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SES’s high-flying apprentices

Nine apprentices from contractor SES flew high over the crowds recently at SED 2004. They were given the opportunity when powered-access-supplier Nationwide invited the company to provide operatives for fully accredited IPAF and CPCS training to be given live at the show.

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.

Planning for cost-effective upgrading

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

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.

Fife college
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 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.

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.

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.

Andover controls
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 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.

When it’s time for refurbishing...

Paul Ellyatt reviews the issues surrounding engineering services when refurbishing a building.

Refurbishment opportunities for humidification

Humidification is an increasingly important aspect of modern buildings. Lindsay Henderson considers how it can be added during refurbishment operations.

Refurbishing plant in-situ

With so much air-conditioning plant almost part of the fabric of the building, refurbishment can present major difficulties — a situation that has been addressed by Airedale Service.

Lightweight ducting takes weight off designer’s mind

The lightweight properties of Kingspan’s KoolDuct system of pre-insulated ducting have been exploited for the JD Wetherspoons pub/restaurant in Chichester.

Toshiba secures national air-conditioning refurbishment contracts

Toshiba split systems and VRF air-conditioning equipment are to be installed in refurbished and new stores of Boots The Chemists as part of a £1 million single end-user contract.

New refrigerant in old pipes

With the high-pressure refrigerant R410A increasingly being used in new air-conditioning equipment, Daikin offers guidance on the use of pipework originally installed for R22 and R407C.

Dual-tapped boilers match DHW and heating needs

The conversion of a carpet warehouse in Eastbourne to a community centre is one of the first installations of Keston’s recently launched C90/C110 wall-mounted, modulating gas-fired commercial condensing boilers. Three C90 boilers were specified for the Kings Church Community Centre, which is used by a variety of organisations from children’s playgroups to indoor sports.

Adaptable lighting helps Tesco add floor area to existing stores

To enable additional sales area to be added to its existing stores, supermarket giant Tesco has designed a mezzanine concept using a customised Riegens Lighting package. The system creates an innovative continuous lighting concept for the underside of the mezzanine.

Bank cuts running costs of air conditioning

A more stable and comfortable environment has been achieved in a bank in Grantham following the replacement of the existing air-conditioning system with new Mitsubishi Mr Slim R410A Power Inverters.

Hotel check-in activates room services for guests

The refurbished Great Western Hotel at Paddington Station in London now has bedroom heating and air conditioing activated as the guest checks in.

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Heating system harmonises with concert-hall refurbishment

Engineered skid-mounted plant was selected as the most effective and reliable means of providing hot water for the space-heating requirement of a refurbished concert hall at the University of Leeds. The Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall is due to open later this year in time for the university’s centenary.

How Biddle Air Systems developed its quieter fan-coil unit

Noisy fan-coil units can be the bane of an air-conditioning system, and it is not always easy to reduce that noise. Now Biddle Air Systems has tackled the problem from first principles.

Keeping a cool head about

Stuart Maddock considers what is available for designing an air conditioning system for a commercial/residential site and gives some pointers in what to look for in terms of products.

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Speculative flexibility and reliability

Even if speculative office buildings are not at the cutting edge of services design, better-than-statutory standards of energy efficiency can be achieved — as one of the City of London’s biggest speculative developments in recent years demonstrates.

Skills shortage or skills gap?

How does SummitSkills perceive the staffing situation in the building-services sector, and how is the recently formed organisation planning to tackle the issues? We found out from Keith Marshall and Simon Bartley.

Energy minister stresses energy efficiency to meet carbon targets

Better energy efficiency from buildings has been declared by Energy Minister Stephen Timms as even more important than increasing the use of renewable energy in helping meet goals to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions set out in last year’s Energy White Paper. Speaking at ‘Resource 04 — low carbon showcase’ conference and exhibition at BRE, he called for a doubling of the rate of improvement in energy efficiency compared to recent decades.

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Move back to wet cooling boosts BAC Balticare sales

BAC Balticare, the sales, contracting and services arm of Baltimore Aircoil has reported 25% higher orders than last year for cooling-tower systems. This success is in the face of a flat air-conditioning market and lack of new projects in refrigeration and industrial process cooling.

Hills meets gold standard for installing security systems

Hills Integrated Systems (HIS) has received NACOSS Gold approval from the National Security Inspectorate for the installation of electronic security systems — including access control. CCTV and intruder alarms.

Extended opportunities for apprentices

SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for building-services engineering, has welcomed the revamp of the apprenticeship programme announced by Charles Clarke, Secretary of State for Education & Skills.

HBOS extends interest in GSH for three years

In an expansion of its successful business partnership, HBOS Plc has awarded George S. Hall a full-service facilities-management control for 1200 of its retail site across England and Wales.

CIBSE announces Carbon 60 winner

The winner of the competition to reduce carbon emissions from CIBSE’s headquarters buildings in Balham, London, by 60% is team from Fulcrum Consulting. Its members are Kate Crawford, Chani Leahong, Susie Woollett, David Frank and Nick Boid.

Management buyout for Beeston Heating

Beeston Heating is looking to a new future following a management buyout by Keith Steven, who has been appointed chairman, and Peter Nears, sales and marketing director.

Lighting a listed church

A range of innovative new lighting effects has been created for this Grade 2 listed church in Middlesbrough by consulting engineers Black & Veatch of Stockton. Utilising a multitude of colours, mosaics, picture representations and specially designed dimmers and fittings, the practice has enabled the Sacred Heart Church to introduce light settings for various pieces of music and events.

Jay Fernandez
Space Airconditioning wins success in motorcycle sponsorship

Space Airconditioning’s sponsored motorcycle racer Jay Fernandez has secured his first win in the 2004 MRO Powerbike Tour Championship. His success came in the third race of the season at Oulton Park.

Inviron takes on taxing project schedule for Inland Revenue project

Inviron’s Washington branch in Tyne & Wear has started work on a £9 million contract for the Inland Revenue and Department of Work & Pensions at Benton Park View, Long Benton. The contract requires completion within 12 months of the start date and was awarded by main contractor Interserve Building Projects for the supply of M&E services for four new 3-storey office block and a restaurant.

Production boost for flexible piping

To help meet the growing demand for polybutene pipe, Basell, a member of the Polybutene Piping Systems Association, has opened the world’s largest polybutene-1 plant in The Netherlands.

GSH swells its apprentice intake

Facilities management provider George S. Hall is increasing its commitment to training apprentices by allocating 45 places in its Building Engineering Services Training Programme (BEST) for 2004/05. The move reflects the need to bring new skills and talent into the industry to tackle the national shortage of apprentices undertaking structured training in various technical fields.

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LG promotional activity races away

LG is continuing its successful partnership with Eurosport in sponsoring the LG Super Racing Weekends 2004, with the pan-European event coming to Donnington Park in late June. The sponsorship with Eurosport provides an ideal platform for LG Electronics to showcase its products on a European level. LG branding will be prominent on the awards podium, in pit lanes and on the circuit itself.

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London development becomes largest office PV system

The photovoltaic roof on a new project in London will cover around 600 m2 and generate enough electricity to power the public lighting areas of the Spitalfields Bishops Square project in London. It is set to become the largest office solar installation in the UK, thanks to a £180 000 grant awarded by the Energy Saving Trust and the DTI. The grant will cover 40% of the PV installation costs.

Andy Worrall Thompson
Air cleaners in London restaurant welcome smokers and non-smokers

The installation of Honeywell air cleaners in a Notting Hill restaurant have boosted takings in the smoking area by 14%.

Exploiting the economic benefits of heat pumps

The use of Calorex heat-pump technology to cool kitchens and cellars and put the extracted heat into domestic hot water has demonstrated its effectiveness in three applications.

Lighting that meets the energy-efficiency challenge

Harmonising natural and artificial lighting in the new headquarters of John Wiley & Sons has reduced the installed lighting load by 40%. John Attard gives the details.

Gilberts helps anti-virus war

The global headquarters of virus-protection-software company Sophos features over 1000 m of linear slot diffusers with insulated plenums supplied by Gilberts. Linear bar grilles with narrow borders have also been installed, as well as chassis-type swirl diffusers.

Apreco helps Hong Kong hospitals fight SARS

By maintaining negative pressures in isolation rooms in leading Hong Kong hospitals, Apreco’s VARI-centric air-pressure stabilisers are helping to contain new SARS infections.

Fire-rated ductwork in Docklands

A £600 000 contract to provide smoke-extract and ventilation services for a new 14-storey office building in London’s Docklands has been completed by Fire Protection Ltd. The building is owned by Canary Wharf and leased to McGraw Hill.

Coventry hospital
ABB drives help boost energy efficiency of new hospital

Matched pairs of high-efficiency motors and drives serving the ventilation system in block A of the new hospital in Coventry will reduce energy consumption by over 1400 MWh a year when it comes into service in 2006. Such savings represent 50% compared to traditional control methods such as throttling valves and vanes. Similar savings are expected in two more planned blocks.