The European F-Gas phase down is the biggest single challenge facing the RAC industry, but despite the widespread media attention and the availability of training courses, many thousands of businesses are still using equipment destined to become obsolete in the near future.
Complex acronyms and tech-jargon are contributing to slowing the phase down, with a substantial proportion of engineers turning to merchants and manufacturers for clarification on terminology.
As part of its comprehensive RAC Engineer’s Guide to F-Gas, Wolseley Climate Center, in partnership with A-Gas, has produced a jargon-busting guide to support engineers who are in the process of switching to lower GWP solutions. Here, Robert Franklin, Sales Director, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, for Wolseley, shares some of the key jargon-busting facts from the guide.
Where should the ACR industry aim its efforts to get the greatest ‘bang for its buck’ in terms of energy efficiency? The answer is the UK’s biggest manufacturing sector – food and drink – which is larger than automotive and aerospace combined. John Grenville, Managing Director of ECEX, explains.
All the statistics concerning food and drink manufacture point to a compelling case for boosting the sector’s energy efficiency and, therefore, a potentially enormous market for ACR installers and manufacturers.
Food and drink is a £95.4 billion turnover industry making it the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK with a Gross Value Added (the measure of the value of goods and services produced) of £21.9bn.
The ACR Journal talks to Hayley Nunn of Acorn Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, based in Bury St Edmunds.
A 960mm parapet wall almost halted plans to install air conditioning at luxury apartments in the redevelopment of a listed five-storey house in London’s Hyde Park.
Planning constraints meant that the heat recovery condensing units originally specified for the second, third and fourth floor apartments were too tall to go on the roof behind the parapet wall.
With air conditioning a key specification for the bedrooms and living areas, installers Hoveair (Building Services) recommended that the equipment specified manufacturer be changed to Daikin throughout the building.
A specialist hospital in Northumbria is using the Daikin on Site remote monitoring system to help makes sure its operating theatres and wards are available to care for seriously ill and injured patients across the region.
DoS has been developed by the Daikin Applied (UK) (DAPUK) applied chiller engineering design team, working closely with Daikin Applied Service (DAPS UK) to provide a browser-based real-time view of a site’s chiller and AHU operation.
ACR Journal talks to Rinku Patel, CFD and Mechanical Design Engineer at Airedale International Air Conditioning.
The Institute of Refrigeration held a career development workshop for Women in RACHP to coincide with the International Women in Engineering Day.
The two-part networking session, hosted by training and consultancy specialists Cool Concerns in Tewkesbury, began with a practical event enabling non-technical staff to gain a hands-on understanding of refrigerant handling and brazing. This was followed by an interactive career development workshop with handy tips on career management and planning.
Toshiba is now one of the largest providers of air conditioning training in the country, with almost 5,000 people attending its courses over the past three years. ACR Journal reports on the company’s practical approach and the latest initiatives in development.
“The major air conditioning manufacturers have a responsibility to take a lead on training. It is in everyone’s interests to improve skills and the level of professionalism and competence across the industry.”
So says David Dunn, Director and General Manager of Toshiba Air Conditioning and CIAT Ozonair, who has made training one of the key strategic priorities for the company. It is not just lip service; the manufacturer has invested significant sums in training infrastructure and initiatives, and this continues with a number of fresh initiatives that put training and skills at the centre of its approach to the market.
A shaky economic climate has led many people to adopt a 'make-do-and-mend' approach to HVAC plant rather than investing in new equipment. In fact, says John Grenville, Managing Director of ECEX, there is a useful halfway house – retrofitting – which offers an ideal opportunity to improve a building’s efficiency relatively inexpensively.