Gary Perry, train, District heat networks, Heat Interface Units, HIUs, training, Heat Network Consultants, Altecnic

Train for the future

07 January, 2019

The government is investing £320 million in district heat networks. For some, this may be a new technology so it can in many cases be misunderstood and this lack of understanding means that some potentially efficient systems are delivering under par performance figures.

Offsite, offsite fabrication, boiler replacement, Medway Council, replacing, condensing boilers, maintenance, Remeha

THE RISE OF OFFSITE

07 January, 2019

In the building services world, use of offsite fabrication equipment and techniques is gaining traction as a means of achieving improved quality and on-site safety through greater efficiency.

Danny Packham, comfortable, warm unit heater system, warm air, radiant heating, gas fired air heaters, packaged rooftop units, Victoria Palace theatre, Nortek Global

Curtain up on savings

07 January, 2019

With 2018 temperatures dipping to a stark -15oC and peaking at 35.5oC, building owners need to ensure they have sophisticated measures in place to manage the comfort of their employees, especially as there is currently no upper temperature limit for workers.

Mark Ferris, gas condensing boiler, lifetime efficiences, multiple heat sources, solar, heat pumps, CHP, ELCO Heating Solutions

Marginal gains to bold leaps

07 January, 2019

In the world of commercial boilers, the traditional rules of engagement are well documented: Manufacture a highly efficient unit that meets the expectations of the market, remove the old product from the range and sing the virtues of the new model’s features. It has been a successful strategy for many years, with incremental improvements delivering major developments over a decade.

Steve Charles, installer, renewables, radiator, Jaga

In the hot seat

01 November, 2018

For any installer in the heating and ventilation industries, keeping up with the latest trends can be the difference between the business being successful or not. Quite often, these trends are based upon legislative regulations or guidance from government or industry bodies – it might be amends to Part L of the Building Regulations, initiatives such as the Renewable Heat Incentive, or health and safety updates from OFTEC.

Vokera, Pete Sutcliffe, boiler, modular, cascade

OUTSIDE THE BOX

01 November, 2018

Whether it is a school, hotel, library, gym, small office or even a large domestic property, space is a valuable commodity. Commercial property owners cannot afford to lose the space a bulky heating system or plant room takes up in their building. Owners and operators of these building are looking to get the maximum from the space they have available.

Remeha, bespoke, installation, Paul Arnold, installers, pre-assembled cascade

SIMPLY EFFICIENT

01 November, 2018

As businesses and organisations look to improve their building’s energy performance and cut costs and emissions, heating is a frequent starting place for efficiency measures.

Lochinvar, lifetime operating costs, Liam Elmore, system efficiencies, NOx

Balancing act

01 November, 2018

The UK’s total gas consumption has fallen by 20% since 2000. In some parts of the country, more than 50% of electricity supplies are now being generated by renewables; and last year saw the first day since the industrial revolution when none of our electricity came from coal.

Paul Sands, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, MVHR, HNDU, Combined Heat And Power, Stokvis Energy Systems

Put an end to HEAT WASTE

01 November, 2018

Recycling our rubbish has become second nature in the UK. But we are missing an opportunity to recycle our heat.

Silas Flykjaer, 4th generation, heat networks, SAV Systems

Next generation

01 November, 2018

Currently supplying about 11% of global space and water heating needs, most heat networks today are fuelled by either coal or natural gas, while the national renewable energy share can range from 1% in China to 42% in Denmark.

Switch2Energy, meters, heat networks, Ian Allan

Optimising heat networks

01 November, 2018

The heat network industry is beginning to make a much-needed cultural shift from keeping the heat on at any cost to one that focuses on increasing whole system reliability and efficiency. This is part of a more holistic approach to maintenance and operation. 

Evinox Energy, Helen Gibbons, heat networks, HIU

Efficiency in mind

01 November, 2018

Communal heating systems and district heat networks are considered by the UK Government as one of the most cost-effective ways of reducing carbon emissions from heating, especially as their efficiency and carbon-saving potential increases as they grow and connect to each other. They also provide a unique opportunity to exploit larger-scale, and often lower-cost, renewable and recovered heat sources that otherwise cannot be used.

Welcombe Hotel, Danny Bulch, Cedar Green Projects, Hamworthy, Wessex ModuMax, Midtherm Engineering, FuranFlex, Ian Ford, LPG, Hallmark Hotel Group

A Welcombe change

04 September, 2018

Over the course of two years, Danny Bulch, director at Cedar Green Projects, replaced the boilers, gas fired water heaters and calorifiers in the Welcombe hotel, spa and golf club with new equipment. The main challenges of the project were carrying out refurbishment during peak heat requirements in winter; overcoming access issues to the plant room; and accommodating different fuel options.

Mitsubishi Electric, ECO, RHI, heat pump, Max Halliwell

Heat pumps on the rise

04 September, 2018

Renewable technologies are becoming more commonly applied in UK homes, with more householders installing solar panels than ever before. But when it comes to sources of heat, most houses are still fitted with ‘traditional’ boilers, and many homeowners are unaware of the alternatives available. However, 2018 looks to be a turning point, with heat pump applications increasing because of the benefits they offer.

boiler replacement, Victoria Hotel, Sidmouth, Brend Hotel Group, Mark Gage, Mark Coombes, Sidmarc, Potterton Commercial

Beside the seaside

04 September, 2018

The Victoria Hotel in Sidmouth, part of the Brend Hotel Group, promises its guests that: “From the moment you step through the original carriage portico, you will be surrounded by warmth and refinement.” Where the exquisite décor and four-star service provides the refinement, a new A-rated efficient boiler from Potterton Commercial is now providing the warmth.

Hoval, Geoff Lord, district heating, Heat Interface Units, HIUs, CHP

Optimise your district heating

04 September, 2018

While district heating systems may have had something of a chequered history in the UK, the last few years have seen a considerable resurgence in their popularity. This is in line with the move to central energy centres, which make it easier to deploy both traditional and low carbon heat sources together.

Packaged Plant Solutions, Andrew Miele, offsite construction, modular, packaged plant room, energy, pre-assembled modules, rigs, heat networks

Signed, sealed, delivered

04 September, 2018

According to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), offsite construction currently accounts for at least 3% to 4% of the UK construction sector. However, the cost and time savings and quality control benefits associated with this method will no doubt see it grow exponentially in the next decade.

Powrmatic, Paul Fox, destratification, warm air heating

Destratification for efficiency

04 September, 2018

Most MBS readers will be familiar with the phenomenon of thermal stratification, a frequent occurrence in high-roofed buildings where the natural buoyancy of warm air results in its accumulation at high level. Heating this unoccupied area of the space is clearly inefficient, exacerbated by colder air at high level being pushed downwards into the occupied zone by the warm air, increasing the demand for heating.

Andrews Water Heaters, David Ridgway, water heaters, waterborne minerals, legionella, WRAS

Quality control

04 September, 2018

For commercial buildings, such as offices, hotels and leisure centres, a consistent hot water supply is a business-critical service. If a system fails, it can quickly force a business to shut its doors until a solution is found. Even more critically, you only have to look at the recent spate of legionella outbreaks in hotels around the UK to see the devastating impact a failure in water maintenance can have on a business. However, despite this there are still a large number of business owners who do not have a programme in place that meets the demands of their site.

Remeha, Chris Meir, value engineering, lifecycle, Energy related Products Directive, ErP

To VE or not to VE

04 September, 2018

One of the key recommendations to come out of the Dame Judith Hackitt’s Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety was for a clearer, more transparent and more effective specification process to put an end to cost-cutting compromises.

Be prepared

04 September, 2018

In the last few years, the energy management landscape has changed considerably and will undoubtedly change again in the future.

Elco Heating Solutions, condensing boilers, Mark Ferris

Making the Grade

04 September, 2018

September traditionally hails the start of heating season, where thermostats click in, BMS systems relay information and commercial boilers fire into action to warm occupants feeling the first chilly morning of the autumn.

The heat is on

03 May, 2018

The UK has so far been successful in achieving interim targets for carbon reduction. But now the low hanging fruit is scarce, it’s time to tackle the big challenge head on - decarbonising our heat. Karen Fletcher looks at the options and the hurdles ahead.

Nick Winton, High Speed 2, HS2, Network Rail, sheds, radiant heating, Reznor, Nor-Ray-Vac, Workshop

As the HS2 project takes shape, heating the rail sheds along the route is a significant challenge. Here Nick Winton explains why engineers need to get to grips with the knowledge of how to apply radiant heating for efficiency.

Dr Chris Ward, health, wellbeing, World Health Organisation, BREEAM, WELL

As our other experts focus on heating, Dr Chris Ward considers the wider aspects of today’s building services that affect our health  and wellbeing

Bernard Dawson, burner technology, jet burner, NOx emissions, flue gas recirculation, FGR, combustion, Premix packaged burners, flue gas, Riello

Cut the NOx

03 May, 2018

One of the options for achieving low NOx emissions is to use premix burner technology. Bernard Dawson explains how this differs from traditional pressure jet burner technology.

Stuart Doggrell, unvented internal expansion heaters, unvented systems, stainless-steel cylinder, unvented water heaters, Venturi effect, Fabdec

The unvented solution

03 May, 2018

Stuart Doggrell highlights the growing popularity of unvented internal expansion heaters and their impact on the UK’s changing property landscape.

heat exchanger, boilers, neat exchange, stainless steel, aluminium, system design, Steven Evans, BS 8558, Potterton Commercial, maintenance

On your metal

03 May, 2018

As the steel vs aluminium heat exchanger debate continues, Steven Evans argues that perhaps it’s time to look beyond the materials to focus on design and maintenance

flues, Paul Martin, gas condensing boilers, flue design, BREEAM, communal flue systems, flue joints, CE certification, ATAG Commercial

Flues for thought

03 May, 2018

Paul Martin highlights the important role of flue design in ensuring condensing boilers operate at maximum efficiency

Steve Lalyk, heating, control strategy, continuous commissioning, biomass, CHP, cascade, modular boilers,, internet connectivity, Modbus, KNX, Soft Landings, Hoval

Control to the max

03 May, 2018

Steve Lalyk explains why the growing use of mixed heat sources means the control strategy is increasingly important.




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Part 1: Office of the future

Alan Jamieson of Peldon Rose discusses the changes and trends of building services within offices and the focus of wellbeing. 

Alastair Martin: The energy market right now

Chief Strategy Officer at Flexitricity expresses the current state of the energy market and the need for flexibility. 

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