Coolair gets on track at Platform 21 in Birmingham


omment from Martyn Bridges, director of technical communication and product management, Worcester Bosch, following the election result. It has been widely reported that the 2019 general election was the climate election. Part of me agrees, and it was good to see that all major political parties have focused on environmental policies within their manifestos during the campaign trail.

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This is unsurprising as the public has been more aware of climate change and its detrimental effects than in previous years. However, the elected party really needs to ensure that the momentum continues and the promises they have made can be met.

The net zero target is an important one and something we would have supported regardless of which party came into office. Worcester Bosch and others in the industry have already been working towards through developing new technologies to help support this. However, the decarbonisation of heating and hot water is and will be one of the hardest to tackle and a realistic timeline is essential. With the Conservatives retaining their leadership, the original commitment to net zero by 2050 remains. This is realistic and achievable as it gives industry time to continue developing and suggesting new low carbon heating technologies, such as hydrogen gas.

The Conservatives have specifically mentioned boilers in their manifesto, saying that they would allocate £6.3bn for environmental upgrades to homes, such as grants for improving boilers and insulation.

Swansea company brings intelligent, connected lighting to local businesses

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eading air conditioning specialist Coolair Equipment Ltd is to bring the latest energy efficient heating and cooling technology to one of Birmingham’s most prestigious office developments. The company’s Midlands operation, based in Cannock, has been awarded a £900,000 contract by Imtech Engineering Services Central on behalf of Wates Construction to help provide the best possible working conditions at Platform 21. The 10-storey building, formerly known as The Charters, is being refurbished to create 120,000 sq ft of Grade A office space and include a repositioned double height glazed reception in Stephenson Street facing New Street station. Coolair Equipment will provide state-of-the-art energy efficient air conditioning with heat recovery from Mitsubishi Electric that enables different zones to be cooled and heated simultaneously while also reducing building operating costs.

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Electric, Coolair Equipment will supply and install 18 heat recovery variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems along with 218 ducted indoor fan coil units (FCUs). The company will also install a low-noise flexible direct exchange (DX) split system, with roof-level condensers, and 60 heat recovery ventilation Lossnay units to supply fresh air to the ground to ninth floors while simultaneously extracting stale air and recovering its heat energy for maximum efficiency. Work on site on the project is due for completion in the first quarter of 2020.

Ben Snookes, coolair equipment project engineer, said: “We are delighted that our skills and experience have been rewarded with our latest commission from Imtech, a building services partner who whom we share a highly successful ongoing relationship.”

Coolair Equipment is a specialist provider of tailored cooling and heating services to the retail, residential, commercial, education and hotel sectors.

Stiebel Eltron UK celebrates eleventh consecutive year of growth in the UK

turnover increase of 38 per cent year on year in 2018 as demand for renewable energy in the UK continues to grow. This positive trajectory has continued into 2019 with the organisation seeing a 50 per cent increase year on year in turnover in Q1 – growth which has led to the addition of three new account managers to cover all regions of the UK. The growth follows increased demand for sustainable energy and is reflected in the performance of the company internationally –


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with the wider Stiebel Eltron group posting a turnover increase of 23 per cent year- on-year from £418 million to £516 million.

This growth has surpassed initial projections following a year of expansion.

Mark McManus, managing director of Stiebel Eltron UK said: “These results really highlight the hard work of everybody at Stiebel Eltron, as well as the growing demand for renewable energy across a range of sectors.

“We believe that electricity is the green energy source of the future, as methods of generation become more environmentally friendly. Our business strategy reflects this,

and it’s brilliant to see it paying dividends across the group internationally and in the UK.

“To achieve these

outstanding results despite the challenging political situation the UK currently faces is a testament to the efforts of everybody in our team.

“It’s a very exciting time for the organisation and we’re looking forward to building on these successes by reinvesting in our technology with a series of innovative product launches in the future.” For more information visit or call 0151 346 2300.


wansea facilities management company DRS FM Services has formed a partnership with international lighting company Philips Lighting to supply and fit its unique flexible, energy saving lighting systems to commercial and office buildings.

Engineers from DRS have been trained as Interact Pro installers, enabling them to bring connected lighting to South Wales and beyond. With connected lighting, LED lights with integrated sensors are connected to application software, opening up a whole new world of opportunities. Interact Pro has an intuitive dashboard and app that create the perfect ambience to suit the task, time of day, security

requirements or location. The dashboard gives business owners the oversight they need to save energy, and it allows installers to monitor their installations, perform health checks and receive invaluable information on energy and usage for further lighting optimisation. DRS is delivering this in collaboration with EFT Consult, a Swansea-based company that specialises in cutting edge and innovative technologies in relation to the design and consultancy of the built environment. EFT designs the lighting set-up, while DRS fits it.

DRS FM Services and EFT Consult are both members of RD Group, which comprises three Swansea companies - RDM Electrical Services, DRS FM Services, and EFT Consult.

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Mark Phillips, managing director, DRS FM Services, said “We’re very excited to bring

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this superb intelligent lighting to the region. By helping to save energy and create a healthier work environment, Interact Pro can help employers meet some of the aims of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, the Welsh Government initiative focussed on improving the social, economic,

environmental and cultural well-being of Wales. The Act is designed to encourage companies to create a better working environment, help to reduce waste and improve organisational well-being. “Our staff have now been trained to fit Interact Pro lighting, and we are pleased to also offer the design expertise of EFT Consult as part of the package. We now have a demonstration building in Fforestfach, Swansea that is fitted with Interact Pro lighting, so potential customers can come and see what a remarkable difference it can make, with benefits ranging from saving energy costs to improving staff wellbeing by creating a pleasantly lit environment.”

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