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Fan-assisted heat blows the competition away

Fan-assisted, low water content heat emitters are the most energy efficient heating solutions around, according to Paul Kingswell 
 1 Feb 2012

It's time to unleash the power of the virtual world

Information technology is having a profound impact on the way the built environment is planned, designed, procured, constructed and operated and this has huge implications for building services 
 1 Feb 2012

New brand reflects scope of work done by members

The decision was not taken lightly to re-brand the HVCA as B&ES - the Building & Engineering Services Association - at a time when the country, and the world, are grappling with the deepest recession they've experienced in decades, according to president Bob Shelley. 
 1 Feb 2012

Election time for members of the board

Nine teams from varied parts of the construction industry, ranging from town planners to building services engineers, competed for prizes totalling £4,600 at Teambuild 2011 in November at Eynsham Hall, Oxford. 
 1 Feb 2012

Carbon this, carbon that, carbon the other

Terms such as sustainability, low carbon and zero carbon have become commonplace. But are these descriptions justified and how do we measure their worth? Mike Malina has the answers 
 1 Feb 2012

The biomass balancing act

Specifying a heating system that includes both conventional condensing and biomass boilers involves a difficult balance in terms of controlling temperatures. Steve Cooper explains 
 1 Feb 2012

Getting smarter with combined heat & power

When specifying CHP it's essential to ensure that the system is aligned with, and responsive to, the needs of the building. Beata Blachut explains how optimum flexibility and efficiency can be achieved 
 1 Feb 2012

Lower carbon emissions using dynamic simulation

Park View Community School in Manchester is one of the most energy efficient designs in the UK with no cost penalty compared to conventional schools. Brian Morris reveals the secret 
 1 Feb 2012

A controlled response to demand fluctuations

The controllability of fan coil units has evolved, to ensure they only use energy when required and can better respond to fluctuations in demand. Andrew Saxon discusses the most recent advances 
 1 Feb 2012

Out of sight, out of mind will leave you out of pocket

The case for using EC fans in fan coil units instead of AC has long been accepted when it comes to new-build projects. But what about retrofit? Robert Harness has the answer 
 1 Feb 2012

ECM - the power behind the fan coil's glory

The EC VAV fan coil unit provides benefits over the conventional constant speed AC unit and this new approach is now being used on many projects, says Gerry Butler 
 1 Feb 2012

There's no business like show business...

Ecobuild - claimed to be the world's biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment - is back at London's ExCeL between 20 and 22 March 
 1 Feb 2012

Revealing the cold facts about a hot topic

The risk posed by fires in ventilation systems means contractors and manufacturers must collaborate more effectively, says Kevin Munson 
 1 Feb 2012

Why a clean start makes perfect sense

A new standard for cleanliness in newly installed ventilation ductwork will end potentially damaging confusion in the industry, as Darren Ling explains 
 1 Feb 2012

It pays to come clean

It is disappointing that PAS5748 does not make a stronger case for improved air quality within the healthcare environment, according to Ian Wall 
 1 Feb 2012

Air Conditioning World: Keeping hotel guests and the balance sheet healthy

Delighting guests and driving up revenue are constant challenges in the hotel sector. Without a balance between these two objectives, success can prove elusive, says Glyn Jones. 
 8 Dec 2011

Air Conditioning World: Retrofit projects need tailored solutions

The commercial retrofit market represents a major business opportunity for hvac contractors and consultants. Andy Legg 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. 
 8 Dec 2011

Air Conditioning World: Help with navigating the qualifications minefield

Keeping track of the legal requirements for installers' qualifications can be complicated, but it is essential. Perhaps the solution lies in a single skill-card for all, says Miriam Rodway. 
 8 Dec 2011

Contractor Focus: Achieving the best possible building performance for life

High performance buildings are cost effective in design, delivery and operation; are sustainable, and place a premium on safety and security. But how do they impact on our sector? A recent debate hosted by hvac systems giant Trane contributed to our understanding of the concept. 
 8 Dec 2011

Fans: The impact of Euro laws on fan specification

Legislation is having a big impact in the ventilation sector. Les Fish examines European Directives in the fans sector. 
 8 Dec 2011
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