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BB101, schools, ventilation, mechanical heat recovery, HRU, CIBSE TM57, Eco-Airvent
Take a deep breath

The long-awaited BB101 2018 was released on 24th August 2018 and it is the largest change in ventilation design regulation and guidance since 2006.

Franz Huelle, high rise, noise pollution, acoustic drainage, Part E of the Building Regulations, Rehau
The sound of SILENCE

Space is now at a premium in urban areas, and we’re seeing more and more buildings being constructed upwards resulting in people having to live in closer proximity to one another. Additionally, high rise apartments in densely populated areas are expensive and this in turn creates a much greater expectation on the performance of the building. 

FM, BESA National Conferece, Steve Tomkins, CIBSE FM Group, Geoff Prudence, SFG20
FMs in the lead

Facilities management professionals must develop their leadership skills and take greater responsibility for what goes on in buildings following the Grenfell fire tragedy, according to CIBSE FM Group chair Geoff Prudence.

BIM, Paul Arnold, off-site, Remeha
Benefits of BIM in working buildings

The UK building sector and heating in particular has been identified as having the greatest potential for significantly reducing emissions to meet the nation’s stringent reduction target by 2050. And with a staggering 80% of the total lifetime costs of a commercial building spent on its operation and maintenance there are added economic incentives for improving building efficiency.

No excuses for no maintenance

People offer countless excuses for failing to maintain HVAC plant – ‘It’s too expensive… too disruptive… too timeconsuming… too difficult… too much effort’, the justifications go on. The arguments in favour of maintenance are, however, powerful and the cost is absurdly low when compared with the cost of dealing with a catastrophic equipment failure.

IFRS16, office, office as a service, Cushman and Wakefield, Coworking, British Council for Offices, BCO
The flexible future

Building design influences human behaviour. But business and working trends also have an impact on the requirements for buildings, and the office is no exception. MBS reports.

Albion Valves UK, manual valves, automated valves, refurbishment, Les Littlewood
The refurb solution

In uncertain economic times, refurbishment and retrofit offer excellent solutions for building owners and the construction industry. Les Littlewood highlights some cost-effective approaches.

Ecodesign, ErP, Energy Related Products Directive, NOx, Defra, pollution, water heaters, Dan Martindale, Andrews Water Heaters
Ecodesign influence

With new Ecodesign requirements under ErP coming into force this September, specifiers are under pressure to ensure that heating system upgrades are compliant. Dan Martindale argues that replacing existing atmospheric water heaters with new ultralow NOx models may be the easiest and most cost-effective way of meeting the new regulations.

NOx, Remeha, CHP, maintenance, Mike Hefford
Take care of your CHP

In buildings with a high and constant demand for heat and power, CHP offers a long-term solution to significant financial savings and low carbon heat. But to optimise the benefits, planned maintenance is key, as Mike Hefford explains.

Chris Caton, Ideal Commercial, replacement, boiler, cascade, open vented, sealed
Plan for performance

Chris Caton shows that with careful planning, a replacement install can ensure longevity and reliability in heating and hot water systems that have reached the end of their life.

Jason Tinsley, Mitsubishi Electric, MEES, ErP, EPC, Lot21, F-Gas, R22, Energy related Products, chiller
It’s time to think about changing up your chiller

With MEES, ErP, EPC, Lot21 and F-Gas now a stark reality for building operators, 2018 may be the best time to look at upgrading your old chiller system. Jason Tinsley explains more.

Commercial Flue Cleaning and Maintenance Services (CFCM), flue, chimney systems, chimney, John Hammett, British Standard 4076:1989
A clean sweep

Flue and chimney systems need inspecting and cleaning at regular intervals. John Hamnett looks at some of the key issues around maintenance programmes.

Frese, PICV, pressure independent, small flow paths, Stephen Hart, two port control, Variable Flow
Small but smart

Stephen Hart explains that while small flow paths in two port control valves can be unavoidable, the risks can be mitigated by smart system design and product selection.