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Walking the data centre tightrope

Data centres are voracious energy consumers, and this has serious repercussions in terms of both cost and potential damage to the environment. The world’s biggest data centres demand over 100 megawatts of power, enough to satisfy the needs of 80,000 homes, according to energy and climate policy think tank Energy Innovation. And research organisation SINTEF reveals that: []

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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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Protection from city pollution

Despite suffering a series of economic hammer blows over the past year – largely the result of COVID-19, labour shortages and a slew of supply chain issues – construction output growth has surged to a two-decade high, according to the latest figures. The respected IHS Markit/CIPS UK construction PMI (purchasing managers’ index) for June 2021 []

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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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Velindre University NHS Trust, AHU refurbishment

Velindre Cancer Centre in Whitchurch, Cardiff, is scheduled to be replaced and re-located, with completion in approximately 2025. In the meantime, the Trust required full refurbishment of this end-of-lifecycle but critical theatre Air Handling Unit to keep it in fully operational condition. The brief was to add up to 10 years additional service life, while []

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