Synapsys, BMS, BEMS, data analytics, Quick fixes
Using data effectively — Andy Devine.

How valuable is all that data from a BMS?

Using data from a building-management system can quickly identify strategies for improving energy efficiency of building-services systems. Andy Devine of Synapsys Solutions explains its capabilities.

Viega, Megapress, press fitting, pipework, steel, pipe

Press-in connector for thick steel pipe comes to UK

Viega now offers its Megapress press-in connection in the UK. The system makes it a simple job to add extra sensors, thermometers, drainage valves or pipe connections to thick-walled pipe. A press-in connection can be installed in a couple of minutes, with an estimated time saving of 80% compared to welding a connection.

Airbloc, air curtain, Quick fixes

Airbloc vertical air curtain maintains comfort for Audi dealer

Helping to provide a comfortable welcome to the 5-storey West London Audi car dealership on the Great West Road in London is a purpose-designed Airbloc vertical air curtain. It protects doubling sliding doors that provide the only vehicular access to the building; they hinge forward to maximise the available space.

Grundfos Pumps, Quick fixes

Conference centre benefits from Grundfos Energy Check

Potential energy savings of over 1 GWh for a large purpose-built conference centre were predicted by an energy check carried out by Grundfos Pumps on pumps that had been in situ for many years. The savings could be achieved by exchanging a number of circulators for energy-efficient Grundfos options, with a payback of two years.

Flakt Woods, AHU, air handling unit, plug fan, Quick fixes
The results of replacing centrifugal fans with plug fans at Harrow Leisure Centre are being monitored with a view to its replication at other sites of Everyone Active.

Retrofit fans slash the energy use of air-handling units

For the last 30 years, centrifugal fans have been a central component of air-handling units (AHUs). However, with the pressures of the ErP Directive and energy efficiency under increasing scrutiny, building owners are now upgrading these units to plug in fans for greater efficiency and longer AHU life — as Chris Jones of Fläkt Woods, explains.

ThermOzone, chiller, air conditioning, refurbishment, Quick fixes
Demonstrating the benefits of chiller refurbishment — a chiller serving the Woolverstone House office building in the west end of London.

When replacing a chiller becomes a major crisis

Replacing a failed chiller in a crisis could take months. Trevor Dann of ThermOzone describes how resolving such a problem can be achieved in little more than a month

Studor, sink, water trap, Quick fixes

Studor Trap-Vent protects water seal

Studor’s Trap-Vent for installing under sinks combines a water trap and air-admittance valve (AAV) and is designed to prevent the water in the trap being lost by, for example, siphonage. These water traps can easily be retrofitted to an existing bathroom and are also ideal for group venting in, for example, hotels, care homes and hospitals.

Sentinel, limescale, water treatment, Quick fixes

Electrolytic system controls limescale

Sentinel Commercial’s KalGUARD device for controlling limescale uses electrolytic technology to achieve overall cost effectiveness, performance, ease of installation and low maintenance. The device comprises a zinc anode unit, copper cathode, water meter and controller. It permanently conditions water by dosing it with a very low level of stable zinc from the anode.

Remeha, boiler, space heating, Quick fixes
Rapid return on investment — Chris Meir.

Raising the bar for boiler systems

The efficiency of heating systems can benefit enormously with the use of advanced condensing boilers and appropriate control, as Chris Meir of Remeha explains.

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