Council worker found not guilty of manslaughter in Legionnaires’ Disease case

The architect with Barrow Borough Council charged with seven cases of manslaughter following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in Barrow in 2002 has been found not guilty. However, Gillian Beckingham was found guilty of breaches of health-and-safety laws and fined £15 000. Her employer was fined £125 000.

Burl
Committed to a new approach to business — Richard Burl, managing director of the newly formed OCS Engineering.

OCS Engineering aims to make a name for itself

OCS Engineering has been launched as a new company to replace what was formerly the technical division of OCS — the £600 million property support services company that delivers ‘one complete solution’.

Banks put their trust in engineers

The status of professional engineers has been acknowledged by the UK financial-services industry with their acceptance as certifiers of documentary evidence of customer identity — as might be required to open a bank account or take out a loan. Until recently, professional engineers were not accepted by the banking industry as certifiers of documentary evidence of customer identity.

BEST plans to meet future training needs

Building Engineering Services Training (BEST), the training subsidiary of HVCA, has announced a 3-year plan to consolidate its position as the preferred supplier of training to the building-engineering-services sector.

HVCA works towards revising ductwork specification

The industry’s specification for sheet-metal ducting (DW/144) is being revised by the technical committee of the ductwork group of the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association. Proposals for revision and suggestions for new items to be included are welcomed from all sectors of the building-services industry.

Government to cut planning restrictions for micro-renewable energy

The Government is to cut planning restrictions on micro-renewable technology as a new report proposes streamlining the planning system for household applications.

Bitzer moves into compressor remanufacture

Bitzer has set up a new company in France to remanufacture and repair all compressor brands and technologies. As a know-how centre, the new company will be a pilot for the future duplication of the same activity in other countries through Bitzer subsidiaries or with independent companies certified by Bitzer.

SES

View from the top

The top of Baskerville House in Birmingham, which is currently undergoing a massive £30 million transformation by developer Targetfollow provides a view of the city’s ever-changing skyline for an SES site supervisor. The Birmingham office of building-services provider SES is part of a joint venture with Alfred McAlpine Plc and is nearing the end of the £6.1 million programme for installing and commissioning mechanical and electrical services.

SKILLcard reaches 50 000 people

The 50 000th Engineering Services SKILLcard, the personnel-registration scheme for the mechanical sector, is presented to Jak Nazha (right), a project engineer with HVCA member Michael J. Lonsdale Ltd of Slough by Phil Hope, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Education & Skills. The presentation of the platinum SKILLcard was made during a recent meeting in the House of Commons of the All-Party Parliamentary Building Services Engineering Group.

Understanding renewable energy

Mitsubishi Electric is hosting a series of CPD-approved seminars to help consultants and contractors understand the issues surrounding the requirement for renewable energy that will dominate building and planning permission in the future.

Dalkia wins Martin McColl contract

Dalkia is working with Martin McColl to provide a comprehensive facilities-management solution for 1300 stores — which include Martin’s, McColls’s and RS McColl.

HVCA
Working for a better future — HVCA president Mike McCloskey.

HVCA looks to a better future

‘A better construction industry, a better built environment, a better deal for members and a better outcome for the client,’ have been highlighted by the new president of the Heating & Ventilation Contractors’ Association, Mike McCloskey, as the association’s key goals during his presidential year.

Low Carbon Consultants Register gains momentum

Progress to building up the Low Carbon Consultants Register by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers has got off to a flying start. Demand for training leading to the exam to enter the register has exceeded expectations, with the first course having started in the middle of July.

Croydon Council appoints White Young Green

White Young Green has been appointed by Croydon Council to provide civil, structural and building-engineering services for a new £2.1 million project in Addington to provide training opportunities for adults.

Graphisoft declares major support programme for educational institutions

Graphisoft, a major supplier of 3D model-based software and technological services for the built environment, has pledged its support to educational institutions in Britain with the donation of over £250 million-worth of software, support and study curriculum programmes over the next five years.

Clyde
Following the acquisition of Clyde Combustions at the beginning of the year, the new management team has changed the name to Clyde Energy Systems — with a broader range of products and services. From the right are Jeremy Arliss, Peter Kemp and Steven Laws.

Clyde Combustions moves into energy solutions

Clyde Combustions has revamped itself as Clyde Energy Solutions — and defined a new approach and expanded its range of products and services.

Nick Raynsford launches BSRIA’S design framework for building services

BSRIA’s new ‘Design framework for building services’ was launched by Nick Raynsford, MP, at the first meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Building Services Engineering Group.

Harrods

Harrods provides shop window for LG air conditioning

People passing by Harrods in London’s Knightsbridge can note this display of LG Art Cool air-conditioning units in one of the windows. It is sizable display, at 2280 mm wide, 2050 mm high and 550 mm deep and features Art Cool units with mirror surfaces and subdued pastels.

wind turbines
Renewable electricity generation at the point of use — these wind turbines at Blackpool’s Solarium can generate up to 6 kW each. There are also 232 m2 of solar panels that can generate 18 kW of electricity.

Rising to the energy challenge

A Government report that looks 30 to 40 years ahead surely ought to transcend politics. ‘The energy challenge’ identifies the right buttons. Time will tell if the will exists to press them.

Roof top unit
Designed for low weight and energy-efficient operation, the Lennox Flexy II range of rooftop air conditioners makes extensive use of aluminium in its construction. Note the hinged access coil, a patented feature to reduce unit size and improve access.

Lennox advances the art of rooftop air conditioners

With the development of a new range of rooftop air conditioning units, Lennox has attempted to redefine standards for energy efficiency.

Fox
Opportunities and issues for refrigeration and air-conditioning contractors — Graeme Fox.

Regulations will force quality to the top

Refrigeration and air-conditioning contractors should welcome the mass of new regulations facing the sector, according to GRAEME FOX

Looking to the future of office lighting

The delivery of low-energy buildings that interact with the environment is just one of the factors that will influence the design of office lighting, as HUGH KING explains.

lamps
The issue of recycling of fluorescent lams at the University of Hertfordshire has been solved by the university’s environmental engineer Dr Vall Rasaratnam by appointing Mercury Recyling to supply secure containers to store lamps until they are collected. The processes used by Mercury Recycling recycle or re-use 99.75% by weight of the lamp — including the mercury.

Shedding light on waste management

As a result of recent and forthcoming changes in legislation, sending discharge lamps to landfill will soon be a thing of the past. BRYAN NEILL discusses the implications of these changes and the emergence of recycling as the only feasible route for lamp disposal.

Northampton
A 40% reduction in lighting bills is the expected benefit of high-efficiency luminaires and an Ex-Or integrated managed lighting system installed as part of a £1 million refurbishment of the Cliftonville House headquarters of Northampton Borough Council. The new lighting also provides much more comfortable lighting for the 600 people working in this 1970s 2-storey office block. The lighting scheme has been future-proofed to accommodate changes in layout and working patterns in the o pen-plan areas.

Rising to the energy-efficiency challenge

NEIL JONES examines the philosophy behind the use of controls to realise better lit buildings and lower energy consumption.

Steinel
Retrofitting Steinel lighting sensors and low-energy lamps in the Riverbank Park Plaza hotel in London a year after it was built has reduced energy consumption and lighting cost.

London hotel takes action to reduce lighting costs

To achieve a significant reduction in lighting costs, the 4-star Riverbank Plaza hotel in London has installed lighting sensors from Steinel. When the hotel was built about a year ago, sensors were not installed. However, to save energy and reduce costs, the management consulted lighting experts, who advised that installing sensors and energy-saving lamps would significantly reduce costs.

London hotel takes action to reduce lighting costs

To achieve a significant reduction in lighting costs, the 4-star Riverbank Plaza hotel in London has installed lighting sensors from Steinel. When the hotel was built about a year ago, sensors were not installed. However, to save energy and reduce costs, the management consulted lighting experts, who advised that installing sensors and energy-saving lamps would significantly reduce costs.

simmtronic
Dedicated teams for managing lighting-control projects, maintenance and small works have been set up by Simmtronic to enhance customer-service provision.

Simmtronic boosts customer service

Lighting-control specialist Simmtronic has considerably enhanced its commissioning and maintenance services for lighting projects with a restructuring of its engineering operations.

luminaire
330 W of light for sports halls is provided by Serve 6 luminaires from Whitecroft Lighting, reducing the number of fittings required.

High-output luminaire is a smash-hit for sports halls

To meet growing demands for luminaires in sports halls with higher light outputs, Whitecroft Lighting has introduced the Serve 6 fitting. They use six 55 W TC-L lamps. Serve 6 meets CIBSE LG4 guidelines and has a low profile to minimise intrusion into areas with low ceiling heights. They can also be used in warehouses, factories and distribution centres.

Long-life compact fluorescent lamp

Compact fluorescent lamps with a life of 48 000 h are available from Greenstock. This life is guaranteed when operated on electronic ballasts and a 12-hour switching cycles.

testing
All the benefits of automatic testing of emergency-lighting systems without wiring for data communication is offered by P4’s Fastel KFR system.

Testing system for emergency lighting does not need data cabling

A wire-free system for testing emergency lighting systems has been developed by P4. Fastel KFR brings all the benefits of Fastel technology into a radio-monitored LAN addressable self-testing system. Because no data wiring is required to the emergency luminaires, Fastel KFR can be installed very quickly and effectively.

lab
The popular Waveline luminaire from Ridi Lighting is now available with a polycarbonate lens to provide impact resistance and fire retardance.

Ridi offers polycarbonate diffusers with Waveline range of luminaires

Ridi’s shallow-profile T5 Waveline diffuser luminaire is now available with a polycarbonate reeded lens, adding impact resistance and fire retardance to its qualities.

T8
This upgrade kit from Chalmor converts T8 lighting fittings to T5 and delivers savings in energy and maintenance to offer a payback of less than a year.

Upgrade kit for T8 fittings offers huge savings

Chalmor’s EasiFit T5 kit provides a quick and efficient way to upgrade existing light fittings that use T8 lamps. The replacement T5 lamps last longer, are more efficient and have a higher light output.

guidance
Comprehensive guidance on metal-halide lighting is provided in this catalogue from Venture Lighting.

Metal-halide lighting

Venture Lighting’s catalogue on HID lighting systems is described as an invaluable tool for the lighting designer. Information includes light output, life, colour and applications.

bulkhead fitting

Bulkhead luminaire designed for indoor and outdoor use

The Crompton Patriot bulkhead luminaire from Cooper Lighting & Security offers robust, durable and energy-efficient lighting indoors and outdoors.

Nick Cullen
Energy efficiency comes first — Nick Cullen.

Energy efficiency as the starting point to reducing carbon emissions

NICK CULLEN argues that exploiting the potential of energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions comes well ahead of implementing renewable technology.

loft
Energy-efficient whole-house ventilation can be achieved using Vent-Axia’s Air Minder, which incorporates heat recovery.

Meeting ventilation requirements efficiently

PAUL KILBURN finds that the new Building Regulations provide welcome guidance on providing energy-efficient ventilation.

doorway
Faced with the inevitable opening and closing of doors, air curtains help maintain a comfortable environment indoors. If they have an interface to a building-management system, they can be operated as part of an integrated energy-management system.

Exploiting the benefits of electric heating

KAREN TREWICK explores how electric-heating solutions can improve a building’s energy efficiency.

VRF
The key to exploiting the ground as a source of heat and for heat rejection is these water-cooled condensing units serving a Mitsubishi Electric VRF air-conditioning system.

Logistics centres looks to the ground to reduce energy consumption

Renewable energy is used to provide heating and cooling for the 3400 m2 logistics centre of Olympus KeyMed at Southend using a ground-source installation. A Mitsubishi Electric WR2 heating/cooling system uses 50 boreholes 98 m deep to draw heat from the ground for heating or to use the ground as a heat sink when the building requires cooling. The system was designed by consultants ME Engineers and installed by Total Concept Solutions.

Trane
Understanding the operating characteristics of chillers enables the energy efficiency of a multi-chiller installation to be maximised. In this installation of three chillers, questions to consider are would it be more efficient to operate one chiller at full or part load, two at a lower part load or all three at an even lower part load?

Maximising chiller performance

Many chiller systems fall far short of delivering their optimum efficiency, even when linked to control systems. JIM KILCOYNE explains how fine-tuning a system can make a significant difference to performance.

Swansea
The gas consumption of boilers in County Hall, Swansea, has been reduced by 21% following the installation of a Fuelstretcher controller, a device which is on the Government’s Energy Technology List.

Specialist control cuts boiler fuel consumption by 21%

An independent analysis of gas consumption for the heating system at County Hall, Swansea has shown a 21% reduction in gas use following the installation of a heating energy controller from Fuelstretcher.

controller
Bringing weather compensation control to wet heating systems — ESSCO’s ESBE 90C controller.

Controller enables heating to respond to outdoor temperature

The efficiency of wet underfloor or radiator heating systems can be improved using a controller from ESSCO Controls to vary the flow temperature according to outside temperature.

science centre
By constantly improving its expertise in using the Honeywell building-management system at Glasgow Science Centre, the facilities-management team reduced last year’s energy bill by over £55 000.

Energy efficiency at the click of a mouse

Fine tuning an established building-management system can help achieve huge reductions in energy consumption. NORMAN FERGUSON explains how.

bristol office
Evaporative cooling to reduce temperatures by around 8 K finds application in both office and industrial environments — as enjoyed by staff in the group head office of Garden & Leisure in Bristol.

Energy-efficient cooling

Evaporative cooling can be very effective for cooling the indoor environment, particularly large spaces. Its capital and operating costs are also much lower than conventional air conditioning, as STEVE KIRKWOOD explains.

bristol office
Evaporative cooling to reduce temperatures by around 8 K finds application in both office and industrial environments — as enjoyed by staff in the group head office of Garden & Leisure in Bristol.

Energy-efficient cooling

Evaporative cooling can be very effective for cooling the indoor environment, particularly large spaces. Its capital and operating costs are also much lower than conventional air conditioning, as STEVE KIRKWOOD explains.

nature reserve
Solar panels and an Eco heat pump drawing water from the lake combine to deliver a green solution for heating and hot water at Attenborough Nature Reserve.

Lake is heat source for nature centre

The already low heating requirement of the new Nature Centre at Attenborough Nature Reserve, opened recently by Sir David Attenborough, is met by a wet underfloor heating system served by a heat pump drawing energy from the adjacent lake.

nature reserve
Solar panels and an Eco heat pump drawing water from the lake combine to deliver a green solution for heating and hot water at Attenborough Nature Reserve.

Lake is heat source for nature centre

The already low heating requirement of the new Nature Centre at Attenborough Nature Reserve, opened recently by Sir David Attenborough, is met by a wet underfloor heating system served by a heat pump drawing energy from the adjacent lake.

cutaway
Electronically commutated motors can be connected direct to AC mains and have little more than half the power consumption of standard AC motors.

The synergy of EC motors and FCUs

Electronically commutated motors provide clear advantages over AC or conventional DC motors in terms of service life, controllability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness explains CIVE PALFREY.

Lighting

Luxo’s UK lighting product catalogue for 2006/2007 runs to 366 pages. It is colour coded for ease of navigation through the extensive ranges of interior, decorative, commercial, industrial and medical luminaires, downlighters/ spotlights, task lights, outdoor lighting, accessories and comprehensive technical-information pages.

Skills development

SummitSkills, the sector skills council for building-services engineering, has produced a free interactive DVD to support Scottish companies in developing their businesses through skills.

It includes generic material that is applicable to all businesses in the country and also material that is specific to building-services engineering. There are film clips and case studies from employers in the industry, information on how trade associations and training providers can help and links to useful partners.

Keith Marshall, chief executive of SummitSkills, comments, ‘There are a great number of firms that are already benefiting from enhancing their businesses through staff development. This DVD profiles just some of these companies, so other can discover how investment in skills can benefit them.’

Tel. 01908 303960

comfort zone
All you need for wet and electric underfloor heating is included in Comfort Zone’s latest price list.

Underfloor heating

Comfort Zone has published its trade price list for its underfloor heating products. Its ranges include both wet and electric systems and components.

The price list includes information on the latest additions to the Comfort Zone range, including gas and electric boilers and a wiring centre.

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