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Planning ahead — the choice between an A and a G

Commissioning is a neglected art, but the growing legislative responsibilities on building owners means it is about to come into its own, says MIKE MALINA.

Commissioning instrument meets new challenges

A commissioning device that is ideally suited to the large differential pressures associated with differential-pressure control valves (DPCVs) is Comdronic’s AC5.

Crane valve
Balancing valve designed for variable-volume systems

A motorised balancing valve from Crane Fluid Systems is designed for circuits where the combined functions of actuated regulation and flow measurement are required.

Swiss Re
Commissioning elegance for elegant skyscraper

SAV commissioning modules for air-conditioning systems using fan-coil units are used on 19 floors of the Swiss Re building in London. They were specified by consulting engineers Hilson Moran Partnership.

Six functions into one valve for fan-coil units

Installation time savings of up to 25% are said to be possible using Oventrop’s Cocon 4 control valves on fan-coil units. These multi-function control valves were specially developed for fan-coil units and chilled beams.

Donald Leeper
CIBSE’s new president reflects on industry issues

In his long career in the building-services industry, the new president of CIBSE has seen many changes — not necessarily beneficial to the industry but nevertheless pointing the way to improvement.

Keith Marshall
Securing the workforce of the future

Sector skills councils have been set up to champion their industry’s skills agenda, as Keith Marshall of Summitskills explains.

Nurturing interest in building-services engineering

Its special position in the industry makes the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers well placed to stimulate interest in a building-services career.

Celling the hydrogen economy

The future is a hydrogen economy, and good old CHP could lead the way to a new way of producing and distributing power around the UK.

Domestic air-conditioning market starts to rear its head

While a domestic air-conditioning market is starting to emerge in the UK, it is developments in the commercial sector that are most interesting. FRANCESCO NAMBOKA has the details.

Shaking up the market for fan-coil units

Anyone who has ever experienced unwanted noise problems with air-conditioning system based on fan-coil units and inadequate thermal performance and air distribution will welcome a new initiative by Trox UK.

New commercial opportunities for ammonia chillers

Ammonia has been used successfully as a refrigerant for over 150 years, but its use has traditionally been confined to large industrial refrigeration systems. DAVID EDE explores today’s opportunities for environmentally friendly ammonia to become the refrigerant of choice for air-conditioning chillers.

Towards energy-efficient cooling and humidification

Modern technology enables major improvements to be achieved in the design and operating efficiency of cooling and humidification equipment. ALAN CHURCH and LINDSEY HENDERSON spell out the benefits.

Effective filtration in air-conditioning units

Air-conditioning units that only cool the air are only addressing part of the equation. Air filtration to remove and neutralise bacteria is just as important, as STUART MADDOCK explains.

Denco adds style to close-control air conditioning

Denco has restyled its T and E ranges of close-control air-conditioning units. The modern graphite cabinets have curved fascias and strong front grilles embossed with Denco’s dolphin logo. These units will not look out of place in areas where they are on public display.

Ability supplies more fan-coil units to Swiss Re building

The delivery of a further 170 Titan 4-pipe horizontal chassis-type fan-coil units to the Swiss Re building in London brings the number of Ability fan-coil units supplied to the building to over 800. The latest units are being installed by Hills Electrical of Dartford in concealed ceilings on floors 28 to 34.

Chilled-water cassettes

A stylish chilled-water cassette made by Aermec in Italy is available in five capacities from 1.5 to 8.3 kW and fits standard ceiling panel layouts. There are units for 2- and 4-pipe applications.

Ascon prepares to make waves in the hydronic-systems market

Ascon International’s H2O HydroTech mini chiller minimises the amount of refrigerant needed for an air-conditioning system by delivering chilled water to fan-coil units. Savings on installation can be achieved since standard plumbing fittings and tools are used, as opposed to specialist refrigeration equipment.

Weatherite provides the right indoor climate for Sainsbury’s

Weatherite has supplied rooftop air-handling plant and associated air-conditioning systems as part of a major contract for the refurbished Sainsbury’s store at Newhaven. The £10 million development involved a 3-month, fast-track 2-phase project to create nearly 1000 m2 of extra shopping space at the store.

Actionair cuts 40% off energy used by fan-coil units

Actionair’s Enviropac Series EHW 230 fan-coil units are said to use 40% less energy than conventional fan-coil units and generate only a third of the fan-motor heat gain. Chiller loading is also considerably reduced.

Samsung builds up its air-conditioning range

Samsung is entering the second phase of its development plans for the air-conditioning markets in the UK and Europe. Steve Rees, general manager for air conditioning with Samsung Electronics UK, explains, ‘Since 2003, the company has been developing its sales channels and products, using cutting-edge filtration and cleaning technology.’

Haier builds up UK distributor network

One of China’s leading air-conditioning manufacturers, Haier, has established a network of four distributors in the UK. The latest is Hushon of Portsmouth, which joins BSS, Kooltech and NRW, to handle Haier’s portfolio of air-conditioning units from 0.2 kW up to 3.9 kW.

Underfloor air conditioning requires less space

Advanced Ergonomic Technologies has added a slimline fan tile unit to its Flexible Space Concept, which comprises Hiross underfloor air conditioning, raised access flooring and demountable partitioning systems. Its shallow depth enables underfloor comfort cooling to be used on refurbishment projects where ceiling-based air conditioning is impractical because of restricted floor-to-ceiling heights.

KoolDuct is best treatment for new NHS centre

Conditioned air for the £32 million NHS Birmingham Treatment Centre is distributed by ductwork based on 6000 m2 of Kingspan’s KoolDuct system. It was installed by Crown House Engineering, whose Gary Hague explains, ‘The fact that KoolDuct is pre-insulated and does not require additional lagging made it ideal because of the confined ceiling void, which had to carry all services, as well as the ducting. In addition, the ease and speed of installation was a significant advantage on a project where there was a number of other trades on site.’

Daikin Airconditioning UK prepares to build on the power of partnerships

Daikin Airconditioning UK has formally launched its D1 partnering programme for air-conditioning installers at a conference that included an address by 4-times Olympic gold-medal winner Sir Matthew Pinsent.

Cost-effective range of fan-coil units

Ability Projects’ Trojan range of 4-pipe horizontal-chassis fan-coil units is available in eight sizes. Cooling capacities are from 1 to 10 kW, with heating from 1 to 15 kW. Noise levels can be as low as NR25, according to model size, fan speed and project requirements.

VRF in refurbishment project is linked to landlord’s condenser water circuit

Because visual and noise restrictions did not permit condensing units on the outside of the Mayfair branch of Halifax Bank of Scotland in London, Air Movement Design devised an air-conditioning system for this refurbishment project based on Mitsubishi Electric’s WR2 water-cooled VRF system.

VRF chosen for benefits over small split systems

Because it suited the application better than a number of split systems, air-conditioning installer SIAS designed a system based on Toshiba VRF equipment for an extension to the headquarters of Marshalls Construction in West Yorkshire.

Mistral close control range

Airedale’s low-profile Mistral range of close-control air-conditioning equipment now incorporates advanced micro-processor controls.

Air conditioning is on the menu in Italian restaurant

When Simply Italian extended and refurbished its restaurant at Sovereign Harbour in Eastbourne to 130 seats, Aspen Air Conditioning was called in by shop fitter Booker & Best to provide the air conditioning. The refurbishment project was tightly organised into a 2-month, low-season closure.

The lessons of history

There was a time when those knowledgeable and experienced in the art of building-services engineering at all stages of the supply chain could work together for their mutual benefit and the benefit of the client. CIBSE’s new president, Donald Leeper, has 40 years’ experience in the industry and recalls in his presidential address how in the 1960s consultants routinely worked with key manufacturers to improve design solutions and aid product development. It was integrity of the same level as the professional quantity surveyor that made such co-operation possible.

Schneider Electric prepares to acquire Invensys building-management interests

Schneider Electric is to acquire the operations of Invensys Advanced Building Systems in Europe and the Middle East, subject to regulatory approvals.

GSH floats on Alternative Investment Market

GSH, which provides a comprehensive range of bespoke facilities-management solutions, has floated on the Alternative Investment Market to support its continued growth strategy in the expanding outsourced FM market. It is believed that the enhanced commercial reputation and general market visibility that a listing brings will have a tangible commercial benefit for the group.

Sam Skobel
New managing director prepares to steer Airedale forward

Airedale Air Conditioning’s new managing director Sam Skobel has declared that the company ‘represents a significant growth opportunity and will be the cornerstone for Modine’s [the US company that has acquired Airedale] future world-wide air-conditioning products’.

ABB Drives
ABB drives ahead in HVAC market

ABB reports increasing to 30% its market share of drives for HVAC applications in the UK. The company has been in this market for only three years.

Faber Maunsell is a better place to work

Faber Maunsell has improved its position as one of the best companies in the UK to work for, with a placing of 33rd in the ‘Financial Times 50 best UK workplaces 2005’. This is the third year running that this firm of consulting engineers has been included, having been placed 41st for the past two years.

Underfloor heating manufacturers look to volume housing market

Following a period of seven years which has seen the UK market for underfloor eating grow 10-fold to about £70 million a year, the Underfloor Heating Manufacturers’ Association perceives its biggest challenge as seeing underfloor heating integrated and accepted into the volume housing market.

Energy 2005 includes top conference line-up

The finalised seminar programmes for the Energy 2005 Exhibition in September include energy assessment and reporting presented by John Field of Target Energy Services and energy management and changing regulations by Hywel Davies, research manager with CIBSE. A presentation on sustainable water services will be shared by Edward Clarke of Arup Associations and Norman Hurst of IBH Associates. Attendance at these sessions qualifies for CPD points.

ACE declares position on reverse auctioning for professional services

Providers of professional services in the built environment that find themselves involved in reverse auctioning situations are being encouraged to inform the Association for Consultancy & Engineering immediately.

AxAir Climate and Hitachi continue their long-standing partnership

AxAir Climate has signed an exclusive agreement to continue sales of Hitachi’s screw-compressor water chillers in the UK. The agreement, signed at Hitachi’s factory near Barcelona, also confirms that AxAir Climate will continue to build on its success in distributing Utopia, Summit and Monozone split system and Set Free VRF equipment.

Faber Maunsell and Bullen practices merge

Consulting-engineering practices Faber Maunsell and Bullen have been merged by US parent organisation AECOM.

Daikin reinforces its presence in Russian air-conditioning market

Daikin has set up an office in Moscow, moving from a sales system based on outside distributors to one incorporating its own marketing initiatives. The office is under the management of Daikin Europe NV and has a staff of nine, including two from Japan and seven local employees.

fan test
Biggest high-temperature fan test

BSRIA’s largest high-temperature fan test to date was for a 2.5 t fan from F.lli Ferrari. It was tested at 400°C for 2 h to meet the F400 category of BS EN:12101-3, leading to CE marking. The fan had a 1.4 m-diameter impeller and 110 kW motor.

CPD accreditation for HVAC controls course

The training course in controls for HVAC services developed by the Building Controls Industry Association now has continuing professional development accreditation via the IEE and CIBSE. The course is administered by the Electrical Contractors;’ Association and was developed to provide controls training for industry engineers. It is also attracting a growing number of contractors and other industry-related professionals.

ECA listing for water-cooled VRF air conditioning

Daikin’s water-cooled VRVII heat-pump/heat-recovery air-conditioning equipment is now listed on the Energy Technologies List, so that it qualifies for Enhanced Capital Allowances.

Wolseley prepares to start construction work on new distribution centre

Plans for distributor Wolseley UK to building its national distribution centre at Spa Park in Leamington Spa have been approved.

RAC 05 Exhibition visitors swell by more than a third

Visitor attendance at RAC 05 exhibition at the beginning of March was up by more than 35% on the event two years ago. The audited figure was 7505 visitors, compared with 5467 to RAC 03.

Briggs & Forrester keeps up gold safety standard

Contractor Briggs & Forrester has won an RoSPA Occupational Health & Safety Award for the third consecutive year. The Gold Award was presented at the National Exhibition Centre.

Baxi Group expands into Spain and Portugal

Baxi Group has acquired Roca Heating, the market leader in residential heating equipment in Spain and Portugal, in a €200 million.