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Following the recent securing of its biggest-ever national maintenance and support contract with a leading financial-services provider, Pickerings Lifts has enhanced its maintenance and support programme — with the goal of offering best-in-class service for the UK lift industry.
Andy Haynes
Building-management systems are the key to capitalising on investment in intelligent buildings says ANDY HAYNES.
According to the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), the UK market has recorded its best year since it started analysing the building-controls industry in 1991. The total value of products, installed systems, and service and maintenance supplied by controls and BMS companies operating in the UK home market during 2004 equalled £489 million.
Open systems increase the complexity of building-management systems, making their commissioning a more demanding process. JOHN REID examines the issues.
DALI
Simmtronic has expanded its SPECS3 range of addressable lighting controls for corporate development projects where DALI electronic ballasts are specified.
Touch control
Trend’s IQView touchscreen user interface for controlling building-management systems immediately ‘learns’ the structure of the Trend BMS to which it is connected and can then be quickly configured to give different levels of user access.
sensors
Trend has launched a wireless space-temperature sensor and receiver which are said to provide the lowest-cost solution for most applications. Even on relatively small systems, says Trend, there is a saving of up to 60% to be made using these controllers compared with conventional wired sensors.
Tridium has developed what is described as a breakthrough in control for building-services plant for use by OEMs. It is based on Tridium’s Niagara open framework.
Home
Mentmore Homes is installing intelligent building controls from ABB in a prestigious project in Gerrards Cross, Bucks. The Georgian-style exterior of the £2.8 million, 5/6 bedroom homes hides a luxury development featuring a home cinema, gym and sauna.
Coster
Schools throughout West Sussex are being helped to achieve more efficient environmental control by the council’s property department. The team, based in Chichester and led by Tony Farrant, head of engineering and environmental services, provides advice and guidance for some 400 schools and operators of many other buildings.
Controllers
A Honeywell Hometronics wireless home-automation system controls a 19-zone heating system and the domestic hot water in a large private home in Stanmore, Greater London.
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The launch of a new extranet web site to provide fast, easy and secure access to developments in the Desigo PX range of modular HVAC controllers from Siemens Building Technologies was among the highlights of the first Desigo certified partner conference at the company’s factory at Zug in Switzerland.



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Wellbeing and building services

Building services have a significant part to play in improving the wellbeing of occupants in offices. 

Part 2: Holding onto specifications

Alan Jamieson discusses how to keep specifications intact from the design to the completion, a common challenge in M&E engineering. 

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