CIBSE’s president for 2015/16, John Field, is looking to raise the profile and recognition of building-services engineers at the heart of modern life. He is making it a priority for his term as president to raise the profile of the vital work the industry does by making buildings perform better and to empower others to raise their game.
The value of construction projects starting on site in the three months to April was 23% up on the preceding three months and also 23% up on the same three months a year earlier — according to the latest figures from Glenigan. There was firm growth in non-residential and residential starts, with private housing, industrial and commercial particularly strong. A sharp rebound in civil-engineering projects also boosted overall starts.
The Lighting Industry Association’s new state-of-the-art 1160 m2 purpose-built laboratories have won a bid to undertake testing as part of LightingEurope’s compliant-lighting initiative. The objective of the initiative is to support the placing of compliant lighting products on the European market through effective market surveillance, safe and good-quality lighting products for consumers in Europe — as well as a level playing field and fair competition for industry players.
Major changes in the legislation for ventilating schools are imminent. Gary Morgan of Eco-Airvent helps readers update their understanding.
Rehau underfloor heating has been installed in the largest school ever built by Ceredigion Council in South Wales. The energy-efficient £30 million Llandysul School has over 11 000 m2 of Rehau pipework. 9200 m2 was fitted using the company’s Tacker sheet system and 2000 m2 using its diffusion plate system over a timber suspended floor. It was installed by specialist sub-contractor Amroc Heating Services.
Dr Kerry Mashford, chief executive of the National Energy Foundation, shares some personal views on energy issues and the UK remaining in the European Union or leaving it.
Natural ventilation for one of the first, and most important, buildings to be completed in the new £250 million University of Ulster Campus has natural ventilation provided by Gilberts. The 9-storey Faculty of Art, Design & the Built Environment is split into a 6-storey structure with an articulated upper level. The natural ventilation is delivered by Gilberts’ Mistrale louvres to a bespoke design with VN75 air-inlet dampers incorporated into the aluminium-clad facade.
Whichever market sector David Garwood of BSRIA looks at, especially in London, he sees growth in the air-conditioning sector for the next three years.
Replacement boilers for the Langham Hotel in London’s Regent Street were chosen for their ability to be broken down into modules and carried up stairs to the rooftop plantroom. Hamworthy Heating supplied 27 ModuMax modules, each rated at 250 kW, to replace two large shell-and-tube boilers.
Carrier has supplied three high-performance screw chillers for the refurbishment of PwC’s headquarters at 1 Embankment Place in London, helping achieve what is believed to be the highest-ever BREEAM rating for new-build and existing buildings — 96 out of a possible 100, a rating of ‘Outstanding.’
Heating and hot-water services for Villiers House, a new development by Spitfire Bespoke Homes in Leamington, are provided by Oventrop twin-plate HIUs (heat interface units). The development is described as offering a lifestyle defined by elegance and quality. Its 40 apartments have primary heating and boosted cold-water services from a central plant room.
Former BBC presenter and engineer Kate Bellingham (pictured) is to host a series of panel discussions at this year’s Building Services Summit. The event will focus on how the construction sector can deliver buildings that operate more effectively and efficiently in the long term.
Efficient management of building energy performance requires access to current, meaningful data about the performance of building-services systems. Elio Galluzzi of SAV Systems explains why the solution begins with commissioning.
Since their introduction to the UK in the 1970s, fan-coil units (FCUs) have provided air conditioning to thousands of commercial buildings. However, there is another option to consider, which delivers energy efficiency and, importantly, flexibility — namely the chilled beam. Yan Evans of Fläkt Woods explains why it’s time to move on from the FCU.
Toshiba latest generation of luxury residential air-conditioning systems are based on refrigerant R32, which has a much lower global-warming potential (GWP) than the commonly used R410A. The GWP of R32 is 675, compared to 2088 for R410A. In addition the charge of R32 can be 30% less than for R410A for the same cooling capacity.