The installed capacity of modern wood heating systems qualifying for the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) now exceeds 1 GW, thanks to strong demand from commercial, industrial and public-sector organisations. According to the Renewable Energy Association, there were 4926 wood heating systems accredited under the non-domestic RHI at the beginning of August. The figures include wood pellets, wood chips, briquettes and logs.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said that SolarPV ‘has the potential to play a valuable part of the UK’s energy mix’ in response to a letter from a coalition of over 150 businesses from the solar industry and other organisations who signed a letter warning him of the threat to Britain’s thriving solar industry.
The effective control of building-services systems saves energy and money — but Professor David Fisk sees this capability as a revenue generator as the National Grid looks to demand-side response to match capacity to demand.
Classic Wolseley cars from as far afield as Australia convened for a pit stop at the head office of original name bearer Wolseley UK as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations of classic-car association Wolseley Register. The event was a chance for members to meet up with their cars before moving on to the Register’s national rally at Nuffleld Place in Oxfordshire.
Despite its success in many major projects and its potential to bring major benefits to a project, offsite manufacture widely engenders caution. NG Bailey’s Graham Cleland shares his frustrations — and enthusiasm.
Equipment that is itself energy efficient relies on effective controls to realise its potential in an actual installation. Simon Carter of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) thinks a dramatic change in the way controls engineers are trained is a major step forward for skills right across the building engineering sector.
Electricity as a by-product of heat from CHP plant, or vice-versa, makes for very efficient use of fuel. Unfortunately, incorrect sizing can seriously damage the potential for cost savings. David Shaw of Baxi Commercial offers his top tips on specifying CHP.
The much higher efficiency of condensing boilers compared with the installed base of atmospheric boilers in the commercial sector has the potential to achieve major reductions in whole-life costs. Keith Thompson of Hamworthy Heating looks at the issues.
If you are specifying a boiler for a building that is off the mains gas grid, then take some time to consider the fuel options. There are a number of myths that are simply not true warns Keith Higginson of Calor Gas.
Energy-efficient cooling and heating for St Vincent Plaza in Glasgow will be provided by a 3-pipe Toshiba SHRM-i VRF system with full heat recovery. This 10-storey building is designed to have an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating and will provide 15 800 m2 of Grade A office accommodation with panoramic views across the city.
Darren Finley of Ideal Commercial Boilers, looks at the growing emphasis the Government is placing on Building Information Modelling (BIM) and explores the opportunities this will offer boiler manufacturers, enabling them to share vital product information throughout the construction process from design through to building handover and beyond.
The first phase of an earth-tube heat-exchange system for a school in Hounslow has been completed. Polypipe supplied over 376 m of its Ridgistorm-XL large-diameter pipe in 900 and 1050 mm diameters to main contractor Galliford Try. It is installed underground and preconditions incoming air before it enters the building, making possible 100% fresh-air ventilation and reducing energy requirements for heating and cooling.
Liverpool’s recently opened Everyman Theatre is using advanced air-distribution components designed by Waterloo Air Products as part of a £28 million re-build. With funding from Arts Council England, the European Regional Development Fund and the Northwest Regional Development Agency, the theatre’s owner, Liverpool Merseyside Theatres Trust (LMTT), set about creating a modern sustainable theatre that pushed the boundaries and went far beyond the minimum standards of current legislation.