A rapid drop in industry reliance for R404A refrigerant seemingly in favour of lower GWP alternatives has shown the effectiveness of EU F-Gas regulation to tackle HFC use. However, experts warn that industry still must address major challenges around energy efficiency and counterfeit trade.
The European Commission is in the process of ensuring regulators have more teeth to tackle a black-market refrigerant trade that industry argues is undermining efforts to curb use of higher GWP refrigerant.
A decision by Channel Tunnel management to implement new technology that makes use of HFO products to cool the structure is said to have reduced energy usage by 4.8 GWh over the course of 2017 when compared to its previous solution.
The EURIS advisory body, which brings together manufacturing and mechanical engineering bodies such as BEAMA and FETA, has this week launched a new network with EU counterparts intended to alleviate potential market disruption by creating a single industrial voice on key Brexit ambitions.
A significant number of regulatory compliance challenges linked to the trade of specialist goods such as cooling equipment and other related components will need to be addressed as a result of the UK government’s intention to leave the European Customs Union.
Our industrial refrigeration round table sponsored by Chemours brought the industrial supply chain debate together to debate low-GWP options, refrigerant availability and the sector’s ‘special challenges’. Ian Vallely reports
Experts at our annual supply chain debate were of a consensus that end users have to plan now to exit higher-GWP gases, reports Ian Vallely
Report from major doctors’ groups finds ’significant public health burden’ of pollution and makes recommendations for policy change, including improving Indoor Air Quality
Beware the BMS banditsSubscription
CIBSE’s Building Performance Conference and Exhibition was dominated by talks on BMS security and the influence of occupant behaviour on building performance
A roadmap for coldSubscription
The latest strategic document from Birmingham University’s Policy Commission is a roadmap setting out what it believes needs to happen to technology between now and 2030. Andrew Gaved takes a look
A natural advance for the USSubscription
The newly formed North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council aims to break down the barriers to natural refrigerant selection
Time for changeSubscription
BSRIA’s Future Building Trends – Impacts – Solutions white paper gives an in-depth insight into where the HVAC industry is heading
Johnson Controls has worked with IT giant Cisco to provide closer integration between the BMS and the IT systems. The approach has paid dividends in making the data more accessible, as RAC reports
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A district heating scheme in Finland is using waste energy from a computing centre, via heat pump technology, to heat 1,500 homes
Cool under pressureSubscription
Such was the performance of the cooling technology employed at an expanded flagship data centre, there was no need to retain chiller technology onsite
With growth in data centre demand set to continue unabated, the focus on using efficient cooling technology is becoming even more important, says Lone Hansen
The benefits of ejectors in the refrigeration vapour compression cycle aren’t just applicable to CO2 systems, says Daniel Clark
European policymakers and researchers alike are putting their collective minds to the challenge of reducing the energy produced by cooling and heating in buildings. Andrew Gaved reports
The operating cost per unit for evaporative cooling is low compared with air conditioning technology, but its benefits can be very application-dependent, says Reginald Brown
The lack of compliance in building inspections suggests many managers are still not getting on board to reap the benefits. Salim Deramchi of BSRIA goes back to basics
AHRI’s Low Global Warming Potential Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Programme has produced vital information on energy efficiency, says Francis Dietz
Chris Bailie has recently returned triumphant from Brazil, having secured silver at the World Skills global competition, ranking him second in the world
Sodium nitrite corrosion inhibitors, although well-proven and reliable, often represent a false economy, while nitrite-free inhibitors can more than repay their higher initial cost, argues Chris Shelton
More and more companies are employing scents in their buildings, opening the door for a new revenue stream for HVAC companies, says Pete Turpel
A little over a year ago, Steve Prior founded Cold Store Rentals. Here he looks back on the last 12 months and gives his market predictions
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A Spanish bank is aiming for LEED Gold certification with a full suite of sustainability measures – including simultaneous heating and cooling. RAC reports
The third iteration of AIRAH’s The Future of HVAC 2015 conference explored a range of topics affecting not only the industry of tomorrow but also the industry of today, writes Matthew Dillon
performance of a transcritical CO2 system in a US supermarket over a year provided encouraging results when compared with traditional HFCs
President of the Building & Engineering Services Association has added a note of caution to the buoyant mood among contractors captured in the association’s latest state of trade survey.
The recent CIBSE conference lead with the issue of cyber security and the potential vulnerability of building services to criminal activity. Hywel Daviesconsiders the problem for owners and operators
As the HFC phase-down starts to bite, the Institute is relaunching its successful anti-leakage campaign REAL Zero. Secretary Miriam Rodway reports
As of 1 September, the active ingredients in the biocides used to treat legionella and other pathogens in HVAC systems must be registered under the Biocidal Products Regulations. Steven Booth explains
Component manufacturer Parker Hannifin has taken inspiration from chess supercomputers in setting up its new refrigeration test laboratory in Italy. Andrew Gaved reports
Three months into an electrical fit-out at the Double Tree hotel at London Docklands, Syncore got the nod to install a full AC system incorporating 100 rooms
Daikin has reduced the height of its new VRV range to make them more suited for city facades. Martin Passingham explains why
Refrigerant specialist A-Gas has developed a bespoke F-Gas reporting tool that offers contractors and end-users a range of tracking and documenting options. RAC reports
Many new installations are adopting a secondary refrigeration system as a cost-effective and reliable alternative, says Rich Pedley
With more than 200 engineers having already completed Daikin’s R32 course at its training centre, RAC attended class to gain an insight and an engineer’s perspective. Julian Milnes reports
BSRIA’s recent White Paper, entitled Achieving Carbon Targets and Bridging the Skills Gap, has laid out a clear strategy to take the built environment forward
With the green agenda on the back foot due to global political and economic disharmony, corporations are set to dominate the smart-buildings sector, says Henry Lawson
Daikin’s Paul Rauker discusses the current and future role of the Internet of Things in the HVAC industry with Kyle Gargaro
EPEE’s recent Heating and cooling in the Energy Union project conference produced a lively debate on the future of energy integration, says Andrea Voigt
The agreement between UNEP and ARHI is the next step in attempts to regulate and raise the minimum standards within the global supply chain, says Graeme Fox
The global refrigerants market is poised to reach £13.3bn by 2020, with Europe set to play a major role, according to the latest report by marketsandmarkets
A heat pump specialist has announced its withdrawal from a multi-million pound tender because of uncertainty over RHI funding. Now it wants government assurances. Andrew Gaved reports
F-Gas compliance standards on many commercial refrigeration and air conditioning sites are falling short of mandatory requirements. RAC reports
Revered US HVAC technical association ASHRAE has contested claims that office working temperatures are based on outdated standards that don’t take female staff into account.
The Institute of Refrigeration is updating codes of practice and calling for conference papers. Secretary Miriam Rodway reports
North Somerset Council is saving £50,000 a year on its office building, thanks to the efficient operation of its new magnetic bearing chillers. RAC reports
Air movement specialist Fläkt Woods believes its Recooler HP with recovery wheel is a timely piece of equipment. Andrew Gaved hears why