Modern Building Services
Putting a new front on services design

If the design of building services is considered early enough, it can almost become part of the building fabric rather than added later — with considerable benefits, as a landmark building in Germany demonstrates.

Two shows you must not miss

Everyone who needs to keep up to date with developments in the HVACR industry must make sure they visit H&V07 and RAC07 from 27 February to 1 March.

A new approach to adding ‘thermal mass’ to buildings

A new approach to increasing the thermal inertia of buildings, which can also be retro-fitted, has been developed and tested by DuPont.

Clean ventilation systems are efficient ventilation systems

Energy efficiency seems to be the only game in town at the moment, but that doesn’t mean we can ignore health, safety and productivity issues, says NIGEL EDWARDS-HUGHES.

Unravelling the complexities of Part L2 for boilers

RICHARD WALKER, explains why the changes to Part L of the Building Regulations were necessary and how they affect the selection of boiler plant.

Releasing the full potential of condensing boilers

Sales of condensing boilers to in the commercial market are approaching 50% — but STUART PURCHASE is concerned that they are not able to realise their full potential.

Beyond weather compensation

Do you fancy reducing your heating bills by 20 per cent? PETER JENNINGS believes he has the answer.

Exploiting condensing technology in refurbishment projects

There are undoubted benefits to installing condensing technology in existing buildings, but it is a much more complex matter than simply swapping over the boiler says STEPHEN LAWS.

Welsh council teams up with Glow-worm on long-term boiler-replacement programme

As part of its obligation to meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard introduced by the Welsh Assembly in 2002, Torfaen County Borough Council in South Wales is working with boiler manufacturer Glow-worm to replace boilers in its housing stock of some 8500 units.

Stainless-steel flue system

CCL Lindab now offers a stainless-steel flue system for commercial and domestic applications. It can be used with gas- or oil-fired boilers and industrial air heaters.

Clyde on the menu at Jamie Oliver’s new Fifteen Cornwall

Integrated into the environmentally aware services of Fifteen Cornwall, the restaurant inspired by Jamie Oliver at Watergate Bay near Newquay, are high-efficiency boilers and calorifiers from Clyde Energy Solutions.

Hoval boilers fire up Arsenal Football Club

A total of 19 Hoval gas-fired condensing boilers have been installed at the Emirates Stadium of Arsenal Club to serve heating and hot-water systems. Key factors in the specification of the Ultragas AM-c 500 boilers by consulting engineers Buro Happold were their high efficiency and compact design, optimising the use of plant-room space.

Viessmann acquires leading manufacturer of biomass boilers

Viessmann has expanded its capabilities in the market for biomass-fuelled boiler and CHP with the acquisition of Austrian manufacturer Mawera. This company has a turnover of E30 million and has been awarded prizes for innovation by the Austrian and Bavarian state governments.

Manifold kits simplify boiler installation

To simplify installation, Hamworthy Heating has improved the water manifold kits used with its Wessex ModuMax range of gas-fired boilers.

Ferroli Partners Progress Housing Group

Social housing in the north west of England is being refurbished using high-efficiency boilers supplied by Ferroli. The company is working with the property services division of Progress Housing Group and is supplying condensing combination boilers from its Optimax and Maxima ranges, together with a service package that includes next-day call out, free training for Progress’s gas heating engineers and sponsorship of its apprenticeship scheme.

Dimplex provides electric boiler solution for homes

The Dimplex Ascari fully modulating electric boiler for domestic heating systems does not require a flue and is said to be ideal for heating smaller properties — especially in multi-occupancy buildings where the design does not allow for gas ventilation but wet radiators are the preferred choice. It is said to be ideally to areas offering Economy 10 and other similar tariffs.

Vaillant shows way to Decent Homes in Greenwich

As part its Decent Homes programme, the London Borough of Greenwich has installed Vaillant ecoTEC plus high-efficiency combi boilers to modernise 36 maisonettes. They were installed by K&T Heating services and flued using Vaillant’s variable termination kits, enabling the flue outlet to be resited away from the boiler to reduce the impact of nuisance pluming.

Raising the standards of warm-air heating

Modern, well insulated large-space buildings require lower heat inputs to their warm air heating systems — but heat distribution must cover much wider areas. ERIC FENTON explains how this can be achieved without extensive ductwork.

The opportunities of refurbishment

Refurbishment work is affected by the Building Regulations more than ever before. It can be a minefield, but IAN ADAMS explains how to chart a safe path.

Sharp landing for energy costs at Belfast International Airport

Annual energy savings of over 1000 MWh are expected at Belfast International Airport following the refurbishment of a number of air-handling units. The work includes the retrofitting of variable speed drives to the fans of these AHUs. Carbon emissions will be reduced by over 500 t a year.

Give your lighting a health check

Replacing the lighting system provides a wonderful opportunity for giving an office a fresh look and increasing productivity and well being. Hugh King’s health check will help you consider your refurbishment options.

Retrofit air-conditioning achieves Part L compliance

Faced with retrofitting air conditioning into a prestigious central-London address, Air Conditioning Solutions (ACS) replaced the existing cooling-only system with five Mitsubishi Electric PURY-P City Multi heat-recovery units. Gloucester Place Business Centre in London’s West End is an elegant 5-storey period building which combines old with new. Each office of this multi-tenanted building still has the original Edwardian fireplaces, for example.

Stokvis air-handling units make sports halls multi-functional

Econo-Air air-handling units have been supplied by Stokvis Energy Systems for projects at three schools in the West Midlands to enable the use of sports halls to be increased.

Replacement issues for air conditioning

New Government regulations place increasing pressure on a building’s owners or users to control and reduce energy use, coupled with stricter requirements on indoor air quality. How do they affect building services in the renovation and conversion markets, and should you replace an ancient air-conditioning system that still seems to work well? PHIL ORD explains more.

Daikin is star performer at National Film Theatre

As part of the comprehensive refurbishment of the British Film Institute’s National Film Theatre complex on London’s South Bank, Daikin VRV inverter-controlled heat-recovery systems have been installed in many of the new features and special areas.

The spare-parts issue

Managing the maintenance, repair and operations of any commercial building is a balancing act for the engineers, facilities managers and contractors involved. Tom Wilson discusses the value that distributors can bring to the maintenance and repair operation.

Preparing for the F-gas regulation

F-gases (HFCs) do a wonderful job inside chillers, but they are very unkind to the environment if they escape. ADRIAN TREVELYAN explains the forthcoming regulation to contain F-gases — and how they are an opportunity rather than a threat.

Parkersell delivers electrical services for University of Wales

As part of the upgrading of halls of residence at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, Parkersell is rewiring the halls and inspecting and testing the fixed wiring. Parkersell is also carrying out emergency-lighting work.

OCS wins major City of London maintenance contract for three years

OCS Engineers has won a new 3-year care contract to maintain the headquarters of the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The deal builds on a 3-year relationship which began when OCS’s predecessor (BES) won the initial LCCI contract.

Weatherite refurbishes air conditioning for news shops

Weatherite Building Services Group has completed the refurbishment of air-conditioning system for Supernews shops in Keighley and Sheffield. The projects were part of a major facelift programme of more than a hundred T&S Supercigs shops acquired from Tesco two years ago.

AMEC continues upgrade programme with M&S

AMEC is to manage a multi-million programme to redevelop two stores for Marks & Spencer in Liverpool and Edinburgh. The work follows the completion this year of seven remodelled stores in Bury, Dumfries, Handforth, Blackpool, Darlington, Workington and Pudsey in time for the peak trading period before Christmas.

The importance of refurbishment

Had you realised that an air-conditioning system installed 10 years ago is around 75% less efficient than today’s state-of-the art systems? Likewise, had you realised that many general lighting systems can readily be upgraded to reduce their power consumption by 20% or more by replacing luminaires or improving lighting controls?

MBS harnesses the power of the Internet for building-services recruitment

Modern Building Services is exploiting the communications capabilities of the Internet to help readers find new positions to further their careers — and, at the same time, help employers fill vacancies more quickly than ever before.

Girl lands plumb job with M & E contractor

School leaver Rachael Calland has joined Cruden Mechanical Services of Warrington as an apprentice plumbing and heating engineer. She was one of two apprentices recruited this year from a shortlist of 10 school leavers who applied for apprenticeships with the company during the summer.

IPHE man takes up the Anneka challenge

Working with Anneka Rice in an area in Sri Lanka devastated by the Tsunami on Boxing Day in 2004 is ‘possibly the hardest thing I have ever done’ — says Dave Woodcock, an area co-ordinator and member of the Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering.

The ups and downs of new construction orders

Despite sudden and sharp falls in new construction orders in the private-commercial and private-industrial sectors for the 12 months to October 2006, these sectors still display strong long-term growth — according to figures from the Department of Trade & Industry.

CIBSE national conference

The Stern Review and the Climate Change Bill are both on the agenda of CIBSE’s national conference for 2007. With the theme ‘The business of change’, the conference is at The Hotel Russell in central London on 24 and 25 April.

HVCA prepares to meet sustainability demand

A perceived demand for sustainable solutions has prompted the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association to develop an agenda for action on sustainability. Its primary focus is on the design, installation and maintenance of low- and zero-carbon (LZC) technologies.

HRP hosting R22 seminars

A series of free seminars on the phase out of R22 as a refrigerant is being run by wholesaler HRP. Over half of refrigerant used in the UK is R22. Production will be dramatically reduced by December 2009 and from 2012 the use of virgin R22 and refrigerants based on R22 will be banned.

MITIE supports education in Surrey

MITIE has boosted its association with Surrey Education Business Partnership with Andy White from MITIE Engineering in Farnham volunteering as a mentor to pupils at Ash Manor School in Ash, Surrey.

Major skills review gives responsibility to employers

A report prepared for HM Treasury recommending moving further towards an employer-led education and skills system has been welcomed by SummitSkills as a ‘major turning point’ for the building-services-engineering sector.

LG puts perspective on F-gas Regulation

A total of 5000 to 8000 qualified handlers of refrigerants in air-conditioning systems will be required to meet the requirements of the F-gas Regulation which comes into effect on 4 July 2007 — that was the message of Graham Hendra, technical manager with LG’s air-conditioning division in the UK to nearly 200 contractors, consultants and property managers at its recent series of road shows in Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Spotlight falls on zero-carbon homes

The vision of the Chancellor Gordon Brown of zero carbon emissions from every new home in the UK has thrown into the spotlight a range of Government initiatives. Clarification by the Treasure after the pre-Budget statement defined a zero-carbon home as one that does not make an overall contribution to global warming. One incentive is for zero-carbon homes to be exempt from stamp duty.

Newcastle and North Tyneside LIFT project moves to second phase

Robertson Construction North East England Ltd has reached financial close on the second tranche of a Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) project in Newcastle and North Tyneside.

HVCA declares commitment to 2012 Olympic Games

The Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association has become a signatory to the construction commitments charter developed by the Strategic Forum for Construction in relationship to the 2012 Olympic Games.

Marstair majors on Quartz brand for chilled water

To advance its strategy for developing its chilled-water business, Marstair has consolidated all chilled-water products under the Quartz brand and dropped the Airking brand.

PME retains ABN Amro contract

PME, the facilities services company of Carillion, has been re-awarded a major contract by leading financial organisation ABN Amro in competitive. tender.

Growing relationships between clients and contractors increases project satisfaction

A continuing trend towards clients working more closely with M&E contractors has seen procurement based on lowest cost almost halve from 31% in 2001 to 16% in 2006, according to the latest Key Performance Indicators compiled by BSRIA.

Heatrae Sadia passes half-million mark for sales of unvented hot-water cylinders

Recent rapid growth in the market for unvented water heating has seen sales of Heatrae Sadia’s Megaflo cylinders pass the half-million mark since the company started making them in 1994.

Hattersley’s new web site

Hattersley’s revamped web site now provides technical information on the company’s entire product range in a straightforward format that makes it easy to navigate through the different valve types. Over 200 valves are included, with photographs and technical details such as pressure and temperature rating, service ratings, test pressures, material specifications, dimensions and weights.

There are also contact details of distributors by geographical location. A printed copy of Hattersley’s product catalogue can also be ordered from the site.