The RIBS (Royal Institute of British Architects) latest survey shows the workload forecast to be at an all-time high. Under-employment for architects is at a record low, and workload and staffing forecasts are the highest since the survey began in 2009.
Jim Marner, the new president of the Building & Engineering Services Association, sees the key role of the association during his year in office as helping members face up to the challenges of the market place and turning them into business opportunities. Speaking at the annual general meeting, he set out the principal items on the agenda for the year ahead.
Building-services specialist NG Bailey is recommending a radical shake-up of careers advices in schools to help tackle the growing skills crisis across industry. In a 20-page report, the company proposes that the Government reinstates funding support for schools careers advice, which was withdrawn from schools in England in 2012.
With BIM targets looming in 2016, Steve Hunt believes that preparations are haphazard and that building-services engineers are being hampered by lack of progress in other sectors.
Banks Lane Infant & Nursery School in Stockport has reduced its energy bills by 35% following the installation of three Imax 400 kW floor-standing condensing boilers from Ideal Commercial Boilers. Stuart Leatherbarrow, project leader (mechanical) for Carillion, specified the boilers for their reliability, efficiency and low NOx emissions.
20 years on since ground-source heating was installed at the Hebburn Eco Centre, it has been replaced with a cascade air-source heat-pump system from Mitsubishi Electric. Designed and built by Groundwork South Tyneside & Newcastle (STAN) and opened in 1996, the Eco Centre was a pioneering venture to demonstrate renewable technologies and sustainable deign.
Comfort cooling and heating for rooms in the new Nottingham Belfry Hotel are provided by Powrmatic Vision 2.3 condenserless heat-pump air conditioners. This project for the QHotels Group has benefited from the ease and speed of the Vision 2.3 to ensure there was no downtime of the rooms.
Steve Harrison of the Building Controls Industry Association considers how the Internet will impact on building controls and the implications for designers and end-users, with the help of members of the BCIA.
Energy management to reduce energy costs can have a significant effect on a company’s profitability, but not if the cost of managing energy exceeds the savings — as Dirk Den Haese of Elster EnergyICT explains.
Lindab’s Solus chilled-beam system has been chosen to deliver energy-efficient climate control for a landmark building in Sweden, the Round House in the Munksjöstaden district. Pairing Solus with renewable-energy sources such as free cooling and ground-source heat pumps can achieve energy savings of up to 45%. The system includes nearly 600 Solus chilled beams and the entire ducting system. Pascal VAV system are being used in areas where the heating load can change very quickly, such as conference rooms.
Faced with the need to reduce the energy used by existing buildings in the UK, Pete Mills of Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating shares his views on the issues involved and technologies to address them.
The Daikin Altherma Flex Type air-to-water heat-pump installation in the headquarters of Barkwell Plumbing & Heating in Okehampton, Devon, has qualified for the non-domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) and will receive quarterly payments for 20 years.
- 15 - 16 September, 2015The Energy Event 2014
- 21 - 22 October, 2015Building Controls Show 2015
- 03 - 04 November, 2015CIBSE Building Performance Conference & Exhibition
- 13 November, 2015BSRIA Briefing — Smarter ways to better buildings