• Drives & controls - Get the facts on energy sustainability

    Cutting electrical energy use in motor-driven applications through the use of variable- speed drives (VSDs) is a well-proven method, but not everyone is getting the message. ABB takes a systematic approach to energy sustainability that provides proof of just how much can be saved

    A major part of sustainable manufacturing is using energy wisely. As energy prices continue to rise, it is becoming increasingly important to make the most efficient use of energy, both as responsible companies that care about the impact on the environment and for the future profitability of the company.

    Yet, many companies do not know where their biggest energy use is and have misguided ideas about how best to cut it. A survey of UK manufacturing managers revealed the most common method of reducing the electricity bill was to switch suppliers, yet as all suppliers are increasing their prices, this can only provide a minimal saving. Other managers cited increased compressor efficiency or improved factory heating. The real answer lies in looking objectively at where electricity is used most and assessing how it can be reduced cost- effectively.

    The elephant in the room is electric motors when you consider 65% of the total electricity at industrial sites is consumed by electric motors driving pumps, fans and compressors to name but a few.

  • Boddingtons Power Controls

    Boddingtons Power Controls

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  • Taking the plunge with lighting controls

    Long gone are the days when a lighting installation required a cable run, fixture and light switch. These days, thanks to the introduction of high efficacy light sources and popularity of energy management systems, contractors are increasingly required to understand the finer complexities of the Digital Addressable Lighting Interface (DALI), LED lamp technologies and how these interact with manufacturer-specific control systems. Steve Buckley, electrical contracts manager at Lutron, discusses why it is worth keeping up with the latest technologies and how they can benefit the bottom line

  • Energy saving controls

    Danlers passive infra-red occupancy switches play an important role in reducing energy costs at London’s 2012 premier sporting event. Danlers PIR ceiling surface-mounted plug-ins have been installed in the London Olympics site services areas, significantly reducing energy bills and carbon emissions.

  • Lighting controls hold the key to ultimate energy efficiency


    As David Fisk, president of building services engineering body Cibse, recently commented: “Lots of people think they’re looking for LEDs, but what they ought to be looking for is the lighting performance that they’re trying to get, then go back to decide whether LEDs are the solution.” (Lux magazine Sept 2012)

  • Building Controls South 2013

    The KNX UK Association and several of its members will have a major presence at the 2013 Building controls South exhibition to be held on 23-24 October 2013 at Sandown Park. The KNX Village will feature not only a stand from the association itself but also stands of members Wago, Theben, BEG UK and Schneider Electric. Fellow member Ivory Egg will also be presenting the KNX CIBSE listed CPD at the exhibition.

  • Sharing good practice benefits the whole industry

    Malcolm Duncan of Super Rod discusses how sharing information can only enhance the cable installation process

  • Rexel UK and Nest launch training hub

    Rexel has unveiled a brand new Nest demonstration and training area at BRE Innovation Park based in Watford.

    Rexel’s Sigma House facility at BRE places sustainability at the very core, with each room highlighting the newest products that tackle energy efficiency and the smarter home concept. Room 5 in Rexel’s house will now be home to a dedicated Nest training area, showcasing the revolutionary Nest Learning Thermostat™ and Nest Protect: Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarms.

  • Highly detailed Bsria study

    The hydronic controls markets in France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and the United Kingdom are amongst the most developed in the world, collectively worth some € 2bn. Germany accounts for one third of the market value of these five important country markets, closely followed by the UK. The less developed Italian market is about half as big again, whilst France, whose nuclear power infrastructure means that there is a much smaller market for hydronic controls, accounts for just over one tenth of the market. Poland, with the smallest population of the countries studied and whose market is considerably less mature is only fractionally smaller than that of France. Control valves make up the lion’s share of the market by value, followed by radiator valves but these ratios are reversed when assessed by volume of units sold. By contrast, controllers and room thermostats account for only approximately 20% of the market value.

  • Eriks warns manufacturers must prepare for ESOS now

    Manufacturers have been advised to implement energy conservation measures now to ensure mandatory compliance with the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) deadline of the 5 December 2015.

  • Bsria support

    Bsria is supporting the introduction of airtightness testing data lodgement to the Air Tightness Testing & Measurement Association (ATTMA) Competent Person Scheme (CPS). The addition of lodgement will add an additional layer of quality assurance checks to test data, but more importantly will result in the production of an easily recognisable scheme air tightness certificate that can be validated by Building Control Bodies (BCB) by visiting the ATTMA website (ATTMA.org).

  • BSRIA to support CIBSE conference and exhibition

    BSRIA has announced it has signed a supporting partnership agreement with The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) conference and exhibition at the prestigious QEII Conference Centre in Westminster on 3–4 November 2015.

  • Entries go live for the 2016 BCIA Awards

    Entries are now open for the 2016 Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) Awards which promise to be bigger and better than ever before.

  • Bsria supports industry initiative in Australia for solution to performance gap

    Bsria is backing a four-month feasibility study to develop a prototype UK scheme which has the potential to deliver the energy performance specified in client briefs. The concept embraces the ‘design for performance’ approach pioneered in Australia, where very energy efficient new office buildings are routinely achieved and verified by investment-grade energy ratings, using its NABERS scheme.

  • Latest ECA poll finds eight in 10 firms see turnover steady or increased

    Almost eight in 10 contractors (79%) in the electrical and building services industries say turnover has increased or remained steady in the third quarter of 2015, according to a new study from the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).

  • Ex-Or positions itself for further growth with move to Honeywell’s Horsham facility

    Ex-Or, a manufacturer of lighting control solutions, has announced its plans to move to Honeywell’s development centre for building control systems at Springfield Road in Horsham, West Sussex.

  • Gateshead KNX Training Academy opens up new opportunities

    The opportunity to test his skills on some of the most prestigious homes in the North East is now part of the regular working day for electrician Gary Warne.

  • Building controls show true value

    Building controls are responsible for the long term performance of a building and ultimately achieving energy efficiency.

  • EnOcean Alliance invitation to open house event in London hosted by IBM

    From Smart Buildings to Cognitive Buildings is the guiding theme of the EnOcean Alliance Open House Event 2017 (24 April, IBM South Bank, London). The organisation is actively supporting the further development of EnOcean energy harvesting wireless standard for energy-efficient building solutions.

  • Efficient underfloor heating: wet or dry?

    When specifying heating in domestic properties, underfloor heating (UFH) is increasingly seen as the system that offers the levels of energy efficiency and comfort required. In design terms, UFH provides the added benefit that, unlike radiators, it does not have an impact on interior aesthetics and layouts. This leaves just one perplexing issue; whether to opt for a wet (hydronic) system or an electric system, Steven Rooney evaluates.

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