CIBSE, John Field
Becoming the new CIBSE president — John Field (right) receives his chain of office from outgoing president Nick Mead.

New CIBSE president looks to raise the profile of building-services industry

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.

Glenigan

Projects starting on site show sharp surge

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, LED

Lighting Industry Association supports testing in Europe

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.

Eco-Airvent, BB101, ventilation, school
Understanding the new BB101 — Gary Morgan.

Welcome BB101 (2016)

Major changes in the legislation for ventilating schools are imminent. Gary Morgan of Eco-Airvent helps readers update their understanding.

Super school uses Rehau underfloor heating

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.

Better the dEUvil you know in Europe? An energy perspective

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.

Gilberts helps to breathe new life into Ulster University

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.

Growth in construction impacts on air conditioning

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.

Hamworthy replaces boilers in Langham Hotel

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 chillers feature in BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ refurbishment for PwC

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.’

Oventrop HIUs serve lifestyle development

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.

Celebrity engineer Kay Bellingham to chair Building Services Summit

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.

How commissioning can aid long-term optimised performance

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.

Enjoying the chilled-beam experience

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 brings R32 systems to UK

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.

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