When it comes to maintaining comfortable, healthy indoor conditions humidity control is often overlooked. John Barker of Humidity Solutions explores the options for retrofitting effective humidity control.
When designing services for a learning environment it is essential to ensure good air quality. Lars Fabricius of SAV Systems explains how school-specific decentralised air handling units with heat recovery provide an ideal solution.
Ongoing investment in research and development of chilled beams in recent years has brought to the UK market a wider range of solutions than ever before. It isn’t just a matter of designing new ‘bells and whistles’, or increasingly complex technology as Iskender Gençer of Trox UK explains.
From 1 January 2013 EuP legislation has meant that only energy efficient circulators can be sold. Now nearly a year down the road, and with even stricter legislation just around the corner, Glynn Williams, Director of Sales - Commercial Building Services, Grundfos Pumps Ltd looks at what impact has this had on the building services market. Have these changes managed, where other arguments have failed to switch consultants and contractors to ‘buy-in’ to energy efficient pump options?
As an architect, specifier or installer you will be constantly receiving product information stating compliance to the various standards within the HVAC sector. Designed to give assurance that products meet specific performance criteria and are fit for purpose, they are used by manufacturers to endorse their products. However, unfortunately not all the claims made in relation to industry standards are as reliable as they may first seem as Louise Harris, UK Brand Manager for Zehnder explains.
RICS has developed the first BIM Manager Certification in response to industry need for a universal standard on which to assess the skills of construction professionals in using BIM (Building Information Modelling).
An interesting conference took place in London in October: Energy Live 2013. Energy managers, facilities managers and related professions gathered to find out where their energy costs might be going in the next few years.
It is of course widely accepted that efficient energy usage within a building is essential. But during the operational life cycle of a building, how is it possible to ensure that this usage is continuously optimised? The answer lies in the implementation of demand based BACS (Building Automation & Control Systems).
Clare Campbell, Product Marketing Manager for Dimplex Renewables, looks at the measures that organisations are taking to cut their energy consumption and what the latest carbon cutting measures can mean for the bottom line.
When specifiers and their clients are considering lighting upgrades it’s important to base the decision on the most appropriate criteria for each project, rather than simply following the market trends. Sam Hawkes of Riegens Lighting explains.
Schools converting to independent academy status are finding themselves exposed to higher costs of goods and services as they emerge from under the collective buying umbrellas of local authorities.
A new apprenticeships scheme, the first to give direct access to professional accreditation through a work-based route, has attracted hundreds of applicants.
Analysis by the Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services (ADCAS) has resulted in the resolution of conflicting requirements between Part L (2013) of the Building Regulation and guidance in DW143 guidance for ductwork specification.
Chris Monson of Trend has been awarded Honorary Membership of BSRIA. This is only the 8th time this honour has been awarded in the 58 year history of the Association and the award is made to recognise an extraordinary contribution to the Association and the independent promotion of best practice in the building services industry.
BEAMA has given a mixed reaction to the overdue release of the Building Regulations Part L guidance documents. Although frustrated at the delay and lack of ambition of the regulations, industry can now progress with a clearer plan towards April 2014 and beyond. In several areas, the guides reflect constructive discussion between DCLG and industry, and BEAMA will maintain its regular engagement with Government to press for continuous improvement in building energy efficiency.
Paul Mayoh, Technical Manager at Spirax Sarco, offers five easy tips to get the most from your entire steam and condensate system, from treating boiler feedwater to condensate recovery.
Little Watty, star of BSEE’s regular competition, continues to travel the UK, exploring interesting places, admiring the built environment and considering how he can reduce his carbon pawprint. Watty does like to have his picture taken as a memento of his travels and BSEE readers are given the chance each month to guess where he has been photographed. The lucky winners each receive a cuddly badger for correctly naming the places or landmarks that Watty has visited!