Communicating IAQ science to the layperson
Adam Taylor, CEO of ARM Environments, explains it is important that the industry works hard to keep indoor air quality front of mind. Good communication and providing valuable insights will be key to keeping end users engaged in this important issue.
Tim Tanner, Product Technical Manager – Air Diffusers & Attenuators, at TROX UK, reviews the air quality advantages of underfloor ventilation employing floor grilles/diffusers and provides tips on system design.
The pandemic has set new requirements on building services to ensure the safety of building users not only from the current pandemic but future COVID variants and new viruses, says Andrew Hamshere of Sensing Precision. These new requirements not only include higher levels of airflow and ventilation to reduce infection rates, but also the ability to demonstrate these so staff and visitors can feel secure that they are protected as best they can be.
Are your meeting rooms stifling decision-making? Why and how we need to improve indoor air quality
Upgrading buildings’ ventilation, filtration, and other factors would not only decrease COVID transmission but also improve health and cognitive performance in general says Simon Jones of Ambisense.
Stop talking about indoor air quality
It is more than five years since the Grenfell Tower disaster; we have had a pandemic driven by an airborne virus and we are now facing a cost-of-living crisis. Nathan Wood asks: what more needs to happen to get people to stop talking about making buildings healthier, safer, and more efficient and take practical action?
Science & Technology essential for better Indoor Air Quality
Richard Bishop, UK and Ireland Head of Marketing at Panasonic, explains the need for raising awareness around Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Air Conditioning Solutions and why science and technology must collaborate to deliver healthier air.
Titon’s powerful but compact HRV1.6 Q Plus MVHR unit has recently been installed in Moda Living’s Lexington Tower.
Improving air quality in our indoor spaces has never been more important. Andrew Robinson of Exi-tite explains why.
It is well established that efficient and effective filtration is one of the foundational pillars of any well-designed building heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. David Schurk of Global Plasma Solutions and ASHRAE looks at maintaining both efficiency and effectiveness.
Outdoor air pollution in both cities and rural areas was estimated to have caused 4.2 million premature deaths worldwide per year based on 2016 data; with this mortality rate being attributed to exposure to fine particulate matter of 2.5 microns or less in diameter (PM2.5), which causes cardiovascular and respiratory disease and cancers. As designers and operators of building HVAC systems, we have a duty of care to make sure indoor spaces are safeguarded against the dangers posed by what is often referred to as “fresh air”, says Adam Taylor of ARM Environments.
Ensuring the highest quality indoor air means designing and specifying the right ventilation system. In order to do this, however, it is important to acknowledge that each element in a HVAC system has a significant impact on its operational efficiency and quality, says James Gafford of ECEX.
To date, less attention has been given to the quality of indoor air in comparison to outdoor air and pollution. According to SAGE member Professor Cath Noakes, an estimated 15% of all Covid-19 deaths can be attributed to poor air quality, meaning attention is rightly turning to indoor air as well – and ventilation is now one of the biggest challenges facing building and facilities managers today. Hern Yau of Mitsubishi Electric discusses why attention is rightly turning to indoor air quality.
Elta Fans backs clean air day and urges businesses to adopt better air quality monitoring
On Clean Air Day 2022, Elta Fans is calling on businesses to adopt best practices when it comes to indoor air quality (IAQ) management, starting with better monitoring processes.
Ventilation in Healthcare - Replace or Refurbish
Jim Norris, National Head of Sales at VES, says following the difficult years the NHS has faced in the UK everybody has been made acutely aware of the need for adequate ventilation, good indoor air quality, and a safe environment to care for those who have been hospitalised.
Kingspan KoolDuct provides long-term air care
Over 15 years after it was first installed, The Kingspan KoolDuct System continues to support excellent HVAC system performance as part of the Sterile Services Unit (SSU) for the Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
An iconic British motorcycle marque has moved into its new production facility at Solar Park in Solihull, with air distribution products supplied by Waterloo Air Products.
Testo 400 multifunction measuring instrument for thermal comfort, air flow and IAQ measurement
Testo have launched a new multifunction IAQ measuring instrument to the UK market. The testo 400 offers innovative functions which make the user’s job easier in every way, and allow reliable, norm-compliant measurement and documentation; designed for engineers to cover a wide range of potential applications including airflow measurement within ducts and outlets, plus measurement of many IAQ parameters such as ambient CO2, temperature, and humidity.
CIAT Innovates Air Handling Units to Ensure Compliance with Strict New NHS Rules on Hospital Ventilation Systems
CIAT's high-performance ClimaCIAT™ air handling units (AHUs) are fully compliant with the updated National Health Service (NHS) code of practice on ventilation in hospitals.
Waterloo supplies high quality air distribution products for the historic Rusacks St Andrews hotel
The historic Rusack's St Andrews Hotel’s guestrooms have been fitted with Waterloo’s Airline Linear Bar Grilles (ALM), wall-mounted Exhaust Grilles (3HF) for return air to the fan coil units and Exhaust Valves (VB) for the en-suites.
The new, state-of-the-art, desktop CO2 monitor
Clarkson Controls are pleased to launch their new i-ris USB-powered desktop CO2 sensor
Site Humidity Levels: Riding Out the Storm
Managing humidity is an ongoing concern for building professionals working on construction sites that is growing in prominence. With the UK recently struck by storms, many projects have been disrupted by damaging floods and this topic is now rising back in the spotlight. Matt Watson of Aggreko explores how to effectively dry out sites without long-term issues.
Why our buildings should be safe havens for good indoor air quality
It’s fair to say that indoor air quality has been a hidden issue for many years, but the COVID-19 pandemic has put it firmly at the top of the public agenda. Hern Yau of Mitsubishi Electric speaks out.
The best practice approach to Indoor Air Quality
Matteo Dall’Ombra, VRV Specialist, Product Management and Engineering Group at Daikin explains how by taking a whole-building approach to HVAC, it is possible to balance the drive for energy efficiency with the need to improve indoor air quality.
According to Korn Ferry (a global HR consulting firm) 50% of worldwide workers are afraid to return to their offices despite social distancing practices that have been implemented, such as limiting occupancy, employee temperature scanning, face masks, special workspace accommodations and additional cleaning measures. David Schurk looks at the issues.
Rethinking fan speed optimisation to drive greater VAV efficiency
Digital technology has opened up significant opportunities for the reduction of energy consumption in air conditioning systems. Variable Air Volume (VAV) systems in particular have derived enormous benefit from digital control. If your current control methodology is based along traditional lines however, Ian Thomas of Trox Uk suggests there could be valuable additional energy savings waiting to be unlocked.
Opening offices with a breath of fresh air
It’s likely that people will be returning to offices soon so now is an ideal opportunity to address the issue of air quality inside our buildings. How can you prepare buildings for the arrival of staff, whether in co-working spaces or as the sole tenants asks Mark Grayston, Product Manager, Mitsubishi Electric.
CIAT Introduces CLIMACIATPower Air Handling Unit Range with High-Efficiency Heat Recovery Option
CIAT has extended its range of air handling units (AHUs) with the addition of higher capacity units with the option of high-efficiency heat recovery.
UV-C Light System Mounted Within Air Handling Units Helps Improve Indoor Air Quality
A powerful ultra-violet C (UV-C) light disinfection system that targets viruses and bacteria is now available as an integrated option on CIAT’s air handling units (AHUs).
Energy saving EC fan upgrades at Brunel’s SS Great Britain
Munters recently completed a pioneering upgrade of the dry dock air handling unit (AHU) at Brunel’s SS Great Britain. The upgrade, which was carried out in just one day, ensures long term protection against corrosion, while reducing AHU fan energy consumption by 25-30%.
The air we breathe can have a significant impact on both our physical and mental health, with Public Health England estimating that air pollution is responsible for anywhere between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths each year. This shocking statistic, combined with the fact that on average people spend 90% of their time indoors, demonstrates why indoor air quality is now a leading concern. Martin Passingham, Product Management and Training Manager at Daikin UK explains why.
Waterloo Strengthen Product Offering with Displacement
Waterloo have strengthened their product offering by replacing their displacement range with the full portfolio of Swegon displacement products. By integrating a range of airborne products from the Swegon group, the supplier of air terminal devices can deliver the widest range of room unit products in the UK market.
Leakage testing key to effective COVID ventilation
Andrew Hamshere, Managing Director of Sensing Precision, highlights the importance of leakage testing.
New research suggests mechanical ventilation halves the risk of spreading airborne diseases in schools and offices compared to natural ventilation.
Cracking the secret of draught-free air movement
Effective ventilation and draught management achieve even distribution of air without compromising end user comfort or efficiency. Tim Mitchell, sales and marketing director of Klima-Therm, explains how.
Computer modeling used to simulate air flow and movement of particulates in hotel common areas; demonstrates that filtration can potentially improve air quality and guests’ confidence in hotel stays
Woods Air Movement re-energises its brand identity
One of the world’s first fan manufacturers has unveiled a dynamic new look as part of a forward-thinking transformational programme aimed at global expansion.
TITON Firesafe® Air Brick is the perfect solution for solution for Timber Works Development
Titon has recently supplied the new Fire Safe Air Brick® at the new Timber Works residential development in Cambridge.
Munters, global leaders in energy efficient climate control, recently completed a pioneering upgrade of the dry dock air handling unit (AHU) at Brunel’s SS Great Britain.
Gilberts balances rejuvenating a dilapidated Grade II* listed building with creating a carbon-zero new-build extension.
Titon develops the Ultimate® dMEV fan
Titon are pleased to announce the release of a new revolutionary dMEV that ticks all the right boxes.
Martin Passingham explores the subject of indoor air quality and how effective ventilation is the cornerstone of achieving an optimal indoor environment.
Replacing obsolete dehumidifier improves energy efficiency at Floranova
Munters, global leaders in climate control, recently replaced an obsolete desiccant dehumidifier with a more energy efficient solution at Floranova.
Taking a Fresh Approach to IAQ
Simon Ward, Director of Sales UK & Ireland, Distech Controls talks about how the comfort and wellbeing of occupants in commercial buildings is now in focus more than ever before. We are not just considering energy efficiency when it comes to the Building Management System (BMS) it is also about Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and how it can improve comfort
We need a more technology-based approach to keeping people safe and comfortable inside buildings, especially as we move into the colder autumn and winter months, according to Tim Mitchell, Sales Director of Klima-Therm
Apple-Catechin – The hidden fruit in Air Conditioning
Phil Deverick, Commercial Manager, Fujitsu General Air Conditioning UK talks about the increased interest for greater indoor air quality
The use of UV in addressing workplace transmission
Workers returning to their places of work will rightly expect those buildings to be as safe from SARS-CoV-2 as reasonably possible, says Bill Anderson of Puravent.
The importance of good HVAC hygiene
In order for the UK to get back to work, school and spending money, people need to be confident that the buildings they’re entering are as safe as they can be. With more evidence emerging that COVID-19 spreads in the air, we must ensure airborne pathogens are removed from our indoor environments.
Linking airtightness and ventilation for better building design
This year's CIBSE Napier Shaw medal was awarded to Jenny Crawley, Jez Wingfield and Cliff Elwell for their paper entitled ‘The relationship between airtightness and ventilation in new UK dwellings’. Jenny Crawley gives us an overview of their work.
Covid-19 and the role of Indoor Air Quality
As buildings are reoccupied new challenges have appeared, not least limiting the risk of spreading the virus
Using your BMS to manage CO2 – going beyond energy efficiency
A slightly scary statistic is that we now spend around 90% of our time indoors. How can BMS help improve the experience?
Pump industry urges government clampdown on ‘swarm’ of non-compliant central heating pumps
Pump industry leaders are calling on the government to clamp down on the ‘swarm’ of non-compliant central heating pumps being imported into the UK potentially costing consumers hundreds of pounds every year.
BESA welcomes Budget boost for ‘older skills’
The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has welcomed government measures aimed at encouraging experienced workers to return to work unveiled in this week’s Budget.