A resurgence in the regions and nations of the UK is driving a strong comeback for the construction industry, according to research by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Over 200 000 construction jobs are expected to be created by 2019, with the sector expanding by up to 2.9% a year on average.
The Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) has published a business manifesto to highlight the issues that the next Government must address if the construction industry in the UK is to remain genuinely fit for purpose. The General Election will be on 7 May 2015, unless the House of Commons votes for an earlier date.
Steve Harrison, president of the Building Controls Industry Association considers some of the key points made during the 2014 Building Services Summit about the long-term efficiency of buildings.
Hot water for new student accommodation in Colchester is provided by three 35 kW Aerotop T air-source heat pumps from Elco UK. The King Edward Quay development has 381 room pods and 57 kitchen pods and is the first phase of a development by the Pickstock Group.
Roderick Pettigrew has resigned as chief executive of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES). President Andy Sneyd explained that the departure was amicable. Mr Pettigrew had worked for the association for 25 years and was chief executive for the last 18 months.
Diffusion has supplied over 2000 Eco H270 EC DC fan-coil units for the Walkie-Talkie building at 20 Fenchurch in London. An extremely low specific fan power was specified (0.19 W/l/s) for the project — to be achieved at an external system pressure of 30 Pa and at NR35 with all units running.
What do contractors and consultants take into consideration when choosing pipework systems? Des Dolan of Durapipe shares the findings of recent research into pipework specifications.
Air-distribution products from Waterloo Air Products play a key role in the natural-ventilation strategy for the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool. It has the first naturally ventilated auditorium in the country and has won the RIBA Stirling Prize for the best new building of the year. It also has an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating. Natural ventilation is used for all the main performance and workspace areas.
Pipework systems that survive for three years should be good for many more years after that time. Reginald Brown of BSRIA highlights the problems that occur and offers advice on how to avoid them.