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  • Huge opportunity replacing inefficient circulating pumps
    While fitting high-efficiency circulating pumps is now mandatory, Gary Wheatley, Wilo UK’s Training and Technical Manager, believes that there is a huge opportunity around the replacement of existing inefficient models. Regardless of people’s stance on ‘Brexit’, it remains necessary to get on with abiding by European Directives......
    Article, 13 December 2016
  • Fight against plagiarism: protecting the future
    Counterfeit products can cause significant damage, not to mention the non-quantifiable reputation damage suffered by manufacturers as a result of products that are often of low quality. The best way to deal with this is to use property rights, such as the patent, and to use correct, reliable sales channels. Making solutions exclusive and...
    Article, 13 December 2016
  • Construction Market Overview, July 2017
    Component Developments
    LEISURE AND SPORT Contract award levels were 13.4% lower than May, and 0.5% lower than June 2016. In the three months to June the value of contracts was £1.3billion, which was 42.6% lower than the previous three months. This was an increase of 20.9% compared to the same period in 2016 indicating that while there have been recent falls there is...
    Article, 01 August 2017
  • Why use stainless steel?
    Component Developments
    Component Developments explains the reason it believes stainless is a superior material. The importance of hygiene in schools, kitchens and hospitals is major. But with ever-growing awareness of health and safety issues, the public needs assurances that every precaution that can be made is being made. Stainless steel is deemed...
    Article, 24 May 2017
  • Prevention of explosions when boiler house fires occur
    Introduction The most common fuels in use for space and water heating are oil, natural gas and liquid petroleum gas (LPG). By far the most popular, clean and cost-effective solutions are natural gas or LPG. The traditional safety measure derived from the time of oil-fired boiler houses is the use of a fusible link placed above the each boiler. The...
    Article, 24 April 2013
  • U-values, the Building Regulations & underfloor heating
    Insulation is required below all underfloor heating systems to stop downward heat transmission. The Building Regulations also stipulate the need for better-insulated buildings and a reduction in building heating requirements. U-Values and the Building Regulations Recent changes to the Building Regulations have reduced the required U-value for...
    Article, 25 November 2013
  • Component Developments Channel Installation Guide
    Component Developments
    Here is a technical document about how to install Component Development channels...
    Article, 27 April 2017
  • Five benefits of switching to EC fans in HVAC equipment
    Airedale International Air Conditioning
    For many businesses, a 20% reduction in energy costs represents the same bottom line benefit as a 5% increase in sales (The Carbon Trust). However, reducing energy consumption in a building, on an ever decreasing budget, is one of the biggest challenges for facility and energy managers...
    Article, 08 February 2017
  • Heating outputs: what is a BTU and what is a watt?
    AEL Heating Solutions Ltd
    When discussing the heat output required for a room, It can be confusing when one engineer works with BTU’s and another works with watts. So what is a BTU and what is a watt? BTU and watt are both used to measure the heating efficiency of a radiator. A “BTU” (British Thermal Unit) is a measurement unit of heat and is based on an older imperial...
    Article, 30 June 2017
  • Why use Linear Drainage?
    Component Developments
    Functional Advantages: channels are a hygienic and efficient way of conveying waste water from equipment discharge and floor washing; water is efficiently disposed of at the source, rather than flowing across the floor to a spot gully subsequently causing a slip hazard; simple to install; large reservoir capacity; channel systems can be utilised...
    Article, 11 May 2017
  • Timber floors and underfloor heating
    Underfloor heating can be installed with most types of timber floors quite effectively. Care must be taken however in the design of the system and the flooring materials used to ensure a trouble-free system. Heat output The heat output from a timber floor system is limited by the timber floor itself. As timber is an insulant, it restricts the...
    Article, 25 November 2013
  • Solar thermal water heating in the leisure sector
    Stokvis Energy Systems
    The Carbon Trust: "Solar water heating can be very effective for swimming pools and is relatively easy to connect to a conventional heating system." Energy costs in a typical sports centre are second only to labour, accounting for as much as 30% of total running costs....
    Article, 21 November 2016
  • Increasing heating efficiency with plate heat exchangers
    Stokvis Energy Systems
    This article by Paul Sands, Director of Stokvis Energy Systems, discusses how using modern modulating low water content gas boilers in combination with compact modulating low water content plate heat exchangers can meet hot water demand reliably, safely and economically, whatever the type of building or the nature of the occupant’s business activity....
    Article, 28 November 2016
  • Essential chiller maintenance winter checklist
    Airedale International Air Conditioning
    Now is the time to ensure you don’t get caught out in the cold by having planned, preventative maintenance on your HVAC Chillers. Here are five key preventative maintenance tips from our UK Service Manager, Adrian Trevelyan...
    Article, 21 February 2017
  • Component Developments August Market Overview
    Component Developments
    Component Developments have compiled a construction market overview of August, analysing the performance of each sub-sector in comparison to previous months, and years....
    Article, 07 September 2017