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.

modbs tv logo

R&D spending in construction sector rose 7.9% last year, despite the pandemic

Construction sector R&D spending hit £368m last year, according to latest ONS data

Heat pump market represents a colossal opportunity, says BESA

BESA’s head of technical Graeme Fox said the heat pump market represented “an absolutely colossal opportunity” for suitably qualified engineers but warned that the industry would have “to rapidly scale up capacity and needed considerable investment in additional skills to deliver all these hugely ambitious targets”.