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Big Foot Systems Shortlisted in H&V News Awards for Coca-Cola European Partners GB Project

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Sussex-based Big Foot Systems, which leads the way in non-penetrative rooftop support solutions for building services and safe access equipment, is delighted to announce that is has been shortlisted in the prestigious H&V News Awards for its project with Coca-Cola European Partners Great Britain (CCEP GB). Named as a finalist in the ‘Retrofit Project of the Year’ category, Big Foot supplied a custom Safe Access solution and HD Beams rooftop plant support to a project at CCEP GB’s Wakefield manufacturing plant.

The H&V News Awards’ judges reported that they received a high number and quality of entries this year and so making it onto the shortlist is a fantastic achievement. Big Foot Systems will now present their entry directly to the judges in March. The winners will then be announced at the esteemed H&V News Awards on Thursday 20th April 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London.

We are thrilled to have been shortlisted in such prestigious awards on such a high profile project. It was a complex project at what is the largest soft drinks manufacturing plant, by volume, in Europe” explains Sam Birch, Big Foot Systems’ Product Manager. “We were able to provided the preferred solution whilst ensuring minimal disruption to the Wakefield manufacturing plant.”

CCEP GB wanted to increase the production hall cooling ventilation capacity by adding two new air handling units to the existing lightweight standing seam roof. The project needed to ensure minimal disruption to operations during the new installation and reduce the risk of a leaking roof above a facility capable of producing 6,000 cans of soft drink and up to 2,200 bottles every minute.

Having previously worked with Big Foot Systems, the CCEP GB consultant on the project suggested the possibility of using Big Foot to provide a plant and service support strategy which would eliminate the need to penetrate the roof.

The lightweight roof construction posed an additional challenge for the project, but one that Big Foot Solutions met. The Big Foot technical team worked collaboratively with HE Barnes, the contractor for the project, and their structural engineer across many months. Big Foot’s technical team was able to propose several options for consideration, leading to a fully-developed solution using their HD Beam product to span the main rafters and the purlins, while taking the load back to the main rafters. The solution also provided safe access for maintenance of the newly installed AHUs.

To assist the smooth installation, Big Foot’s Technical Team carried out several site surveys. The engineered design and technical support by Big Foot allowed HE Barnes to provide a detailed lifting plan and method statement to the CCEP GB Health and Safety team. Big Foot’s Technical Team was also on site for the frame erection and AHU crane lift to the roof, utilising a 250 tonne crane with a 60-metre reach. Thanks to meticulous planning and preparation, the full installation was carried out seamlessly within five hours of the crane being set up. Big Foot therefore provided the best solution with minimal disruption to CCEP GB’s Wakefield manufacturing plant.

An HD Beam is a non-penetrative support frame for chillers, AHUs, packaged plant, generators, pipes and steels. It is a robust but flexible solution where space may be limited, or there is a requirement to position directly over existing structural roof steels. Weight is then evenly distributed across the specified quantity of HD Beams. It is also height adjustable to maintain a level system on roof falls up to 5 degrees.

The Big Foot Safe Access range is designed to allow a secure route for service engineers and other trades to gain access to plant and for managing the flow of other personnel. Offering secure and easy access to roof-top services, Big Foot will survey and design custom Safe Access systems tailored specifically to meet individual design parameters.

Offering specifiers a comprehensive range of freestanding systems, Big Foot’s products are designed and manufactured by the company for a wide variety of applications, including HVAC, solar units and safe access equipment. The product portfolio provides complete, simple, safe and secure non-penetrative, prefabricated roof support systems negating a need for time consuming and costly penetrations through the roof.

Big Foot Systems’ products and systems are quick and easy to install ensuring project cost and time clarity, thus reducing the need for complex, time-consuming and expensive detailing. Offering improved roof aesthetics, Big Foot Systems provides engineered solutions that are innovative in design, robust and repeatable. Big Foot combines market leading products and services, which include system design and on-site support. Available to install in all weathers utilising familiar componentry, all systems are designed with safety, security and simplicity in mind. Finally Big Foot Systems offers short manufacture and delivery lead times to help a project meet its schedule and stay within budget.

For further information on all products and services offered by Big Foot Systems email: enquiry@bigfootsupport.com or telephone 01323 844355.

http://www.bigfootsupport.com/

 

Intamix Quickfit the industry’s speediest scalding solution

Anti-scald heating and plumbing product manufacturer, Inta, has launched the newest evolution of its multi-million selling Intamix thermostatic mixing valve (TMV).

The newest TMV in Inta’s acclaimed range features a new patent pending quick-fit system that has 40% fewer connections than a conventional mixing valve arrangement. Inta has reduced the number of wet connections to the valve from five to three, drastically reducing the time it takes installers to fit the valve while reducing the chance of leaks. By shrinking the valve’s overall size, it can also be installed in locations where space is at a premium.

The Intamix Quickfit comes with adjustable or fixed temperature options. The adjustable option gives installers flexibility to set the temperature for their specific application, while factory pre-set temperatures prevent the output temperature being modified by accident and the valve becoming a victim of misuse. The TMV also features a safety cut-out which immediately shuts off the outlet in the event of either hot or cold supply failure.

Stuart Gizzi, managing director at Inta, said: “The Intamix Quickfit is the result of a decade’s worth of TMV innovation and is a product that will lead the market in the future of TMV design. We are continually innovating and collaborating with installers to identify ways to improve and upgrade our products. With a reduced number of wet connections and a factory-set, non-adjustable temperature, the Intamix Quickfit will quickly become the go-to valve for specifiers and installers, while setting the standard for mixing valves of the future.”

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Vent-Axia Quadruple Finalist in H&V News Awards 2017

Leading British ventilation manufacturer Vent-Axia is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted four times across two categories in the prestigious H&V News Awards 2017.

Vent-Axia’s Sentinel Kinetic Advance MVHRThe Sentinel Kinetic Advance Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery unit (MVHR) and the Lo-Carbon Revive have both been shortlisted in the Air Movement Product of the Year category and the Domestic Ventilation Product of the Year category. This four-in-a-row nomination follows a long line of awards successes for the company whose products have received recognition in the HVR Awards, CIBSE Building Performance Awards, the Electrical Industry Awards and Ireland’s Energy Show 2016 in the last year alone.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted four times at the H&V News Awards,” said Ian Mitchell, Product Marketing Manager, New Build Residential at Vent-Axia. “These nominations come as we have just celebrated 80 years of innovation, we are therefore delighted to gain industry recognition for our market-leading Sentinel Kinetic Advance and Lo-Carbon Revive.”

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 before 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 provides good 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 winners will be announced at the H&V News Awards on Thursday 20 April 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London. Attended by the biggest names in the sector the H&V News Awards have firmly established themselves as the Oscars for the building services industry. For more information on the awards and details of how to book tickets, visit https://awards.hvnplus.co.uk

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, visit www.vent-axia.com or telephone 0844 856 0590.

Kensa unveils an evolutionary new heat pump for 2017

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Kensa Heat Pumps, the UKs confirmed leading supplier of ground source heat pumps, has released details of a brand-new ‘Evo’ series, which claims to deliver significantly improved efficiencies. 

Manufactured in Cornwall, the new Evo ground source heat pump series builds upon Kensa’s eighteen years of experience designing heat pumps specifically for British properties.

Simon Lomax, Managing Director comments:

“The Kensa Evo represents a significant step forward and is a testimony to the ingenuity of an engineering team which focuses exclusively on ground source heat pumps.  The Evo series is more efficient and we have also worked hard to reduce noise levels to industry-leading levels.  And we have not forgotten that the Evo must be simple-to-install and maintain.”

Offering a 15 per cent gain in efficiency in order to minimise running costs and maximise income via the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive, the Kensa Evo is available to pre-order in January 2017 for delivery from Spring in 7kW, 9kW, and 13kW single phase models.

The ERP A++ rated Evo delivers heating and hot water efficiencies of SCOPs to 4.2 at 35°C along with significantly reduced noise outputs, packaged in a contemporary contoured gunmetal and gloss-white finish, punctuated by a custom built control panel unique to the Kensa series.

According to James Standley, Operations Director:

“All of the ‘off-the-shelf’ controllers failed to deliver all the functionality demanded by our specification so we have designed a bespoke control unit.”

Designed for larger new builds and renovation projects, the Evo will supplement Kensa’s market-leading Shoebox 3kW and 6kW models which are ideally suited for smaller new builds.

Lomax continues:

“With the Kensa Shoebox Heat Pump, we revolutionised the ground source heat pump market and opened up the potential for the technology to be used in the mass market new build sector. Since then, we have focussed on the Evo development which is the evolution of our Compact series, the original Kensa heat pump launched in 1999. With the Shoebox and our new Evo series, alongside our Twin Compact and Plantroom models, Kensa has a product portfolio that suits every application, and all models are backed-up by our exceptional technical support. 

“We are proud that BSRIA Market Reports have confirmed Kensa as the leading UK supplier of ground source heat pumps for the past four years, and we are confident that we can build upon this success with the Evo series to support the Government’s ambitious targets for heat pump deployment.”

Performance:

Each model in the Kensa Evo series has optimised sized stainless steel heat exchangers, which allows the compressor to respond more efficiently, increasing SCOP performance and delivering 60°C domestic hot water.

Appearance:

The ergonomic steel casing has been designed with a focus on ease of access, whilst providing sturdy yet stylish protection from ageing and wear and tear.

Installation:

The Evo has been designed to be easy to handle and install.

With just one single cross head screw in its unique bevelled front panel, the Evo’s electrical component and wiring terminals are easily accessible with the removal of just one panel.

The heat pump has four rear water connections, two for the ground collectors and two for the property’s heating distribution system. The connections consist of four 28mm straight brass fittings designed with tight tolerances, ensuring compatibility with easy to install push fittings.

The external side panels feature a curved cut-out offering the installer an extra level of flexibility to install the Evo according to the demands of the site, with vertical and horizontal pipework exit points from the sides and top of the unit.

Controls:

Kensa has developed its own control board which is the brain of the new Evo heat pump. The customer interface is an intuitive touch screen that facilitates commissioning and parameter settings, and provides live status readings supported by LED light indicators.

The custom built software also permits the control board to pre-empt system irregularities using warning safety levels, which may previously have resulted in a fault if left unchecked. This pro-active system will ultimately reduce costs and call outs and enable better diagnostics and system resolution, aided by Kensa’s technical support and UK wide installation network.

https://www.kensaheatpumps.com

ECEX overcomes university challenge

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ECEX has successfully solved a roof safety and access problem for the University of Oxford by custom-fabricating and installing a galvanised steel sub-frame and non-slip grating designed to provide consistent, level and safe access to rooftop HVAC equipment.

Access across the roof of a complex of laboratory buildings at the university was obstructed by the pipework, cables and supports serving extraction and HVAC units, including chillers and condensers.

This caused a series of significant trip hazards to employees working on the rooftop, so the University’s engineering team called in an ECEX specialist to survey the area and improve access. The University was already familiar with the company and impressed by its work because ECEX has previously supplied and installed Air Intake Screens widely across the university’s 300-plus building estate.

ECEX uses the hierarchy of control measures determined by the Health & Safety Executive to decide the optimum solution in each specific case. John Grenville, managing director, explained: “In other words, the ultimate measure is to remove the hazard completely if this is practical. If not, the next measure down is to use collective fall protection such as guard railing so that someone without specialised training can move around the roof safely. The next level down would be the use of personal protective equipment such as a harness, and so on.”

ECEX’s means of access for the University of Oxford project was through occupied parts of the building so the company installed its gantry system out of hours to avoid disruption.

ECEX surveys, designs, manufactures and installs bespoke and off-the-shelf access safety solutions, including:

  • Walkways and step-overs
  • Access ladders and platforms
  • Guardrail and edge protection
  • Stairs
  • Mesh security caging
  • Other fabricated metalwork

www.ecex.co.uk

What are your biggest building headaches this winter?

Answer ECEX’s short survey and raise money for charity…

NSPCCThe winter can be an expensive and trying time for business owners and those in charge of managing their buildings. Cold weather and increased usage of essential HVAC equipment causes breakdowns, not to mention employee discomfort due to too hot or too cold working environments contributing to moaning, illness and a potential drop in productivity.

In order to find out what the biggest headaches are for UK companies this winter, ECEX is looking to hear from building and business owners, building services engineers, Facilities Managers and general maintenance staff about the problems they face during the colder months; from the equipment most likely to break down to what puts the largest dent in profit margins.

For every entry into the short survey, ECEX will donate £1 to the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children). The findings should paint a useful and interesting picture of the state of British buildings, while helping an important charity raise funds this Christmas.

So, if you’re involved in ‘buildings’ – either owning them, running them or looking after them – please take the time to answer ECEX’s questionnaire:

Link to questionnaire

Sussex-based Aspen Pumps Celebrates Win at RAC Cooling Industry Awards

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Aspen Pumps, the market leader in condensate removal pumps, is celebrating winning a prestigious Cooling Industry Award for its innovative Micro-v i4. This intelligent air conditioning (AC) condensate pump beat off extensive competition to win the ‘Air Conditioning Product of the year: Accessory, Component or Process’ category.

Now in its 12th year, the RAC Cooling Industry Awards champions the leading innovations and environmental successes in the refrigeration and air conditioning industry. The award winners were announced at a ceremony on 28th September at the prestigious London Hilton, Park Lane, where the key players in the industry came together for a night of recognition and celebration of the sector’s achievements. 

  “We are delighted to have won an RAC Cooling Industry Award and have the Micro-v i4 recognised in this arena” said Joe Rose, Head of Group Marketing at Aspen Pumps. “At Aspen Pumps we are committed to offering the market the latest, most innovative products and we are therefore very proud to be named winner of the ‘Air Conditioning Product of the year: Accessory, Component or Process’ category.”

Featuring integrated i4 technology, the Micro-v i4 is the next generation of mini pump. Designed specifically to simplify installation and maintenance, while offering a wide raft of smart features, the Micro-v i4 ticks all the right boxes for AC engineers. The Micro-v i4 reliably and efficiently removes condensate from AC units while avoiding installation and maintenance issues.

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Suitable for high wall split systems, ducted units and floor standing and chassis AC units, the pump is ideal for installing directly inside the AC unit. The Micro-v i4 is the first pump available that combines integrated i4technology with the convenience of a floatless sensor that is immune to contaminant build up and is both small and powerful whilst being quiet and reliable.

Made up of four intuitive technologies that all work harmoniously to provide a total system approach, i4 technology features Pulse technology that gives a visual indication about correct installation of the pump; Hydrotech technology which collects data and adjusts switching levels and motor speed, depending on the flow rate; and in-built Silent+ and Univolt technology so the pump is controlled on demand, with the i4 Technology offering a soft start as standard, leading to truly quiet running.

Offering worry and maintenance free plug and play installation, the Micro-v i4can be installed in multiple orientations and provides continuous running. Plus the Micro-v i4 does not use a breather tube and only one connector is needed when installing it in high wall units, further adding to its installation versatility.

Aspen Pumps’ extensive range boasts the largest variety of condensate removal pumps for the air conditioning, heating and refrigeration industry, with something suitable for every application. The pumps boast reliability, ease of installation, are the quietest on the market and all pumps have a free anti-siphoning device. Aspen Pumps continued success and achievements has been built by the hands-on experience of installation engineers, making Aspen Pumps the market leader in condensate removal.

For more information, visit www.aspenpumps.com.

Holiday Inn Express uses innovative hybrid air conditioning

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A new 250-bedroom hotel has become the first in the UK to use an innovative hybrid air conditioning technology that removes the need to install leak detection equipment in occupied rooms.

The Holiday Inn Express Birmingham City Centre in central Birmingham is using Mitsubishi Electric’s Hybrid VRF (Variable Refrigerant Flow) system to keep guests comfortable in a controllable, energy efficient way, whilst still offering the full flexibility of design and installation that VRF air conditioning is synonymous with.

“We needed reliable and effective air conditioning that is easy to use from the guest’s perspective but which is also more cost effective for the hotel moving forward as it removes the annual maintenance costs associated with a leak detection system”, explained Mark Foster, Managing Director of Centre Island, which will manage the hotel.

“The added advantage of using Mitsubishi Electric equipment is that we can control the whole system centrally, which minimises energy use for the business whilst still allowing guests to have individual control within their rooms. This also ensures we can stop rooms being heated or cooled when they are empty”.

The design for the air conditioning system was put together by SISK Design and Build Contractors who worked with Building Services Consultancy DW Pointer. Together they committed to providing a VRF system that did not need the significant cost of adding leak detection units in all of the bedrooms.

“We proposed Hybrid VRF as it completely removes leak detection in occupied spaces whilst still offering the flexibility of a VRF system,” said Brian Inett of John Sisk & Son.

“We were already aware of the Hybrid system and had been looking for a suitable project to use it on, so this was an ideal solution for the client, especially as it does away with the annual costs of leak detection maintenance.”

The 18-storey hotel in Holliday Street, Birmingham, which was designed by Liverpool-based KKA Architecture, will use 16 outdoor condensing units to operate 250 slim ducted indoor units in a clever design that has one outdoor unit serving one wing on each of two floors to minimise the refrigerant pipework within the building.

“Hybrid VRF uses water to transfer heating and cooling around the building, which removes the need for refrigerant leak detection in occupied spaces,” said Dennis Winter of installer Dragon Air Conditioning Ltd.

“But there are also other benefits to the project as the system is being installed in phases which matches the way the hotel is being built.”

The hotel, which is to open in April 2017 will employ around 60 people when complete and forms part of the Arena Central redevelopment scheme in Birmingham City Centre which will also be home to the new HSBC headquarters.

“There are a lot of hotels that are now coming to terms with how to keep guests comfortable whilst complying with new legislation on refrigerants and leak detection,” explained Mitsubishi Electric’s Mark Grayston Senior Product Manager for VRF & Hybrid VRF.

“This is why we have developed the Hybrid VRF system and this new development points the way to delivering the highest levels of guest comfort without adding significantly to install and maintenance costs.”

Further details on the innovative, award-winning system can be found at the dedicated website: https://hybridvrf.co.uk.

Vent-Axia Celebrates 80 Years of Innovation

Vent-Axia Celebrates 80 Years of Innovation as its headquarters in Crawley, West Sussex.
Vent-Axia Celebrates 80 Years of Innovation as its headquarters in Crawley, West Sussex.

Vent-Axia is celebrating 80 years of innovation. Founded by Joe Akester in 1936 when he invented the world’s first electrically-operated window fan Vent-Axia has been a leading British manufacturer ever since. Now a multi-million pound company, the Vent-Axia brand has become a household name featuring annually in the UK Superbrands league table and holding the prestigious Royal Warrant.

On Friday, 9. September 2016, Vent-Axia celebrated its 80th anniversary at its headquarters in Fleming Way, Crawley, West Sussex. To honour the occasion Henry Smith MP for Crawley and The Worshipful, the Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Raj Sharma, took part in a celebration ceremony where Vent-Axia buried a time capsule in its grounds to mark the company’s 80th Anniversary.

Mark Hoskins, Managing Director at Vent-Axia; Henry Smith MP; The Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Raj Sharma
Mark Hoskins, Managing Director at Vent-Axia; Henry Smith MP; The Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Raj Sharma
Vent-Axia's Time Capsule
Vent-Axia’s Time Capsule

Central to the company’s success is its innovation. Its new products, as a proportion of sales, are three-times the average of existing products in its catalogue. During the last year Vent-Axia has launched a raft of best in class products including: the Sentinel Kinetic Advance, the first UK-manufactured web-enabled Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery (MVHR) system; the Lo-Carbon Revive, a fan designed specifically for the social housing sector; and the Lo-Carbon Svara the UK’s first App-controlled bathroom fan. To reflect this innovation Vent-Axia chose to include the Lo-Carbon Svara in its time capsule.

“We are delighted to be celebrating our 80th Anniversary at Vent-Axia. From the very beginning, with Joe Akester’s invention of the world’s first electrically-operated window fan, Vent-Axia has been a company built on innovation. We have continued this ethos over the years, developing, expanding and innovating to create the very best in ventilation. This is a tradition that we are very proud to continue today with launch of our latest best in class products, as we look forward to the next 80 years ahead,” said Mark Hoskins, Managing Director at Vent-Axia.

Speaking at the event Henry Smith MP said: “I am thrilled that Vent-Axia, an innovative, locally based, world-class company, is celebrating its 80th Anniversary. I am proud that this iconic and historic business continues to manufacturer in Crawley and wish the company continued success over the next 80 years and beyond.”

Vent Axia

At the 80th Anniversary Celebration, guests toured the Crawley facilities seeing some of the latest fans manufactured on the production lines. This was followed by words from Vent-Axia’s Managing Director, Mark Hoskins, Henry Smith MP and 91-year-old ex-employee Edna Barnett. Edna worked with Vent-Axia from 1943 to her retirement in 1985 and delighted guests with anecdotes from her early days working with the company’s founder Joe Akester at Vent-Axia, as well as the exciting day she opened the envelope that contained a cheque to Vent-Axia from Winston Churchill.

Edna Barnett
Edna Barnett

Vent Axia

The focal point of the 80th Anniversary celebration was the burial of a metal time capsule, by the Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Raj Sharma and Henry Smith MP, outside the Vent-Axia reception. The time capsule is to be buried for 80 years and contains items that reflect Vent-Axia today, such as its innovative Lo-Carbon Svara, the UK’s first App-controlled bathroom fan and photos of the Vent-Axia team; plus objects that reflect the current time we live in, such as the current issues of local papers, a pound coin and press coverage on Brexit. The time capsule has been registered with The International Time Capsule Society http://crypt.oglethorpe.edu/ to record its location, contents and the date it is to be opened.

91-Year-old former employee Edna Barnett helps The Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Raj Sharma, bury Vent-Axia's time
91-Year-old former employee Edna Barnett helps The Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Raj Sharma, bury Vent-Axia’s time

A company steeped in 80 years of British heritage and innovation, Sir Winston Churchill was one of the company’s first customers with Vent-Axia supplying ventilation for No 10 Downing Street during World War II. The company’s innovations are now present in a wide range of landmark projects from buildings in Her Majesty’s Royal Estates to the White House. Leading the way in design and reliability Vent-Axia’s products also stand the test of time with its T-Series fan inducted into the hall of fame as the UK’s favourite commercial fan.The T-Series has sold an incredible 1.4 million fans since 1986 with the fan illustrating that good design doesn’t age.

Headquartered in Crawley, West Sussex and with more than 80 years as an influential industry leader, Vent-Axia continues to set the standard in ventilation. Each year the company supplies air management solutions for over half a million installations across the residential, commercial and industrial sectors in the UK and around the World.

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

http://www.vent-axia.com/

Cost effective renewable heating for residents

Mitsubishi ElectricThe residents of 200 dwellings under the ownership of a Basingstoke Housing Association have been given a welcome boost to both their energy bills and their temperatures with the installation of Mitsubishi Electric Ecodan air source heat pumps.

The homes, all located in an off-gas area, were scheduled for an upgrade to their systems in the next five years but have now been fast-tracked for the installation by Sentinel Housing Association.

The installations of the 5kW and 8.5kW units are being carried out by local firm Faulkners, who have been installing Ecodan heat pump systems for the past eight years.

Sentinel Asset Manager, Carolyn Munns explains: “The main reason for looking for a renewable heat source was the cost of the existing fuel solutions. This is an off-gas area so they were all powered by either electricity or solid fuel. We are confident that tenants will be saving hundreds of pounds in energy bills by switching to air source heat pumps.”

Ecodan air source heat pumps are proven to reduce both running costs and emissions over traditional carbon-intensive heating and are particularly suited to off-gas areas which are heavily reliant on oil.

The fact that they also qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) provides additional financial benefits to the owner of the system.

“The RHI was a major factor in our decision to install air source heat pumps,” explains Carolyn. “Without this incentive we would not have been able to proceed with the installation, but when this is factored into the equation the money which Sentinel will receive makes it a very cost effective solution.

The installations also include Mitsubishi Electric’s Metering and Monitoring Service Package (MMSP). This allows residents and Sentinel Housing to track how well the Ecodan units are operating, as well as enabling the housing association to claim a further annual incentive payment under the RHI.

“We wanted something that would be easy to control as well as saving money, but we were also acutely aware that some of our residents weren’t able to afford to heat their home properly in winter due to the cost of solid fuels,” explains Carolyn.

“So as well as the financial benefits of the Ecodan solution, the residents will also benefit from a better quality of life as a result of having access to cost-effective heating throughout the winter months. In addition, they will no longer have to worry about cleaning out and maintaining their old solid fuel system.”

She concludes: “There have been other costs involved in future proofing the homes, for example making sure that windows and insulation meet the required standards. This has however all been factored into the overall costs and both the Housing Association and the tenants will still be substantially better off with this renewable technology.”

A full list of case studies and customer testimonials can be found on Mitsubishi Electric’s digital library: http://library.mitsubishielectric.co.uk/

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