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Part L Energy Efficiency

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The introduction of the revised Building Regulations Part L earlier this year means new build properties are required to achieve greater energy efficiency than they were previously. Consequently manufacturers are looking for new ways to ensure their latest product developments are compliant with the new requirements. Worcester, Bosch Group director of marketing and technical support Martyn Bridges claims the next generation of innovation is set to make an impact on the market. Mr Bridges says: &

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Heat Pumps

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Heat PumpsAccording to ELCO UK technical manager Peter Gammon, heat pump technology has reached a level where consultants and building services engineers can easily justify the incorporations of air source heat pumps (ASHPs) through the long-term utility savings on offer.However Mr Gammon argues, ASHPs do present a slight issue when the winter weather arrives/ He says “As outside air temperatures fall, the call for a higher outputs from the buildings heating system corresponds with a recut

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Energy Recovery

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Energy recovery continues to make major inroads in the renewables market with many commercial ventilation systems integrating one form of technology or another. Flakt Woods UK and Ireland business vice president Yan Evans  says the desire (or requirement) to reduce energy usage is apparent in just about every domestic, commercial and large scale business in the UK As traditional systems hit the ceiling of achievable efficiencies, Mr Evans say It is imperative that the energy which is often

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Wales Lays Down The Gauntlet On Energy Efficiency

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The proposed 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as laid out under Part L of the Welsh Building Regulations will encourage consultants in the non-domestic sector to take a different approach when it comes to assessing heating and hot water technologies. By proposing these ambitious targets, the Welsh government has effectively laid down the gauntlet for the non-domestic sector to consider a broader range of low carbon technologies when specifying for new buildings. When it comes to the hea

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Hybrid Systems

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Myson sales and marketing director Marin Wright advises those designing a hybrid system which uses either a mixture of renewable and conventional heating systems or a blend of two renewable technologies, to specify heat emiiters and smart controls that maximise the overall efficiency of the systems. Mr Wright claims all heat emitters should be sourced from a single manufacturer so that they are designed to work together in a single heating system; one case in which shopping around and sorucing i

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Biomass

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Rural Energy managing director Paul Clark advises the government needs to put a national accreditation scheme in place for the biomass sector as it continues to develop. Mr Clark comments “Today anyone can set up as a biomass installer, take a boiler, install it and claim government subsidies without any checks or balances over whether it has been installed properly or is being operated safely. That is not good for the safety of the public and it certainly could cause problems as the bioma

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Back To Basics For Energy Savings

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Thermal desertification, the recycling of rising hot air, which has been described as the missing piece to the HVAC puzzle, is simple, effective and remarkably economical. The only reason why this technique which can offer savings on heating’s and cooling costs of between 20 and 50% is not more widespread is that there is little awareness of how adaptable it is for use in virtually and space, with ceiling heights ranging from a normal office to supermarkets, show rooms, sports halls and hi

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Reduced Energy Prices & More Renewables

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A report on energy prices show a these reduced in the first quarter of 2014 and are now “Marginally Higher” than this time last year. The Lorien Energy Index also showed that concerns over wholesale energy prices had not been realised, due to reserves of both gas and oil. Falling demand and rising production of oil were attributed for the outlook being “Eerily Cal” Although the increased output of energy generated from renewable energy was good news, the report said coal

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