As part of its 60-year celebration, BSRIA recently held a reception at the House of Lords, It was hosted by Lord O’Neill of Clackmannan (in centre of picture next to chief executive Julia Evans), a previous chairman of the BSRIA Briefing. The event was attended by over a hundred of BSRIA’s member organisations. Commemorative plaques were presented to the representatives of the 22 companies that were founding members of BSRIA and have retained their membership of BSRIA for 60 years.
Following the sharp reduction in the RHI tariffs for small commercial biomass (less than 200 kW thermal) Peter Solly, managing director of Forest Fuels, believes that the scope for larger installations is more positive. The recent 15% reduction in the tariff for small schemes, with a further 25% due this summer, is due to the strong uptake of commercial biomass on this scale.
The architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector is leading the take-up of BIM (building information modelling), according to a worldwide survey carried out by Business Advantage. Nearly 49% of respondents in the AEC sector already use BIM, and this proportion is expected to reach 58% by the end of 2015, according to Chris Turner, CEO/managing director of Business Advantage.
1200 employees of Grundfos Pumps recently gathered in Denmark to participate in 26 sports during the Grundfos olympic games. They came from 55 countries to participate in 26 sports. The event is held every four years and brings together people and cultures with a focus on teambuilding and friendship.
Following the development of a centre dedicated to training in ventilation cleaning and hygiene, Peter Reid of AEME and Overclean traces the leading role that the UK has played in developing awareness and standards for indoor air quality throughout the world.
Specification writing is falling far short of the standard required to support modern methods of construction and is undermining supply chain collaboration, according to Andy Sneyd, president of B&ES (Building & Engineering Services Association).
While BIM (building information modelling) is largely underpinned by the availability of building product models, according to climate control and separation specialist Biddle the work required by manufacturers often gets forgotten. Martin Phillips, group marketing manager comments.
Diffusion has been specified to supply 70 high-efficiency Eco fan-coil units to the new headquarters of Ben Ainslie Racing. The Eco Highline 270 fan coil can achieve a specific fan power of less than 0.2 W/l/s at a typical NR35 noise rating and airflow selections with no increase in unit size or cost over the company’s standard ECDC 270 mm-deep range of fan-coil units.
Equinix, a major operator of data centres and Internet exchanges, has chosen Munters Oasis indirect evaporative coolers for climate control for the new London LD6 data centre in Slough. The centre aims to achieve LEED Platinum accreditation (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design).
The first Daikin air-conditioning product using R32 to be installed in the UK is an Emura climate-control system. Daikin D1-approved installed Young Air Conditioning installed the system in a rural barn conversion in Malvern, Worcestershire.
A reversible hat pump and a thermal wheel are key features of a Flakt Woods ventilation system installed as part of the refurbishment of the Arundel Building at Sheffield Hallam University. The system can supply up to 2.5 m3/s of conditioning air into a VAV (variable air volume) system and incorporates inverter-driven compressors. It replaces a natural-ventilation system.
Is maintenance work best carried out by in-house staff or outsourced? Jo Harris of BSRIA brings together some of the ideas discussed at a seminar organised by the association.
Although the world is going digital, many buildings remain stubbornly unconnected. Bruce Kirton of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) explains why this opens up huge opportunities for specialist operation and maintenance contractors.
- 08 - 09 July, 2015BSRIA training course: Introduction to M&E building services
- 16 - 17 September, 2015Renewable Energy Management & Finance training course
- 22 - 23 September, 2015Wind Power training course
- 24 - 25 September, 2015Carbon Finance training course
- 29 - 30 September, 2015Solar Photovoltaic training course
- 01 October, 2015Electrics for Renewables training course
- 02 - 03 October, 2015Renewable Energy Solutions training course
- 21 - 22 October, 2015Building Controls Show 2015
- 13 November, 2015BSRIA Briefing — Smarter ways to better buildings