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Building services can help everyone be lean, mean and green

Martin Fahey Head of Sustainability and Commercial Business at Mitsubishi Electric looks at how the building services industry can help us all be energy efficient.

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It may seem strange for a manufacturer of heating, cooling, ventilation and controls to say to its customers “use less equipment”, but that is exactly the message that Mitsubishi Electric is urging everyone involved in the built environment to take on board.

The Green Gateway philosophy asks everyone involved in the industry, from architects, consultants, specifiers, installers, facilities managers, building owners and individual households to ‘Do the right thing’ with regards to energy use by adopting a ‘Lean, Mean and Green’ approach.

We need to work together to do this because buildings currently account for around half all UK greenhouse emissions, which is more than both industry and transport.  It is therefore clear where the challenge lies and our industry can have a significant role to play in helping the country meet the ambitious carbon reduction targets that have been set.

Read the full article here: https://thehub.mitsubishielectric.co.uk

 

Vent-Axia Helps the UK Green Building Council Beat Records

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Vent-Axia has supplied its Lo-Carbon T-Series fan as part of a new office fit-out for a renowned green building charity requiring improved ventilation. The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has refurbished its London headquarters, with the aim of challenging industry thinking as to what is achievable in a small scale fit out.

The Lo-Carbon T-Series has been installed in windows and a partition wall and was selected as UK-GBC wanted CO2 control for occupancy comfort. Energy efficiency was also key so a low carbon unit, such as the Lo-Carbon T-Series, was essential. Now completed, the project has achieved the lowest embodied carbon footprint ever recorded for an office refurbishment in the UK, with the embodied carbon footprint 22% below a comparable “standard” fit-out.

“We are delighted to be part of this landmark project and for our Lo-Carbon T-Series to have contributed towards achieving such an impressively low embodied carbon footprint” said David Cook, Product Marketing Manager – Non-Residential at Vent-Axia. “It’s 30 years since we first launched the T-Series and it has become the UK’s favourite commercial fan. Known for its robustness and reliability, the T-series’ high quality design has stood the test of time and has evolved with new and improved motors, impellers and grilles.”

Wellbeing measures were another important element of the project and were incorporated into the design in order to improve staff satisfaction, productivity and overall health and wellness. A study by BESA found that 70% of office workers believe poor workplace air quality is having a negative effect on their day-to-day productivity and well-being, and a third are concerned that poor indoor air quality could be having a negative effect on their health. Meanwhile, the report from WorldGBC ‘Health, Wellbeing and Productivity in Offices: The next chapter for green building’ states that the health and productivity benefits of good indoor air quality (IAQ) are well established. With this in mind the UK-GBC office’s innovative ventilation system, which includes Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon T-Series fans, has delivered a massive 750% increase in background fresh air provision

Ideal for refurbishment projects, Vent-Axia’s Lo-Carbon T-Series Fan range can simply replace traditional commercial extract/supply fans with a low carbon alternative. Central to the Lo-Carbon T-Series is a low energy DC motor, developed to improve performance, lower running costs and carbon emissions while maintaining the T-Series’ rugged reliability. Offering up to 70% energy saving over traditional commercial extract/supply fans the Lo-Carbon T-Series’ DC motor also lasts twice as long as conventional motors. Available in 9 inch and 12 inch models the Lo-Carbon T-Series range includes wall, window and panel fans, offering installation flexibility in retrofit applications. With energy saving in mind, units are supplied with an integral instantaneous automatic louvre shutter concealed behind the interior grille to minimise energy wastage when the fan is idle.

For further information on all products and services offered by Vent-Axia telephone 0844 856 0590.

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Mr Slim R32 models bring advanced benefits at the same price

Mitsubishi Electric has launched of a new range of air conditioning units utilising the new refrigerant R32 which will be available at the same price as the equivalent R410A units.air conditioning units utilising the new refrigerant R32

The R32 Mr Slim Power Inverter split type models are the second product range in the company’s UK line-up to utilise R32 refrigerant – which has a low global warming potential (GWP).

“We have kept the price exactly the same as our current R410A Mr Slim Power Inverter line up as we see this eliminating a big hurdle in the adoption of this new refrigerant, which is an important change to help combat global warming,” explains Carl Dickinson on behalf of the company.

“Anyone planning on using, designing or installing air conditioning in the coming years will now need to take into account the GWP of the system to meet the requirements of the F-Gas Regulations,” adds Dickinson.

In March 2014, the European Parliament passed the 2014 EU F-Gas Regulation legislation with the key objective of reducing F-Gas emissions by 79% between 2015 and 2030. The overall intention is to cut the availability of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with a high GWP.

The F-Gas Regulations will have a major impact on the air conditioning sector and any option for the next generation of refrigerant gas must be able to meet the demands of this stringent legislation in reducing the environmental impact of HFCs.

air conditioning units utilising the new refrigerant R32

R32 has a GWP of 675 compared to R410A refrigerant which has a GWP of 2,088 and Dickinson sees this as an important reason why the market is expected to move quickly to the new refrigerant: “Not only will this help businesses demonstrate what they are doing to help the environment, the use of R32 also allows the Mr Slim units to offer increased efficiency compared to equivalent R410A models.”

Mitsubishi Electric is first to the UK market with such an expansive line-up and the new R32 Mr Slim Power Inverter models have been built specifically for the new refrigerant.

The range includes ten outdoor units offering single-phase and 3-phase options, with a capacity range from 3.5 to 14kW.  25 individual indoor units are also available as ceiling cassettes, ceiling concealed ducted, wall-mounted and ceiling suspended models.  Mr Slim Power Inverters are also available in twin and triple multi-split configurations delivering complete flexibility for system designers.

The Mr Slim R32 Power Inverter models bring together the latest technology, whilst maintaining the familiarity of the current Mr Slim Power Inverter range as Dickinson explains: “The size, look, feel and controls for the new R32 models remain the same as existing R410A Power Inverter models so that changing over to R32 will be as easy as possible for building owners.

“We have recognised that familiarity is important for global brands, such as high street retailers that need to ensure consistency of design, whatever size of building they operate,” he adds, “this should make it easier for companies that want to embrace R32 to show how they are helping combat global warming.”

Not only do the systems offer better performance at the same price, they also offer longer pipe runs with 100 metres available on the 10kW, 12.5kW and 14kW models – 25 metres longer than the equivalent R410A versions and the longest currently available on the market. This includes a 30 metre lift that is unique in the UK. The longer pipe runs are designed to make Mr Slim R32 even more flexible and allow systems to be installed where previous site restrictions would not allow.

Mr Slim R32 Power Inverter models are available in twin and triple split configurations and offer full heating capacity down to -3ºC. The range also includes Mitsubishi Electric’s unique Replace technology which can utilise existing pipework, making it ideal for office and retail refurbishments.

R32 units have already been available in Japan for over two years now and we have taken that knowledge and experience and refined it to develop this advanced line up, which improves efficiency, increases pipe runs and adds other benefits too,” explains Dickinson.

The new R32 Mr Slim line-up is available from July 2017 and further information is available on the dedicated website www.timeforr32.co.uk/pr4, which also includes product information sheets, videos and infographics on the background to the introduction of R32 refrigerant and our products. 

Rockfon® Mono® Acoustic – more than a ceiling – at CDW 2017

Rockfon work at the forefront of technology, developing high quality acoustic ceiling and wall solutions. They are proud to exhibit their latest innovation, new generation Rockfon Mono Acoustic in the Project Pavilion during Clerkenwell Design Week, London in May 2017.

Rockfon at CDW 2017Rockfon Mono Acoustic quickly became a preferred solution for leading architects, when the system was first developed, as a contemporary, high performance, versatile alternative to traditional gypsum and plasterboard walls. Now Rockfon have taken the solution a step further by adding marble powder to the render to create an even smoother, whiter and more refined surface that enhances any interior environment. There is now no compromise between aesthetics and acoustics.

Unlike other flat surfaces, Rockfon Mono Acoustic is able to control reverberation by offering highest Class A sound absorption, thanks to its stone wool core.

Ideal for any space, Rockfon Mono Acoustic offers true versatility. It can be installed on sloping, flat or curved surfaces either in a suspension grid or mounted directly on existing ceilings or walls. The timeless, monolithic look of Rockfon Mono Acoustic is suitable for renovation projects as it complements the character and original architecture of historical buildings. For new builds, Rockfon Mono Acoustic can be installed in any size of room as seamless spans, ceiling islands and walls.

The new white surface of Rockfon Mono Acoustic is extremely bright and offers 99% light diffusion and 87% light reflection. The combination of high light reflection and diffusion leads to a uniform and regular spread of natural light in a room, reducing the need for artificial light and energy costs. Comfortable lighting is important for wellbeing and performance at work. Rockfon Mono Acoustic can be specified in an unlimited number of custom colours, offering true creative freedom.

Mono Acoustic allows for easy incorporation of light wells, lighting, air conditioning, ventilation systems and inspection hatches and offers Class A2 fire protection. The tiles are dimensionally stable at up to 100% relative humidity and can be installed in temperatures ranging from 0°C to 40°C, allowing installation before windows are fully sealed, without the risk of distortion. Rockfon provides technical support and training courses for installers to ensure a high-quality finish and performance. All Rockfon products are backed with a 15 year guarantee and are fully recyclable.

The Rockfon team embody unrivalled expertise and knowledge when it comes to finding the perfect acoustic and aesthetic solutions for any interior design. They look forward to welcoming you to the Project Pavilion at CDW 2017 and to discussing how Rockfon can help turn your design into a reality.

ROCKFON specialise in manufacturing ceiling systems that provide acoustic control whilst at the same time enhance the character of the architecture and interior design. For more information, visit www.rockfon.co.uk or email info@rockfon.co.uk.

Inta launches ActivFlo range of water conditioners

ActiveFlo Water Conditioner

British heating and plumbing product manufacturer Inta has introduced its ActivFlo range of domestic and commercial water conditioners to the market.

With 60% of the UK being affected by hard water, there is a significant market forreliable and effective water conditioners. ActivFlo and ActivFlo Pro provide an efficient solution to hard water issues and limescale buildup without requiring the addition of a chemical limescale inhibitor, the removal of any waste product, or regular maintenance.

ActivFlo extends the service life and improves efficiency of heating equipment, as well as preventing costly equipment failure. The addition of an ActivFlo to an existing water system will also reduce existing limescale.

Using a unique alloy that changes the chemical structure of limescale-forming calcium carbonate in water, ActivFlo converts calcite, a form of calcium carbonate that causes hard water, into aragonite. These aragonite crystals do not build up or form deposits and remain suspended in the water, flowing harmlessly through the system and eventually out to the drain.

Created with installers in mind, ActivFlo’s clean ‘in-line’ design allows for quick and easy installation in new build and retrofit applications. Its patented fitting system incorporates a collar at either end of the device, allowing it to be removed from an in-line installation without modification of the existing pipework.

Conforming to Part L building regulations, the WRAS-approved ActivFlo catalytic water conditioner is available with 15mm to 2” connections with a class-leading 15 year warranty. For commercial installations, the ActivFlo Pro is available with connections from 22mm to 10” and boasts a lifetime warranty. ActivFlo Pro also features optional building management system (BMS) connectivity for remote monitoring and integration with smart building solutions.

Stuart Gizzi, managing director at Inta, said:

“We’re excited to be bringing the ActivFlo range to the market for the first time. It uses proven technology to remove and prevent the buildup of limescale, and helps prevent blocked pipes and damaged components, while boosting efficiency and reducing environmental impact. In hard water areas, it will also help reduce stubborn deposits on taps and showers.“

With no ongoing maintenance costs, it is a desirable option for installers lookingfor a reliable water conditioner that is a true fit-and-forget product. We’ve designed it be clean and simple, and have matched it with premium packaging and superb aftercare support. Such is our confidence in the range, we’re offering a 15 year warranty with the domestic ActivFlo, and a lifetime warranty and money-back guarantee with the commercial ActivFlo Pro.”

For more information, visit www.intatec.co.uk or call 01889 272 180.

Why Hotels should specify Living Walls to communicate Green Credentials?

Hotels across the UK have some great environmental and social initiatives in place, but how do they tell their customers about them?  Many sustainability and green messages fall by the wayside – lost in the standard paperwork of the hotel experience – menus, do not disturb signs and in-house print.Living WallsWhat better way to improve customer experience and communicate the green message than by installing living walls?  Green Walls offer a bold design method to differentiate your property from your competitors.  Both interior and exterior applications of Living Walls improve acoustics, air quality, biodiversity and the urban heat island effect – all packed with a punch of beautiful green aesthetics to inspire any customer to think GREEN.  The additional and proven benefits of incorporating living walls to reduce stress and enhance relaxation will ensure that guests enjoy their hotel experience that bit more.Living WallsThe wow factor of a living wall would also be a great starting point for customer engagement.  We can monitor water use, explain why plant species are selected for biodiversity and to support pollinators, explain the thermal benefits of the living wall to the building and how this creates energy efficiency (supported by our own detailed research into the Thermal Benefits of living walls) –  the discussion points are extensive.Living WallsSo which of the UK’s hotels have adopted the living wall trend?  Famously the Athenaeum on London’s Picadilly sports the famous Patrik Blanc living wall – one of the first installed in London.  The Rubens Hotel in Victoria is adorned with one of London’s largest living walls to improve air quality, the Scotscape team were sub-contracted to apply our experience to constructing this wall.  The St James Hotel in Central London, The Bedford Hotel in Holborn, Moxhull Hall Hotel in the West Country – the list goes on.  These smart hoteliers know that living walls are good news for telling their customers that they care about people and the environment , meaning that they are also likely to care about all aspects of hotel service.Living WallsAll industries have an obligation to communicate the green message – what better way to do so than a Living Wall?

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Double Success for Vent-Axia Winning Two Major Awards on One Night

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Vent-Axia is celebrating winning not one, but two categories in the prestigious H&V News Awards 2017. Within the Air Movement category the company scooped the award for its Lo-Carbon Revive, designed specifically for social housing ventilation. Meanwhile, in the Domestic Ventilation Product of the Year category, Vent-Axia collected the award for its innovative Sentinel Kinetic Advance Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) unit. The Sussex-based company received the accolades on Thursday 20 April 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London. Attended by the biggest names in the heating and ventilation sector the event was hosted by comedian Russell Kane.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have won two awards at the prestigious H&V News Awards,” said Jenny Smith, Marketing Manager at Vent-Axia. “Our company has just celebrated 80 years of innovation in the ventilation sector and is committed to improving indoor air quality. We are therefore very proud to have been acknowledged for our pioneering Sentinel Kinetic Advance and our revolutionary Lo-Carbon Revive which lead the market with the latest ventilation innovations.”

Vent-Axia’s Sentinel Kinetic Advance is a new breed of MVHR unit. With best in class performance and offering near silent, energy efficient and high pressure operation, it is perfect for New Build residential properties as well as care homes and student accommodation. ‘Advance’ extracts warm, moist air from ‘wet’ rooms through ducting which passes through the heat exchanger bef ore being exhausted outside. Fresh incoming air is preheated via the integral heat exchanger which recovers over 93% of the heat energy that would otherwise be wasted.

Designed for air-tight thermally efficient new build properties, the Advance is the first UK-manufactured web-enabled App-controlled MVHR unit, providing energy efficient ventilation and pioneering control. Featuring groundbreaking commissioning and control via the App, Advance encourages best practice and high performance through simplified commissioning, saving installers time on site.

The Advance also tops the PCDB list as the best performing MVHR system in its class, boasting a specific fan power of 0.38W/l/w with 93% heat recovery and airflow of 100l/s at 150Pa, offering high pressure development. This new breed of MVHR is not only efficient, it is also extremely quiet with trickle settings up to 40% staying below 20dBA, achieving the Holy Grail of high efficiency and low sound levels. Advance also features a revolutionary programmable summer bypass to ensure year-round thermal comfort.

Meanwhile, the intelligent Lo-Carbon Revive is a new filter-less unitary fan designed to meet the specific needs of social housing, boasting powerful, quiet, efficient ventilation. It improves indoor air quality and comfort for tenants while being quick and easy to install, low maintenance and reliable. Highly versatile the Revive offers a choice of run speeds for multiple installation options and can be ducted or through the wall, making specification easy. Revive is also low maintenance since its market-leading Multi-Vortex™ technology does not require a filter and the highly sculpted interior actively repels dust, avoiding clogging, thus helping to avoid call backs. Revive also boasts reliability backed by up to seven years’ warranty.

Featuring Smart Sense™ intelligent technology Revive is quick and easy to install with the fan featuring a simple alpha numeric LED display which is clear and easy to read and a three-button menu for commissioning and data gathering. Smart Sense™ also provides real-time data via an intuitive interface to communicate the fan’s energy efficiency; a Day Logger which tracks how many days a fan has been running to ensure it is used as intended; and features an ambient response humidistat to avoid nuisance tripping. Tenants will appreciate that Revive has been designed to be powerful enough to remove moist air to avoid mould and condensation and ensure good IAQ, but at the same time quiet enough not to disturb them, while remaining energy efficient.

The H&V News Awards recognise and reward the achievements of the UK’s diverse heating and ventilating sector with the winners selected by an expert panel of judges. Attended by the biggest names in the sector the H&V News Awards have firmly established themselves as the awards for the building services industry.

For further information on the Sentinel Kinetic Advance MVHR and the Lo-Carbon Revive, as well as other products and services offered by Vent-Axia, telephone 0844 856 0590.

Mark this renewable day in your diary and celebrate

by Russell Jones ~ Communications Manager at Mitsubishi Electric

Russell Jones asks whether a whole day of electricity produced without burning a single lump of coal spells out the end of an era for the nation.

Last Friday, 21st April 2017 was a very special day for the UK as the country generated a whole day of electricity without needing to use coal-fired power stations.

This landmark moment is the first working day in since 1882, when the first public coal-fired generating plant opened in London when no coal has been needed to help supply power to the nation – as reported by many news outlets such as the BBC and the Financial Times.

Whilst low demand for electricity in the week after the Easter holiday is quite normal and Friday’s are the day of the working week with the lowest power demand, this move away from what has been a bedrock of the UK’s energy production since the start of the industrial revolution is a real achievement.

This shows how the nation’s energy system is changing to embrace low-carbon electricity production through the use of nuclear, solar panels, wind turbines and a switch from coal to biomass and gas-powered stations.

In 2016, the government reported that it was working to phase out the last coal plants by 2025 in an effort to cut overall carbon emissions.

As we move towards low carbon power generation, renewable technologies such as air source heat pumps become even more viable and attractive.

So it looks like we are really starting to see a greening of the electricity grid which is tremendous news for renewable technologies such as heat pumps, which consume electricity but use it to maximise renewable heating for our homes.

Earlier this year, we produced an infographic looking at the history of home heating so I’m delighted to see that we are starting to enter the last phase of that and set the scene for a low-carbon power generating grid, feeding low-carbon heating systems – all of which will help minimise energy bills for homeowners and aid the country as we strive to meet stringent carbon reduction targets.

We look forward to discussing this more on The Hub over the next few years as we strive to move towards a truly zero-carbon society.

At Mitsubishi Electric, we also love to discuss this topic over on our Green Gateway Twitter page, so please join the conversation.

Russell Jones is PR & Communications Manager for Mitsubishi Electric Living Environment Systems in the UK.

If you have any questions about this article or want to know more, please email us. We will contact the author and will get back to you as soon as we can.

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Meet the new SL25 lightweight flood barrier from IBS

Worldwide leaders in demountable flood protection systems, IBS, have just released their smallest, lightest system to date.

Called the SL25, the new lightweight system is targeted at the property sector of the flood protection market and aims to capitalise on the company’s strong brand and product reputation in the wider flood risk management industry.

Drawing on all their experience from more than 2 decades in the global flood defence sector, IBS have designed the SL25 to be as easy as possible to install and more importantly, to require minimum effort to deploy before floodwater arrives. Major advantages of the new SL25 lightweight system include the ability to use it without intermediate posts for widths of up to 2.5m and for heights of up to 1m, as well as not requiring a ground rail* or recess along the bottom edge.

flood protectionWith a patent applied for and pending, this new system will allow IBS to continue leading the way in the provision of innovative new solutions for those people, businesses and communities that find themselves at risk of flooding

To request a brochure for this system or the company’s other products, please get in touch with the sales office on 01302 630015.

The SL25 lightweight barrier will be available for delivery from June onwards.

Tel: 01302 630015

www.ibsengineeredproducts.co.uk

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IBS Engineered Products Ltd is a leading supplier of flow control and flood protection equipment.  The main product range includes penstocks, stoplogs, glass flood defences, demountable flood barriers/walls and floodgates.

 

The history of home heating and the rise of renewables

Article by Ellina Webb ~ Marketing Specialist at Mitsubishi Electric

We’re all users of a home, whether we own it, rent it, or just occupy it and ensuring we have a comfortable and warm home environment is now seen as an expectation of modern life.

But it hasn’t always been possible to take a warm home for granted and things haven’t always been as easy as they are today.

Since the days when early man first discovered fire and used it to keep the ‘cave’ warm and the wolves from the door, we have found ways to refine how we use that flame.

From the wood-burning days through to the industrialisation of the Victorian age and the introduction of coal, lighting a fire has been the main source of heat for the home.

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Until the turn of the 20th Century therefore, this open flame in a home wasn’t just for aesthetics – or to make you feel Hygge it was the only option available and for those petticoat wearing Victorian women, the hazard of accidental death from fire was a very real threat.

In the 1930’s, we started to see the introduction of electric forms of heating, and the introduction of a gas network from the 1950’s and 60’s, saw this fuel start to dominate the world of domestic heating.

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However, it wasn’t until the 1970’s and 80’s that we started to see an increase in central heating, predominantly using gas boilers and this still remains the standard for most.

But a reliance on fossil fuels; gas, coal and oil will soon need to become history because as we all know, we cannot continue like this.

So what does the future of our home heating and hot water look like?

As a heat pump manufacturer, you would expect us to promote air source systems but we are not the only ones saying it – The UK government has already recognised that heat pumps have a major role to play in keeping our homes warm and cosy well into the future.

By extracting and harvesting ‘free’ heat energy from the outdoor air, heat pumps are recognised as renewable and qualify for government incentives in the form of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

This is designed to offset the slightly higher capital costs of investing in renewables and is starting to have a significant impact on the traditional heating market as more people accept that they have to play their part.

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Heat pumps are suitable from a variety of homes including pre-1930s, 1930-2010, 2010 – present and new build / self build properties.

At the moment, this is also taking the form of adding a heat pump to an existing heating system but as pressure on new housebuilders grows to clearly demonstrate they are delivering sustainable homes for the future, the government fully expects heat pumps to become the norm for home heating.

The other important factor to consider is that as the nation ‘greens’ production of energy with the increased use of wind, solar and even tidal energy production, then heat pumps become even greener.

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So, the history of home heating has been an interesting journey so far but has relied predominantly on burning something to produce heat – a large part of which is often wasted up a chimney or flue.

In reality though, it’s quite scary to see how slow things have changed. It’s only now that the clock to a low carbon future really is ticking so we have to pull together to ensure we pick up the pace and move with the times.

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