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



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.”


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:


Record breaking attendance at BSRIA global HVAC trends presentations at 2017 AHR Expo

The recent BSRIA global HVAC trends presentations given at the 2017 AHR Expo in Las Vegas have been hailed a ‘huge success’ with a record-breaking level of attendees in excess of 450 delegates – across all presentations. This equates to three times as many delegates on last year’s attendance and is, as yet, unprecedented.

BSRIA experts delivered the presentations on Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st January – as part of the AHR educational training programme.

The AHR organisers also reported record breaking attendance at the show with a total footfall of almost 70,000.

Krystyna Dawson, Worldwide Market Intelligence Business Manager, BSRIA, said: “We were simply delighted with the number of people attending all of the presentations across both days and we appreciated working with AHR as a supporting partner of the show.

It was a pleasure to liaise with the AHR team to make both the show and our presentations a success. We are already working towards the 2018 show!”

The presentations covered:

The latest findings from the research carried out by BSRIA’s WMI team of experts in the smart connected, HVAC and building automation area provided the audience with a North American and global perspective of the markets. The team also presented latest trends in AC, heating and renewable markets taking into consideration the impact of the recent political and legislative changes.

Due to the demand BSRIA will be holding a webinar covering all presentations given – later in March. Date to be agreed.


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Panasonic introduces new VRF ECOi ME2 solution

Panasonic’s latest line of VRF systems – the ECOi EX series – provides a new benchmark for the heating and cooling industry, surpassing other models in regards to environmental performance, quality and comfort.

The new Panasonic ECOi EX 7 Series ME2 VRF range is available from November 2016 and includes three sizes of single outdoor units ranging from 8HP to 20HP. Boasting a flexible combination design, installers are able to combine up to 80HP. The wide range of sizes enables Panasonic to provide a comprehensive heating and cooling solution for almost any application, from small scale commercial developments to large industrial facilities.

The innovative design of the Panasonic ECOi EX range makes it the most efficient performing inverter on the market. The heat exchanger features three joined surfaces that increases the capacity and efficiency of the heat exchanger. The redesigned bell mouth also contributes to the increased efficiency of the unit. The new curved shape and integrated top and bottom components ensures a smooth exhaust flow providing a much greater air volume at the same sound level, requiring less power input for the same air volume. Lower sound levels can be particularly important in commercial, urban environments where noise disturbance must be minimised. The layout of piping inside the unit has also been optimised to ensure peak efficiency, increasing heat exchange performance by 5%.

The efficiency of the new ECOi EX series enables the outdoor units to achieve market-leading performance in more extreme climate conditions. The robust and reliable new units can offer a very high cooling capacity in temperatures of 43°C, while at -25°C the units can still produce significant heating capacity, providing consistent indoor temperatures regardless of the climate.  With the transition from direct online compressors to inverter compressors, Panasonic have developed their technology to produce greater capacity control with a lower power input. As a result, the ECOi Ex gives greater partial load control and reduces power consumption due to the soft start nature of the inverters.

The extended piping length and design has helped increase the market applications available to the ECOi EX series. Indoor units can be positioned up to 200m from the outdoor unit which is a considerable increase on previous models. The indoor unit can now also be placed up to 50m below the outdoor unit.

The total piping length from one outdoor unit can now be up to 1,000m, offering complete flexibility to installers faced with a challenging or large-scale installation. The piping length has increased significantly from previous models, enabling Panasonic to provide their market-leading heating and cooling solution to a much wider range of applications, including larger commercial buildings and distributed properties.

This new range features a unique 2-step Intelligent Oil Management System that drastically reduces oil recovery. Sensors are installed on each compressor to monitor the precise oil levels allowing an oil recovery of up to 90%.

With regards to the indoor unit, Panasonic’s advanced ECONAVI sensor detects human presence and adjusts the unit’s output so that energy is not wasted heating or cooling the area when it is unoccupied. The Panasonic AC Smart Cloud allows businesses to centralise control of Panasonic heating and cooling installations – using a tablet, smart phone or computer – to manage and schedule heating and cooling activities across entire networks of commercial buildings at unit level. This level of control enables organisations to make further energy and operational saving, in addition to those generated by Panasonic’s ECONAVI sensors.

Part of Panasonic’s core strategy is reducing the environmental impact of heating and cooling solutions. The ECOi EX series is leading the way with an exceptionally high EER value – even during part-load operation – as well as the highest COP and ESEER values on the market. With a strong environmental performance combined with increased installation flexibility, the Panasonic ECOi EX series provides a comprehensive and cost-saving heating and cooling solution that surpasses the competition.

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A fresh approach to ventilation

“A healthy indoor climate is recognized as a basic right. People spend a large part of their time each day indoors: in homes, offices, schools, health care facilities, or other private and public buildings. The quality of the air you breathe in those buildings is an important determinant of your health and well-being. The inadequate control of indoor air quality therefore creates a considerable health burden” (The World Health Organization 2009)

Ensuring good ventilation within buildings has always been a challenge, and there are many buildings built even today that still suffer from poor ventilation. While the goal of saving energy is commendable, at times this is the overriding factor and can have a dramatic negative effect on the internal air quality.

Airtight buildings are designed to retain heat. This means the air in the building can be recycled many times which leads to a build-up of pollutants, toxins and bacteria which are then continuously breathed in and out by the occupants. Indoor air quality has a major influence on health as stated by WHO, but still the comfort and well-being of the persons inside is often overlooked. Poor air quality has been linked to a problem known as the Sick Building Syndrome which can reduce productivity in offices and impair learning in schools, and lead to the spread of viruses and airborne illnesses.

We spend an average of 90% of our time indoors and so expose ourselves to these many airborne pollutants which can cause respiratory problems and other symptoms such as headaches, itchy eyes, sneezing etc. It is recognised that theseis are synonymous with high humidity levels.

By installing good ventilation, you can create an environment that is healthier and cleaner to work and live in whilst contributing to easing the building long term maintenance. But the question is what solutions are available?

Traditionally there have been powered ventilation systems (MV and MVHR) available for many years which whilst acknowledged as improving ventilation have two drawbacks: first, you obviously need power! which costs money, and secondly to be truly effective you need warm air (warm air collects more water vapour than cool air) and this is even more expensive.

An alternative product that has recently entered the UK market is the SolarVenti Ventilation panel. Designed manufactured and launched in Denmark in 2001, and already with 80,000 installations in 25 countries, the SolarVenti product offering is unique as it uses solar power to warm the air and power the fan, and so creating a zero-running cost system.

The SolarVenti fan produces a positive pressure within the property so allowing the moisture to be pushed out through vents or by natural air leakage.

The Science behind SolarVenti

Air that is warmed after passing through the SolarVenti panel has the same amount of moisture as when it entered the panel at ambient, but once the temperature of air rises above the ambient then its ability to absorb moisture rises and at higher temperatures then this ability to remove moisture rises dramatically (this can be as much as 60% higher than the ambient air). This is because warmer air has a greater space between its molecules and therefore is able to absorb water molecules. The warmed air acts like a sponge when inside the house absorbing the moisture in the air.

How SolarVenti Works

  1. Solar radiation starts the collector operation by initiating the patented internal solar PV panel which starts the fan
  2. Fresh dry air is drawn in through the small holes in the perforated back plate which are designed to prevent insect ingression.
  3. Solar radiation warms the patented material in the SolarVenti panel which not only exchanges heat and warms the air as it passes through the material but it also acts as a secondary filter removing particles and pollen.
  4. Depending on the model approximately 35 to 200 m3 of warm air is drawn through the patented material in the SolarVenti panel and blown into the building. The temperature in the injected air is approximately 15°C-40°C above the outside temperature dependent on the solar radiation – this can be adjusted through the SolarVenti regulator control
  5. Humid air is driven out of the building through an a vent valve or natural losses through the cracks and crevices of the building.
  6. Cleaning the panel of any debris is a simple process of switching the panel off for a couple of hours periodically on fine days and this raises temperatures sufficiently to eradicate the debris.

SolarVenti panels have been tested by has been tested by Fraunhofer Institute and the Danish Technical Institute, for both performance and durability. It has also received the Solar Keymark and energy saving awards.

In addition, the units have already won the 2016 New Zealand Building Industry highly commended award in the category Innovation for the Healthy School Project This award came after a year-long study of the positive effect of installing SolarVenti on classrooms by the Massey University of New Zealand which concluded:

“Our programme is investigating the benefits of improved ventilation on school classrooms in New Zealand. We have completed a successful pilot study using SolarVenti in 12 matched classroom (six schools) which has shown significant improvements in classroom climate and energy use. In 2017 we will begin a larger study where we will monitor the indoor environment in 50 classrooms which will provide us with nationwide baseline of the conditions in NZ schools.”

Professor Phipps who has been leading the research says: Analysis of the data is on going, but it could be an effective tool in reducing incidents of Streptococcus within New Zealand schools,”


SolarVenti offer a complete range of solutions from ventilating small properties all the way up to large commercial buildings.

Some of the reason people may want SolarVenti

  • Landlords –  There are stories of tenants switching off powered ventilation systems in an effort to save money. A real consequence of this is that condensation then builds up and so increases the demand for maintenance, which in a catch 22 trade-off is almost invariably more expensive, but potentially with someone else(the landlord rather than the tenant) footing the bill!
  • Offices – Creating an environment that is comfortable to work in with fresh air ensuring less sick days and more productivity through greater concentration
  • Education – The Massey University study has shown that children benefit from the better environment in the classroom, and this will be studied in great depth in the next year.
  • Portable buildings and holiday lets – Offering free ventilation even when the property is unoccupied and so eliminating damp, mustiness etc.
  • Indoor Swimming Pools – A great way to reduce the costs of running expensive ventilation equipment to achieve the correct atmosphere

SolarVenti has been installed from Greenland to Australia and is available exclusively in the UK and Ireland through NuVision Energy to find out more call 01404 891002 or got to

This article appeared as the cover story for the November 2016 issue of Building & Facilities Management.


Twin returns for maximum efficiency – Introducing Varmax

Hamworthy Heating’s Stainless Family, which grew in August by the addition of the wall hung Stratton mk2 boiler, now welcomes its newest member. The floor standing Varmax is a powerful, fully ErP compliant, all stainless steel condensing boiler. It is designed for demanding applications with high output requirements.

Trevor Struck, Product Manager at Hamworthy Heating explains, “We recognised the need for higher outputs and greater energy efficiency in many projects, such as district heating schemes operating with wide differential temperature. Twin return connections accommodate split temperature heating systems, allowing greater opportunity for the boiler to condense, improving system operating efficiency. Generous insulation surrounding the heat exchanger contributes to low running costs by minimising standby losses.”

The boiler’s long-term reliability is ensured by high quality fully welded stainless steel heat exchangers that are less prone to corrosion caused by poor system water quality.

An internal circulation pump with non-return valve provides even heat distribution at low system flow rates, simplifying installation with no need for a low loss header or dedicated primary circuit. The internal combustion non-return flap makes the boiler easy to install in cascade flue arrangements.

The integrated Siemens LMS controls platform delivers reliable, futureproof and simplified site controls due to its expandable controls options and built in sequence control. Easy servicing and commissioning of the boiler is made possible thanks to a reversible control panel, along with quickly removable door panels and access doors to all important components.

Maximum water pressure of 6 bar as well as natural gas and LPG compatibility make the Varmax a good choice even for off-grid locations seeking more efficient and cleaner heating sources than oil with low environmental impact (rated NOx Class 6 with < 40mg/kWh)

The Varmax comes with a 5-year warranty on the heat exchanger and is available in 8 single (120kW to 450kW) and 4 dual models (550kW to 900kW).

For advice on making the right choice for your heating and hot water systems, talk to Hamworthy; telephone 0845 450 2865, email, or visit


Support employee productivity with a comfortable workplace temperature this winter

By Carl Webb, Sales Director at Andrews Sykes

A recent survey conducted on behalf of Andrews Air Conditioning Hire revealed that four in five people are discontent with their office temperature. In winter, 52% of offices are considered too cold and in order to keep warm, 56% of staff put on extra clothing, whilst 8.3% reported bringing in a hot water bottle.

The Approved Code of Practice suggests that the minimum temperature in a workplace should normally be at least 16°C, but there is some debate over the optimum temperature for worker productivity.

An ideal temperature

Research shows that up to 8.5 minutes per day are spent adjusting to the workplace temperature. Unsurprisingly, if staff feel uncomfortable then productivity is likely to fall. In fact, accidents, mistakes, low morale and increased absenteeism all occur more frequently in extremes of temperature, with most people feeling comfortable in a temperature of 18-21°C and a relative humidity of 40-60%.

In the UK, the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers recommends an office temperature of 20°C, whilst Helsinki University of Technology found that performance peaked in an office heated to around 22°C.

Following a month-long study by Cornell University in New York, an ideal office temperature was found to be 25°C. This conclusion was reached due to the study’s findings highlighting that those working in a temperature of 25°C typed 100% of the time and had a 10% error rate, whilst those working in 20°C only typed 54% of the time and had a 25% error rate.

However, contradicting all of these studies is Facebook, a company which maintains its offices at a chilly 15°C to keep staff alert.

Preparing for winter

Testing central heating systems with plenty of time to spare before the cold weather arrives is a common oversight made by facilities teams. It is often assumed that as the domestic hot water supply is operating efficiently, so is the central heating. However, this isn’t always the case and tests should be carried out ahead of time.
In the unfortunate event of a boiler failure, there are a number of steps which can be taken to maintain the temperature until the boiler is repaired or replaced.

Oil filled radiators or electric heaters can be a good solution if temporary boilers can’t be immediately connected. Whilst oil filled radiators are ideal for smaller areas, electric fan heaters are capable of heating large areas up to 500 cubic metres due to their in-built fan. Although electric heaters can heat a larger area, they do tend to emit more noise than oil filled radiators.
When installing a temporary solution, it’s important to ensure that you have an adequate power supply and enough amps available on your circuit. If you overload the circuit with electric heaters, this can result in operational issues such as computer spikes.

Key considerations for FMs

To ensure that the office environment is kept at a comfortable temperature, it’s important to check that your heating system is working effectively ahead of winter.

  • When was your boiler and heating solution last serviced? Regular servicing can reduce your heating costs by ensuring your system is running smoothly and at maximum capacity. A full service would inspect all major boiler components including the pump, filter, pipes and the pressure of your system.
  • Do you have a contingency plan in place? In the event of boiler or heating failure, to avoid downtime, a comprehensive contingency plan will ensure that a comfortable temperature can be restored as soon as possible. Temporary boilers aren’t as expensive as you might think and are available in a variety of sizes and capacities, ranging from minor hot water systems to all-encompassing heating and hot water arrangements which can service an entire building.
  • If you are in need of a temporary boiler solution, consider the boiler’s capabilities along with its fuel requirements as each fuel type has its benefits and challenges. Diesel is one of the most common types of fuel and is used to operate many boilers. Delivered by fuel tankers, the diesel is also safely locked away in a fully bunded fuel tank to minimise the risk of theft. Other fuel available includes natural gas, often chosen when delivering diesel to a site is difficult or if the location has a supply of natural gas readily available. Electric boilers are also an option, tending to be more lightweight and ideal for heating hot water in confined spaces

Preparing your facility for winter will ensure that you are ready for any situation, allowing your staff to work productively irrelevant of the temperature outside.

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Updated heating system improves efficiency at top school

Founded in 1991, Thomas Telford School in Telford, Shropshire has been singled out as a “remarkable school”, by Ofsted and as a “beacon of excellence”. The mixed ability school has consistently ranked as oneof the top performing comprehensive schools inEngland and was first to achieve a GSCE pass rate of 100% A-C grades.

With such high standards in terms of an educational environment, Thomas Telford naturally wanted to maintain these conditions when it came to the heating provided to both staff and students. As an existing25 year old heating system was proving unreliable and often broke down, site manager Darren Crook enlisted the help of contractor McQueens M&E Ltd to provide an alternative. Darren said, “we wanted a like-for-like replacement that would improve efficiency and would ensure the comfort of students and staff throughout the school. A reliable, local company whose products could easily integrate with minimal disruption would be perfect”. McQueens M&E Ltd were happy to recommend Viessmann Vitocrossal commercial boilers for the school, as they were confident the standards and requirements of Thomas Telford would be met.

Three 500 kW floor standing Vitocrossal 200 CM2 boilers were installed in the third storey plant room to provide heat for the large site which includes; over 250 radiators, 9 science labs, 21 classrooms, 5 learning bases, 12 toilets, a hospitality suite, library and kitchen. The new 1.5 MW Viessmann system provides heating only for the school and has easily replaced the 70% efficient previous system, integrating seamlessly with 4 gas fired direct hot water heaters and existing BMS system.

With improved efficiencies now up to 98%, the floor-standing boilers utilise the Inox-Crossal stainless steel heat exchanger to provide high operational reliability, leading to long service life. The stainless steel surface not only improves the performance of the boiler, but creates a self cleaning effect, leading to lower maintenance.

As a result of the new installation, Thomas Telford School is now saving 40 % on it’s annual heating bill, equating to over £36,000 per year. This is mainly because of the advanced technology available in Viessmann boilers, including a modulation range from 33 to 100% and the MatriX radiant burner which ensures particularly quiet and economical operation. Darren Crook, site manager for Thomas Telford School commented, “we are extremely happy with the new heating system, which combines the best quality available with the best deal for the school.”


District Heating Network Completes at £330m Campus

The University of Northampton is relocating to its new £330m Waterside Campus, located on a 58 acre brownfield site, and Vital Energi have completed the 1,600m district heating network which will carry low-carbon heat and hot water throughout the campus.

The £1.25 million design and build contract was scheduled for 35 weeks and Vital were responsible for delivering the district heating network and other utilities including HV cabling, cold water and gas pipework.

Contracts Director, Steve Webster said, “This is a major development for the area, so it is fantastic to see that the university have put district heating at the heart of their energy infrastructure, creating a low-carbon, efficient network which can deliver green heat and hot water for decades to come.

“It is encouraging to see a brownfield site, which housed a power station and cosmetics factory, transformed into a vibrant and bustling campus and we are delighted to have worked in partnership with the University to deliver the multi-utility infrastructure behind it.”

The new campus, which is scheduled to open in September 2018, will provide state-of-the-art academic facilities for 15,000 students, residential facilities for 1,200 students and leisure facilities.

Bob Griggs, Project Director at the University of Northampton said, “Developing the University’s commitment to our sustainability agenda and environmental infrastructure has been a key factor in the development of the University’s Waterside Campus, working with Vital Energi we have a sustainable, future proof heating network which will service the campus well.”

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Cloudfm to offer 10-year warranty on Mitsubishi Electric equipment

In yet another first for the facilities management provider, Cloudfm has announced that it is now able to offer a 10-year warranty on all Mitsubishi Electric equipment managed on behalf of its clients.

The move comes after the company was awarded BSP (Business Solutions Partner) status with the manufacturer which enables it to offer an extended 7-year warranty. Cloudfm will underwrite a further 3-year warranty on all new equipment and parts for Mitsubishi Electric air conditioning products in the UK.

Cloudfm’s client base includes some of the best known retail and restaurant brands, such as KFC, Pizza Express, ASK, Zizzi, Wolseley, Warehouse, Karen Millen, Coast and Oasis, so this initiative is ideally targeted to add value. A key driver in developing the warranty was to help clients achieve better value from their total spend on air conditioning, which can represent a significant portion of the FM budget. CEO of Cloudfm, Jeff Dewing explained:

“At Cloudfm we already track the warranties on parts and labour associated with air conditioning, but this new offering takes our process to a whole new level. Through improved traceability, accountability and standardisation, our clients will achieve a far better return on investment over the lifetime of each installation.”

Equipment eligible for the 10-year warranty will be asset tagged at the factory and can then only be installed, maintained and repaired by Cloudfm-approved engineers who hold a Mitsubishi Electric training certificate(s).

“Cloudfm has built its reputation on delivering the best possible service to its customers and this total commitment to excellence matches the quality of delivery that we as a manufacturer expect”, commented Deane Flint, Sales Director for Mitsubishi Electric.

“The promise to add this extension to the warranty reinforces that approach and is also a clear demonstration of Cloudfm’s ability to ensure that our products deliver maximum performance for customers throughout their working life.”

The resilience of Cloudfm’s innovative approach is based on:

  • Proactive monthly visits to clients, enabling a preventative air conditioning maintenance regime, completed by highly qualified engineers
  • Full visibility of every engineer across the supply chain who works on the equipment, including compliance, warranty and reactive repair work
  • The unique use of QR code technology to monitor all activity on site, combined with an integrated asset management system to track all equipment, parts and labour throughout the lifetime of the installation

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