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INDUSTRY NEWS Inbrief


The Manufacturers Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) has challenged the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government on a ruling not to allow transfer of current CE Mark test certificates. www.marcuk.com


SPX Cooling Technologies has created a series of live educational webinars on Zoom, for HVAC professionals where attendees can ask questions and participate in polls. spxcooling.com


The Business and Energy Secretary has announced a blueprint to deliver the world’s first low-carbon industrial sector and over £1 billion to cut emissions from industry, schools and hospitals. www.gov.uk


The ability to adapt and recover sustainably and productively will drive demand for more efficient steam technology in 2021 according to Aggreko’s latest industry research. www.aggreko.com


With the value of raw materials regularly increasing, REHAU is urging M&E specifiers and contractors to consider traditional pipework alternatives in order to reduce risk of theft. www.rehau.com


The Manufacturers Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC), has extended its campaign (You are what you Heat) calling on the industry to help eliminate bogus radiator products from the market. www.marcuk.com


The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has announced that George Lee will be taking over the role of executive officer. bcia.co.uk


UK-based heating controls manufacturer ESi Controls has has been acquired by Addtech Power Solutions as of 1 April. www.esicontrols.co.uk


UK air conditioning installers and consultants are being invited to participate in Carrier’s latest CPD courses online via webinar. www.carrier.com


POWERFUL CASE FOR AIR QUALITY I


mproving air quality is not just the right thing to do in terms of public health but will also have a significant impact on business profitability and productivity, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA). Research carried out by CBI Economics on behalf of the


Clean Air Fund shows that, apart from the obvious health impacts, poor air quality also reduces productivity, shortens the operating life of capital equipment and increases maintenance costs. The business organisation said that improving air quality should be a key part of the UK’s journey to net zero and that meeting World Health Organisation (WHO) air quality guidelines by 2030 was “a crucial element of the green recovery”. BESA added that more attention should be paid to the quality of the air inside buildings adding that the appalling standard of some domestic ventilation systems was storing up a major health scandal. “This does not just cause unnecessary suffering and


death; it is a huge financial burden on the country – the NHS in particular,” said chief executive David Frise. “The pandemic has thrust the issue of indoor air quality (IAQ) into the spotlight and this is an opportunity to change things for the long-term good of the country and the economy.” The CBI said air pollution was hitting the balance sheets


of businesses right across the country and cutting the earnings of their employees.


“Cleaning up our air would help us to lead healthier and more productive lives, while delivering a green jobs boost


for the economy,” said chief economist Rain Newton-Smith. “Businesses from all sectors support a sustainable and green future and many companies are already committed to doing what they can to help the UK reach its net zero target for emissions in 2050.” A recent BESA webinar heard how mechanical ventilation


systems would play a key role in giving people confidence to return to buildings in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis – a factor that would determine how quickly businesses can get back to something like normal operation. However, it also heard that lack of attention to the quality of IAQ in domestic settings was an increasingly serious problem. Air quality specialist Craig Booth warned that the country


was creating “a new type of slum” defined by appalling indoor conditions. “We are seeing some terrible installations in homes and need to do much better,” he said – referring to the misuse of mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) systems in particular. “Manufacturers are getting the blame for noisy and


ineffectual systems, but often it is the installation that is wrong with flexible ducting being squeezed into inappropriate spaces,” said Booth, who is a member of BESA’s Health & Wellbeing in Buildings committee. “The COVID crisis has raised awareness of IAQ and


demonstrated that well designed, installed and operated ventilation systems can tackle both internally and externally generated contaminants. This will be key to delivering bio-security in buildings as we seek to emerge from lockdown,” he said.


QUITTING COAL: NHS COAL BOILER REPLACED C


entrica Business Solutions is set to deliver a programme of energy efficiency measures for Northern


Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust which will see one of the two final coal boilers across the NHS estate decommissioned. The £2.7m project will see the installation of a new Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit to replace the existing coal fired boiler plant and redundant CHP unit at Goole Hospital. The new 150kWe CHP will provide the power needs for the hospital, while upgraded pumps, controls, LED lighting and improved insulation will see carbon emissions at the Trust reduced by around 1,700 tonnes a year. The funding has been secured from the Public Sector


Decarbonisation Scheme, a £1 billion government initiative – supporting its commitment to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation director


of estates and facilities Jug Johal said: “As a Trust, we have made a commitment to increasing sustainability by making better use of our existing buildings and reducing our running costs, in line with the national Greener NHS strategy, which is committed to taking the carbon footprint of the NHS to net zero by 2045.


“Reducing carbon emissions also


has significant health benefits, as poor environmental health contributes to a number of major diseases, including cardiac problems, asthma and cancer.” Mr Johal added: “Securing this funding will allow us to invest in a more ecologically


sound future for all our buildings across the Trust and improve the environment for both patients and our staff. This is something that’s really important to us and we have just finalised our own Green Plan for the Trust which sets out our commitment to a more sustainable future. “This scheme is a big part of that commitment and we


have worked with ETL – a private limited company, owned by and investing in the NHS – to put together our bid. “Together we have submitted it to the department for


Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Salix – a non-governmental organisation which works alongside BEIS, which has supported us through the process. “Our first priority is to replace the coal fired boilers at Goole District Hospital with a low carbon gas CHP system. Goole is one of only two coal-fired boilers left in the country and, in carrying out this and our other planned energy saving works, we will reduce this site’s carbon emissions by almost 60 per cent.”


6 April 2021


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