Maintenance & Refurbishment

  • An engineered solution

    By BSEE on May 28, 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 It seems that a week doesn’t go by at present without yet another story in the media […]
  • EC fan coil technology changes

    By BSEE on April 24, 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. EC motors have meant that a tremendous change in the energy consumption of fan coils has taken place since […]
  • Insulating from the ground up

    By BSEE on October 16, 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 […]
  • Grooved systems optimise efficiency

    By BSEE on September 28, 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 […]
  • Retrofit projects demand tailored solutions

    By BSEE on August 1, 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 […]
  • Clean ventilation – the science of compliance

    By BSEE on July 9, 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, […]
  • Meeting water reduction targets

    By BSEE on June 24, 2011
    ?Graham Fisher, Business Development Director at CME Sanitary Systems, looks at how greywater recycling is helping to meet the latest requirements for water conservation in buildings. April 2010 saw changes to Part G of the Building Regulations, which covers sanitation, water conservation and safety and sets a minimum water efficiency standard for all new homes. It also allows, for the […]
  • Make the most of natural resources

    By BSEE on December 23, 2010
    Rainwater as a resource is mistrusted. It is something to get rid of as quickly as possible, hurried from roof and pavement into concrete pipes; suitable for gardens but not for domestic use. In fact, research has shown that some rainwater, and even rainwater which has been stored in a tank, is as safe to drink as treated water provided […]
  • Quantifying energy loss

    By BSEE on December 23, 2010
    Once the preserve of the few, thermal imaging is now a universal tool used by many. Today the entry cost to infrared is around the £1,300 mark and its commercialisation has allowed the technology to be applied economically to an exceptionally broad range of tasks. One of the sectors in which it continues to have the greatest impact is in […]
  • Handling air sustainably

    By BSEE on June 7, 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 […]