RIBA, workload survey

RIBA workload survey is strongest for nine years

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.

B&ES, Jim Marner, Building & Engineering Services Association
A more effective construction industry — B&ES president Jim Marner.

New B&ES president sets out his agenda

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.

NG Bailey

NG Bailey calls for end to lottery on careers advice from schools

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report, the company proposes that the Government reinstates funding support for schools careers advice, which was withdrawn from schools in England in 2012.

BIM, building information modelling, Steven Hunt & Associates
BIM targets looming — Steve Hunt.

Why is the building-services sector lagging behind in BIM?

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.

New boilers cut school energy bill by 35%

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.

Eco Centre moves to air-source heat pumps

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.

Hotel air conditioning without disruption

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.

The impact of the Internet on controls protocols

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.

Towards cost-effective energy management

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 chilled beams deliver energy-efficient climate control in Sweden landmark building

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.

Boosting the efficiency of existing buildings

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.

Heat-pump project qualifies for the non-domestic RHI

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.



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