The enthusiasm for achieving zero-carbon buildings could result in ‘highly perverse outcomes’, according to Dr David Strong, chief executive of Inbuilt Consulting, speaking at last month’s Ecobuild conference in London.
The University of Warwick has appointed Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers to provide detailed design of mechanical, electrical and public-health engineering services for the Warwick Digital Laboratory. The practice will also supply specialist advice on building design, including virtual engineering and acoustic consultancy.
Energy-service companies Dalkia and Honeywell Building Solutions have been appointed to help deliver a 25% reduction in the energy used by 42 buildings of the Greater London Authority.
BSS Industrial has reached its £50 000 target with Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, helping families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness. Following this success, BSS has pledged to raise the same amount over the next 12 months.
SummitSkills, the sector skills council for building-services engineering, has welcomed Government plans to expand and strengthen apprenticeships.
Operon’s design division has been appointed M&E consultant for the complete redevelopment of the first three phases of Stockport College’s town-centre campus.
Event organiser 3049 is planning a new industry event this Autumn. The Heat + Vent Northern Show will run from 26 to 27 November at the Lancashire County Cricket Ground at Old Trafford in Manchester.
LG is preparing to expand its Art Cool range of air-conditioning products into the residential and higher-end interiors market with a network of strategically placed dealers. The company is in detailed discussion with several companies, some new to the air-conditioning industry, but well versed in dealing with the more lucrative parts of the domestic market.
Underfloor-heating specialist Giacomini (UK) has moved to larger premises close to its previous location on Westerleigh Business Park in Bristol.
The CIBSE/ASHRAE 2008 conference in Newcastle next month will tackle the major issues and burning topics that managers, clients, architects and planners all face in the challenge to produce green buildings.
The health-and-safety division of Cyril Sweett has been appointed to the design and construction team of Tate Modern as co-ordinator for construction design and management.
Balfour Kilpatrick has been awarded a £3 million contract to design, supply and install services for a new court building at Caernarfon Criminal Justice Court.
Elmhurst Energy Systems, creator of the Design SAP software for energy performance measurement, has purchased the rights to the SuperHeat software product from Survey Design Associates. This move brings together two popular and widely used SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure for Energy Rating of Dwellings) products.
Trox UK, which specialises in air-distribution systems, has invested over £100 000 in extensions to its test facilities and buying specialist equipment.
Looking to raise £2000 for the Anthony Nolan Trust by running in the London Marathon on 13 April is Simon Russell, southern divisional manager with Heatrae Sadia.
The construction industry ended 2007 on a positive note, with modest growth set to continue during 2008 — according to the latest trade survey report from the Construction Products Association and the Construction Confederation. Although both product manufacturers and contractors reported that the growth in activity slowed during the final quarter of last year, output and sales volume remained solidly up compared to the same period a year earlier.
Building-services contractor Skerritt has won contracts worth £18.2 million to supply services for prisons at Nottingham and Swaleside in Kent.
Following the securing of over £12 million-worth of new business, Inviron, a provider of building services and facilities management, has created 57 new jobs. They have come about in the 18 months since the company moved into its new offices in Washington and can be credited to a succession of major contract wins and a growing regional economy.
With the building-services industry continually faced with a chronic shortage of graduate engineers, CIBSE launched its student bursary scheme four years ago. It provides a means for companies and organisations in the industry to do their bit for the industry — including Modern Building Services, which supported a bursary last year, and we are continuing to do so this year.
With London South Bank University being a key centre for building-services engineering in the UK, it is appropriate that a major new development should seek to be a benchmark for sustainable future developments. Its designed emissions of carbon dioxide are little more than half of what are required by Building Regulations.
Giuliano Digilio, provides background to the recently published 17th Edition of the Wiring Regulations and highlights some of the key changes that specifiers should be aware of when engaging electrical contractors.
Legrand reports that its new 170 m2 customer centre in its Birmingham headquarters is proving to be a huge success.
Gurninder Ghuman of Legrand says, ‘Our intention was to create a centre that would be of value to the industry as a whole, As a result, the centre isn’t just a Legrand product showcase, but, rather, a purpose-built facility geared exclusively to wards the electrical industry — making it the ideal venue for a variety of industry events.’
The centre features a full cross section of Legrand products and those from its group companies Bticino, Zucchini and Ortonics.
There are also state-of-the-art facilities for training and events for up to 40 people. They are available for free customer hire.
Chris Scott describes how Marshall-Tufflex succeeded in developing a 32 A plug-in cabling system — and explores its benefits.
Stephen Willmore explores the implications of Part M of the Building Regulations on electrical installations and how to meet their requirements.
To avoid the cost of purchasing a standby generator for all of its nine care homes in Worcestershire, Heart of England Housing & Care has arranged with Powercall for a standby generator to be delivered to a site when required and be connected within an hour.
Pyrotenax mineral-insulated cables have been installed for fire-rated applications in the 19 000 m2 office development at 1fifty Cheapside near St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Specified by Hilson Moran and installed by Haden Young as the backbone system for landlord services in the shell and core. These cables are used in circuits for life-safety and fire-fighting rated applications as defined in BS 7346-6 specification for cable systems.
Electricians may be unwittingly breaking the Wiring Regulations, and thus not complying with Part P, by using inappropriate junction boxes for certain applications.
Following the publication of the 17th Edition of the Wiring Regulations, EAL, a leading UK body for National Vocational Qualifications and their Scottish equivalents, has launched a series of Vocationally Related Qualifications that specifically support BS 7671:2008, as the new Wiring Regulations are officially named.
Over 50 MVA of uninterruptible power supply systems have been supplied to various legal and financial institutions at Canary Wharf in London by Chloride. This concentration of Chloride UPS systems is the largest anywhere in the world, and it continues to grow as more companies move in and entrust their critical-power protection to Chloride, which was recently named Frost & Sullivan European UPS company of the year for 2007.
Over 2000 m of Electrak busbar has been installed in the ceiling voids of a 192 000 m2 extension to the distribution centre of Innovate logistics at Barden In Leicestershire. This high-bay warehouse is used as a UK distribution hub for Nestlé, and the additional space has increased capacity by about a third.
Hager claims to have won the UK's largest contract for consumer units with a 2-year deal to supply Taylor Wimpey. This housebuilder estimates that it will build more than 17 500 units in 2008.
Emerson Network Power has added the Liebert NXf to its NX range of uninterruptible power supplies. This solution ensures continuity of business-critical IT infrastructures such as are found in small data centres, banks and shopping precincts. Emergency-lighting systems can also be protected.
With the application of EC motors, fan-coil units are given the potential to become a much more efficient, and controllable, method of air conditioning. Peter Lowther explains.
HCP has launched a new brochure covering its ceiling-mounted range of radiant-heating panels, which have outputs in the region to 480 to 500 W/m2. This method of heating is said to be one of the most comfortable and energy-efficiency available.
New ventilation products have been added to the Carl F. Petersen catalogue of hardware products. The latest lines from Greenwood Airvac provide a range of stylish solutions, including products that meet specific acoustic requirements, custom-made requirements for the refurbishment/new-build markets and a slimline aluminium vent.
Britannia Rainwater Recycling Systems has produced a 20-page brochure to provide advice and recommendations on which rainwater harvesting systems and products to use. The company offers a full design, installation and maintenance service to ensure the correct system is installed.
A new guide to the Flex 7 prefabricated interconnection system for lighting systems is available from Flex Connectors to help electrical contractors, consultants and wholesalers take advantage of the many benefits that prefabricated lighting solutions can offer.
With the amalgamation of AquaTech, Pressmain and Warmac and the launch of the new company name Aquatech Pressmain last Autumn, the company has built up a new web site covering its new and extensive product range, which includes booster sets, pressurisation units and water storage.
As part of the £8 million redevelopment of East Midlands Airport at Nottingham, Monodraught natural-ventilation and natural-lighting systems are being exploited as part of the airport’s commitment to being carbon neutral by 2012. It is believed that this is the first major airport in the UK to employ energy-free natural ventilation as a building-services strategy to eliminate the need for air conditioning in most areas.
The redevelopment of the old Highbury Stadium of Arsenal FC to create over 700 apartments with a two acre central landscaped garden will use Oventrop valves in all the plant rooms and distribution pipework that comprise the district-heating scheme. Bailey, mechanical-engineering contractor for the entire project, selected Oventrop valves on previous experience of quality and competitive costs.
Over a hundred McQuay Easdale model 50 air-handling units have been ordered to date for the first new hospital to be built in Birmingham for over 70 years. McQuay is also supplying eight air-cooled chillers.
Durapipe’s SuperFLO pipework system has reduced installation time for chilled-water circuits in a new air-conditioning system at Audi’s car showroom in Manchester.
Trox has supplied a complete package of fan-coil units and diffusers for two British Land projects in London. The buildings are the 165 m-tall Broadgate Tower and the neighbouring 63 m-high 201 Bishopsgate. They will be connected by a glass canopy.
Gilberts of Blackpool has completed a contract to supply grilles and diffusers for the tallest building under construction in the Cty of London.