Abacus House

With new ways of working continuing to shape office design, Toby Buckley, Managing Director of REL Building Services, explains the impact on M&E solutions.


Changing realities for students and learning

Karl Walker

School of thought

14 October, 2020

Karl Walker of Beckhoff explains how changing attitudes towards climate change can help encourage young people to take more responsibility for managing the energy efficiency of their own schools and colleges

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.

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.

high-rise buildings, HVAC, London plan, noise levels, SAP 10

Vertical challenge

02 December, 2019

Karen Fletcher explores the growing number of high-rise buildings in London and considers the importance of HVAC in delivering space that attracts the all-important paying occupants.

Jeff Kerridge, Marshall Tufflex, office, wiring regulations, Part M

Trunk call

02 December, 2019

Jeff Kerridge explains the importance of early engagement with a manufacturer, when specifying cable management systems for offices - and what key factors should be included within the specification process.

Hartnell Taylor Cook, Chris Grazier, office, Cat A Plus

Let’s talk about flex

02 December, 2019

The office market is on the move. Moving from a conventional ‘one desk per employee’ approach to a more flexible model, occupiers have begun to view space differently, causing the market to rapidly evolve in the last five years. Chris Grazier explains

Brymec, Paul Wightman, IEA, carbon emissions

Tall order

02 December, 2019

Paul Wightman sets out how communication before commissioning can deliver more energy efficient tall buildings

Paul Arnold, Remeha, schools, heating, boilers, refurbishment, NOx, condensing boilers, efficiency

Lessons learned

01 October, 2019

Paul Arnold looks at how some schools have overcome the challenges of upgrading heating systems in older buildings.

Dieter Lang, LEDVANCE, lighting, human centric, LED, HCL, schools

Light of knowledge

01 October, 2019

Dieter Lang explains how human centric lighting, a lighting concept that simulates the course of natural daylight, holds great potential for education

Daniel Tebay; Krol Corlett; refurbishment, contractor, contracting, project management

5 star challenge

01 October, 2019

Daniel Tebay the challenges of delivering operational refurbishment projects in a luxury hotel environment, drawing upon the company’s experience at the five-star Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

Paul Arnold, Remeha, heating, boilers, refurbishment, energy efficiency

The Goldilocks Zone

01 August, 2019

As employee wellbeing and productivity rise up the agenda, Paul Arnold looks at the role of boilers in finding the sweet spot for office comfort and wellbeing.

Trevor Dann, Thermozone, cooling, chillers, RODEM, remote monitoring, remote servicing, maintenance

Remote reaction

01 August, 2019

Trevor Dann explains the benefits of remote diagnostics and energy management for the data centre cooling market.

Richard Venga, Mitsubishi Electric, IT cooling, CRAC, computer room, server room

From AC to IT

01 August, 2019

Richard Venga explains how air conditioning installers may well be IT-cooling installers without even realising it. And how they can make the most of today’s cooling technologies.

Heatrae Sadia, Roy Marsden, hot water, water heating, Biomaster, office, comfort, efficiency

Find a balance

01 August, 2019

With the need to balance efficiency, productivity and safety in the workplace a common challenge, Roy Marsden looks at the benefits of specifying a hot water dispenser over a standard kettle in light commercial environments such as the high-traffic workplace.

Strebel Heating Technology, Adrian Walker, energy, SAP, BREEAM, SBEM, NOx, energy, heating, carbon

Changing times

01 June, 2019

Adrian Walker discusses how the UK’s shifting energy sources and decarbonisation of the grid are changing the choices for heating in sectors such as hotels, schools and leisure centres.

Ian Dagley, Hoval, heating, sheds, retail, zone control, decentralised

Down to the shed

01 June, 2019

Maintaining a comfortable environment for shoppers in a retail ‘shed’ can be challenging. Ian Dagley explains how a flexible approach helps to address these challenges

Hamworthy, SPIE, Danubius, hotel, heating, hot water, upgrade, refurbishment

London’s Danubius Hotel upgraded its boilers with a space-saving solution to provide a reliable flow of hot water for demanding clientele.

Paul Arnold, Remeha, Wolves FC, heating, Quinta Ace, Sir Jack Hayward Training Ground, boilers

The perfect match

01 June, 2019

Paul Arnold reports on a recent project for Wolves FC, where heating is ensuring the stadium is match fit.

REL Building Services, Toby Buckley, schools, building services, design, education, contractors, contractor

Lessons learned

01 June, 2019

Educational facilities are rapidly evolving to accommodate new technologies, different ways of learning and environmental concerns. Toby Buckley explains the impact of these factors on building services design and installation.

adiabatic ccoler, University of Plymouth, Transtherm Cooling Industries, PUE, 2bm, data centre, adiabatic

Cool results

01 March, 2019

How one university successfully updated the cooling and capacity for its data centre.

Mike Hefford, hospitals, Combined Heat and Power, CHP, low NOX, Cygnet Hospital, Remeha

Mike Hefford, looks at how a high-efficiency technology like CHP can help hospitals reduce energy costs, improve environmental performance, and increase energy security

data centres, IAQ, Mark Taylor, blade SErvers, air filtration, particulate, gaseous contaminants, Power Usage Effectiveness, PUE, Camfil UK

Blade runner

01 March, 2019

Mission-critical data centres require high security and reliability, and indoor air quality plays a crucial role in keeping blade server racks and electronic components fully functional. Mark Taylor explains

Ian Ellis, building management systems, BMS, building information modelling, BIM, data analytics, integrated infrastructure, Siemens Building Technologies

Medical Marvels

01 March, 2019

Ian Ellis explains how innovations in building technology will change the way consumers experience healthcare in the future.

Dave Marshall-George, evaporative cooling, daga centre, direct, indirect, Direct evaporative cooling, indirect evaporative cooling, Legionella, Condair

In the air

01 March, 2019

Dave Marshall-George examines the different ways humidifiers can be used in data centres to provide low-cost evaporative cooling.

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Going Underground

ABM has announced a significant contract win with Transport for London (TfL) to provide mechanical and electrical (M&E) services across the London Underground network.