2020 March

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is hosting daily FREE webinars on Coronvirus to help their members and the wider industry deal with issues arising for businesses all over the UK. 

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The team here at MBS hopes that you are well and finding a way to continue your work in these challenging times.

Karen Fletcher on some of the main themes in the March 2020 issue of MBS magazine.

data centre, Victaulic, Green Mountain, pipework, Kristian Gyland, Stavanger

Built into the mountains of Stavanger, Norway, in what was formerly a NATO ammunition storage facility, is now one of the world’s most secure and energy efficient data centres.

DMA Group, Steve McGregor

Plan of action

01 March, 2020

When refurbishing a fully functional building you are guaranteed a host of unexpected challenges. Steve McGregor advises that the key is in the planning – and application of technology.

Hern Yau, IAQ, indoor air quality, Mitsubishi electric, pollution, VOCs

Inside out

01 March, 2020

While pollution levels in our air are a major cause for concern, Mitsubishi Electric Product Manager Hern Yau explains why we need to be cautious about assuming indoor air is always better.

CHAS, prequalification, Build UK, PQ, Common Assessment Stanard, PAS 91, Ian McKinnon

A simpler route to PQ

01 March, 2020

The next phase of a new pre-qualification (PQ) system designed to reduce inefficiencies in the construction industry will be implemented shortly. CHAS, which certifies companies against the new standard, explains what this means for the construction sector.

Hartnell Taylor Cook, Stuart Howell, Stuart Funiciello, sustainability, energy efficiency, landlords, MEES, BREEAM, WELL Building Standards, property developers

Both landlords and policy makers are having to respond to a growing public consciousness of the property sector’s environmental impact, resulting in a slew of regulation.

Dunham-Bush, Hydrocourse, Eastbourne, Devonshire Park, trench heating

Dunham-Bush has supplied its Hydrocourse trench heating to the Devonshire Quarter for the £54 million transformation of the old Devonshire Park into a cultural, conferencing and sporting facility.

Rinnai, H Pickup & Sons, water heaters, limescale protection

Scarborough-based H Pickup Mechanical & Electrical Services has applied a Rinnai continuous flow hot water solution at a large-scale seafood processing plant in the North East of England.

GDL, Crow Wood Hotel, Burnley, ventilation, grilles, diffusers, slot diffusers

The recently opened Crow Wood Hotel & Spa near Burnley is a luxury venue with 76 bedrooms and suites, set within 40 acres of secluded countryside offering wedding, spa and conference facilities.

Carlo Gavazzi, panel mount, power analyser, three phase systems, WM15, Bluetooth

Controls and automation specialist, Carlo Gavazzi has extended its product offering with the WM15, a 96x96 panel mount power analyser for three phase systems (MID versions available) which can be installed into any switchboard to manage and control energy consumption, main electrical variables and harmonic distortion.

Albion Valves, Brexit, warehouse, valves

Albion Valves says that it is ready to deliver products to its customers whatever problems might be caused by Brexit.

Titan Products, Zigbee, CO2, sensor, room sensor

Titan Products has announced the launch of what it says is the world’s first Zigbee 3.0 CO2 sensor.

Pegler, valves, modular, valve, mini modular valve, fan coil units, FCUs

Continuing on from the launch of its successful bespoke valve configuration service, Pegler , has launched a mini modular valve solution to support contractor efficiencies within fan coil units.

Lochinvar, Cavalier, EcoDesign, ErP, water heaters

Water heater manufacturer Lochinvar has launched a range of high performance electric floor standing storage water heaters for commercial and large residential applications.

Swegon, Zenith, Parasol, comfort modules, F Gas Regulation

Swegon’s new range of Parasol Zenith comfort modules offer a highly flexible option for a wide range of indoor climate projects.

Zender Group, ComfoAir, MVHR, Greenwood Vireo, ventilation

Zehnder Group UK, is re-launching the Greenwood Vireo MVHR unit as the Zehnder ComfoAir, in a move to bring all MVHR products under the Zehnder brand. The newly launched ComfoAir features a number of improvements and upgrades, such as quieter running levels, optional third speed and spare parts available on request.

Tom Murray, Baxi Commercial Heating, heating, energy efficiency, controls, emissions, net zero

A balanced approach

01 March, 2020

Recent reports of energy waste in UK commercial properties highlight that more can be done to improve the efficiency of our existing buildings. Where heating is concerned, says Tom Murray, we must continue to tackle the low hanging fruit

audits, CIBSE, hospitals, hot water, Rinnai, Sensei N Series

Rinnai is offering free audits for all hospitals and medical centres in order to maximise energy and financial efficiency in the delivery of hot water at the point of use.

cascade insulation, Evomax 2, heat exchanger, Ideal Commercial, magnetic low loss header

Ideal Commercial has enhanced its range of cascade accessories with the introduction of Magnetic Low Loss Header and Cascade Insulation kits.

Samsung, air conditioning, Wind-Free, artificial intelligence, AI, Auto Comfort

Samsung has launched its new wall-mounted air conditioner platform for 2020. The new range is available in five different executions of which three versions feature Samsung’s unique Wind-Free Cooling technology, complemented by new intelligent technologies for enhanced indoor comfort and improved energy efficiency.

 Part L, Building Regulations, LETI, architects, energy efficiency

Proposed changes to building regulations will make buildings less energy efficient, according to groups of engineers and architects.

Coronavirus, IAQ, indoor air quality, BESA, wellbeing, ventilation

An urgent review of building ventilation strategies should be carried out to help tackle the spread of the coronavirus.

 REFCOM, refrigeration, Brexit, registration

An agreement between the EU and the UK to continue the mutual recognition of professional certification should put minds at ease throughout the refrigeration and air conditioning industry, according to the UK’s primary F Gas register REFCOM.

Hackitt Review, Hywel Davies, CIBSE Patrons, Dame Judith Hackitt

The author of the post-Grenfell review of building safety believes the industry lacks the necessary “leadership and drive to bring about change”.

building regulations, Housing, Robert Jenrick

Housing Minister Robert Jenrick is considering creating a fast-track planning process for “beautiful buildings and spaces”. He said well-designed, high quality homes and tree-lined streets should be the “norm not the exception” following the publication of the final report from The Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

decarbonisation, electrification, carbon, BNEF

Greater electrification of building services will be central to global decarbonisation efforts.

building regulations, Karen Fletcher, legislation

Booster for success

01 March, 2020

This month, MBS has been talking to the industry about meeting the challenge to lower carbon emissions from the built environment.

Alan Mooney, Andrew Geens, Darren Chenery, Darryl Gregory, Luke Osborne, net zero carbon, Peter Tse, Round table, Trend Control Systems

This month’s round table discussion, sponsored by Trend Control Systems, examines the net zero carbon challenge. Karen Fletcher reports

CSA, Commissioning Specialists Association, CSA, conference, Making Buildings Work, The Crystal

The first CSA conference takes place on 31st March at The Crystal in London.

IAQ, domestic, ventilation, housing, local authorities

Health experts call for LAs to gain more powers and funding to address poor indoor air quality.

 immigration policy, government, Priti Patel, ECA, Andrew Eldred

The ECA says that an end to easy employment of foreign workers is an opportunity to train a UK workforce.

R32, air conditioning, chillers, fan coil units, FCUs, GWP

The lower GWP refrigerant R32 will command 80% of the total splits market

Daikin Applied, R32, air-to-water, heat pump, Bluevolution

Daikin Applied has launched an air to water heat pump range that uses R-32 refrigerant.

Kevin Potter, Hamworthy, mixed-use, high rise, heating, hot water, decentralised, heating design

Hot property

01 March, 2020

As mixed use, high-rise developments spring up across our cities, Kevin Potter considers the challenges and options for designing hot water systems in buildings that include homes, offices, gyms and restaurants.

Charlie Mowbray, Ideal Commercial, boilers, high demand, hospitals, heating, hot water

In high demand

01 March, 2020

Charlie Mowbray looks at examples of commercial boiler installations where high demand is at the forefront.




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Pandemic Forces Further CSA Awards Postponement

The CSA Awards have been postponed to June 2021 - and the entry deadline has been extended, so make sure you get your nominations in. 

Lochinvar makes double sales appointment

Dean Thornton and Will Brooks have taken up area sales manager roles at Lochinvar

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