The 2014 F–Gas Regulations will bring about significant changes to the air conditioning industry, affecting end users, facilities managers, specifiers and installers alike.
This landmark ruling has one key objective: to reduce F–Gas emissions by 79% between 2015 and 2030, by cutting the availability of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) with a high Global Warming Potential (GWP). It's now up to everyone to make a real 'green commitment' – from manufacturers to installers, and managers to owners of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment.
It's time to look at alternatives, like R32 . Already making up 50% of the existing R410A refrigerant found in many current air conditioning systems, R32 has a GWP of 675 (one third that of R410A), is highly energy efficient and is easy to recycle. Plus, the volumetric capacity of R32 is around 20% higher than that of R410A, which means system refrigerant volumes are lower.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has backed a plan to build what could be the capital’s largest film studios, based in East London. The studios would be called East Brook Studios and in a nod to the hit film, in the artist's impression, bear the catchprhrase 'Made in Dagenham' at their summit.
If given the green light, it will be the first studio lot to be built for 25 years in the capital, which is hailed as the world’s third busiest city for filmmaking.
The Mayor is working with Film London, the London Local Enterprise Panel and the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham to commission a feasibility study into the new studios. The process will be led by Film London in consultation with the film and television industries.
The potential site for the new studios is located near the London-east Industrial Park and has been selected because of its large size allowing a bespoke new facility to be built. The area is well connected with the District Line and the coming Crossrail services nearby, with quick access to central London.
The London Local Enterprise Partnership and Barking and Dagenham Council will invest up to £80,000 to develop a business case for the proposed new studios. This will look in detail at the demand for such a facility and the economic benefits it could bring to East London and the city as a whole.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “From James Bond and Star Wars to Harry Potter and Bridget Jones’s Baby, London has a vibrant production history and some of the best studios in the world. To sustain and grow this success story, it is critical that the capital gets significantly more studio and production capacity to maximise the opportunities for filmmaking. London is open to the best creative and cultural minds and I am looking forward to exploring whether a new film studio in Dagenham could help the capital’s film industry thrive for years to come.”
Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission, said: “London is one of the world’s busiest destinations for the film industry, with international filmmakers making a beeline for our city because they know it offers the very best by way of facilities, expertise and creative talent. Our global reputation means demand for studio space is incredibly high, and unlocking new studio space in east London would help maintain the capital’s competitive edge. If realised, this major new infrastructure project would mean a tremendous economic boost for Barking and Dagenham, the capital’s film and TV industries and the UK as a whole.”
Badger ales have been brewed in the heart of the Dorset countryside since 1777.
It was Charles Hall, a Dorset farmer, who founded the brewery. 60 years later, his son Robert made his nephew, Edward Woodhouse, a partner, and they have remained an independent family brewer ever since, now owned by the seventh generation of Woodhouses.
JJ Engineering Co. are pleased to have Hall & Woodhouse as one of their many long standing clients carrying out works at several of their pubs across the country.
Air conditioning systems use heat pump technology to provide heating, cooling and hot water where required. Most heat pumps require only a small amount of electricity to harvest, upgrade and move heat from one location to another.
To achieve this a vapour compression cycle is used, which has the ability to move heat from one space to another. Low temperature heat from the environment can be increased to usable temperatures inside the building in the winter, or waste heat from a building can be moved outside in the summer, or even recovered in to hot water.
The efficiency of a heat pump is known as the Coefficient of Performance or CoP (or Energy Efficiency Ratio (EER) in cooling mode). This is a ratio of the heat delivered to power consumed.
The operation of a heat pump is similar to a refrigerator. This process is known as the vapour compression cycle and the following is a more detailed explanation and example of the system delivering heat into a building. Cooling is the same, but the heat is taken from the inside and rejected to the outside.