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Council worker found not guilty of manslaughter in Legionnaires’ Disease case

The architect with Barrow Borough Council charged with seven cases of manslaughter following an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in Barrow in 2002 has been found not guilty. However, Gillian Beckingham was found guilty of breaches of health-and-safety laws and fined £15 000. Her employer was fined £125 000.

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OCS Engineering aims to make a name for itself

OCS Engineering has been launched as a new company to replace what was formerly the technical division of OCS — the £600 million property support services company that delivers ‘one complete solution’.

Banks put their trust in engineers

The status of professional engineers has been acknowledged by the UK financial-services industry with their acceptance as certifiers of documentary evidence of customer identity — as might be required to open a bank account or take out a loan. Until recently, professional engineers were not accepted by the banking industry as certifiers of documentary evidence of customer identity.

BEST plans to meet future training needs

Building Engineering Services Training (BEST), the training subsidiary of HVCA, has announced a 3-year plan to consolidate its position as the preferred supplier of training to the building-engineering-services sector.

HVCA works towards revising ductwork specification

The industry’s specification for sheet-metal ducting (DW/144) is being revised by the technical committee of the ductwork group of the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association. Proposals for revision and suggestions for new items to be included are welcomed from all sectors of the building-services industry.

Government to cut planning restrictions for micro-renewable energy

The Government is to cut planning restrictions on micro-renewable technology as a new report proposes streamlining the planning system for household applications.

Bitzer moves into compressor remanufacture

Bitzer has set up a new company in France to remanufacture and repair all compressor brands and technologies. As a know-how centre, the new company will be a pilot for the future duplication of the same activity in other countries through Bitzer subsidiaries or with independent companies certified by Bitzer.

SES
View from the top

The top of Baskerville House in Birmingham, which is currently undergoing a massive £30 million transformation by developer Targetfollow provides a view of the city’s ever-changing skyline for an SES site supervisor. The Birmingham office of building-services provider SES is part of a joint venture with Alfred McAlpine Plc and is nearing the end of the £6.1 million programme for installing and commissioning mechanical and electrical services.

SKILLcard reaches 50 000 people

The 50 000th Engineering Services SKILLcard, the personnel-registration scheme for the mechanical sector, is presented to Jak Nazha (right), a project engineer with HVCA member Michael J. Lonsdale Ltd of Slough by Phil Hope, MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary at the Department for Education & Skills. The presentation of the platinum SKILLcard was made during a recent meeting in the House of Commons of the All-Party Parliamentary Building Services Engineering Group.

Understanding renewable energy

Mitsubishi Electric is hosting a series of CPD-approved seminars to help consultants and contractors understand the issues surrounding the requirement for renewable energy that will dominate building and planning permission in the future.

Dalkia wins Martin McColl contract

Dalkia is working with Martin McColl to provide a comprehensive facilities-management solution for 1300 stores — which include Martin’s, McColls’s and RS McColl.

HVCA
HVCA looks to a better future

‘A better construction industry, a better built environment, a better deal for members and a better outcome for the client,’ have been highlighted by the new president of the Heating & Ventilation Contractors’ Association, Mike McCloskey, as the association’s key goals during his presidential year.

Low Carbon Consultants Register gains momentum

Progress to building up the Low Carbon Consultants Register by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers has got off to a flying start. Demand for training leading to the exam to enter the register has exceeded expectations, with the first course having started in the middle of July.

Croydon Council appoints White Young Green

White Young Green has been appointed by Croydon Council to provide civil, structural and building-engineering services for a new £2.1 million project in Addington to provide training opportunities for adults.

Graphisoft declares major support programme for educational institutions

Graphisoft, a major supplier of 3D model-based software and technological services for the built environment, has pledged its support to educational institutions in Britain with the donation of over £250 million-worth of software, support and study curriculum programmes over the next five years.

Clyde
Clyde Combustions moves into energy solutions

Clyde Combustions has revamped itself as Clyde Energy Solutions — and defined a new approach and expanded its range of products and services.

Nick Raynsford launches BSRIA’S design framework for building services

BSRIA’s new ‘Design framework for building services’ was launched by Nick Raynsford, MP, at the first meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Building Services Engineering Group.

Harrods
Harrods provides shop window for LG air conditioning

People passing by Harrods in London’s Knightsbridge can note this display of LG Art Cool air-conditioning units in one of the windows. It is sizable display, at 2280 mm wide, 2050 mm high and 550 mm deep and features Art Cool units with mirror surfaces and subdued pastels.

wind turbines
Rising to the energy challenge

A Government report that looks 30 to 40 years ahead surely ought to transcend politics. ‘The energy challenge’ identifies the right buttons. Time will tell if the will exists to press them.

Roof top unit
Lennox advances the art of rooftop air conditioners

With the development of a new range of rooftop air conditioning units, Lennox has attempted to redefine standards for energy efficiency.

Fox
Regulations will force quality to the top

Refrigeration and air-conditioning contractors should welcome the mass of new regulations facing the sector, according to GRAEME FOX

Luminaire
Looking to the future of office lighting

The delivery of low-energy buildings that interact with the environment is just one of the factors that will influence the design of office lighting, as HUGH KING explains.

lamps
Shedding light on waste management

As a result of recent and forthcoming changes in legislation, sending discharge lamps to landfill will soon be a thing of the past. BRYAN NEILL discusses the implications of these changes and the emergence of recycling as the only feasible route for lamp disposal.

Northampton
Rising to the energy-efficiency challenge

NEIL JONES examines the philosophy behind the use of controls to realise better lit buildings and lower energy consumption.

Steinel
London hotel takes action to reduce lighting costs

To achieve a significant reduction in lighting costs, the 4-star Riverbank Plaza hotel in London has installed lighting sensors from Steinel. When the hotel was built about a year ago, sensors were not installed. However, to save energy and reduce costs, the management consulted lighting experts, who advised that installing sensors and energy-saving lamps would significantly reduce costs.

London hotel takes action to reduce lighting costs

To achieve a significant reduction in lighting costs, the 4-star Riverbank Plaza hotel in London has installed lighting sensors from Steinel. When the hotel was built about a year ago, sensors were not installed. However, to save energy and reduce costs, the management consulted lighting experts, who advised that installing sensors and energy-saving lamps would significantly reduce costs.

simmtronic
Simmtronic boosts customer service

Lighting-control specialist Simmtronic has considerably enhanced its commissioning and maintenance services for lighting projects with a restructuring of its engineering operations.

luminaire
High-output luminaire is a smash-hit for sports halls

To meet growing demands for luminaires in sports halls with higher light outputs, Whitecroft Lighting has introduced the Serve 6 fitting. They use six 55 W TC-L lamps. Serve 6 meets CIBSE LG4 guidelines and has a low profile to minimise intrusion into areas with low ceiling heights. They can also be used in warehouses, factories and distribution centres.

Long-life compact fluorescent lamp

Compact fluorescent lamps with a life of 48 000 h are available from Greenstock. This life is guaranteed when operated on electronic ballasts and a 12-hour switching cycles.

testing
Testing system for emergency lighting does not need data cabling

A wire-free system for testing emergency lighting systems has been developed by P4. Fastel KFR brings all the benefits of Fastel technology into a radio-monitored LAN addressable self-testing system. Because no data wiring is required to the emergency luminaires, Fastel KFR can be installed very quickly and effectively.

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Ridi offers polycarbonate diffusers with Waveline range of luminaires

Ridi’s shallow-profile T5 Waveline diffuser luminaire is now available with a polycarbonate reeded lens, adding impact resistance and fire retardance to its qualities.

T8
Upgrade kit for T8 fittings offers huge savings

Chalmor’s EasiFit T5 kit provides a quick and efficient way to upgrade existing light fittings that use T8 lamps. The replacement T5 lamps last longer, are more efficient and have a higher light output.

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Metal-halide lighting

Venture Lighting’s catalogue on HID lighting systems is described as an invaluable tool for the lighting designer. Information includes light output, life, colour and applications.

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Bulkhead luminaire designed for indoor and outdoor use

The Crompton Patriot bulkhead luminaire from Cooper Lighting & Security offers robust, durable and energy-efficient lighting indoors and outdoors.

Nick Cullen
Energy efficiency as the starting point to reducing carbon emissions

NICK CULLEN argues that exploiting the potential of energy efficiency to reduce carbon emissions comes well ahead of implementing renewable technology.

loft
Meeting ventilation requirements efficiently

PAUL KILBURN finds that the new Building Regulations provide welcome guidance on providing energy-efficient ventilation.

doorway
Exploiting the benefits of electric heating

KAREN TREWICK explores how electric-heating solutions can improve a building’s energy efficiency.

VRF
Logistics centres looks to the ground to reduce energy consumption

Renewable energy is used to provide heating and cooling for the 3400 m2 logistics centre of Olympus KeyMed at Southend using a ground-source installation. A Mitsubishi Electric WR2 heating/cooling system uses 50 boreholes 98 m deep to draw heat from the ground for heating or to use the ground as a heat sink when the building requires cooling. The system was designed by consultants ME Engineers and installed by Total Concept Solutions.

Trane
Maximising chiller performance

Many chiller systems fall far short of delivering their optimum efficiency, even when linked to control systems. JIM KILCOYNE explains how fine-tuning a system can make a significant difference to performance.

Swansea
Specialist control cuts boiler fuel consumption by 21%

An independent analysis of gas consumption for the heating system at County Hall, Swansea has shown a 21% reduction in gas use following the installation of a heating energy controller from Fuelstretcher.

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Controller enables heating to respond to outdoor temperature

The efficiency of wet underfloor or radiator heating systems can be improved using a controller from ESSCO Controls to vary the flow temperature according to outside temperature.

science centre
Energy efficiency at the click of a mouse

Fine tuning an established building-management system can help achieve huge reductions in energy consumption. NORMAN FERGUSON explains how.

bristol office
Energy-efficient cooling

Evaporative cooling can be very effective for cooling the indoor environment, particularly large spaces. Its capital and operating costs are also much lower than conventional air conditioning, as STEVE KIRKWOOD explains.

bristol office
Energy-efficient cooling

Evaporative cooling can be very effective for cooling the indoor environment, particularly large spaces. Its capital and operating costs are also much lower than conventional air conditioning, as STEVE KIRKWOOD explains.

nature reserve
Lake is heat source for nature centre

The already low heating requirement of the new Nature Centre at Attenborough Nature Reserve, opened recently by Sir David Attenborough, is met by a wet underfloor heating system served by a heat pump drawing energy from the adjacent lake.

nature reserve
Lake is heat source for nature centre

The already low heating requirement of the new Nature Centre at Attenborough Nature Reserve, opened recently by Sir David Attenborough, is met by a wet underfloor heating system served by a heat pump drawing energy from the adjacent lake.

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The synergy of EC motors and FCUs

Electronically commutated motors provide clear advantages over AC or conventional DC motors in terms of service life, controllability, flexibility, and cost-effectiveness explains CIVE PALFREY.

luxo
Lighting

Luxo’s UK lighting product catalogue for 2006/2007 runs to 366 pages. It is colour coded for ease of navigation through the extensive ranges of interior, decorative, commercial, industrial and medical luminaires, downlighters/ spotlights, task lights, outdoor lighting, accessories and comprehensive technical-information pages.

Skills development

SummitSkills, the sector skills council for building-services engineering, has produced a free interactive DVD to support Scottish companies in developing their businesses through skills.

It includes generic material that is applicable to all businesses in the country and also material that is specific to building-services engineering. There are film clips and case studies from employers in the industry, information on how trade associations and training providers can help and links to useful partners.

Keith Marshall, chief executive of SummitSkills, comments, ‘There are a great number of firms that are already benefiting from enhancing their businesses through staff development. This DVD profiles just some of these companies, so other can discover how investment in skills can benefit them.’

Tel. 01908 303960

comfort zone
Underfloor heating

Comfort Zone has published its trade price list for its underfloor heating products. Its ranges include both wet and electric systems and components.

The price list includes information on the latest additions to the Comfort Zone range, including gas and electric boilers and a wiring centre.