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Controls and BMS sector moves to rise its profile

39 specialists in controls and building-management systems have come together to encourage their more effective application.

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Planning for cost-effective upgrading

Investing in a new BMS system is a major decision for most organisations.

Richard Urwin considers how to make the most of that investment.

Andy Thorn
Achieving the benefits of condition-based maintenance

Condition-based maintenance is much less costly than taking action only when plant fails. Building-management systems are a vital tool in exploiting its benefits, as Andy Thorn explains.

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Making light work of lighting management

Lighting is a major user of energy in office buildings, and is frequently provided whether it is needed or not — and at the same high level. Neil Jones explains how a building’s electrical load can be cut by 25%.

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Building-management systems as the key to energy-efficient buildings and reducing greenhouse gases

The key to the Government’s target of reducing carbon-dioxide emissions by 20% is already in place in many buildings. The key is to use building-mangement systems effectively, argues Alan Aldridge.

Trend
Trend provides speculative flexibility in Docklands

All heating and air-conditioning services in a major speculative office development in London’s Docklands are controlled and monitored by a Trend building-management system using Ethernet TCP/IP to provide flexibility for owner and tenants.

Sales of controls and BMS reach record levels

The product content of controls and building-management systems rose by 7.5% from 2002 to 2003 to reach £67.2 million — the highest since the Building Controls Group started producing market statistics in 1991. Total product sales rose by 2.3% to £82.5 million.

Hager
Enhanced Capital Allowances boost benefits of digital lighting control

The total cost of installing Hager’s Klik DCS digital-lighting-control system can now be claimed as a taxable allowance under the Government’s Enhanced Capital Allowances scheme.

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Honeywell exploits waste heat from telecomms stations

Waste heat from telecommunications equipment supplies the total heating needs of a home in a 130-year-old water tower, thanks to the use of Honeywell heating controls. Owner Russell Harris converted Lymm Tower in Cheshire into a modern family home.

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Dublin development exploits benefits of integration

The integration of a wide range of building-management functions is conservatively estimated to have saved 40% over a comparable multi-system solution for a major commercial development near Dublin.

Tridium
Tridium takes control at world’s tallest apartment block

The world’s tallest apartment block, the 21st Century Tower in Dubai, is the latest development to feature a web-serving building-services control solution from Tridium.

Inviron brings benefits of open system to NHS Trust

The open-systems business of contractor Inviron is installing an integrated building system in the new Sandwell and West Birmingham Ambulatory Care Centre. Considerable long-term benefits are expected in terms of functionality and freedom from being locked into a single manufacturer.