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  • 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...
  • Carpets, underlays and underfloor heating
    Carpets and underlays have thermal resistance characteristics that will reduce the heat output when fitted over an underfloor heating system. The thermal resistance of a specific type of carpet or underlay is indicated by...
  • Vinyl sheet flooring and underfloor heating
    Vinyl sheet flooring can be installed on underfloor heated floors, but as with all floorcoverings the manufacturers installation guidelines must be followed. Vinyl sheet floors, by their very nature, do not allow moisture to...
  • Component Developments Channel Installation Guide
    Component Developments
    Here is a technical document about how to install Component Development channels
  • Screeds over underfloor heating
    Except for buildings where the concrete slab is left exposed, such as a warehouse, all concrete floors are covered with a screed layer which provides a final level finish onto which is installed the floorcovering. When...
  • 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...
  • Installing wet underfloor heating: an introduction
    How do I operate the system? By a room thermostat in each room. How is the pipe attached to the floor? - A popular system is where pipe is held in position with clips through the insulation. - A wire grid system is available...
  • Underfloor heating versus radiators
    Radiators Radiators distribute heat by convection currents which can result in draughts and hot spots. The floor will be coldest zone of the room as hot air rises, whilst the space above your head will be the warmest part.
  • Is there a renaissance for electric heating?
    Is there something of a renaissance taking place for electric heating taking place across the UK? The memories of electric storage radiators twinned with an Economy 7 tariff have faded, as have the back pains suffered by...
  • Hygienic stainless steel environments within dairies
    Canal Engineering
    Very high hygiene standards are vital in the dairy industry. To achieve this, the choice of materials used in the construction of a dairy are required to cope with the daily processing and production demands. Drainage and...
  • Water treatment: prevention is better than cure
    Hamworthy Heating
    To meet the Government's target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, and the increased demand for retrofit faced by the industry (24 million buildings that have already been built are expected to be still in use...
  • Audible fire alarms and the new BS EN 54-23 standard
    History: ineffectivity of fire alarms for the hard of hearing Normal hearing is taken for granted by most of us, but there are estimated to be nearly nine million people who are deaf or hard of hearing in the UK, equivalent...
  • The importance of IAQ
    Elta Fans Ltd
    Global warming, the cost of energy, and the environmental impact of the different ways in which we produce our power, have made the world increasingly aware of the need to reduce our energy consumption. But, as a result of...
  • Energy efficiency: thermal stratification
    Elta Fans Ltd
    For anybody involved in the HVAC industry, thermal stratification is certainly not a new concept. The fact that warm air rises means that the lower areas of an interior space, particularly in facilities characterised by...
  • A Breath of Fresh Air for Ventilation
    Fantech Ventilation
    HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) has long been a fundamental requirement in our buildings. This is the system that regulates the inside temperature of the building and, in some systems, also the air quality.