Orders, enquiries and turnover all increased in the first six months of 2015, according to the latest state-of-trade survey among members of the Building & Engineering Services Association. The survey reveals a ‘net optimism measure’ of 45%, up from 39% in the previous survey, confirming that B&ES members in all regions and of every size and specialism, are feeling positive about their future business prospects.
Ant Wilson, director for sustainability in building engineering with AECOM, has been elected one of 47 new fellows for 2015 of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He is a fellow of CIBSE and well known throughout the industry for various roles within CIBSE and industry bodies such as BSRIA, of which he is a council member and chair of the energy and sustainability network. He is also a principal author, with Doug Oughton, of ‘Faber & Kell’s heating and air conditioning of buildings’.
The president of B&ES (Building & Engineering Services Association) Jim Marner has stressed the key role the association plays, and will continue to play, in addressing what he described as ‘the challenges of an increasingly demanding marketplace’.
The first major update of CIBSE’s guide to environment design (Guide A) in nearly 10 years marks a fundamental change in thinking by embracing environmental issues and the comfort of people in buildings. Derrick Braham, who chaired the steering committee for the new guide, explains the new philosophy.
Off-site, pre-fabrication of building engineering services will be an increasingly important way of tackling skills shortages and meeting tough performance targets, according to the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES).
CIBSE Certification has been accredited to certify energy-management systems against ISO 50001 by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). CIBSE Certification can now certify organisations aiming to use ISO 50001 certification to meet the requirements of the ESOS regulations.
Changes in the structure of the Renewable Heat Incentive highlight opportunities for bigger boilers in the building services sector, believes Peter Solly of Forest Fuels.
The installation of four R134a Turbomiser chillers to replace R22 units at Salisbury Hospital includes connecting them to remote air-cooled condensers by refrigerant pipework up to 75 m long and up to 92 mm on the discharge and 67 mm on the liquid lines. These copper tubes run beneath a road in a concrete-lined culvert.
The installation of Sabien’s M2G boiler optimisation controls on 77 boilers across the estate of Renfrewshire Council has reduced average gas consumption by around 14% and achieved a 1.7 year payback. Sabien carried out the measurement and verification using the council’s consumption data and regional degree-day data.
Customised Powrmatic Vision 2.3 condenserless heat-pump air conditions have been installed in guest rooms as part of a major refurbishment of Whittlebury Hall conference, training centre and hotel, close to the Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire. 55 units were installed, and they were selected for their ability to meet key criteria relating to internal and external aesthetics, as well as speed of installation and ease of use.
The adoption of solar PV on commercial buildings in the UK is well behind other countries. Brian Smithers of Rexel UK highlights the huge benefits solar can offer the UK’s commercial premises and why it’s surely time to join the solar revolution.
With BSRIA’s recent prediction that the market for PICVs (pressure-independent control valves) is set to grow rapidly, it seems that the strengths of PICVs are finally being acknowledged across the industry. Nick Martin of Marflow Hydronics looks at what benefits PICVs really bring to piped services.
Des Dolan of Durapipe answers some frequently asked questions about catering for thermal movement in plastic pipes.
- 21 - 22 October, 2015Building Controls Show 2015
- 22 October, 2015ESTA Energy efficiency summit
- 03 - 04 November, 2015CIBSE Building Performance Conference & Exhibition
- 06 November, 2015The difference between Soft Landings and Government Soft Landings
- 13 November, 2015BSRIA Briefing — Smarter ways to better buildings
- 25 November, 2015 - 16:30Heat 2015
- 16 - 18 February, 2016ACR Show