Building controls

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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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