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Refrigerants debate hots up

Recent activity suggests that air conditioning may have a flammable future. Neil Everitt investigates 
 24 Jun 2013

The cold facts about refrigerants in chillers

The refrigerant used in any particular chiller application must be the subject of careful consideration because there is no silver bullet. The decision on which direction to take will depend on a range of criteria and the relative weighting given to each by those making the assessment. One size does not fit all, says David Blackhurst
 
 24 Jun 2013

Why HFO refrigerants are the future for chillers

Based on the evidence he has seen to date, Ken Strong believes that HFOs will become the new mainstream refrigerants of choice for chillers in the next few years 
 24 Jun 2013

Solution to a heavyweight structural dilemma

With increasing energy bills forcing companies to keep a tight rein on costs m&e contractors are increasingly being asked to upgrade roof-based chiller plant. However, as Dan Rushton discovers, this task presents a host of challenges 
 24 Jun 2013

Dealing with fume discharge at low levels

The current guidance on low-level discharge of commercial room sealed gas condensing appliances deserves serious consideration, according to Jason Lee 
 24 Jun 2013

Integrate to accumulate in solar applications

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

Building on the BIM buzz

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 
 14 May 2013

Bespoke design doesn't have to be expensive

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 
 14 May 2013

TROX offers one-stop shop facility

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". 
 14 May 2013

Multiple fan arrangement offers an array of benefits

Using multiple fans has advanced air handler technology. Joe Wieckoswki explains the technology and outlines its benefits 
 14 May 2013

Victaulic ensures Calais hospital piping installed in record time

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. 
 14 May 2013

Developer highlights advantages of heat pumps for care homes

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. 
 14 May 2013

NHS Surrey cuts carbon emissions with heating and HW upgrade

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. 
 14 May 2013

Hoval helps to cut hospital emissions

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). 
 14 May 2013

Cutting emissions with modulating CHP

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

Sensors help provide a clean bill of health

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 
 14 May 2013

Ignorance is no defence as contamination risks rise

Healthcare facilities are at particular risk from airborne infections transmitted via poorly maintained ventilation and air conditioning systems, says Alan Gregory 
 14 May 2013

Demystifying the MEI pump efficiency index

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

Is the Renewable Heat Incentive finally dead?

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 
 13 May 2013

Decreasing your overheads... underfloor

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
 
 13 May 2013
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