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Andy Green
Take a business focused approach to maintenance – or pay the consequences

Problems attributed to maintenance failings are bad for business, which is why ANDY GREEN advocates a business-focused approach to maintenance.

John Wright
The perils of neglecting maintenance

Preventive maintenance prolongs plant life, increase energy savings and saves money, so why do too few companies realise the benefits asksJOHN WRIGHT?

Replacing variable-speed drives in HVAC applications

Variable-speed drives are now well established in building services, and the early product generations are becoming ripe for replacement. It is not just at breakdowns that replacement should be considered; changing out in time can help prevent downtime. A new drive can also reduce energy consumption and save space, as NICK THORNE explains.

Exploiting innovation in developing an FM strategy

Outsourcing facilities-management responsibilities to a specialist company with an innovative attitude provides the opportunity to satisfy competitive cost criteria via efficiency benefits rather than service cuts.

JAMIE REYNOLDS explores how.

Inviron FM contract tops £1 million a year

The company which owns Powergen, e.on UK, has awarded a major facilities-management and service contract to the national facilities-management team of Inviron.

Boiler rigs meets school standards

To prepare St Lawrence College in Ramsgate for the new academic year, the site’s appointed specifier has again turned to Keston Boilers. The company has provided a rig comprising five boilers, two low-volume velocity headers. This is the third of five orders for prefabricated rigs.

Pickerings elevates its national lift-support services

Following the recent securing of its biggest-ever national maintenance and support contract with a leading financial-services provider, Pickerings Lifts has enhanced its maintenance and support programme — with the goal of offering best-in-class service for the UK lift industry.

Advanced air conditioning for traditional building

Ladies, as well as gentlemen, are now benefiting from air conditioning at a prestigious outfitter in Salisbury. Chas H. Baker installed air conditioning in the gentlemen’s department some time ago. Now Domair International has specified and installed a Carrier XPower system for the ladies department. It comprises two ceiling cassettes, with outdoor units on a neighbouring roof.

Assessing legionella risks

Richmond Hydro-Chem has developed a scheme to help clients protect against the risks of legionella.

Heating-system performance is restored by water-treatment units

When maintenance costs for community heating and heating in sheltered accommodation operated by Aberdeen City Council Housing began to escalate and written complaints were being received from wardens, a condition survey of the affected heating systems was initiated.

Crane lift
Prefabricated plant room aids refurbishment in East London

A prefabricated modular plant room installed on the roof of new research facilities for Queen Mary College of the University of London was a key element of the refurbishment of the Wingate Institute.

Bob Towse
Protecting against corporate manslaughter litigation

To help organisations and individuals avoid the risk of litigation, the head of technical and safety with the Heating & Ventilating Contractors Association stresses the vital role of guidance developed by HVCA.

Refurbishment exploits flexibility of modern air conditioning

The flexibility of Mitsubishi Electric’s City Multi R2 heat-recovery air conditioning has been exploited in the modernisation of Elizabeth House in Woking, a 3000 m2 office development. The equipment has been installed to provide climate control for a huge open-plan area, whilst swapping heating and cooling between different rooms.

An audit trail for refrigerants

The REFCOM refrigerant database for tracking refrigerant movement from supplier to cylinder to plant has been successfully trialled by MacWhirter Air Conditioning, the first company ever to join the REFCOM scheme.

Limescale control slashes maintenance costs

Maintenance costs and downtime of a rehydrating unit at the Nottingham plant of Imperial Tobacco have been reduced following the installation of a Kal-Guard+ scale inhibitor from Watermatic. A payback of less than four months was achieved.

Church refurbishes with underfloor heating

As part of the refurbishment of All Saints Church at Leadon near Sunderland, an underfloor heating system has been installed beneath the central worship space, with radiators around the perimeter to minimise lateral losses.

Wireless controller
Cost-effective remote monitoring

‘Intelligent maintenance’ software which facilitates remote Internet monitoring and control of equipment and assets has been developed by t-mac Technologies.

Armed forces pay attention to efficient lighting

Refurbishment of lighting installations in 30 Territorial Army Centres and other properties belonging to the Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (RFCA) in the north of England is achieving significant energy savings — with associated substantial reductions in carbon-dioxide emissions. The work was carried out by Parkersell (Lighting & Electrical Services). Payback in terms of energy and cost savings is expected in two to four years.

National approach wins major contract for Cofathec

Cofathec Heatsave has been awarded a national contract to provide a comprehensive range of maintenance and management services to the estate of the Crown Prosecution Service.

Refurbishment enhances factory heating and ventilation

A wide range of comfort and energy benefits are being provided by a new heating and ventilation system in the plastic injection-moulding plant of Collins & Aikman in the West Midlands.

Andy Haynes
The BMS as part of an intelligent building

Building-management systems are the key to capitalising on investment in intelligent buildings says ANDY HAYNES.

A record year for the UK controls and BMS industry

According to the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), the UK market has recorded its best year since it started analysing the building-controls industry in 1991. The total value of products, installed systems, and service and maintenance supplied by controls and BMS companies operating in the UK home market during 2004 equalled £489 million.

Commissioning issues for building-management systems

Open systems increase the complexity of building-management systems, making their commissioning a more demanding process. JOHN REID examines the issues.

Lighting control modules accommodate DALI technology

Simmtronic has expanded its SPECS3 range of addressable lighting controls for corporate development projects where DALI electronic ballasts are specified.

Touch control
Trend makes building management a touch easier

Trend’s IQView touchscreen user interface for controlling building-management systems immediately ‘learns’ the structure of the Trend BMS to which it is connected and can then be quickly configured to give different levels of user access.

Wireless sensors cut costs

Trend has launched a wireless space-temperature sensor and receiver which are said to provide the lowest-cost solution for most applications. Even on relatively small systems, says Trend, there is a saving of up to 60% to be made using these controllers compared with conventional wired sensors.

Tridium develops Niagara framework for OEM equipment

Tridium has developed what is described as a breakthrough in control for building-services plant for use by OEMs. It is based on Tridium’s Niagara open framework.

Building controls match high spec of new homes

Mentmore Homes is installing intelligent building controls from ABB in a prestigious project in Gerrards Cross, Bucks. The Georgian-style exterior of the £2.8 million, 5/6 bedroom homes hides a luxury development featuring a home cinema, gym and sauna.

Council helps educate schools in benefits of controls

Schools throughout West Sussex are being helped to achieve more efficient environmental control by the council’s property department. The team, based in Chichester and led by Tony Farrant, head of engineering and environmental services, provides advice and guidance for some 400 schools and operators of many other buildings.

Honeywell controls the home with more zones

A Honeywell Hometronics wireless home-automation system controls a 19-zone heating system and the domestic hot water in a large private home in Stanmore, Greater London.

Desigo partners get new designs on service

The launch of a new extranet web site to provide fast, easy and secure access to developments in the Desigo PX range of modular HVAC controllers from Siemens Building Technologies was among the highlights of the first Desigo certified partner conference at the company’s factory at Zug in Switzerland.

Sir Digby Jones
Encouraging winners

That champion of British industry, SIR DIGBY JONES, believes the building-services industry is in a unique position to stimulate and encourage the development of individuals.

The total cost of plastic pipework

As long as the price of raw materials dictates how a project is executed, the benefits of many cost-saving techniques will not be fully exploited on site. MARTYN ROWLANDS discusses factors that contractors should be considered when specifying pipework.

Peter Nears
Ensuring that variable-speed pumps really do save energy

Simply installing variable-speed pumps may not save energy, as experience in Switzerland demonstrates. PETER NEARS explains why correct pump selection is vital, especially when pumps are being replaced.

Calling for a gold-medal performance from the construction industry

What a magnificent achievement by Lord Sebastian Coe and his team in bringing the Olympic Games to London in 2012. Not only does his success provide the opportunity for London and Britain to shine as hosts and British athletes to give sterling performances, but it also demands that the construction industry responds to the commercial opportunities presented to it and performs to deliver the buildings and infrastructure that are necessary to present the Olympic Games in the twenty-first century.

London 2012
Construction industry welcomes the Olympic Games challenge

The staging of the Olympic Games in London in 2012 and its associated £10 billion programme for sports stadia, accommodation and infrastructure has been welcomed by the construction industry. The construction bill alone is expected to be £2.5 billion. Work has already started on two key venues — the £70 million Aquatics Centre and the £30 million Velopark.

Improving performance of contractors marred by late completions

The performance of M&E contractors is continuing to improve, according to the latest set of Key Performance Indicators published by BSRIA. This is the fifth set of KPIs. There are 10 headline indicators, of which eight have improved since last year, with seven showing a continuous improvement over the past five years.

HVCA expresses concern on workforce registration

A complete review of the multitude of workforce registration schemes, along with changes in attitudes to quality, has been called for by the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association.

Construction-industry orders display strong growth

Construction orders in the year to May rose by 6% compared with the previous year, according to figures from the Department of Trade & Industry.

Airedale wins seven safety awards in a row

Air-conditioning manufacturer Airedale has won a British Safety Council award for the seventh consecutive year for its significant achievements in safety standards.

The easy route to project partnership contracts

A web site aimed at simplifying project partnership contracts has been developed by the Association of Consultant Architects. It is targeted at constructors, consultants and specialists and presents contractual material in an accessible and user-friendly way. It also offers facts and guidance on using the association’s partnering contracts, as well as providing tasters, case studies, answers to common questions and other free downloads.

Waterloo completes product harmonisation

Following the completion of the first phase of redevelopment, Waterloo Air Products has rationalised its product range to concentrate on the manufacture of grilles, diffusers, VAV equipment and active chilled beams.

Damien Wright
Northampton building-services contractor boosts cricket presence

Northampton-based contractor Briggs & Forrester has taken its sponsorship of Northamptonshire County Cricket Club a stage further by advertising on the players’ match shirts.

Watts Industries acquires interest in controls

The acquisition by Watts Industries of Electro Controls has extended its UK offering of HVAC and building-management-system controls.

Hydrocarbon refrigerants poised for significant growth

The demand for hydrocarbon refrigerants (HCs) is growing, according to BOC. Mike Dennis, business director for special products, believes there is more scope to grow in the HC market than almost any other refrigerant sector.

Goodmarriott & Hursthouse bought by Dutch group

Goodmarriott & Hursthouse, one of the UK’s oldest electrical-engineering companies, has been bought by Imtech, the European-wide technical-services provider.

York waves HVACR flag in climate-protection award scheme

York International claims to be the only HVACR company to have won a 2005 Climate Protection Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. The company was recognised for its pioneering work and ongoing development of energy-saving technologies applied to chillers — specifically electronic variable-speed drives, with their dramatic energy-saving potential.

Plumber becomes apprentice of the year

Young plumber Thomas Pearson has been named Apprentice of the Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards. He was presented with his award by Olympic gold medallists Sir Matthew Pinsent (left) and Garry Herbert (right), having beaten over 500 entrants for the award.

Briggs & Forrester continues its investment in youth

Building–services contractor Briggs & Forrester has a long-term commitment to training and development. Its latest intake of trainees includes 12 at the head office in Northampton and a further three at the offices in Hitchin and London.