An understanding by all parties in the construction process of the operation of the entire supply chain is essential if the UK industry is to achieve and maintain genuinely world-class status. That was one of the key messages developed by Andy Sneyd, president of the Building & Engineering Services Association, at the annual president’s luncheon last month.
Applications for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) trebled in the second quarter of this year compared to the same time last year. The surge is attributed to a high number of applications for small biomass boilers in June following the degression announcement for small biomass in May 2014.
The Earth’s protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery in the next few decades, according to a new assessment by 300 scientists, the first comprehensive update for four years. The recovery follows the ban on many ozone-depleting substances by the Montreal Protocol, agreed in 1987. They included HCFCs used for air-conditioning and refrigeration applications; the first C indicates chlorine, which destroys ozone. Refrigerants used today, with the exception of HCFC 22, do not contain chlorine. HCFC 22 has only a small ODP (ozone-depletion potential).
The threat of energy prices not falling and legislation means that building owners and end users have never had more incentive to invest in energy efficiency refurbishment, says David Frise.
The effect of varying flow in hydronic systems depends the system, and control valves need to be selected accordingly. Chris Parsloe gives an insight into new BSRIA guidance.
New speakers have been announced for the 10-80-10 The Building Services Summit* in London on 27 November. They are Deborah Rowland, head of property asset management for the Ministry of Justice, and Russell Forshaw, head of facilities management for Manchester Central.
Hywel Davies of CIBSE explains how simple processes and alterations can reduce energy use and, therefore, costly bills with one flick of a switch.
Chilled-water air conditioning using R22 at the offices of Woodhouse Environmental Services (WDS) in Bournemouth has been replaced with Panasonic’s integrated VRF and heat-recovery ventilation systems. The installation included large ducted and wall-mounted indoor units for a quick, simple and energy-efficient installation.
Monodraught Cool-phase low-energy cooling and ventilation systems have replaced the aging air-conditioning system in a computer room at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. The room is in the Bryant Building and is used by the Faculty of Science & Technology.
Face to Face Digital, a systems partner of North BuildingTechnologies, has won the 2014 CEDIA award for best energy-management solution. The project is part of a major renovation of a Grade 1 listed country house dating back to 1425 and has reduced energy bills by 75% from the previous figure of £70 000 a year.
When it comes to identifying solutions for reducing a building’s energy consumption, an expert analysis from the NHS Sustainable Development Unit and St George’s University, London, has some of the answers. Dr Alex Mardapittas of Powerstar, explains why the study identified voltage optimisation as one of the top three most worthwhile and cost-effective energy-saving technologies.