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Healthcare – balancing cost with efficiency

The healthcare sector is under mounting financial pressure with demand for the NHS services soaring, largely because of the COVID-19 pandemic but also the result of population changes and more patients with chronic and multiple conditions. This places a considerable burden on funding. And, according to the Health Foundation charity, demands on the health service []

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HVAC winter maintenance in Covid conscious times

Winter is a particularly challenging time to maintain high air quality in buildings because people spend more time indoors and this inevitably places a greater burden on the ventilation system. Ventilation systems have always been important for the health and welfare and comfort of building occupants, but they are more vital now than ever before. []

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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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