CIBSE’s revised Guide M on ‘Maintenance engineering and management’ is a major step forward in involving not just facilities managers and maintainers in maintenance issues, but also designers, building owners and operators, and manufacturers. Geoff Prudence, chair of CIBSE’s facilities-management group and author of the chapter providing guidance for building-services designers, said, ‘We are now all in a position, with real data from Guide M and other maintenance guides, to make informed decisions on maintenance strategies and budgets. Chapter 2 of the guide gives real information for designers, so they have no excuses any more not to consider maintenance at the design stage.’
The pace of construction starts year on year has accelerated, according to the Glenigan Index for November. Projects starting on site during the three months to October were up by 4% compared to a year earlier. This figure is slightly up from 3% in September and marks the 17th consecutive monthly rise in the Glenigan Index.
Marks & Spencer’s Plan A achieved a record £145 net benefit to the business in 2013/14. Munish Datta, head of facilities management and Plan A at M&S, told last month’s BSRIA Briefing ‘Smarter ways to better buildings’ that the total net benefit has now reached £465 million, with £145 million achieved last year alone. The strength of the business case is indicated by comparing the savings with the last profit announcement of £623 million net.
An independent report ‘Pathways for heat: low carbon heat for buildings’ calls on the next Government to set heat as a policy for the coming decade. It was prepared by Carbon Connect following a cross-party enquiry chaired by Shadow Energy Minister Jonathan Reynolds, MP, and the Conservative MP Dan Byles.
Everything that designers and FMs need to know about maintaining buildings and a great insight in to how to operate and maintain hard FM services — those are the objectives of CIBSE’s latest Guide M, as Jo Harris explains.
Honeywell’s collaboration with Peterborough City Council to create a framework for cutting energy use while maintaining municipal facilities has won the 2014 award for the best renewable-energy and energy-efficiency initiative from the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE). The council’s energy-efficiency framework enables public authorities, social landlords and educational establishments to take advantage of energy-performance contracting (EPC) — a fast and effective procurement route for projects to help cut utility consumption and costs.
How effective is the Renewable Heat Incentive? Sophie Chisholm of CBx shares some thoughts.
A monastery in West Sussex has installed a 60 kW wood-pellet boiler to supply heating and hot water for the various properties in the complex. The Windhager BioWin Excel boiler has been installed in the plant room of the community building of The Monastery of the Holy Trinity in Crawley Down.
Is the belief that heat pumps can only deliver low flow temperatures holding back their use? Dave Pearson of Star Renewable Energy certainly thinks so.
Delmatic has upgraded its lighting-managed system at Kew House School in London by expanding, reprogramming and reconfiguring the system to provide differing lighting levels and controls more suited to an educational application. The building was formerly a headquarters office and has been converted to a school for up to 600 pupils aged 11 to 18.
One Airport Square in Accra, the capital of Ghana, is believed to have the first underfloor air-conditioning system in the country. This 20 000 m2 mixed-use development has services designed by M&E consultant BDSP, which include AET’s Flexible Space underfloor air conditioning. There is 2000 m2 of retail space and 18 000 m2 of class A office space over 10 floors. It was designed by Mario Cucinella Architects.
John Field explains how energy performance contracting can unlock investment and reduce the risk associated with delivering the improvements necessary to reduce energy demand and cost in the built environment.
S&S Northern’s recently launched Merlin 1750 solid-fuel safety system has been installed in the Didsbury Solita to monitor for carbon-emissions from the charcoal grill in the restaurant. If levels of carbon monoxide become harmful, the system will alert chefs, the grill will be extinguished and ventilation levels increased.
Natural ventilation for a new school building at Fulbridge Academy in Peterborough is provided by GDL’s Intelivent penthouse turrets. Aesthetically, the architect designed the building using a bold and vibrant colour scheme for the turrets.