TCUK backing university engineers

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Published: 28 October 2019


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Discussing the latest technology on TCUK's stand
Toshiba Carrier UK (TCUK) took part in the Association of University Engineers’ (AUE) annual conference at Lancaster University, focusing on the theme of resilience.

The AUE represents building engineers and facilities staff working in over 100 universities across the UK and seeks to advance understanding across disciplines contributing to engineering services. This year’s event combined technology and methods under the theme The Resilient Estate: Engineering Continuity in Higher Education.
TCUK representatives attended on a multi-brand platform, highlighting technology solutions from Carrier, Toshiba and CIAT. “Resilience is a core element in the engineering philosophy that underpins the design of all HVAC technology across our brands,” said David Dunn, managing director of TCUK sales. “Our equipment is renowned for its outstanding reliability, which is why it is specified for mission-critical applications in high-value commercial and industrial projects. Our failure rate is believed to be the lowest in the industry.”

Toshiba’s award-winning VRF air conditioning combined with a CIAT Floway DX air handling solution was recently selected for Solent University’s new sports complex in Southampton, as part of an ongoing £100m estates development programme.

Designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent, the sports complex also complies with Southampton City Council’s strategy on tackling and adapting to climate change. The project includes a combination of Toshiba’s three-pipe heat recovery SHRM-e and two-pipe SMMS-e VRF systems, plus Toshiba Digital Inverter splits and an applied CIAT AHU-DX combined coil system.

TCUK supports knowledge transfer among university building engineers with a programme of CPD courses on key technical and legislative topics. The courses, certified by CIBSE, enable those attending to gain credits toward their annual personal CPD learning programmes. Courses are offered free of charge and presented by experienced practitioners at customers’ offices or other convenient locations around the country.

“CPDs were a key focus for us at the AUE conference and attracted a lot of interest among delegates. As a result, we will be organising a number of events at universities around the country over the coming months,” said Neil Hitching, business development director, TCUK.

The company recently held well-attended CPD sessions at Queen’s University, Belfast and Bath University in South West England, with a focus on refrigerants and the implications of the latest F-Gas Regulations.

The focus is on improving understanding of the impact new legislation has on air conditioning for buildings, improving system design and product application for energy efficiency and environmental protection.

In addition to courses on the fundamentals of air conditioning, there are modules on the latest F-Gas legislation, the application of existing and new refrigerants, an overview of BREEAM and how it relates to air conditioning, and updates on the latest compressor technology and VRF systems.

For more details on the CPD programme, click here.