RHI, Renewable Heat Incentive, heat pump, biomass
Nine Dimplex air-source heat pumps with a total rating of 252 kW provide heating for this development of 85 high-specification apartments at Gateshead.

Boost for heat pumps in non-domestic RHI

The inclusion of more types of renewable energy, especially air-source heat pumps for the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive and significant increased in tariffs for existing technologies have been enthusiastically welcomed by the industry. Amended tariffs will apply to installation’s accredited since 21 January 2013. The new tariffs will apply to installations first commissioned since 4 December 2013.


Project starts hit 4-month high

The value of projects starting on site from March to May 2014 was 20% higher than the same period a year earlier, according to the latest figures from Glenigan. That growth is the biggest since January. These latest figures were driven by a renewed strengthening of non-residential work.

Vent-Axia, MVHR, heat recovery

This is the house that waste built

This strange-looking house in the grounds of the University of Brighton is made almost entirely from thrown-away rubbish and has gained an A-rated Energy Performance Certificate. In keeping with the spirit of the project, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) is provided by an ex-test model of a Vent-Axia Sentinel Kinetic Plus.

BRE moves to next stage of BIM certification

BRE Global has launched a scheme to help companies provide evidence that they have the policies and procedures required to deliver Level 2 BIM in line with the Government’s strategy. Delivered onsite, the scheme is available for businesses with one site or multiple site locations.

BCIA scheme assesses occupational competence of controls engineers

Operatives in the building-controls sector can now have their competence certified by a scheme devised by the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) and National Electrotechnical Training (NET). Called the Building Controls Professional Assessment (BPCA), it is an assessment of occupational competence for apprentices and practising operatives in the controls industry.

BIM advances to the FM stage

BIM (building information modelling) has reached the operational phase of buildings with the publication of the latest PAS (publicly available specification). BSRIA’s Jo Harris explains the huge significance and potential of this stage.

Energy costs take a dive at swimming pools in Liverpool

A swimming pool in Liverpool is using over a third less energy to drive filtration pumps following the installation of ABB variable-speed drives, which have also been installed in air-handling units. The work for Liverpool City Council followed an independent energy-conservation report which recommended ABB variable-speed drives. The success of this project led to variable-speed drives being installed at four other council-run pools.

BEMS upgrade helps cut energy use at The Lowry

Gas and electricity consumption at The Lowry in Manchester have fallen by 17% since the upgrade of the building and energy-management system in a scheme designed by Real Control Solutions. Further savings are expected as the system is further optimised.

Energy-performance contracts

Once an organisation starts saving energy, those savings can be used to finance measures to save more energy and reduce the cost of maintenance. James Napier of Honeywell Building Solutions looks into the world of energy-performance contracts.

Some like it hot!

Fresh from helping to update CIBSE’s Guide G on public health and plumbing engineering, Paul Angus shares some thoughts on the risks of skimping on design and installation.



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