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8 FEBRUARY 2012

Fears mount over mis-sold FiT work Dennis Flower dennis.flower@emap.com

Industry figures have voiced concern over price hikes in light of the continuing confusion on the deadlines and payment levels for the Feed-in Tariff. Reports of opportunistic price increases emerged following the government’s announcement that the rate for solar PV installations up to 4 kW would be slashed to 21p. A small number of companies introduced considerable price hikes, taking advantage of those seeking to install PV systems before the deadline. With the government now proposing a deadline of 3 March for the 21p rate, the next few weeks could see another rush of enquiries. However, with the Department of Energy and Climate Change seeking to take the government’s appeal to the Supreme Court, uncertainty remains regarding the level of tariff applicable. Viridis Energie Consultants partner Barry Nutley told H&V News: “During the last ‘boom’, we witnessed price increases. “Some of this was due to lack

of equipment availability, especially on the ‘preferred’ equipment of installers, but also due to some installers looking to make a fast buck. “We witnessed prices being quoted some 30 per cent higher than it should have been,” he said. Prices have come down considerably since December, said Mr Nutley, and even at the rate of 21p should still provide return on investment between 8 and 10 per cent. “In a nutshell, installing solar PV before 3 March 2012, could be a very shrewd move. But ensure your installer is giving you the right facts and the right price,” he said. Grafton Group director of sustainability and renewables Paul Roche said the uncertainty caused

by the legal battle had dissuaded some consumers from proceeding with installations. “Our plumbers and builders merchants are supporting the drive by having secured reduced prices for the products and passing them on to our customers,” he said. “There is a window of opportunity and installers need to act fast to capitalise on it. “We are encouraging all installers to put the emotion to one side and concentrate on selling what is the best investment opportunity in the current market, ie fitting a PV system,” he said. Mr Nutley said that there is a general feeling that the government will lose another appeal, after four judges in two separate hearings had found that last year’s action was unlawful. Following the resignation of energy secretary Chris Huhne last week, the industry was awaiting news of the potential impact on the DECC’s FiT appeal. GET THE NEWS YOU WANT hvnplus.co.uk now features dedicated news sections on the hottest topics such as the FiT

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The government’s consultation on Part L Building Regulations proposes that extensions to buildings will be required to include energy efficiency measures as part of the Green Deal. Page 3

COURT CASES CONTINUE

There have been a number of fines and prison sentences already this year for engineers and landlords disregarding the Gas Safety Regulations, providing negative publicity for the industry. Page 5

HIGHER MCHP TARIFF

As H&V News went to press the industry was awaiting an announcement from the DECC to confirm a higher level of payment for mCHP within the Feed-in Tariff. Page 7

250,000 Instances of lack of notifications for installations in the industry every year Special report, page 35


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WORKING FOR THE COMMON CAUSE The H&V News Awards (see shortlist, page 24) continues to expand its role in promoting the many instances of excellence in our industry. With yet another rise in applications this year, following the 50 per cent increase in 2011, the awards have considerable potential to expand further in the future. Several of our judges said the standard of entries had also improved this year, providing another positive sign that entrants are heeding our advice to help them make the most of their efforts. Those planning to attend the awards ceremony on 26 April need to be aware that many hotels are already being booked. At the opposite end of the spectrum, we all need to be aware of the potential pitfalls of negative publicity – two such instances are

The mis-selling of renewable energy could create the same poor impression associated with double glazing in the 1980s”

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Editor’s choice 1851 and all that

Retro appeal

Better by association

The plant room in the Natural History Museum, part of London’s 1851 Estate, is the centre of a community heating system that includes CHP. The forming of a Carbon Reduction Masterplan is also providing a number of benefits that are set to increase in value in the future.

With new-build projects being affected by the downturn, the need to upgrade existing buildings is of ever greater importance. This area has the potential to be one of increased opportunity on the back of new legislation, rising energy bills and government incentives.

The recent roundtable organised by H&V News for industry associations resulted in a lively and in-depth debate, covering a wide selection of industry issues and showing the increasing importance of the different bodies in the current climate. Due to the number of subjects covered, this is the first of two reports.

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illustrated on our front page and lead news item on page 4. The mis-selling of renewable energy has the potential to create the same poor impression associated with double glazing in the 1980s, while ongoing prosecutions of unregistered gas fitters highlight the need for everyone to be vigilant and report offences wherever possible. Perhaps the threat of larger fines or custodial sentences would encourage offenders to comply to the regulations adhered to by the majority of practitioners. There will, of course, always be a certain element in any sector that flouts regulations, but by promoting best practice and presenting a united front against the offenders, we can continue to raise the industry’s image.

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Bids flood in from 32 UK sites vying to be the home of the Green Investment Bank News, page 4

Green Deal may be forced on routine home upgrades Tom Fotzpatrick tom.fitzpatrick@emap.com

Building owners carrying out extensions and conversions to their properties could be forced to add energy efficiency improvements worth 10 per cent of the value of the initial work. Homeowners could be obliged to carry out work under the Green Deal as part of routine work on their homes, under proposed changes to Part L of the building regulations. The government’s 2012 consultation on Part L proposes maintaining current regulatory feasibility tests and cites 10 per cent of the value of principal works being carried out as a guide to the value of energy efficiency improvements required. The government has outlined two options: one would see the requirements introduced in October 2012 in tandem with introduction of Green Deal; the other, preferred option is a phased approach with consequential improvements triggered where an

existing home is extended, or has its energy use or habitable space increased from October 2012. The same requirement in relation to smaller non-domestic buildings, plus requirements on replacement boilers and windows and any requirements on replacement of components and fittings in non-domestic buildings, would be introduced from April 2014. Consequential improvements are already required for buildings of more than 1,000 sq m which

have an extension added. The news comes amid concerns over Green Deal take-up this year, with the scheme set to launch in October 2012. The industry has predicted that take-up will be poor in 2012 and 2013, with the government set to reveal what form £200m in incentives will take as part of the Budget in March. The Part L consultation states: “The reason for proposing these changes now is to recognise the urgency of reducing emissions from the existing building stock and, in a time of rising energy prices, to make homes and nondomestic buildings easier and cheaper to heat.” It would also take advantage of a new market mechanism which has the potential to remove some of the existing barriers to action the Green Deal. GET THE NEWS YOU WANT hvnplus.co.uk now features dedicated news sections on top topics such as the Green Deal

Briefs Training academy opens

A new training and assessment facility has been opened by Buderus at its headquarters in Worcester. The project, costing £1.5 million, includes a 100 sq m training area with a single storey building equipped with a commercial solar heating system.

Part P price freeze

NAPIT has announced that its registration fees for Part P registration will be held for another year, following a surge in membership which has seen more than 1,000 new members join in the past seven months.

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Competition intensifies to host Green Investment Bank Luke Cross luke.cross@emap.com

Community Energy Solutions and Dyson Insulations has installed 2.2 kWp solar PV systems, expected to earn £27,000 over 25 years, as part of Wakefield Council’s Wakefield Energy Savers Loan, providing interest-free funding for energy-efficient installations.

Alpha BPEC courses unveiled

The BPEC Energy Efficiency course and a further BPEC course on Water Regulations and Water Byelaws have been introduced at Alpha’s Bolton training centre, running from March through to October.

Bids have flooded in from 32 UK sites vying to be the home of the Green Investment Bank. Business secretary Vince Cable revealed the list after interested parties were invited to assess themselves to demonstrate whether they would be “an effective base” for the GIB. Mr Cable said: “I am delighted that the GIB has fired the imagination of so many public and private sector groups keen to host this world-first institution. “They all have a role to play in helping the UK seize the benefits of a transition to a low-carbon economy.” The government says the GIB will play a key role in its move

towards a green economy, complementing other green policies aimed at encouraging private sector investment into green infrastructure. All the submissions will now be reviewed against the criteria by a review panel. Advice will then be put to Mr Cable, who will announce his final decision next month.

Last month the Green Deal finance company, established by companies including PwC and Carillion, applied for £100,000 of GIB funding. Offshore wind power generation, commercial and industrial waste processing and recycling, energy-from-waste generation, non-domestic energy efficiency and support for the Green Deal will be the first priority sectors for the bank, subject to approval by the European Commission. The government has also announced that it will invest as UK Green Investments in green infrastructure projects from April 2012, ahead of obtaining state aid approval for the GIB. Non-domestic energy efficiency will be one of the priority sectors for UKGI.

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Main has launched its works online loyalty scheme for installers, providing benefits including free Gas Safe Notification, holiday vouchers, guaranteed next-day call out and annual service reminders for qualifying members.

Joint skills statement

The Skills Academy and the BPEC have joined forces to ensure environmental technologies training and assessment meet the standards required, and to clarify the use of training materials to support the BPEC Solar Thermal & Solar PV qualifications.

Scottish legal adviser chosen

Brodies has been appointed as the sole HVCA legal adviser for Scotland, offering advice to members on a range of matters, including a fixed-price adjudication support service. The association has engaged six law firms across the UK.

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HVCA raises Green Deal assessment concerns The HVCA has voiced concerns over various aspects of government policy following the consultation on the Green Deal. A key issue is that assessors will have to be highly qualified individuals with a broad range of skills. These will need to cover the fabric of the building, its engineering services and the impact of its occupants on energy consumption, says the association. The requirement for assessors to have professional indemnity insurance cover could prove costly, deterring small and medium-sized firms from entering the market. There is also a lack of clarity over how these policies would be policed, especially when an assessor has ceased to trade, says HVCA.

BDR to host ‘Train the trainer’ courses

Facts T he HVCA (soon to be known as B&ESA) has voiced concerns about the Green Deal  ostly professional indemnity C insurance could deter small and medium-sized companies from taking part T he approach to third-party assurance and enforcement of compliance with assessments are further causes for concern The HVCA says the governmentendorsed TrustMark registration scheme could be adapted to Green Deal requirements

The BDR Thermea Dartford training centre will host a programme of solar thermal ‘Train the trainer’ and ‘Catch-up train the trainer’ courses for BPEC. The awarding organisation has mapped its solar PV and solar thermal courses to match the requirements of MCS bodies. hvnplus.co.uk


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Government and industry urged to use Olympics success to secure work overseas News, page 6

Prosecutions continue over gas work safety breaches Dennis Flower dennis.flower@emap.com

January has seen a spate of prosecutions for a variety of breaches of the Gas Safety Regulations. Steven Parfett and Ben Leeming, directors of Harrogate-based PH Plumbing and Heating Engineers, were reported to Gas Safe by two householders. Their work had been classed as “immediately dangerous”, with faults including an unsealed internal flue and incorrectly-sized piping. They each received six-month suspended prison sentences and 150 hours community service orders from Harrogate Magistrates Court on 13 January. A 72-year-old Cheltenham gas engineer also received a community service order after being found of committing his third gas safety offence in four years. Royston Godsell assembled and installed a gas cooker last year, despite not being Gas Safe registered and subject to a Health and Safety Executive prohibition

150 Number of hours of community service handed to two company directors in Harrogate for unsafe gas work

notice following his previous offences. He was ordered to carry out 80 hours of community service and pay £500 towards costs. In another case in Tenby, a landlord was fined £8,500 with £1,500 costs, following failure to safely maintain a gas fire at one of his properties. A tenant had complained to Pembrokeshire County Council

Briefs Training programme update

that the property was cold and damp. Council officers handed an Improve Notice to landlord David Ian Douglas-Law and reported concerns about the gas fire to the HSE. A subsequent inspection found that the gas fire had not been checked for six years and found Mr Douglas-Law had failed to maintain the appliance in a safe condition. The tenant had attended hospital after a carbon monoxide alarm was activated at the property, but no injuries were sustained. However, the presiding magistrate said this was an extremely lucky occurrence. Mr Douglas-Law pleaded guilty to breaching regulations 36 (2), 36 (3) (a), 36 (3) (b) and 36 (4) of the Gas Safety (Installation & Use) Regulations 1998.

Fernox has updated its training programme timings and increased the number of locations around the UK for its one-day course. This consists of an overview of regulatory requirements and instruction on the powerflushing of systems.

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The H&V News LinkedIn industry discussion group recently signed its 1,000th member, after signing up more than 120 new members in January. Readers wishing to join the group can apply at www.tinyurl.com/4xcyz3m

Online development

The British Metal Tube and Fittings Association has announced the launch of its website, www.bmtfa.co.uk, providing a variety of health and safety, technical, training information and details of current members.

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News Briefs Riello appoints sales manager

Industry urged to build on Olympics success overseas Tom Fitzpatrick tom.fitzpatrick@emap.com

Paul Sharp has joined Riello Burners as national sales manager, tasked with driving commercial and industrial business and further assisting the company’s push for increased bio liquid uptake and reduced carbon emissions.

New MD for Davis Langdon

Steve Waltho has been appointed European managing director for Davis Langdon, an AECOM company. He joined the company in 1996 and previously led its new infrastructure practice team, which doubled in size during his tenure.

International construction consultant McBains Cooper has urged the government to expand overseas work for UK contractors who have helped to deliver the Olympic Games. The consultant, which works on public and private sector projects in the UK, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, said it has seen a chorus of approval for the work being done in London as part of its work overseas and urged contractors to build on that to win work abroad. Chief executive Michael Thirkettle said: “The fact is that in comparison to any other recent major sporting event, London 2012 construction has run far

The Olympics is a fantastic global shop window for British expertise” faster and more efficiently. “That has been noted by other countries, and, frankly, because of our reputation, British construction and professional consultancy businesses are among the very few who can travel the world to help drive and deliver major projects for other venue cities. “The Olympics is a fantastic global shop window for British management expertise, design

and construction skills, and that expertise can be exported to make other games equally impressive.” Mr Thirkettle added that UK companies with the ability to export their expertise should be selling it to the future Olympics. He said: “Everybody involved in construction, whether in Brazil or the 2020 candidate venues, has commented on the success of the planning and construction with London – and more often than not it’s accompanied by some positive reference to the UK construction industry, and its professional advisers and consultancies being the best in the world. “Anybody with any ability to export UK construction expertise should be selling that expertise to the next successful or candidate Olympic venues.”

Johnson fills international post Richard van Bergen has become vice-president and general manager of Johnson Controls’ Energy Solutions Europe and Africa division. He joined its Sabroe division in 1998 and has held various leadership roles in the interim period.

APHC consults on competency APHC has created an online blog for interested parties to register their interest in a single heating and plumbing industry competency scheme, following its announcement to push for this last December. Visitors can view the proposal document and vote in the online survey. The aim is to provide a cost-effective solution for all sizes of business.

Humidity boosts sales team

Roger Palamarczuk, Bob Goodger and Alan Harborne have joined the Humidity Solution sales team. Messrs Palamarczuk and Goodger will cover the South-east region, while Mr Harborne will be responsible for the West Midlands.

Commercial double act

South-east commercial manager Joanna Hampsheir and South-west and Wales commercial manager Ian Heardman have joined Econergy. The company’s purchase by British Gas reached completion at the end of last year.

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Building temp regulation for extreme climes A new system to regulate the internal temperature of buildings in extreme climates has been unveiled by researchers at Nottingham Trent University. It is designed for both new build and retrofit and will reduce energy consumption and demand for traditional HVAC systems. The system uses a conductive heat transfer between the ground and the envelope of the building by transferring the heat from the building to the ground in summer and vice-versa in winter.

Service agreement Carillion Energy Services has formed an agreement with Energetix Genlec to provide installation, maintenance and services for its Kingston microCHP field trial programme. Genlec will provide training for Carillion staff. hvnplus.co.uk


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Readers offer their views on safety, regulations and the Green Deal Skills Alliance Your Views, page 10

Minister boosts funding for mCHP within Feed-in Tariff Unlike almost all the other technologies, I will be looking to raise the tariff for mCHP in those proposals”

Dennis Flower dennis.flower@emap.com

Energy minister Greg Barker has said a new tariff for micro combined heat and power (mCHP) technology will be introduced “within a matter of days”. “Unlike almost all the other technologies, I will be looking to raise the tariff [for mCHP] in those proposals,” he said in a Parliamentary debate on the subject. Mr Barker said that it was unlikely that the tariff, which will be included within the Feed-in Tariff incentive, would rise to the 15p level recommended by Alan Whitehead, the MP behind the debate. “It is difficult, in the current climate, to make the argument for swimming against the tide, when some other technologies are facing substantial tariff reductions,” said Mr Barker. “We are constantly demanding that they deliver greater value for money to the consumer.” Mr Barker’s comments received an enthusiastic reception

Briefs HVAC Hero supports homeless

from industry representatives, including Micropower Council chief executive Dave Sowden. “We are delighted that the minister has committed to boosting support for microCHP,” he said. “We jointly called for this with the Combined Heat and Power Association and the Heating and Hot Water Industry Council last autumn and are pleased that the case has clearly been heard.” Mr Sowden’s comments were supported by CHPA director Graham Meeks and HHIC deputy director Chris Yates, who stated that mCHP technology had significant potential for millions of UK homes. Calor director of strategy Paul Blacklock said the installation of 1 million mCHP units by 2020 “is an essential and entirely plausible goal”, but that government support was key to achieving this. Mr Blacklock welcomed an increase to the current 10p/kWh rate, but stated that the scheme should offer a fair deal for rural households.

Swale Heating commercial contract manager Matt Hobbs is the latest nomination in H&V News’ HVAC Heroes initiative, sponsored by Calor Gas. Mr Hobbs recently spent the night in a cardboard box to coincide with National Homelessness Day, raising funds for the Emmaus charity and Alzheimer’s Society.

BIFCA unveils schedule

The British Industrial Furnace Constructors Association has announced a new programme of events for 2012, starting with Burner Technology on 7 March. Further details are available at www.bifca.org.uk

Keeping on course

BSRIA has added Maintaining Building Services and Embodied Carbon to its training courses for 2012, also available as in-house instruction events. For more details visit www.bsria.co.uk.

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News round-up Europe, community energy, skills, NICEIC fees Call for EC energy control

European energy commissioner Günther Oettinger has called for decisions on energy markets, security and renewable energy to be taken away from national governments and made in Brussels, as he admitted that Europe did not meet its 2010 renewable energy targets. “These are strong arguments for giving [the EC] those powers,” Mr Oettinger said in a speech to European policy makers. “In the next decade you would give greater value, or decide on a higher value for renewable energy in the [EU] energy mix.” His call was supported by the president of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, who said that European security and autonomy could only be achieved through more integration. Green community vision

A partnership of civil leaders is to meet with the energy secretary to instigate the ‘vision for community energy.’ Leading figures from The Cooperative, the National Trust, the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, the Church of England and the Campaign to Protect Rural England will ask for the government’s assistance in the launch of a number of

Apprentices complete award-winning Cumbrian show home A group of 22 Story Homes apprentices is celebrating the completion of an awardwinning four-bedroom house, delivered 10 weeks ahead of schedule and to budget. The project was sponsored by Travis Perkins, which supplied everything from timber to plumbing equipment. The project will be featured in a three-part TV services to be shown on ITV4 from 19 March. The team received an award from LABC for the standard of their work.

community-owned renewable energy projects across the UK. Academy expects growth

The newly-opened Energy Academy in Wallsend, north Tyneside, already has 80 students and is expecting more. The growth in numbers is in line with the increasing requirement for renewable energy skills, combined with plans to introduce more renewable resources into the area. Diplomas downgraded

Ministers have cut the value of more than 3,000 vocational

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Number of vocational qualifications that were downgraded in government review of school league tables

qualifications, ending their recognition in England’s league tables. Education secretary Michael Gove has confirmed that the engineering diploma will only be worth one GCSE in future, not five as at present. The change is part of a review of education, in which so-called ‘Mickey Mouse’ courses will be cut from official league tables. Registration price freeze

NICEIC has announced that all registration fees will be frozen from April 2012 to April 2013. It is the organisation’s fourth price freeze in as many years.

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Letters For safety’s sake, adhere to the regulations Dear Sir, I have read with interest the points raised regarding the application of DSEAR in gas installations (H&V News 11 Jan, p28) and generally of people’s total non-awareness of these regulations with regard to gas in this instance. In fact, I suspect, from fairly recent previous experience, that most young engineers have never even heard of the DSEAR regulations, let alone the statutory need to apply them. It must be emphasised that these regulations apply to all fuels including, in addition to all gas(es), all grades of fuel oils and solid fuels including biomass. I have, as yet, never seen

Most young engineers have never even heard of the DSEAR regs, let alone the statutory need to apply them”

anything in H&V News about the application of the same regulations with regards to the dusts arising from the mechanical degradation of wood pellets in biomass boiler installations, for example. There is also the need to maintain good housekeeping, to risk assess the installation of explosion relief panels into the bulk fuel stores, together with the resulting correct and suitable location of such stores, which are currently being located in many buildings including hospitals and schools, let alone homes. Please believe me when I state that I am a firm believer in and proposer of such technologies, but they, like everything else in life, have to be installed correctly and with all precautions being duly in place for a safe and efficient future. This is not happening and I am fearful that, one day, there will be a problem.

The close proximity in the article of other Green Deal issues and industry quotes could lead to the impression that the GDSA is ‘yet another certification scheme’”

Tony Thurgood, consultant project engineer

Clarification needed on Green Deal Skills Alliance Dear Sir, I was delighted to see the launch of the Green Deal Skills Alliance (GDSA) featured so prominently on the front page of the 25 January edition of

H&V News. In bringing together SummitSkills, Asset Skills and ConstructionSkills to provide the skills infrastructure to support implementation of the Green Deal, the GDSA is an important development for the building services engineering sector. Unfortunately, the close proximity in the article of other Green Deal issues and industry quotes could lead to the impression that the GDSA is “yet another certification scheme”. This is not the case. The underlying principle of the GDSA is to provide a single point of contact for all skills issues associated with the Green Deal – from energy assessment through to installation and commissioning of the various measures. Employers and training providers will not have to wonder which sector skills council to engage with regarding Green Deal skills issues; they can all be handled through the GDSA. As energy minister Greg Barker said, the GDSA will help industry “get the right training and qualifications they will need in order to gain work under the Green Deal”. I would be grateful for your assistance in clarifying this matter to your readers. Keith Marshall OBE, chief executive, SummitSkills

Your view on the ongoing confusion over the Feed-in Tariff H&V News’ LinkedIn group responds to the continuing uncertainty over solar PV tariffs. To join the group and offer your opinions, visit: tinyurl.com/4xcyz3m

The rates were attractive from an investment point of view and most domestic installations were for that reason. Nobody I have spoken to did it for purely environmental reasons.” 10 8 February 2012

We are talking about a small window of opportunity for investors currently to get the larger FiT, but it is obvious that the rate will drop. So let’s get over the nonsense and sell the new FiT!”

A better solution would have been to cut the budgets on wind turbines and transfer it to solar PV and continue to grow that market. This has a direct effect on energy production and employment.”

The reality is that module prices have come down quicker in the last three months, as existing stock is sold. The proposed rate is now viable for up to 50 kW systems on nondomestic buildings.” hvnplus.co.uk


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Sectors, data, contract leads PRIVATE HOUSING The private housing sector saw a continued period of contraction over the course of 2011, despite initial hopes that it would drive recovery for the wider industry. Intelligence provider Glenigan expects the finalised numbers to show that the underlying value of project starts in the sector fell by around 13 per cent last year compared with 2010. The most recent finalised data covers Q3 2011 and shows that the third quarter saw a 5 per cent jump in total UK private housing starts compared with the same period in 2010, bucking the negative trend during the rest of 2011. When looking at the regional picture for the quarter, the key area of the country, as with many sectors, is London, which recorded an extremely positive three months, accounting for approximately 22 per cent of the £1.481bn-worth of starts UK-wide. Despite seven of the 12 regions posting year-on-year declines in starts, London’s strong showing in Q3 helped deliver the 5 per cent rise in total starts for the country as a whole. Also contributing to this result were the gains recorded in the West Midlands and Yorkshire & Humber, the latter seeing a particular improvement on 2010. Notable projects to have gotten under way in the region included a £4.9m 80-apartment project in Leeds for Rushbond Group being delivered by GB Building Solutions, and 50 elderly persons homes worth £4.3m in Halifax, for which McCarthy & Stone is on site. Wales also recorded a strong year-on-year improvement in Q3, although it was starting from a lower base than other regions. While Scotland saw a slight drop in the value of its private housing starts, at £143m it still represented the second largest market by value after London. 12 8 FEBRUARY 2012

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On the flip side, the significant drop in start seen in the South-east is a particular cause for concern. More widely, the market has suffered from a lack in demand and a drop in transactions, though a constrained supply of properties on the market has ensured there has not been a major fall in prices. Developers are continuing to build out schemes they started last year, but are starting fewer new ones. Despite this, Glenigan expects 2012 to be a much stronger year for private housing, with modest year-on-year improvements in the first six months set to be followed by major increases in activity towards the end of the year.

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BANK OF ENGLAND MORTGAGE APPROVALS This data from the Bank of England shows the total number of mortgage approvals for house purchases over the 12 month-period to December 2011. Approvals recorded a fairly stable three months during the fourth quarter of last year, with a total of 52,939 in December 2011 representing a mere 0.6 per cent increase on the 52,628 seen in November. This period of relative stabilisation appears to have checked the significant monthly rises that were recorded for most of last year. December 2011’s figure of 52,939 represents a year-on-year increase of nearly 25 per cent on the 42,505 approvals seen in December 2010.

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This data from the Bank of England shows the total value of mortgage loans for house purchases over the year to December 2011. As with mortgage approvals, the value of loans appeared to steady somewhat over the last quarter of 2011, though it was not quite as stable as the approvals figure. The total value in December 2011 was recorded as £7,454 million, which represented a 27 per cent increase on the £5,870m seen in December 2010 – a slightly larger increase than that for approvals, suggesting the average value of mortgages is increasing. However, it should be noted that December 2010’s weak figure may have been partly due to the extreme weather seen that month.

PWC CONSTRUCTION SECTOR INSOLVENCIES PricewaterhouseCoopers’ data shows the total number of insolvencies in the construction sector per quarter. Insolvencies appeared to level off over the second half of last year, with the fourth quarter’s figure of 656 only one fewer than the 657 recorded in Q3. This stabilisation is in contrast to previous quarters; insolvencies shot up in Q1 2011 by 26 per cent, from 565 in Q4 2010 to 710. This trend was then reversed in Q2 2011 as insolvencies fell by 18 per cent to 584, before rising again in Q3. History suggests that the peak in insolvencies could happen after a recovery in the sector, as companies will generally struggle for a period before either voluntarily or involuntarily going into liquidation. hvnplus.co.uk

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Opportunities Contract leads Midlands/East Anglia plans approved

BIRMINGHAM £1.2m n Jarratt Hall adjacent to Dale Road, Edgbaston Planning authority: Birmingham Job: Detail Plans Granted for 25 student flats Client: University Of Birmingham Developer: Associated Architects, 1 Severn Street Place, The Mailbox, Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 1SE Tel: 0121 233 6600

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ASHBY-DE-LA-ZOUCH £3.2m n 74-108, 110-144 Malvern Crescent Planning authority: North West Leicestershire Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 26 residential units Client: Sanctuary Housing Association Agent: ID Partnership, 27 Spon Street, Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 3BA Tender return date: Tenders are currently invited for the main contract. The tender return date is 10th February 2012. Tel: 02476 527600

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WALSALL £0.97m n Thorncroft Way, Biddlestone Grove, Yew Tree Estate Planning authority: Sandwell Job: Detail Plans Granted for 20 flats Client: Barteak Developments Ltd Agent: Anthony Rickett Architects Ltd, Wood Farm, Everdon, Daventry, Northamptonshire, NN11 3BH Contractor: Barteak Developments Ltd, Avon House, 435 Stratford Road, Dorridge, Solihull, West Midlands, B90 4AA Tel: 0121 746 3100

WYMONDHAM£0.538m n Administration offices, Golf Links Road, Wymondham College, Morley St Peter Planning authority: South Norfolk Job: Detail Plans Granted for college (extension) Client: Wymondham College Agent: Chaplin Farrant Ltd, 51 Yarmouth Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 0ET Contractor: Morgan Sindall (Construction) Plc, 69 - 75 Thorpe Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 1UA Tel: 01603 666669

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North/North-east plans approved

BARNSLEY £2.9m n Land at Larch Place, Kendray Planning authority: Barnsley Job: Detail Plans Granted for 43 houses Client: Keepmoat Plc Developer: MPSL Planning & Design Ltd, Commercial House, West Point Enterprise Park, Clarence Avenue, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1QS Tel: 0161 772 1999.

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Planning authority: Leeds Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 30 sheltered flats Client: Sanctuary Housing Association Agent: Sanctuary Housing Association, Sanctuary House, Chamber Court, Castle Street, Worcester, WR1 3ZQ Tender return date: 10th February 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 01905 338600

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Detail Plans Granted for hospice unit Client: Francis House Childrens Hospice Agent: Hulme Upright Ltd, Barclay House, 35 Whitworth Street West, Manchester, M1 5NG Tender return date: 17th February 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 0161 244 5818

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ACCRINGTON £1M n Aston House, 379-391 Blackburn Road Oswaldtwistle Planning authority: Hyndburn Job: Detail Plans Granted for commercial unit Client: Aston Chemists Agent: The Fowler Partnership, 19 Trident Park, Trident Way, Blackburn, Lancashire, BB1 3NU Contractor: Warden Construction Ltd, Damar House, Richard Street, Kirkham, Preston, Lancashire, PR4 2HU Tel: 01772 675750

PRESTON £1M n Former Adelphi House, Adelphi Street (land between Hawkins Close & Adelphi Street)

Planning authority: Bradford Job: Detail Plans Granted for 25 houses Client: Yorkshire Housing Agent: Brewster Bye Architects, 5 North Hill Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2EN Contractor: Strategic Team Group, Strategic Business Centre, Blue Ridge Park, Thunderhead Ridge, Glasshoughton, Castleford, West Yorkshire, WF10 4UA Tel: 01977 555550

Planning authority: Preston Job: Detail Plans Granted for 14 houses Client: Community Gateway Association Agent: Stewart Milne Homes, Harrier House, 2 Lumsdale Road, Cobra Business Park, Trafford Park, Manchester, M32 0UT Contractor: Stewart Milne Homes, Harrier House, 2 Lumsdale Road, Cobra Business Park, Trafford Park, Manchester, M32 0UT Tel: 0161 866 6900

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ROCHDALE £3.5m n Spotland Bride, New Mill, Mellor Street

HELENSBURGH £1.9m n 1-17 Horton Place & 1-29 (odd) Hardy Hill

Planning authority: Rochdale Job: Detail Plans Granted for 84 residential/ commercial units Client: Bizspace Limited Developer: Pozzoni Design Group, Woodville House, 2 Woodville Road, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 2FH Tel: 0161 928 7848

Planning authority: Argyll & Bute Job: Detail Plans Granted for 32 residential units (alterations) Client: Defence Estates Housing Developer: URS, Resolution Building, HMNB, Clyde, Faslane, Helensburgh, Strathclyde, G84 8HL Tel: 01436674321

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CONTRACTS Approved projects at main contract awarded stage

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MANCHESTER £2M n Francis House, 390 Parrs Wood Road, Didsbury

AIRDRIE £2.5m n Monklands District General Hospital, Monkscourt Avenue

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Planning authority: North Lanarkshire

Job: Detail Plans Granted for hospital (extension) Client: Maggies Centre Agent: Reiach & Hall Architects, 6 Darnaway Street, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH3 6BG Tender return date: 17th February 2012 Tel: 0131 225 8444

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FORRES £1M n Forres Academy, Burdsyard Road Planning authority: Moray Job: Detail Plans Granted for academy (extension) Client: Moray Council Agent: Moray Council, Council Office, High Street, Elgin, Highlands, IV30 1BX Contractor: Mansell, Wards Road, Elgin, Highlands, IV30 1NL Tel: 01343 543974

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Planning authority: South Lanarkshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for 13 houses Client: Hanover (Scotland) Housing Association Ltd Agent: Robert Potter & Partners, 169 Elderslie Street, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G3 7JR Contractor: Cruden Building & Renewals Limited, Cruden Campus, 5 Clydesmill Road, Cambuslang Investment Park, Cambuslang, Glasgow, Strathclyde, G32 8RE Tel: 0141 646 5400

South-east/London plans approved

CHELMSFORD £1.9m n Site at Kings Road Planning authority: Chelmsford Job: Detail Plans Granted for 14 houses & 13 flats Client: Chelmer Housing Partnership Developer: Ingleton Wood, 43 All Saints Green, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3LY Tel: 01603 666847

SITTINGBOURNE £1M n Building 15B, Ridham Dock, Iwade Planning authority: Swale Job: Detail Plans Granted for recycling facility building Client: SITA UK Developer: SLR, Treenwood House, Rowden Lane, Bradford-On-Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2AU Tel: 01225 309400

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Planning authority: Camden Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for 40 residential & 3 commercial units Client: Urbanest Agent: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects, 2nd Floor Morelands, 5 - 23 Old Street, London, EC1V 9HL Tender return date: 20th February 2012 Tel: 020 7251 5261

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BELVEDERE £2.1m n Former Shell Self Serve, Betwe, 181-215 Lower Road Planning authority: Bexley Job: Detail Plans Granted for 24 town houses Client: P Win Quadrant LLP Agent: M & M Architectural Services, 46 Chapel View, South Croydon, CR2 7LF Contractor: Canvey Contractors, West Point Place, Charfleets Industrial Estate, Canvey Island, Essex, SS8 0SE Tel: 01268 683001

LONDON £3m n 104-108 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick Planning authority: Hounslow Job: Detail Plans Granted for 7 flats, 2 houses & 3 commercial units Client: LMC Ltd Agent: Clarke Associates Architecture/ Urban Design Ltd, Peerless Pumps, Ferry Lane, Brentford, TW8 0AW Contractor: CJ O’Shea Group Ltd, Granard Business Centre, Bunns Lane, Mill Hill, London, NW7 2DZ Tel: 020 8959 3600

South-west/Wales plans approved

WELLS £2.1m n E M I Sports & Social Club, Chamberlain Street Planning authority: Mendip Job: Detail Plans Granted for supermarket Client: Discovery Properties Devel-

oper: Sutton Griffin Architects, The Long Barn, Welford, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 8HZ Tel: 01488 657657

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PLYMOUTH £0.5m n Downham House, 94 Church Road, Plymstock Planning authority: Plymouth Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for nursing home (ext/alts) Client: Plymouth City Council Agent: Bailey Partnership, Lyster Court, Queen Alexandra Square, The Millfields, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3JB Tender return date: has been extended to 2nd March 2012 for a Traditional Contract. Tel: 01752 229259

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BRISTOL £1.67m n Chandlery Square, East Dockside, Portishead

Planning authority: North Somerset Job: Detail Plans Granted for hotel & pub Client: Hall & Woodhouse Agent: Mackenzie Wheeler, Embankment Studios, The Embankment, Putney, London, SW15 1LB Contractor: ISG Pearce Ltd, Parklands, Stoke Gifford, Bristol, BS34 8QU Tel: 0117 923 6500

SWANSEA £3M n M & P Direct, Phoenix Way. Garngoch Industrial Estate, Gorseinon Planning authority: Swansea Job: Detail Plans Granted for 3 commercial units Client: M & P Direct Agent: Gillies Henning & Associates, 19 Tawe Business Village, Phoenix Way, Swansea Enterprise Park, Swansea, SA7 9LA Contractor: Gravan Construction, Maple House, Tawe Business Village, Swansea, West Glamorgan, SA7 9LA Tel: 01792 775566

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Special report Carbon emissions

Natural progression to zero carbon

London’s 1851 Estate has established a detailed plan to reduce its emissions and energy consumption over the next two decades In terms of education and research, there are few more prestigious gatherings of institutions than those situated within London’s 1851 Estate. Including the internationally renowned Natural History, Science and Victoria & Albert museums, along with the royal colleges of both music and art, Imperial College London, the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Geographical Society, the estate’s energy demand is understandably massive. However, six years ago the estate embarked on the first phase of creating a plan to reduce carbon emissions. This involved the creation of a realistically achievable strategy, which reached a major milestone last year with recommendations reaching implementation stage. The wisdom of the move has been underlined by the subsequent introduction of legislation such as the Climate Change Act (2008). Cynergin consultant Declan Rajasingam told H&V News that a number of options have been considered in the search for effective solutions that will satisfy the needs of the various elements of the estate. As well as the usual requirements of heating and cooling of office and work areas, there are additional factors to consider, such as the high energy consumption of specialist equipment like electron microscopes, and the need to preserve and protect archive material and specimens. hvnplus.co.uk

Reduction Masterplan. The former received a favourable response and will be installed in the future if funding can be found, while the latter was deemed too costly. “All the measures introduced have been voluntary,” says Mr Rajasingam. “But we’ve also tried to align these to match the government’s targets. “There’s a back-to-the-future element in these recommendations and I think Prince Albert would have approved.” Potential benefits

Working with organisations such as Fulcrum Consulting, options considered included the use of aquifer thermal energy storage and modular nuclear energy. Both of these are obviously expensive options, but they illustrate the complexity of the considerations employed in the creation of the estate’s Carbon

There are many potential benefits delivered by the masterplan. With rising energy tariffs, combined with the potential added costs for large organisations that are not meeting the government’s carbon reduction requirements, lower carbon emissions also mean lower electricity bills if handled correctly. In addition to its input to the Carbon Reduction Masterplan, Cynergin has guaranteed savings of more than £500,000 using CHP, absorption cooling and energy-efficient lighting. Any savings beyond a certain threshold will be shared. The 1851 Estate has added an extra dimension to reducing expenditure, through taking a more detailed view of how it purchases its energy supply. As well as updating its building management system (BMS), to monitor and control energy consumption more effectively, the estate is 8 february 2012 17


Special report Carbon emissions (continued) using procurement specialist The Energy Consortium. This enables it to monitor the energy prices of a number of suppliers, allowing the three museums involved to purchase electricity and gas at the most favourable rates. Mr Rajasingam states that this method has resulted in the estate securing its utility requirements and receiving prices well below what would otherwise be expected. “This has allowed us to avoid being caught out by the recent price rises,” he says. “We state our energy requirements and monitor prices, then buy when the market is right. It’s a lot cheaper than previous purchasing strategies employed in the public sector and also more predictable, as we’ve fixed our energy prices up to 2014.” A major portion of the estate’s heating and cooling requirements is handled by the plant room in the Natural History Museum. The plant room and equipment it contains is owned and operated by Vital Energi, which manages all aspects of plant room operation. The boiler room itself was previously a working exhibit. Visitors to the Science Museum saw the equipment from a mezzanine

area, which remains in place to this day, complete with archaic signage. The central part of the heating and cooling requirement is the 1.8 MW CHP engine, housed in its own purpose-built enclosure to reduce noise levels. Initially designed as a ship’s engine, it operates 24 hours a day. When extra support is required, the plant room also houses two extra boilers, both 10.5 MW in size. Meeting demand

The boiler produces 500 deg C of heat on a constant basis, catering for most of the system’s heating and cooling requirements. It also makes a significant contribution to the demand for electricity, says Mr Rajasingam. “Because gas is cheaper than electricity, this is the best method of covering both requirements,” he says. “We also remove a great deal of the heat before it’s ventilated, which provides more efficiency. “It’s all about getting as much from a unit of gas as possible. The CHP units typically cover all the heating and cooling requirement and also produce around a third of our electricity demand.” The plant room is the central

Inside the 1851 Estate Formerly known as the Gore House estate, this was purchased for the sum of £60,000 in 1852 by the commissioners of the Great Exhibition of 1851, with the project accredited to Prince Albert. Covering an area of just under 22 acres, it consisted of a number of freehold properties. The majority of these were demolished, providing space for the various buildings that are in use to this day. T he 1851 Estate comprises some of the UK’s most prestigious buildings, including Imperial College London, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal College of Music, the Royal College of Arts and the Royal Geographical Society, among others. T he estate’s Carbon Reduction Masterplan outlines the potential benefits from a holistic solution, including low-carbon awareness campaigns, implementation of energy demand and carbon reduction measures, and the installation of aquifer thermal energy storage. It predicts a significant return on investment that would multiply with increased utility prices in the future.

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The CHP units typically cover all the heating and cooling requirement and also produce a third of our electricity demand” Declan Rajasingam, Cynergin

hub of a district heating system. As well as the Natural History Museum, it also feeds the V&A and previously also included the Science Museum. The system is managed by the Siemens simatic C7 building management system, which includes web-based monitoring. Vital Energi engineers therefore only need to attend the site to carry out general maintenance and repairs. Danfoss variable speed pumps are an integral part of the distribution system. Water treatment is another important requirement to ensure efficiency of operation and compliance with regulations. This requires the managing of both entrance and exit operations. The most important aspects are demineralisation and control of bromide levels, resulting in reduced instances of erosion to piping. The upgrade of the BMS system means that energy use is better managed, allowing quicker reaction to issues and general requirements. The three museums are also benefiting from improved clarity. Each building is provided with regular updates on the energy it consumes and individual bills. hvnplus.co.uk


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Special report Retrofit

Back to the future: the potential for retrofitting

With today’s increased focus on energy efficiency, the retrofit market is providing opportunities for both domestic and commercial sectors With construction in the doldrums, there seems little hope of a significant increase in business opportunities for HVAC firms in new build in the immediate future. But a growing number of developments, incentives and legislative moves is providing a more favourable climate for the retrofitting of technology to existing buildings. “[With retrofit,] an important factor to recognise is that no one size fits all,” says Rachel Shore, senior sustainable design consultant at renewable energy consultant Inbuilt. “Requirements very much depend on who owns the building, the type of building and who occupies it.” A good starting point is to consider how occupational comfort can be cost-effectively balanced with the building’s energy consumption. Consideration should be given to improving existing building fabric and systems, rather than opting automatically to rip out and replace, advises Ms Shore. “Often there will be a host of ways to reduce the operational energy requirements and improve occupant satisfaction with existing buildings by fabric upgrades alone,” she says. Options include introducing natural systems back into the building, improving insulation and upgrading lighting systems and controls. An insightful approach is also to give design teams an opportunity to interview hvnplus.co.uk

existing occupants to identify the main points of dissatisfaction. The ‘fabric first’ method is also recommended by mechanisms within the Green Deal and Feed-in Tariff consultations. Once energy requirements have been minimised, the next point of call should be to analyse how refurbishment via a renewable energy installation could further reduce the carbon footprint of the building, thus continuing to reduce overall costs, says Ms Shore. Integrated controls

Daikin UK engineering manager John Durbin says improving building performance through retrofitting is essential to meet legally binding carbon reduction commitments. Integrated environmental control and heat recovery solutions can make a major contribution towards this. “At present, many of the UK’s buildings operate quite separate systems for heating, hot water production, air-conditioning and refrigeration,” says Mr Durbin. “This means a huge proportion of the heat energy resulting from air-conditioning and refrigeration systems simply goes to waste, rather than being captured and used elsewhere in the building.” By integrating climate control systems in an innovative way, a more holistic energy cycle can be created within a building. Evidence shows that such solutions, which incorporate heat recovery

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techniques within a heat pumpbased system, could cut energy usage by up to 60 per cent. According to the Carbon Trust, heating and hot water production account for 60 per cent of a retailer’s energy bills, with refrigeration also making a major contribution. “If we take a major department store, where refrigeration is required for cafés, restaurants and kitchens, it is easy to see how the high proportion of waste heat generated by this function can be re-used elsewhere in the building, such as for over-door air curtains or to provide hot water in washrooms,” says Mr Durbin. 8 february 2012 21


Special report Retrofit (continued) “By using this holistic approach, it is possible to cut carbon emissions but also to make a real impact on running costs.” Baxi specification channel manager Simon Osborne says improving energy efficiency in existing homes is more difficult than in new build, yet is sure to yield far more effective results in reducing carbon emissions. The challenge for specifiers is to identify solutions that offer the greatest opportunities to meet Decent Home requirements and solve fuel poverty problems, at the same time as helping to meet the UK government’s 2050 target. However, the Technology Strategy Board’s Retrofit for the Future scheme provides examples of best practice in this area. “Eighty-six social housing projects across the UK were funded,” says Mr Osborne. “Each implemented ‘low-carbon refits’ of existing low-rise social housing that will meet the UK government’s target for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, while cutting energy use dramatically.” Examples in the Retrofit for the Future scheme include listed properties and those in conservation areas where roof-mounted solar installations are ruled out. These show that ease and speed of specification and installation are key factors to deliver more energy-efficient heating, Mr Osborne concludes. Retrofitting and the NHS

Two recent examples of the potential of retrofitting for providing benefits for the client and business opportunities for HVAC firms add further weight to the argument for updating existing installations. Canterbury Health Centre, run by the Eastern & Coastal NHS PCT, includes a doctors surgery and treatment centre where the plant was based around three ageing atmospheric boilers. Though well maintained, they were suffering from age-related poor 22 8 february 2012

efficiency, encouraging the client to seek a better return on cost. A full evaluation of the equipment installed was carried out by consultant Gibbs Dench Associates and the boilers were replaced by three condensing units. The resulting improved efficiency also enabled a reduction in size of the gas meter. Variable head pumps were used on all circuits, reducing electrical consumption, and the domestic water systems were converted to mains pressure. The latter included high-recovery calorifiers of reduced capacity and electronic scale reduction units, one of which was recovered from the original installation. The whole system, including valves, was then insulated to a high standard, minimising the often overlooked issue of heat losses from the associated pipework. The second example is that of South Eastern Ambulance NHS Trust’s Paddock Wood Make Ready Depot. The project included the adaptation of a former light industrial unit, leading to a fully upgraded concrete structure to meet building regulations, including L2B for Energy Efficiency. The result saw the provision of a full vehicle workshop using gasfired radiant heaters, while logistics areas, operational offices and training facilities were served by a centralised ventilation system. This included full heat recovery, augmented by a fully weathercompensated wet radiator system using condensing boilers and variable head circulating pumps and controlled substance close temperature controlled storage using DX heat pumps. The entire mechanical services installation is now monitored and operated through a bespoke control system designed around a Trend IQ controller. These two examples illustrate the aforementioned importance of considering the requirements of each individual setting, in order

A huge proportion of the heat energy from RAC systems simply goes to waste” John Durbin, Daikin UK

to ensure the most efficient solution is achieved to save energy and reduce carbon emissions. Both projects were installed by Delron Services, a multi-disciplinary engineering services contractor based in Maidstone, Kent. A further example of energysaving and carbon-reducing retro­ fitting is that of Sony Group’s close co-operation with the British Standards Institute. This resulted in achieving carbon savings of over 1.7 million kg of CO2 and the meeting of regulatory and public requirements. The project began in January 2011, when environmental and facilities representatives from 13 UK Sony companies agreed to work together to achieve the BSI Kitemark Energy Reduction Verification. Sony became one of the first organisations to gain certification to the Kitemark Energy Reduction Verification (ERV) Scheme across its buildings. One of the advantages is an improvement in the company’s position on the annual Carbon Reduction Commitment league table, with further positive implications for Sony’s tax contributions relating to carbon dioxide emissions. The BSI Kitemark ERV Scheme was seen as an ideal way to verify carbon reductions and to present clear and independent information on energy use to the regulators. The scheme is based on the implementation of an energy management system. Sony head of technical compliance Kieren Mayers says: “We are proud to have achieved the certification and now have a robust mechanism in place to respond quickly and accurately to the demands of the CRC Scheme.” The ERV scheme has been approved by the Environment Agency as an Early Action Metric under the CRC Scheme, and means Sony is now able to verify the energy savings it makes, improve its position on the CRC Performance League Table and protect its corporate reputation. hvnplus.co.uk


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HVAC Project of the Year • Balfour Beatty Engineering Services, Glasgow Riverside Museum • Baxi, Higgins Construction Working with Baxi • Belfry Group, Cavendish Mill – EcoPod Heating System Installation • Cofely, Birmingham District Energy Scheme • Crofton Design, Great Dixter House • JCP Consulting and Vent-Axia, The Green, University of Bradford • Lorne Stewart, Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr Caerphilly • Victaulic and Spie Matthew Hall, Commonwealth Sports Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, Glasgow


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• Ceilite, Safety Card Training Talks • ContourCasings, Trionic DeepClean LST Radiator • Gas Safe Europe, Detectagas: CO Alarm Test Kit • Gas Safe Register, Gas Safety Week • London Borough of Newham, Safety for Tenants and Neighbour • Wrekin Housing Trust, Raising Levels of CO Awareness

Service & Maintenance Initiative of the Year sponsored by Riello

• Central Heating Services, The Initiative – 100% First Time Fix, Security for Vulnerable Tenants and Dispersed Properties • HVCA Publications, Customisable Mainenance Standards • London Borough of Newham, Safety & Service • Quinn radiators, Quinn Heatloss App • Wrekin Housing Trust, Bringing Gas Service and Maintenance Inhouse

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Partnering Initiative of the Year • Blue Flame (Cornwall) and Coastline Housing • Fusion 21 and Spirotech • Pipe Center: Modular Engineering and Binks Building Services • Pipe Center: Modular Engineering and MJN Colston for Southmead Hospital • Pipe Center: Modular Engineering and Waldon Building Services • Powrmatic and Celsius Design Partnership • Enact Energy Renewables and Tesco Home Efficiency • Wrekin Housing Trust and Travis Perkins Supply Chain

Renewable Project of the Year Sponsored by Remeha Commercial

• AJ Cooper Group, Glow-Worm Clearly Hybrid 14kW Installation • Cotswold Efficient Energy Centre, Ampney Crucis • Dimplex Renewables, Dimplex solar PV at Zonal • Revolution Power, Prudoe Child and Mental Health Service (CHAMS) • Revolution Power, Newbiggin Maratine Centre • Space Engineering Services, Tesco Express Renewable Hot Water and Space Heating Solution • The Efficient Energy Corporation, The Coach House at Duncote • Vaillant, Vaillant Group UK and Northern Europe Regional Headquarters, Derbyshire • Vaillant, Vaillant and Ground Heat - Complete Renewables System

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry sponsored by Pipe Center

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Special report Ecobuild

Tapping into renewable energy developments The Ecobuild exhibition will follow last year’s successful move to its new location, providing a wide range of products and seminars The dramatic transition that many building services suppliers are going through has had knock-on effects for those organising exhibitions for industry practitioners. No longer can they merely hire a venue and gather a number of suppliers together to show their latest designs and expect large numbers of potential buyers to attend. While the showing of new products remains an essential element of all industry shows, the expectations of visitors have changed in recent years. They now expect to see working models, practical demonstrations and be provided with access to seminars and conferences covering a wide range of industryrelevant issues. The Ecobuild show has enjoyed a rapid rise to prominence, the proof of which was provided last year when it moved from its former Earl’s Court location to London’s ExCeL exhibition centre. Despite a few grumbles from a handful of attendees unhappy with the difficulty of travelling to the area and expense of parking and accommodation, the 2011 event was judged to be another successful outing. The 2012 event will again be striving to generate more enthusiastic feedback from exhibitors and visitors. A key component within this is its wide-ranging 26 8 february 2012

educational programme, much of which incorporates the delivery of practical and theoretical knowledge around renewable energy. Demo area

The workshops on site will include the Practical Installer area, which will include installations of both PV and solar thermal installations, the filling and flushing of systems, rainwater harvesting and the retrofitting of heat pumps. Additionally, the Solar Hub will also explore various aspects of PV systems, including talks,

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presentations and providing oneto-one advice on how to specify the most appropriate systems. A number of systems will be shown, including on-roof, semiintegrated and fully roof-integrated products. There will also be demonstrations and advice aimed at illustrating the benefits of the Renewable Heat Incentive. These will be delivered by key industry organisations including the Micropower Council, the Heating and Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC) and the British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association (BEAMA). hvnplus.co.uk


On top of all this, there will be presentations aimed at educating visitors on the delivery of refurbishment techniques to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings. Complementing this, Cool Concrete will include a demonstration based on a Ludwig Mies van der Rohe design, providing an example of an energy efficient housing solution. Also included within the exhibition will be a three-stream conference running on each day of the event. These will cover a number of topics around the general subject of sustainable construction. Visitors will also be able to choose from 130 seminar sessions at the event. These will be held in the north and south galleries of the ExCeL site and will provide further coverage of many aspects of sustainable construction and renewable energy. Speakers at the event will include industry experts from various sectors, college professors, journalists and broadcasters, and

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Special report Ecobuild (continued) Incentives for discussion The Renewable Heat Incentive will be one of the focal points of discussion at Ecobuild. The initiative was launched last November and is aimed at the off-gas commercial sector. The full version, including the domestic sector, is intended for launch in autumn 2012. The Green Deal, also due for launch in the autumn, will be another central topic of debate, following the recent consultation

exhibitors will also be providing contributions to the seminar and conference discussions. The show has also extended its delivery of information beyond the realms of the exhibition floor.

It has formed a joint venture with Barbour Product Search to create an online directory of sustainable construction products, including technical specifications. There can be little doubt that

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the exhibition has successfully managed the difficult task of relocating to a new venue. With the debate around sustainable building and renewable energy continuing to gather pace,

and announcement that extensions to houses may include energy efficiency requirements – good news for installers and contractors. The Feed-in Tariff will also provide a major topic of debate, following recent court cases and the government’s attempts to reduce tariffs. While the focus has been on solar PV, recent announcements on other technologies, such as mCHP, mean there is much to discuss.

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Ecobuild showcase Schueco UK

Leading building envelope and solar products specialist Schueco UK, the lead sponsor of Ecobuild 2012, has major stands (N2940 and S310) in both halls. Schueco is showing examples of its aluminium and steel systems as well as its latest solar energy products, some of which are new to the UK and all of which underline its status as a world-class company. The solar products on

display demonstrate the comprehensive nature of Schueco’s solar offering. They include a roof-mounted display of thermal collectors and PV modules from the company’s Premium and Compact Line systems, as well as an array of Schueco TF+ thin-film PV modules installed on Schueco’s unique East/West flat-roof mounting system. www.schueco.com

NIBE Energy Systems

NIBE Energy Systems, one of the UK’s innovators in the development and supply of domestic and commercial renewable energy heating systems, will be showing a wide range of its products on stand S3210 at Ecobuild. NIBE will be launching its F1345 ground-source heat pump designed for large residential and commercial installations. The new NIBE F1345 has a unique

multi-coloured TFT screen, which provides a intuitive control panel that lets you set a comfortable indoor climate and schedule the heating system. The F1345 comes in four sizes; these feature outputs of 24, 30, 40 and 60 kW. The docking possibility of the new ground source heat pump is up to 540 kW in a cascade system. www.nibe.co.uk

AAH Products

All Around Heating Products has launched an ingenious range of duct heaters incorporating the latest in energy-efficiency technology. Designed in collaboration with electronic engineers Top Hex, the integral controller self-optimises, using the minimum amount of electricity to achieve the required set point. For maximum efficiency, two sensors are required – the first measuring

Altecnic

Altecnic is launching its technologically advanced Heating Interface Unit (HIU) on stand N2246. The compact and lightweight unit, which features electronic controls, compensated heating temperatures and insulated covers, can help consultants, architects and plumbing specialists meet Part L of UK Building Regulations, which regulates energy consumption and the

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products for both the residential and commercial markets. And as part of its commitment to training and best practice, Nuaire now offers accredited ventilation installer training from its BPEC-approved training facility in South Wales. Find out more about Nuaire on stand S2920 at Ecobuild. www.nuaire.co.uk

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Make the most of microrenewables at Ecobuild The UK’s biggest showcase of micro-renewables and energy efficiency products is coming to London Whether you’re looking to get to grips with the latest technology or understand the business opportunities better, Ecobuild at London’s ExCeL on Tuesday 20 to Thursday 22 March should be in your calendar. It’s the UK’s biggest showcase of micro-renewables and energy efficiency products, and the biggest event in the world for sustainable construction, with more than 1,500 exhibitors, dozens of live and interactive attractions, and more than 130 free seminars. Renewable energy installers will get the most out of this huge event by choosing a selection of the most relevant activities taking place over the three days. Plan to attend a selection of the InstallerConnect seminars, sponsored by Installer magazine, which include sessions on everything from the business potential of renewable technologies and how solar technologies can transform your business, to giving your business the biomass boost and how heat pumps deliver free energy and increase business. Identify the products you’d like to see and the suppliers you’d most like to meet from the likes of E.ON, Vaillant, Plumb Center, Mitsubishi Electric, Daikin, NIBE and Solarcentury, Worcester Bosch, Alpha Heating Innovation, Dimplex, Suntech, Schueco, Saint-Gobain, Samsung, PTS, Travis Perkins and Jewson – just a few of the hundreds of suppliers of micro-renewables and energy efficiency products on display. 32 8 february 2012

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Sponsored by Plumb Center, Practical Installer is designed to help installers take advantage of the growing demand for microrenewable technologies through a series of hands-on demonstrations covering the installation and maintenance of solar-thermal and PV systems, filling and flushing solar systems, understanding rainwater harvesting systems and retrofitting heat pumps. Elsewhere on the exhibition

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seminar programme, which delivers practical advice from experienced practitioners through more than 130 sessions including Energy & Innovation in Buildings, Better through BIM, Buildings in Use, Future Energy and Sustainable by Design. To help make the most of your time at Ecobuild, there’s even an online planner you can use to make a note of all the exhibitors, seminars and demonstrations you’d like to see while you’re there. All this and much more is free – get your free ticket and more details at www.ecobuild.co.uk FIND OUT MORE about Ecobuild 2012 at www.ecobuild.co.uk

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Special report Industry associations roundtable

Associations offer views on state of the trade

H&V News hosted a roundtable event to allow a number of HVAC trade associations to air and share their views on a variety of issues The task of educating and informing members has been growing exponentially for trade associations as various agendas and policies have gathered pace. As 2011 drew to a close, it was an opportune moment to invite association representatives to discuss the issues affecting their members and the industry in general. The opening comments of the debate discussed the various elements of legislation and the effects on members and their businesses. Chris Yates of the Heating and Hot Water Industries Council said compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations continued to be a major focus of his association, assisting members with compliance following the previous year’s update and further changes due in 2013. “We’ve done quite a lot of work around the provisions for controls, for example,” he said. The intention is to ensure greater efficiency of systems, he added, while also informing members of Part L and SAP consultations, which will be continued as the next planned Part L update begins to take shape. “I think the concentration will predominantly be on the fabric of the building,” he continued. “Then if the government gets that right, as we get to zero carbon in 2016, we will already have built some houses at the right standard.” One of the current concerns is that there are relatively few houses built to the 2010 regulations hvnplus.co.uk

because of the economic downturn, Mr Yates stated. Bob Towse of the HVCA (pictured) believed there was still not enough focus on upgrading existing properties. “That’s where the big opportunities are; unless we start to tackle the existing buildings, we’ve got a major problem,” he said. One of the major issues was the lack of notifications, which were as low as 20 per cent in some areas, said Mr Towse. Mr Yates said there were currently around 250,000 instances of lack of notification each year. “So are you saying that voluntary schemes don’t work?” asked the CIPHE’s Kevin Wellman. “I suppose there’s no such thing as a truly voluntary scheme, is there?” Mr Towse replied. Effective compliance

He continued that all schemes required incentives to make people take notice of them and referred to the water industry, where compliance with certain regulations is voluntary, but typically only adhered to by a minority of highly qualified engineers. Mr Wellman said that while the evidence showed that voluntary schemes worked well for those within them, he agreed that it required major incentives for others to take notice of the relevant requirements. “One of the biggest examples of industry-driven change was condensing boilers,” said

Attendees Andrew Hopton – HETAS Kevin Wellman – CIPHE Chris Yates – HHIC Jeremy Hawkes – OFTEC Niall Rowen – ASFP Martin Griffiths – HWA Robert Towse – HVCA Peter Hamnett – UKDEA

Mr Towse. Government involvement had resulted in manufacturers focusing on the supply of condensing boilers, which then resulted in a major change within the industry. While this was not actually driven by legislation, it provided an example of how to alter perceptions and practices. Martin Griffiths of the Hot Water Association turned the subject of discussion to the Energy-related Product Directory legislation, driven by Europe, which will mean products will be controlled at the point of sale for the first time, rather than the point of installation. The ASFP’s Niall Rowen said there is a need to expand existing competent person schemes to raise standards and ensure improved levels of expertise and compliancy. 8 february 2012 35


Special report Industry associations roundtable (continued) Continuing the legislative topic, Jeremy Hawksley of OFTEC said his organisation had been pushing for bio-liquid fuel to be included in the Renewable Heat Incentive. “I hope the RHI does take off, but the threat is that if [biofuel] is not included we would be under threat from 100 per cent renewable technologies, which would probably start eating into our marketplace.” Keys to green success

There was scepticism in the industry about how incentives would be received, but Mr Hawksley said the Green Deal in particular had “exciting possibilities”. The need for the government to provide more certainty was cited by Mr Yates as a means to encourage engagement with the RHI and Green Deal, along with the need for a more collaborative approach. “I agree that the need for collaboration is certainly there,” said Mr Wellman. He referred to a recent meeting between the Department of Energy and Climate Change and industry representatives, where the DECC had been surprised to hear that “the Green Deal perhaps wasn’t as good as they thought”. The issue would be whether the DECC listened to industry recommendations and acted on them, said Mr Wellman. Andrew Hopton of HETAS stated that to ensure successful uptake of the RHI and Green Deal, there would need to be an increase of qualified installers in the industry. There was a need to recognise that the main driving factor behind the various incentives was to cut carbon emissions, said Mr Hawksley. This was more important than the energy security issue. Mr Towse highlighted the need to recognise the change the industry is currently undergoing, resulting in a shift in the balance between electric and gas equipment installers. He continued: “We need a more robust grid system, we need a better supply 36 8 february 2012

of energy from abroad, and there are risks attached to that.” Mr Hawksley said the DECC’s goal of removing all gas central heating from the UK by 2050 was further proof of the government’s failure to grasp reality.

bined with its focus on the RHI and Green Deal. He recognised the difficulties facing members, which involved considerable effort and expense to engage effectively with all three schemes.

FiT shock

The impact of the recession was another restricting factor, said Mr Yates, although it could be argued that reduced business activity created the opportunity to engage with training. The need to balance productivity and cost requirements would continue while economic conditions remained difficult, he said. Mr Hopton said this could combine with changes in competent person schemes to drive down numbers of registered installers. “When you’re losing competent persons because the schemes are so onerous, this leads to more being done on the black market,” he said. Mr Hawksley returned to the subject of the ErPD legislation, which has been a major issue for OFTEC members. “They’ve tried to discriminate against oil by the way they’ve drafted the legislation, which is interesting considering there are 15 million oil households in mainland Europe,” he explained. The Energy Bill was another item of European legislation to take note of, continued Mr Hawksley, due to its aim of encouraging improved insulation of buildings and the installation of renewable technology within mainly public buildings. The ErPD is due for launch in the spring of 2013 and has the potential to have a major impact on members in the years ahead, he said. The discussion continued to debate the issues and requirements of both members of individual associations and the industry at large, providing further fascinating insight. These responses will form a second instalment in a future issue of H&V News.

The government’s decision to slash the smaller installation Feedin-Tariff rates by 50 per cent had given the industry “a nasty shock”, Mr Towse continued. This was now affecting confidence in other areas and delaying installations relevant to the RHI, particularly for larger projects. “When you’re spending £50£70,000 and trying to put that case in front of the FD, and he’s saying ‘the government might well do what it did to Feed-in Tariffs’, your case gets destroyed,” he said. The UKDEA’s Peter Hamnett thought there was less chance that the RHI would be subjected to the same cuts as the FiT, but said there would always be an element of risk with any government-funded scheme. However, such schemes were having the effect of “de-risking” the introduction of renewable technology in many areas. The subject of the government’s white paper on water was raised by Mr Wellman as something that would have implications for many in the industry in 2012. “The government are stating that they see that paper as a long-term thing,” he said. It is unusual for a government to be thinking so far beyond its own term, he continued. While it was difficult to talk about the implications until more detail emerged, the white paper would affect many within the heating and plumbing industry, said Mr Wellman. This was, however, providing the industry with the opportunity to discuss the relevant issues and requirements and highlight these to the government. Mr Hopton was the first to refer to MCS, which is an important topic for HETAS this year, com-

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This year will no doubt prove challenging for the building services sector. Firms are squeezed between lengthening waits for payment and banks’ continuing unwillingness to extend credit. The threat of payers becoming insolvent is ever present. This problem has prompted the government to proceed with project bank accounts. Almost £2bn-worth of work is now going through PBAs and the Chancellor said in his autumn statement that he intends to double this figure in the next couple of years. The government has also ensured tier two contractors on public sector works should be paid within 19 days of the due date under the main contract (23 days for tier three contractors). A mystery shopper service has been set up to deal with complaints about poor practice. The new Construction Act provides firms with an improved array of weaponry to minimising losses from upstream insolvency. It applies to contracts entered into on or after 1 October 2011 (1 November for Scotland). Here is my checklist to help firms keep on top of cashflow: n Always read your payment provisions. If these are not to your liking you can safely ignore the rest of the contract. n Operate the new statutory payment notice procedures, which are aimed at defining the amount due at the date for payment. n Be aware that any withholding of your cash must now be fully justified in any such notice issued before the final date for payment. n Make full use of the more flexible statutory right of suspension, which enables you to suspend any or all of your obligations.

There has been plenty of discussion in the industry about the implementation of CPA1, the competency assessment for flue gas analysis. It has generated many formal replies but I would like to comment from my own experience. As an apprentice, before the development of electronic analysis, we were taught to rely on gas rates, working pressures and flame pictures to ensure an appliance was correctly combusting. We used spillage and flue flow to make sure the flue was pulling. This was great when you could perform all of these tests, but in the modern world it is not always possible to see the flame or to examine burner pressure. More and more manufacturers are now relying on flue gas analysis to ensure an appliance burns efficiently and safely. Although an analyser does not replace these tests, it enhances burner set-up and keeps an accurate record of levels. I recall my first encounter with an analyser in the mid-80s. It was large and cumbersome and, despite a brief description of operation, no one really knew

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n Seek payment bonds/bank guarantees whenever possible, although they could be hard to obtain. n If you are denied payment because of the insolvency of a third-party payer then challenge any pay-when-paid clause on the ground that it is an unreasonable exclusion clause under the Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977. n Remember that pay-when-certified clauses and cross-contract set-off are outlawed under the amended Construction Act. n Be aware that the new Construction Act outlaws provisions that make release of your retentions conditional on the issue of some certificate under another contract. n Watch out for lengthy payment periods – they increase your exposure to upstream insolvency. n Consider alerting credit reference agencies if your payer seeks to extend payment periods. They will downgrade its credit rating, which may dissuade it. n Always be alert to payment problems being experienced by others on the project. Statutory insolvency protection must also remain on the agenda. Millions of pounds worth of construction works continue to be purchased by firms whose liabilities far exceed their assets. As a first step there should be a statutory requirement that purchasers provide evidence, before construction work can start, that they can fund it and will retain the necessary funds in place over the duration of the project. Professor Rudi Klein is chief executive of the SEC Group

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how to take a reading. As a result it largely stayed in the van. On the infrequent occasions it was used, I was unsure as to where to obtain the best reading. There was generally no reference to it in the manufacturer’s instructions so I placed my probe where I saw fit and obtained a reading, though I was not fully convinced it was accurate. I have recounted this tale to many service engineers over time and a little smile of recognition usually appears on their faces. I became a trainer with British Gas back in September 1989 and over the years I have trained many engineers through private training companies. It always struck me as strange that the training relating to combustion changed very little over the years. We seemed to have this box of tricks available, but only a few engineers owned one and knew how to use it correctly. British Standard 7967 has changed that. We now know whether we can take a sample and exactly where to place our probe. So as long as our equipment is calibrated we can be confident that we are getting a good reading. I have trained and assessed many CPA1 candidates. Their career experience varies considerably, but I have yet to meet an engineer who has not learnt anything through the process. However, the major positive in my book is that even the most change-resistant person is confident enough after completing a CPA1 programme to pick up and use an analyser. So we got there in just short of three decades. I see that as a good thing. It’s just a pity that it takes a stick such as the threat of removing registration to get the industry to react. Steve Wright is chief executive of Piper Assessment

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Condensing the bonuses of using greener boilers All boilers for biofuel are now technically advanced. Superior in environmental performance, they are able to almost entirely substitute heating systems based on fossil fuel energy. Through their ability to offer automatic control and their adaptation to computers, they mainly operate like conventional heating systems. Condensing liquid biofuel boilers, proven since 2000, have two distinct heat exchangers. The first is a newly developed seven pass steel design; the second is a high-grade plastic tubular arrangement. The flue gases leave the seven pass design at temperatures lower than 90 deg C and are extracted from the tubular arrangement at temperatures below 50 deg C. The introduction of outside combustion air through the plastic tubular exchanger lowers the flue gas temperature below dewpoint, meaning there is no need for return heating system water temperature to be lower than 50 deg C. In a B100 biofuel R-Series condensing boiler, the B100 biofuel is kept at temperatures just

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above freezing in an external or bunded vessel, then piped to a pre-heat tank within the R Series boiler, from which it passes to the burner. B100 biofuel is developed from organic material and burns with the same maximum condensing efficiency as fuel oil and natural gas. Condensing B100 biofuel boilers achieve 92-97 per cent GCV efficiency. About 12 litres of air is needed for each litre of B100 biodiesel, so the volume of hot flue gases represents a substantial use of energy. This is partly in the form of sensible heat due to the elevated temperature of the gases, and partly as latent heat in the water vapour. R Series condensing boilers are designed to recover much of the heat in the flue gases and consequently operate at much higher efficiencies. If the flue gases are cooled down to their dew point, which is 50 deg C for B100, much of the latent heat, as well as the sensible heat, can be recovered. The R Series boiler, designed to operate permanently in the condensing mode, uses corrosionresistant plastic materials for all of the condensing heat exchange and contains limestone granules to treat the acidic condensate before safe disposal. One litre of B100 biofuel is equivalent to 8.4 kWh. For a yearround condensing boiler, there is an output of 7.75 kWh per litre – rising to 8.1 kWh in mid-winter. In the typical London weather pattern, the biofuel R Series boiler may be used to meet the base load throughout the year. A second fossil fuel boiler will meet the extra demand of the peak winter months. Additionally, both boilers can have dual fuel B100 and fossil fuel capability to give an in-built standby facility. Each boiler has its own header with in-built fourport valve and shunt pump. This guarantees minimum water flow

and temperature control. Single and group boilers can use a balancing and sedimentation vessel or a low-velocity header as a neutral heat outlet. Any number of circuits, in order of priority, can then be served from the boilers. Harry Howard is technical director at Atlantic Boilers

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Renewable Heat Incentive needs a better system fit Biomass-derived thermal hot water heating boilers, usually burning wood-chip and pellets, are becoming more popular in buildings, especially since the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive. Call me a cynic, but you don’t have to be too on the ball to suggest that biomass boilers are being applied and installed to meet planning aspirations and environmental demands. Perhaps due to some previous experiences of such products, they are sometimes simply being left unused. Of course, this opens up all manner of worry for the industry. We are aware that many such systems don’t operate as intended, simply because of poor application, design, installation, commissioning and operation. Even the best sales engineers are struggling to understand the limitations that biomass boilers present to a potential end-user. Fossil fuel boilers can be very forgiving when not sized correctly. Biomass boilers have little if any tolerance for the specifier or designer, leaving the operator to pick up the problems. If all the criteria can be met when applying biomass boilers at the application and design

stages, including that of the fuel issues and the balance of the application, then the engineering is fairly simple. The mis-application is an issue for all areas of our industry, including consultants, designers, suppliers, installers, commissioners and, not least, operators. The operator can easily make a silk purse into a sow’s ear, rather than the other way around. I appreciate that the construction industry is in some cases struggling with this technology, as it doesn’t understand the systems that may be imposed upon it during the planning, design and construction period. With the RHI now operational it is imperative that biomass boiler heating systems are applied, installed and operated correctly. The RHI incentive will develop the market for their use much more quickly than has occurred in recent years. This alternative method of heating our buildings has great merit, and it would be a shame if horror stories emerge to frustrate and damage the industry. Another important area of the design and application is the need for a heat meter to determine the payments generated through regulator Ofgem. If systems are inefficient in delivering heat to and through a heat meter, then the costs of both the heat generated and heat delivered through the meter could prove the system to be unviable. Bruce Boucher is managing director of The Bruce Boucher Consultancy

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Boilers, heat pumps, pipe hanging, biomass Sirius two WH Boilers The Sirius two WH wall-hung stainless steel condensing commercial boiler has been added to Potterton Commercial’s Sirius WH range. The Sirius two WH is available in five outputs from 50 kW to 110 kW and offers a turndown ratio of 6:1. The heat exchanger block in the 50 kW, 60 kW and 70 kW models has changed from a duo ‘Z’ to a mono ‘Z’, allowing one heat exchanger to be used instead of two. Consequently, these units are lighter and more compact than their predecessors. The Sirius two WH features boiler control technology with the capacity to control three heating zones in compliance with Part L2 requirements. www.pottertoncommercial.co.uk

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The Danfoss DHP-AQ 11kW air-source heat pump operates at temperatures as low as -20 deg C using a system that constantly controls and optimises airflow, the refrigerant circuit and heat distribution. It was recently used in a green energy makeover that completed a renovation of an 1850s stone-built cottage in leafy parkland close to Newstead Abbey in the East Midlands. www.danfoss.com

Two identical Ideal Logic+ boilers will be used in a test, to be held at the BSi and funded by the UK Water Treatment Association, to find whether softened water provides a corrosion threat to aluminium heat exchangers used in boilers. Harvey Water Softeners MD Harvey Bowden insisted the tests would prove softened water was not to blame for heating system corrosion. www.idealheating.com

Mechanical services and process industries supplier Ashworth has developed a range of pipe hanging solutions. Products include pipe supports, general fasteners, channel brackets and fittings, insulating blocks, plastic fittings and malleable iron fittings. Ashworth developed the products after market research into the tube and fixing types required by its customers. www.ashworth.eu.com

A biomass package is available from low-carbon building service products supplier Shorts Environmental. The company is offering a one-stop shop for the supply, installation and ongoing maintenance of biomass boilers, which will enable the nondomestic sector to take advantage of the cash benefits offered by the Renewable Heat Incentive. www.shorts-env.co.uk

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Cutty Sark, domestic, commercial, industrial Plastic piping installed in historic tea clipper Polypress plastic piping from Polypipe Terrain has been chosen to create a heating system and to boost cold water services for the Cutty Sark tea clipper at Greenwich in south-east London, which is being restored after a major fire damaged the popular tourist attraction in 2007. “Given the historical importance of the Cutty Sark, it was vital that the products used would be able to provide outstanding performance for many years to come,” said a Polypipe Terrain spokesman. The Cutty Sark, originally used as a merchant vessel to bring tea to London from Shanghai, is expected to reopen to visitors at its dry dock in late 2012. www.polypipe.com

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Ecodan air-source heat pumps will replace electric storage heaters in more than 800 homes in Oxfordshire under a contract won by TSG Building Services. The project will last four years, with each installation taking about five days to complete. TSG has begun site surveys to check the dwellings are properly insulated before installation work is carried out. www.mitsubishielectric.co.uk

Star Refrigeration has supplied bespoke plant for heating, air conditioning and ventilation at the London offices of a global investment bank. The firm designed lowmaintenance cooling plant to improve efficiency, reduce noise and ensure the highest reliability for the building’s HVAC system. The project was completed within six months from order. www.star-ref.co.uk

A Vaillant auroTHERM exclusive three-panel solar collector set and an ecoTEC 637 condensing boiler have been installed at a bed and breakfast in Glossop, Derbyshire. Woodlands B&B owner Brian Mairs said: “The project has been partly funded by an interest-free loan from the government. It’s great to see that people like us, who want to invest in such projects, get a helping hand.” www.vaillant.co.uk

Armstrong 8000 Series packaged pump solutions have been used in London Underground’s refurbishment of Neasden Depot. The major refurbishment will create facilities suitable for accommodating a new fleet of air-conditioned Tube trains. As 8000 Series pump solutions are pre-designed by Armstrong, costs typically incurred at system design stage were reduced. www.armstrongpumps.com

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Showcase Titon

Leading ventilation and window hardware expert Titon is celebrating 40 years of cutting-edge product design and development at Ecobuild 2012, the world’s biggest event for sustainable design, construction and the built environment. Visitors to its stand (S2910, ExCeL, 20-22 March) will see the transformation of Titon’s products over the years, from the launch of

the trickle vents range to the latest generation of ultra-efficient whole house ventilation (with heat recovery) units. The focus will be the latest additions to the HRV Q Plus whole house ventilation range and Titon will also be displaying state of the art ventilation accessories and sound attenuating ventilation products.. www.titon.co.uk

System Hygienics

When a US warship in Croatia needed 4,000 metres of ductwork to be cleaned in just six days, System Hygienics, with its reputation for high standards of cleaning in tight timeframes, was proud to help. System Hygienics and Jetvent Ltd each sent two supervisors to Croatia transporting the company’s Jetvent cleaning equipment. System Hygienics and Jetvent cleaned

4,000 metres of ductwork, while Navy personnel and civilians worked on board. System Hygienics was able to use compressed air on board to feed its Jetvent system, which is a remote cleaning method that uses compressed air and a powerful filtered vacuum to access and clean areas that would normally be out of reach. www.systemhygienics.co.uk

IBD Distribution

IBD Distribution, a leading provider of energy-efficient heating and ventilation solutions, has completed its first installations of Polypipe Ventilation’s Domus Radial Duct System. The installation has been completed on three properties in Ringwood as part of a whole-house air distribution system; it offers an innovative method of connecting individual rooms to an air

HygroMatik

HygroMatik offers an informative and CIBSE accredited CPD seminar Why Humidify? to broaden and improve your knowledge and skills set in the area of humidification. The CPD seminar explores each humidifier type within the HVAC ranges and the advantages and disadvantages of using a particular model within a specific application area.

Fernox

When you need an inhibitor that also acts as an effective antifreeze the solution remains same – it’s just the name that’s changed – with the re-branding of Fernox, Alphi-11 to Antifreeze Protector Alphi-11. The high performance product protects against internal corrosion and limescale formation and eliminates the risk of freezing – down to temperatures of -22 deg C.

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distribution box using a Ø75mm flexible semi-rigid duct. IBD Distribution offers a range of products and services to the residential and commercial markets covering the design, project management, installation and commissioning of energy-efficient and renewable heating, ventilation and cooling. www.ibd-distribution.com

The seminar will also go into detail with regards to technical issues such as calculating the correct absorption distance and the necessary tools required to carry out this calculation. By completing the CPD programme, the individual will receive a CIBSE backed CPD certificate which will contribute to CPD points. Email info@hygromatik.co.uk to sign up

Available in 5 and 10 litre packs, Antifreeze Alphi -11 is the ideal product to protect pipework from freezing temperatures when winter starts to bite in the New Year. The product’s unique properties prevent corrosion of all metals found in domestic central heating systems, ie ferrous metals, copper and copper alloys and aluminium. www.fernox.com

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Drayton

After record numbers of boiler breakdowns last winter due to frozen condensate pipes, Drayton has launched Condensate FreeFlo, an innovative new solution that prevents the build-up of ice on external pipe runs from condensing boilers. Condensate FreeFlo continually monitors the outside air temperature. When it falls below 5 deg C, a fan pushes air into a

heater unit, which then blows warm air down the pipe to ensure it remains free of ice in all conditions, down to -15 deg C. Quick and easy to install using one power cable, it operates fully automatically, with no householder intervention required. The unit runs a weekly self-test programme to ensure it is working correctly. www.draytoncontrols.co.uk

Yorkshire Copper Tube

Yorkshire Copper Tube will be checking in at PHEX events across the UK for the third year running in 2012. The copper tubing specialist, which supplies market-leading products to companies across the globe, will take its place at the Wembley exhibition on the 24 and 25 April and has already booked stands at the Manchester and Chelsea events in October and November.

EnviroVent

EnviroVent has launched a new range of centralised and decentralised mechanical extract ventilation (MEV) solutions suitable for houses, apartments and communal residences. Developed to meet the requirements of system 3 in accordance with Part F of the Building Regulations, the systems provide year-round indoor air quality using the lowest energy consumption.

Secon Solar

The PAW DrainBloc is a fully integrated solar pump and solar controller incorporating a drain back tank allowing fast installation of drain back solar thermal systems. As the DrainBloc comes in a self-contained unit it takes less space and looks far neater than a normal drain-back system. The DrainBloc avoids overheating by

Management and staff will be talking to visitors about two renewable energy products Yorkshire Copper Tube is looking to introduce to the UK market this year. Q-Tec, a reduced thickness copper plumbing tube with polyethylene covering and HYPOPLAN, a KME concealed wall heating system, will both be exhibited. www.yorkshirecopper.com

The OZEO is a compact whole-house MEV system designed with double-injection self-sealing duct connections for rapid installation. The ECO dMEV is a constant volume, continuously running single room decentralised MEV. SAP Appendix Q eligible, the ECO dMEV contributes to achieving favourable SAP calculations. www.envirovent.com

draining the collector field when the pump is not in use or the system store is satisfied. The fluid drains back into the DrainBloc unit which has an integrated container. With the collector field now free from fluid it removes the stagnation problem. With the system draining down this overcomes the possibility of the fluid freezing in the collector. www.seconsolar.com

Yorkshire Copper Tube

Tube Talk, Yorkshire Copper Tube’s twice yearly newsletter, has had a makeover. It offers the same great content with all the latest news and product info but is much more dynamic and interactive. The latest edition covers the results of an industry-wide survey the firm carried out, which revealed that Yorkshire Copper Tube is the most recognisable copper tube brand in the UK.

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Readers can also find out more about a series of focus groups Yorkshire is planning to help gather feedback on two exciting products it is considering introducing to the UK market. There is also a chance to win an iPod by answering a simple question. To enter, visit www.tubetalk.co.uk and follow the links to the competition. www.tubetalk.co.uk

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And finally... Dave Grohl and Freddie Mercury – would be a fun evening I think!” Fiona Bashford, marketing manager at Marley Plumbing and Drainage, on Apple, Milky Ways and ‘feisty’ Christine Lagarde Who would you most like to throw a custard pie at? Simon Cowell – he’s too smug. What would you take with you to a desert island? My iPod and a solar recharger. Who would be your top two dinner party guests? Dave Grohl and Freddie Mercury – would be a fun evening I think! Which famous person would you be? I admire IMF chief Christine Lagarde, because she is feisty and dignified at the same time, but I would probably resort to being shallow and go for Elle McPherson or Claudia Schiffer, because they have brains and beauty. What is your motto? Don’t ever have mottos. Armageddon is 24 hours away. How do you spend your last day? Probably go to a favourite restaurant with friends and have a good time.

What invention do you wish you had invented? I am in awe of the Apple products, as the first company to look at how people interact with technology and also because they make their products look cool too. What food can you not live without? Milky Ways – because they are the perfect chocolate bar. What irritates you most in life? Arrogance and pomposity. Where is your favourite place? Italy – food, climate, scenery, etc.

This month in 2006

The Office of Fair Trading was revealed to have recruited a “secret army of whistle-blowers” using powers granted under the 2003 Enterprise Act, as concerns grew about bid-rigging and scams associated with contracts for the London Olympics. The Inland Revenue’s new online tax system was reportedly able to be rigged to force subcontractors into direct employment. An industry source told H&V News that it could be “pretty much configured to say anything”. Based on a 15 per cent increase in domestic gas prices by British Gas, it was reported that 2006 could see 250,000 households slipping into the fuel poverty bracket, following price increases for both gas and electricity the previous year. Fresh strikes were reported at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 5, as civil engineers rejected Laing O’Rourke’s offer of an increase of 67p an hour. The GMB, TGWU and Ucatt had recommended that the offer should be accepted.

What should the building services industry be doing to help itself in the current climate? On a micro scale, be creative and offer products and solutions that engage clients and specifiers and offer real value. On a macro scale, have a strong voice as an industry to influence government policy. What’s the best work-related thing that you did recently? We have spent 2011 researching and developing a new brand style for Marley. As Marley is a well established brand, it had risks attached to it, but I believe the result has positioned Marley effectively for the future, especially with the launch of our new website.

All fore charity A number of sporting legends took part in a recent charity golf day sponsored by electric and renewable heating firm Dimplex. Former West Indies cricketer Brian Lara, ex-England midfielder Jamie Redknapp and Southampton Football Club folk hero Matt le Tissier were among the players. The Legends Charity Golf Day, which was hosted by Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp at the Remedy Oak Golf Club in Dorset, raised more than £29,000.

Charity calendar Customers of plumbing and heating merchant Plumbase were given an extra special Christmas present this year with a calendar featuring favourite staff members naked. Eighteen volunteers at the firm stripped off for a charity Christmas calendar to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. All calendar girls and boys volunteered their modelling services free of charge, and all profits from the calendar will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support.

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