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Efficient combustion

Steve O’Neill, technical specifications engineer at EOGB Energy Products, explains how new heating technology can reduce emissions and have a significant impact on energy efficiency.

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Latest reports reveal construction slowdown

Construction activity has slowed, according to two reports released today. The value of new projects starting on site during the three months to November was 4% lower than last year, according to industry analysts Glenigan. Housing, non-residential and civil engineering starts were all scarcer during the period compared to this time last year. The report also revealed that the amount of new commercial and industrial work was flat on last year. Private housing activity grew modestly, up 2% on a year ago. This rise was more than offset by the drag from the social housing sector, where starts were 9% down on a year ago. Commenting on this month’s figures, Allan Wilén, Glenigan’s economics director, said: “The latest evidence on commercial construction starts is disappointing given the continued strength of the economic backdrop. “However the forward pipeline is much more positive. In the office sector, for example, the value of ...

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Rainwater harvesting market set for growth

A report on the rainwater harvesting market has revealed that that 55% of suppliers experienced growth in revenue and profitability in 2015. Based on analysis of more than 80% of the industry, the report by MTW Research, also predicts that sales will rise above inflation in 2016. The report states that there will be more than 60,000 rainwater harvesting systems in use within the next few years, with growth in some key end use sectors remaining reasonably robust, despite water prices set to decline by 5% to 2020. The housebuilding market is slowly embracing rainwater harvesting according to MTW, with at least one housebuilder identified in the report committing to include rainwater harvesting systems in all its developments in the next 4 years. MTW’s director Mark Waddy said: “Some housebuilders recognise they can add significant value through rainwater harvesting technology and this is providing a volume boost to the market. ...

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Changing landscape

Debansu Das, marketing director at SESCO, explains how working with an ESCO can help reduce the financial burden on businesses seeking to install energy efficient measures.

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ASFP backs passive fire protection research project

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection is collaborating with the BRE Trust in a research project designed to develop a greater understanding of the contribution of different types of passive fire protection systems to the overall resilience of a building in the event of a fire. The project will consider a range of factors such as the cost of installation of fire protection systems in ‘commercial buildings’, the cost of the overall impact of fires associated with those buildings, including assessment of, for example, environmental impacts, societal impacts, property damage and business interruption. The project will require the collation of data on the risk of fire within different building types and information related to the types of fire protection measures that are present, to include: Identification of the types of passive fire protection that are in widespread use and work through the different types of product. What are the embodied ...

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Mapping out

A digitally printed floor has helped provide an eye-catching focal point for a networking space at Manchester Science Partnerships. Building Products reports.

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ENER-G launches ultra-low NOx CHP range

ENER-G has launched a new range of ‘ultra-low’ NOx Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems. The company says the new range is achieving emissions levels of  less than 50 mg/Nm³ @ 5% O², sustained across the lifetime of the emissions system. “This is almost half of the most stringent emissions limit set by both BREEAM and the new Greater London Authority (GLA) Sustainable Design and Construction guidelines. It is five times lower than the more widely accepted limit of 250mg/Nm³ @ 5% O²,” added ENER-G. For CHP systems with an electrical output above 230 kWe, ENER-G can incorporate external NOx abatement technology, such as selective catalytic reduction (SCR). This can bring the NOx emissions level down as low as 10 mg/Nm³, when necessary. Ian Hopkins, director of ENER-G Cogen International, said: “Our spark-ignition CHP gas engines, based on naturally aspirated technology with an inbuilt catalyst, were already exceptionally green and ...

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Stick with the spec

Kester Harvey, commercial director at The Rooflight Company, provides insight into a recent architectural survey about the refurbishment of heritage buildings, and offers advice on making the original specification as robust as possible.

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