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- July 2010

Acoustics: Natural ventilation for Newham schools 08 July 2010
WindowMaster is supplying natural ventilation systems for two of the schools being constructed by the Newham Learning Partnership.

Acoustics: Innovative ductwork minimises fire risk 08 July 2010
The risk of fire in any type of building is an ever present concern and so all measures must be taken at the design stages to ensure the risks are minimised, writes Martyn Cashmore sales director of Caice.

Air movement: Chimneys - don't fall short on the specifications 08 July 2010
Open wood-burning fire and room sealed stoves, and solid biomass boilers are coming on in leaps and bounds but, SFL's Jason Lee warns contractors not to forget the rules about chimneys.

Chimneys & Flues: Opportunities for stoves and biomass 08 July 2010
The new Document Part L 1a gives a greater role for wood burning stoves in the overall heating of a house, writes Dennis Milligan of Schiedel Rite-Vent.

Humidification: Challenged by humidity 08 July 2010
When heating and cooling are provided by systems that have no humidity control, it's important to deal with this separately. Mike Slattery of Walter Meier (Climate UK) explains how this can be done cost-effectively and with minimum energy consumption.

Humidification: Guide to installing humidifiers 08 July 2010
As humidifier specialists, we often see humidifiers that have been supplied as per the specification, installed perfectly and correctly commissioned but still cause their end-users problems, writes Tim Scott, sales and marketing director at JS Humidifiers.

Humidification: Can adiabatic humidification save 80% of mechanical cooling load? 08 July 2010
Well, can it? Chaz Rehal of Carel UK shows how a novel dual zone system can be used for humidity control or just for adiabatic cooling - and does the maths.

Energy Efficiency: Taking the heat out of energy efficiency 08 July 2010
Despite reported confusion over the introduction of the new energy efficiency scheme, the heating and ventilating sector can still play a positive role in reducing power consumption by considering alternative energy sources, according to Jeff Short, central area sales manager at Aggreko, a global leader in temporary power and temperature control solutions.

Energy Efficiency: One ‘L’ of a regulation 08 July 2010
With Part L of the Building Regulations set to change in October 2010, housebuilders will be forced to make buildings greener as the government continues its drive to improve the energy efficiency of new and refurbished homes. Steve Skeldon from Wavin discusses the best options for reducing CO2 to comply with new building regulations.

Energy Efficiency: Pilgrim Hospital slashes carbon emissions with new energy centre 08 July 2010
A new energy centre at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston uses low carbon technologies to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions significantly.

Burning Issue: How to make commercial sense of the MCS 08 July 2010
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme was designed to protect homeowners by guaranteeing certified renewable products and installers meet robust standards. But MCS is becoming important for commercial buildings. Richard Evans, director of sales at Buderus, talks us through the scheme.

Company Profile: All change for Armstrong 08 July 2010
You wouldn't build a high performance car on the side of the M25, and so why would you build a plantroom on a construction site? asks Richard Strode, the new managing director of Armstrong's UK HVAC business.

Contractor Profile: Hard times but construction could benefit 08 July 2010
Rob Manning, the president of CIBSE, talks to Paul Braithwaite about Collaborate and Deliver, the theme of his term of office, how he believes in Soft Landings, low carbon emisssions, how everyone is important in the building process and why each part of construction needs to work together.

Legal Matters: Avoid workplace World Cup penalties 08 July 2010
It may be all over for the English team but Fergal Dowling, head of employment law at national legal firm, Irwin Mitchell, warns of the pitfalls which could impact on employer/employee relationships during the World Cup.

Health & Safety Matters: Teamwork vital for fire safety 08 July 2010
Safety is always compromised if the design and installation teams fail to work together, says Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA.

Ant Wilson: New software model for buildings other than dwellings 08 July 2010
As we all know, the devil is in the detail. Ant Wilson, director of sustainability at AECOM Building Engineering Europe, warns that the industry needs to understand the implications of the Simplified Building Energy Model.

Acoustics: How fan manufacturers keep noise levels under control 07 July 2010
Fan noise is increasingly seen as a pollutant, so access to sophisticated acoustics measuring equipment, to people with training and extensive knowledge of acoustics and to an anechoic chamber is essential if sound continues to be a defining factor for designers.