Samsung’s Wind-Free air conditioning units deliver cold air through 21 000 micro holes in the front of the unit to achieve ‘still air’ in normal cooling mode. ASHRAE defines ‘still air’ as air currents at speeds below 0.15 m/s, which are not senses as cold draughts.
Mitsubishi Electric’s EA Series 4-way-blow ceiling cassette for its Mr Slim range is designed to ease installation, operation and control. These units have a new square grille design and a host of new features and efficiency improvements.
Daikin Applied’s EWAD-TZ B range of air-cooled chillers is an upgrade from the TZ and CZ ranges and offers cooling capacities from 170 kW up to 1.1 MW. EERs are up to 3.9 with ESEERs up to 5.7. The screw compressor has refrigerant-cooled inverter technology.
Grundfos MGE motors qualify for the IE5 classification for motor efficiency that came into effect on on 1 January 2017. these motors have ratings from 250 W to 22 kW. Selecting a pump with these motors will achieve a 10% energy savings and up to a 25% reduction in payback time.
Airflow Developments has added variable-air-volume (VAV) dampers to its Duplex vent range of commercial MVHR units. The VAV systems constantly monitor the air supplied and share this information with the ventilation unit to optimise air quality and comfort by enabling the ventilation to respond effectively to the demands of each area/room in the building.
Schneider Electric’s Canalis KR busbar trunking is designed for high-power distribution in harsh environments and critical applications. It can be installed almost anywhere and distribute power to places where it would not have been cost effective or even possible before. It can be installed edgewise, flat or vertically without derating — including through floor slabs or fire-barrier walls. The flexibility of the solution reduces installation costs, time and upheaval.
Ereba monobloc air-to-water heat pumps can provide low-carbon heating and cooling for small commercial premises and homes. they are available with capacities from 4 to 21 kW from Ciat Ozonair and Toshiba Air Conditioning. They have a Eurovent-certified COP for heating of up to 4.3, giving them an A+ efficiency.
Panasonic’s ECOi EX series of VRF air-conditioning systems includes three sizes of single outdoor units from 8 to 20 hp that can be combined up to a total of 80 hp. There is a host of energy-efficient features.
Nittan Europe’s evo+ range of fire-alarm control panels is now fully approved and certified to BS EN 54-13:2005, the European standard that ensures optimal fire-system performance. This standard specifies requirements for the integrity of a fire-detection and fire-alarm system when connected to other systems, ensuring components are compatible and fully connectable.
OpenAir from Siemens Building Technologies has the right damper actuator for every need. There is a large selection of positioning forces, control signals, communication standards and add-ons.
Combat’s NRG heating controller maximises fuel savings by using self-learning technology. It varies the start-up time to ensure that the building comes up to the required temperature precisely at the beginning of every programmed ‘on’ period.
Advanced Air has developed a truly reversible fan-coil unit, enabling contractors to order units without specifying the handing, which is generally not finalised until late in the design process. Manufacturers cannot begin production without this information, a problem that is overcome by these reversible units.
Victaulic has developed a mechanical jointing method for thin-wall stainless-steel pipes that does not require specialist welding skills. Called StrengThin 100, it has been developed in response to the growing trend in Europe towards the use of thin-wall stainless-steel piping for applications such as chilled water, cooling, potable water and oil-free air systems.
Belimo’s new generation of butterfly valves and actuators for high-flow applications for HVAC and commercial applications achieve zero leakage at 200 psi (13.7 bar). These valves have large Cv values to achieve an economical valve solution for larger-flow applications using ANSI flanged piping systems. Typical applications include isolating chillers and boilers, primary bypass flow control, isolating cooling towers, controlling coils in large air-handling units and process-control heat-exchanger applications.
Swegon’s latest generation of its flagship Gold air-handling units has a new grey colour and a host of innovations below the surface. For example, the casing design has been modified to increase its air-tightness and eliminate cold bridges — minimising energy losses.
Delivering lifetime protection from corrosion and limescale in commercial heating and cooling system can be achieved using Sentinel Commercial’s Triple Power water-treatment chemicals. These chemicals can dose systems three times larger than previous formulations.
Vent-Axia has added an open-grille fan to its intelligent Lo-Carbon Revive range of filter-less unitary fans. These fans are designed to meet the specific needs of social housing — providing good indoor air quality and comfort for tenants while being quick and easy to install, low maintenance and reliable. They provide an additional choice to the existing tile grille.
Waterloo Air Products’ VAV (variable air volume) range offers the ability to control airflow for long-term efficiency benefits. Temperature and humidity are monitored so the airflow can be adjusted automatically to maintain an environment suited to the needs of the specific room.
Gilberts Blackpool offers the option of combining a rooflight into its rooftop penthouse ventilation terminal. The option is available with standard or bespoke designs and encompasses glass or polycarbonate glazing to the top of the turret. It can be fitted to new-build or refurbishment schemes.
Bristan has updated its Solo range of commercial taps to improve ease of installation and optimise safety. The Solo2 is a DO8 and HTM04-01 compliant thermostatic mixer tap designed to ease the complex specification of taps in healthcare and other public-sector environments.
Delta Cooling has launched a range of cooling towers constructed of anti-microbial resin to help prevent the growth of legionella bacteria. The resin contains additives that operate on a cellular level to continuously disrupt and prevent uncontrolled growth of micro-organisms and biofilm in the cooling tower.
Pegler Yorkshire has extended its stainless-steel XPress press-fit range of pipe fittings to included sizes of 140 and 168 mm — said to be a first for the UK for these sizes of fitting. This range can be fitted up to 25 bar, subject to application submittal and prior approval.
Stulz’s Explorer WSW range of water-cooled chillers has cooling capacities of 230 to 430 kW with one compressor or 460 to 1530 kW with two compressors. They can be easily adjusted to different cooling loads thanks to two refrigerant circuits with semi-hermetic screw compressors and infinitely variable output sliders. Applications include data centres, communication rooms, industrial and commercial buildings and telecommunications.
Carlo Gavazzi continues to expand its range of power supplies with the SPDM series. The latest series is available with outputs of 12 or 24 V with a choice of spring or screw terminals. These slim devices are in plastic enclosures and have power outputs from 30 to 120 W.
DXR controllers from Siemens offer robust control for fan coils, VAV, and fan-assisted VAV units. They have been designed with both new-build and refurbishment projects in mind.
Hamworthy Heating’s Varmax range of floor-standing stainless-steel boilers is designed for applications requiring high outputs. There are eight single models with outputs from 120 to 450 kW and four dual models with outputs from 550 to 900 kW. They have Class 6 NOx emissions (<40 mg/kWh).
The WEMS MX flexible I/O system for building energy management systems now has a host of new additions. At the core of the system, WEMS has introduced a range of hybrid (wireless or wired) communication modules . Also added are BACnet gateways so these modules can be used with third-party BMSs, such as those provided by Tridium, Trend, Schneider or Cylon.
Vaillant’s uniSTOR range of unvented stainless-steel cylinders offers capacities from 120 to 800 l, making them suitable for large residential and commercial projects — particularly the cylinders with capacities of 500 and 800 l. These larger cylinders come with the option of a 7.5 kW immersion heater.
Biddle describes its SensAir air curtain as ‘the next generation of comfort air curtain’ Designed with built-in intelligence, these units respond to indoor and outdoor temperatures in the door opening by self-adjusting comfort settings to supply conditioned air and make significant energy savings.
Hoval’s extensive PowerBloc range of CHP (combined heat and power) units offer electrical outputs from 20 to 520 kW and heat outputs from 43 to 687 kW. These units deliver combined efficiencies of over 90% when running at optimal output and are fully compliant with CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme targets.
Touchscreen technology is a key feature of Carlo Gavazzi’s EM340 3-phase energy meter — making standard user operations such as page scrolling, programming and parameter checks simpler and faster than using a keypad. The EM340 has a 3x8 digit backlit LCD data display and integrated keypad. It is suited to active energy metering and cost allocation in applications up to 65 A (direct connection) and dual tariff management.
Lochinvar’s Herald range of floor-standing commercial boilers comprises eight models with outputs from 41 to 221 kW and a 5:1 turndown ratio. They have 316L stainless-steel heat exchangers that greatly improves resistance to corrosion and are supported by a 10-year warranty. NOx emissions are 39 mg/kWh, which qualifies for the maximum three BREEAM points.
Smith’s has announced a collaboration with Minib, one of the leading manufacturers of fan convectors in the Czech Republic. The partnership will enable Smith’s to broaden its portfolio of fan convectors in different strategic markets to grow the commercial sales of both companies by co-promoting their products in their respective markets.
Following the introduction of air-conditioning units and heat pumps using R32 under the Bluevolution technology range in Europe, Daikin has introduced a SkyAir Seasonal Smart system cassette variant. The SkyAir Bluevolution cassette updates the company’s original Round Flow cassette design for light-commercial applications. With a 15% lower refrigerant charge, this cassette has no need for an annual refrigerant check.
Pentair describes its Raychem HWAT systems as the intelligent and safe way to supply instant hot water at the tap. The single-pipe direct hot-water service incorporates a smart self-regulating heating cable to provide a proven and precise method of delivering hot water at a constant temperature throughout an entire network. It eliminates the need to recirculate water and eradicates dead legs.
Daikin describes its EWAD-TZ B range of air-cooled chillers as ‘pushing the boundaries of design to meet the challenges of green-building efficiencies and new legislation though the application of advanced technologies, resulting in a host of new features’. The refrigerant is R134a.
Advanced Air has developed a range of fan-coil units aimed at the trend to leaving services exposed and not having a false ceiling. These units are streamlined to match the high aesthetic standard required. For example, all pipework and electrical connections are in one area at the rear of the unit to shorten the distance between the FCU and the centralised distribution network of pipes and cables.
Heatrae Sadia has responded to installer demand by adding an extra sensor pocket to its Megaflo Eco indirect range of hot-water cylinders. This feature enables additional control for boilers connected to an energy-management system or requiring a temperature signal to regulate hot-water production.
SIG Performance Technology’s Fusi intelligent wet underfloor heating system is supplied as a fully integrated package designed to overcome the common challenges encountered with the design and installation of traditional wet systems. Fusi provides a single-point contact solution that is Part E compliant and offers a number of design, installation and cost benefits — from floor slab to floor finish.
Gripple’s QT Trapeze Plus fixing provides a fast and easy method of installing suspended pipes and electrical services. It enables quick-twist attachment to a Gripple Universal Bracket.
AmbiRad, Europe’s leading developer and manufacturer of energy-efficient radiant and warm-air heating systems, has developed Nor-Ray-Vac, a gas-fired continuous radiant tube heating system designed specifically for the building it is required to heat. - The Nor-Ray-Vac system is designed to provide uniform heat coverage over the entire floor area.
The latest version of Nuaire’s Drimaster positive-input ventilation system for homes has been enhanced with features to improve its efficiency and effectiveness, as well as being faster and easier to install. Drimaster-Eco units are installed in the loft, where they can be suspended from a rafter (a very quick way to install a unit) or on the joists by a qualified electrician — in less than an hour. Power can be from a lighting cable in the loft.
Tyco Mechanical Products has released its new Grinnell Mechanical Suite for Revit, an add-on to the standard Autodesk Revit software. It is described as treating pipe like pipe, accurately drawing grooved piping systems while using Grinnell grooved products, which standard Revit software does not include. Robust tool sets increase productivity as users can perform key pipe design functions within a virtual, smart model.
Elco Heating Solutions has introduced a range of four gas-fired CHP units with electrical outputs from 5 to 50 kW and thermal outputs from 12.1 to 100 kW. The Varion C-Power range achieves an energy-efficiency rating of A++. All four models have integrated condensing units and achieve efficiencies of up to 109.5%.
Armstrong Ceilings has rationalised its TechZone ceiling system into four standard layouts which easily organised lighting, air diffusers and returns into 100 and 150 mm-wide technical zones. A range of compatible fixtures from partner companies for the building-services elements (Trox for air diffusers and XAL and Zumtobel for lighting) have been prequalified for fit and finish to give a clean, monolithic look using standard ceiling panels and suspension systems.
George Fischer’s (GF) Cool-Fit 2.0 insulated pipework for chilled water and other low-temperature liquids is a three-in-one system that offers speed and versatility for installation. Pipes range from 32 to 140 mm in diameter and are tested to 16 bar. It is a plastics-based system that weighs as little as a sixth of metal alternatives.
The Aircell Polymer range of grilles a and diffusers from Waterloo Air Products provides a solution for the strict requirements of sterile working environments or to remove the risk of rust due to moisture or oxidisation caused by cleaning agents reacting with metal. They are particularly suited to chlorinated environments such as swimming pools or leisure centres or high-cleaning-regime areas such as hospitals or laboratories. Other potential applications include schools and colleges, kitchens and restaurants, hotels or libraries.
Econo-Air gas-fired heating and ventilation systems from Stokvis are designed for large buildings across a range of industrial and commercial applications — such are warehouses, factories, sports centres and theatres. They are available as direct-fired and indirect-fired units and are flexible and highly adaptable to end-user requirements.
The OpenAir range from Siemens offers energy-efficient damper actuators with torque ratings from 2 to 35 Nm. They offer high positioning forces with low-consumption motors, leading to energy-saving operation.
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