Modern Building Services
John Armstrong
CIBSE campaign to reduce carbon emissions kicks off

JOHN ARMSTRONG reports on the launch of the CIBSE campaign 100 days of carbon clean up, which stresses the importance of measurement and provides the way to rate operational performance of buildings.

NG Bailey pushes forward with off-site manufacture

One of the major players in off-site construction in the building-services industry is NG Bailey — and the opening of a new factory significantly boosts its capabilities.

Andrew Eastwell
Why reducing carbon emissions needs the support of research

ANDREW EASTWELL firmly believes that applying new technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings needs the support of research to eliminate associated risks early on.

David Leatherbarrow
Creating a climate for innovation

DAVID LEATHERBARROW believes that true innovation is not something that can be cultivated but needs freedom to grow.

Exploiting the benefits of IT convergence in buildings

JAMES McHALE is concerned that the proven benefits of IT convergence in buildings are so little exploited.

Tridium brings together building automation for Philips

As part of a major upgrade to the headquarters of Philips Lighting in Holland, Tridium worked with its system integrator Celsius Benelux to integrate the control of a complex range of services into one interoperable web-based environment.

Andy Thorn
Cutting costs, not corners

It is an oft-repeated accusation that building management systems are generally over-specified and unnecessarily complex. In reality, the opposite tends to be the case. In an effort to make cost savings, system specifications are all too frequently pared down and important functionality lost. But as ANDY THORN explains, installation costs can be cut without cutting corners.

BACnet brings it all together in new hospital

The BACnet communications protocol is at the heart of the building-management system for the new hospital in Blackburn. It is used in the TAC Satchwell building-management system and links 33 air-handling and cooling systems serving 11 operating theatres, a new X-ray department with an MRI scanner, a new pathology department and mortuary using distributed power, control and over a hundred inverter drives with native BACnet capability.

Taking control of air conditioning

FRASER HYMAS discusses the importance of electronic controls to enable air-conditioning to perform to its best potential — and even generate invoices for air-conditioning services.

Energy-saving control for air curtains

Trials of Airbloc air curtains with a new control panel have shown average energy savings of 40%. These tests in high-street stores were on an exposed site in the winter, and it is believed that greater savings could be achieved on less-exposed sites, during warmer months and with reduce air outlet temperatures.

Building-controls engineers get qualified

JOHN MARROW discusses the steady progress that is being made towards a nationally recognised qualification for controls engineers.

CentraLine software simplifies control configuration

CentraLine is simplifying energy-efficient networked automation of HVAC systems by bundling all its application knowledge into Coach. This software is described as easy to use and to deliver error-free configuration.

BMS without wires

JOHN FALLON explains why the future for building management systems is wireless — and looks at the potential of Zigbee.

ICS building-management system performs at Wembley Arena

As part of the £35 million refurbishment of Wembley Arena, Integrated Control Systems has completed a £190 000 controls contract. ICS designed and installed a building-management system to control the vast auditorium, hospitality areas, dressing rooms, promoter’s offices, entrance foyer, bars, restaurants and food outlets.

Priva HVAC control solution minimises the disruption of future changes

As part of the extensive refurbishment of a Dutch government building, Priva Building Intelligence is providing an integrated solution for the control of HVAC services, lighting and sun blinds. The refurbishment of this 1984 building includes the installation of an Ethernet network, which will enable the building-management system to take full advantage of system integration.

Glasgow Science Centre advances the art of control

An estimated £56 000 has been cut off the energy bill of Glasgow Science Centre following a review of the operational profile and reprogramming the Honeywell building-management system to take account of the changes.

Lighting control features in Manchester University’s energy-reduction strategy

Ex-Or has won a contract to supply lighting controls throughout the University of Manchester for the next three years. The award follows the installation of Ex-Or’s lighting-management systems and controls in new buildings and refurbishment projects over the past two years.

Let’s get switched on to operational ratings

Just about everywhere you go in the building-services industry these days, there is much talk about improving the energy efficiency of buildings — and, by implication, carbon emissions. Until fairly recently, the interest was directed at new buildings — prompted by the long-awaited new Building Regulations based on designing buildings to achieve a certain level of carbon emissions.

Construction orders show sharp decline

Orders for private-commercial and private-industrial projects both showed a sharp decline in the three months to April 2006 compared with the previous quarter, according to figures from the Department of Trade & Industry.

Ebm-papst reaches UK milestone in sales of fans with EC motors

25 000 fans with electronically commutated motors have been sold in the UK by Ebm-papst since their launch in September 2003.

CCL Veloduct trebles size of Nottingham branch

Ductwork specialist CCL Veloduct is responding to booming demand in the East Midlands and the north by trebling the size of its Nottingham branch. New premises have been found on the Queen’s Drive Industrial Estate. The 1100 m2 premises will hold greater stocks of air-movement and ventilation products and also house a production line for spiral ductwork — the first in the area.

Vodafone welcomes Dalkia

Vodafone UK has awarded a 5-year multi-million contract to Dalkia, a specialist provide of technical facilities services and energy management.

Watts moves into renewable energy

Watts Industries has moved into renewable energy with the acquisition of Swedish manufacturer Kin Olofsson Safe Corporation (Kinsafe).

CentraLine campaign wins industry marketing award

Uwe Schlenker of Honeywell Building Controls EMEA (centre) has won a major industry marketing award for launching and developing CentraLine, a Europe-wide brand for energy-efficient networked HVAC system automation in small and medium-sized buildings. The Frank Dennis, OBE, marketing award is sponsored by the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations. It was presented by FETA director Cedric Sloan (left) and Doug Robins, president of FETA member group Building Controls Industry Association.

Electric heating scores over gas in annual and lifetime costs

The lifetime costs of electric heating for homes can be 46% less than gas, according to a study comparing a typical installation of six electric or wet radiators with their lifetime expectations. It used information from the National Landlords Association and British Gas Servicing to understand true costs. Fuel costs were based on BRE GPG345 and updated with the latest and least-expensive online prices for gas and electricity on 20 March 2006.

Uniflair makes TT debut

Building services was represented at this year’s Isle of Mann TT races by Uniflair as a sponsor of the Tom Hanks sidecar team. This was Uniflair’s debut at this event. He was overall winner in 1997 and has competed for a number of years as a passenger, but switched to driver and had immediate success.

EPS Page wins new Canary Wharf contract

EPS Page has secured a third consecutive phase of a contract for the mechanical fit-out of new premises for Morgan Stanley at Canary Wharf. This latest contract brings to £2.4 million the value of work in the 13-storey HQ1 at 20 Bank Street in Canary Wharf.

New TEWI guide published

New guidance on the total environmental warming impact (TEWI) refrigeration and air-conditioning systems has been published by the British Refrigeration Association. TEWI is a measure of the global-warming impact of equipment based on the total related emissions of greenhouses during equipment operation and disposal of operating liquids at the end of its life. It is measured in mass of carbon-dioxide equivalent.

Historic contract for Briggs & Forrester

Briggs & Forrester has been awarded a £6 million contract for installing M&E services in a new office block at 40 Holborn Viaduct in London on a site that was originally constructed in the 19th century.

LG signs up Oceanair as an air-conditioning distributor

Air-conditioning distributor Oceanair has joined the LG distributor network. The company has branches in Nottingham and West Sussex and offers the full range of LG air-conditioning products — including Art Cool, the Multi V range and all other multi-split products.

SES completes services for school for the future

Building-services contractor SES has completed the £6.5 million M&E contract at the new PFI Education Village in Darlington. This £37.3 million project has been hailed as the ‘natural exemplar’ for education in the country and brings three local schools together to create one learning campus. The site will accommodate 1400 pupils aged three to 19.

Key Performance Indicators show big fall in acidents in construction industry

Work-related accidents in the construction-products industry fell by nearly 20% in the year 2005/06, according to the latest Key Performance Indicators. This fall follows a reduction of nearly 30% the previous year, representing a 42% improvement in two years.

New college addresses water-supply issues

Water-supply issues are addressed in the design of a new building at Merton College by collecting rainwater for sanitation and water plants. Formerly opened by Bill Rammell, MP, the minister whose responsibilities include further education and lifelong learning, the building provides students with a library and learning centre with over a hundred computers and 20 000 books and journals, flexible IT-networked teaching spaces, sixth-form centre, IT café and bookshop, science laboratories and special areas for the visual and performing arts. It provides 6000 m2 of floor space.

UK manufacturer reports one-third-plus increase in sales

Diffusion, a UK manufacturer of commercial heating and cooling products, has announced a 38% increase in sales this year compared with the same period last year.

CIBSE calls for wider introduction of operational ratings for building energy consumption

CIBSE, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, has called on the Government to introduce operational ratings for buildings more widely. The institution has declared its support for the Government’s intention to introduce limited use of operational ratings as part of the implementation of the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive.

Dates announced for popular CPD roadshow next year

Bookings can now be made for Mitsubishi Electric’s seminar tour next year. Ian Parry, business-development manager of this air-conditioning company, says, ‘As these courses are CPD [continuing professional development] verified, they offer the industry an independent view of some of the major issues affecting us all today.’

Ambi-Rad acquires Sonning Heating

Ambi-Rad has expanded its capabilities in radiant heating with the acquisition of Sonning Heating for an undisclosed sum. Sonning radiant heaters use hot air to deliver highly effective heat in large-space buildings. Ambi-Rad’s expertise is direct combustion.

New dates for Energy 2006

The Energy 2006 exhibition has had to change its opening dates. The new dates are 7 and 8 September, replacing 6 and 7 September. The venue remains the same, the National Motorcycle Museum.

Women MPs tap into manual skills

Women MPs tap into manual skills

Carrier cools important art collection at UAE

The refurbishment and remodelling of the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia makes extensive use of equipment from Carrier. Six chillers ranging in size from 33 kW Aquasnaps to 250 kW units are coupled with 45 modular air-handling units.

Reznor delivers comfort for antique dealers and pigs

Reznor delivers comfort for antique dealers and pigs

Pumps at Blackpool hospital designed for fast maintenance

Pumps with extremely low maintenance requirements will bring valuable benefits for the new heart-and-lung unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital. The 4300 Series in-line pumps from Armstrong Holden Brooke Pullen make it possible for routine maintenance on critical HVAC systems to be carried out in minutes instead of hours.

National house builder offers compete RCD protection for electrical circuits

George Wimpey has become the first national house builder to offer complete RCD protection for all electrical circuits in its houses — substantially reducing the likelihood of electric shocks.

VRF air-conditioning cools growing building-services consultancy

To help provide the best working environment for its staff, building-services-engineering consultant Desco has installed Mitsubishi heat-recovery air conditioning in its new premises in Sunderland. The 700 m2 2-storey building accommodates 40 staff.

Protecting England’s World Cup beer supplies

Frost protection for a 10 200 m2 distribution centre in Leeds is provided by an air-rotation system designed by Nordair-Niche.

Glow-worm works with local authority to improve heating systems

To increase heating efficiency and deliver improved tenant services in the Three Rivers District Council area in Hertfordshire, the council and boiler manufacturer Glow-worm have entered into a partnering agreement.

The showroom in front has underfloor heating

As part of a programme of refitting its car showrooms, Toyota has installed underfloor heating in its showroom at St Leonards. It is believed to be the fist showroom in this programme to have underfloor heating.

SAV simplifies installation of prestigious residential air conditioning systems

The installation and commissioning of air-conditioning using fan-coil units in a luxurious residential development in London was considerably simplified using SAV commissioning modules.

Biddle technology chosen for new medical centre in Leeds

High-performance fan-coil units and air curtains have been supplied by Biddle Air Systems for the new Institute of Molecular Medicine, Epidemiology & Cancer Research at St James’ Hospital in Leeds.

Air-handling plant has added features to reduce on-site labour time and costs

McQuay UK has drastically reduced on-site labour costs for a huge air-handling unit for a fast-track contract in Scotland by the off-site packaging of electrics, control panels and pipework.