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- May 2013

Integrate to accumulate in solar applications 14 May 2013
Effective integration of solar technology in commercial installations can pay real dividends and result in a significantly improved installation, according to Steve Cooper

Building on the BIM buzz 14 May 2013
With the designs of commercial buildings becoming more complex and the integration of different services key to a successful project, Dene Kent discusses the importance of adopting Building Information Modelling (BIM) sooner rather than later

Bespoke design doesn't have to be expensive 14 May 2013
By pioneering parametric design and linking CAD systems to factory machinery, manufacturers can ensure repeatable and consistent quality with every component - totally bespoke units, without the tailored price tag, says Alun Thomas

TROX offers one-stop shop facility 14 May 2013
TROX has formally launched its X-CUBE air handling unit range, which, it says, heralds its arrival "as the only company in its sector capable of supplying, from a single source, virtually all components required for installing a complete air conditioning system".

Multiple fan arrangement offers an array of benefits 14 May 2013
Using multiple fans has advanced air handler technology. Joe Wieckoswki explains the technology and outlines its benefits

Victaulic ensures Calais hospital piping installed in record time 14 May 2013
A new £142 million (€167 million) hospital in Calais, France will house a maternity ward and operating theatre. It has a capacity for 450 additional beds and provides its patients with the latest in high-tech facilities.

Developer highlights advantages of heat pumps for care homes 14 May 2013
A Yorkshire care home provider is said to be reaping the benefits of renewable energy and savings on its energy bills after specifying heat pumps from Danfoss for six Ideal Care Homes across the North and Midlands.

NHS Surrey cuts carbon emissions with heating and HW upgrade 14 May 2013
With the aim of reducing carbon emissions and improving efficiencies, NHS Surrey embarked on a programme of upgrade to their heating and hot water systems across more than twenty sites. Many of the boilers and water heaters were coming to the end of their economical lifespan so it was an ideal time to review their heating and hot water plant.

Hoval helps to cut hospital emissions 14 May 2013
Space heating and domestic hot water at the new East Riding Community Hospital is being supplied by a combination of biomass and gas fired boilers from Hoval. This combination gives the hospital an efficient and responsive low carbon heating system that also qualifies for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Cutting emissions with modulating CHP 14 May 2013
Many small healthcare buildings can benefit from small-scale, modular CHP that tracks loads and modulates output, says Beata Blachut

Sensors help provide a clean bill of health 14 May 2013
Hospital and healthcare buildings comprise of various environments that need to be considered carefully when installing sensor equipment. Alan Braybrook explains what specifiers and contractors should think about when installing sensor equipment

Ignorance is no defence as contamination risks rise 14 May 2013
Healthcare facilities are at particular risk from airborne infections transmitted via poorly maintained ventilation and air conditioning systems, says Alan Gregory

Demystifying the MEI pump efficiency index 13 May 2013
This year sees the introduction of the Minimum hydraulic Efficiency Index for pumping equipment. Gary Wilde warns of the implications

Is the Renewable Heat Incentive finally dead? 13 May 2013
The domestic RHI has been delayed yet again and will now be at least three years late, but should we be counting on public subsidies at all? Sue Sharp has an answer

Decreasing your overheads... underfloor 13 May 2013
When specifying an underfloor heating system, it is essential to ensure that all the parts involved in the system are as energy efficient as possible, including A rated pumps, says Michelle Taylor

How the commercial sector is making the most of UFH 13 May 2013
Despite an uncertain economic climate, the underfloor heating industry continues to provide innovative solutions, offering the commercial sector a number of advantages. Neil Young discusses some of the key considerations

Winning the panel game 13 May 2013
Warmaflor favours precast panels and, here, explains their use in underfloor heating applications

Shedding light on heat from the sun 13 May 2013
Edward Blake Thomas exposes some of the myths within the solar thermal sector

Why it makes sense to avoid trouble in store 13 May 2013
Solar thermal hot water can be used effectively within the food industry, as Paul Sands explains

Exploring the solar system 13 May 2013
Whether brought about by obligation under CRC, by financial incentive through RHI or by prompting DECs and EPCs, businesses are actively reducing their carbon emissions and improving energy efficiency.