CIBSE, refurbishment, Listed building, Cambridge, maintenance

Gothic revival

The energy-efficient upgrade of a Grade I-listed 200-year-old hall of residence at the University of Cambridge sets a new standard for the energy efficient upgrade of the UK’s historic buildings, as Hywel Davies of CIBSE explains.

Zumtobel, LED, lighting, maintenance, refurbishment

Zumtobel illuminates Aberdeen refurbishment

A variety of LED luminaires from Zumtobel form part of a major refurbishment opt the 19 000 m2 H1 office facility, formerly known as Seafield House, in Aberdeen. Lighting controls and emergency lighting from Zumtobel have also been installed.

Hoval, boiler, space heating, replace, maintenance, refurbishment

To refurbish or replace?

When boilers are no longer meeting performance or efficiency requirements, building owners have the choice to refurbish or replace. Kevin Stones of Hoval highlights the key considerations

Andrews Water Heaters, DHW, domestic hot water, maintenance, refurbishment
Prevention is the best treatment Chris Meir

Get off to the right start with water treatment

With over half of the UK’s mains water supply classed as hard, effective treatment plays an important role in the maintenance regime of any water heating system. Chris Meir of Andrews Water Heaters, explains why investing in water treatment from installation makes financial sense in the long run, and discusses the solutions available.

Panasonic helps create new life for IKEA store

Panasonic’s gas-fired ECO G heat pumps have been used to help provide a new lease of life for a building in Birmingham that was approaching the end of its practical life. It is expected to be demolished in the next four years, but in the meantime has been refurbished to trial IKEA’s ‘Click and Collect’ store concept that is being rolled out across the country.

Electrical Waste, maintenance, refurbishment, WEEE
Finding an effective solution to waste management Shaun Donaghey.

Taking care of your waste management

Within the building services industry, awareness of, and compliance with the WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) Directive is crucial. Many companies deal with their electrical waste effectively, however, there are still a significant number who are either unaware of their obligation, or fail to comply with the law. Shaun Donaghey of Electrical Waste explains the key issues for effective and compliant WEEE management.

Rinnai, DHW, domestic hot water, maintenance, refurbishment

Caravan Club members enjoy the benefits of Rinnai water heaters

The supply of hot water for the Malvern Hills Caravan Club site is now plentiful and consistent following the installation of four Rinnai continuous-flow water heaters to replace two storage water heaters. The site has 210 pitches and is especially busy from Easter right through to October.

Maintenance software can import SFG20 data

The capabilities of the SFG20 standard for building maintenance have been extended with the capability of pulling through the SFG20 data and schedules directly into CAFM (computer-aided facilities management) or CMMS (computerised maintenance management system). Many contractors, building owners and FM managers use such third-party software to schedule and track work.

SCS Group, smoke control, maintenance, refurbishment
Avoiding the smoke-control system failing when you need it most Olly Lucas.

Controlling the perils of smoke

Fires in buildings can be big news, especially if people die. Smoke control systems can save lives but only if they are functioning correctly, as Olly Lucas of SCS Group explains.

Mikrofill, boiler, space heating, maintenance, refurbishment

Mikrofill replaces boilers in CHP plant at Bedford Hospital

The replacement of existing CHP plant at Bedford Hospital includes boilers supplied by Mikrofill. The three Ethos boilers each have an output of 130 kW and will primarily serve the hospital’s HWS demand. They are configured to provide heat into the main system when hot-water requirements are at a minimum.

ECEX, Access, rooftop plant, maintenance, refurbishment

Access all areas

Access is critical to the safety of building-services engineers installing and maintaining plant on roofs. But what does this mean in practice? John Grenville of ECEX explains.

EOGB, burner, space heating, maintenance, refurbishment

EOGB supplies burners to update heating system at Ashford International

The latest heating system at Ashford International Railway Station in Kent has Baltur gas burners powering three Remeha sectional boilers to give a total output capability of 3 MW. The burners were supplied by EOGB Energy Products.

Grundfos Pumps, maintenance, refurbishment

Grundfos delivers energy savings that can be banked on

New pumps installed in a large bank in Denmark following an energy audit undertaken by Grundfos have achieved energy savings of 60% in operation. This performance has doubled the return on the required investment and reduced CO2 emissions, making it a sound investment opportunity.

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.



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