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Ceiling casettes a key decision in system design

The choice of air conditioning ceiling cassette is an important part of the energy efficiency equation but need not come at the expense of interior design, says Martin Passingham
 1 Dec 2013

The quest for ever-higher climate control efficiency

The development of ever more sophisticated controls will enable air conditioning and indoor climate control to achieve ever higher efficiencies through total building management. Nick Ryman believes it is the shape of things to come 
 1 Dec 2013

Spotlight on technology and legal updates at ACR show

Seminars on the latest ground-breaking cooling technologies, and vital changes in the law affecting the industry, are among the hot topics to be covered in the ACR Show seminars, the programme for which has now been published 
 1 Dec 2013

Modern air conditioning for DofE London offices

At a time when over one million young people are out of employment or training, the transformation of Duke of Edinburgh Award's London office space will allow for a greater number of DofE team members and better volunteer training facilities 
 1 Dec 2013

Going forward with DCV

Kurt Truniger explains the disadvantages of duct pressure control in variable-volume ventilation systems and shows how they can be replaced with forward-looking, demand controlled systems that comply with EN 15232, Class A requiring highly energy-efficient building automation and technical building management 
 1 Dec 2013

A step change in kitchen fans

For professional kitchens energy efficient ventilation is essential to both maintain good indoor air quality and comfort for staff as well as keeping fuel costs down. However, David Cook of Vent Axia says changes to Building Regulations are set to affect fan specification in kitchens 
 1 Dec 2013

Renewable technology is the focus of the future

When specifying heating and hot water systems for new or existing commercial buildings, renewable or low carbon solutions should be considered. Sean Green discusses the market 
 1 Dec 2013

District heating and the benefits of biomass

District heating offers a great solution to sites where multiple buildings need heat; from factories and industrial estates, to whole villages. When it comes to biomass, further benefits can be realised thanks to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). Simon Holden, looks at the pros and options for wood-based district heating 
 1 Dec 2013

Smart tariffs are key to renewable heat schemes

Heat from a diverse range of sources can be utilised within a heat network, but the inclusion of low carbon and renewable technologies is being widely encouraged by the Government to help meet carbon reduction commitments. However Yan Evans warns that careful planning is needed at design stage to ensure tariffs that consider the true cost of low carbon and renewable technologies are set 
 1 Dec 2013

Low carbon heating and energy for zoo attraction

A heat pump is at the heart of 'animazing' new low carbon £300,000 visitor attraction at Banham Zoo, providing a year-round subtropical environment and home for exotic species 
 1 Dec 2013

Abuse of CE Mark by flue system counterfeiters

The introduction of the CE Mark in July was supposed to create a Europe-wide level playing field in the standard of flue systems, but according to John Hamnett there has been a rise in the number of dangerous, sub-standard counterfeit flue systems that are being passed off as genuine CE-marked systems 
 1 Dec 2013

'Heat pumps improving'

An in-depth Energy Saving Trust study shows heat pump performance has got better 
 1 Oct 2013

Mind the energy gap

The need to bridge the energy performance gap between predictions of building energy use at the design stage and the measured results once the buildings are operational is a hot topic right now in the building services industry, says Mark Northcott
 1 Oct 2013

Industry should welcome tighter refrigerant rules

The industry will have to deal with some major regulatory changes over the coming months, but Tony Williams believes they will have a positive impact on professionalism and system performance 
 1 Oct 2013

Pump up the volume

Pump manufacturers are being forced to adapt to remain competitive in today's ever changing marketplace. HVR speaks to Duncan Lewis, managing director at Xylem Water Solutions UK, about how the company's new single source approach should help it to tackle the threats and opportunities facing the industry 
 1 Oct 2013

Cold comfort - the advantages of chillers

When specifying air conditioning equipment for a large commercial project, should you opt for chillers or one of their alternatives? Each system has its merits, but chillers certainly have significant strengths, as James Henley explains 
 1 Oct 2013

Ventilation market is poised for global lift-off

The next two years will see double-digit growth in international air distribution; fire safety and natural ventilation markets, according to one of the world's leading global manufacturers 
 1 Oct 2013

Improving HVAC efficiency through performance louvres

A wide range of factors need to be considered when specifying a louvre system to ensure improved air flow to HVAC systems while providing protection against rain ingress, says Simon Hunter 
 1 Oct 2013

Green solutions in the carbon steel pipeline

Carbon steel pipework has a number of benefits over its traditional mild steel counterpart, not least in terms of its eco-credentials. Simon Spridgeon looks at the advantages to be gained from choosing this material when specifying pipework 
 1 Oct 2013

Plastic pipes show their sustainability credentials

Sustainability has become an imperative consideration in the design and construction of new-build and refurbishment projects across all sectors, says Des Dolan 
 1 Oct 2013
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