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BIM's the word...

Are you geared up for Building Information Modelling? Do you even know what it is? Andrew Brister looks at how BIM works and explains why you need to get involved 
 25 May 2012

Education will play key role in calming economic storm

The global financial meltdown of 2008 dealt a huge blow to the confidence of the HVAC sector and continues to threaten the survival of many businesses, warns Ziehl Abegg UK managing director Les Fish. Ian Vallely reports 
 25 May 2012

No let-up over accident reporting procedures

Employers have welcomed the decision to ease some of the administration burden associated with the reporting of workplace accidents. However, leading health and safety experts warn that changes to the RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences) rules, announced in April, should not be seen as a relaxation of efforts to improve the industry's safety record. 
 25 May 2012

ILEVE: a new CIBSE division

Exhaust Ventilation Engineers) has been established as the fourth Division within CIBSE to represent those involved in this specialist area. It currently has over 120 registered members which it hopes to increase to 250. The Institute was formed to bring about a significant reduction in the deaths and ill health caused by poor air quality in the workplace. 
 25 May 2012

Opt for perfect partnerships

Co-operation between air handling manufacturers, contractors and consultants has the potential to reduce costs and wastage as well as delivering a better solution for end users, says Joe Wieckowski 
 25 May 2012

X marks the spot as TROX aims to be one-stop shop

A commitment to energy efficiency across the entire HVAC system is important to TROX, and that is why the company has decided to launch a range of freely configurable air handling units 
 25 May 2012

Future proofing air handling plant makes perfect sense

There is much that can be done to ensure you are designing and installing the most energy efficient air handling system available, says Craig MacFadyen 
 25 May 2012

Ventilation in the balance

The need to balance indoor air quality with energy consumption provides a strong case for using quiet, decentralised air handling units as an alternative to traditional ductwork systems. Lars Fabricius explains 
 25 May 2012

Gearing up for the ErP

When the ErP Directive is applied to fans next year it could have serious implications for anyone manufacturing, specifying or installing products that incorporate fans, says Soler & Palau 
 25 May 2012

Take a holistic approach to help treat HVAC issues

When looking at climate control requirements for a hospital or healthcare facility, it's vital to examine the whole building's heating and cooling needs in order to create a highly energy efficient solution. Martin Hayward looks at the pros and cons of chillers and the key points to be considered when designing and specifying systems for the healthcare environment 
 25 May 2012

The power of plastics

A reliable uninterruptible power supply (UPS) is essential in hospitals and plastic pipework can help boost dependability of fuel supplied to the UPS generator, says David Naylor 
 25 May 2012

Condensing boilers - a healthy option for the NHS

The UK will spend over £33 billion on heat in 2012. Yet many of our hospitals are still struggling on with wasteful, inefficient heating systems at a time when fuel prices are continuing to rise. High efficiency boilers are the affordable solution to reducing both energy use and fuel bills, says Mark Northcott 
 25 May 2012

Cure for surgery IAQ problem

The doctors at St John's Villa surgery in London needed a new heating and cooling system for their refurbished practice. They wanted to create the perfect indoor climate where they could treat patients in a comfortable and draught-free environment. 
 25 May 2012

Henderson Green wins framework

Henderson Green has secured a five year framework with Southampton General Hospital. The engineering consultancy won the work with Kier, which has been appointed as P21+ principal supply chain partner for University Hospital Southampton's NHS Foundation Trust capital programme of works. 
 25 May 2012

Zero carbon priority dictates heat pump fitting

When the Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Foundation Trust decided to invest £8.2 million in a new hospital unit, it needed to ensure that the building took into account the NHS's target to be zero carbon by 2018 so it installed Dimplex ground source heat pumps. 
 25 May 2012

Legionella and how to protect against it

As demand for solar hot water systems becomes greater, the question arises as to how such systems protect human health from Legionnaires' Disease. Kevin Potter explores the options 
 25 May 2012

Rising to challenge of higher energy efficiency

As a result of energy price volatility and government regulation, energy efficiency and cost savings have risen up the corporate agenda. Alister Maclachlan looks at how solar water heating technology through the introduction of renewables can help businesses to become more energy efficient and ensure they meet their legislative commitments 
 19 Apr 2012

Something old, something new...

There are advantages of separating the space heating and hot water functions in commercial applications and integrating renewable technologies, according to Jeff House 
 19 Apr 2012

A first-class solution to building control

A plentiful supply of fresh air is essential in a school environment in order to aid learning. Trevor S. Palmer examines the important role that building control systems play in ensuring high air quality 
 19 Apr 2012

Making sense of the science of cold draughts

Fresh air rates in many UK classrooms in winter are too low to create an environment conducive to proper concentration. Dr Shaun Fitzgerald explains how natural ventilation systems can increase fresh air without cold draughts and cut energy bills in one go 
 19 Apr 2012
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