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www.heatingandventilating.net From the editor


Ductwork dilemmas


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t’s widely acknowledged that building services is facing a critical skills shortage that will likely get worse before it gets better. An aging workforce and the inability to attract new recruits are part of the problem and this has been the case for quite some time now. This is an issue that affects all sectors within building services and construction, not least of which is the ductwork sector. This month HVR looks at the issue from the unique perspective of the ductwork professional. On page 22 Malcom Moss, president of the Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services (ADCAS) examines issues surrounding training and bringing through the next generation of ductwork installers.


Staying on the subject of ductwork, we are informed that there are still a shocking number of ventilation systems which are not compliant with the industry document covering ventilation hygiene, TR/19. The document’s co-author and managing director of Swiftclean Building Services, Gary Nicholls, examines the extent of the problem and suggests, on page 23, that designing with TR/19 as a guideline from day one is the solution to the problem. Elsewhere in the issue, we highlight two top


HVAC firms, Stokvis Energy Systems (pg 10) and Aermec (pg 12) and the viability of hydrogen as the fuel of the future is debated with the help of the Heating & Hot Water Industry Council (pg 30).


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t cost millions to complete and has been described by its award-winning Japanese architects as a ‘living room for the city’. V&A Dundee, which sits on the banks of the


River Tay in Scotland, is part of a £1 billion waterfront transformation. It opened in September, attracted world-wide publicity and thousands of visitors due to its futuristic exterior and impressive gallery spaces. Inside, as part of the development, air distribution products were supplied by specialist manufacturer Waterloo Air Products plc. Beyond its curved concrete walls and cutting-edge construction, a state-of- the-art cooling and ventilation system was installed. Waterloo first became


involved with the V&A Dundee Museum project five years ago. Discussions began with design engineers, Arup, about how to create a comfortable, controlled environment in the V&A Dundee. This was made possible thanks to VAV


controllers providing a dynamic range of duty into the gallery and other areas. Waterloo also supplied air terminal devices for the building and they were used throughout the museum including the kitchen, various meeting rooms and the washroom facilities. As part of the project, designers researched


and identified the most appropriate form of renewable energy for the building. Faced with the complexities of high ceilings, unusual angles and varying visiting numbers within the gallery, Waterloo worked with Arup to create the perfect environment. Waterloo’s WRS and WLMD – variable air volume controllers – were installed to control the volume of air passing through the ducts to the air terminals, independent of the air volumes supplied from the air handling unit. Air handling units are designed to automatically cope with variants in footfall so it will increase air volume when a high number of visitors are in the building. Overall, energy efficiency is a big consideration for the project. V&A Dundee, with its cavernous entrance, has no


straight external walls and has been designed to create the appearance


of a Scottish cliff face. Inside, there are two gallery spaces – one


dedicated to Scottish design which features 300 exhibits, and the other for temporary exhibitions. It’s the only other V&A museum anywhere in the world outside London and designers wanted to create a place of inspiration, discovery and learning. Its mission was to enrich lives through design, whilst continuing to be a welcoming state- of-the-art space for people to enjoy.


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