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Focus on ventilation to tackle COVID-19

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s March 2020 announcement of the UK’s first national lockdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic came with a snappy three-part slogan – ‘Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’. The message was modified over the following months. In May 2020, for example, we were urged to ‘Stay alert, control the virus, save []

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Extract unit replacement at Thomas Bennett Community College

ECEX replaced a extract unit serving the food technology class at Thomas Bennett Community College, Crawley. The existing unit was mounted on the roof of the main college building, and the casework had suffered from extensive corrosion, as had the associated attenuators. While the school was shut over the Easter Holidays, ECEX disconnected the old []

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Case for HVAC refurb strengthened in EcoDesign

  This summer, the UK government plans to introduce new laws that will apply ecodesign and energy labelling requirements to refrigeration (among other disparate categories including welding and electronic displays). The legislation will include measures to strengthen minimum energy performance standards and material efficiency, including ‘right to repair’ measures. These might include, for example, ease []

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CIBSE guide helps businesses prepare to re-open workplaces

CIBSE has published a guide outlining ventilation systems commonly found in buildings so that businesses can prepare to re-open workplaces as the impact of COVID-19 diminishes. ‘COVID-19 Ventilation Guidance Version 4’ (https://bit.ly/3x4tFgd) is designed to help building managers and those who operate and maintain building systems to identify those areas of a building and elements []

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Get expert advice to make workplaces well-ventilated

The law is clear – employers must ensure that there’s an adequate supply of fresh air in enclosed areas of the workplaces for which they are responsible. Fresh air is generally maximised either by natural or mechanical ventilation, or through a combination of the two. Providing fresh air via appropriate ventilation has, of course, always []

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Recommissioning buildings after lockdown

The government has published a ‘roadmap’ designed to lift limits imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first part of the four-stage process is set to begin on March 8 with the reopening of educational establishments followed by further easing of restrictions progressively over the following weeks if certain conditions are met. The aim is []

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