Redefining zero carbon

‘Our proposed definition recognises off-site renewables could play a part and also gives a big boost to community-scale technologies. This would have the added benefit of enabling much needed carbon reductions in the existing stock by enabling the distribution of low- or zero-carbon heat through district networks.
The full report is available on the UK-GBC web site.

‘The solutions we are pointing to are designed to ensure energy-demand reduction always comes first and on- or near-site renewables should be the focus for meeting energy needs.

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Probably a better way of meeting the requirements for residual-current protection of the 17th Edition of the IEE Wiring Regulations is to use RBCOs (residual-current circuit breakers with over-current protection) rather than RCDs (residual-current devices), which are prone to nuisance tripping.

Now we are 17

One of the biggest changes to the IEE Wiring Regulations is the requirement for residual-current protection. Colin McAhren explains the reasons behind it and how to meet it.

Redefining zero carbon

The UK Green Building Council has devised a new definition of zero carbon for building based on off-site generation. It is spelled out in its report ‘The definition of zero carbon’ produced by its zero-carbon task group chaired by Mark Clare of Barratt Developments.

Certified by the BRE’s Microgeneration Certification Scheme — Calorex’s Heatseeker air-source heat pump. From left are Richard Phillips of BRE, Richard Carrington MD and Tony Barnes, sales director, of Calorex.

Calorex is first company to gain new green certification

Calorex Heat Pumps has become the first company to gain product certification under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme administered by BRE.

Industry voices concerns about lack of awareness of Display Energy Certificates

The Department for Communities & Local Government (CLG) must spend more money promoting the legislation supporting energy certification if the scheme is to be a success, several industry representatives have warned.

SummitSkills promotes building services to teenage girls

SummitSkills played host to an interactive skills event for girls aged 16 to 18 at the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering & Technology. The event was designed to raise awareness of building-services engineers and the career opportunities it holds — up to Chartered Engineer status. One person who attended the event subsequently contacted SummitSkills interested in doing work experience, and is now considering the sector as a career.

Birmingham contractor takes green living to new heights

Birmingham building-services provider JS Wright has won the £1.1 million contract to fit out the 10-storey Atlanta Boulevard low-energy housing scheme, being built in association with Community Housing Association.

Assessment for what it believed to be the first Display Energy Certificate for a public building in the UK was carried out by Rob Molyneux of Stroma Technology.

EPCs and DECs start to come through

Rob Molyneux of Stroma Technology is believed to have lodged the first Display Energy Certificate for a public building in the UK, just a few weeks after issuing the first Energy Performance Certificate for a non-domestic building.

‘Merton rule’ pioneer wins HVCA Gold Award

Adrian Hewitt (left), principal environmental officer with the London Borough of Merton and originator of the ‘Merton rule’ is this year’s winner of the HVCA-sponsored Gold Award for outstanding industry service.

New agent for Actionair in north of England

Ruskin Air Management has appointed Direct Ventilation Distributors (DVD) of Leeds as agent for the Actionair brand in Yorkshire and the north east of England.

Baxi employee’s success in London Marathon

Baxi Commercial Division’s human resources manager Paddy Fletcher completed the recent London Marathon in just 3 h 33 min, raising £624 for charity. It will be split between charities chosen by staff at the company’s sites in Erdington and Warwick — the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the Myton Trust and the children’s ward at Warwick Hospital.

SEC Group identifies poor procurement as major cause of waste in construction industry

Poor procurement practices represent the major cause of waste across the UK construction industry. This view was highlighted by the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group in its evidence to an enquiry being undertaken by the House of Lords Science & Technology Sub-committee chaired by Lord O’Neill of Clackmannan.

Your chance to experience World Superbike racing with Vent-Axia

Vent-Axia’s VK Honda racing team is participating in the World Superbike championship this year, and readers of Modern Building Services have the opportunity to experience first hand the awesome sight of the VK Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade in action. Information on how to enter is at the end of this story.

Faber Maunsell gets first DEC assessor

Faber Maunsell consultant John Ogle has become the first energy assessor accredited to produce Display Energy Certificates and advisory reports in England and Wales, according to the Government’s central register.*

Engineering association urges scrapping of fees for engineering students

Waiving tuition fees for UK engineering students will increase the number of professional engineers and provide much-needed resources for the sector, according to the Association for Consultancy & Engineering.

SEC Group welcomes announcement on amendments to the Construction Act

The inclusion in the Government’s legislative programme of amendments to the construction contracts legislation contained in Part II of the Housing Grants, Construction & Regeneration Act 2006 has been welcomed by the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group (SEC).

Somewhere among the dense array of pins on the map is the new northern office of Monodraught, managed by Phillip Payne.

Monodraught opens northern office

Continued expansion has led to Monodraught opening a northern office in Bolton. It will be run by Philip Payne, who has been with the company for 15 years.

Carbon-dioxide emissions from the headquarters of Ofcom have already been reduced by over two-thirds by using Dalkia’s Carboncare energy services solution.

Dalkia contracts see sharp fall in Ofcom’s carbon emissions

Dalkia’s success in improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon-dioxide emissions at the headquarters of Ofcom in London has led to an extension of the contract.

Construction students get taste of the real world

First-year undergraduates from Southampton university recently attended a Constructionarium to give them a taste of what a career in engineering and project management has to offer The group of 80 students was hosted by Faber Maunsell and Laing O’Rourke for this hands-on week-long residential construction experience, which is designed to be part of a 21st-century engineering education linking the world of academic theory with contractors and consultants from the industry. They were split into four teams to design and build scaled-down models of real-life construction projects.

Promoting CIBSE’s growing role as a learned society — the institution’s new president Professor John Swaffield.

Building CIBSE for future challenges

CIBSE’s new president believes it is time for the institution to position itself as the leading authority on the built environment.

Sustainability moves from niche to norm

Rapidly, and seemingly inexorably, rising fuel costs gave added meaning to the recent CIBSE Conference on ‘Sustainability — niche to norm’ in Gateshead because, quite simply, reducing fuel bill reduces carbon emissions.

From plants to plant

People and plants are both more productive in a controlled environment — and Priva’s expertise with both cross-fertilises.

Buderus’s capability in exploiting solar energy extends to large-scale solar thermal installations.

Bring me sunshine

The amount of solar irradiation that falls on Britain is very similar to Germany, Europe’s largest market for solar collectors, which is why Buderus is targeting the UK for the next stage in expanding its solar-thermal business.

Consumer units comply with 17th Edition

Hager has launched a range of consumer units to meet the requirements of the 17th Edition of the Wiring Regulations.

ABB consumer unit helps comply with 17th Edition

A new consumer unit for domestic and light commercial applications from ABB features a flexible split-load option providing protection and isolation capabilities.

Residual current circuit breakers from Merlin Gerin check the circuit and reset after tripping.

RCDs check circuit and then reclose themselves

Merlin Gerin has launched a range of reclosable residual-current circuit breakers that brings higher levels of security and more convenience for resetting circuit protection.

New consumer units from Square D are designed to ensure compliance with the 17th Edition of the Wiring Regulations.

Square D brings in new range of consumer units

With the introduction of the 17th Edition of the Wiring Regulations, new consumer units from Square D have been specifically design to accept new RCDs, MCBs and RCBOs (residual current circuit breaker with overcurrent protection) to help ensure compliance. The Domae and Qwikline II units offer significantly different designs suitable for dwellings and commercial and public buildings.

With a output of 450 kW, modulating down to 30%, this wood-chip boiler supplied by Broag replaces three elderly oil boilers at Stradbroke Business & Enterprise College in Suffolk.

Wood-chip boiler replaces oil in Suffolk school

Biomass in the form of wood chips for heating provides a very effective approach for reducing carbon emissions when it can be used to replace existing plant such as oil-fired boilers, as a school project in Suffolk demonstrates.

This 1165 kW CHP unit is at the heart of a new energy centre installed by Ener-g Combined Power that will save a Birmingham Hospital £688 000 a year.

CHP is at heart of new energy centre for Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

The £5 million energy programme that has now been switched on at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital is expected to save £688 000 a year and reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 1627 t a year — as well as reducing emissions of other harmful gases such as sulphur dioxide.

3 Hardman Square on the Spinningfields development in Manchester has a fully addressable lighting-control system supplied by Simmtronic.

Simmtronic provides lighting control for more buildings on Spinningfields development in Manchester

Simmtronic has supplied Specs3 fully addressable digital lighting controls for two more prestigious office buildings for the Spinningfields development in Manchester. Contractor NG Bailey awarded the contracts for 3 and 4 Hardman Square. The initial Cat. A shell-and-core contracts have been followed up with feature-rich Cat. B schemes building on the backbone system and tailored to the requirements of incoming tenants.

These two wind turbines for a new building at the University of Sheffield are the final stage in achieving carbon neutrality for what is effectively a major manufacturing facility.

Demonstrating the carbon-neutral factory

The erection of two large wind turbines in April is believed to have made the new advanced manufacturing research centre at the University of Sheffield the first carbon-neutral manufacturing facility in the UK.

The range of functions required of valves for water-based services the new Gateway Academy near Tilbury are met by Oventrop valves.

Oventrop is star performer at new academy

Following 10 years’ experience using Oventrop valves, contractor Lorne Stewart selected them for the heating and DHW systems of the new £28 million Gateway Academy near Tilbury in Essex for Thurrock Council.

The 12 doorways of the IDS Logistics warehouse and distribution centre at Sheffield use Airbloc ambient-air curtains to form a barrier between indoors and outdoors.

IDS Logistics sets store by Airbloc air curtains

The 35 500 m2 of the Sheffield warehouse of IDS Logistics at Sheffield is protected against draughts when doors are open by 12 Airbloc ambient-air curtains.

The benefits of a ventilated ceiling system have been provided for this kitchen at Sandy Balls holiday centre in the New Forest by a Heydal ceiling from Britannia Kitchen Ventilation.

Ventilated ceiling brings benefits to kitchen of holiday centre in the New Forest

The kitchen of a new bistro restaurant in the leisure complex of Sandy Balls holiday centre in the New Forest is ventilated using a Heydal ventilated ceiling system from Britannia Kitchen Ventilation. It provides a clean line of sight across the kitchen, in contrast to conventional extract canopies, which can be unsightly — especially if the kitchen is on view to diners.

A bespoke ceiling and lighting system from SAS International has transformed The Undercroft at St Pancras International.

SAS bespoke solution transforms The Undercroft at St Pancras International

SAS International metal ceiling systems and lighting rafts have solved the challenge of designing the ceiling systems for The Undercroft at St Pancras International posed by height restrictions.

Ensuite facilities for 144 students in a new hall of residence for the University of Greenwich are provided by pods prefabricated by Baudet.

Baudet delivers prefabricated bathroom pods for student hall of residence

Baudet has supplied 144 bathroom pods for student halls of resident at the University of Greenwich as a cost-effective and time-saving solution for providing bathrooms.

The cost of heating this high-voltage laboratory in Hebburn has been more than halved by replacing gas-fired plant with a biomass boiler.

Biomass halves heating costs for research laboratory

The installation of a biomass boiler has more than halved energy costs at the Clothier Laboratory of NaREC, the New & Renewable Energy Centre, in Hebburn. Wood Energy supplied the 500 kW Binder boiler to replace a conventional gas-fired boiler to provide heat for the large 40 m-high test faculty. It uses locally sourced wood fuel supplied in standard ISO hook bins. This is thought to be the largest biomass installation in the north east of England and has reduced energy costs from £3200 to £1400 a month.

Wherever this support facility for the British sailing team travels in the world, comfortable conditions will be ensured by two Panasonic inverter-controlled air-conditioning systems.

Panasonic provides cool support for British sailing team

British sailing prospects in at least the next three Olympic Games will be enhanced by a mobile support facility cooled by two inverter-controlled Panasonic air-conditioning systems — with redundancy to ensure comfortable working at all times in hostile climates. The inverter drives also minimise start-up loads on the standby generator of the facility, which is based on a 40 ft container, if ground power is not available.

Contributing to the energy-efficient of Diamond Power Speciality in Scotland is the use of Reznor warm-air heaters that can re-use heat generated by air compressors.

Reznor warm-air heating chosen for energy-efficient factory

As part of a complete low-energy building design solution for the new Dumbarton plant of Diamond Power Speciality, Reznor floor-standing warm-air heaters have been installed.

Solar shading that is less obtrusive than other systems and which is hinged for easy window cleaning has been supplied by Levolux for this building on Oxford Business Park.

Solar shading is less obtrusive on Oxford Business Park

Solar shading that also enables windows to be cleaned easily has been installed on Building 3140 in Oxford Business Park.

A 10 K reduction in temperatures of 33°C and more has been achieved in JCB’s gearbox plant by installing Breezair evaporative cooling.

Evaporative cooling takes the heat off JCB’s gearbox plant

Temperatures in excess of 33°C in summer in the gearbox plant of JCB Transmissions have been reduced by over 10 K following the installation of six Breezair TBA evaporative coolers.

Gas-fired humidifiers supplied to Gurit on the Isle of Wight give close control of relative humidity to help cure specialised urethane coatings on composite materials.

JS Humidifiers assist in high-tech manufacturing

JS Humidifiers has supplied two Neptronic SKG gas-fired humidifiers to a manufacturer of composite materials on the Isle of Wight. These materials are made by Gurit and used in the production of high-end vehicles such as Formula 1 cars, the Airbus 380, as well as wind turbines. The humidifiers assist in the curing process in the paint spay booths.

Heating controls based on the LonWorks protocol provide a flexible heating and automation system that can be controlled from a PC at this primary school in Pudsey.

LonWorks-based system delivers energy-efficient heating control for school

The building manager of Southroyd Primary School in Pudsey, West Yorkshire, Mick Laycock, is delighted with the school’s new heating control and automation system, which enables him to deliver energy-efficient comfort throughout the school.

To reduce the lighting requirement of this BP site in Milton Keynes, 17 Solatube daylighting systems have been installed.

BP looks to daylighting to reduce carbon footprint

To investigate the role that daylighting can play in reducing carbon-dioxide emissions at its retail sites in the UK, BP has installed 17 Solatube daylighting systems at its site on Childs Way in Milton Keynes. They are installed in the retail and back-office areas. During the day, there is no need to use electricity for lighting these areas.

A modified version of the Riegens Cirrus luminaire was specified for the refurbishment of the Bridgelink at the NEC, and used existing suspension points in the ceiling.

Riegens completes the vital link at the NEC

Riegens Lighting has completed the provision of a safe, visually stunning and economically viable lit environment for the refurbished Bridgelink at the National Exhibition Centre, which links the NEC with the railway station and Birmingham International Airport.

Schneider Electric saves time and adds value for Birmingham schools

Just two and a half hours were needed for the installation and wiring time of a 24-way distribution board for a major school-building project in Birmingham, compared with a normal 90 h. This large time saving was made possible by using Schneider Electric’s new modular wiring system.

Even-Heat underfloor heating in this apartment block in Banbury helps ensure the safety of vulnerable tenants.

Underfloor heating helps to protect vulnerable tenants in Banbury

Even-Heat underfloor heating is contributing to a safe environment for vulnerable tenants in a new apartment block in Banbury. Cheshire Court is a development by Hills Partnership on behalf of the Bromford Housing Group, a major housing association in the Midlands. The 12 single-bedroom apartments have easy access for wheelchairs and no threat from hot, sharp surfaces.

Lighting in the control room of Tube Lines at Westferry Circus has been improved by luminaires supplied by Riegens Lighting.

Riegens puts Tube Lines control room in a new light

Luminaires from Riegens Lighting have improved the visual environment in the control room of Tube Lines at Westferry Circus following feedback from employees that the overall visual environment was poor for VDU work and that more control would be beneficial.



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