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10 tips for installing wood burners


As wood burners become increasingly popular with homeowners for both style and function reasons, David Ebbs offers some top tips on the important areas that should be considered when installing them. Wood-burning stoves are gaining popularity amongst homeowners for their ability to provide a practical heating solution while adding a stylish focus to the room into which they are fitted. ... Read More »

Top tips for designing and installing public washrooms

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Public washrooms can be a challenging environment to design and install. Victoria Willis from Geberit looks at two common problems – meeting the needs of multiple users and dealing with unwanted sound – particularly in buildings with multiple floors. Public washrooms often experience a high-volume of traffic and a wide variety of users, including those with mobility issues, people carrying heavy ... Read More »

Electronic Combustion Gas Analysers – how they work and how to maintain them

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Electronic Combustion Gas Analysers (ECGA) have been around for many years. In this article, Mike Heads looks at how they work and how to maintain them. A ‘basic’ ECGA can measure two gases – oxygen (O2) and carbon monoxide (CO) – and can calculate carbon dioxide (CO2). It can also measure ambient temperature and flue gas temperature. A combustion analyser’s ... Read More »

Top tips for designing a ground source heat pump installation

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While the design of the ‘ground’ side of a ground source heat pump installation is key, Guy Cashmore explains that the design of the ‘hot’ side is equally important to ensure efficient performance. The energy efficiency – or Co-Efficient of Performance (CoP) – of any heat pump that uses a conventional refrigerant (such as R407C, R134a or R410A) is massively ... Read More »

Why installers need to consider heat loss when fitting underfloor heating


Of the many considerations that impact on an underfloor heating installation, the key one is heat loss – this will be a defining factor in ensuring customers are provided with the right solution. Heat loss is a measure of the total transfer of heat through the fabric of a building from inside to the outside, either from conduction, convection, radiation, or ... Read More »

How to increase water supply pressure for buildings


The water supply pressure is generally adequate or better across the UK. Inevitably, though, there are some places where the building developer or user would like more pressure. Dr Steve Tuckwell looks at the requirements regarding water pumps. According to Section 65 of the Water Industry Act (2003), water suppliers are obliged to provide a a minimum water pressure through ... Read More »

SE and U duct flue systems – what installers need to know


Shared flue/chimney systems have been used for many years in multi-storey buildings. Mike Heads looks at both the SE and U duct flue systems, and assesses the impact of the recent development of the communal flue system (CFS). Shared chimneys allow a number of appliances on different storeys of a building to combine their products of combustion (POC) into a ... Read More »

What are the British Standards for recirculating systems

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In buildings demanding a steady supply of hot water, recirculating systems (or ring mains) are incredibly popular – not least as they are also a great facility for deterring legionella growth. Mark Dowdeswell  – Plumbing Applications Manager for Uponor UK – discusses why it’s imperative for installers to get to grips with the British Standards. First and foremost, it’s important ... Read More »

Fan convectors are an underused alternative to rads and UFH


The increased popularity of air source heat pumps has raised issues concerning the best emitters with which to integrate them. Jim Bennett from Smith’s Fan Convectors advocates the fan convector as an effective but underused alternative to both radiators and UFH. When installing an air source heat pump (ASHP), the chances are that it is either for an off-gas property or ... Read More »

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