Barbour ABI, statistics, contracts

Figures show boom in commercial and retail construction sector

The value of commercial and retail construction contracts awarded in February 2015 was nearly 70% higher than in February last year, according to figures from Barbour ABI, which supplies construction data to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Cabinet and Treasury. The £1.1 billion-worth of projects awarded in February was also 35.4% higher than in January 2015.

BSRIA, Soft Landings
Growing international interest in Soft Landings — Jo Harris.

Soft Landings goes to international markets

The BSRIA-led Soft Landings programme for achieving a smooth handover of buildings is attracting interest in international markets. Two of BSRIA’s senior consultants have been presenting on the process in France and Australia. David Churcher presented at BIM World in Paris last month, and Roderic Bunn presented in a series of workshop in Australia and in Auckland in New Zealand.

National Energy Foundation, EPC, DEC
The effectiveness of annual Display Energy Certificates — Ian Byrne.

National Energy Foundation declares support for annual DECs

The National Energy Foundation has expressed wholehearted support for Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for buildings and scepticism of the value of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). NEF’s view are expressed in a response to a consultation by the Department for Communities & Local Government into the regime for DECs.

NG Bailey, apprentice, apprenticeship

NG Bailey boosts its apprentice intake

Apprenticeship places at NG Bailey for 2015 have been trebled, and the company received over 1800 applications within the first few weeks of opening. There are roles across 13 different specialisms, ranging from electrical engineering to quantity surveying.

Construction can’t be sustainable without payment reform

If the new Government is serious about sustainable, low-carbon construction it must quickly tackle the scourge of late payment and go digital, says Rob Driscoll of the Building Services Engineering & Services Association.

Can phase-change materials help meet new school requirements?

Adding thermal mass in the form of a phase-change material can help designs comply with the requirements of the Priority Schools Building Programme as Tony Heslop of BASF explains.

Venue makes a show of its services

The highly visible air-conditioning and ventilation system in this new central-London meeting and conference venue is part of the transformation of Garfield House on Edgware Road. Operated by Venues, there are 22 meeting spaces of varying sizes across the three floors — plus breakout and coffee areas.

Taking control of renewable energy

With the rapid growth in renewable energy technologies, effective control is vital in terms of maximising their potential. Mike Clinch and Yasir Sheikh of Trend Control Systems explain how building energy management systems (BEMS) are increasingly being used to monitor and manage biomass boilers.

Delivering successful biomass-boiler projects

The emerging industry for biomass has been hampered by lack of specialist expertise and comprehensive technical guidance. Colin Ashford gives an insight into how a CIBSE application manual will help.

Boilers that deliver

Today’s energy-efficient boilers can only deliver their potential in a well designed and controlled systems — says Paul Sands of Stokvis Energy Systems.

Getting the best from CHP

With the growing use of CHP serving district-heating networks it is essential that these systems are designed to avoid wasting energy. Beata Blachut of SAV Systems explains how this can be achieved

Luxonic chilled-beam luminaires for major office at King’s Cross development

One Pancras Square, a major building in the King’s Cross development in London, features 900 chilled-beam luminaires from Luxonic Lighting. This building has offices over eight floors and includes the head office of French fashion design Louis Vuitton. This Grade A office building has a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating.

The fire station that cannot catch fire

The server room of Essex County Fire & Rescue Service’s (ECFRS) command and control centre is protected against fire by Wagner’s OxyReduct fire-prevention system. This multi-million development is an extension to the existing fire-service headquarters at Kelvedon Park, Witham, and provides a new 999 call centre, together with training and administration facilities for over 200 staff.

The starting point for energy-efficient buildings

Improving a building’s energy performance requires and understanding of how the various building systems are performing. Henry Lawson and Reginald Brown of BSRIA discuss how to get that information.

Airedale TurboChill chillers are lifted by helicopter

Airedale International’s design engineers, service and controls experts formed part of a team managing a complex project to design manufacture and install chillers that involved two 40-minute helicopter lifts onto the roof of the London offices of a global professional-services firm.

Taking control of your renewable technologies

Good control strategies are vital to gain the benefits of applying renewable technologies. Truly open protocols and an intelligent approach are the keys to success. Roger Woodward explains why.



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