39 specialists in controls and building-management systems have come together to encourage their more effective application.
Investing in a new BMS system is a major decision for most organisations.
Richard Urwin considers how to make the most of that investment.
Condition-based maintenance is much less costly than taking action only when plant fails. Building-management systems are a vital tool in exploiting its benefits, as Andy Thorn explains.
Lighting is a major user of energy in office buildings, and is frequently provided whether it is needed or not — and at the same high level. Neil Jones explains how a building’s electrical load can be cut by 25%.
The key to the Government’s target of reducing carbon-dioxide emissions by 20% is already in place in many buildings. The key is to use building-mangement systems effectively, argues Alan Aldridge.
All heating and air-conditioning services in a major speculative office development in London’s Docklands are controlled and monitored by a Trend building-management system using Ethernet TCP/IP to provide flexibility for owner and tenants.
The product content of controls and building-management systems rose by 7.5% from 2002 to 2003 to reach £67.2 million — the highest since the Building Controls Group started producing market statistics in 1991. Total product sales rose by 2.3% to £82.5 million.
The total cost of installing Hager’s Klik DCS digital-lighting-control system can now be claimed as a taxable allowance under the Government’s Enhanced Capital Allowances scheme.
Waste heat from telecommunications equipment supplies the total heating needs of a home in a 130-year-old water tower, thanks to the use of Honeywell heating controls. Owner Russell Harris converted Lymm Tower in Cheshire into a modern family home.
The integration of a wide range of building-management functions is conservatively estimated to have saved 40% over a comparable multi-system solution for a major commercial development near Dublin.
The world’s tallest apartment block, the 21st Century Tower in Dubai, is the latest development to feature a web-serving building-services control solution from Tridium.
The open-systems business of contractor Inviron is installing an integrated building system in the new Sandwell and West Birmingham Ambulatory Care Centre. Considerable long-term benefits are expected in terms of functionality and freedom from being locked into a single manufacturer.
Paul Ellyatt reviews the issues surrounding engineering services when refurbishing a building.
Humidification is an increasingly important aspect of modern buildings. Lindsay Henderson considers how it can be added during refurbishment operations.
With so much air-conditioning plant almost part of the fabric of the building, refurbishment can present major difficulties — a situation that has been addressed by Airedale Service.
The lightweight properties of Kingspan’s KoolDuct system of pre-insulated ducting have been exploited for the JD Wetherspoons pub/restaurant in Chichester.
Toshiba split systems and VRF air-conditioning equipment are to be installed in refurbished and new stores of Boots The Chemists as part of a £1 million single end-user contract.
With the high-pressure refrigerant R410A increasingly being used in new air-conditioning equipment, Daikin offers guidance on the use of pipework originally installed for R22 and R407C.
The conversion of a carpet warehouse in Eastbourne to a community centre is one of the first installations of Keston’s recently launched C90/C110 wall-mounted, modulating gas-fired commercial condensing boilers. Three C90 boilers were specified for the Kings Church Community Centre, which is used by a variety of organisations from children’s playgroups to indoor sports.
To enable additional sales area to be added to its existing stores, supermarket giant Tesco has designed a mezzanine concept using a customised Riegens Lighting package. The system creates an innovative continuous lighting concept for the underside of the mezzanine.
A more stable and comfortable environment has been achieved in a bank in Grantham following the replacement of the existing air-conditioning system with new Mitsubishi Mr Slim R410A Power Inverters.
The refurbished Great Western Hotel at Paddington Station in London now has bedroom heating and air conditioing activated as the guest checks in.
Engineered skid-mounted plant was selected as the most effective and reliable means of providing hot water for the space-heating requirement of a refurbished concert hall at the University of Leeds. The Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall is due to open later this year in time for the university’s centenary.