extract for the MVHR system, two pyranometers to measure solar irradiation on the different roof planes where the solar panels are situated, heat-flux measurements on the solar heating and hot-water system and seven electrical sub-meters for lights, MVHR and PV solar pumps. BSRIA Instrument Solutions is already committed to supplying 53 basic testing packages to the TSB, most enhanced to particular requirements. In all, 86 homes are to be monitored, with a timescale extending into 2013.

Monitoring equipment supplied by BSRIA Instrument Solution is playing a key role in the Retrofit for the Future project commissioned by the Technology Strategy Board. Typical dwellings will retrofitted with the latest energy-saving systems and monitored closely while the dwelling is occupied to accurately asses energy savings.

MHS Radiators, radiant heating, space heating

Heating for the 8m-high sports hall of the sports hall at Basildon Sporting Village is provided by radiant ceiling panels supplied by MHS Radiators. The 22 Sunline panels were specified for their ability to provide warmth and comfort from height. They can operate at a temperature 3 K lower than convective systems without any loss of comfort. Air movement is also minimised, an important feature in sports halls.

Ability Projects, FCU, fan coil unit, air conditioning

One of the short-listed entries for the World Building of the Year 2010 award, the new Gibson Hotel in Dublin, features air conditioning for guest rooms provided by Ability Evolution 4-pipe fan-coil units with ECDC fan motors to give infinitely variable speed control and an 89% saving in fan energy compared with equivalent AC units. This hotel has around 250 bedrooms and is close to the O2 in Dublin.

Grundfos, pump

As part of a £3.5 million infrastructure of Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Grundfos Pumps worked with local consultant Harley Haddow and contractor Taylor & Fraser to provide an improved M&E solution. The upgrades included revamping the hot-water solution to include energy-efficient A-rated Magna circulators and variable-speed twin-head TPED centrifugal pumps.

Atlantic Boilers, biofuel

Lower-carbon heating for a residential development of over 450 homes is provide with the help of boilers that can burn liquid biofuel. The development has achieved an EWCO Homes ‘very good’ rating. Factory Quarter near Chiswick comprises 104 apartments for affordable rent, 185 for shared ownership and 165 for private sale.

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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.