Modern Building Services
The scene is set for a new building landscape

What other industry has been faced with the challenge to improve the performance of its product by 40% in just four years? We refer, of course, to the new Building Regulations that come into force on 6 April. The construction industry faces a sea change in the way it must think and operate.

New Building Regulations will have transitional period of just 12 months

The Government has tightened the time for the construction industry to comply with new climate-change regulations. Transitional arrangements have been slashed from the usual maximum of three years to just 12 months to speed up the take up of new regulations and maximise their impact on climate change. The announcement was made by Housing & Planning Minister Yvette Cooper.

White Young Green appointed for Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine

White Young Green’s Manchester office is acting as mechanical-and-electrical representative for the client on a new £24 million medical project in Liverpool. The project involves new laboratory facilities for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Independent contractor prepares to float on Alternative investment Market

Building-services contractor Worthington Nicholls Group is looking to raise up to £15 million to fund the organic and acquisitive growth of the business in the UK and Europe by seeking permission to seek admission to trade on the Alternative Investment Market. The company claims to be the UK’s largest independent installer of air-conditioning, heating, ventilation and chilled-water systems.

Chalmor wins grant to develop programmable TRV

Chalmor has been awarded a £40 000 grant by Shell Springboard towards the development of an innovative programmable electronic thermostatic radiator valve (eTRV). This device will be low-cost and easy to install and offer the potential to achieve a 25% reduction in heating bills for many homes and small businesses.

HVCA and BIFM become partners in excellence

Two organisations representing H&V contractors and facilities managers have signed a formal agreement to stimulate excellence in facilities management. They are the services and facilities group of the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association and the British Institute of Facilities Management.

BAA selects team for early stages of Heathrow East proposal

BAA has announced the team for the Heathrow East proposal. Foster & Partners is the architect, with Hoare Lea & Partners as building-services engineer and Arup as structural engineer. Mace and Laing O’Rourke have been appointed to provide early-stage construction advice, and Doug & Smith has been selected to provide early-stage commercial advice.

EU Conciliation Committee ratifies emission-control measures for F-gases

The role of containment and handling to control the emissions of F-gases (CFCs) from air-conditioning equipment has been supported by the Conciliation Committee of the European Union. The committee has rejected the European Parliament’s attempt to give Member States a carte blanche to introduce or maintain stricter national legislation. The compromise achieved prohibits the introduction of new measures from 2005, and existing national measures will cease to apply after 2012.

Toshiba opens VRF training centre in UK

Toshiba Air Conditioning has opened its first-hands-on customer-training centre for VRF air conditioning outside of Japan. It is on the Belliver Industrial Estate in Plymouth, where the warehousing distribution and parts stock management for Toshiba Carrier UK are now co-located.

Private construction sector shows output increases

Despite growing business in the private commercial, industrial and housing sectors, the total volume of construction output in 2005 fell by 1% compared to the previous year. Total output in the fourth quarter of 2005 was unchanged compared with the third quarter, both in volume terms and in current prices, according to figures from the National Statistics Office.

Big delivery for Big Lottery office

Works for M&E contractor SES take a step closer to completion with the delivery of plant equipment, including a 5 t chiller and three air-handling units, for the 8-storey St James Gate development in the heart of Newcastle. The company’s £2.3 million contract includes the installation and commissioning of all M&E services to the development and utilises large-scale modularisation methods to the risers, floors and core services.

ACE addresses the issues of professional-indemnity insurance

ACE, the Association for consultancy & Engineering, has launched a new professional-indemnity insurance scheme. It was developed after listening to members’ concerns about the increasing use of PI insurance and conducting a major review of the current market and providers.

SKILLcard developed for humidification specialists

A SKILLcard for humidification engineers has been developed by the HEVAC humidity group and the HVCA in response to increasing demand from clients and main contractors for evidence of competence in this highly specialised field.

Major contracts signal good year for Scottish contractor

Among over £30 million-worth of new contracts marking a successful start to 2006 for Robertson Construction in Scotland is a new £6.5 million preparatory school for Glasgow Academy (pictured). The company has also begun work on the £19 million mental-health facility at Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow. West Lothian Council has appointed Robertson to build the new £6.5 million Simpson Primary School, the first school in Scotland to be built under Section 75 of the Town & Country Planning (Scotland) Act.

Fujitsu appoints new air-conditioning distributor

Fujitsu has strengthened the distribution of its air-conditioning products with the appointment of Wave Air Conditioning. Martin Richards, managing director of Fujitsu UK, says, ‘The appointment of Wave reflects a long association with managing director Andy Stanford, whose past knowledge and experience of selling Fujitsu products will add another positive element to our channel strategy.’

CIBSE and ASHRAE pledge joint commitment to action on climate change

CIBSE and ASHRAE (the American Society of Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers) have jointly called for continued reductions in carbon-dioxide emissions, guidelines relating to reduced energy consumption and responsible refrigerant use. The statement was signed at the ASHRAE 2006 Winter Meeting in Chicago recently.

Why the future is buildingSMART

Seamless data exchange along the design supply chain of building projects is bringing a range of benefits. CHRISTOPHER GRPOOME reports on what is happening worldwide.

The qualities of copper

Copper’s traditional benefits combined with modern innovations keep it competitive in today’s market, explains PETER MARSH

Behind the grease filter

A planned ventilation hygiene strategy carried out by specialists will not only improve indoor air quality and comfort conditions; it should also keep you safe, according to the HVCA’s Richard Norman .

Keeping the customer satisfied

HELEN ELIAS explains how to get more from the customer-satisfaction surveys that are required as part of a quality-management system.

Energy efficiency meets indoor air quality

Good indoor air quality and the efficient use of energy cannot be separated with the arrival of new Building Regulations.COLIN JUDD and DAVID BLEICHER have the details.

The importance of humidification

RIK PROWEN examines the effects of indoor dry air, its causes and how to eradicate the problem.

The battle for indoor air quality

Overheads cannot be controlled at the expense of indoor air quality, and good indoor air quality is more than just ventilation. JIM KILCOYNE weighs up the various issues.

Energy-effective strategies for ventilation

Against the background of today’s environmental concerns, good indoor air quality and energy efficiency must go hand in hand. STEVE BATCHELOR explores the issues.

The positive approach to clean air

Clean air is good for people, furnishings, fittings and expensive equipment. MARTYN STANTON discusses the role of air cleaners in delivering good indoor air quality.

Natural approach to school expansion

To meet guidelines and requirements for ventilation, Matravers School in Westbury has installed five Passivent Airscoop terminals.

Natural approach to school expansion

To meet guidelines and requirements for ventilation, Matravers School in Westbury has installed five Passivent Airscoop terminals.

Self-contained ventilation and air purification

The Marta air purifier and room-ventilation unit from JS Air conditioners draws in fresh air from outside, purifies it and heats it before releasing it to the room.

Contact information on panel filters helps win repeat business

Air filters supplied to maintenance contractors by Emcel can now be labelled with the company name and contact information as an aid to securing repeat business. This free service applies to disposable panel filters, which are offered in standard sizes from G2 to F8 in a variety of media. Emcel can produce virtually any non-standard panel size as required.

Air purifiers receive positive response from allergy sufferers

A study of the effects of the Daikin air purifier on 69 patients of Paris-based allergist D Haddad has indicated a number of benefits. The research was carried out over six months on patients who were allergic to pollen and indoor allergens or who suffered from asthma or rhinitis.

Vokes-Air rebrands its filters

Vokes-Air top-of-the-range filters for fine dust and gases have a new name. The former Luwa FP filters are now called Compatex FP.

Sales surge for air-filter manufacturer

Air-filtration specialist Jasun Filtration has enjoyed its most successful year in its 33-year history. Last year’s turnover grew by 13%. The growth in carbon filters was 66%, individual panel filters grew by 14%, and sales of filter media were up to 29%.

VES helps provide a stable environment

As part of the refurbishment of Hyde Park Barracks in London, the stables, nearly 300 of them, are ventilated by 13 air-handling units from the Max range of VES Andover. Each unit provides around 6.5 m3/s of tempered air. Some units incorporate heat recovery.

Ventilation catalogue

Scolmore’s new ventilation catalogue includes its latest 100 mm fans in a choice of control options and decorative finishes, slimline 100 mm and 150 mm models and automatic louvre fans. The Showerkit is also included, along with flexible ducting, vents, grilles and accessories.

Controlling air conditions is key to preserving SS Great Britain

Air-handling units designed to reduce relative humidity to around 20% are playing a key role in the preservation of the ironwork of SS Great Britain, the only surviving steamship designed and built by Brunel.

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Air purifier for air conditioners

LG’s NanoPlasma air-purifying system for its air-conditioning products helps remove microscopic contaminants, dust, house mites and pollen. It also helps remove bad odours such as cigarette smoke by catching the odour particles.

German tests give Breezair evaporative air cooling a clean bill of health

Seeley International claims to have become the only manufacturer of evaporative air-cooling systems in the world to achieve compliance with VDI Standard 6022. The company’s products are available in the UK as Breezair.

The skills issues of underfloor heating

MIKE LAMB explains why the installation of larger-scale underfloor heating systems is a job for trained professionals.

Underfloor heating
Underfloor heating meets new Building Regulations

The characteristics of underfloor heating systems lend themselves to achieving compliance with the requirements of the forthcoming Building Regulations to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings.

BILL McCONNEL explains.

Growing garden centre benefits from underfloor heating

Over 500 m2 of open-pan shopping space in a new extension to Ashton Hall Garden Centre on the outskirts of Lancaster is heated by a Robbens underfloor heating system served by an oil-fired boiler. Tony Abbit, who has owned this garden centre for the last 12 years, says, ‘These days, garden-centre customers are looking for more than just plants and compost. Our new extension has been specially designed to meet their demands for hundreds of garden related items, from furniture and barbeques to specialist books and clothing.

Electric underfloor heating serves luxury bathrooms

Electric underfloor heating mats made by Tyco Thermal Controls have been installed in the bathrooms of 216 luxury apartments in the Granton Harbour waterside development at Leith near Edinburgh.

Easier setting up for underfloor heating

Emmeti has added new functions to its Topway manifold system, which can be used with underfloor heating systems. A new component combines the functions of double-regulating valve, lockshield and flow meter.

Irish primary school uses Mita trunking

Mita’s aluminium dado perimeter trunking is used throughout a new primary school in Northern Ireland to provide the cable-management systems.

Plymouth shopping centre opts for Cablofil steel-wire cable tray

The installation-time savings of Cablofil steel-wire cable tray compared with traditional sheet-steel tray are being exploited in a 20 km installation in the new £200 million Drake Circus shopping centre in Plymouth.

Irish primary school uses Mita trunking

Mita’s aluminium dado perimeter trunking is used throughout a new primary school in Northern Ireland to provide the cable-management systems.

HRS Hevac
Morpeth Hospital installs HRS Hevac DHW generators

HRS Hevac has supplied 27 Aquasave Bios units to generate domestic hot water for a variety of applications in Morpeth Hospital. These semi-instantaneous units combine the instant generation of DHW with a buffer capacity.

The fast-track route to commissioning fan-coil units

SAV’s commissioning modules are playing a key role in the installation of an air-conditioning system comprising over 400 fan-coil units in the City of London. Bridge House comprises seven floors of prime office space and is a development by Credit Suisse.

Stokvis upgrade boosts energy efficiency and comfort

Replacing old and inefficient heating and hot-water systems in a privately owned block of flats with high-performance boilers and other equipment from Stokvis has significantly improved fuel efficiency and comfort for occupants.

Koolduct ductwork leads in medical research

Air distribution in this spectacular new medical building at the Institute of Cell and Molecular Science (ICMS) at Barts and The London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry is provided using Kingspan’s pre-insulated Koolduct system.

University upgrades heating system to reduce emissions

Energy consumption in the Avon Building at the University of Warwick has been reduced by 39% during the first six months of the current heating season following the installation of three Hamworthy ModuMax 120 high-efficiency condensing boilers. During the first year of operation, they are expected to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 27 t.