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Vote confirms May Gurney sale to Kier Luke Cross

Nearly every single May Gurney shareholder has voted in favour of Kier’s proposed takeover of the support services firm. The results show 99.78 per cent voted in favour of the bid that was tabled in April. Kier announced on 24 April that the companies had reached agreement in principle on an offer of £221m for the support services firm, trumping a previous £178m offer from Costain. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) cleared the way for the Kier takeover proposal on 4 June. A May Gurney statement on 13 June said: “May Gurney Integrated Services plc announces that the scheme relating to the acquisition of May Gurney by Kier Group plc was today approved at the court meeting and the special resolution was approved at the general meeting. “At the court meeting, a majority in number of scheme shareholders who voted (either in person or by proxy), representing 99.78 per cent by value of those scheme shares voted, voted in favour of the resolution to

The scheme relating to the acquisition of May Gurney by Kier Group was today approved at court meeting” approve the scheme. The resolution proposed at the court meeting was decided on a poll.” The number of scheme shares who voted in favour of the resolution as a percentage of the scheme shares in issue at the voting record time was 59.53 per cent. The firm said dealings in May Gurney shares are set to finish on 3 July. “It is expected that the last day for dealings in May Gurney shares will be 3 July 2013 and the

scheme will become effective on 5 July 2013. If the scheme becomes effective on 5 July 2013, it is expected that the admission of the May Gurney shares to trading on AIM will be cancelled on 8 July 2013 or shortly thereafter.” The OFT announced on 4 June that it would not refer Kier’s takeover proposal to the Competition Commission. It had previously extended its review in May and had given 10 June as the end date. An OFT statement said: “The OFT has decided, on the information currently available to it, not to refer the following merger to the Competition Commission under the provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002: anticipated acquisition by Kier Group plc of May Gurney Integrated Services plc.” The OFT had considered the takeover in terms of the impact on waste management and other services for utilities and infrastructure sectors. Costain’s bid for May Gurney officially lapsed on 30 May. THE LATEST BUSINESS NEWS at our dedicated online section

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CE marking of construction products becomes mandatory on 1 July, prompting a warning that counterfeit items may become an issue unless authorities apply the rule robustly. Page 3


Changes to onshore wind farm legislation means communities will receive more money, although concerns have been raised about the fate of smaller projects. Page 4


Mary Kerry, a partner at The Consulting Association before it was shut down in 2009, has said she was sorry if anyone had lost work through inclusion on the outlawed blacklist. Page 6


Delegates at the recent H&V News roundtable on guaranteed installed performance. Roundtable, page 19

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MONEY’S TOO TIGHT TO MENTION While H&V News is always quick to highlight instances of better trading conditions or new opportunities, we continue to receive feedback about the lack of new business opportunities within the current climate. Although there are increasingly brighter areas, further supported by improvements within the UK economy as a whole, we are a long way away from returning to the levels of business experienced four or five years ago. The importance of the construction sector’s contribution to the wider UK economy has been lauded on a regular basis this year and the government’s role within this is essential, as both the driver of legislation and of course a major customer. Next week’s government spending review represents the

The withdrawal of companies such as Emcor and Mitie from the market is further proof of the need for action”


Editor’s choice Performance issues

Up with carbon

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The latest H&V News roundtable event examined the various issues around meeting the guaranteed installed performance requirements contained in the Building Regulations, as well as discussing the expansion of ventilation systems across the UK market.

The building engineering services sector has considerable potential to assist the government in meeting its legally binding carbon emissions reduction targets, but continues to wait for more clarity and support in order to make the necessary changes.

The advice in this issue of H&V News includes comment on the ongoing machinations within the CRC scheme; thoughts on tackling the UK’s dwindling capacity of energy production; air supply requirements to ensure efficient burning of fuel; and installation options for the retrofitting of heat pumps.

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perfect opportunity for chancellor George Osborne to provide some positive support in a number of areas to generate fresh opportunities and positive trading conditions. But the unfortunate reality is that the review is unlikely to include much in the way of boosts for our sector, as restrictive economic measures are expected to continue for some time. The withdrawal of companies such as Emcor and Mitie from the market is further proof of the need for action. With the government’s focus starting to turn to the next general election, effective support for UK construction sector and its ability to stimulate the economy and job creation should be seen by it as a potential vote winner.

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Warning issued as new CE marking rules loom Dennis Flower

Vigilance has been urged in advance of new CE marking regulations coming into effect. Under the EU Construction Products Regulation 305/2011, products used within construction will need to be CE-marked and include a declaration of performance from 1 July. This is intended to ensure manufacturers comply with relevant regulations and technical rules. The new regulations replace the European Construction Products Directive (89/106/EEC). In addition to manufacturers, the CPR also applies to distributors and importers of construction products. The Chartered Institute of

It is important that this is properly applied and robustly policed” Building Services Engineers has formed a working party to examine the impact of CE marking. Chaired by Ruskin Air Management’s David Fitzpatrick, the group is open to all interested parties. Speaking exclusively to H&V News, Mr Fitzpatrick said the CE marking process is expected to raise standards, “particularly in life safety applications and installations.

Fire Services acquisition boosts uK expansion Fire and Air Services Group (FAS) has announced the acquisition of Ashvale Fire Services. Ashvale was described as a “key competitor in the Northwest of the UK” by FAS. FAS told H&V News that it plans to run Ashvale as a subsidiary within its group, which also includes Thermotech Fire and TAC Mechanical Services. Its employees will be integrated into the FAS Stockport headquarters in the future. FAS director Dave Prendergast said: “The acquisition of Ashvale is indicative of the approach we are taking to delivering value to customers. Gaining LCPB Level 3 accreditation is a significant benchmark for the FAS group.”

“However, it is important that the requirement is properly applied and robustly policed by the public bodies responsible,” he said. “It is also vital that the authorities are vigilant to guard against the danger of counterfeit products and CE marks.” He said the labels are “relatively easy” to copy and need to be accompanied by third-party testing and quality assurance. Lack of clarity could result in the placing of non-compliant products onto the market, Mr Fitzpatrick warned, with ignorance used as “their legal defence”. “Manufacturers are on board, but now we need enforcement bodies to acknowledge their role and to publish their plans.” offers further details of the regulations.

FAS says the purchase will widen its customer base and expand its level of services FAS includes leading retailers Boots, M&S and Waterstones among its list of clients Ashvale will operate as a subsidiary of FAS

Baxi spec team hire director

Andrew Crown is the new business development director for the Baxi specification team. His responsibilities include development and execution of public sector growth strategies in the south of england.

Keysource boosts engineering

Andrew Fletcher has been appointed engineering director at Keysource as part of its expanding data centre facilities management offering. Mr Fletcher has more than 15 years’ experience in data centre, building services and energy sector engineering.

Fit-out role filled at Norland

new facility for Leeds College

Facts Key contracts held by Ashvale along with its LPCB – LPS1048 Level 3 accreditation are believed to have been crucial factors for the deal


Robert Giles has been promoted to the new position of construction director within the norland Critical environmental Services team, which handles the design, build and operation of the company’s large-scale fit-out projects.

Albion hires sales manager

Proposals for the new Leeds College of Building have been unveiled. An 8,000 sq m facility costing £15m is planned, which will consolidate the college’s current six sites. Construction is expected to start in October, with completion of the project set for January 2015. Firms involved include architect Fuse Studio, project manager Davis Langdon and engineering firm Buro Happold.

Gary Murray has joined Albion Valves as its new Scotland and northern Ireland sales manager. Mr Murray is a fully qualified sales manager and joins the company from his previous role of national sales manager at Leisure Design.

Skills firm appoints director

Sabarah Cursons is commercial director for Trade Skills 4u and will assist in the organisation’s next stage of its growth plans. Her previous experience includes six years with St john Ambulance Commercial Training.

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Briefs BBES wins academy deal

Wind farm process to seek greater community input Dina Patel

Balfour Beatty engineering Services has been awarded a £3.6m M&e services contract by Lend Lease for the new-build Mearns Academy High School in Laurencekirk. The 840-pupil school and community campus will feature a games hall, gym, fitness suite and sports pitches.

Interserve helps heroes

Interserve has completed the first of two facilities in Plymouth that will benefit military personnel and veterans undergoing recovery. Help for Heroes is supporting the initiative with a £21m commitment.

Norland wins Cheshire deal

Cheshire West and Chester Council has appointed norland to provide facilities management for more than 500 of the council’s buildings, including M&e maintenance, security, waste collection and water hygiene.

Communities will have a greater say over the siting of onshore wind farms and reap increased benefits from hosting developments that do proceed, as a result of changes announced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The package of measures will include a five-fold increase in the value of community benefits paid for by developers and will require communities to be consulted earlier in the application process. The government will be expecting the industry to revise its Community Benefit Protocol by the end of the year to include an increase in the recommended community benefit package in England from £1,000/MW of installed capacity per year to £5,000/MW/year for the lifetime of the wind farm. Communities agreeing to a 20 MW wind farm could receive benefits worth £100,000 per year, or up to £400 a year off each household’s annual bill. Communities


Expected new annual community benefit per MW of installed capacity, up from £1k/MW

and developers decide together how the money should be used. Energy secretary Ed Davey said: “This is an important sector that is driving economic growth, supporting thousands of new jobs and providing a significant share of our electricity and I’m determined that local communities should share in these benefits.” However, Urban Wind managing director Phil McVan said: “Every wind turbine project is in danger of being branded as a wind farm, when in reality, a huge number of projects across the UK involve one or two small turbines, which are nothing to do with the major energy companies and are installed to help farmers and other businesses worried about their future rising energy costs. “These projects, involving turbines a fraction of the size of those used in wind farms, are in danger of being hurt by planning restrictions, without being able to offer financial incentives to local residents, many of whom have been conditioned into thinking any wind turbine project is bad.”

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Blacklisting partner tells the BBC she is ‘sorry’ for workers’ exclusion Dennis Flower

Mary Kerr, who ran The Consulting Association with her husband Ian before it was shut down in 2009, has said she is sorry if anyone lost work through blacklisting. In her first interview for television, Ms Kerr told the BBC’s Panorama programme that the list was created following the unrest within the construction industry through the 1970s and 80s. Describing the industry as “caught out badly” and “determined to weed out any troublemakers”, she told reporter Richard Bilton that she was sorry if anyone had lost work because of the list. The Consulting Association was shut down following a raid on its premises in 2009 by the Information Commissioner’s Office. The programme also interviewed an electrician who was a victim of blacklisting. “I always had work and then, all of a sudden, nothing,” said Howard Nolan. The list incorrectly stated that Mr Nolan had worked

I always had work and then, all of a sudden, nothing”

on the Jubilee Line extension, a project notorious for disputes. “Just that one page basically: my date of birth, National Insurance and that line [about] the Jubilee Line, and that stopped me working for the past 15 years,” said Mr Nolan. Some contributors to the programme alleged that the blacklisting process continues to be used. The programme also repeated claims that Olympic projects included workers checked against blacklists. The Olympic Delivery Authority has previously stated that it had seen no evidence of these practices on its projects (see H&V News 14 Nov 2012). Gail Cartmail from Unite said the union had seen evidence that blacklisting was continuing. “While I think it’s unlikely that the industry would set up an organisation like The Consulting Association again, there is evidence that people are busy vetting and comparing names to lists they hold,” she said. The ICO said it had seen no evidence of this.

Facts The Scottish Affairs Committee is continuing its investigations into the blacklisting of workers and published its interim report at the end of March this year It has heard evidence from Skanska, Balfour Beatty and Sir Robert McAlpine Ian Kerr also gave evidence to the committee before his death last year, stating that companies involved in Olympics projects had checked workers’ names against the list The Consulting Association’s blacklist contained more than 3,000 names and included many main contractors as subscribers

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Parliamentary group urges gas safety in social homes Dennis Flower

The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group seminar on improving gas safety in social housing took place in London last week. Speaking on behalf of the Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM), CORGI Technical Services joint chief executive officer Claire Heyes said: “We need to take big strides forward over the coming months and years to reshape what we do as an industry and how we do it.” The event was attended by leaders of housing associations, among others, who were reminded of their obligations: “You have to demonstrate that all reasonable steps have been taken in carrying out your responsibilities as senior management,” said Ms Heyes. She highlighted the need for consultation with workforces on safety matters, as well as supporting workers with training, CPD and developing new skills. Tenders for contracts should

We need to take big strides forward over the coming months and years to reshape what we do as an industry”

also have gas safety as a central consideration, she said, and not just concentrate on price. She described the AGSM as “one voice for the industry”, providing leadership and innovation to reshape the sector. The seminar also heard about Halton Homes’ installation of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in more than 22,000 properties and analysis of resulting activations. It was recommended that this be replicated by other associations. The efforts of Halton Housing Trust were also explained, which had implemented a comprehensive campaign to raise tenant and staff gas safety awareness. The seminar followed new CO regulations for Scotland, presented to Parliament last month, which will take effect from 1 October this year. These require the installation of a certified detection system to be included in all dwellings where a new or replacement fixed combustion appliance has been installed to alert building occupants on the presence of CO.

Briefs Managers of the future

Wolseley uK has launched its management training programme, an 18-month course for graduates which is designed to train the company’s next generation of managers, including a nine-month placement at one of its branches.

Top B&ES trainees hailed

The AGM and conference for B&eS specialist groups has recognised four of its most talented young people, including Robert Seed (Hargreaves Ductwork), Scott Ramm (jS Wright), jeremy Gould (Mannings Facilities Management) and Daniel emmett (nG Bailey).

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News round-up Efficiency, skills, air leakage, merchants, geothermal Baxi Academy opens

Coleg Gwent has become the first college in Wales to launch a training academy with Baxi, allowing students to train with state-ofthe-art equipment before putting their skills into practice. Coleg Gwent has teamed up with Baxi to launch the renewable energy training centre, called the Baxi Academy, at Coleg Gwent’s City of Newport Campus. The launch of the centre enables a wide range of new short courses, related to the servicing and installation of heating appliances in domestic property. NHBC teams up with BSRIA

A new partnership between the National House-building Council and the Building Services Research and Information Association has introduced a more efficient, faster onsite air leakage testing service. NHBC is the warranty and insurance provider and standards setter for new and newly converted homes. The responsive air leakage testing is part of NHBC’s overall Part L compliance package, which includes SAP and EPCs. Merchant gap deepens

A study into the profitability of the UK’s largest plumbers’ merchants has revealed a widening

Work begins on Scotland’s BRe Refurbished House Scottish contractor Cruden Building & Renewals will start work on the BRE Refurbished House, one of 10 demonstration homes being built on the BRE Innovation Park at Ravenscraig that will be used to shape future housing in the country. Using historical design information and traditional materials, the builders will recreate a full-scale ‘fourin-a-block’ typical Scottish apartment dwelling, of which there are 265,000 in Scotland and 3m similar units in England. The units will be monitored to provide real performance data on energy efficiency, cost and thermal comfort.

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Letters energy plant will have a significant negative impact Dear Sir, The announcement that the Barton Renewable Energy Plant is to go ahead is a devastating blow to the people of Trafford, Salford and Manchester. The unprecedented level of local opposition, including from local residents, doctors, MPs, businesses, Salford Council and all of Trafford’s councillors, has been swept aside to make way for an outdated, dirty incinerator. It is ironic that the decision made by our locally elected councillors, who understand the local issues and represent the local community, has been overturned by the communities and local government secretary, whose remit includes supporting local councils. The decision ignores all the specific circumstances that make Davyhulme a completely unsuitable place for this plant. With its inadequate technology and short chimney stack, this incinerator will burn contaminated wood and plastics, creating air pollution that can lead to serious health impacts and premature death. In our opinion, the original reasons on which Trafford’s entire planning committee unanimously rejected the plant

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are still entirely valid: there is a body of credible evidence suggesting that this plant will cause harm and people may therefore leave the area. The local air pollution is already of grave concern and as such, the Breathe Clean Air Group has made an official complaint to the European Commission. Adding a huge amount of additional pollution from this incinerator is irresponsible. There are cleaner alternatives for creating energy from waste, such as plasma gasification, but today’s decision means that local residents will be stuck with a dirty, polluting process for at least 25 years. We believe the careless nature of this decision will be evidenced in years to come as the impact on health becomes reality. Pete Kilvert Chairman, Breathe Clean Air Group

Acting responsibly on pump costs and insulation levels Dear Sir, At the risk of continued letter ‘ping pong’, Jeremy Hawksley (H&V News, 22 May) raises some important points. Electric-driven vapour compression heat pumps are not regarded as direct replacement for off-gas-grid properties using oil, even though the new generation of heat pumps should be able to achieve system (not just unit) SPFs above the necessary level of 1.7 (eg BS EN 15316 calculation based on BIN temperatures or BS EN 14825 as EuP lot 1). I agree that in terms of initial cost, it will often be cheaper to replace conventional oil-fired plant with condensing models, providing they are actually set and left in condensing mode and no other refurbishment costs are required. But this raises

Surely we should insulate and conserve energy whichever fuel is used – and even more so when paying 7.6p/kWh”

issues of long-term running costs and, even more importantly, oil-fired plant will face similar issues to heat pumps, ie in order to be efficient the return temperature must be lower than conventionally, hence also the flow temperature. Will the existing heat emitter system be adequate or will upgrade be required? If the latter there may be little difference in the additional costs. I have always found this perceived issue of need for insulation for heat pumps to operate correctly rather curious. There are some peripheral reasons why it is preferable, yet not essential, but definitely advisable. Surely we should insulate and conserve energy whichever fuel is used, and even more so when paying 7.6p/kWh for energy delivered via condensing oil boiler as opposed to 5p/kWh for the poorestperforming MCS-compliant heat pump system. There are already heat pumps performing some 20 per cent above this level and with newer models now 40 per cent better and able to operate at 65 deg C within the break-even window. This is based on SPF4 metric, and therefore includes boost heaters (eg DHWS and low ambient operation). As long as consumers understand that costs are subject to many factors and the combination of these factors can give very different results, sometimes for similar situations, we are acting responsibly. What we probably both agree on is that users have choices and the information they are given to make an informed choice should be as reliable and even handed as possible. Hopefully this series of letters has helped in this regard. Graham Hazell Renewergy consultant


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Sectors, data, contract leads SOCIAL HOUSING The social housing sector continues to be a volatile source of work for building services contractors. Having climbed by 46 per cent in the final quarter of 2012 year on year, the value of underlying (£250k-£100m) project starts plunged 21 per cent in Q1 2013, according to the latest figures from intelligence provider Glenigan. This performance continues a relatively unstable period for social housing activity, which has seen starts on site rise and fall with equal severity over the past two years. This may partly be due to the government’s austerity measures affecting local authorities and housing associations at different stages and to varying degrees. At a regional level, Q1’s figures reflect the unevenness of the sector in general, offering up a wildly mixed bag for the period. While the likes of the East of England, the North-east and the East Midlands recorded strong quarters, severe year-on-year contractions in Scotland, the South-west and the West Midlands more than offset gains elsewhere. The clincher, however, was the dire performance in the as-ever critical region of London, which lost around £270m-worth of social housing activity when compared with the same period of 2012. Had it not been for the aforementioned growth areas, along with the relative stability of the neighbouring South-east, the first quarter figures would have been significantly worse. Stand-out projects to have started in Q1 included a £40m 97-home development for Welwyn Hatfield District Council and the Homes & Communities Agency, awarded to Primus Build; 265 homes in Addlestone worth £30m for Elmbridge Housing Trust, being delivered by Durkan; and a £12.5m scheme for 50 extra 12 19 JUNE 2013

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RICS NEW BUYER ENQUIRIES The latest numbers for new buyer enquiries will offer some encouragement to companies operating in the housing arena, climbing by eight points to hit +11 in March 2013. The figures represent the net balance of responses to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ house sales survey. A positive net balance indicates that more respondents are seeing rises rather than falls in enquiries, while a negative balance suggests more respondents are seeing falls. Though the housing market has been plagued by instability over the past 12 months the initial success of the government’s Help to Buy initiative may see this short-term recovery continue through 2013.


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NSCC SUPPLIER PRICES The National Specialist Contractors Council State of Trade Survey shows how specialists fared over the previous quarter. These figures illustrate the net balance of those specialists who reported an increase in suppliers’ prices during the quarter minus those who experienced a decline. The latest numbers suggest that the proportion of specialists reporting increases rose significantly in Q1, following four consecutive quarters in which, though still in the majority, this proportion has been falling. Q1 saw 72 per cent of respondents report increased suppliers’ prices, compared with 65 per cent in the previous quarter; 4 per cent reported lower prices, compared with 6 per cent in Q4 2012.

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Savills, Wytham Court, 11 West Way, Botley, Oxford, OX2 0QL Contractor: Taylor Wimpey (East Midlands), The Osiers Business Centre, Leicester, LE19 1DX Tel: 0116 281 6400

Lane, Swillington, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 9JL Tel: 0113 204 4670

Planning authority: Derby Job: Detail Plans Granted for school (extension) Client: Derby City Council Developer: Derby City Council, Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1 2FS Tel: 01332 293111


LEICESTER £0.4M n Land west of 6-8 Reed Pool Close, Countesthorpe

Planning authority: North Lincolnshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for office building Client: Phillips 66 Ltd Developer: Frank Shaw Associates Ltd, Penmore House, Hasland Road, Hasland, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 0SJ Tel: 01246 233255

Planning authority: Rotherham Job: Detail Plans Granted for retail units Client: Onward Holdings Ltd Agent: Parkin Gerry Surveyors, 33 Abbey Road, Grimsby, Humberside, DN32 0HQ Contractor: Roe Developments (UK) Ltd, Tapton Park Innovation Centre, Brimington Road, Tapton, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 0TZ Tel: 01246 540700

plans apprOved

DERBY £1.3M n Littleover Community School, Pastures Hill, Littleover

Planning authority: Blaby Job: Detail Plans Granted for 6 flats & 2 bungalows Client: Abraham Property LLB Developer: Peter Thompson ADT Ltd, Providence House, 49 Leicester Road, Broughton Astley, Leicester, LE9 6QE Tel: 01455 284921


FELIXSTOWE £10M n Felixstowe Pier, undercliff Road, West undercliff Planning authority: Suffolk Coastal Job: Detail Plans Granted for leisure/pier complex redevelopment Client: Pier Amusements (Felixstowe) Ltd Agent: Haydn Evans Consulting Ltd, Orchard House, 31 - 37 St. Helens Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 2JL Tender return date: 25th June 2013 Tel: 01473 236550


IPSWICH £1.34M n Access roads to & around Child Care centre, Wattisham Airfield Planning authority: Mid Suffolk Job: Detail Plans Granted for childcare centre Client: Babcock Dyncorp Agent: Pick Everard, Weaver House, 9 Looms Lane, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1HE Contractor: Barnes Construction, 6 Bermuda Road, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 9RU Tel: 01473 272222

LEICESTER £9.1M n Land south of Hinckley Road (A47) & west of Beggars Lane, Leicester Forest east Planning authority: Blaby Job: Reserved Matters Granted for 145 houses Client: Taylor Wimpey (East Midlands) Agent:

plans apprOved

IMMINGHAM £1.5M n Site adjacent to Humber Refinery, eastfield Road, South Killingholme

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE £2.9M n Coach Lane Sports Ground, Coach Lane, Benton Coach Lane Campus Planning authority: North Tyneside Job: Detail Plans Granted for research facility Client: Northumbria University Developer: Nicholson Nairn Architects, Bishops Court, Rectory Lane, Whickham, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE16 4PA Tel: 0191 420 3090


HUDDERSFIELD £2M n Former Colne Mills, Britannia Road, Slaithwaite Planning authority: Kirklees Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for supermarket Client: Dransfield Properties Ltd Agent: WCEC Architects, Carrwood Court, Carrwood Road, Sheepbridge, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 9QB Tender return date: 21st June 2013 Tel: 01246 260261


HUDDERSFIELD £2.8M n Land off Cowrakes Road, Lindley Planning authority: Kirklees Job: Detail Plans Granted for 42 houses Client: Harron Homes Ltd Agent: Kanpton & Knapton, G Mill, Dean Clough Mills, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 5AX Contractor: Harron Homes Ltd, Colton House, Temple Point, Bullerthorpe

CONTRACTS Approved projects at main contract awarded stage

ROTHERHAM £1M n Phase 2, Manvers Way, Wath upon Dearne

SCARBOROUGH £4M n Manam Hill, Ridgeway & Wreyfield Drive, Borrowcliff, eastfield Planning authority: Scarborough Job: Detail Plans Granted for 18 houses/ 9 luxury houses & 10 flats Client: Yorkshire Coast Homes Agent: Salt Architects, 54 Lairgate, Beverley, Humberside, HU17 8EU Contractor: Southdale Ltd, Southdale House, Westholme Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX1 4JF Tel: 01422 380090

North-west plans apprOved

FRODSHAM £0.88M n Hapsford Hall, Moor Lane, Hapsford Planning authority: Cheshire West Job: Detail Plans Granted for 7 houses/2 luxury houses & offices (alterations) Client: Trustees of The Barnston Estate Developer: Fisher German LLP, 4 Vicars Lane, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1QU Tel: 01244 409660

KENDAL £6.8M n Riverside, Beezon Road Planning authority: South Lakeland Job: Detail Plans Granted for elderly care home Client: YourLife Management Services Ltd Developer: The Planning Bureau Limited, Altrincham Business Park, Edward Court, Broadheath, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 5GL Tel: 0161 926 3352


WIRRAL £5.4M n Land bounded by Bridge

Court Bridge Road & Orrysdale RoadWest Kirby Planning authority: Wirral Job: Reserved Matters Granted for 48 flats & 1 health care unit Client: Wirral Partnership Homes Agent: I B I Nightingale, The Plaza, 100 Old Hall Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L3 9QJ Tender return date: 28th June 2013 Tel: 0151 255 2270


MANCHESTER £8M n Former Lewis Street Primary School, Lewis Street eccles Planning authority: Salford Job: Detail Plans Granted for primary school & nursery school Client: Salford City Council Agent: Urban Vision Partnership, Albert Street, Eccles, Swinton, Manchester, M30 0TE Contractor: Seddon Construction Ltd, Plodder Lane, Edge Fold, Bolton, Greater Manchester, BL4 0NN Tel: 01204 570400

ST. HELENS £0.62M n Land at Chalon Way West Planning authority: St. Helens Job: Detail Plans Granted for restaurant/ takeaway Client: Spen Hill Properties (Southend) Ltd Agent: Michael Aukett Architects Ltd, Atlantic Court, 77 Kings Road, London, SW3 4NX Contractor: Vale (UK) Ltd, Kitling Road, Knowsley Ind. Park South, Prescot, Merseyside, L34 9JA Tel: 0151 5464684

WHITEHAVEN £2.8M n Land at site of former Rhodia, High Road Planning authority: Copeland Job: Detail Plans Granted for 40 houses Client: Story Homes Agent: Positive Planning Solutions, 48 Helvellyn Rise, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 6QL Contractor: Story Homes, Marconi Road, Brugh Road Industrial Estate, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA2 7NA Tel: 01228 640855

Scotland plans apprOved

KIRKCALDY £0.41M n Former Grosvenor Bar site, Alexander Street, east Wemyss Planning authority: Fife Job: Detail Plans Granted for 5 houses Client: Christie & Wilson Development (East Wemyss) Ltd Developer: ARKTX Char-

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Opportunities Contract leads tered Architects, 187 Strathmartine Road, Dundee, Tayside, DD3 8BL Tel: 01382 831557

PITLOCHRY £0.25M n Adderley Hotel, 23 Toberargan Road Planning authority: Perth & Kinross Job: Detail Plans Granted for 4 residential units (alts) Client: Monument Leisure Developer: G H Johnston Building Consultants Ltd, Willow House, Stoneyfield Business Park, Inverness, Highlands, IV2 7PA Tel: 01463 237229

WESTHILL £1M n Phase 2/3Arnhall Business Park, Prospect Road Planning authority: Aberdeenshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for 6 office buildings Client: Knight Property Group Developer: Ryden LLP, 25 Albyn Place, Aberdeen, Grampian, AB10 1YL Tel: 01224 588866


DALKEITH £0.5M n Whitecraig travellers site, Old Dalkeith Colliery Planning authority: Midlothian Job: Detail Plans Granted for 6 pitch buildings & office building Client: East Lothian Council Agent: East Lothian Council, Penston House, McMerry Industrial Estate, Tranent, Lothian, EH33 1EX Tender return date: Tenders are currently invited. Tender return date 4th July 2013. Tel: 01620 827827


Contractor: Ogilvie Construction, Ogilvie House, Pirnhall Business Park, 200 Glasgow Road, Whins of Milton, Stirling, Central, FK7 8ES Tel: 01786 812273

PETERHEAD £1.8M n Mintlaw Community Centre, newlands Road Mintlaw Planning authority: Aberdeenshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for community centre Client: MACBI (Mintlaw and Central Buchan Initiative) Agent: McAdam Design Partnership, 70 King Street, Peterhead, Grampian, AB42 1QJ Contractor: Bancon Construction, Crathes, Banchory, Crathes, Banchory, Grampian, AB31 5QQ Tel: 01330 827300

South-east/London plans approved

AYLESFORD £4.1M n Pickfords (Depot), Mill Hall Planning authority: Tonbridge & Malling Job: Detail Plans Granted for 58 flats & 21 houses Client: Castledene Motor Co. Ltd Developer: Clague Architects, 13 North Street, Ashford, Kent, TN24 8LF Tel: 01233 624354

RYDE £1.8M n Site of former Swanmore County, Bettesworth Road Planning authority: Isle Of Wight Job: Detail Plans Granted for 25 houses Client: Signature Developments Southern Developer: Signature Developments Southern Ltd, 4a Gildredge Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4RL Tel: n/a

CARLUKE £0.43M n Overton Farm, Crossford

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Planning authority: South Lanarkshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for restaurant Client: Firm of W G Young Agent: Set Square Plans, 27 Caroline Park, Mid Calder, Livingston, Lothian, EH53 0SH Contractor: Firm of W G Young, Overton Farm, Crossford, Carluke, Strathclyde, ML8 5QF Tel: Not Available

Planning authority: Runnymede Job: Detail Plans Granted for luxury house Client: Mrs. T Kuzminova Developer: Michael Conoley Associates, 9a Compton Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 1QY Tel: 01252 781882



CHELMSFORD £1.5M n The nest, Highwood Road, edney Common

Planning authority: Edinburgh Job: Detail Plans Granted for 11 flats Client: Wemyss Steadings 2006 Ltd Agent: Oliver Chapman Architects Ltd, 36 St. Marys Street, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH1 1SX

Planning authority: Chelmsford Job: Detail Plans Granted for 17 houses & 2 flats Client: Cubic 4 Ltd Agent: George F Johnson Associates, The Old Bakery, St Marys Square, Kelvedon, Colchester,

EDINBURGH n 45 Polwarth Terrace

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PLANS APPROVED Projects where detailed plans have been approved but are still at pre-tender stage.

TENDERS Approved projects which are at tender stage.

Essex, CO5 9AN Tender return date: 1st July 2013 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 01376 573133

LONDON £7M n Alexander Court, Kidbrooke Grove Kidbrooke Planning authority: Greenwich Job: Detail Plans Granted for 30 elderly flats Client: Morden College Agent: The Brunton Boobyer Partnership Ltd, 201 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 8NB Tender return date: 10th July 2013 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 020 8858 6788


DUNMOW £1.4M n Barnetson Court, Braintree Rd Planning authority: Uttlesford Job: Detail Plans Granted for 10 houses Client: Stonebond Ltd Agent: Capita Symonds, Croxtons Mill, Blasford Hill, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 3PJ Contractor: Stonebond Ltd, 57 Crown Street, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4BD Tel: 01277 218219

GUILDFORD £2.2M n east wing of Royal Surrey County Hospital, egerton Road Planning authority: Guildford Job: Detail Plans Granted for hospital (extension) Client: Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust Agent: Architects Design Partnership, Coldharbour Business Park, Sherborne, Dorset, DT9 4JW Contractor: Beard Guildford, Stonemasons Court, Cemetery Pales, Brookwood, Woking, Surrey, GU24 0BL Tel: 01483 485180

South-west/Wales plans approved

EXETER £1M n St Leonards Church of england, St. Leonards Road Planning authority: Exeter Job: Detail Plans Granted for school (extension) Client: Devon County Council Developer: Devon County Council, County Hall, 241 Topsham Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 4QD Tel: 01392 382000

PENTRE £1.3M n Former Ystrad Depot, Trafalgar Terrace Ystrad

CONTRACTS Approved projects at main contract awarded stage.

Planning authority: Rhondda Cynon Taff Job: Detail Plans Granted for 14 dwellings Client: Green Hill Construction Developer: Green Hill Construction, The Green House, Esperanto Way, Newport, NP19 0RD Tel: 01633 290159

WHITLAND £0.33M n Outbuilding rear of the Beeche, Spring Gardens Planning authority: Carmarthenshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for 4 houses Client: Mr. & Mrs. G Phillips Developer: Curtis Blain, 15 St John Street, Whitland, Dyfed, SA34 0AN Tel: 01994 240366


GLOUCESTER £5.9M n Land parcels 23 & 24, Gambet Road, Gloucester Business Park, Brockworth Planning authority: Tewkesbury Job: Reserved Matters Granted for 122 residential units Client: Bovis Homes (South West) Ltd Agent: Bovis Homes (South West) Ltd, Cleeve Hall, Cheltenham Road, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 8GD Contractor: Bovis Homes (South West) Ltd, Cleeve Hall, Cheltenham Road, Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 8GD Tel: 01242 662400

HENGOED £5M n Ystrad Mynach Caerphilly Sports Complex Planning authority: Caerphilly Job: Detail Plans Granted for sports stadium & centre Client: Caerphilly County Borough Council Agent: Caerphilly County Borough Council, Penallta House, Tredomen Park, Ystrad Mynach, Hengoed, Mid Glamorgan, CF82 7PG Contractor: Heron Brothers, 2 St Patricks Street, Draperstown, Magherafelt, Co Londonderry, BT45 7AL Tel: 028 7962 8505

LYDNEY £1.1M n Land At, Pylers Way Planning authority: Forest Of Dean Job: Detail Plans Granted for 9 houses Client: Two Rivers Housing Agent: Quattro Design Architects Ltd, Imperial Chambers, Longsmith Street, Gloucester, GL1 2HT Contractor: K W Bell & Son Ltd, Whimsey Industrial Estate, Steam Mills Road, Cinderford, Gloucestershire, GL14 3JA Tel: 01594 824482

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Performance demands expert enforcement H&V News gathered leading figures to discuss Guaranteed Installed Performance, issues to avoid and the importance of on-site testing The latest H&V News roundtable attracted 11 delegates from a diverse selection of organisations including BSRIA, Positive Ventilation and Southwark Council. The delegates were invited to speak about the challenges faced by installers and the importance of correct installation. The roundtable also allowed attendees to discuss the commissioning of MVHR systems to achieve compliance and performance levels. The 2010 Building Regulations now focus on installed ventilation performance meeting design criteria for the first time. This is the first step to ventilation becoming a controlled service within a dwelling and means systems will be inspected and tested prior to being signed off by Building Control. Complementing this is the introduction of a national Competent Persons Scheme, developed to provide certified training for ventilation installers to further assist the delivery of Guaranteed Installed Performance (GIP). Getting a GIP

Greenwood Airvac technical services manager Carl Fivash pointed out that the market and the regulations are changing all the time and the roundtable was a great opportunity to discuss the challenges facing the industry. One of the crucial issues was whether the industry was grasping the need to comply with GIP.

Butler & Young building control manager Andy Thomas commented: “I think it’s a real growth part of the building industry because the Building Regulations are driving forward standards Part L and Part F. “The industry demands that designers install ventilation systems that perform well. “One of the basic purposes of the regulations is to help the people living in the buildings and if we’re not getting that right then we’re failing. “One of the problems we get as regulators is that design and installation is done by the end contractor and often not enough

Contractors and designers are specifying lower air leakage rates – 10 was the norm 10 years ago and now you’re looking at four or five” Peter Card, Southwark Council

of the design is processed in the early days, so the people delivering the systems struggle to install with a fixed design. “As a result, duct sizes become smaller and we have even had buildings that just fail.” Mr Thomas suggested the industry is sometimes guilty of responding to regulations rather than issues being raised from the beginning. He said more needed to be done in the early stages, but agreed that this was a regulator point of view that was not sympathetic to the installer. Southwark Council head of building control Peter Card added: “One thing that we are 19 june 2013 19

Special report Roundtable (continued) finding is that contractors and designers are specifying lower air leakage rates – typically 10 was the norm 10 years ago and now you’re looking at four or five. The reason being is they don’t want to fail.” Cost-cutting issues

The panel agreed that issues also arise as a result of contractors looking to remove costs. A unit is sometimes replaced with a cheaper, less efficient one as people try to drive down expenses. BEAMA marketing director Kelly Butler argued that there is a bigger issue than cost, which is the impact on performance. “There is a lack of knowledge and understanding generally in deviating from design,” he said, adding that problems emerged when this occurs without understanding exactly the damage it can cause. Mr Thomas added that as the regulations are constantly changing, there is always a delay to application. “It’s only now that we’re asking for performance standards to be delivered and

that’s quite late,” he said. It was suggested that though the industry is three years on from the 2010 Building Regulations, very few of the systems being tested have been installed correctly. Mr Thomas reasoned that it was down to the competent person who has signed off the building. “The responsibility lies with the competent person and although there are regulations, it is worrying that there are no checking processes,” he said. Mr Butler added: “We can put people through training but what is difficult is allowing the competent person to ensure everything is done from the point of design to design deviation.” A common problem can include having products that perform well but then having the work commissioned incorrectly. “For example, the system is not set correctly so the air flow is wrong. Someone should take responsibility and that’s the competent person,” Mr Butler said. Independent contractor Chris Irwin argued that the problem

Someone must be responsible. As an industry we need to decide who it is and they should be compensated” Marcos DeCastro, Crofton

was a lack of liability. “There has to be an incentive or penalty for who commissioned it,” he argued. It was agreed around the table that someone needed to take responsibility, even if this means creating a separate job role. Crofton director Marcos DeCastro added: “Someone has to be responsible. As an industry we need to decide who it is and

Attendees john Bradley, managing director, Positive Ventilation Kelly Butler, marketing director, BeAMA Mally Butters, operations manager services, BPeC Peter Card, head of building control, Southwark council Marcos DeCastro, director, Crofton Carl Fivash, technical services manager, Greenwood Airvac Alan Gilbert, general manager – instrument solutions, BSRIA Chris Irwin, independent contractor Michelle Sharp, marketing communications manager, Greenwood Airvac Andy Thomas, building control manager, Butler & Young Glen Warren, marketing manager, Greenwood Airvac Chair: Dennis Flower, editor, H&V news

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they should obviously be compensated for that role.” Recovery roles

In terms of responsibility for specific systems’ performance, Positive Ventilation managing director John Bradley identified three main reasons why the industry doesn’t get the results it needs with heat recovery ventilation: “The first thing is supply chain issues; the second is lack of knowledge in spite of the training that goes on; the third is co-ordination.” Mr Bradley said with regards to the supply chain: “If you take a typical heat recovery ventilation, there are so many people involved in it, from the manufacturer to the distributor – the duct tape could come from one company; the unit could come from another. “There are so many people involved in that, from the commissioning engineer, ventilation installer to the plumber. If one person in the supply chain gets it wrong you have problems.” In terms of the lack of

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There are so many people involved. If one person gets it wrong you have problems” John Bradley, Positive Ventilation

knowledge, Mr Bradley pointed out that expertise comes from applying as well as undertaking courses, and that the important thing was making sure everyone was doing their bit. It was suggested that the industry should have a specialist at the end of every project who can decide what is commissionable. Many agreed it would be better to have someone to rely on and someone who can deal with the problems from the beginning. It was noted that a lot of

confusion emerges on high-end jobs, for example The Shard, where there were many contractors. The panellists also discussed how the wide spectrum of companies involved in projects have had to deal with increasingly complicated regulations over recent years. “We are not experts in everything, we have to deal with so many aspects and there are so many of us,” Mr Card said. Mr Fivash mentioned: “Back in 1991 when regulations asked for a fan in the kitchen or a fan in the bathroom, you had a wire with a fan with a duct with a grill – it isn’t difficult to do that, but now we have bigger systems in the residential market.”

designed checklist, for a building control officer to walk in to a building and randomly check three or four things. The commissioning specialist would need to have an answer to everything.” Mr DeCastro suggested that the UK could learn from the Norwegians who have the software to check that a building is compliant. It was pointed out, however, that the market in Norway is different and the UK has high numbers of owner-occupiers, whereas in Norway and places such as Germany, this is not the case. BSRIA general manager Alan Gilbert added that it was about who owns the building and that in Norway they were able to get it right because they largely have flats that are close together. In addition to performance deficiencies, many at the table argued that there were often post-construction performance gaps. More knowledge needed to be provided for the customer in order for the site to still function properly once the building has been signed off, with issues such as making sure the filter is changed and properly looked after being cited. Knowledge gaps

Mr Butler said: “We know where things go wrong so we know where the knowledge gap is, there’s a lot you can do in terms

We know where the knowledge gap is and we need a regulated competency scheme” Kelly Butler, BEAMA

of education, and we need a regulated competency scheme, preferably with a competency provider.” Mr Bradley added that his company recorded what it did, when it did it and re-visited when the building was due for servicing. In terms of providing more understanding for the customer, Mr Butler added that a range of information should be made available – information that is not overly technical. He argued that customers need a centralised common set of instructions to explain what they have got and why they have got it. JOIN THE DISCUSSION Register free to comment on the latest news and views

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It was agreed by many that there needs to be stricter mandatory requirements, the key word being mandatory. In particular, enforcement is a significant issue within the industry. Mr Butler added: “Surely it’s reasonable, on a properly 19 JUNE 2013 21

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Special report Carbon-cutting technology

War on energy usage rages across all fronts Intelligent systems, behavioural change and improved management are all helping to boost efficiency and tackle rising energy costs With recent government statistics revealing that the UK is continuing to increase its use of coal to generate electricity (H&V News 5 Jun, p5), concerns have again been raised over how legally binding carbon emission reduction targets are to be achieved by 2020 and beyond. Efforts to boost energy efficiency are being further driven by rising fuel costs; it could be argued that this is the main factor behind reducing emissions, as the European carbon credits scheme has failed to make any significant impact. Accordingly, it seems that rising energy prices will prove more effective to encourage both individuals and organisations to reduce their energy usage and, by association, emissions. Educating businesses, commercial building owners and domestic householders in the various options available to them remains a priority. This point is emphasised by industry experts, who explain how advances in technological developments continue to increase the number of options available to reduce emissions and save energy. Government backing

Jaga Heating Products managing director Phil Marris says: “As clichéd as it may sound, carboncutting technology is the way of the future. “Our energy secretary Ed

Davey certainly thinks so, as he recently challenged the European Union to set an emissions reduction target of 50 per cent on 1990 levels by 2030,” he says. He refers to the The Department of Energy and Climate Change’s recent announcement of a £21m fund to encourage the development of low-carbon products as proof of its support in this area. “Within the heating industry, we have always known the effectiveness of carbon-cutting technology,” Mr Marris says. “Solutions are already available and have been for some time, so it is more a matter of convincing those that hold the purse strings of the value of investing in carbon-cutting technology. “While the public might be aware of the general ‘whats’ and the ‘whys’ about low-carbon products, it’s the ‘hows’ that need stressing if the UK is to compete in the green global race. “The public needs to be given all the options in black and white on how they can reduce their carbon footprints. “People need to know what carbon-cutting products are on the market and the ongoing benefits of making this transition.” It is important for industry to play its part in this, Mr Marris adds. “We already have a wide range of environmentally friendly or low-water temperature heating systems highly recommended

The public might be aware of the ‘whats’ and ‘whys’ but it’s the ‘hows’ that need stressing” Phil Marris, Jaga Heating Products

to get the best out of renewable energy systems,” he says. “The aim now is to ensure they are promoted in such a way that their benefits are quickly and clearly understood.” Role of boilers

Remeha Commercial managing director Mark Northcott agrees that as atmospheric CO2 levels have reached record highs, one of today’s biggest challenges is cutting carbon to meet target levels. “Heating is a good starting 19 june 2013 23

Special report Carbon-cutting technology (continued) point,” he says. “As manufacturers, we look not just at the efficiency of an individual product but at creating smarter system design that will allow the individual components of the system to operate at their maximum efficiency levels and further reduce the carbon and NOx emissions. Key to all this is the humble boiler.” Whether the sole heat provider or working in conjunction with renewable equipment such as biomass boilers, solar systems or heat pumps, today’s fully modulating condensing boilers continue to play a crucial part in helping reduce emissions. “Why? Profitability for a start,” explains Mr Northcott. “In many cases, businesses might realistically save more carbon by replacing ageing, wasteful boilers with modern condensing boilers, rather than investing in expensive renewable technology. “Secondly, retrofit might be the only carbon-cutting option available – especially for businesses situated in the UK’s old commercial buildings. “Thirdly, renewable technology still requires condensing boiler technology to guarantee reliable heat delivery. ‘Super condensing’ boilers provide the perfect example of how sophisticated boiler technology has become. “These guarantee condensing efficiencies in all systems, regardless of the primary flow and return temperatures, and use energy that would otherwise be wasted for space heating or to preheat DHW.” Behavioural change

Changing end-users’ habits is similarly crucial to boosting efficiency. Warmafloor managing director Mike Lamb refers to the recent Attitudes Tracker survey result from the DECC, revealing that 80 per cent of participants consider energy-saving behaviours. “It is understandable that 52 per cent of people leave the heating on when they go out for a 24 19 june 2013

few hours,” he says. “Quite rightly, wanting to enjoy a comfortable temperature remains a top priority for homeowners.” However, with rising energy prices, this habit results in considerable waste and even higher bills. While it is difficult to change people’s habits, low-energy heating systems and better management can minimise this, while intelligent control platforms can also help. “Having long been used to ensure energy efficiency in commercial buildings, surface heating and cooling systems, combined with an intelligent control platform, are increasingly being used to deliver the same in residential properties,” Mr Lamb says. This system learns building users’ patterns and the lowtemperature setback position for times when the building is empty ensures a consistent, comfortable temperature with minimal energy waste, he explains. “A basic foundation of behavioural change is illustrating people’s energy use and smart control panels do exactly that,” he continues. “They are accurate to 0.5 deg C as opposed to the 4 deg C band of usual thermostats. With 1 deg C overshoot equating to 10 per cent energy waste, this means significant energy savings.” Smarter value

Alongside clever controls, BEAMA smart grid co-ordinator Yselkla Farmer says smart metering is a key enabler in the development of smart grids and, importantly, demand-side management. “Manufacturers are already looking at how smart meter rollout can operate with other smart appliances in the home to provide value-added services for

It’s contradictory to offer a carboncutting product that has caused high emissions in its manufacture” Chris Edwards, Purmo

Businesses might save more carbon by replacing ageing boilers with modern condensing boilers” Mark Northcott, Remeha Commercial

end-users,” she says. “Increasingly, consumers are being incentivised to adopt low-carbon technologies – the move to the electrification of transport and heat, plus distributed generation, will increase demand as well as potentially create power quality issues on local networks.” It is therefore essential that the industry develops efficient demand-side services to manage growing demand and changing demand patterns to help avoid costly reinforcement of local networks, which would be added to the cost of energy, she adds. “BEAMA is focusing on smart technologies that will enable demand-side response and maximise the benefits and valueadded services available to the consumer,” Ms Farmer continues. “Simplicity and interoperability will be key to this, ensuring customers can easily use technologies to help manage their electricity demand and save energy.” Smart technologies in the home and more advanced automation provide benefits in terms of energy demand, but also offer a more efficient way of managing properties, potentially linking into security systems and social services. The drive from government policy and regulation to change the way domestic and commercial customers use, manage and generate energy will undoubtedly create market opportunities


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Special report Carbon-cutting technology (continued) Electrification of transport and heat will increase demand and potentially create power quality issues on local networks” Yselkla Farmer, BEAMA

for manufacturers as well as consumers. BEAMA is currently taking forward a number of initiatives in smart grid development, smart housing and electric vehicle infrastructure, Ms Farmer says. Reduced to clear

NG Bailey sustainability director Cal Bailey cites the retail sector as an example of such advanced technology being used to reduce energy consumption and emissions. Retailers are facing unprecedented commercial pressures and are exploring new ways to increase their competitive edge. With energy prices set to rise further, reducing energy consumption has the ability to make a significant impact on the bottom line, Mr Bailey says, and this can be done through a relatively simple approach. “Retail store estates are a significant overhead: – lighting, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration are all part of the sales environment – and retailers’ energy usage is extensive,” he says. “For example, the UK’s 40 largest shopping centres alone consume £40m in energy per year.” While retailers may have been reluctant to make changes in the past, this is beginning to change as new solutions are introduced that make identifying and then 26 19 JUNE 2013

implementing carbon-saving measures straightforward to manage centrally, while rolling out across store estates. Management makeover

NG Bailey group business development director Sean Wickens explains his company’s Rare Energy concept to assist with achieving these aims. “This is an intelligent offering centred around a unique technology platform,” he says. “The beauty of it being that we take a company’s energy management off its hands, plugging into their energy team as we roll-out the solution. “We identify the company’s energy use across its existing assets, either in a single location or on an enterprise scale. We then produce a report detailing the energy being consumed across the portfolio, before analysing and putting forward recommendations to alter the usage accordingly. This helps us achieve optimum energy reduction results.” Once the solution is in place and generating cost savings and energy efficiencies, the company then helps the customer engage with their building occupiers to ensure behaviours support the operational changes. The four-step process that underpins Rare Energy has the

ability to reduce a company’s energy usage by as much as 30 per cent, Mr Wickens says. “You only need consider the energy consumed across a typical retail estate to realise the cost reductions this could represent,” Mr Wickens concludes. Carbon secrets

Purmo sales and marketing director Chris Edwards says there are a number of factors to consider to ensure carbon saving results are achieved. “The secret to making lowtemperature heating systems work more fuel efficiently, especially in refurbishment projects, lies in sufficiently upgraded insulation of the property and the installation of modern radiators designed to work with lower temperatures,” he says. If these are not replaced, homeowners will keep system temperatures high, so a boiler rarely operates in condensing mode, making its A rating theoretical rather than practical,” he adds. That means they do not reap rewards in the form of lower domestic fuel bills. Using heat emitters designed for use in lower-temperature systems allows condensing boilers to operate in condensing mode for greater periods of time, Mr Edwards continues, maximising fuel efficiency and making meaningful sense of A-rated equipment. It is also important to source UK-made products, he states. Locally manufactured products made from raw materials such as British steel will further reduce carbon footprints. “After all, it seems contradictory to offer a carbon-cutting product that has caused disproportionately high carbon emissions in its manufacture,” Mr Edwards concludes. ALL THE LATEST PRODUCTS View carbon-cutting tech online


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Industry interview Geoff Hobbs

Planting the seeds of a market leader

Geoff Hobbs is seeing his work at Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating bear fruit There is no substitute for experience. That’s proven by the gains currently being enjoyed by Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating, formerly known as Buderus. Geoff Hobbs joined as business development director nearly two years ago and one of the many measures he implemented has been the change of name. With more than 20 years’ involvement in directing commercial and industrial HVAC operations, chartered engineer Mr Hobbs has extensive international experience that has taken in America, Africa, Asia and Germany. One of his notable

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successes has been to champion the importance of hot water supplies to commercial operations. “A lot of businesses depend on hot water, such as hotels,” he says. “If there’s no hot water, there’s no hotel. As the leisure industry emerges within our society, then fulfilling that industry need becomes very important.” The days of running out of hot water are gone and businesses can have as much as they want, guaranteed to be at the right temperature. “That’s an area where I believed I influenced the industry within Europe to change its way of thinking,” Mr Hobbs says.

When I joined the company it was very much a sleeping giant”

Initially employed to develop the Bosch Group commercial water heating products in Europe, his role has changed with the times. His attention was divided equally between the UK and Europe, but now his main focus is the domestic commercial and industrial market. “I previously stated that in the next five years I would take the company from being a very minor contributor to the industry to the market leader,” he says. “I think it’s fair to say that when I joined the company it was very much a sleeping giant.” Mr Hobbs believes the Bosch

brand offers the widest selection of products in the world and says his job has been to pull everything together into a cohesive message while focusing on customer service and simplicity. He likens the process of achieving this goal as similar to steering a supertanker that takes some time to respond to a change of course. “Eighteen months later, I believe we’re now going in the right direction,” he says. Gaining the full backing of the board was vital, he continues, singling out UK Bosch Thermotechnology managing director Carl Arntzen for his support. This was achieved by showing everyone the potential that existed within the company and what was required to bring this to fruition. Specialist expertise

“One of the things I’ve done since I joined is to take on specialist people in specialist areas,” he states. This recruitment policy combined high levels of commercial sector technical knowhow with sales expertise to deliver a comprehensive package to customers – another example of his recently successful initiatives. Describing the commercial and industrial heating division as enjoying “rapid growth”, Mr Hobbs notes that the company recruited four people in the first quarter of 2013 and will continue to take on more staff this year. The firm’s expansion has included winning orders for multi-MW systems for power stations, hospitals, universities and other major projects. The continuing demand for steam within the UK commercial and industrial sector has played a significant role in recent contract wins. The company’s experience in supplying steam boilers to large operations throughout Europe has surprised many people in the UK, Mr Hobbs says, as evidenced by the response to its stand at this year’s Ecobuild exhibition. There is also scope for more

Eighteen months later, I believe we’re now going in the right direction” joint effort between the Worcester, Bosch Group and Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating, he continues, citing Poundbury in Wiltshire as an example of where their combined efforts can satisfy all requirements. “They have got 2,000 houses that need boilers, as well as sports clubs and fire stations that need the bigger boilers, which we’re doing,” Mr Hobbs says. “They’ve then got the anaerobic digestion system, which runs on biogas.” Further opportunities are merging from cross-selling between all Bosch companies. For example, a holiday park will require all types of domestic appliance, as well as heating and hot water equipment, all of which can be sourced from within the group. This can be further extended when dealing with international businesses operating sites in a number of countries, he explains. District heating is currently experiencing greater demand within the UK and Mr Hobbs has seen further sales increases for his company in this area. This has resulted from the introduction of heat distribution units (HDUs) to the firm’s product offering, with sales of several hundred HDUs complementing those of boilers and renewable technologies to satisfy all aspects of the district heating system’s requirements. “I foresee that we will take Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating from being a minor contender to being a very major contender in the next four to five years,” Mr Hobbs says.

CREATE HEALTHY INDOOR AIR, WHILST CONSERVING ENERGY. Climate change is already impacting on the environment and there is no doubt that the reduction of carbon emissions is paramount if we are to help preserve the world in which we live. One way in which emissions can be reduced is by reducing energy consumption when heating and cooling buildings by incorporating heat recovery equipment. Instead of extracting the stale air and sending heated air into the atmosphere, energy recovery devices can be incorporated into the extract plant to recover a large proportion of the otherwise wasted heat, which can then be transferred to the supply air stream. Elta Fans’ Komfovent range of Heat Recovery Units (HRUs) offer thermal efficiency and energy savings up to 88%. With both AC or EC motors, rotary and plate heat exchangers and wall mounted or ceiling suspension options available, we have a wide range of units to suit any installation. For more information contact Elta Fans on +44 (0) 1384 275800.

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Better business Carbon reduction, Renewable Heat Incentive Carbon reduCtion

renewable Heat inCentive

Commitment changes need monitoring

Govt dithering on RHI represents a serious danger

The Environmental Agency has finally published guidance on the changes it intends to make to the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) programme. It follows an often heated debate about the cost and complexity of implementing the scheme for participating companies and organisations. In principle, the CRC is a great idea. It aims to incentivise the take-up of cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities by industry in order to help meet the UK’s carbon reduction targets. As a mandatory UK-wide scheme, it applies to all large public and private sector organisations not caught by the higher level EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Participants must measure and report emissions, and purchase allowances to cover them. More than 2,000 organisations are legally obliged to take part. Criticism has centred on the complexity of reporting, which many considered to be out of proportion. The irony was not lost on observers that a flagship government measure intended to promote efficient use of resources required a dazzlingly complex bureaucracy to implement.

The delay in implementing the Renewable Heat Incentive for domestic properties comes at a critical time for our industry. I am not saying the lights will go out; however, my concern is the UK’s ability to be self-sufficient and not reliant upon power from abroad. Hitting renewable targets is one thing, but meeting the scale of energy demands in the UK and ensuring energy security are other equally important issues. What is the point of hitting our renewable targets if we cannot still then meet the energy needs of the country? In the short term, heat pumps can cut the demand on the grid. Long term, heat pumps driven by nuclear and large-scale renewable generation (such as wind and biomass-fired combined heat and power) are the answer. Given that plans for the third nuclear power station at Heysham have been put on hold and a number of other nuclear projects lie in the balance, the capacity for future large-scale, homegrown generation in the UK is uncertain. Nuclear provides some of the answers to the looming deficit in electricity supply in the UK. It also provides electricity with a lowCO2 tag attached. It is very unlikely that renewable power generation will singlehandedly be able to provide the necessary scale of generation the UK requires within any reasonable timescale. But it can still play a very significant part and heat pumps do also provide an answer in part to reducing the strain on the UK power grid network. Apart from the ability to heat and cool simultaneously and to provide unrivalled efficiencies, heat pump systems can and do operate essentially off peak.

Range of changes

The changes proposed by the agency are designed to address these concerns. There are no fewer than 46 simplifications to the scheme, which gives an idea of the original programme’s demands. Perhaps the most significant change is that performance league tables on carbon reductions were abolished on 1 June this year. They were always a source of contention, as they only acknowledged achievements in the current 30 19 June 2013

period, not earlier years. Because it gets harder to maintain year-onyear improvements, otherwise exemplary organisations could find themselves relegated to the lower ranks as new tables were published. This was widely felt to be unfair and demotivating. The agency will continue to publish details on energy use and carbon emissions by participating organisations, but in a less controversial form, it says. Another important change relates to the number of fuels that firms will have to provide reports on. This is being cut from 29 to just two. The government originally proposed reducing the number of fuels to four, including oil and kerosene, but will now only focus on emissions from electricity and gas, when used for heating. A further change will see all state schools in England excluded, although those in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will continue to participate. The aim is to balance the substantial benefits of major carbon reductions envisaged by the original scheme without drowning organisations in red tape. The situation will require careful monitoring over the implementation period to ensure this has been achieved. It is an important policy to get right, as the foundations we lay now will determine whether we are able to deliver the carbon reductions the UK has committed to in the future. Scott Craig is sales and marketing director at Climate Center and Pipe Center

What is the point of hitting our renewable targets if we cannot still then meet the energy needs of the country?” Heat pumps are therefore the perfect renewable technology where either grid electricity is produced by nuclear or where electricity is partly generated by onsite renewable sources. Doomsday scenario

The main concern is that if the RHI is not implemented correctly, timescales are unreliable and the scheme is not user-friendly for designers, installers and end-user, the industry will dwindle and a huge opportunity will be missed. Businesses have made a significant investment in the heat pump sector in preparation for the business generated by the RHI. This includes MCS-accreditation of heat pumps, acquisition, development and retention of skilled staff and development of supply chains. Continued uncertainty over the RHI in terms of implementation, tariffs and lack of guidance means losing this investment is a very real danger. If RHI support doesn’t take hold, this will happen and it would be massively damaging. However, with diminishing investment and, in particular, uncertainty on where the shortfall in power generation is going to come from, the off-peak operation of heat pumps is a very good starting point for the future of power security. Rob Gardiner is managing director at econic

Better business: technical Air vent efficiency, heat pump installation Air vents

HeAt pumps

Air supply is vital for achieving stove efficiency

Lack of uKspecific products is problematic

Most people can recall an old science lesson with the triangle of combustion: to burn you need fuel, oxygen and ignition. So why do people, when wanting a stove installed, think they can ignore this basic formula? The fuel and ignition are obvious, but the oxygen is often ignored – or eliminated once the installer leaves the property. Air vents, feeding from outside, must be installed when a stove is rated at 5 kW or greater to offer this oxygen to the fire, in accordance with Approved Document J of the Building Regulations. This air must feed directly into the same room as the stove, and not simply into the property, where a door can then be shut and stop the air supply. Many callouts for stoves offering poor performance, smoking issues or lack of draw up the flue relate to an air supply issue. The simple act of opening a small window and then trying the stove will often highlight this as the problem, as it all works with this supply of air through the window. With the problem identified, an air vent can then be installed to cure the installation problems. Other issues have been when an air vent is installed but has been blocked off, either deliberately to prevent draughts, or by accidental actions such as a wheelie bin stood against the outside grille.

Lots of UK homes are hard to treat with heat pumps, right? Well no, not really. What we have historically suffered from is a lack of UK-specific products. In the gap between growing demand and the delivery of new UK-specific products, many properties, particularly older homes, have been branded as ‘hard to treat’ because they don’t fit the profile of the European market for which existing heat pumps had been designed. In fact, all they need is a different approach, combining new solutions and cultural change in the way we operate our heating. There are a large number of so-called hard-to-treat homes in the UK, simply because we differ from the European market in three main respects. Firstly, single-phase supply limits the amount of power a heat pump can deliver for heating and hot water production. With a three-phase supply, every home has three lines of electrical energy linked up to their heat pump and the load is shared between the three lines. In singlephase systems, the three lines generated by the turbine at the power station are not run into each house. Instead, different properties are

Rules or no rules

Just because regulations say it is not mandatory to install an air supply for stoves under 5 kW, consideration is still needed for the air supply they will need. A generation ago, most houses did not have double-glazed windows, fully fitted carpets or sealed

front and back doors, so draughts were an accepted part of the house, which in turn supplied air to open fires and stoves. Problems don’t always end with the installation of an approved air vent (which are now available with a more aesthetically pleasing internal grille). Properties with more than one chimney stack sometimes find that one stack is feeding fresh air to the other fire, even when an air vent is installed. Shutting the doors between these rooms often cures this issue. If ever you have doubts about an appliance firing correctly, don’t take risks; extinguish the fire. The carbon monoxide alarm should sound if CO gases are leaking. Then you can investigate air flows before calling in a Hetasapproved installer to check that everything is safe. Try lighting smoke matches and watching the movement of this smoke around the appliance, air vents and around the doors and windows. Repeat the same exercise with internal doors open and closed, on a still day and a gusty day, with different external wind directions, and with windows opened and closed. Keep notes of the ‘problem’ times and provide this information to your approved installer. Look for the tell-tale signs, such as sooty dust around a door opening, particularly around the hinges, which would indicate that sooty air is being pulled through this gap. David ebbs is technical manager at Specflue

A pump for an older home needs a higher kW output for the size of project than a newer home of similar size”

supplied by just one of the lines. The difference between singleand three-phase supply means products designed for the European market are often unsuitable for UK domestic supply. As a result, there has until recently been a dearth of products suitable for domestic use in the UK. But with burgeoning interest and government commitment to greener sources of heating, and the continuing rise in fuel bills, manufacturers have begun to respond to demand. Balanced understanding

Secondly, we are used to turning off the heating when we go out and expecting it to be powerful enough to heat up our home quickly when we get back. The most obvious solution is simply education of the client. Whereas efficiency is paramount, there is a sweet spot where running a pump slightly outside optimum conditions still maintains a good return on investment and reduces carbon footprint. Strike a balance with the client early on in the design process between efficiency and response times and a solution can be found. Thirdly, another issue with older homes is that it can be prohibitively expensive to raise the insulation value of the building. This makes it harder to maintain comfortable temperatures compared with newer homes. Therefore the pump for an older home needs to have a higher kW output for the size of project than a newer home of similar size. This poses an engineering challenge on our single-phase supply to reduce the start-up current of a more powerful electrical motor so it does not overload the system. These high-power and single-phase heat pumps are now available and the range continues to grow. John Felgate is technical director at Stiebel eltron

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MVHR, heat interface, duct mount, chilled beams Airflow MVHR units Airflow has continued to expand its leading mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) offering with the addition of a new range of basic models ideally suited to residential housing. The Duplexvent BV300/BC300 is the smallest of the new units, fitting in a standard 600 mm-wide cupboard. It can be installed either vertically (BV) or horizontally (BC) as long as there is an additional condensate kit. A backward curved EC motor can achieve a specific fan power of 0.54 W/l/s while five airflow settings are easily adjusted to suit the needs of the dwellings. The Duplexvent BV400 offers many of the same benefits as the BV units, but with some additional elements specifically for larger properties, including an SFP of 0.45 W/l/s and a thermal efficiency of 93 per cent.

MHG Heating Heat interface unit

Acoustica Duct mount system

Fläkt Woods Chilled beams

Wiha Voltage detector

The Teleheat range of heat interface units (HIUs) provide heating and domestic hot water in spaces served by a centralised energy centre and district heating system. They incorporate an integral electronic controller, temperature sensors, mixing valve and circulating pump to ensure accurate temperature monitoring. There is also a hot water pre-heat function.

Acoustica has developed and patented a proprietary mounting system, allowing for standardised robust duct installations. The Limpet system comprises two part racketing for tested and guaranteed vertical installations. The system includes eight size variants for circular ducting and three variants for rectangular ducting. They have a rated load exceeding normal duct mass.

Fläkt Woods has expanded its range of active chilled beams with the iQ Star Nova, designed for exposed soffit installations. The Nova offers low running costs and high performance with an 80 per cent turndown. It’s suitable for commercial applications, such as offices and schools or where occupancy levels fluctuate, and can track occupant numbers using a combination of sensors.

German tool manufacturer Wiha has launched a new voltage detector to help electricians save time without compromising safety. The detector checks for the presence of an AC voltage without needing to disconnect cables, fuses or sockets. Current flow not required to ensure a correct reading; hold the detector against the application and the tip of the tool will light up.

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Nursing homes, heritage centres, data centres, offices New boiler system for Edinburgh nursing home An Edinburgh nursing home is benefiting from a tailored and flexible heating and hot water supply thanks to the installation of a cascade boiler system. Thorburn Nursing Home is a 34-bedroom residence in Edinburgh. The heating system was designed and installed by McAusland Ltd M&E Contractors, who had used Alpha boilers on other projects. Due to the heating and domestic hot water needs of the nursing home, McAusland used two Alpha CD70S boilers working in a cascade installation, along with a low loss header and advanced cascade management system. The controls manage the boilers’ sequencing, the timings and temperatures of two heating circuits and one domestic hot water circuit, which supply two 800-litre cylinders.

Excellent heating at Irish heritage centre

Weatherite AHUs for Ability supplies units for InTechnology data centre Ashdown House refurb

Milan building project opts for Climaveneta

Manchester’s new Irish World Heritage Centre has received an BREEAM Excellent rating, thanks in part to its heating system from Mitsubishi Electric. Willmott Dixon designed the system with renewable specialist A & B Engineering from Liverpool. It uses an Ecodan CAHV air source heat pump capable of delivering 43 kW at -3 deg C to provide underfloor heating.

Weatherite Building Services has installed 20 direct free cooling air handling units at InTechnology’s 15,000 sq ft data centre. The units, manufactured by Weatherite Manufacturing, are designed to deliver 50 kW net cooling capacity (N+1) to cater for the IT rack equipment loads of 2.9-3.2 kW, maintaining an enclosed cold aisle operating temperature of 24 deg C.

A new building development in Milan will receive LEED Silver certification thanks to Climaveneta HVAC. Heating and cooling are provided by two multipurpose units ERACS2-Q/XL-CA-E/S 2622. In the summer, during peak-time, cooling energy is produced thanks to the integration of a supplementary heat pump RECS/SL/S 1562.

Ability Projects has supplied almost 1,000 Apollo 190 EC/DC fan coil units as part of the £155m refurbishment of Ashdown House in London. The 4-pipe Apollo units are located in ceilings throughout the 11 office floors, which vary in size from 2,900 to 38,000 sq ft. The units have capacities of 0.4 to 3.8 kW (cooling) and 0.1 to 5.0 kW (heating).

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Showcase Rinnai

Rinnai’s Infinity 16i gas-fired continuous flow water heater meets and exceeds the hot water needs of all types of homes and light commercial users – such as retail sites – and provides a constant flow of safe hot water with precision temperature control at a cost-effective level to the user. The Rinnai Infinity 16i offers accurate water temperatures to be preset through

Grant UK

Grant UK has confirmed its compliance with the new CE standard for flues, having put its EZ-Fit systems through rigorous product testing earlier this year. From 1 July 2013, under the Construction Products Regulation 2011 (CPR), it will become mandatory for manufacturers to draw up a declaration of performance and apply CE marking to


The new Climapac High Wall Twin Duct air conditioner from Powrmatic is a complete packaged unit with built-in evaporator and condenser – eliminating the need for an external unit and associated pipework. It also features a distinctive, modern appearance compared with traditional high wall split systems, with a polished black finish. Mounted on an external wall

easy-to-use digital controls, eliminating the risk of scalding and the need for thermostatic mixing valves. The set water temperature is the one at the outlet tap or showerhead. So, if somebody is showering at 42 deg C and another tap is turned on elsewhere, the temperature will not vary. The temperature range of the unit is 35 deg C to 60 deg C.

any products which conform to the European Technical Assessment (ETA) issued. Grant has been ahead of the game for some time, taking the initiative to adhere the CE marking on not just the flue products, but the whole Grant range. The process for testing is lengthy and complex, taking approximately six months.

with a discreet connection to the outside, Climapac units provide cooling, heating from a heat pump and supplementary heating from ‘speaker-style’ PTC ceramic heaters. They have a heating capacity of 2.23 kW (3.86 kW including ceramic heater), a cooling capacity of 2.38 kW and are fully remote controlled.

Dimplex Renewables

The DECC has revealed an increase to the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme following an announcement that it will run until March 2014 and is targeting 10,000 off-gas grid installations. Dimplex Renewables business development director Chris Davis said: “It is very encouraging that DECC is continuing to show commitment to the domestic

renewable heat sector by increasing the pre-payment scheme rates. “Upfront capital cost is always one of the main barriers to renewables installations, so this latest announcement will certainly help ignite interest. Despite this positive step, the bigger concern to customers is commitment to the full RHI.”

Weatherite Building Services Weatherite Building Services’ (WBS) wealth of experience in providing optimum kitchen ventilation systems was the only reassurance Grange Lane Infant Academy needed when looking to upgrade its kitchen facilities. The academy is sponsored by School Partnership Trust Academies, which operate as a single multi-academy sponsor. Appointed as main contractor, WBS

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designed, supplied and installed a complete kitchen ventilation system, which included an island-mounted extract canopy together with a roof-mounted extract fan, a roof-mounted make-up air unit incorporating a gas-fired tempered air burner. In addition, WBS carried out all necessary electrical and gas works.

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Sovereign Air Movement

Air-handling unit renovation is the most cost-effective, practical way to install the latest equipment and improve system performance while reducing running costs. That’s why Sovereign Air Movement has introduced the RepAIRer renovation service, which is often 30 to 50 per cent cheaper than a new installation. Renovation is much faster and can be done outside working


Burton on Trent-based ventilation systems supplier Vortice is launching its new BPEC training courses. The two-day course aims to provide ventilation contractors with all they need to know to make best use of today’s energy-efficient ventilation products. The course costs £295 + VAT exclusive of accommodation and will be run by the Vortice technical department at its Burton


Leading manufacturer of energy-saving ventilation systems Brookvent has launched its most advanced heat recovery system: the aircycle 1.2. Combining leading heat exchange efficiency (up to 93 per cent) with low energy usage (down to 0.53 w/l/s SFP), the aircycle 1.2 offers superior comfort levels while minimising heat wastage. Packed with innovative features such as

hours and in stages to minimise disruption. RepAIRer draws on Sovereign’s industry-leading technology (everything is manufactured to BS EN1886:2007), design skills, expert installation and commissioning. Its recent refurbishment at the University of Leeds will now extend the AHU’s life by up to 15 years.

on Trent training centre. Courses will take place on the last Thursday and Friday of each month from June 2013 onwards. Vortice supplies an extensive range of ventilation products from basic bathroom fans to heat recovery systems, continuous mechanical extract systems, right up to complex air-handling units.

an in-built Summer Bypass and automatic Frost Protection, the aircycle 1.2 responds to a range of internal and external temperature changes and is designed to provide the complete ventilation solution for small properties, significantly reducing space heating bills while delivering a healthier and more comfortable environment.

Hunter Plastics

Installing guttering into rainwater fittings is now easier and smoother with Hunter Plastics’ newly repackaged Silicone Lubricant. It has been given a shoe polish-style sponge applicator to make it easier to apply and using it will make rainwater fittings more reliable and leak-free. The integrated jointing seals on all of Hunter’s rainwater fittings are already


HygroMatik provides humidification answers in its in-depth CIBSE-approved CPD, giving details on the relative humidity requirements and different systems including isothermal and adiabatic for a range of environments and sector-specific demands. This updated presentation, from one of the leading suppliers of commercial air humidifier systems, discusses the following

pre-lubricated but this can sometimes dry out slightly. That’s why Hunter’s Silicone Lubricant is the perfect accessory for quick, easy and reliable rainwater installations. Hunter’s Silicone Lubricant also allows thermal expansion and contraction to happen more effectively during the system’s life, as well as reducing expansion judder.

areas which can be addressed to provide optimum humidification: comfort and health; prevention of static electricity; materials storage; process control; historical restoration; ‘protection and prevention’. The HygroMatik CPD also focuses on psychrometrics and absorption distance charts with easy to follow calculations.

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The Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust decided to upgrade dementia treatment with the building of one of the most advanced facilities in the UK at Hammerton Court, part of the Julian Hospital in Norwich. The facility achieved BREEAM Excellent, with hot water demands satisfied by a large solar thermal system integrated with

gas-fired condensing water heaters, all of which were provided by Lochinvar. The firm provided detailed design input and supplied 10 solar thermal collectors; two twin coil hot water storage vessels; two EcoShield water heaters; and an EcoKnight gas-fired condensing boiler to form a comprehensive heating and hot water package.

MHS Radiators

A combination of bespoke Sunline radiant ceiling panels and Matrix radiators from MHS has been installed at West Bridgford Library, Nottingham. The recently renovated building has benefited from a modern, two-storey extension to the rear of its existing front façade, as well as a new Young People’s Centre and a Registrar’s Office, all as part of a £5.3m redevelopment project.

As bookshelves took the majority of wall space, an alternative type of heat emitter was required that would provide adequate warmth without being obtrusive. MHS Radiators’ Sunline panels were specified to be part of a suspended false ceiling in the main library, while the Matrix radiators were fitted in the staff and office areas.

Andrews Sykes

Andrews Sykes Group has announced it will be the official shirt sponsor for Charlton Athletic Football Club for the 2013/14 season. This is the second year that the specialist climate control hire company has committed to sponsoring the strip of its neighbouring Championship club. The previous season saw the Andrews Air Conditioning brand adorn Charlton’s


Hitachi’s recently launched Hi Efficiency Set Free VRF – FSXNH – has achieved Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme status. The ECA Scheme is part of the government’s programme of measures to manage climate change and gives businesses tax relief for investing in energy-efficient, accredited products – making it possible to claim a 100 per cent

SAV Systems

SAV Systems has launched a 2-Zone Compliance Kit to enable compliance with the requirements in Building Regulations Part L for zoned heating in dwellings. In line with the requirements of the Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide, the 2-Zone Compliance Kit provides quick and simple creation of two heating zones. It comprises a two-part manifold

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home strip and the Andrews Heat for Hire brand on the away kit. Andrews Sykes has a longstanding presence in and commitment to south-east London and Charlton, the home of many of its employees and where it has its largest operational hub. Indeed, many of its staff are supporters or have other associations with the club.

first-year capital allowance against the taxable profits in the period of investment (rather than claiming on a reducing balance basis). To achieve ECA approval, products must undergo rigorous testing and meet specific energy-saving criteria, achieving a COP of >3.70 and EER of >3.30.

with integral zones valves, two actuators, a wiring box and related connections. To comply with the requirement for time control, the kit can be used in conjunction with programmable room thermostats. These are connected to actuators on each branch to ensure independent temperature control of each of the heating zones.

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And finally... This month in 2003 Green excellence I could never Industry insiders warned that Worcester, Bosch Group hosted its throw a custard installers, whose certificates of annual Environment 2020 Awards competence awarded under the pie at anyone. ACoP scheme were due to expire in for those who show an outstanding commitment to the environment. July, could fall foul of CORGI It’s not an The awards continue to highlight regulations by mistakenly believing installation best practice from those that their registration was valid until ethical issue. who actively make strides to tackle 31 March 31 2004 as stated on climate change. their card. From 31 July 2003, it I just have really This year saw five installers and became a prerequisite for three specifiers from across the poor aim! operatives to have either the ACS Nigel Coston, director of marketing, technical and logistics at Zehnder Group UK, on road etiquette, engines and cheese Who would you most like to throw a custard pie at? I could never throw a custard pie at anyone. It’s not an ethical issue, I just have really poor aim! You’re God for the day. What’s the first thing you do? Prove I exist. Although I virtually do that every day anyway. What would you take with you to a desert island? It would be a good opportunity to get back into windsurfing again. Who would be your top two dinner party guests? Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman. We could sing a few songs from Moulin Rouge and then talk motor bikes. Perfect! What invention do you wish you had come up with? The internal combustion engine. It encompasses every element of engineering and was revolutionary in so many ways. That or cheese.

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