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Stop! Birds.

If you’re involved in the building trades, you know there are planning permissions and regulations that come with the job. From zoning laws to noise levels, job sites generally have strict guidelines that must be met.

Some building laws that might surprise you are designed to protect something a little more feathery.

In the UK, certain wildlife is legally protected. Because wildlife laws make it illegal to capture, disturb, or otherwise harm certain animals, engineers and building professionals must proceed with caution if they’re going to work in or around a natural habitat.

Taking the right precautions will ensure protected species are safe and your building project goes smoothly.

Safe habitats = secure job sites

The protection of natural habitats is taken seriously by Natural England.

It’s your responsibility to survey the land where you plan to build and ensure your project will not interrupt any protected areas or habitats.

Contacting your local planning authority will be the best course of action before you proceed with any building project. Ecologists and other wildlife authorities can advise you on any potential hazards or legally protected areas.

Unfortunately though, despite a site complying with regulations, wildlife can always find its way into the most curious of places.

Under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010, some protected species include:

  • Bats
  • Wild birds
  • Badgers
  • Newts
  • Common dormice
  • Otters

Any of the following violations can be grounds for sanctions:

  • Injure, capture, disturb, or kill any protected species
  • Destroy or damage a breeding area
  • Obstruct access to an animal resting place
  • Remove or transport animals from their natural habitat

Offences against protected wildlife face heavy fines of up to £5,000 and can even land you a six-month prison stay!

Uninvited guests during construction

Sometimes, even if precautions are taken, animals may still end up on your project. Just recently, a project we were working on at Export & Midas House, was put on hold as peregrine falcons were nesting. As the Falcons are a protected species work wasn’t allowed to continue until the babies had hatched and fled the nest.

Small crevices or nooks can resemble nesting areas. Some of the most attractive features are attics, chimneys, and beneath roof tiles.

Machinery, scaffolding, and other construction elements can also attract critters. If a protected species decides to lay eggs on your job site, the consequences can be costly.

When building sites come to a halt, this affects everyone, and you could face serious financial losses.

Preventing building delays due to wildlife

We recommend you take the necessary precautions if you plan to build in natural areas.

The easiest solution is to obtain a full environmental report of the area. A qualified ecologist will survey the area and check for any potential hazards. These days, you might even opt for a drone survey.

Assessing the impacts of your development will ensure no species goes harmed.

Green construction practices keep ecosystems safe

DJHC is committed to environmental and sustainable practices across the industry. When it comes to keeping our species and ecosystems safe, we want to encourage responsible practices.

If you think your next project could prove invasive to protected wildlife, we recommend you take the right course of action to ensure prevent any harm. Building responsibly and obtaining the right permits will ensure your project gets done without any halts or delays.

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If you’re involved in the building trades, you know there are planning permissions and regulations that come with the job. From zoning laws to noise levels, job sites generally have strict guidelines that must be met. Some building laws that might surprise you are designed to protect something a little more feathery.

Brain-based construction and leaders in the MEP sector

In the past 40 years, the MEP sector has witnessed major changes across technologies, processes, and applications.

The foremost leader in this quantum leap has been the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where a construction boom in the 1990s revolutionised the industry like never before.

Since then, the UAE has set the tone for complexity, innovation and functionality throughout construction and MEP design.

The UAE as industry leaders

During that period of rapid growth, engineers in the UAE were able to attract the leaders of other global construction markets such as the US, Australia, Hong Kong and the UK. In doing so, they retained the best minds the MEP sector could offer from across the globe.

Speculation in market shifts has allowed the UAE to continue improving technologies and setting new standards for HVAC and engineering stakeholders everywhere.

In the past 20 years, the UAE construction market has been one of the first to focus on sustainable and green projects, building automation, integrated systems, smart applications and prefabrication.

Yet, one of the most innovative changes that UAE engineers have pushed for often goes unnoticed is a shift from a brick-and-mortar to a brain-based industry.

What is a brain-based industry?

Brain-based industry in construction relies less on traditional labour, and more on technological advancements to increase efficiency.

By focusing on the smart cities of tomorrow, this brain-based approach capitalises on opportunities to improve building technology and intelligence, increase building longevity and modernise how we interact with the built environment.

These innovations have created a perception shift in which people don’t just judge a building aesthetically, but instead, look at its internal systems as a way to better gauge longevity and functionality. This includes everything from security systems, connectivity, sustainability and energy efficiency. It’s what’s on the inside that counts.

Future advancements in UAE construction technologies

Just last year, the UAE announced its national initiative to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This driving force for sustainability has only skyrocketed the shift towards smarter and greener buildings. If this initiative is achieved, the UAE will become the first country in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to reach net zero.

Some of the most advanced tools being implemented in UAE construction include:

Industry leaders say they’ve benefitted from these revolutionary changes in MEP engineering. Some of these benefits include increased productivity, smarter delivery, fewer clashes between teams, reduced waste from materials, better building visualisation and lower carbon emissions.

Technological applications are also changing the most elementary aspects of the construction trade.

We’re likely to see shifts within the construction hierarchy as roles become more automated and tech-based. As construction becomes more reliant on technology, positions such as site supervisor and foreman could one day become obsolete and make way for newer, more integrated roles.

What’s to come for the global industry?

In every industry, major change always happens when one leader inspires others. When it comes to MEP engineering, the UAE’s rapid mobilisation in tech applications within construction has made others want to play catch up. This is especially true as governments across the world create new incentives for smart buildings and environmentally-friendly building solutions.

MEP is at a major turning point. We can only be thrilled for what’s to yet come in this industry as stakeholders continue applying innovative techniques to the ways we look at construction and engineering.

 

 

MEP engineers building for tomorrow

Just as designers are looking ahead to speculate on the needs of buildings for the future, MEP engineers are adapting to new advancements in building and management.

Technologies are evolving faster than ever, and the widespread availability of new tools and resources in the MEP sector will surely affect the way engineers approach their craft in the years to come.

As new standards enter the mainstream, MEP engineers will implement these resources in future projects. We can expect the following technologies to see a bright future in the MEP industry.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a protocol used for managing information during the construction phase of a building.

This digital, model-based method allows teams to manage information more efficiently as they collaborate on a project. BIM helps integrate all the data utilised by architects, designers, engineers, and contractors by providing a centralised hub for project management. The visualisation element of BIM is particularly important, and cloud integration ensures projects are always up to date.

We can expect the MEP industry to continue using BIM as it evolves to allow for more efficient workflows. Cloud-based technologies across the industry will help engineering teams collaborate and design the built environment of the future.

Virtual Reality (VR)

Although virtual reality (VR) is more often associated with gaming and entertainment, we can expect to see this powerful tool more prominently across the MEP sector.

New developments in VR technology are being adopted by engineers and contractors.  MEP teams can now look at virtual building components overlaid onto physical job sites, making it easier to visualise processes and make decisions on the cuff.

VR can also be integrated into BIM applications and help teams around the globe to virtually engage with projects without the need to travel. As remote work becomes more prevalent, VR will be integral for teams to work closely, regardless of where they are in the world.

The Internet of Things (IoT)

We’ve previously discussed how IoT applications are now a major player in building for the future. Just as IoT has taken over home applications, internet connectivity is now expanding to industrial MEP services like lighting systems, heating, ventilation, and public utilities.

It’s no secret that buildings of the future will have full integration using IoT devices. MEP engineers are preparing projects for future generations by considering how these technologies will advance and evolve over the years.

IoT is even aiding in the construction phase, as cameras and sensors can track building progress and provide updated models in real-time that can be reviewed by engineering teams using BIM systems.

MEP and the future of building design

Data and technology are transforming the MEP industry faster than ever. Engineers have new tools at their disposal. Tasks that were once time-consuming are now becoming automated, and logistical headaches are now simplified through data systems, cloud storage and real-time connectivity.

Building for the future is becoming more streamlined and allowing MEP professionals to focus more on technical innovations and less on the processes themselves. There are no limits to what the future holds in store for the MEP sector, and we’re excited to see what’s to come as engineering technology continues to evolve for the generations of tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

Building the future

When we think about the future of building design, it’s tough to gauge how fast technology will evolve. Because new buildings take years to plan and build, designers are having a difficult time catching up with the rapid changes in technology.

When designers think about new buildings, they have to consider their lifespan and adaptability. If designers want to ensure longevity, they need to ensure a building can adapt to future technologies.

How do we design new buildings knowing that the technologies we use today could become obsolete tomorrow?

Designing for the future of today

Designers need to think about how buildings can evolve for future generations to provide maximum efficiency, comfort and sustainability.

Speculation has led experts to focus on the following trends in building design:

  • Net-zero
  • A.I. implementation
  • Internet of Things (IoT) applications and smart technology
  • Integration between buildings and public utility grids
  • Improved relationships between structures and their surrounding environments

Although every new building is designed with a unique purpose in mind, longevity and adaptability have become a new priority for designers across the globe.

Current trends in building design

Two industry trends are experiencing a rise in popularity within building design:

Internet of Things (IoT)

The IoT is transforming how buildings are managed and occupied by their tenants.

New advances in connectivity are not only paving the way for more comfortable living, but they’re also helping designers maximise the value of a building in the long term by preparing for fully connected spaces.

 Sustainability and net-zero

“Net-zero” has rapidly become an industry standard for sustainable design.

By developing energy-efficient buildings that only produce the same amount of energy they use, these structures will be better suited for a future that looks to rely on alternative energy sources.

Future-proofing

A question designers often ask themselves is: how long until a building becomes obsolete? The answer largely depends on how much a building is designed with evolution in mind…

One recent project that has prepared for major changes in technology is 22 Bishopsgate in London. Designed as a vertical village for people to live, work and play in, the building is a technologically connected skyscraper. Although on the outside it might look like an ordinary city tower, its inside is where 22 Bishopsgate truly shines.

The building features:

  • Facial recognition for staff and residents
  • Smart glass that controls temperature and light levels
  • Wind reduction technology
  • Traffic logistics system to reduce congestion
  • Package delivery management system
  • Intelligent (IoT) connectivity across building services
  • App for tenants to control and monitor their environment

Since the skyscraper opened its doors in 2020, tenants have taken full advantage of the technological amenities the building offers.

For the building to continue evolving, designers track and monitor how tenants interact with the structure via 24/7 cloud technology.

Changes are yet to come

We’re living in a period of rapid urbanisation. As a result of this, there’s a high demand for new buildings. When we think about the future of buildings, we need to think about the long term.

To avoid new buildings becoming obsolete, designers need to consider how technology will change over time, and how these changes will affect tenants and the surrounding environment.

Sustainable design and technological evolution are just some of the measures designers will need to consider to ensure a smooth transition into building for the future.

 

 

How sound (of all things) can make a building healthier

We’ve all had a night where we just can’t sleep. Right now it’s mostly down to the heat but often it’ll be noises that are keeping you up; it could be because of the neighbours, traffic, or a noisy fan on a hot night. Or, there might be some days where you just can’t focus in the office because of the low hum coming from the breakroom or street.

These phenomena aren’t just annoying, they can be damaging to your health, productivity, and mood. However, they’re not inevitable. In fact, building design can play a big part in controlling “noise pollution” with building acoustics. Let’s take a brief look at how this works.

Why are acoustics important in building design?

Noise pollution is harmful or annoying levels of noise. This may have a bigger impact on health than one may realise; certainly, being deprived of sleep is a serious problem. However, it can also impact our health more generally. Consistently being in an irritated state can lead to high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, and migraines.

It can also harm productivity. If we are constantly distracted, it naturally affects our output. According to a study from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), 70% of office workers reported that noise affects their productivity. With this in mind, optimising acoustics has the potential to create a lot of value for companies. But how do architects and engineers achieve this?

How do building acoustics work?

In buildings, there are two types of noise. This might sound like a strange concept, but it touches on how noise travels: it’s either airborne or structure-borne. Structure-borne noise is affected by the volume and geometry of a space. The position of the walls will impact the transmission and reflection of sound. Materials will also play an important part, as some absorb sound better than others, thus reducing noise.

Other design features will also play an important part in managing airborne noise. Some of the main culprits in most offices are:

  • Noisy HVAC systems.
  • Improper partitioning of areas.
  • Poor acoustic insulation.

However, there are steps that architects and engineers can take to control this noise. Even before a site is chosen, they can monitor environmental noise to assess whether or not a site is suitable for the project. Aeroplane noise, for example, could be a significant factor to consider.

For example, modelling and simulations can help to estimate a building’s acoustic function. Using insulating materials is another useful strategy, as well as testing and measuring sound levels on site. This enables architects to fine-tune the design at the construction phase.

Equipment selection will also play an important role. Often, budget options could produce unwanted noise; however, there are design steps that can be taken to reduce noise and vibrations from HVAC systems.

A healthier building in every sense

When we think of healthy building design, we often think of air qualitysustainability, and light. However, sound is an important factor that may be overlooked. As we’ve discussed, it can have a significant impact on the end user’s well-being, so should be carefully considered. Designing healthy buildings should consider all of the users’ needs and senses, and sound is more important than you may think.

 

 

What the new Building Safety Act means for construction

What the new Building Safety Act means for construction

Passed as law at the end of April, the Building Safety Act was intended to usher in a new set of rules to overhaul safety in residential buildings over 18 metres tall. Since its inception, it’s gone through several significant changes. Although it first centred only on design and construction, now it takes in operation, occupation, and facilities management. 

Under the new act, legislation shall be overseen by the Building Safety Regulator, who will oversee the new system with powers of enforcement and sanctions. Despite the Building Safety Act becoming law, much of the secondary legislation will not come into force for another 12 to 18 months, however, once in force, will spell changes for the construction industry. Here’s how.

What does the Building Safety Act cover?

This new law focuses on the entire lifecycle of a built asset, with particular emphasis on changing the way higher-risk buildings are designed, planned, and built by requiring designers, builders, and operators to capture information relating to fire risk and structural integrity. It also gives property owners, leaseholders and tenants more power to bring claims for poor or dangerous work. 

This will shift the responsibility for paying remediation costs away from residents to designers and builders, along with measures to shield leaseholders from all costs related to the remediation of unsafe cladding. This, in turn, will widen the liability for building owners, developers of high-risk buildings and product manufacturers and suppliers.

What does it mean for the UK construction industry?

Perhaps the important point of this new act is that it has introduced a new role: the Accountable Person. This is the owner or managing agent that is responsible for maintaining building safety. They’ll be responsible for reporting on the structure’s fitness for occupation. Making this case can be understood as a key goal of the building and fire safety information collated throughout the design and construction phase. 

While high-rise buildings are the focus of this legislation, it has implications for all projects. For example, the responsibilities of Construction Design and Management (CDM) duty-holders have shifted. Whereas the role used to take a more subjective perspective on foreseeable risks, now, they need to ensure the design is compliant with the relevant standards. This makes the role more far-reaching, requiring a fundamental knowledge of all disciplines covered by building regulations and health and safety guidance.

A positive development in a post-Grenfell moment

Of course, this legislation relates to the 2017 catastrophe in Grenfell Tower, London, in 2017. The fire in Grenfell Tower was an avoidable tragedy, and hopefully, with new legislation, we can avoid something as terrible as this ever happening again. 

Although this legislation will require a re-orientation of how architects and contractors design and build high-rise buildings, it’s ultimately for the better. Construction companies will have to take more rigorous measures to ensure they choose the safest and sturdiest materials, and that can only be a good thing. Moreover, the extension of building safety regulations into building management is a positive signal.

 

The Mayor of London announces preference for retrofits over demolitions

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has released new guidance that states that all new major construction projects in the capital will have to meet embodied carbon benchmarks. This scheme will mostly be focused on retaining existing buildings over demolition. Published last month, the London Plan Guidance package sets out how new developments will need to consider a building’s whole-life carbon footprint.

This strategy has been put in place so the city can stay on target to reach net-zero by 2030. According to the guidelines, “Retaining existing built structures for reuse and retrofit, in part or as a whole, should be prioritised before considering substantial demolition, as this is typically the lowest-carbon option.” But how is the industry reacting to these guidelines? And are retrofits really always greener?

Context for the new plans

The new guidelines echo Khan’s 2021 London Plan, which sets out the mayor’s broader planning vision for the capital. This mandates that all construction projects over a certain size or of particular “strategic importance” to the capital will need to submit a circular economy statement and whole-life cycle carbon assessment before they get planning permission.

While national building regulations and net-zero carbon targets have so far focused on operational emissions, these new policies are a first step towards regulating embodied emissions from construction, including materials and the implications of demolishing an existing structure. Spokespeople from the Mayor of London’s office have described this policy as “ground-breaking”, as it’s the first of its kind to be adopted by any UK city.

Naturally, this has significant implications for every player in the construction supply chain. While some schools of thought already advocate for “upcycled” building materials and systems, some designers are skeptical about the long term efficiency gains in contrast to new sustainability innovations.

Resistance from big firms to new preference for retrofit

According to the new guidelines, if a significant demolition is proposed, planning applications will need to clearly demonstrate that tearing the building down is more sustainable than retaining the existing structure. The ins and outs of this issue are currently being fought over the reconstruction of Marks & Spencer’s flagship store in London’s West End.

Currently, architects Pilbrow & Partners want to demolish the existing structure and replace it with a newly designed store. In spite of the design’s sustainability credentials, critics argue that this would waste the embodied carbon of the existing structure and create 39,500 tonnes of additional emissions.

In the wake of these alarming statistics, the Mayor reviewed the development. Eventually, Khan decided he wouldn’t block the demolition as major engineering firm Arup found that the whole-life carbon footprint of the new building would be less than a refurbishment, due to more efficient power and heating operations.

However, housing secretary Michael Gove has since halted the development until the scheme is reviewed by the government. It will certainly be interesting to see how this project and others of its kind go forward. For now, it seems that the industry will need to review solutions in regard to this new preference for retrofits.

 

 

Cooling load calculation: Why is it an important standard and how does it work?

To properly design and install any type of efficient forced-air heating and cooling system, MEP engineers must implement certain evaluations that factor in building size and occupancy limits, among other variables, for what’s known as the cooling load calculation.

Load calculation is used across the industry to determine the adequate size of an HVAC system to ensure it will suitably cool and heat an entire structure. This calculation can be done before initial installation or when upgrading or adjusting pre-existing systems.

Factors and formulas in determining cooling load

Though the basic formula for load calculation is quite simple, there are many factors and complex calculations that MEP engineers must account for when determining the precise load calculation. Some of these include:

  •  Amount, size and efficiency of windows in a structure.
  • Local weather (including temperature patterns and humidity).
  • The structure’s orientation to the sun.
  • Air-leakage rates of the structure.
  • Air-leakage rates of the ducting systems in place, if applicable.
  • Quality of insulation used in the structure.
  • Lighting systems and other appliances that produce additional heat.
  • The average number of occupants.

The most common and simple formula used in the HVAC trade utilises the following three factors to determine a general total load of a building (expressed in British Thermal Units (BTU).

1 occupant = 100 BTU

1 window = 1000 BTU

1 exterior door = 1000 BTU

The importance of cooling load for projects and building inspections

Before making the decision to hire and contract with an MEP consultant, it’s always recommended to utilise resources like a simple online load calculator to get a rough idea of what to expect insofar as total cooling load for your next project.

For those of us (particularly those working in commercial buildings), strict regulations imposed by the latest EPB Regulations (England and Wales) mean that successful building inspections meet certain green standards that consider the health effects and energy efficiency of heating and cooling systems. Knowing your cooling load and regular maintenance of your HVAC system will ensure your building is up to code. Here you can watch an example of how the cooling load is determined in a residential setting.

What do cooling load inspections involve and what are their benefits?

HVAC system inspections by accredited air conditioning energy assessors are intended to improve mechanical efficiency, regulate energy consumption, moderate operational costs and, most importantly, cut carbon emissions. During an inspection, the energy assessor will determine how (if applicable) the operation of an existing system can be perfected or may otherwise suggest upgrading obsolete, inefficient or oversized systems with newer, up-to-date air conditioners and heaters.

Proper inspection, maintenance and cleaning of an HVAC system, regardless of size, allows for the system to provide a more healthy and comfortable environment for building occupants. By ensuring the safety of equipment and regularly tracking and monitoring cooling loads for efficiency, load calculation remains one of the most important factors in ensuring a system works adequately and adheres to essential energy and health standards.

 

 

What are psychrometric processes?

As part of our series on the basics of HVAC, we want to introduce a key concept: psychrometry and psychrometric processes. Psychrometry is a branch of engineering that deals with the study of moist air, otherwise known as humidity, and its behaviour under various sets of conditions. These conditions are, of course, essential to maintaining building comfort.

Here, we’ll briefly outline the key processes that control these conditions in an HVAC system and how they work: sensible cooling, sensible heating, cooling and dehumidification, cooling and humidification, heating and humidification, and heating and dehumidification.

Sensible cooling and heating

During this process, humidity remains constant but temperature decreases as the air pass over a cooling coil. To keep the moisture content constant, the cooling coil should be dry and its temperature should be greater than the dew point. In theory, the air should exit the system at the same temperature as the cooling coil, but in practice, it tends to be a little higher.

Meanwhile, sensible heating performs the opposite function. As with sensible cooling, the moisture content of air will remain constant, but in contrast, its temperature increases as it flows over a heating coil.

Cooling and dehumidification

The addition of moisture to the air, with a change in temperature, is known as humidification and, as one would expect, dehumidification is the opposite. Cooling and dehumidification processes are generally used in summer air conditioning, where the air is passed over a cooling coil via a cold water spray. Dehumidification is achieved when the effective surface of the cooling coil is less than the dew point temperature of the air entering the coil.

Cooling and humidification

This process is generally achieved via evaporative cooling, where cool water is injected into the flowing stream of dry air. The final humidity level of the water will depend on the amount of evaporation.

Heating and humidification

This process is when air is passed through a humidifier with a spray water temperature higher than the dry temperature of the entering air. The heat of the evaporation of the water is absorbed from the spray water itself, and hence, is cooled. Via this process, the air becomes heated and humidified. This could also be achieved via steam injection into the space, which is more common in industrial settings.

Heating and dehumidification

This can be achieved by using a hygroscopic material that absorbs or adsorbs the water vapour from the moisture. This hygroscopic material can be a solid or a liquid. The absorption of water by the hygroscopic material is an exothermic reaction, which releases heat during this process that is transferred to the air.

Achieve optimum building comfort

This is but a basic outline of what psychrometry and psychrometric processes involve. A good MEP engineer will apply complex equations, charts, knowledge of equipment and years of experience to calculate the dew point and dry air temperatures in order to configure a system to produce the optimum output.

These variables are essential to the proper functioning of an HVAC system and building users’ comfort. Make sure you hire someone with all the relevant knowledge to make sure your system is fully optimised. Ultimately, this will save you time, money and hassle – and make the system more efficient so you can do your bit to save the environment too.

 

 

The summer essentials for your HVAC system

If you hadn’t already noticed (and we hope you have…or you will have been late to everything!) British Summer Time began on the 27th of this month.  This means warmer days, lighter nights, and some extra planning for staying cool over the summer season. Although turning our clocks ahead by one hour may seem like an unassuming seasonal ritual, it can have some real effects on the way we control the temperature.

When it comes to keeping your building comfortable this summer, maintenance is essential. Heatwaves mean air conditioners are going to be working overtime in the coming months and it’s important our HVAC systems work safely, not just in the cooling and heating sense, but also from a health perspective.

Filters don’t last forever

Air conditioner filters aren’t made to last. Unfortunately, remembering to check and replace them it’s something that often slips by the wayside in busy working environments, which can lead to serious problems down the road. Over time, the dirt and debris caught by filters will start to obstruct airflow.

Not only does this increase the workload of the cooling system, but it can lead to health problems because pollutants and dust particles have the potential to find their way into the building’s atmosphere. Also, as these filters deteriorate, they release debris directly into the mechanical components of the air conditioning system, which can lead to mechanical breakdowns.

By replacing the filters often, you can significantly reduce the wear and tear on your HVAC system and avoid costly and untimely repairs. The last thing we want is our air conditioner breaking down in the middle of a summer heatwave.

Thermostat monitoring to improve comfort levels

Another recommendation for the summer season is to closely monitor the thermostat. By automating and moderating the timer and temperature settings of the air conditioner, you can reduce energy costs and put less stress on your unit by running it only when needed, at peak hours.

Something else that’s recommended to stay cool is to keep your windows closed. As we discussed in our article on the importance of ventilation, outside air can have a major impact on a building’s temperature and moisture levels. A strategic combination of properly sealed windows alongside portable fans placed around the house can effectively ventilate a space and provide some of the most comfortable cooling solutions around.

Enjoy the summer days to come

Even if you’re just making minor adjustments to stay cool this summer, the clocks going forward is always an excellent time of the year to schedule a professional inspection of your HVAC system. This is especially true for older buildings that might not be up to the job, wasting precious energy and indeed, cash.

Depending on the set-up, a standard service will cover tasks such as flushing the condensate drain system, cleaning and lubricating the blower assembly, cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils and assessing the refrigerant levels. Proper maintenance of your system can always be guaranteed with the help of a trusted MEP engineer. Find out more here.