App calculates benefits of evaporative cooling

Condair, formerly JS Humidifiers, has developed an app that determines how much energy could be saved by evaporative cooling in the exhaust air duct of a ventilation system combined with heat recovery compared with mechanical cooling using a compressor.

BESA publishes HIU standard

The Building Engineering Services Association has published the UK’s first test standard for heat interface units (HIUs). It is regarded as an important step towards improving the overall performance of district-heating schemes in the UK and has been adopted from a test regime developed by energy consultant FairHeat.

BIM, building information modelling, DHW, domestic hot water, Heatrae Sadia

Heatrae Sadia takes BIM to the next level

Heatrae is supporting efforts to embed smarter ways of working in the construction industry by launching a library of BIM files for its electric water-heating products and has gone above and beyond immediate public-sector requirements by investing in the higher-level BIM standard.

Online animation highlights potential of heat pumps for commercial buildings

An animation from Mitsubishi Electric highlights how commercial premises can benefit from renewable heating using heat pumps to help reduce energy bills and qualify for 20 years of Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments. Heat pumps are recognised by the EU and UK governments as renewable because they maximise the amount of heating for the electricity used.

Rehau district-heating pipework

There are 12 compelling reasons to install Rehau’s range of district-heating pipework — and they are spelt out in a new 12-page brochure. One reason is that the company’s pipework uses 10% less material than steel and has fittings that are up to 50% quicker to fit — with no hot works.

Technical manual on combined heat and power

Co-generation specialist Ener-G has published a ‘Technical CHP manual’ to help specifiers select, size and install CHP systems. It offers in-depth guidance surrounding the physical parameters of cogeneration, emissions considerations and electrical and thermal outputs.

Cost-effective energy-saving upgrades

Airedale International has produced a video, which can be viewed online, describing a number of energy-saving upgrades for HVAC systems. It is presented by project engineer John Cree.

Tamlite lighting showrooms focus on applications

Tamlite Lighting has invested over £250 000 in four new lighting showrooms during 2016, adding to the four that were set up in 2015. The four new showrooms cover amenity, emergency and fire, industrial and Xtreme.

Aico, fire alarm, carbon monoxide

Fire/CO alarm interface explained

A brochure from Aico explains how its Ei414 fire/carbon-monoxide alarm interface, which is very popular in the social-housing sector, works and provides an installation overview showing how simple it is to install the interface. It looks at the three most common safety systems to connect to — fire panels, telecare/warden call systems and sprinkler systems.

Gaining value from ESOS audits

A briefing paper from BRE in collaboration with ESTA (Energy Services & Technical Association) addresses the opportunities that an ESOS audit (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) offers and how organisations can benefit from them. It provides guidance on how ESOS compliance processes can be optimised to save costs and reduce risks. It is free to download from the link below.

LED lighting CPDs

Tridonic, a leader in the provision of LED lighting control and technology, has developed three new CPD modules. This brings the total number of modules to nine, all of which have been certified by CIBSE.

HygroMatik, CPD

CIBSE-approved humidification CPD

HygroMatik, which supplies commercial air-humidifier systems, shares its knowledge on controlled air humidification in a CIBSE-approved CPD entitled ‘Why humidify?’. It presents humidification systems, including adiabatic and isothermal. It provides insights on indoor air quality and the relative-humidity levels required in environments such as commercial offices, hospitals, clean rooms, museums and spas.

Martindale Electric

Martindale Electric moves to larger premises

Martindale Electric has moved to larger premises less that 100 m from its current location at Imperial Way in Watford. The move will enable the company to enhance its service to customers by brining together sales, marketing, manufacturing, product development and training.

Rinnai

Rinnai training courses for 2017

Increasing interest in Its ErP-labelled A-rated continuous-flow water heaters has led to Rinnai scheduling a new tranche of tailor-made flexible training courses to give engineers the opportunity to explore the practical and energy-saving benefits of continuous-flow gas-fired water heaters and familiarise themselves with the technology. They are hands-on events.

BSRIA, wellbeing, IAQ, indoor air quality

BSRIA offers guidance on wellbeing

The topical subject of wellbeing in buildings is discussed in a free downloadable guide from BSRIA. These topic guides are designed to be ‘at-a-glance’ publications to introduce readers to key industry topics and suggesting further reading. The guide (TG10/2016 At a glance — wellbeing) details factors such as thermal comfort, noise and indoor air-quality.

AmbiRad, BIM, bimstore,

AmbiRad joins the 3D modelling world of design

AmbiRad has entered the 3D digital world of design by securing the equivalent of BIM (Building Information Modelling) Level 2 compliance for the Nor-Ray-Vac continuous radiant heating system. Nick Winton, divisional manager, says, ‘We are committed to ensuring the complete range of Nor-Ray-Vac product components are BIM compliant. Technical information is now available to download through BIMstore.’

BSRIA, floor plenum, underfloor, raised floor, airtightness

Airtightness for floor plenums

BSRIA’s guide to the airtightness of floor plenums deals with the use of a raised access floor being used to distribute conditioned air to the spaces above. It is important that conditioned air flows into the occupied zone and does not leak into cavities, risers, stairwells, heating trenches or other occupied zones. Air leakage from a floor plenum can be a serious energy-efficiency issue and a source of discomfort to people.

Stokvis, boiler, plate heat exchanger, space heating, domestic hot water

Stokvis Energy Systems launches new web site

Stokvis’s new web site is very straightforward to navigate and extremely easy to access via a smartphone or tablet — even one with a relatively small screen.

Grundfos Pumps

The Grundfos online product selector

The Grundfos Product Center is the latest in product-selection support tools provided by Grundfos over the last 30 years. It provides a range of starting points in the search for a particular pump.

Rehau, cable management, cable trunking

Rehau’s new cable-management web site

Rehau, which manufactures the Compact Data and Profile Data cable-management systems, has developed a new web site that is optimised for computers and mobile devices. It provides a mass of information for specifiers and contractors.

BFCMA, combustion, flue, commercial flue, boiler, space heating

BFCMA releases guide to commercial flues

Designed to provide a clearer understanding of how chimneys and flues should be selected and installed in commercial applications is the new ‘Commercial flue guide’ from the British Flue & Chimney Manufacturers’ Association (BFCMA). It runs to 15 pages and is available as a pdf download.

Tamlite, lighting, BIM, building information modelling, LED

Tamlite develops BIM Level 2 data

Tamlite Lighting now offers complete availability of BIM Level 2 data for its Tamlite 2020 range of lighting fittings. The range incorporates a wide variety of LED-based products and is geared towards the needs of the projects and specification market.

Grundfos Pumps

Grundfos online hub is engineered for engineering partners

The ‘Grundfos for engineers hub’ is designed to keep all engineering partners with an interest in pump technology informed about the latest developments in the industry, as well as briefed on the wide subject of integrated pump systems.

CP Electronics, lighting, control, programming

Guidance to commissioning LCD lighting

CP Electronics, which makes and designs energy-efficient lighting-control solutions, has produced a ‘how-to’ video tutorial for its professional commissioning LCD programming handset (UNLCDHS). It offers practical tips to help get the most out of the device.

Riello, boilers, burners, space heating

Riello updates UK web site

Riello has updated its UK web site with improved navigation, enhanced compatibility with mobile devices and instant access to social-media links. The site includes product information and a burner-selection function to enable specifiers to easily match a burner to a chosen appliance.

Mitsubishi, central plant, air conditioning, heat pump, space heating, Heat recovery

Energy-efficient central-plant solutions

All the central plant solutions from Mitsubishi Electric that can help reduce energy consumption in the built environment are detailed in a 24-page brochure. Many of the solutions are described as affordable, scalable and available now. The brochure includes examples of where the installation of well designed, energy-efficient central plant has made a difference.

Ruskin Air Management, BIM, air distribution, fire control, smoke control

Ruskin launches BIM database

Ruskin Air Management, which specialises in the manufacture of ventilation, air distribution and fire and smoke control, has launched an extensive and freely available library of BIM (building information modelling) objects to support the work of designers, installers and operators of building engineering systems.

Marshall-Tufflex, cable management, cable trunking

Cable management

Marshall-Tufflex describes its new cable-management catalogue as a must have for specifiers and electrical contractors. Running to 328 pages, this catalogue contains a raft of new products and system developments, together with in-depth information and images of the established ranges.

Venture Lighting, LED, emergency lighting

Venture Lighting’s new catalogue

Venture Lighting Europe’s latest catalogue on HID and LED lighting solutions runs to 125 pages and can be downloaded from the company’s web site. As well as launching new products, the company has also unveiled two new brands — Vluma and Emerg-EVAC.

Myson product information on BIMstore

Heating-solutions provider Myson has made details of its heating products available on BIMstore free of charge. A range of Myson products are already on BIMstore, with more to follow. Current key products include the Premier HE and Select radiator ranges. Also listed are the LST range and the Plan Compact and Plan Compact Plus ranged.

BSRIA, indoor air quality

Indoor air quality

BSRIA has prepared a topic guide on indoor air quality. It is aimed at those looking for introductory information about indoor air quality — including definition, history and prevalence. There is also information on types of contaminants and their exposure limits. It is free to download

Schneider Electric boosts its BIM objects

Schneider Electric has enhanced its BIM offering for energy management , making it available through the NBS National BIM Library for the first time. Consulting engineerings can now access Schneider’s medium- and low-voltage offers.

IET, BMS, BEMS, controls, integration

Integrating connected systems in buildings

A code of practice for connected systems integration in buildings has been published by the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET). Its publication follows widespread consultation among technical experts, and it aims to promote good practice in the specification, design and integration of connected systems in buildings. The guide provides reference to practitioners on design, integration practice and technological considerations that will help to meet key functionality and customer requirements.

Klima-Therm, LH PLC, air conditioning, Chillers, Turbocor

Klima-Therm and LH launch new web sites

Klima-Therm and LH Plc have launched new web sites as part of strategic growth plans and to support the launch of the K-Turbo second-generation Turbocor chillers. The fully responsive sites automatically optimise the user experience according to the type of digital device used — including smart phones, phablets, tablets and desktop PCs.

Samsung, air conditioning, VRF

Design guide for Samsung air conditioning

The fourth edition of Samsung Electronics’ ‘Specifiers design guide’ offers expert advice to assist in the selection of the most suitable air-conditioning system for commercial projects. It outlines essential details on Samsung’s DVMS VRF range, advanced controls and BMS interface. There is also information on split systems.

ICOM, water treatment, industrial boiler

Water treatment for industrial boilers

The ICOM Energy Association and the Combustion Engineering Association (CEA) have joined forces to produce a guide to water treatment for industrial boiler plant. The easy-to-follow guide for steam and hot-water systems is designed for use by non-specialists.

Refcom updates web site

Refcom, the industry’s main certification scheme for refrigerant handling, has upgraded and relaunched its web site to reflect growing demand from contractors for greater technical information and online support. Applications and renewals for Refcom membership can now be done online.

Lighting dimers and wiring accessories

Varilight’s most comprehensive catalogue yet, ‘The Varilight collection’ runs to 110 pages. It includes details of the company’s award-winning dimmers and a very comprehensive range of wiring accessories in a multitude of styles, finishes and colours.

CIBSE, Guide B

CIBSE releases new Guide B on HVAC

New guidance on heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration has been published by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) in the new edition of CIBSE Guide B

Grundfos pumps, pump selection

Take your pick with the Grundfos Product Center

The Grundfos Product Center is an online selection tool to help size and specify pumps for any need. Launched two years ago, it has continued the tradition of offering a range of people who need to specify pumps with a leading-edge selection tool.

ATAG Commercial, boiler, boilers, space heating

ATAG’s new boiler brochures

ATAG Commercial has prepared a collection of brochures for its highly efficient range of gas-fired condensing boilers. There are separate publications for the A Series, Q Series and XL Series. The literature contains comprehensive details of every model, enabling quick and effective specification for installers, contractors and consultants.

App shows extract fans in context

Specifiers and tradespeople can see what an Envirovent extractor fan will look like in a kitchen or bathroom using a app released by the company. AugVent uses augmented reality to enable users to visualise what an extract fan or other ventilation system will look like in a building.

Tyco. pipe support, pipework

Metal framing and pipe supports

Tyco Mechanical Products has prepared a new catalogue for metal framing and pipe supports for its Kwikstrut product line. It features a complete solution for the installation and support of piping systems. Kwikstrut products can be utilised across multiple HVAC industrial and commercial applications.

Elco, boiler, boilers, space heating

Elco launches YouTube channel

Boiler manufacturer Elco Heating Solutions now has a YouTube channel to share its increasing collection of digital content. The new platform also allows Elco to share its expertise in the commercial heating and hot-water industry, as well as offer informative videos on products relevant to the UK commercial sector.

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