BSRIA, 60 years

BSRIA marks its 60 years at the House of Lords

As part of its 60-year celebration, BSRIA recently held a reception at the House of Lords, It was hosted by Lord O’Neill of Clackmannan (in centre of picture next to chief executive Julia Evans), a previous chairman of the BSRIA Briefing. The event was attended by over a hundred of BSRIA’s member organisations. Commemorative plaques were presented to the representatives of the 22 companies that were founding members of BSRIA and have retained their membership of BSRIA for 60 years.

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Reduced RHI rates highlight opportunities for bigger biomass boilers

Following the sharp reduction in the RHI tariffs for small commercial biomass (less than 200 kW thermal) Peter Solly, managing director of Forest Fuels, believes that the scope for larger installations is more positive. The recent 15% reduction in the tariff for small schemes, with a further 25% due this summer, is due to the strong uptake of commercial biomass on this scale.

AEC sector dominates BIM use in world survey

The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector is leading the take-up of BIM (building information modelling), according to a worldwide survey carried out by Business Advantage. Nearly 49% of respondents in the AEC sector already use BIM, and this proportion is expected to reach 58% by the end of 2015, according to Chris Turner, CEO/managing director of Business Advantage.

Grundfos Pumps

Sporting the Grundfos Logo

1200 employees of Grundfos Pumps recently gathered in Denmark to participate in 26 sports during the Grundfos olympic games. They came from 55 countries to participate in 26 sports. The event is held every four years and brings together people and cultures with a focus on teambuilding and friendship.

How the UK led the way in IAQ

Following the development of a centre dedicated to training in ventilation cleaning and hygiene, Peter Reid of AEME and Overclean traces the leading role that the UK has played in developing awareness and standards for indoor air quality throughout the world.

The scandal of cut-and-paste specification

Specification writing is falling far short of the standard required to support modern methods of construction and is undermining supply chain collaboration, according to Andy Sneyd, president of B&ES (Building & Engineering Services Association).

Manufacturers have a key role to play in the success of BIM

While BIM (building information modelling) is largely underpinned by the availability of building product models, according to climate control and separation specialist Biddle the work required by manufacturers often gets forgotten. Martin Phillips, group marketing manager comments.

Diffusion set to sail for Ben Ainslie headquarters

Diffusion has been specified to supply 70 high-efficiency Eco fan-coil units to the new headquarters of Ben Ainslie Racing. The Eco Highline 270 fan coil can achieve a specific fan power of less than 0.2 W/l/s at a typical NR35 noise rating and airflow selections with no increase in unit size or cost over the company’s standard ECDC 270 mm-deep range of fan-coil units.

Data centre chooses Munters indirect evaporative coolers

Equinix, a major operator of data centres and Internet exchanges, has chosen Munters Oasis indirect evaporative coolers for climate control for the new London LD6 data centre in Slough. The centre aims to achieve LEED Platinum accreditation (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design).

Daikin’s first R32 air-conditioning system in the UK

The first Daikin air-conditioning product using R32 to be installed in the UK is an Emura climate-control system. Daikin D1-approved installed Young Air Conditioning installed the system in a rural barn conversion in Malvern, Worcestershire.

Flakt Woods energy-efficient ventilation for uni

A reversible hat pump and a thermal wheel are key features of a Flakt Woods ventilation system installed as part of the refurbishment of the Arundel Building at Sheffield Hallam University. The system can supply up to 2.5 m3/s of conditioning air into a VAV (variable air volume) system and incorporates inverter-driven compressors. It replaces a natural-ventilation system.

Relationships in maintenance provision

Is maintenance work best carried out by in-house staff or outsourced? Jo Harris of BSRIA brings together some of the ideas discussed at a seminar organised by the association.

How to make dumb buildings smart

Although the world is going digital, many buildings remain stubbornly unconnected. Bruce Kirton of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) explains why this opens up huge opportunities for specialist operation and maintenance contractors.

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