Giving building managers the power to make informed, data-driven decisions that reduce CO2 emissions, optimise energy efficiency and create a more sustainable world, says  Dr. Thorsten Müller, Head of Global Product Group: Building and Home Automation Solutions at ABB

Protecting the climate

Post-pandemic life is still uncertain. Priorities have changed and targets shifted. New and flexible forms of work (“New Work”) as well as the growing importance of employee satisfaction present companies with new challenges. Buildings nowadays are also measured by whether they provide a productivity-enhancing and inspiring environment. Leighton James, Product & Marketing Director, TRILUX and Alex Klein, Director of Sales, wtec tells us more.

Catriona Jordan

80% of the buildings that we’ll use in 2050 – the UK’s target for achieving net-zero – have already been built. Reducing the energy requirement of these buildings is a key step in the transition to zero carbon. Caitriona Jordan, head of retrofit programmes at Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), looks at how. 


Cutting Embodied Carbon

27 April, 2022

This year, England, Scotland and Wales are taking significant steps towards achieving net zero carbon emissions with the introduction of tougher building energy efficiency standards. In addition to these efforts to cut the operational impact from buildings, there is also growing pressure to address their embodied impact. These are the emissions from the processes needed to construct, maintain and deal with a building at end of life. As a result, project teams are being increasingly asked to consider these factors as part of the design and specification of projects. 


A single unifying body can concentrate all efforts from all sectors of the building products & services industry in achieving clear and concise information exchange in drive to net zero carbon

I was interested to read about the report from Infrastructure Management at Sheffield Hallam University stating that solar thermal panels cost around £3500 to install [MBS February 2012, page 8].

Shorts, biomass, renewable energy

Immediately available from Shorts Environmental, which specialises in the design, supply and fitting of low-carbon building-services products, is a new biomass package. According to Mike Wheeler, national sales manager with Shorts, a biomass system is the runaway winner in any contest for lowest running costs. He is convinced that end users, architects and specifiers will be looking beyond the initial installation costs to the quite substantial operating gains achieved in lifetime savings.

Dimplex, renewable energy, heat pump

Dimplex is helping installers get to grips with a new installation standard for heat pumps that came into effect from February 2012. Chris Davis, business-development director with Dimplex Renewables, says, ‘We believe MIS 3005 is a positive move for the industry and will help heat-pump systems deliver the consistently high performance that’s needed to encourage the uptake of renewable heating in the UK.’

Airedale, data centre, PUE

London Data Exchange, which provides network-independent colocation solutions and data centres, has chosen Airedale International Air Conditioning as its cooling partner. Airedale has designed a low-energy, resilient solution for LEeX1, a purpose-built £5 million 2000 m2 carbon-neutral data centre due to open in April 2012 and close to the south end of the M1.

Schneider Electric, energy efficiency, lighting, control

Existing buildings can benefit from a considered approach to substantially improve their energy efficiency. David Lewis outlines four simple steps to achieving energy efficiency and the notable savings that can be made in the process.

Purmo, space heating, heat pump, renewable energy

The low water temperatures that characterise heating systems using renewable energy do not preclude the use of radiators, says Chris Edwards, marketing director with radiator manufacturer Purmo. He says, ‘Even in countries with harsh Winters such as Sweden, radiators are accepted as an integral part of a modern, efficient and green heating system. Our low-temperature-technology products prove that radiator-based heating system provide a quicker a more consistent heat distribution in many settings.’

AET, Solar thermal, DHW, renewable energy

AET now offers the Camel Solar high-efficiency evacuated-tube solar thermal collector, which can absorb over 92% of the Sun’s energy that lands on it. This capability is said to make it one of the most efficient solar collectors on the market, with a stagnation temperature of 250°C. Evacuated tubes enable these collectors to work effectively even during the coldest months of Winter.

Cooper Lighting & Safety, lighting, LED

Lighting is widely recognised as one of the best starting places to reduce energy costs in the built environment. Graham White and Greg Herring outline the key issues to consider.

A large apartment development in Richmond has achieved Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes with help from Total Home Environment, which specialises in mechanical ventilation and heat pumps.

Cofely, district heating

Centralised energy centres serving district energy schemes are making a growing contribution towards achieving low and zero carbon buildings. Simon Woodward discusses the key issues for specifiers

Mitsubishi Electric, Solar PV, heat pump, renewable energy

How low can you go?

01 March, 2012

For several years Mitsubishi Electric has been making steady and progressive reductions to the carbon footprint of its headquarters at Hatfield, with a dramatic effect on the Energy Performance Certificate. Martin Fahey shares his experiences.

Ashworth, renewable energy, Solar PV, solar thermal, RHI, MCS

Ashworth, a national distributor for the mechanical-services industry, stocks a comprehensive range of renewable-energy solutions. They are featured in a brochure, which also includes coverage of key issues and schemes to be aware of — including the Feed-in Tariff, Renewable Heat Incentive and Microgeneration Certification Scheme.

Eco2Solar, Solar PV, renewable Energy

Warwick Hospital has become the second hospital to benefit from solar energy through a partnership between Community Energy Warwickshire and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. This 50 kW solar PV system follows a 10 kW installation for Stratford Hospital. Both were installed by Eco2Solar.

Norland Managed Services, energy management

Identifying priorities

01 March, 2012

Gary Perry describes how Norland Managed Services has been helping clients to reduce their energy consumption — starting with simple and low-cost measures.

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Grenfell is the building industry's Piper Alpha says CIBSE

The recent passage of the Building Safety Act is a welcome recognition of the fact that making safe buildings is a highly skilled operation says the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, endorsing the need for more effective regulation and a profound change in culture.

Underlying project-starts uptick indicates gradual recovery, Glenigan data suggests

  • 13% rise in detailed planning approvals against the preceding three months
  • 18% decline in main contract awards against the previous year
  • 9% increase in underlying starts during the three months to May

Glenigan has released the June 2022 edition of its Construction Review.