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  • f gas implications online

    EU authorities seeking more “teeth” for F-Gas law enforcement

    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.

  • eurotunnel online

    Eurotunnel lauds cooling efficiency gains after HFO switch

    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.

  • eu puzzle

    EURIS taskforce sees post-Brexit hope in pan-EU industrial consensus

    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.

  • brexitglobe

    Industry faces up to post-Brexit compliance challenges

    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.

  • ray gluckman

    Industrial Refrigeration and Low-GWP refrigerants: Still work to do

    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

  • F gas panel

    F-Gas Question Time: Understanding the urgency

    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

  • dust

    Report lays bare need for significant improvements to air quality

    Report from major doctors’ groups finds ’significant public health burden’ of pollution and makes recommendations for policy change, including improving Indoor Air Quality

  • heat pump

    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

  • cctable

    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

  • nasrc logo

    A natural advance for the USSubscription

    The newly formed North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council aims to break down the barriers to natural refrigerant selection

  • cityscape

    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

    Visible benefitsSubscription

    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

  • district heating

    Share in the communitySubscription

    A district heating scheme in Finland is using waste energy from a computing centre, via heat pump technology, to heat 1,500 homes

  • data centre

    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

  • Data centre cloud copy

    Rise of the machines

    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

  • Eje layout1

    Go with the flow

    The benefits of ejectors in the refrigeration vapour compression cycle aren’t just applicable to CO2 systems, says Daniel Clark

  • city scape

    ​Efficiency gainsSubscription

    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 sun sets behind a barn and windmill on Sunday, May 20, 2012, southwest of Ellis, Kans, during a partial solar eclipse.

    An exact fit

    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

  • city scape

    On closer inspection

    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

  • us flag

    A vision for the future

    AHRI’s Low Global Warming Potential Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Programme has produced vital information on energy efficiency, says Francis Dietz

  • Chris bailie

    The boy from Brazil

    Chris Bailie has recently returned triumphant from Brazil, having secured 
silver at the World Skills global competition, ranking him second in the world

  • Uncontrolled corrosion leads to a number of costly issues in chilled water systems.

    This corrosion

    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

  • Rain forest venue collection

    Clearing the air

    More and more companies are employing scents in their buildings, opening 
the door for a new revenue stream for HVAC companies, says Pete Turpel

  • cold store

    What’s in store

    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

  • Thebuilding

    Banking on energy savingsSubscription

    A Spanish bank is aiming for LEED Gold certification with a full suite of sustainability 
measures – including simultaneous heating and cooling. RAC reports

  • Graham Carter AIRAH

    A glimpse into the future

    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

  • cabinet

    A year in the life

    performance of a transcritical CO2 system in a US supermarket over a year provided encouraging results when compared with traditional HFCs

  • jim marner

    Time to provide a reality check

    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.

  •  internet

    Beware the BMS bandits

    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

  • leak testing

    Reducing leakage

    As the HFC phase-down starts to bite, the Institute is relaunching its successful anti-leakage campaign REAL Zero. Secretary Miriam Rodway reports

  • legionella

    Are you ready for the regs?

    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

  • big blue co2

    Big Blue’s smart solutions

    Component manufacturer Parker Hannifin has taken inspiration from chess supercomputers in setting up its new refrigeration test laboratory in Italy. Andrew Gaved reports

  • hilton docklands

    Time is tight

    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 cut out

    Low-profile lifestyle

    Daikin has reduced the height of its new VRV range to make them more suited for city facades. Martin Passingham explains why

  • a gas mobile

    Reporting for duty

    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

  • pipe

    It’s quite a charge

    Many new installations are adopting a secondary refrigeration system as a cost-effective and reliable alternative, says Rich Pedley

  • daikin

    Knowledge is king

    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

  • cityscape

    Planning for the future

    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

  • city scape

    A smart new world

    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

  • internet

    The Internet of Things

    Daikin’s Paul Rauker discusses the current and future role of the Internet of Things in the HVAC industry with Kyle Gargaro

  • epee.jpg

    Talking hot and cold

    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

  • area

    All around the world

    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

  • arrow up

    Onward and upward

    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

  • heat pump

    RHI uncertainty hits tenders

    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

  • engineer

    Poor records ‘could risk legal action’

    F-Gas compliance standards on many commercial refrigeration and air conditioning sites are falling short of mandatory requirements. RAC reports

  • thermometer

    ASHRAE refutes office AC temperature ‘bias’ claims research

    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.

  • IOR

    Setting standards

    The Institute of Refrigeration is updating codes of practice and calling for conference papers. Secretary Miriam Rodway reports

  • cooltherm

    Right sort of cutbacks 

    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

  • flaktwoods

    What goes around...

    Air movement specialist Fläkt Woods believes its Recooler HP with recovery wheel is a timely piece of equipment. Andrew Gaved hears why

  • foster cold store

    Holistic approach

    Foster Refrigerator believes that by taking a ground-up approach to developing its new cold store, it has maximised the energy efficiency potential. Andrew Gaved reports

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