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Whole-life costing guides investment in energy efficiency

KATHRYN BOURKE and MIKE CLIFT discuss whole-life costing against the background of pressure from the Government for public-sector procurement to be based on this philosphy.

Why it pays to get the whole-cost picture at the start of a project

Multi service chilled beams can accelerate installation times, save energy and reduce maintenance, thereby dramatically cutting the whole life cost of an air conditioning system. GUY HUTCHINS explains.

The practical aspects of whole-life costing

JOHN LANGMAID puts the concept of whole-life costing into context against other evaluation processes that need to be undertaken during the design phase of a project.

Whole-life costing needs good energy management

Good energy-management practice not only reduces energy spend but also delivers buildings that are more productive to work in. IAN BUDD explains.

Engineered systems reduce energy costs

Energy savings of more than £3000 a year are being achieved following the replacement of five shell-and-tube calorifiers at Stafford General Hospital with Spirax EasiHeat engineered systems. The work has improved the supply of hot water to the main kitchen, and further savings are expected as more calorifiers are replaced in the future.

The Weather Shop
The forecast is good with Aspen Air Conditioning

Air conditioning to provide both heating and cooling for the new premises of the Weather Shop In Eastbourne is being provided with 30% lower power consumption than traditional system using heat-pump systems with inverter drives. They also use use the ozone-friendly refrigerant R410A.

Baxi Group demonstrates prototype micro CHP

Baxi Group has outlined its commitment to launching a product based on micro CHP (combined heat and power) within the next three years.

Andy Green
From whole-life costs to whole-life value

A new guide to ‘Achieving whole life value in infrastructure and buildings’ could play a key role in helping the construction industry answer the challenge laid down in the National Audit Office’s report on ‘Improving public services through better construction’, published in March.

Shower limiter reduces drain on energy use

The economic and effective operation of showers can be achieved using an automatic flow limiter from Arrow Valves. These devices are designed to be fitted to a standard shower hose or head to save water and energy.

Lighting in chilled beams sets new standards

Sophisticated lighting technology for multi-service chilled beams installed throughout BT’s new Internet Protocol Management Centre building at Adastral Park, Martlesham, was designed and made by Cooper Lighting & Security. This is believed to be the first time that such sophisticated lighting technology has been built into chilled beams.

Design considerations for pressure-boosting sets

With widespread reduction in mains water pressure, the demand for pressure boosting is increasing. PETER REYNOLDS explores the issues involved.

AquaTech enhances the scope of its variable-speed pump controller

AquaTech has launched the first generation of its 2020plus micro-processor for controlling variable-speed pumps. The software is sufficiently adaptive to be used with stand-alone inverter drives, panel-mounted drives and the latest motor units with integral inverters. Users thus have complete flexibility and preference for choosing drive and pump manufacturers.

Permanent magnets add to pump efficiency

Hamworthy Heating has launched a range of Biral pumps using permanent magnets. The P range of pumps is said to achieve energy savings of 30% at full load and up to 60% at part load. This feature makes them particularly for boilers and systems that modulate, have weather compensation, or condensing boilers.

Vertical inline pump installs into pipework

One of the key products in the newly defined range of pumps from Armstrong Holden Brooke Pullen is the Series 4300 vertical inline pump, fitted with suction guide and Flo-Trex valve. Key features are described as better life-cycle value, faster installation and easier maintenance. Flow rates are in excess of 630 l/s. Traditional base-mounted end-suction pumps are said to require up to three times more floor space than the Series 4300 equivalent, with extra time and cost incurred to create the inertia base.

Trinity Hall
KSB gives boost to sports activities at Cambridge

A multi-stage water-booster pump unit supplied by KSB to Trinity Hall, Cambridge, provides domestic hot water to showers in the sports pavilion at the college.

LPCB/BRE approval for Fire pumps

Three new Armstrong end-suction fire pumps have received LPCB/BRE approval. All have been specifically designed to comply with the LPC Technical Bulletin for ESFR installations.

Developing a new approach to cooling computer rooms

As the power of computing equipment grows, so too does its power density. The consequence is that the capabilities of computer-room air conditioning are reaching their limits.

Understanding the scope of the WEEE Directive

MIKE DUGGAN explains why guidance is needed on the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Directive and where you can find it.

Introducing the Modern Building Services recruitment web site

Finding and recruiting the right staff is a problem in any industry — and one that particularly besets the building-services industry with its skills shortages and skills gaps. Ultimately, of course, the long-term solution is to attract more people into the industry and to develop training programmes that are in keeping with the needs of both employers and their staff.

Whole-life costing for you

In our personal life, rather than our working life, few people buy anything on the basis of lowest price. CIBSE’s new president Donald Leeper neatly encapsulates the issue in his presidential address when he asserts that few of us use lowest price to decide which garage will service our car, let alone which surgeon will operate on our children.

Legionnaires’ case to go for retrial

Following a 10-week trial at Preston Crown Court, the jury failed to reach a verdict on seven charges of manslaughter against Gillian Beckingham caused by the outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in July and August 2002.

US company acquires Airedale

Airedale International has been acquired by Modine Manufacturing of the United Stares for around $38 million in cash. The purchase price is described by Modine as a ‘highly competitive 6.5 times Airedale’s 2004 normalised EBITDA’ [earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation]. Airedale’s financial position is described as ‘debt-free with strong balance sheet’.

OCS Technical expands with acquisition

OCS Technical has acquired Building Environmental Services (BES) in a deal that will strengthen and consolidate OCS Technical’s share of the market in mechanical and electrical engineering. The expertise of OCS Technical includes maintenance, design and installation.

40 000 SKILLcards issued to industry

The 40 000th person to be issued with an Engineering Services SKILLcard is a service and maintenance engineer with Johnson Controls at South Queensferry in Scotland. George Bridges was presented with his card by Mike Taylor, president of the Heating & Ventilating Contractors’ Association.

Beetham Tower
SE Controls reaches higher in Liverpool

A networked smoke-ventilation system for the tallest residential building in the north-west of England has been designed and installed by SE Controls. Beetham Tower on Liverpool’s changing waterfront is a 29-storey building. It includes a 133-apartment block, a 4/5-star Radisson SAS hotel and a new office block.

Daikin’s largest chillers installed at London hotel

Strict planning constraints imposed by Westminster City Council for the InterContinental Hotel at Hyde Park Corner in London led to the installation of three large Daikin air-cooled chillers as part of a major services and upgrade programme. Supplied by Space Airconditioning, each EUWA 200MZ chiller has a cooling capacity of 575 kW. Their screw compressors will require overhauling only after about 4 1/2 years’ operation.

Every little helps at Tesco

Following a 43% reduction in energy used by fans in air-handling systems in Tesco stores in the south of England, the retrofitting of inverter drives in over 350 larger stores is nearing completion.

Mace reaches new heights at CityPoint in London

Mace is continuing its association with the CityPoint building in London with a construction-management contract for the offices of Macquarie Bank. Mace managed the fit out of law firm Simmons & Simmons in 2000.

LG spells Love Golf

Mark Ford of Capital Air has won LG’s Love Golf tournament. He beat competitors from over 40 major air-conditioning installers in the finals in the Quinta de Lago resort in Portugal. Runner-up in a sudden-death play-off was Paul Vasconcelous of Advance Air, who edged Mike McCole of Kool-It Services into third place.

Profits boost for Grundfos

Pre-tax profits for the Grundfos Group grew by 14% in 2004 compared with the year before. Turnover exceeded £1 billion. The growth is attributed to increased sales, improved efficiencies and continuing growth in established markets such as the UK and new markets around the world.

Fitting 70 deliveries a day into two vehicle spaces

With over 70 truck loads of material being delivered each day for the refurbishment of the HM Treasury building in London’s Whitehall and space for only two vehicles at a time, the Zone Manager solution for managing vehicles and cranes played a vital role in ensuring smooth operation. It was developed by The Logistics Business.

Conservatory air conditioning saves energy and space

Space-saving heating and cooling for a conservatory recently supplied by 21st Century Conservatories is provided by a radiator-size console unit from Carrier’s XPower range.

Dedicated fan-coil systems chosen for new Ramada hotel in London

Aurora II fan-coil systems specially designed for hotels by Ability Projects provide air conditioning for the new Ramada Encore London West Hotel. They serve 150 bedrooms and are installed in bulkheads above room doors.

Three Inviron divisions deliver energy-efficient warehouse

Virtually all warehouse systems in a new 16 000 m2 temperature-controlled pharmaceutical warehouse for UDG in Mansfield as a turnkey solution by Inviron are designed to be low maintenance and energy efficient.

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Seafront hotel makes sea-change in emissions

High-efficiency condensing boilers have been installed as part of refurbishment work at the Dalmeny Hotel in Lytham St Anne’s. The work included the conference and leisure facilities of this prestigious hotel, upgrading the swimming pool and the installation of a new spa. A key part of the programme was the closure of four satellite boiler houses and the remodelling of the building to create a single, central plantroom.

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Odour-removal system solves complaints against motor repairer

Willmott Motorbody Repairs has resolved the problem of complying with the Environmental Protection Act 1990 by installing an odour-filtration system based on Jasun Filtration’s Adcell system.

Kent school adopts underfloor heating

Speedy installation of an underfloor heating system in the canteen building of a girls’ school in Kent was made possible by the assembling and pre-commissioning of manifolds at the Robbens factory. Because the return-pressure settings had already been made at the factory, the system could be installed quickly.

Velodrome on track for economic heating

To prevent condensation forming on the underside of the roof at the Wales National Velodrome in Newport, Gwent, a Nor-Ray-Vac radiant-tube system has been installed. The system also meets the requirement for flueing through the side walls to avoid roof penetrations.

Priva adds to the comforts of Skibo Castle

As part of the upgrading of the club house at Skibo Castle, a popular venue for celebrity weddings (including Madonna), a Priva HX4 system controlsl upgraded boiler plant and new radiator and underfloor heating systems. HX4 has been developed to manage such installations and was specified by Campbell Control Services.

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Art Cool air conditioning moves to its second generation

LG’s second generation of Air Cool indoor units for air conditioning combine a range of improvements.

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Natural-convection and fan-assisted trench heaters

The Emco Therm range of trench heaters are now available in the UK from Ability Projects.

Non-trip earth-loop impedance tester

The E-Ze test range from Martindale Electric includes the EZ2500 non-trip earth-loop impedance tester with prospective-fault-current and prospective-short-circuit current functionality. This tester features non-trip impedance tests between phase and earth and phase and neutral. It will also carry out socket tests and voltage tests.

Bath plug has two safety features

A bath plug that lets out water when it reaches a certain depth and changes colour when the water temperature exceeds 36°C is available from Nottingham Rehab Supplies.

Designer trunking

MK Electric’s Axim trunking is described as an elegant, sleek aluminium-trunking system for skirting and dado applications.

Air-conditioning ceiling cassettes deliver very high efficiencies

A new range of 4-way- blow heat-pump and cooling-only ceiling cassettes from Daikin Europe has very high efficiencies. Cooling EERs range from 3.59 to 4.10, depending on the model. Heating COPs are from 4.06 to 4.38.

Air-cooled chillers designed for quiet operation

Low noise levels are a key feature of the Kappa V Echos series of air-cooled chillers made by Blue Box and available through Axair Climate. Noise issues have been addressed by using generously sized exchanger elements using condensing coils with corrugated fins (which optimise thermal exchange without impacting pressure drops) and dry expansion brazed plate or shell-and-tube evaporators.

Flexible duct is greener

CCL does not use solvents as the principal bonding agent in its Tecflex 800S range of flexible ductwork. A new manufacturing process has reduced the amount of solvent used in the production of this ductwork by over 90%.

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Local heating and hot water from central plant

Designed to provide flats and apartments with independent fast-recovery hot water and high-efficiency heating is the Modusat package from Geminox.

CentraLine wall modules combine style and versatility

CentraLine’s Command family of wall modules provide for measuring and adjusting room conditions such as temperature, humidity, carbon-dioxide levels and air quality. Designed for small and medium-sized buildings, these modules provide intuitive and versatile control.

JS brings Neptronic actuators to UK

Neptronic actuators and actuated valves are now distributed in the UK by JS Actuators. The range includes direct-coupled electronic actuators to provide precision control for applications such as dampers, VAV systems, fan-coil units and air-handling units.