Tansun infrared heaters maximise outside dining at The Lighterman

The Lighterman at Granary Square, Kings Cross is a new contemporary design of public house and a landmark site in the new Kings Cross development. And Tansun infrared heaters are playing their part by enhancing the exterior space for the warmth and comfort of customers.

This new project by Open House Projects, has seen The Lighterman join the group’s two others in London’s Fitzrovia and follows the theme of a modern interpretation of the traditional pub with casual dining, drinking and socialising using modern British menus with European influences.

Inspired by the Victorian Lightermen who worked on the flat bottom barges, known as ‘Lighters,’ The Lighterman has a contemporary design over three floors with stunning views across Granary Square and Regents Canal.

Tansun infrared heaters were selected by Open House Projects for the outside terrace where Tansun’s Bahama single 1.5kW heaters are discreetly integrated under seven parosols with four heaters per parasol.  Hannah Burke, Project Manager for Open House Projects is delighted with the result commenting, “The Tansun heaters really do allow us to take the inside out, making our terrace functional over the cooler months and evenings so generating increased revenue from customers’ outdoor use”.  She continued, “We were delighted to find the Tansun heaters as they are very sleek looking units and can be specified in any RAL colour.  We chose graphite grey to complement the masts of the parasols and so they are not at all intrusive, and at the same time have low glare and look warm.  The heaters have been very successful and we hope to use them on other projects in the future.”

The Bahama infrared heaters from Tansun are a flexible design easily fitted onto awnings and parasols to become part of their structure and are IP rated.  Available in single 1.5kW or double 3kW appliances, the stylish heaters can cover an area of up to 22 sq.metres and their glare-reducing gold reflectors have a smooth, parabolic finish for powerful heat dispersion.  The Bahama heater provides customers with low glare heaters that fit discreetly into many environments in the standard colours of white, grey or black.  The design is also available in any RAL colour with Tansun’s bespoke colour service which allows heaters to be powder coated in a wide range of colours with additional corporate branding if required.  The Bahama heaters can be made to fit awning or parasol profiles or indoor / outdoor venue colour schemes to suit customers’ needs.  The heaters come with a full two year Tansun warranty.

All of Tansun’s products are manufactured in the UK and designed using premium components.  Tansun has been established for thirty-five years and pioneered the concept of infrared electric heaters in collaboration with Philips technology.  The company offers the largest range of domestic, commercial and industrial infrared heaters in the world, providing maintenance-free, safe and healthy heating appliances.

Further information is available from Tansun on 0121 580 6200, by emailing sales@tansun.com or by visiting the company’s website at www.tansun.com .

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Innovative In-Situ Office Server Cooling Solution from British engineers.

Without air-conditioned rooms, keeping servers cool on-site in office and business environments is a challenge. Now a British engineering company has developed an innovative energy-efficient temperature control solution called Maxi-Cool for office-based servers. The compact Maxi-Cool system comprises an attractive floor-standing rack cabinet featuring an integrated intelligent refrigeration module to provide highly effective thermal management for servers mounted within.

The Maxi-Cool product is available in a variety of sizes to accommodate single or small numbers of servers in its rack-mount form factor. Maxi-Cool cabinets can be supplied colour-coded to match an organisation’s corporate branding or office décor. One key advantage on offer to businesses looking to cool their servers to safeguard company data is the ease of installation. Maxi-Cool cabinets are simply wheeled into place, the servers installed in the rack space as usual, and the unit plugged into a 13-amp mains socket. Such cost-effective server cooling, typically delivering temperature reductions of up to 20°C with a thermal power capacity of 4kW, is unachievable in any other way.

“Local server installations are popular among small and medium sized firms, where on-site information storage and direct access is preferred for reasons of data sensitivity and security,” explains Maxi-Cool MD and Chief Designer James Garson. “Even where server performance is mission-critical, few businesses can justify the cost and disruption of building a dedicated air-conditioned server room. That’s why we designed Maxi-Cool – to deliver a straightforward solution to a widespread problem.”

Maxi-Cool units are also finding favour in shared office facilities and among professional firms like lawyers and banks who often occupy listed or heritage buildings. “In such sensitive premises, air conditioning plant cannot be installed,” Garson explains. “Maxi-Cool cabinets can provide these businesses with an immediate and effective thermal management option at a fraction of the cost,” he adds.

Aside from the simplicity of installation and low cost, Maxi-Cool cabinets offer distinct commercial advantages over dedicated server rooms. The low-power units operate from a single 230V mains supply, can be easily repositioned on castors if required, are whisper-quiet at just 65db, take up just one square metre of floorspace – and require no structural changes to walls or buildings. In addition, expansion is simply a case of adding another Maxi-Cool cabinet. Smaller Maxi-Cool cabinet configurations are designed expressly to fit in confined spaces.

Maxi-Cool cabinets meet the technical specifications and thermal gradient guidelines issued by global trade body ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) for server cooling applications.

More information available at www.maxi-cool.co.uk

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Saniflo keeps pace with climate change

As Britain basks in the hottest temperatures in 40 years, the heat is on to keep the nation cool. The sale of air conditioning units in the UK has been growing steadily the past few years, particularly in the commercial sector, and now more house builders include air conditioning as standard and a growing number of private households are turning to air conditioning to stay cool. With temperatures set to continue to rise as scientists predict extreme temperatures as a result of climate change, Saniflo – the UK’s leading designer and manufacturer of macerators, pumps and shower cubicles – is predicting a continued upturn in the air conditioning market for commercial and domestic markets, and advises people to ensure efficient condensate removal.

Gravity drain units can be problematic because they must be installed on the nearest outside wall, they require space and they can cause potential water damage to a building’s façade resulting in expensive repairs. In addition, stagnant water can pose a health and safety risk due to potential bacterial and fungal growth.

The Saniflo range of air conditioning pumps comprising the Sanicondens® Clim Pack, the Sanicondens® Clim Mini and the Sanicondens® Clim Deco are specifically designed to expel the condensate from air conditioning units in a quiet and efficient manner without any dripping and with trimmable trunking for a neat finish you’re guaranteed a stylish looking unit every time.

Ann Boardman, Saniflo UK Head of Marketing & Product Management, says: “We encourage industry professionals involved in specifying and fitting commercial and domestic air conditioning units as part of new builds and retrofit projects to not be limited by issues of gravity drainage units. The Saniflo Sanicondens range offers a simple and safe option for air conditioning, whilst increasing the options for unit installation. With Sanicondens you can put the units exactly where you want them without being restricted to outside walls. I would suggest that Sanicondens units are absolutely essential for any type of timber-framed building.”

www.saniflo.co.uk Tel: 020 8842 0033

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BoilerMag Commercial Boiler Filters Save Hotel Heating Systems for County Durham Installers

County Durham based MPUK Mechanical Services Ltd has recently installed several BoilerMag XL commercial boiler filters in 2 large hotels in the UK.

At one hotel in York, the company was faced with two four year old 150 kw boilers, one of which had failed completely, and the other extremely inefficient and due to fail imminently. Both boilers were completely full of black sludge that had built up over a number of years as a result of being connected to the old heating system. Two brand new boilers were fitted, including two BoilerMag XLs.

At another hotel in Edinburgh, MPUK again installed a BoilerMag XL on a new 60KW boiler, housed in a boiler room and connected to a towel radiator circuit heating 40 of the hotel’s en-suite bathrooms.

Again, the heating system was heavily contaminated with black sludge and difficult to flush, but the company is confident that the BoilerMag XL filter will prevent contamination in the future, keeping the system free from sludge and working efficiently.

“When I receive plant room drawings or heating alterations, the BoilerMag XL is my filter of choice,” says MPUK Heating and Gas Director Wayne Peel. They are a very well made, solid unit, and you can feel the quality when unpacking them from the box. They are also very straight forward to install and reasonably priced.”

Plumbing and Renewables Director Alex McAlinden added: “I would 100% recommend this product to other installers and to the M&E consultant we work with. The BoilerMag XLs are easy to maintain and give installers and customers the assurance that their plant room boilers will be running at their full capacity under heavy use. We’ll be returning to the York hotel soon for a follow up, so it will be great to go back and see some positive results.”

 www.boilermag.com

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Reduce your cooling costs by 90% with EcoCooling’s direct evaporative cooling, ventilation and control systems

With over 3500 installations worldwide, UK based EcoCooling are innovators in low energy, direct evaporative cooling and ventilation technologies. They have developed energy efficient cooling solutions to suit all types of buildings including data centers, comms rooms, industrial, retail and commercial.

 EcoCooling’s 1500m² of warehousing provides a manufacturing and R&D facility, as well as a storage base for all spares and coolers. This ensures that short lead times and adequate supply of spares are guaranteed.

 Founded in 2002 EcoCooling provides energy efficient and low carbon alternatives to air conditioning. Developed from one of the oldest and simplest technologies known to man, EcoCooling have taken the concept of direct evaporative cooling and reengineered it to provide a sophisticated cooling and ventilation system that can outperform the alternatives on most counts.

Fresh Air Cooling with EcoCooling can provide a 3m3/s or cool a 30kW load from 1kW of power at a cost of under 14p per hour. Energy use can further be reduced by the use of EC  (Electrically Commutated) fans in IT environments.

Simple ventilation can provide a perfectly satisfactory solution to cooling many industrial and commercial premises, however recent advances in fan technology, controls and evaporative cooling have now taken this principle to a new level of performance, which has proven to be very popular for industrial purposes.

 EcoCoolers can either be used for blanket cooling a building or for spot cooling of workstations and production lines. The solution is perfect for factories, warehouses, and mezzanine floors. Clients include: TKMaxx, Cummins Diesel, Net-a Porter, and Matalan.

The EcoCooler is highly cost effective in comparison to traditional refrigerant air conditioning, and can operate on less than 10% of the running cost.

Cummins Diesel Engines recently invested in 42 EcoCoolers, due to very hot uncomfortable temperatures on their main shop floor. These units introduce fresh, chilled and filtered air to the various workstations throughout their production facility. They are all controlled from two floor mounted centralised control panels. The system reduces summertime temperatures from over 30Co to a far more comfortable 21C.

Many locations can maintain compliant conditions by using only ‘free cooling’ (fresh air).  Multiple EC fans can be connected directly to simple temperature controllers giving the simplest of automated solutions. PLC’s can be used where more stringent conditions have to be met or when heating and cooling systems need to be integrated.

Ventilation coupled with evaporative cooling and modern controls can provide industrial and commercial premises with a sophisticated air handling system that can compare with any air cooling refrigeration system at a fraction of the energy cost and provide a high level of control of the environment.

The EcoCooler is also available in several different configurations, meaning they are suitable for any location and are easy to install and come with minimal maintenance.

Versatile Product ranges:

EXTERNAL PRODUCT RANGE (ECP): Proven Technology and Results

The ECP range of coolers can be installed externally or inside a plant room. The standard unit is down flow, however top and side discharge configurations are also available.

INTERNAL PRODUCT RANGE (ECT): Compact and Flexible Solutions

The ECT range of coolers are designed to be installed internally. They have multiple configuration options to allow for easy installation into rooms with limited space. Worried about getting it into your room? The ECT5400 will fit through a single door! Worried about water in your facility? For complete peace of mind a sophisticated alarm and leak detection system, capable of cutting off the water supply, has been incorporated into all of our internal products

EcoCooling’s R&D Department and Patents

EcoCooling are credited with revolutionising the control systems required to use the equipment in IT and air handling systems. The in-house R&D department works to incorporate the latest energy efficient technologies into all product ranges ensuring our clients have some of the most innovative ventilation and cooling systems in the world. This focus on innovation has also resulted in EcoCooling holding a number of patents for fresh air technologies.

Our complimentary in-house design consultancy service capitalises on our vast industry experience to work closely with consultants and clients to design the most efficient systems possible.

If you are having temperature problems in your factory please contact us on the number below.

More information and case studies are available on our website.

Tel 01284 810586 Email sales@ecocooling.org www.ecocooling.org.

Case Study: http://www.ecocooling.org/casestudy/cummins.php

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Refurbishment project at special needs school funded by the EFA

Abbey Hill Academy, facing risk of a complete boiler breakdown with equipment over 25 years old, was in urgent need to find a replacement. After the completion of a site survey, a system consisting of Hamworthy cast iron condensing boilers and direct-fired water heaters was identified as best solution to be fitted to the existing heating system. Financing was secured by a successful bid from the Condition Improvement Fund provided by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) available for academies and sixth-form colleges.

Abbey Hill Academy is a school for children with learning difficulties based in Stockton-on-Tees. The facility consists of three buildings providing a comfortable learning atmosphere for around 300 students aged 11 to 19 years. Two old cast iron sectional non condensing boilers were supplying heating and hot water for the main Stephenson Building consisting of 18 classrooms for around 160 students. Old atmospheric water heaters installed in the same building, delivered hot water to showers, sinks, basins and the main kitchen.

Philip McHale, Premises & Facilities Manager at Abbey Hill Academy as part of the Horizons Specialist Academy Trust, was looking for a cost-effective solution.

“The priority was to find a boiler that was energy efficient, would reduce costs, could be fitted to the existing system and came with a complete package of supply to commission. I checked a lot of boiler manufacturers and found Hamworthy’s website to be useful with the offer of a free site survey. We were pleased that we got to meet both Steve Johnson, area sales manager and Stuart Turner, the national sales manager. Both had a genuine interest in our project.”

Two Purewell VariHeat cast iron condensing boilers with a combined output of 360kW were chosen to replace the two old non-condensing cast iron sectional boilers. With heat exchangers made from the same robust material, big waterways and an upgrade to condensing models, the boilers offer long-term reliability, compatibility to the existing heating system while profiting from up-to-date technology for best efficiency.

The hot water supply was met by the installation of two Dorchester DR-FC Evo direct fired condensing water heaters to replace old water tanks, delivering a total output of 1,192 litres per hour.

Philip notes “We updated the old tank fed system that delivered poor hot water pressure to mains fed. There has been a vast improvement in hot water pressure and it has also improved our Legionella management. The web based control system enables us to manage the usage of the boilers, saving us energy.”

The water heaters have an anti-legionella safety function, which means water will be heated for a period at a high temperature (e. g. 65°C for one hour) to prevent the risk of legionella bacteria forming in the vessel. Additionally, the recirculation pump can be set to run to ensure the whole system is purged. Built in controls allow this task to be performed on a regular basis, ensuring water stays legionella-free and safe.

Mark Smith, Project Engineer at Leybourne Urwin Ltd, mechanical and electrical engineers who installed the boilers and water heaters, says: “The boilers were very easy to position and install, the installation instructions were clear to follow. Everything was delivered as and when Hamworthy said it would be. We also used the Hamworthy pipe kits, which are great, as they save time on site.”

Abbey Hill Academy was seeking a way to finance the capital-intensive project. For this purpose, the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) is offered by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). CIF is an annual bidding round available for academies and sixth-form colleges to fund projects to keep buildings safe and in good working order. This could be e. g. rectifying health and safety issues, problems with building compliance or improving poor buildings condition. Previous CIF rounds have been heavily oversubscribed which is why applicants need to meet the bid criteria and demonstrate the urgency of projects in order to secure the fund. Philip explains

“The bid criteria set by the EFA put the boiler replacement programme in a high priority level. Due to the condition of our existing boilers and the likelihood of complete failure, our bid was successful.”

After the installation, commissioning of the newly installed boilers and water heaters was carried out by a Hamworthy-approved service engineer. This not only ensured that they were set up for optimised performance, but also improved their warranty terms, covering parts plus labour for two years from commissioning.

Mark Smith adds “We chose Hamworthy for commissioning, as they are the manufacturer, know what they’re doing and what they are looking for during commissioning.”

About working with Hamworthy, Philip comments “The customer service was good. We had the free site survey and direct contact with Steve (our local contact). The boilers arrived on time and well packaged and the commission of the system at the end of the job went well. I’m all round happy with the service.”

For advice on making the right choice for your heating and hot water systems, talk to Hamworthy; telephone 01202 662500, email sales@hamworthy-heating.com, or visit www.hamworthy-heating.com.

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Energy bureaus can reduce energy consumption of HVAC systems

Brin Sheridan, Chief Operating Officer at Utilitywise PLC, one of the UK’s largest and leading independent utility cost management companies; comments on how modern day intelligent energy bureaus can reduce energy consumption of HVAC systems.

Historically standard bureaus would review utilities metering data to assess and identify inefficiencies in building and equipment performance and consumption. This data analysis allows the bureau team to deliver insights, allowing businesses to make changes to the way in which they operate or manage their buildings/equipment with the aim of reducing utilities costs and consumption.

This facility identifies and manages inefficiencies such as out of hour’s consumption, high base loads or peaks in consumption. UK businesses are becoming more aware of the ability to map and interpret utilities metering data against building and equipment performance to identify inefficiencies in consumption and wasted costs.

Today’s intelligent energy bureau provides all this and much more. Inefficiencies in equipment and building performance can be identified and delivered as actionable insights to the maintenance teams. The Intelligent bureau, like the one from Utilitywise, brings utilities market intelligence as well as experience around procurement contracts. This additional service enables businesses to reap further savings not only from the improved performance of their buildings but also from their utility bills.

At Utilitywise, we embrace the opportunities for our clients in delivering this intelligent bureau.  We believe bureaus that bring together maintenance efficiencies, consumption monitoring, market intelligence and procurement contract expertise deliver more savings and benefits for business owners.

Our market intelligence teams, data scientists and building optimisation engineer’s work together as part of this intelligent bureau to provide customers with the best solution.

This collaborative approach helps reduce utility costs, while ensuring building and equipment efficiency. The aim of this way of working is to deliver actionable insights to educate and quantify the business benefits through a number of media, from apps and cloud based software platforms. This is particularly advantageous with Smartdash, our analytical Report Builder platform and central engineering portal.

Intelligent energy bureaus:

  • We bring in our extended knowledge of the energy markets and trends as well as procurement contracts to work with our customers to reap greater savings from their utilities bills.
  • We look at utilities data to improve building and equipment performance, feed maintenance teams information to aid in proactive preventative maintenance programmes and provide the case for BeMS/controls.
  • We can identify inefficiencies in consumption, quantify their effect on the utilities bill and validate the improvements achieved through controls and changes in equipment operations.
  • We also consider the make up of the procurement contracts to allow our customers to benefit from time of day tariffs. This is done by shifting and shedding load when utilities consumption per kWh is greatest (known as DUoS and TRiAD avoidance).
  • We can seek out maintenance issues and also respond to any fault alerts, twenty-four hours a day and analyse reasons for the fault and either fix the issue remotely or arrange for an engineer to resolve the issue.
  • We help provide reports and visibility that businesses need for internal presentation and evaluation.
  • We offer an all-encompassing solution that provides services both sides of the meter, from procurement contracts to find the best deal for our customers through to analytics and controls to effectively and proactively reduce consumption costs.

The intelligent bureau should offer building owners and occupiers the ability to reduce inefficiencies in performance, manage out of hours’ consumption but also shift or shed consumption when prices at that time of the day are greatest.  Forward thinking and intelligent energy bureaus like ours, can also control consumption and cost while looking forward to market changes. With our ability to undertake long term forecasting, we can also predict future utilities bills for our customers and when we factor in their controls around time of day tariffs and against TRiAD alerts and the forthcoming changes to capacity markets there is more opportunity for business owners in their efforts to reduce costs. Last year, we saved our customers over 25% off their TRiAD bills thanks to our alerts and automation into our controls devices.

There are a number of drivers for these forward thinking, intelligent modern day bureaus but the most recent and current would be the forthcoming P272 legislation, which comes into force in 2017.  This year businesses with meters in class 05-08 will have their usage settled on a half-hourly basis thereby paying more or less depending on the time of day in which they use energy.

Knowledge of the key components of an energy bill (commodity and non-commodity costs) coupled with knowledge of building and equipment performance and controls is imperative if businesses are going to optimise when they use energy to reduce a growing energy bill.

Intelligent bureau teams, like Utilitywise, work with businesses to move energy consumption when non-commodity costs are higher (DUoS/ TRiAD) and take advantage of lower tariff periods thereby reducing not only kWh consumption each day but valuable £s/pence.

The Climate Change Levy (CCL) further enhances the need for this type of intelligent bureau offering, this tax on energy consumption will be increased from 2019, making the currently higher tariff periods even more costly to businesses.

Incorporating information on procurement, energy markets, legislation and tariff rates, the Intelligent energy bureau team can use its expertise and knowledge to help clients not only use less energy but use less at key times of the day making an average 15-20% reduction in consumption which results in greater savings from the bill.

Intelligent bureaus benefit business three-fold, from cost savings to energy consumption reduction and legislation compliance. The days of energy bureaus not being relevant are over – make way for the intelligent bureaus of the future.

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HVAC systems and heat loss: ensuring roofing equipment is energy efficient

The majority of commercial buildings are designed with a flat roof, offering extra space for equipment such as HVAC units and solar panels. Although this structure can provide valuable space for these systems, the way in which they are isolated to avoid energy transfer isn’t always considered. Jonathan Shaw, Managing Director of thermal breaks specialists, Armadillo, explains the importance of isolating roofing fixtures and how installing an effective thermal breaking solution can decrease energy loss.

When it comes to thermal efficiency, any penetration within the building envelope, whether it be through a floor, wall, or ceiling, has the potential to create a thermal bridge. This is a point within a structure where two elements meet and the connection is poorly isolated. At this location heat can easily transfer through the connection which causes issues surrounding energy loss and condensation.

The roof is a key location where energy transfer can occur, particularly in commercial buildings where the installation of on-roof equipment is very common. Fixtures such as HVAC units, wind posts and solar panels need to be anchored to the roof securely, it’s important that this connection is isolated effectively, to ensure that a thermal bridge does not occur. Thermal bridges are highly conductive structural elements which allow heat transfer across a building’s thermal envelope.

A recent project undertaken by Armadillo demonstrates this solution in action. Within this project, the team was appointed to isolate the roofing system for Rudding Park, a luxury hotel in Yorkshire, which was part of a £9.5 million refurbishment project to add a new spa extension to the hotel’s existing facilities. The job involved isolating the rooftop balustrade posts from the flat roof structure, to ensure heat loss was kept to an absolute minimum. To adhere to the design and ensure that the system was securely attached to the roof, the posts needed to bridge the insulation to provide a suitable anchor. Without installing the correct material, this installation would cause a thermal bridge, resulting in substantial energy loss.

To provide the solution, Armadillo recommended its Armatherm™ 500 material, an inert, closed-cell polymer that offers continuous insulation while bearing heavy loads. This was extremely important for the Rudding Park project as the heavy posts required an efficient support to ensure that they did not completely break through the roof insulation. The Armatherm™ solution was specified in pads, which sat underneath each post. This eliminated all instances of heat flow and increased the energy efficiency of the connection by up to 60%.

The system implemented by the team will also help to avoid condensation issues. Allowing cold temperatures to transfer indoors encourages condensation, which can lead to the formation of mould. This can often be seen on ceilings where roofing systems have been installed, or the interior walls of buildings that feature a cladded façade or balcony which have not been isolated correctly. Along with being unsightly, mould can also cause health issues if it goes untreated, making it a detrimental issue that can affect the aesthetic of a room’s interior.

Surprisingly, regardless of the 60% energy saving and elimination of condensation issues, isolating roofing equipment can go ignored within the industry. While the importance of effective thermal breaking within cladding and façade projects is becoming more accepted, there is some way to go in educating architects and contractors on the importance of creating an effective and energy-efficient roofing system. As mentioned, implementing an effective thermal break can reduce heat transfer by up to 60%, making a building more efficient and providing a reason to considered thermal break solutions in roofing projects.

This is an area that the team at Armadillo is keen to champion, to help highlight the importance of thermal breaking in structures that require HVAC equipment. Without effective measures to decrease energy transfer, the construction industry will not fulfil its obligation to sustainability, and energy bills will rise as a result. A thermal breaking solution can be implemented at any transition within the building envelope making it an accessible and worthwhile solution for any modern construction project.

Armadillo designs, manufactures and supplies thermal break solutions for both commercial and residential projects. With more than 40 years’ experience, Armadillo has a team of experts in the United Kingdom and the United States to provide a comprehensive solution to modern day engineering problems. Armadillo’s revolutionary Armatherm™ GF Grade Thermal Break Pads deliver high-performance thermal insulation between interior and exterior steelwork and / or concrete to prevent thermal bridging and improve building envelope performance.

Jonathan Shaw is Managing Director of thermal break specialists, Armadillo. For more information visit: http://www.armadillonv.com/.

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The case for keeping cool and reducing costs, without traditional air conditioning

A Derbyshire electronics firm is no longer counting the costs of keeping cool, after installing an evaporative cooling system that allows them to keep servicing clients in the face of sweltering temperatures.

Kingfield required cooling to reduce internal temperatures from more than 30°C in the summer – even when the outside temperature was 15 degrees lower. To address the issue, the micro-electronics manufacturer decided to install five Breezair TBS580 Evaporative Coolers, resulting in the inside temperature dropping to more comfortable working conditions of 20°C.

While the aim was to reduce the heat load within the factory, the management quickly realized that the product’s ability to reach the right level of relative humidity had other very significant impacts on their operations. In fact, higher humidity in the air minimized electrostatic discharge during manufacture, which lessened component failure in assembly.

“We’re glad we discovered an efficient cooling system such Breezair, which helped us improve the working conditions inside the plant, reducing running costs at the same time,” said Mr Darren Dooley, Production Manager at Kingfield. “We’re keen to grow our business and install more electronic assembly machines: if this happens and we need to install additional coolers, we’ll be sure to opt for Breezair.”

Evaporative cooling is fast becoming the most efficient option when cooling large areas. Air conditioning is not such a viable option because in warehouses or industrial plants the capital and running costs would be extremely prohibitive.

Mr Sam Peli, General Manager Sales Europe, Africa and Middle East of Seeley International, the manufacturer of Breezair, explains: “Most industries with high heat loads, such as printing, ceramics, glass, rubber or electronics, have no cooling system installed, and this impacts on the workers’ morale, productivity, and health.

“In cases where businesses have traditional cooling systems installed, they rely on recirculating the air in the indoor space, and that stale air can contain fumes and germs. Crucially, premises such as warehouses or big storage rooms, especially when dealing with food and pharmaceutical products, have specific temperature requirements.”

In these environments, Direct Evaporative Cooling could be the right solution because it doesn’t use chemical refrigerants to cool the air. It operates with a water pump to supply water to the wetted media where evaporation occurs and electrical power for the fan that then pushes the air inside the building.

Breezair is the best example of evaporative cooling on the market. Available in different ranges to meet customers’ needs and 100% manufactured in Australia, it is famous worldwide for unbeatable quality and performance.

Kingfield is just one example of numerous UK companies that have put their trust in Breezair for evaporative cooling, and joins printing facilities, manufacturing industries, automotive assembly lines and showrooms, ceramics, food industries, and warehouses.

Often commercial or industrial buildings have small spaces that are hot and uncomfortable to work in. These hot spots can be caused by heat from machines, manufacturing processes, or trapped hot air behind large glass windows. Frequently these spaces are not just hotter than the surrounding interior areas of the building, but hotter than the external conditions too. A better, more intelligent solution, is to use Breezair Evaporative Air Cooling to blanket the hot spot with a flow of cool, high velocity, fresh air, designed to impact your workers whenever they are in that hot location: this is called “Spot Cooling”.

Another award-winning solution developed by Seeley International to help companies with heat management is Climate Wizard. The Indirect Evaporative Cooler still relies on cooling the air with evaporation of water. Via a heat exchanger, the air cooled from evaporation is separated by the air supplied to the space. Thanks to this innovation, the air supplied is colder and no moisture is added. Climate Wizard can be used as a stand-alone solution or in conjunction with a traditional air conditioner, to pre-cool the air and resulting in the consumption of the traditional unit being dramatically reduced, returning a consistent saving in running costs.

With over 40 years of experience in evaporative cooling products, Seeley International is committed to innovation and excellence. To support innovation at Seeley International, the company has an “Imagineering” group which includes many of the 50 engineers employed by the company. They meet regularly to discuss revolutionary, “over-the- horizon” product innovations, which have received many industry accolades.

Confirming Seeley International’s leadership in the market, and commitment to energy saving solutions, the company has been accredited by CIBSE to run CPD (Continuing Professional Development) seminars to engineers, which showcase the three main types of adiabatic (evaporative) cooling systems available: direct, indirect and sub-wet bulb.

About Seeley International

Seeley International is Australia’s largest air conditioning and ducted gas heating manufacturer and a global leader in developing ingenious, energy efficient cooling and heating products. Headquartered in Adelaide and with factories in Adelaide (South Australia) and Albury (New South Wales), the company was founded by Frank Seeley, AM FAICD who remains Chairman.

Seeley International has been manufacturing air conditioners since 1972 and, unlike many of its competitors, designs and manufactures most of the components for its products within Australia. Seeley International is world’d leader in Evaporative Cooling solutions: with offices all over the globe (Italy, France, United Kingdom, USA, South Africa and of course Australia),

the company ensures a strong level of commitment to the local markets and an everyday support to dealers and distributors. Renowned for ingenuity and innovation, Seeley International

leads the market in the design and manufacture of air conditioning systems based on Evaporative Cooling technology, with award winning brand names including Breezair, Coolair, Climate Wizard and Coolerado. More information about Seeley International and its products can be found at www.seeleyinternational.com

 

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Aircuity helps healthcare facilities meet unique energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality challenges.

“Healthy” Demand Control Ventilation continuously monitors critical IEQ factors and informs building ventilation control systems so that appropriate levels of fresh air can be provided at all times.

Texas Children’s Hospital is an internationally recognised full-care paediatric hospital located in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. One of the largest paediatric hospitals in the United States, the hospital is dedicated to providing the finest possible paediatric patient care, education and research.

In 2006 local Aircuity representative, Vicon Equipment introduced Texas Children’s to Aircuity. They initially chose to implement the Aircuity platform to improve energy efficiency in its newly developed Feigin Center, an eight-story vertical expansion project, specifically designed for the advancement of paediatric medicine. The expansion added 200,000 square feet of space for research labs, clinical research offices, GMP space for gene therapies, a simulation centre, expanded vivarium along with an animal imaging centre, and earned Texas Children’s Hospital an honourable mention in R&D Magazine’s 2010 Laboratory of Year competition.

Building upon the energy savings achieved at the Feigin Center, Texas Children’s hospital designed Aircuity into a new state-of-the-art research facility. The 13-story, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI) building was completed in 2010 and is home to 20 principal investigators leading multi-disciplinary teams of 185 scientists and includes two levels of energy efficient animal care facilities.

In recent years Aircuity’s installation in the Feigin Center was expanded twice- once in 2012 and again in 2014. Texas Children’s is also currently evaluating installations in the Feigin Center and the Neurological Research Institute. Through the multiple Aircuity installations on Texas Children’s campus, the hospital is saving approximately $231,000 annually.

The NRI also earned the TurnKey Facility of the Year Award, based on its outstanding achievements in the design and construction of their animal laboratory. Aircuity’s demand control ventilation technology was applauded for its innovation and significant energy savings that it is providing the Neurological Research Institute.

“The Neurological Research Institute was built to bring a collaborative group of scientists together under one roof to make greater strides in addressing paediatric neurological disorders”, explained Jill Pearsall, director facilities planning & development at Texas Children’s Hospital. “Facilities have become as complex as the research that goes on within them. Putting together the right team and aligning them with the same vision and goals is critical to the success of a project and the environments created by it for years to come. Having specialists like Aircuity and Techniplast as a part of this team was key to getting it right.”

ABOUT AIRCUITY

Aircuity creates measurably better environments while taking a bite out of energy bills. The company’s smart automated airside solutions optimize air change rates based on comprehensive indoor environmental data. As a result, commercial, institutional and lab building owners can lower operating costs, improve safety and cut energy use by up to 60%. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Newton, MA, Aircuity’s solutions have benefited organisations such as the University of Pennsylvania, Eli Lilly, Masdar City, the Bank of America Tower and the University of California-Irvine. For additional information on the company and its solutions, please visit: http://www.aircuity.com.

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