ABM, time based maintenance, condition based maintenance, maintenance, refurbishment
Maintenance when needed — Stuart Marsh.

A new schedule for maintenance — right not regular

Time-based maintenance schedules will almost certainly see equipment over-maintained or, perhaps worse, under-maintained. Stuart Marsh of ABM UK looks at a different approach.

Harvard Technology, LED lighting, control, daylight dimming, maintenance, refurbishment

Making efficient lighting even more efficient

LED lighting offers a highly-efficient alternative to traditional light sources for a range of building types — but without an effective control strategy, energy savings are typically only limited to the short term. Andy Davies of Harvard Technology explains how wireless lighting control systems can pay dividends for facilities managers willing to invest.

NG Bailey, maintenance, refurbishment

Meeting the list of objectives for a listed building

The energy- and carbon-reduction targets for refurbishing two listed buildings in Manchester were very demanding. Andy Bones of NG Bailey gives an insight into how they were achieved.

Smith's, water treatment, limescale, maintenance, refurbishment

Smith’s addresses limescale issues

The OneStop water-conditioning product from Smith’s is designed to tackle the problem of limescale that affects 16 million homes in the UK, particularly in England and Wales. OneStop conditions mains water at the point it enters the home, preventing scale deposits and working on removing existing limescale.

ICS Cool Energy, chiller, air conditioning, maintenance, refurbishment
The key to efficient cooling — Phil Philippou.

Chillers that continue to perform

Applying planned preventative to chillers not only ensure reliable cooling but also energy-efficient cooling, as Phil Philippou of ICS Cool Energy argues.

AET Flexible Space, air conditioning, maintenance, refurbishment, underfloor

London refurbishment features underfloor air conditioning

As part of the full structural reconfiguration and refurbishment of 33 Glasshouse Street in central London, AET Flexible Space supplied underfloor air conditioning. The building has a Grade 2-listed facade and was refurbished to form larger, open-plan floor plates and Cat A office accommodation on floors three to seven.

Salix, LED lighting, maintenance, refurbishment

Salix finances LED lighting upgrade

With the help of a Salix funding agreement, Coleg Cambria (College Of North East Wales) has improved over 490 light fittings, with an expected reduction in electricity consumption of 56% — worth over £11 000 a year. The new LED lighting will also reduce annual maintenance costs by about £6500.

LG, Sugoi, R22, maintenance, refurbishment

LG and Sugoi replace R22 for B&Q stores

Air-conditioning manufacturer LG has worked with contractor Sugoi Solutions on a £1.4 million project for a B&Q R22 refrigerant replacement programme. Air-conditioning equipment in over 250 stores was replaced with new equipment that meets the F gas regulations.

The inside story of clean ductwork

In response to the BESA (Building Engineering Services Association) ‘TR19 Guide to good practice — internal cleanliness of ventilation systems’ Interduct has developed a specialist chemical cleaning method for vertical risers. The method and product have been modified over the last four years, and the team now cleans over 500 risers a year.

Thorn Lighting, LED lighting, maintenance, refurbishment

Thorn provides the ingredients for Papa John’s lighting upgrade

Thorn Lighting has provided a one-stop shop for upgrading the lighting at Papa John’s new headquarters in Milton Keynes. Thorn’s brief was to achieve the upgrade to energy-efficient low-maintenance LED lighting while improving the overall illumination with the required maintained illuminance and 80% uniformity. The target was to providing an overall lighting efficiency for the building of not less than 60 luminaire lumens per circuit watt and provide various lux levels for different areas.

Airdale International Air Conditioning, EC Motors, fan, variable speed control, maintenance, refurbishment
An enthusiast for fans with EC motors — Adrian Trevelyan.

Think EC for easy energy savings

As a simple and cost-effective retrofit with a short payback, replacing fans having AC motors with fans having EC motors is hard to beat — As Adrian Trevelyan explains.

BSRIA, maintenance, business focused maintenance
Directing maintenance resources — Jo Harris.

Prioritising maintenance

With BSRIA recently having updated its guidance to business-focused maintenance, Jo Harris gives an insight into where the concept is now, 12 years on from the original guidance, and how it can be used to prioritise maintenance requirements.

Belimo, actuator, globe valve

Retrofit actuators for almost any globe valve

Belimo’s replacement actuator for globe valves have customisable parameters and are equipped with a universal valve neck and stem adapter. They can be installed quickly and easily on virtually all valves from manufacturers worldwide.

Martindale Electric, electrical testing, voltage test lamp

High-intensity LEDs transform the voltage test lamp

The latest generation of Drummond test lamps from Martindale Electric use high-intensity LEDs for live-voltage indication. Using high-intensity LEDs is said to transform the test lamp by enabling the display of discrete voltages over a 360° viewing angle, even in bright light. Four distinctive bands of LED illumination indicate voltages above 50, 100, 200 and 400 V — rather than trying to judge voltage by lamp brightness.

Energys Group, refurbishment, LED lighting, boiler
Think retrofit for boosting energy efficiency — Kevin Cox.

Enjoying the benefits of energy-efficient retro-fitting

The increasing abundance of retrofit solutions for lighting, heating and other key building systems offers the potential to improve energy efficiency — but without incurring the sometimes intimidating costs associated with entirely new installations, says Kevin Cox of Energys Group.

Airmec, legionella, Legionnaires' Disease
A proper understanding of the risks of legionella — Andrew Steel

The need to know about legionella

The approved code of practice relating to Legionnaires’ Disease is quite specific about the need for training. Andrew Steel of Airmec looks at how much and what kind of training is appropriate.

Keston, boiler, space heating

Independent school enrols more boilers from Keston

Three Keston boilers with a combined output of 165 kW have been installed at Lancing College in West Sussex as part of a refurbishment project to separate an accommodation block from the central boiler room over 50 m away. This independent boarding and day school provides education for boys and girls aged 13 to 18.

Andrews Chiller Hire, chiller

Andrews will keep data centre operational during refurbishment

Andrews Chiller Hire will maintain cooling capability for a telecommunications provider by supplying 1.4 MW of cooling while the in-house chillers are taken off line during a major refurbishment programme. The two chillers will run in series for direct connection to the existing flow and return connections.

Oventrop, DHW, hot water

Oventrop modular HWS generation installed for hotel refurbishment

The refurbishment of the Holiday Inn Express hotel at Edinburgh Airport has its hot-water requirements met by Oventrop Regumaq Cascade units. There are four wall-hung units that heat cold water as required by drawing heat from thermal stores — in this case two electrically heated buffer tanks — through a plate heat exchanger.

Belimo, control valve, pressure independent

Belimo EPIVs help keep leisure centre open during renovation

As part of major renovation of the heating-distribution and complex ventilation system of the Happyland leisure centre in Klosterneuburg, Austria, 45 Belimo EPIVs (electronic pressure-independent control valves, the orange units in the picture) were installed on eight distribution circuits during operation to avoid loss of revenue.

Lochinvar, DHWm hot water

Lochinvar goes Aloft to meet peak DHW demand

Lochinvar has supplied three EcoShield high-efficiency water heaters as part of the refurbishment of one of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings to create the Aloft Hotel. The Grade 2 listed Royal Insurance Building had been disused for over 20 years; The original neo-baroque building dates back to 1896.

Martindale Electric, electrical test kit, boiler, Worcester

Martindale supplies boiler service engineers with testing kits for electrical safety

Martindale Electric has supplied Worcester, Bosch Group with kits to enable its service engineers to prove that installation they are working on in the field are electrically isolated and avoid potentially hazard live voltages. The company has over 300 service engineers across the UK. The VIPD138 safe-isolation kits include a voltage indicate and proving unit.

Waldeck Consulting, BIM, facilities management
BIM’s natural progression to more effective facilities management — Ged Smith.

BIM and facilities management

Ged Smith of Waldeck Consulting, discusses why BIM is central to effective facilities management.

Recolight, lamp recycling

Recolight expands recycling service for lamps

Recolight has halved the number of old lamps that businesses have to collect to qualify for its free recycling service. The new requirement is for 1000 lamps every three months. The free service includes containers, collection and recycling, and consignment notes.

EcoCooling, evaporative cooling

Internal evaporative coolers are easy to retro-fit

EcoCooling has developed a range of internal evaporative coolers for data centres that do not want to have plant and equipment on the outside of their building. They achieve a CoP (coefficient of performance) of 60 and a PUE (power usage effectiveness) of less than 1.2.

Waterloo, air distribution, grille, diffuser

Waterloo supplies air distribution for City University refurb

A major remodelling and refurbishment programme for the Tait building of City University, which houses two departments and a lecture theatre has utilised several ranges of air-terminal products supplied by Waterloo Air Products. Essential requirements for the project were good air flows and aesthetics.

Hamworthy, boiler, space heating

Hamworthy replaces boilers for college at Cambridge University

Gas bills for heating and hot water at St Catherine’s College in Cambridge have been reduced by 25% following the installation of new boilers and an upgrade of the heating system. Hamworthy Wessex ModuMax boilers were chosen on the basis of experience of neighbouring King’s College and replaced Hamworthy Lulworth L10 (1050 kW) steel boilers.

Eclipse Magnetics, BoilerMag, flushing

Adaptor simplifies system flushing through the filter

Eclipse Magnetics offers a universal flush adaptor attachment to enable installers to carry out routine system flushes quickly and easily by attaching flushing equipment to its BoilerMag boiler filter, using the filter as the access point. This adaptor can be attached to the back of the BoilerMag port block in just a few seconds and is compatible with screw-fit or female cam-lock hoses — so that a wide range of flushing equipment can be used.

The quick-win response to impending legislation

With new regulations to improve the energy efficiency of buildings coming into force from 1 April 2018, the time for landlords to act is now, says James Porter, Sales Director at Remeha Commercial. And when it comes to quick wins, you need look no further than the trusty condensing boiler.

Belimo, PICV, EPIV

Belimo EPIVs help keep leisure centre open during renovation

As part of major renovation of the heating-distribution and complex ventilation system of the Happyland leisure centre in Klosterneuburg, Austria, 45 Belimo EPIVs (electronic pressure-independent control valves, the orange units in the picture) were installed on eight distribution circuits during operation to avoid loss of revenue.

Powrmatic, air conditioning, air conditioners

Hotel guest rooms are air conditioned in a day

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.

ICS Cool Energy, hire
Keeping the business running — Russ Baker.

The importance of being prepared

Planning for the worst can seem like a daunting task but understanding how your business and its facilities will cope in a disaster is incredibly important. Russ Baker of the hire division at ICS Cool Energy outlines why a business continuity plan is so important and the basics of putting one in place.

Daikin UK, VRV, VRF, air conditioning
Meeting energy-efficiency targets — Martin Passingham.

The political challenge

Political enthusiasm for reducing carbon emissions continues to run high. Martin Passingham of Daikin UK outlines recent building energy-efficiency legislation and how the efficiency of an existing climate control system can be improved as part of the industry’s response.

Bank banks on energy savings from lighting

Santander is set to achieve energy savings of more than 50% with an upgrade of its lighting infrastructure. A fully funded LED lighting retrofit will see 90 000 new lights installed across the bank’s UK estate of 800 branches and 13 office buildings. The project involves GE Lighting delivering lighting services throughout the 10-year contract, which includes optimised system design, installation, maintenance and management.

AET, air conditioning

Controls upgrades boost efficiency of AET’s underfloor air conditioning

Numerous users of AET’s Flexible Space underfloor air-conditioning systems are benefiting from improved operation and energy efficiency following major controls upgrades. They include clients such as Jaguar Land Rover, Tag Farnborough and Bloomberg.

MK Electric, USB

Retrofitting with USB

To meet the growing demand for charging devices such as smartphones and tablets via their USB socket, Nadine Deery, channel marketing manager with MK Electric, suggests replacing existing power points with USB-integrated switch sockets. She argues that retrofitting with USB is a strong investment case for hotels, offices, airports and universities.

Lighting the way to energy savings

With increasingly stringent regulations regarding building energy performance, LED lighting is often seen an easy way to get those energy bills down. But the latest lighting solutions can offer more than a simple quick fix — as Mike Attard of RIDI Lighting explains.

Remeha, boiler, space heating

Remeha restores heating for school in Gloucestershire

When the existing boilers at Sir William Romney’s School in Tetbury started to fail, swift action was needed to restore heating and hot-water services before the start of the new term. Hewer Facilities management won the contract and installed four Remeha Gas 210 Eco Pro 5-section condensing boilers of 160 kW each. and a Remeha 500 l unvented hot-water cylinder.

Wieland Electric, modular wiring

Sea Containers House goes modular with Wieland Electric

The major refurbishment of Sea Containers House on the south bank of the River Thames in London includes the use of Wieland Electric’s Metalynx2 modular wiring system. The building has been converted to a luxury hotel with 359 bedrooms and 33 000 m2 of office accommodation.

Rinnai, DHW, domestic hot water

Camp site converts from oil to LPG and Rinnai water heaters

Rinnai continuous-flow water heaters now provide hot water for a family shower block at Nicholaston Farm Campsite on the Gower Peninsula near Swansea. There are 12 separate cubicles for families. The showers are served by LPG, and the system provides the option to add more showers at a later date.

BESA, Building Engineering Services Association
Potentially seismic for British landlords — Tim Rook.

Cheap energy does not mean energy is cheap

Plummeting oil and gas prices are not a reason to abandon energy efficiency — especially with legislation affecting commercial buildings soon to come into effect, says Tim Rook of the Building Engineering Services Association.

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