CIBSE, ground source, renewable energy, heat pump, surface water, district heating, water source
Exploiting surface water for heat pumps — Phil Jones.

Guide looks to stimulate uptake of surface-water heat-pump technology

The application of surface water such as rivers, lakes and canals as the source for heat pumps is set to increase with the launch of a code of practice by CIBSE for heat pumps using such heat sources. The Government has identified surface-water-source heat pumps (SWSHP) as a key part of its strategy to reduce the UK’s energy use by 80% by 2050. Heating for buildings accounts for 45% of the UK’s total carbon emissions.

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NBS publishes latest BIM survey

The 2016 NBS National BIM Survey, now in its sixth year, shows a construction industry that is BIM positive but not BIM ready. The survey was published just before the Government mandate requiring the implementation of BIM at Level 2 on all centrally procured public-sector projects came into effect on 4 April.

FETA, renewable energy, heatpump

FETA expresses concern about renewable stimuli

FETA, the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations, has expressed concern about the Government reducing incentives for certain renewable-energy technologies — in particular, heat pumps. Speaking at the association’s annual lunch, its chairman Graham Wright said, ‘Technologies such as heat pumps will continue to need Government support to reach a state of maturity to become self sustaining We are currently at high risk of stalling any growth that has been achieved in this sector, and the alarm bells are ringing in many areas.’

Commissioning Specialists' Association, Awards

CSA announces finalists for its 2016 industry awards

The inaugural awards of the Commissioning Specialists’ Association last year (pictured left) proved to be an excellent and enjoyable forum in which to celebrate business and professional excellence right across our industry. (For full details, click the link below.)

Everything gets smarter with IoT

The ‘Internet of Things’ has the potential to deliver far more than lighting data through lighting systems, as Karl Jonsson of Tridonic explains.

Losing the planning plot

Developers are riding roughshod over best practice using the tacit support of the Chancellor as their justification — and our dysfunctional planning system is making it easy for them, says Mike Malina.

Wireless technology slashes heating costs at bus depots

Aimteq’s installation of WEMS wireless BEMS technology in Go-Ahead’s bus depots has achieved significant reductions in gas consumption, with average savings of 30% and a payback on the investment within two years. Go-Ahead is one of the of the UK’s largest bus operators and has a fleet of around 4600 buses that are boarded by nearly two million passengers every day.

Pipe Center delivers prefabrication solution for London development

Pipe Center’s prefabrication facility at Basildon is working with Vier Construction to design and build 360 bespoke utility cupboards for homes in the Elephant & Castle regeneration project in London. As part of the wider project, facilities-services company Vier Construction was appointed by Lendlease for the delivery of M&E and public-health services in the first phase of Elephant Park, known as South Gardens, which will deliver 360 new homes by 2017.

Micronics flowmeters help survey heating system at Heathrow

Micronic flowmeters have been used at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 4 to survey energy usage in the heating system. The facilities staff at the terminal have a 5-year plan running to 2019, entitled Quinquennium 6, which includes the redesign of the medium-temperature hot-water system, which previously ran at 120°C. The requirement was to run the system at a lower temperature to be more cost effective, more environmentally friend and — crucially — safer.

Emergency lighting uses power over Ethernet

Mackwell has supplied power-over-Ethernet LED emergency lighting as part of the upgrade of Willmott Dixon Interiors in Farringdon Street London. This design-and-build project was carried out by intelligent-building-services specialist LMG. The project also included Mackwell’s low-voltage emergency lighting, a new Cat6 cabling infrastructure, Wi-Fi network, CCTV, access control and audiovisual systems.

Looking closely at the demand side

As National Grid looks more closely at demand-side energy-management techniques for electricity, and new legislation changes how many companies pay for energy, Malcolm Anson considers the implications for building controls and BEMS.

Taking stock of lighting control in warehouses

With lighting everywhere but often very few people, lighting control in warehouses can pay rich dividends — as Rob Crookes of CP Electronics explains.

Boiler replacements — finding the right match

Stuart Turner of Hamworthy Heating looks at the replacement of boilers in commercial buildings and why a straight swap-in swap-out solution does not always present best value for money.

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