Features

Smart technology makes people’s lives easier; it ensures businesses work more efficiently; and it helps combat climate change. Now’s the time for contractors to get smart about smart homes (and commercial spaces) and the vast opportunities the connected living market brings, says CEF.

It is vital that train manufacturers today keep trains operating with minimal disruption and downtime. With more passengers relying on train services than ever before, it is crucial that engineers have access to the components they need quickly to undergo repair and maintenance work. Paul Bentley, managing director of GD Rectifiers explains how power electronic components are helping keep the UK’s infrastructure running seamlessly.

Karl Walker, market development manager at Beckhoff, explains why the term “smart building” may greatly vary in meaning – depending on who you ask.

Energy companies have ignited multibillion-pound plans in the Humber region for the UK’s first carbon-neutral “industrial cluster”. 

Paul Lawrence, managing director of Aermec UK, outlines how the HVAC plant (and equipment) is becoming more efficient, reducing energy costs and delivering more sustainable solutions.

Faced with growing pressure to reduce carbon emissions, European countries are increasingly making moves to power trains with electricity instead of diesel. In the UK, however, progress has often appeared hampered. Simone Bruckner, managing director at Cressall Resistors, looks at why the electrification of rail transport should be prioritised. 

Andrew Baker, sales director North Europe, FLIR Systems Ltd, explores the role of thermal imaging when it comes to predicting substation failure.

With a potential energy theft amnesty from Ofgem currently on the horizon, Lloyd Birkhead, group managing director at Grosvenor Services Group, part of Echo Managed Services, questions whether it’s really the lightbulb moment they think it is.

Do you work in a building whose technology is comparable to an old banger? Terry Sharp, vice-president of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), believes we should demand more from our places of work in the same way that we expect certain features as standard on a modern car. 

Gregory Allouis, strategic solutions director at SPIE UK, outlines why first and foremost, an efficient EV charging infrastructure must start with the grid.

Some really insightful news from the September issue of the high-society magazine, Tatler; the day of the ‘trophy wife’ is dead.