The creation and management of product data templates (PDTs) for BIM (Building Information Modelling) has moved a major step forward with the launch of BIMHawk by CIBSE at its recent annual conference. This website and software plug-in enables the creation of standard parameters for use in BIM objects. The software has been developed by Paul Marsland, NG Bailey’s design and BIM development manager.
The Building Services Engineering Association (BESA) has launched a ‘wiki’ to help it develop the building-services industry’s first technical guidance and standards for systems in tall buildings. Responding to the surge in demand for detailed information about the specific challenges of designing systems for the growing number of existing and planned high structures, BESA is supported by CIBSE and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) in its aim to capture all the available knowledge on this subject.
Following the announcement that the sector skills organisation SummitSkills is to close from March 2017, two organisations that helped to set it up have responded. They are the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).
A betting shop in Hertfordshire has become the first UK site to use Daikin’s VRV i-series heating and cooling solution, which is characterised by having its heat-rejection system inside the building rather than outside. Only a grille is visible from outside the building of the 78 m2 Coral betting shop in Hatfield. Coral attended a Daikin launch presentation and quickly expressed interest in the ‘invisible’ i-series solution for the new premises.
The energy- and carbon-reduction targets for refurbishing two listed buildings in Manchester were very demanding. Andy Bones of NG Bailey gives an insight into how they were achieved.
The application of solar PV has been a major part of the energy strategy of Whitbread Hotels & Restaurants. Cian Hatton discusses the energy efficiency and economic benefits.
Using BIM in tandem with increasingly sophisticated digital maintenance tools could give hard pressed NHS managers some welcome financial news, says Wayne Terry of the Building Engineering Services Association.
The rebuilding of the Cavendish Close Junior School in a Derby suburb under the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) includes a building management system from Trend Control System to maximise energy efficiency and help create optimum comfort for pupils and staff. According to The Carbon Trust, reducing energy consumption could help the average secondary school save £21 500 a year in energy bills.
The UK Government may be slow in translating climate change commitment into detailed action, but Michael Dent of Inprova Energy, explains how businesses can step into the breach by thinking energy efficiency first.
Time-based maintenance schedules will almost certainly see equipment over-maintained or, perhaps worse, under-maintained. Stuart Marsh of ABM UK looks at a different approach.
Waterloo Air Products has supplied over a kilometre of its air-distribution products throughout The Monument Building, a major commercial development in central London. Next to the Monument to the Great Fire of London, the 10-storey development has over 8700 m2 of office and retail space. It was designed by Make Architects and built by Skanska.
The first UK installation of free-cooling Tonon chillers supplied by Cool-Therm is providing high-efficiency air conditioning for the science building at the University of Lincoln. Two 165 kW chillers, based on R410A, have replaced two chillers that had reach the end of their working life.
As a simple and cost-effective retrofit with a short payback, replacing fans having AC motors with fans having EC motors is hard to beat — As Adrian Trevelyan explains.