Panasonic, air conditioning, VRF, gas engine

Gas-engine VRF system

Panasonic’s latest generation of gas-driven VRF systems offers a comprehensive heating, cooling and hot-water solution to large-scale commercial products with a limited electricity supply. The GE3 range produces DHW by capturing waste heat from the gas engine to deliver hot water at 65°C, with a DHW priority setting. Redesigned components have increased the SEER and SCOP, and heat can be delivered with an ambient temperature down to -20°C without requiring a defrost process.

Siemens, Siemens Building Technologies,  sensors, BMS, BEMS

Siemens Symaro sensors help improve energy efficiency in HVAC

The Symaro range of sensors from Siemens Building Technologies can be used for typical HVAC measurements such as temperature, humidity, pressure and air quality. They record and transmit readings in a fast and high-precision manner. Integrated self monitoring and installation, along with service mode, are some of their concepts that save energy and provide cost-efficient control for the whole HVAC plant.

Klima-Therm, Klimatherm, chillers, air conditioning, Turbocor

Klima-Therm achieves higher EERs with Turbocor compressors

Klima-Therm’s Circlemiser range of chillers incorporates Turbocor compressors and is ‘believed to be the most efficient dry-air-cooled chiller in the world’. Circlemiser delivers improvements of up to 15% on the company’s Turbomiser’s EER (Energy Efficiency Rating).

Online tool speeds up selection of FCUs

A simple web-based quick-selection tool for fan-coil units (FCUs) developed by Ciat can produce fast and accurate project quotes for designers and installers. Dramatic improvements in the efficiency of FCUs has boosted their popularity in recent years, and refurbishments of offices and commercial buildings dating from the 1970s and 1980s has generated demand as old systems are replaced.

Air Diffusion, Flowbar, ventilation, air distribution, grilles, diffusers

Delivering discreet and effective ventilation

Air Diffusion reports a dramatic increase in demand for its FlowBar range of high-capacity linear slot diffusers for their ability to fit discreetly into a stylish interior to provide both practical and aesthetic benefits. These diffusers are suitable for ceiling or sidewall applications.

Tridonic, lighting, emergency lighitng

Tridonic takes fresh look at emergency lighting

Tridonic offers an ‘out-of-the-box’ emergency-lighting solution that combines advanced battery technology with the latest in emergency-lighting components. EM ready2apply is the company’s first stand-alone emergency luminaire in response to heightened awareness of the importance of practical emergency lighting.

Rehau, pipe, pipework, pastic, polymer

Rehau launches 10 bar polymer pipe systems

Rehau’s Rautitan universal 10 bar pipework solution comprises Flex and Stabil polymer pipes and is designed specifically for drinking-water and heating systems. The flexible PE-Xa Rautitan system delivers on durability, corrosion resistance and ease of installation. It is available in coils or as straight lengths and also as a pre-insulated pipe system.

Grundfos, chlorine dioxide, water disinfection, disinfection

The Grundfos chlorine dioxide generator

Effective water disinfection is very important in all buildings, and the Grundfos Oxiperm Pro bespoke chlorine-dioxide generator provides clean water in potentially susceptible applications such as hotels, sports and leisure facilities, and hospitals. The generator has WRAS-approved components.

Warmafloor, underfloor heating, space heating, controls

Warmafloor upgrades control system for underfloor heating

Warmafloor, a leading provider of underfloor heating and cooling systems for commercial, public and residential buildings, has upgraded its smart control system. Now branded Inteliq, this enhanced system offers an optimum balance of control and functionality in managing the temperature of the surroundings of building users.

Drayton Controls, space heating, heating

Drayton moves to next generation of controlling heating in homes

Drayton’s Wiser system of smart heating controls includes smart radiator valves that can be easily and quickly installed onto existing radiators. The valve adaptors make installation as simple as unscrewing the existing radiator valve head and screwing on the smart radiator thermostat to offer individual control for up to 16 rooms. Each radiator thermostat can have its setting adjusted by ±2 K for an hour.

Sontay, BACnet, wireless, controls, BMS, BEMS

Sontay wireless receiver is BACnet compatible

Sontay’s RF-BXS-B SonNet wireless BACnet receiver automatically maps data from SonNet end devices into BACnet objects for transmission via the vendor-independent BACnet IP communication protocol. The receiver collects data from devices on a wireless network — including measurements from sensors, link quality, battery levels for battery-powered devices, hours run for all devices and the current status of all devices. A web-browser interface can be used to configure this receiver if required.

Rinnai, DHW, domestic hot water, continuous flow hot water

Rinnai water heaters are renewables ready

Rinnai’s Infinity HDC 1600e continuous-flow condensing water heaters use natural gas or LPG. They are renewables ready and suitable for use as a temperature booster for solar thermal and heat-pump installations. These water heaters are described as ‘future-proofed against future regulatory and legislative changes.

Watts Industries, Watts, underfloor heating, space heating, manifold, dynamic balancing, commissioning

Maintaining constant flow in underfloor heating systems

Watts UK’s MH underfloor-heating manifold incorporates dynamic balancing valves that maintain constant flow in every circuit of a multi-circuit installation. The actual flow rate is displayed on the flow meters in the manifold.

Wilo, pumps, circulators, space heating, heating

A new generation of circulators for OEMs

The Wilo-Para circulator for the OEM industry has an optimised and compact design with intelligent functions. It is also ‘downward compatible’ with the existing Yonos-Para range, making the replacement of a pump very straightforward.

Nicotra, Gebhardt, fans, hybrid

Hybrid fans achieve high energy efficiency

Nicotra Gebhardt’s RQM MultiEvo range of hybrid fans is said to beat every traditional plug fan on energy efficiency, based on independent tests at ILK in Dresden. The optimisation of all key components includes a hollow-section aero-foil backward-curved impeller, a permanent-magnet internal-rotor motor rated at IE5 efficiency and integrated electronic controls.

Blackheat

Blackheat multi-burner radiant heating systems

This bespoke radiant-heating system is available for a wide variety of zoning options. As a result of utilising multiple burners per pump, you can reduce building penetrations and installation costs.

Combat

Combat condenses the condensing unit heater

The Combat ECO condensing unit heater is the smallest on the market with a breadth of only 645 mm and heights ranging from 690 to 845mm. Each system is 100% factory tested on the production line for peace of mind that you have purchased a safe and high quality product.

Thermal Integration, HIU, HIUs, heat interface unit, space heating

The DATA Heat Interface Unit from Thermal Integration

The DATA is one of six HIUs tested in 2017 independently to the new UK HIU standards, and demonstrated beyond doubt to offer greater efficiencies than any other system.

Siemens, damper actuator, actuator

New 4 Nm damper actuators from Siemens

Siemens Building Technologies Division is expanding its range of OpenAir damper actuators for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning applications with spring-return models having 4 Nm of torque.

Glen, Dimplex, community heating, heat pump, space heating

Glen Heating devises community heating and cooling system

Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation (GDHV) has developed an approach to cooling and heating individual apartments in apartment blocks based on ‘energy loops’ in the building and heat pumps in the apartments. It avoids issues associated with distributing water at high temperature, such as overheating of common areas and losses.

LG, air conditioning, VRF, W-Fi

LG air-conditioning units include embedded Wi-Fi

New features in LG’s latest range of wall-mounted air-conditioning units include embedded Wi-Fi and compatibility within its multi-split range. The 10-year compressor warranty that already applies to its single split wall-mount units has been extended to include the multi-split range.

Andrews Water Heaters, DHW, domestic hot water

Andrews Water Heaters makes installation easy with SUPAflo EVO

Andrews Water Heaters’ SUPAflo EVO range of high-volume gas-fired water heaters have a slimline size and built-in wheels, which can reduce installation time on projects. They are designed for commercial premises that require large volumes of hot water instantaneously and have a recovery rate of up to 9230 l/h.

Toilet Cistern, condensate, air conditioning, hotel

Toilet cisterns put air-conditioning condensate to good use — and earn BREEAM points

A toilet cistern that collects condensate from air-conditioning units to flush toilets can secure two extra BREEAM and LEED points for a project. The Encore (environmental condensate recovery cistern) was developed by Graham Kelly and David Davis (pictured) of UK building-services company G&H Group. It is particularly applicable to hotels.

Calorex, swimming pools

Calorex improves its swimming-pool units

A streamlined user interface is one of the major improvements to the popular Calorex Delta swimming-pool environmental control unit. There is a comprehensive range of Delta units to suit pools of every size. Systems are designed to economically provide the environmental comfort and moisture-related structural protection necessary for a pool.

Doby, Doby Verrolec, suspension, wire rope, building services

Bespoke cutting service for DobyGrip wire rope

Doby Verrolec now offers a bespoke cutting service for its DobyGrip wire-rope suspension system; the steel wire is cut to a pre-specified length to reduce time on an installation. DobyGrip can be used to suspend a range of services such as cable tray, luminaire, heating and ventilation systems.

Trane, chiller, HVAC, hire, air conditioning

Trane app makes it quick and easy to select temporary HVAC units

Trane’s Selector app enables users to easily select the appropriate unit to meet temporary HVAC needs. The app enables users to view the detailed features of the recommended units, carry out a basic load calculation for comfort applications and submit a request for a quote to the nearest Trane Rental Services location.

Daikin offers cloud-based chiller monitoring

Daikin Applied (UK)’s range of chillers are now supplied with the capability of being monitored and controlled remotely using a web browser. Connecting a LAN or 3G/4G model enables the web data to be transferred. Called Daikin on Site, the software enables chiller systems to be integrated on this cloud-based platform.

Aspen Pumps, Storm, cleaning, chemicals, air conditioning

Aspen Pumps takes market by Storm

Aspen Pumps, which specialises in condensate-removal pumps and accessories for air-conditioning systems, has introduced a range of chemicals for cleaning and maintaining HVACR equipment. Following extensive R&D, the Storm Chemicals range has been designed to offer effective and powerful deep cleaning for HVACR equipment to promote a healthy indoor environment and improve energy efficiency.

Stelrad, radiators, heat emitters, space heating

Stelrad offers coloured radiators from stock

Stelrad now offers ‘coloured’ radiators from stock with the arrival of the Vita Column Concept radiator, a 600 mm-high traditional column radiator, in anthracite grey. They are available within 72 h of order. Until now, radiators have been available in up to 35 colours, but specially made with a delivery of up to eight weeks.

Rinnai, DHW, hot water, domestic hot water, continuous flow hot water

Rinnai launches trio of commercial boilers

Rinnai has launched three condensing boilers for the commercial market. Infinity boilers have outputs of 50, 75 and 100 kW and are A rated under the ErP Directive, with efficiencies of 93%.

Waterloo barrel slot diffuser gives design flexibility in large spaces

Waterloo Air Products has launched a larger barrel slot diffuser to give architects and building engineers greater flexibility in designing air-movement systems. The CSB 25 barrel slot diffuser is described as offering a stylish, multi-directional answer to optimising airflow in large spaces.

Grundfos Pumps, booster set, water booster

Water booster pump for up to eight outlets

Grundfos Pumps’ Scala2 fully integrated water booster pump can deliver water to up to eight outlets over three floors, even with multiple taps and showers running a the same time. These units combine the pump, motor, tank, sensor, drive and non-return valve in one neat package.

GF Piping Systems, BIM, plastic pipes, pipework

BIM boost for GF’s EcoFit pipework range

3D BIM objects are now available for GF Piping Systems’ EcoFit range of PE piping systems. They have been created to operate within the Autodesk Revit platform. The company’s online library already covers the Cool-Fit 2.0, Instaflex, AquaSystem and malleable-iron ranges.

Rehau, district heating, hot tapping

Hot tapping for district-heating networks

Rehau’s Nexus is said to be the world’s first system for hot-tapping PE-Xa district-heating networks. It makes it possible to retrospectively extend an existing heat network or add a ventilation or measuring point to a district-heating system using Rehau orange PE-Xa pipes.

Hamworthy Heating, boiler, space heating

Modular boilers deliver 1 MW from 1 m2 of floor

Hamworthy Heating’s Upton range of floor-standing modular boilers comprises 18 models with outputs from 100 to 1050 kW. They are rated at 6 bar and have a modulation ratio of 5:1 per module. An output of 1 MW can be provided from less than 1 m2 of floor space.

Zoo Fans, space heating, destratification

Destratification units

Zoo Fans, in partnership with Elta Fans, offers a destratification solution that can create even temperatures from floor to ceiling, making it easier and more efficient to heat and cool buildings. Destratification is recommended as one of the Carbon Trust’s effective energy-saving strategies. These fans can reduce the temperature difference to as low as 1 K overall.

Tridonic, lighting, LED

LED modules resemble incandescent light

Tridonic is expanding its range of dimmable LED modules for spotlights and downlights with the SLE Sunset EXC. The colour of the light creates a particular intimate atmosphere and comes very close to an incandescent lamp. These modules are intended for the hospitality industry, the spa industry and the home environment.

Martindale Electric, lock out kits, electrical safety

Martindale Electric has safety all locked up

Martindale Electric’s latest lock-out kits for electrical installations have been designed to suit the needs of installers and maintenance teams working in range of environments. The LokKitBase and LokKitPro enable circuits at industrial and commercial sites to be locked off once de-energised, ensuring safe maintenance schedule and compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations.

EnOcean’s Bluetooth LED-lighting solution

EnOcean’s Easyfit range of wireless self-powered switches for Bluetooth lighting systems provide a maintenance-free ready-to-use solution for LED lighting. Combined with self-powered Bluetooth lighting systems from Casambi, Silvair and Xicato, Easyfit wall switches offer lighting installers the benefits of freely positionable switches that provide flexible control and intuitive usage.

Automatic cleaning for air filters

An auto-cleaning duct accessory for Daikin UK’s VRV and split air-conditioning units keeps internal duct filters dust-free and clean. This cleaning solution reduces maintenance and running costs, while providing a 20% energy saving. It is designed for hotels, offices and residential applications.

Daikin UK, R32, air conditioning, split system

More R32 units from Daikin UK

Daikin UK has expanded its Bluevolution air-conditioning portfolio with the launch of the R32-based Sky Air A-series range. Thee new units are considerably lighter than their predecessors and have longer pipe runs. Installation is further simplified by the inclusion of precharged pipe runs, which also reduces the need for installers to buy additional gas for runs shorter than 40 m.

Viessmann, boiler, floor standing, space heating

Floor-standing condensing boiler has small footprint

Viessmann’s Vitocrossal 100 range of gas-fired condensing floor-standing boilers have an exceptionally small footprint thanks to an innovative stainless-steel heat exchanger. There are seven models with outputs from 80 to 320 kW in casing that is 680 mm wide, 1459 mm high and lengths ranging from 660 to 1010 mm. Boilers with comparable outputs from other manufacturers are said to be typically 1000 to 1200 mm long. There is also the option of a twin cascade within a single casing to give an output of up to 640 kW.

Carlo Gavazzi, energy meter, electricity, Rogowski coil

Carlo Gavazzi’s Rogowski coil is designed for speed of installation

Carlo Gavazzi’s Rogowski coil solution for its EM21MV 3-phase energy meter for retrofit application does not require an external power supply or external integrator, making installations faster and simpler. Features include automatic phase detection with wrong-phase-sequence warning and fast application-oriented programming procedure.

Integral, downlights, fire, LED

Integral rethinks the fire design of downlights

Integral LED has overhauled the fire-rated downright by re-engineering it to take advantage of the features of LEDs. Many of the features of conventional fire-rated downlights have been stripped away to exploit the advantages that LEDs provide. The result is a product that dispenses with the need of a ‘can’ to preserve fire safety.

Tridonic. lighting, LEDs

Tridonic LED modules go to fourth generation

Tridonic’s fourth generation of the DLE Advanced LED module can achieve an efficacy of 185 lm/W, a 12% increase. Users can select the most suitable LED driver, depending on the application. Typical applications are general lighting, office lighting and lighting side rooms.

Lochinvar, water heaters, DHW

Lochinvar widens its water-heater offering

Lochinvar’s Impetus range of continuous-flow gas-fired condensing water heaters for small commercial and residential buildings comprises three wall-hung models with flow rates from 13.7 to 25 l/min at a 35 K temperature rise. They have a very rapid response, low water content and modulating pre-mix burner with an 8:1 turndown ratio.

Ciat, AHU, air handling unit, air conditioning

Compact AHUs are designed for energy efficient operation

Ciat’s Floway Access range of single-block air-handling units have brushless motors and high-efficiency plug fans to achieve high efficiencies and a wide airflow modulation range. The panels have thick insulation to ensure quiet operation. The Floway range includes five standalone dual-flow AHU modules to deliver efficient heating and cooling. The range covers airflows from 300 to 18 000 m3/h and includes five standalone dual-flow AHU modules.

Thermoscreens, air curtains

Well featured air curtain comes with economical price

Thermoscreens’ Compact-2 air curtain offers energy efficiency, options for BMS integration, a stylish design and ease of installation and maintenance — all at an economical price. Features include weather-compensated control. A key improvement is that the inlet grille is concealed from view to provide a neater and more streamlined look and avoid them looking unsightly from dirt deposits before they are cleaned.

Trane offers chillers with R1234ze refrigerant

Trane’s entire range of water-cooled XStream and air-cooled Sintesis chillers for the European market are now available with Honeywell’s Solstice refrigerant (R1234ze), which has a near-zero GWP (global-warming potential). Trane now offers chillers with screw compressors and centrifugal compressors with a near-zero GWP refrigerant option and high-efficiency operation.

Siemens Building Technologies, ball valve, Acvatix

Ball-valve range from Siemens

Acvatix ball valves from Siemens Building Technologies covers all applications in central HVAC plants with a selection of internally and externally threaded valves from 15 to 50 mm. This means that Siemens now offers a complete range of ball valves for applications in cold- and hot-water systems.

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