Modern Building Services
Panaloc shows how it is streets ahead in offsite construction

Not only were these houses in Salford erected in just seven days, but the project in Vincent Street of the Higher Broughton area won for Taylor Woodrow the prize for housing innovation at the Quality in Construction Awards.

Carrier responds to persistent increases in the price of raw-materials

Increases in the cost of raw materials have led to Carrier Corporation announcing a 5% increase in the price of all Carrier brand products in the UK.

Exor teams up with Electrical Contractors’ Association

Exor Management Services has teamed up with the Electrical Contractors’ Association to provide members with an easier route to wider public-sector accreditation and broader recognition of the quality standards that members have already achieved.

Low Carbon Consultants scheme receives UKAS Accreditation

UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) has awarded personnel certification to CIBSE Accreditation for its Low Carbon Consultants Scheme.

LG plans for a greener future

LG is planning to boost its research-and-development division by 70% during the coming year and its sales staff by 40% — and is promising a series of launches of environmentally considerate equipment.

Balfour Kilpatrick wins major fire-service contract

Balfour Kilpatrick has been awarded a £3.1 million contract to provide M&E services for the new headquarters of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service in Sheffield city centre.

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The wedding must go on

Faced with having to cancel a wedding reception when the temperature pressure relief valve in its H&V system cut out, a large Devon hotel eventually managed to source a valve from the Bristol branch of WF Electrical, having failed to find another supplier that could deliver that day. The part was delivered by motorcycle courier so that services could be restored, including catering facilities.

Nu-Way fires up series of burner training courses

Nu-Way’s burner training courses for 2008 include the maintenance and service of blown gas burners and the operation of pressure-jet oil burners and controls.

Davis Langdon team ‘grims’ and bears it

An intrepid team of 28 from project and cost consultancy Davis Langdon has raised around £25 000 for charity by taking part in the Grim Challenge at Aldershot training barracks. The challenge consists of an 8 mile race around the very muddy assault course, involving running, crawling and wading through waist-deep water. The water was particularly deep for this challenge at the beginning of December as it was the wettest year the event has taken place.

SES builds on partnership with Darlington Education Village

As part of its partnership with Darlington Education Village, the north-east office of building-services provider SES attended a careers fair for year-10 pupils. The aim of the partnership is to minimise the inherent skills shortage in the region in the engineering and construction industry and to contribute to the professional development and improvement of employment opportunities of young people in the area. SES also aims to highlight the wide-ranging and exciting career opportunities available.

Heatrae Sadia Heating responds to challenges to electric heating market

To address new challenges in electric heating, Heatrae Sadia has restructured its sales and marketing teams.

Complying with Part M

Legrand has prepared a brochure on compliance with Part M of the Building Regulations (access to and use of buildings). Steve Willmore, Legrand’s regulations and standards manager, explains, ‘Part M has been around for a considerable length of time, but as it’s only applicable to applications for Building Regulations submitted after 1 May 2004, it means that only recently has it begun to have a major impact on the market.

Underfloor heating

Wavin Plastics has launched a series of literature covering its Genius Osma underfloor heating products for commercial and industrial applications. There are five Osma underfloor heating systems.

F-gas Regulation

The British Refrigeration Association has produced a practical guide to the F-gas Regulation to inform the refrigeration user supply chain of its obligations. It covers the following aspects of the regulation.

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Air curtains

There are 10 new air curtains in the 2008 catalogue from JS Air Curtains. The company says its range is now the widest in the UK and includes air curtains for all applications, from economic electric units up to powerful industrial units for doorways up to 5 m high.

Electrical products

Information of all Elkay Electrical products, in-cluding its new Energyrange, is now available on the company’s new-look web site.

Fans and ventilation products

Elta Fans Building Services has launched the fourth edition of its Select catalogue, bringing together a wide range of fans and associated ventilation products. The catalogue includes Elta’s stocked range of axial, mixed-flow, centrifugal and roof-mounted products for next-day delivery.

Mains-fed water coolers

PHS Waterlogic has launched a new web site covering its mains-fed water dispensers. It provides information about these products and an ordering system.

Solar water heating

‘The solar heating and design guide’ from the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association offers comprehensive information on the specification, design and installation of solar heating systems. It runs to 162 pages and has been compiled to assist professional heating engineers with hot-water systems that principally use heat energy from the Sun.

Flues and chimneys

The new web site of Schiedel Rite-Vent has sections specifically created for specifiers, heating engineers and merchants.

More London
Off-site construction takes less time for More London

Off-site construction of building services facilities speeded up the build programme, reduced site traffic, and minimised on-site health and safety risk for a prestigious London office development.

Cruise operator can cruise through power outages

Security of power for the communications room of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line is now provided by a standby generator system from Scorpion Power Systems. Specified by consultants Meinhardt UK and purchased through BW Interiors, the generator will automatically support the company’s system if there is a protracted power outage.

Belgian bank invests in evaporative cooling

Five Breezair coolers installed in the headquarters of Fortis Bank’s headquarters in Brussels has reduced temperatures by around 8 K. Previously, temperatures on the top floor of this building in the centre of Brussels could reach over 34°C. The Breezair units are installed outside the building, with cool, moist air delivered to the open-plan offices via textile ducts.

Remote reading of energy meters enables households in Oldham to halve their heating energy bills

Technology developed by Sensus Metering Systems will enable 2500 households in Oldham served by district-heating schemes to be billed for the heating energy they use, rather than being billed a fixed amount. Some households are already seeing their heating bills halved compared to the previous unmetered supply.

Simmtronic wins major lighting-control contract at Canary Wharf

Simmtronic has won a contract to supply fully addressable lighting controls for a new building in London’s Canary Wharf. Every luminaire in the 28 000 m2 of 20 Churchill Place will be under DALI control. In addition, all emergency luminaires will incorporate DALI control inverters to make possible automatic testing. The contract was awarded by PIP Electrics.

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Fläkt Woods provides the full treatment for medical centre

Fläkt Woods has completed an air-conditioning upgrade project for the national distribution centre of Baxter Healthcare in Northampton, which handles medical products. Following an inspection of the existing system, Fläkt Woods proposed two EU air-handling units to replace the existing units.

A Vision in radiant heating

AmbiRad Vision radiant-tube heaters have replaced an oil-fed warm-air system in the factory of steel-products manufacturer Troax. Not only do these heaters provide zoned heating in this 3500 m2 high-roof building, but they also control condensation to keep stored steel dry and prevent rust.

Rehau helps exploit ground energy in the Highlands

With no mains gas available for a remote building in the Highlands of Scotland and difficult access for vehicles to deliver oil, a ground-source heat pump was installed to provide heating and hot water.

Flex Connectors makes light work of lighting

The installation benefits of Flex Connectors’ solutions for lighting connection and control have resulted in the use of its Flex 7 range throughout the new £20 million single campus of Tresham Institute at Kettering.

Variable-speed drives make for successful refurbishment

The latest methods of installing building-management systems by using local distribution boards serving inverter-driven plant and localised outstations has proved highly successful for the redevelopment of Unilever House in London. This approach eliminated the use of centralised motor-control panels.

Oventrop TRVs help preserve aesthetics in Voysey House

To improve control of the heating systems and save energy of Voysey House in Chiswick,

BBC Scotland benefits from Kingspan pipe insulation

The new headquarters of BBC Scotland is one of the latest projects to use Kooltherm pipe insulation and insulated pipe supports from Kingspan Tarec Industrial Insulation.

Tool specialist enjoys the benefits of Breezair evaporative cooling

Technicut, which designs, makes and supplies specialist rotary cutting tools, has overcome the problem of summer temperatures in machine shops reaching 32°C by installing Breezair evaporative cooling. Maximum temperature is now 26°C.

Keraflo float valves avoid stagnation in hospital cold-water storage tanks

Keraflo KP float valves have been installed on large pipes at Queen’s Hospital, Burton on Trent, to ensure the simultaneous filling of dual on-line 1500 litre cold-water storage tanks. Four valves serve four pairs of tanks that replace eight single tanks which had reached the end of their operational lives. Each new pair of tanks is installed in a separate block and supplies all hot down feed and domestic-cold-water services.

AHU with built-in condensers cut installation time for schools in Kent

The installation of Fläkt Woods EC air-handling units has saved installation time and cost for contractor Lorne Stewart working on contracts for schools in Kent by eliminating the need for separate heat-rejection plant. They utilise the extract airstream for heat rejection from a built-in condenser.

ABB drives maintain quality environment at Old Trafford

To provide reliable control of ventilation for corporate-hospitality lounges at Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium, ABB variable-speed drives have been installed to control fans in the air-conditioning system

John Lewis is never knowingly under efficient

The installation of a high-efficiency cooling system to serve the John Lewis store on London’s Oxford Street has provided more cooling capacity with no increase in electrical demand.

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Nu-Way on track at St Pancras International

Nu-Way modulating gas burners provide 6 MW of heat to serve the space-heating and DHW requirements of the new St Pancras International railway station in London. The XGN 3000 burners have been fitted into three Hartley & Sugden SCP750 Class 1 boilers.

Low-water-content heating saves energy on London’s South Bank

Quick-response energy-saving heating for a major new neighbourhood centre on London’s South Bank is provided by Jaga low-water-content Mini Canal trench heaters and Strada radiators.

New lighting will pay back its capital costs within two years

The payback on energy savings alone for a new lighting system in the automated distribution centre of Wincanton in Corby is estimated at less than two years. In addition, the longer relamping cycles of Chalmor Brilliance light fittings will reduce maintenance costs, shortening the payback to 1.6 years.

Danlers PIR occupancy switches will reduce energy consumption in new school

Passive infra-red occupancy switches designed and made by Danlers have been installed in the Merchants Academy School in Bristol. Scheduled to open soon, this school comprises seven buildings to provide facilities for over 1150 pupils. They switch on a connected load automatically when an area is occupied and switch it off again when the area has been vacated for a chosen period.

Pub chain installs Tends BMSs to reduce energy consumption

Marston’s Inns & Taverns is installing building-management systems from Trend Control Systems in 550 pubs in England and Wales to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and enhance comfort.

McQuay completes first phase of hospital contract

Air conditioning for Derby City General Hospital, which is being redeveloped by Skanska under a £333 million PFI project, will be provided by McQuay air-handling units and chillers.

Underfloor heating delivers discreet comfort for unique mining museum

Discreet underfloor heating in a mining museum in Northumberland provides modern comfort for visitors without distracting from the machinery and other trappings of a working colliery.

Reznor helps deliver efficient heating and cooling for City lawyers

An inaccessible basement plant room called for a lateral approach for installing a new heating system for one of the City Of London’s landmark buildings — 10 Queen Street Place, EC4, now occupied by European law firm S. J. Berwin.

FaberMaunsell delivers sustainable design for Bicton Arena

In designing a new management centre at the Grade I English Heritage listed Bicton Arena, for Clinton Devon Estates, consulting engineers FaberMaunsell had to take account of strict planning restrictions, as well as the client’s requirements for a sustainable building. The result is a building that exceeds the requirements of Part L 2006.

Grundfos helps clean up heating systems

Grundfos Pumps has formed a partnership with Adey Professional Heating Solutions to make available the MagnaClean Industrial magnetic filter to remove the sludge that creates poor system performance.

Fan convectors optimised for use with condensing boilers

Dunham Bush has made modifications to its Avant Garde range of fan convectors to enable them to operate with lower flow and return temperatures to maximise the energy-saving potential of condensing boilers.

Single-phase energy meter can interface with BMS

Carlo Gavazzi’s latest MID-certified (Measuring Instruments Directive) energy meter offers a cost-effective solution where single-phase sub-metering is required. The EM10-DIN has anti-tamper features so that it can be used for billing, cost allocation and sharing measurements to conform to EU and UK regulations.

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Circuit breakers can incorporate residual-current protection

The Series G range of enclosed moulded-case circuit breakers from Eaton Electric is suitable for the protection and control of large commercial and industrial loads. The range extends from 63 to 630A in single-pole, 3-pole and 4-pole variants. There are also versions with integral residual-current protection.