2021 July

Rinnai N Series 5

Rinnai’s N Series range of hot water heating units and systems have been passed as fully certified to the new UKCA standard, the successor to the CE mark. 

Tridonic SceneCOM

Using basicDIM as the backbone provides wireless connectivity for emergency luminaires via a fail-safe mesh network without additional cabling or structural changes.

LMS Boiler Sequence

There’s a lot of discussion on decarbonisation, centred on which fuel to use to heat buildings. But an interesting reminder came recently from Mike Foster, Chief Executive of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA), with his blog titled: ‘Is a cliche I know, but a great way to decarbonise is to use less energy’. 

Micronics Building

A regional provider of electrical engineering and contracting services to the commercial, industrial, health and educational sectors installed 14 Micronics U1000 Heatmeters in a new 7 storey building in Princes Street, Manchester

Elco Aerotop

Two new models have been added to Elco's AEROTOP® range of air source heat pumps - available in outputs from 24kW to 48kW, while the larger AEROTOP® L can deliver outputs from 54kW to 88kW

Rapid Energy Boilers

Temporary plant rooms and boiler hire has grown in recent years, and Rapid Energy discovered a niche sector with trolley mounted electric boiler hire using ACV electric boilers.

Rockwool Hardrock

ROCKWOOL has launched HARDROCK UB34, an insulation solution specially designed for parapet walls and upstands on flat roofs.

Pipework engineer

Looking at what’s on the horizon, Steve Carver, Key Account Manager at Wolseley Pipe, has highlighted some of his observations of the drainage industry in 2020 that are continuing throughout 2021.

IOT

Many enterprises place sustainability at the very top of their strategic agenda and plan their long-term growth in ways that consider their wider ecological and socio-economic environment. In this context, the smart buildings and facilities management industry provides unprecedented opportunities for improving a company’s sustainability. 

Get ready for the future

As the construction industry is full steam ahead, it’s important that distributors are ready for the future. 

Installation.

A considered approach to installing containment of building services can make projects quicker, easier, safer, less costly and more environmentally aware. 

Ben Tiffany

Ben Tiffany, Director at Sigma, examines how the outdated reactive maintenance model is costing businesses money, time and valuable resources, and offers an insight into the benefits that planned maintenance strategies can deliver.

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The Smart Buildings Show has announced its 2021 event has now opened for registration. The free-to-attend conference and exhibition takes place at the London ExCel on the 6-7th October 2021, featuring some of the leading names in the commercial smart buildings, technology and energy sectors.

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The British Pump Manufacturers’ Association (BPMA) and the Association of Electrical and Mechanical Trades (AEMT) are pleased to announce the recent signing of a Mutual Co-operation Agreement. 

Professor Stoffel

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Prof. Bernd Stoffel, who passed away on 8th June 2021.  All those who had the pleasure of knowing him, both personally and professionally, will mourn his passing.  

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Advice is being issued to ECS card holders by the Electrotechnical Certification Scheme (ECS) that under the rules of the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) it will be withdrawing ECS cards issued under the “conditional” or “restricted” route, sometimes known as Industry Accreditation. 

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The ECA has warmly welcomed the urgent reform of electricity pricing recommended by The Climate Change Committee today. The latest CCC report to Parliament recommends that future energy pricing must remove current fiscal disincentives to electrification, boosting the deployment and use of low carbon electrical energy across the UK.

Air Brick

Titon has recently supplied the new Fire Safe Air Brick® at the new Timber Works residential development in Cambridge. 

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Tetra Tech announced today that it has acquired Hoare Lea for an undisclosed sum. 

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The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is asking for comment on one of its most widely used guidance documents - Guide M: Maintenance Engineering and Management - ahead of a complete update.

Graeme Fox

A shortage of skilled technicians will make it increasingly difficult for the refrigeration and air conditioning sector to adopt new ‘alternative’ refrigerants, which are critical to achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Skills shortage

New research reveals 18% of Brits are seeking a career in the trades as a result of the pandemic

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The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has confirmed that this year’s National Conference will take place on November 3 and 4 and will once again be a ’virtual’ event.

Cables

The rollout of fibre-optic broadband continues apace for commercial properties across the UK, with previous copper networks fast becoming outmoded as demand for data-intensive technologies increases in the workplace. Paul Churm of REHAU explores.

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The ECA is urging its members, as well as the wider industry, to continue to exercise caution and plan as far ahead as possible on projects involving cable management systems (CMS).

Daikin VRV5

With more modern technologies at their disposal, building services professionals now have the ability to dramatically reduce CO2 emissions across light commercial and residential air-conditioning installations. Recent innovations, such as Daikin’s VRV 5 system are helping to forge new ground in the area. The leading solution is able to deliver powerful results, alongside strong sustainable performance.

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Smart power technology

22 July, 2021

Nigel Thomas of ABB discusses how building services managers can use smart power technology to control energy consumption.

The government has been warned that it faces a major public backlash if it attempts to use an increase in domestic gas prices as a way of forcing homeowners to buy expensive low carbon heating appliances in own homes.

SS Great Britain

Munters, global leaders in energy efficient climate control, recently completed a pioneering upgrade of the dry dock air handling unit (AHU) at Brunel’s SS Great Britain.  




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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.