- Make industry standards work for youPublished: 02 December, 2013
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.
- Taking control of humidityPublished: 02 December, 2013
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.
- An engineered solutionPublished: 28 May, 2013
With increasing energy bills forcing companies to keep a tight rein on costs, building services consultants are increasingly being asked to upgrade roof-based AC plant. However, as Dan Rushton, Commercial Manager at Big Foot Systems discovers, this task presents a host of challenges
- EC fan coil technology changesPublished: 24 April, 2013
EC fan coils are energy efficient, flexible and very popular with consultants and end users. Andrew Sargent, General Manager for Advanced Air, explores what changes have been made in fan coil technology recently and how they can impact on the market.
- Insulating from the ground upPublished: 16 October, 2012
Danny Phelan, Sales Manager at Panel Systems, looks at an innovative new solution for enhancing the thermal performance of buildings during refurbishment.
To meet the ever increasing need for greater thermal performance, specifiers and developers are constantly looking for new ways to enhance the energy efficiency of a building. As many apartment blocks and retail outlets now have underground car parking facilities, this opens up new opportunities for insulating the semi-exposed concrete decks that form the ceiling of these car parks.
- Grooved systems optimise efficiencyPublished: 28 September, 2012
Grooved-end mechanical piping systems reduce the mechanical room footprint, enhance system performance and save time and cost on installation, says Kris Holvoet, Product Engineer at Victaulic.
Controlling costs and compressing schedules without sacrificing quality are key concerns for contractors responsible for mechanical room installations. Clients are looking for on-time, on-budget delivery of high quality systems that work well and are easy to maintain.
- Retrofit projects demand tailored solutionsPublished: 01 August, 2012
The commercial retrofit market represents a major business opportunity for HVAC contractors and consultants. Andy Legg, Sales Director at Coolmation, explores the particular challenges in replacing old air conditioning equipment with new high efficiency chillers and looks at how tailored chiller solutions can play a significant role in growing retrofit business.
The UK retrofit market for commercial buildings is estimated to be worth some £20 billion. As fuel prices continue their inexorable upward trend at the same time as the UK Government has committed to binding carbon targets which reduce emissions by 80% by 2050, then improving the energy efficiency of equipment in existing buildings remains a key market driver.
- Clean ventilation – the science of compliancePublished: 09 July, 2012
Building and facilities managers are responsible for ensuring compliance with the Associated Code of Practice from the Health and Safety Commission. This states that all mechanical ventilation systems should be regularly and properly cleaned, tested and maintained to ensure that they are kept clean and free from anything which may contaminate the air. Gary Nicholls, Managing Director of Swiftclean Environmental, highlights the risks of non-compliance and what cleaning procedures and protocols need to be put in place to ensure that regulations are met.
- Handling air sustainablyAs well as often being the most cost-effective option, refurbishment can be a more sustainable solution than installing new plant. Ron Flewett of Envirotec explains how this principle applies to air handling units.Published: 07 June, 2010
The days when building services engineers could simply concern themselves with meeting the necessary criteria to maintain comfort conditions are long gone. Quite rightly, other issues such as energy efficiency and sustainability are now considered just as important.
Energy efficiency, of course, has the highest profile but increasingly more emphasis is being put on the environmental impact of buildings and their services throughout the whole life cycle. In this respect, it makes a lot of sense to consider both the commercial and environmental impact of buying new plant when existing plant can be refurbished. This is something that applies to all items of plant, but air handling units (AHUs) illustrate the principle very well.