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Just published – the new green Guidebook from FLIR

Stopping energy loss is so much easier when you can see its source and that is why FLIR thermal imaging is proving such a powerful ally in driving down carbon emissions. In combination with application specific software, a FLIR thermal imaging camera allows the user to see the thermal effect of building construction faults, insulation failures and moisture ingress. Any problem areas are easily pinpointed in a single sweep of the camera, allowing appropriate remedial action to be taken. The building sector accounts for 40% of the EU’s energy requirements and offers the largest single potential for energy efficiency. And it is with this firmly in mind that FLIR Systems, the world’s leading thermal imaging company, has just published its new Guidebook for Building and Renewable Energy Applications.


68-page publication gives the reader a

thorough grounding on the subject starting with an overview of the science involved. It then looks at typical building applications and the inspection of wind energy plant and solar panels. Choosing the right camera for the application is the next consideration followed by a detailed step- by-step guide to performing an effective thermal inspection with tips on application factors unique to these sectors. This excellent reference source is available free of charge in hard copy form or as a downloadable pdf from Email:

Covers starts selling domestic solar PV to its customers

Less than eight weeks after placing its initial order and subsequently installing AZUR SOLAR solutions on the roofs of six of its branches in southern England, Covers Builders Merchants is already reaping the economic benefit of solar PV, plus is now signing up domestic customers.

Solar PV installations have been completed at an initial six Covers locations and these are now being used as reference sites. They comprise both the Covers Home Ideas store and the Covers Trade Centre at Chichester and the depots at Aldershot, Bognor, Gosport, and Portsmouth. So far 2055 panels and 26 inverters, delivering a total of 473 kWp have been commissioned. Covers plan to install Solar PV on two more depots later in the year.

Covers selected AZUR SOLAR’s unique AZUR 2P self cleaning, self healing coated panels for its coastal branches as they not only help prevent sea salt and other

particles covering the panels but they also produce up to 15% more lifetime power. The majority of electricity Covers requires is for lighting, business systems and powered saws, however surplus electricity generated by the rooftop solar systems will be fed back into the National Grid, delivering a further financial return on its investment.

Covers is leading the way in reducing CO2

emissions across Hampshire & Sussex with the saving from solar PV estimated at 227 T CO2

(25% of Covers’

current emissions from electricity). Other aspects of Covers’ Eco policy include moving to higher efficiency vehicles, replacing lighting and IT equipment with much higher efficiency solutions and encouraging cycling to work with interest free loans. It is also changing its waste management system to maximise recycling.

In addition to Covers, recent prestigious AZUR SOLAR projects have included the UK’s largest self-funded rooftop installation for The Body Shop International in West Sussex; a massive distribution centre for Staples in Northamptonshire; plus a reference site on its own roof, owned by SEGRO / Slough Estates. Email: Tel: 01753 257410

Building & Facilities Management – November 2011

PHS Waterlogic goes green with new handheld terminals

Drinking water expert, PHS Waterlogic, has equipped its team of UK service engineers with handheld terminals to streamline business process, improve customer service and reduce reliance on paper. Greener mobile working will be enhanced by the deployment of over 70 of the compact terminals, nationwide. According to PHS Waterlogic, engineers in the field can now swiftly identify which of its drinking water dispensers are on a customer’s site; whether water coolers, boiling water products, high volume dispensers, water fountains or a mix of the range, plus map their location. Supporting the process for servicing, the handheld terminals will improve the speed and accuracy of new and parts replacement orders. On completion of the visit the customer’s signature can be captured via the terminal and this removes the need for paper forms to validate orders or confirm servicing.

“We are delighted with the advantages afforded by the new EDA terminals,” said managing director of PHS Waterlogic, David Matthews. “Whether we are scoping the changing drinking water requirements at a site, or servicing existing dispensers for hygiene and performance, every bit of information needed can be transmitted wirelessly and instantly. This is a great new facility to underpin our Totalcare™ service.” Tel: 01252 852260

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