Modern Building Services
Dr David Strong warns against the dangers of ‘zero carbon’

The enthusiasm for achieving zero-carbon buildings could result in ‘highly perverse outcomes’, according to Dr David Strong, chief executive of Inbuilt Consulting, speaking at last month’s Ecobuild conference in London.

University building will have low-energy environmental solutions

The University of Warwick has appointed Hoare Lea Consulting Engineers to provide detailed design of mechanical, electrical and public-health engineering services for the Warwick Digital Laboratory. The practice will also supply specialist advice on building design, including virtual engineering and acoustic consultancy.

GLA calls in private-sector expertise to deliver reduction in building energy use

Energy-service companies Dalkia and Honeywell Building Solutions have been appointed to help deliver a 25% reduction in the energy used by 42 buildings of the Greater London Authority.

BSS Industrial hits charity target

BSS Industrial has reached its £50 000 target with Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, helping families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness. Following this success, BSS has pledged to raise the same amount over the next 12 months.

SummitSkills welcomes new strategy for apprenticeships

SummitSkills, the sector skills council for building-services engineering, has welcomed Government plans to expand and strengthen apprenticeships.

Operon wins long-term M&E contract at Stockport College

Operon’s design division has been appointed M&E consultant for the complete redevelopment of the first three phases of Stockport College’s town-centre campus.

New industry event planned in Manchester

Event organiser 3049 is planning a new industry event this Autumn. The Heat + Vent Northern Show will run from 26 to 27 November at the Lancashire County Cricket Ground at Old Trafford in Manchester.

LG prepares to expand market for Art Cool air conditioning

LG is preparing to expand its Art Cool range of air-conditioning products into the residential and higher-end interiors market with a network of strategically placed dealers. The company is in detailed discussion with several companies, some new to the air-conditioning industry, but well versed in dealing with the more lucrative parts of the domestic market.

Giacomini responds to growth in underfloor heating business

Underfloor-heating specialist Giacomini (UK) has moved to larger premises close to its previous location on Westerleigh Business Park in Bristol.

Conference considers the issues of green engineering

The CIBSE/ASHRAE 2008 conference in Newcastle next month will tackle the major issues and burning topics that managers, clients, architects and planners all face in the challenge to produce green buildings.

Cyril Sweett appointed for new Tate Modern development

The health-and-safety division of Cyril Sweett has been appointed to the design and construction team of Tate Modern as co-ordinator for construction design and management.

Balfour Kilpatrick wins court project in Wales

Balfour Kilpatrick has been awarded a £3 million contract to design, supply and install services for a new court building at Caernarfon Criminal Justice Court.

SAP software acquisition

Elmhurst Energy Systems, creator of the Design SAP software for energy performance measurement, has purchased the rights to the SuperHeat software product from Survey Design Associates. This move brings together two popular and widely used SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure for Energy Rating of Dwellings) products.

Trox makes more investment in research and development

Trox UK, which specialises in air-distribution systems, has invested over £100 000 in extensions to its test facilities and buying specialist equipment.

Heatrae Sadia manager takes on London Marathon

Looking to raise £2000 for the Anthony Nolan Trust by running in the London Marathon on 13 April is Simon Russell, southern divisional manager with Heatrae Sadia.

Construction industry survey indicates more growth in 2008

The construction industry ended 2007 on a positive note, with modest growth set to continue during 2008 — according to the latest trade survey report from the Construction Products Association and the Construction Confederation. Although both product manufacturers and contractors reported that the growth in activity slowed during the final quarter of last year, output and sales volume remained solidly up compared to the same period a year earlier.

Skerritt captures £18.2 million with two prison contracts

Building-services contractor Skerritt has won contracts worth £18.2 million to supply services for prisons at Nottingham and Swaleside in Kent.

Jobs growth for Inviron in the North East

Following the securing of over £12 million-worth of new business, Inviron, a provider of building services and facilities management, has created 57 new jobs. They have come about in the 18 months since the company moved into its new offices in Washington and can be credited to a succession of major contract wins and a growing regional economy.

South Bank
MBS sponsored student graduates with an MSc, and we put up another CIBSE student bursary

With the building-services industry continually faced with a chronic shortage of graduate engineers, CIBSE launched its student bursary scheme four years ago. It provides a means for companies and organisations in the industry to do their bit for the industry — including Modern Building Services, which supported a bursary last year, and we are continuing to do so this year.

CHP comes to Milton Keynes

What could be the largest such CHP installation in the UK, with an electrical output of 3.2 MW, is up and running in Milton Keynes.

South Bank University development takes the sustainable development route

With London South Bank University being a key centre for building-services engineering in the UK, it is appropriate that a major new development should seek to be a benchmark for sustainable future developments. Its designed emissions of carbon dioxide are little more than half of what are required by Building Regulations.

Changing standards for electrical installations

Giuliano Digilio, provides background to the recently published 17th Edition of the Wiring Regulations and highlights some of the key changes that specifiers should be aware of when engaging electrical contractors.

Choosing consumer units

Wylex has produced a guide explaining how to choose the right consumer unit to deal with the changes affecting RCD protection in domestic and residential installations.

Legrand customer centre becomes popular electrical-industry destination

Legrand reports that its new 170 m2 customer centre in its Birmingham headquarters is proving to be a huge success.

Plug-in installation comes to electrical power

Chris Scott describes how Marshall-Tufflex succeeded in developing a 32 A plug-in cabling system — and explores its benefits.

A clearer vision on Part M for electrical services

Stephen Willmore explores the implications of Part M of the Building Regulations on electrical installations and how to meet their requirements.

Powercall cares for emergency-power needs of nine care homes

To avoid the cost of purchasing a standby generator for all of its nine care homes in Worcestershire, Heart of England Housing & Care has arranged with Powercall for a standby generator to be delivered to a site when required and be connected within an hour.

Pyro MI cables serve safety applications in new landmark London development

Pyrotenax mineral-insulated cables have been installed for fire-rated applications in the 19 000 m2 office development at 1fifty Cheapside near St Paul’s Cathedral in London. Specified by Hilson Moran and installed by Haden Young as the backbone system for landlord services in the shell and core. These cables are used in circuits for life-safety and fire-fighting rated applications as defined in BS 7346-6 specification for cable systems.

Junction box has integrated cable clamps

Electricians may be unwittingly breaking the Wiring Regulations, and thus not complying with Part P, by using inappropriate junction boxes for certain applications.

Training for the 17th Edition of the Wiring Regulations

Following the publication of the 17th Edition of the Wiring Regulations, EAL, a leading UK body for National Vocational Qualifications and their Scottish equivalents, has launched a series of Vocationally Related Qualifications that specifically support BS 7671:2008, as the new Wiring Regulations are officially named.

Chloride passes UPS milestone at Canary Wharf

Over 50 MVA of uninterruptible power supply systems have been supplied to various legal and financial institutions at Canary Wharf in London by Chloride. This concentration of Chloride UPS systems is the largest anywhere in the world, and it continues to grow as more companies move in and entrust their critical-power protection to Chloride, which was recently named Frost & Sullivan European UPS company of the year for 2007.

Busbar reduces installation time for warehouse power requirements

Over 2000 m of Electrak busbar has been installed in the ceiling voids of a 192 000 m2 extension to the distribution centre of Innovate logistics at Barden In Leicestershire. This high-bay warehouse is used as a UK distribution hub for Nestlé, and the additional space has increased capacity by about a third.

Hager wins UK's largest consumer-unit contract

Hager claims to have won the UK's largest contract for consumer units with a 2-year deal to supply Taylor Wimpey. This housebuilder estimates that it will build more than 17 500 units in 2008.

Latest-generation UPS from Emerson Network Power

Emerson Network Power has added the Liebert NXf to its NX range of uninterruptible power supplies. This solution ensures continuity of business-critical IT infrastructures such as are found in small data centres, banks and shopping precincts. Emergency-lighting systems can also be protected.

Electronically commutated motors bring a rethink of fan-coil units

With the application of EC motors, fan-coil units are given the potential to become a much more efficient, and controllable, method of air conditioning. Peter Lowther explains.

Radiant heating panels

HCP has launched a new brochure covering its ceiling-mounted range of radiant-heating panels, which have outputs in the region to 480 to 500 W/m2. This method of heating is said to be one of the most comfortable and energy-efficiency available.

Ventilation products

New ventilation products have been added to the Carl F. Petersen catalogue of hardware products. The latest lines from Greenwood Airvac provide a range of stylish solutions, including products that meet specific acoustic requirements, custom-made requirements for the refurbishment/new-build markets and a slimline aluminium vent.

HVAC Service tools

Johnson Controls HVAC & Refrigeration Parts Centre has introduced a range of service tools for heating, ventilation and air conditioning, along with a supporting catalogue.

Solar thermal for hot water

Glow-worm has produced a 14-page brochure covering its ‘Clearly solar’ range of solar thermal products.

Rainwater harvesting

Britannia Rainwater Recycling Systems has produced a 20-page brochure to provide advice and recommendations on which rainwater harvesting systems and products to use. The company offers a full design, installation and maintenance service to ensure the correct system is installed.

Flex 7
Connection systems speeds up installation of lighting systems

A new guide to the Flex 7 prefabricated interconnection system for lighting systems is available from Flex Connectors to help electrical contractors, consultants and wholesalers take advantage of the many benefits that prefabricated lighting solutions can offer.

Plumbing fittings and accessories

The latest catalogue from Pegler Yorkshire brings together for the first time the product ranges of both Pegler and Yorkshire Fittings.

Water under pressure

With the amalgamation of AquaTech, Pressmain and Warmac and the launch of the new company name Aquatech Pressmain last Autumn, the company has built up a new web site covering its new and extensive product range, which includes booster sets, pressurisation units and water storage.

Bathroom pods

Baudet has published two new colour brochures covering two distinct ranges of self-contained bathroom pods for the UK market.

Monodraught brings natural lighting and ventilation to redevelopment of East Midlands Airport

As part of the £8 million redevelopment of East Midlands Airport at Nottingham, Monodraught natural-ventilation and natural-lighting systems are being exploited as part of the airport’s commitment to being carbon neutral by 2012. It is believed that this is the first major airport in the UK to employ energy-free natural ventilation as a building-services strategy to eliminate the need for air conditioning in most areas.

Oventrop scores at Highbury Stadium

The redevelopment of the old Highbury Stadium of Arsenal FC to create over 700 apartments with a two acre central landscaped garden will use Oventrop valves in all the plant rooms and distribution pipework that comprise the district-heating scheme. Bailey, mechanical-engineering contractor for the entire project, selected Oventrop valves on previous experience of quality and competitive costs.

McQuay wins major air-conditioning contract for new Birmingham hospital

Over a hundred McQuay Easdale model 50 air-handling units have been ordered to date for the first new hospital to be built in Birmingham for over 70 years. McQuay is also supplying eight air-cooled chillers.

Plastic pipework benefits chilled-water air conditioning for Audi showroom

Durapipe’s SuperFLO pipework system has reduced installation time for chilled-water circuits in a new air-conditioning system at Audi’s car showroom in Manchester.

Latest towers in City use Trox fan-coil units and diffusers

Trox has supplied a complete package of fan-coil units and diffusers for two British Land projects in London. The buildings are the 165 m-tall Broadgate Tower and the neighbouring 63 m-high 201 Bishopsgate. They will be connected by a glass canopy.

Gilberts of Blackpool supplies thousands of grilles and diffusers for new City of London building

Gilberts of Blackpool has completed a contract to supply grilles and diffusers for the tallest building under construction in the Cty of London.