BESA, trade survey
Challenging three years ahead — Jim Marner.

BESA trade survey shows optimism

Building-engineering-services contractors have reported increased turnover in the second half of 2015 in the latest state-of-trade survey carried out by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). The industry remains in ‘good shape’ according to the research, although the rate of increase in order books and enquiries was less than in the previous six months.

CIBSE. policy, Sara Kassam
Hampering energy-efficiency efforts — Sara Kassam.

CIBSE call for consistent energy-efficiency policy

A lack of policymaking and disjointed attempts at delivery are behind past failures of energy-efficiency policy, says CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) in its submission to the House of Commons Energy & Climate Change Committee. CIBSE’s evidence concluded that the UK’s lack of progress in the energy efficiency of its buildings as a whole is due to the lack of a long-term policy from successive Governments and the failure to treat energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority.

Trend, controls, BMS, BEMS

Trend wins design award

Trend Control Systems has won a silver Design Effectiveness Award 2016 from the Design Business Association (DBA) for its IQ*4 range of controllers, designed in collaboration with Ratio Design Associates. When Trend launched this range, it worked with Ratio Design Associates to develop design criteria that could be adopted throughout the range by combining consistent high-quality aesthetics with technical excellence.


Heathrow announces client partners for expansion programme

In preparation for Heathrow Airport’s expansion programme as soon as the Government gives the green light, Heathrow Airport Ltd has announced the four winning bidders, following a competitive process. They are Arup, CH2M, MACE and Turner & Townsend, as partners in the Programme Client.

Opening up BIM could fix the performance gap

The long anticipated Government deadline for adopting Building Information Modelling (BIM) on public sector projects has arrived, but Paul McLaughlin. chief executive of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and vice chair of the Build UK BIM Group, believes the hard work is only just beginning.

Energy-efficiency insights

The many poor operating practices that the National Energy Foundation comes across provide a sound basis for improving the energy efficiency of building-services systems — as Dr Kerry Mashford explains.

Boiler flue runs goes to greater lengths

The capability of a Keston 30 kW system boiler to cope with a 23 m flue run led to it being installed as part of a refurbishment project at Selly Manor Museum, a Grade II* listed Tudor house dating back to the 1300s. Owned by Bourneville Village Trust, it is one of Birmingham’s oldest buildings and *visited by thousands of children and adults each year.

The challenges of commissioning variable-flow systems

Chris Parsloe of Parsloe Consulting shares his experience of issues that he comes across regularly when carrying out design reviews and trouble-shooting work.

Carrier chillers for ground-source heating and cooling system in London

At the heart of the ground-source heating and cooling system for the Riverlight development on the River Thames in London are three Carrier chillers. It is the first district heating and cooling scheme that Carrier has been involved with in the UK. The development comprises 812 residential apartments, including 116 shared-ownership units, retail sites, restaurants, bars, leisure facilities and a child day-care centre.

BMS takes control of thermal baths in Bath

The comprehensive building-management system in the new Gainsborough Bath Spa 5-star hotel not only controls services in the 99 bedrooms and public areas, but also the temperature of the thermal baths that can draw from the thermal mineral-rich waters from the city’s Roman Baths.

The effectiveness of assessing power usage effectiveness

Data centres and data rooms use a lot of energy, but how can the effect of energy-saving measures be assessed? Monitoring the power usage effectiveness (PUE) is one approach. Richard Clifford of Keysource explains what is it and why is it useful.

Structured testing of data centres

Post-occupancy evaluation (PoE) to assess how effectively the services in a data centre perform is too late. Thorough testing before a data centre is handed over will ensure that a new facility meets up to expectations, as Dave Wolfenden of explains.

The role of small scale CHP in energy-efficient buildings

A 30% reduction in CO2 emissions and attractive payback on investment are just two attractions of small-scale CHP. Chris Marsland of Ener-G Combined Power Ltd takes up the story.



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