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NBS National BIM survey shows support for Government’s approach

The Government continues to drive the industry’s adoption of building information modelling (BIM), according to this year’s NBS National BIM survey. This is the fifth year of the survey, which tracks attitudes to and adoption of BIM.


Glenigan indicates bright outlook for construction

A renewed surge in planning approvals suggests stronger growth ahead for the construction industry in the UK, according to the latest figures from industry analyst Glenigan. Project approvals for the first two months of the year rose by 36%.

Weatherite, data centre

Weatherite completes testing centre

Weatherite Group has opened a state-of-the-art performance-testing centre, strengthening its position as a provider of data-centre cooling systems. The test centre will enable customers to see their chosen cooling equipment in operation and also monitor, interrogate and review prior to its installation.

Daikin, air conditioning, training, heat pump, renewable energy

Daikin’s new training centre will help to train the industry

Daikin UK has invested £1.1 million in its new training centre at Woking. It is equipped with the latest range of fully operational products from the company so that engineers can gain hands-on experience. The wide range of courses on offer includes product selection, installation, servicing and maintenance.

Mitsubishi Electric sponsors Atlantic Ocean rowing challenge

Mitsubishi Electric has sponsored All Beans No Monkeys, a team of four men which will row the Atlantic Ocean later this year when it takes part in the Tallisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The 4800 km course stretches from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean.

FETA squares up to legislation issues

Legislative issues continue to be major concerns for members of FETA (Federation of Environmental Trade Associations). One of the most significant, as highlighted by FETA chairman Mike Lawrence at the association’s annual lunch last month, is refrigerants — including the final phasing out of HCFC with its ozone-depleting potential and the growing pressure on HFCs because of their global-warming potential.

Time for a new approach to skills

The economic cycle that plagues the construction industry inevitably leads to skills shortages. But should it? Mark Wakeford shares his thoughts on behalf of the Built Environment Hub.

The power of one

Ian Ellis of Siemens UK explains why assembling your building controls as a single system can lead to a more usable, powerful tool for measuring, monitoring and controlling your building and its energy use.

Controls and the Internet — a convergence of technologies

BCIA president Steve Harrison brings together ideas from several industry thinkers on how Internet technology is impacting on building controls and what this means for installers and end-users.

Specifying smart — the future for consultants

Smart buildings have the potential to reduce costs at all stages of the project cycle and deliver buildings that are smart. Matthew Eastwood of Honeywell Building Solutions explores the future for consultants and the substantial cost savings at all stages of a project and building life.

Replacement chillers boost performance for Swindon Hospital

Cool-Therm has supplied two low-temperature Tonon chillers for a major replacement project at Swindon Hospital. The project was carried out with Carillion and harnesses the low-temperature performance of these multi-scroll industrial chillers using a reduced charge of R410A.

Carlo Gavazzi creates a scene in Oxford

The refurbishment of Oxford’s largest restaurant, Quod Brasserie, includes the use of Carlo Gavazzi’s smart building system. It provides this brasserie with the ability to pre-define set scenes, which can be changed through the day in an energy-efficient manner through the integration of lux sensors and dimmers.

FCU upgrade reduces energy use by 75%

Energy-cost savings of £54 000 a year are expected following the upgrading of fan-coil units in the headquarters building of a multi-national professional-services firm in London. The upgrade involved replacing AC motors that were coming to the end of their life with high-efficiency EC fans with a customised control platform. The entire upgrade involved 1200 fan-coil units in the 10 storey building and is predicted to achieve energy savings of 75%.

Maximising system efficiency

With gas and oil boilers still being the dominant heating plant in most projects, it is essential that heating systems fully exploit their inherent efficiency argues Graham Rodd of MHG Heating.

Are you in control of your heating costs?

There are many ways in which boilers can save energy and reduce carbon emissions in commercial buildings — especially modular boilers as Stuart Turner of Hamworthy Heating explains.



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