A Beginner’s Guide to Commercial Ductwork

What is Ductwork? Commercial ductwork functions as the arteries and veins of the HVAC system. It consists of a network of ducts through which air flows around a building. Supply ducts facilitate the movement of heated and cooled air from the HVAC system to the various indoor areas, and return ducts facilitate the return of expended air back to the HVAC equipment where it can be filtered, reconditioned, and redistributed. The ducting is usually either round or rectangular and is most often mounted near the ceiling. Air Flow The HVAC system depends on the effective flow of air from [...]

2019-10-29T16:13:13+00:00October 29th, 2019|

Understanding Different Types of Green Energy

Green energy is energy that is generated using sources with a low environmental impact. These sources are generally renewable and include the sun (solar), wind, water (hydro) and geothermal. Green energy sources don't generate harmful greenhouse gases as the use of fossil-fuel energy sources do. Although they are often used interchangeably, the subtle difference between “green” and “renewable” energy is that with green energy, the focus is on the impact on the environment, whereas with renewable energy the focus is on sustainability. As well as using renewable sources that reduce greenhouse gases, using green energy also avoids environmentally harmful [...]

2019-10-18T14:28:31+00:00October 18th, 2019|

The Ultimate Guide to District Cooling

District cooling is a method for providing chilled water for indoor cooling purposes to buildings through a closed loop pipe network. In its functionality and technology, it is similar to district heating. Chilled water is circulated via underground insulated pipes to buildings within a district and is then fed into each individual buildings’ own cooling systems through a heat exchanger. Units in these buildings then use this water to lower the temperature of air passing through the building's air conditioning system. Typically, a District Cooling System (DCS) comprises of a central chiller plant, a distribution network and an interface [...]

2019-09-27T11:11:40+00:00September 20th, 2019|

Things to Think About Before Getting Your Office Refurbished

The decision to refurbish an office can be motivated by a variety of factors, but these will almost inevitably be linked to a desire for change. It may be that an office has begun to look old and outdated, indeed, it may be looking distinctly shabby. This could well be having both a negative effect on the moral and productivity of staff working in the area and projecting a poor image of the company. All the reasons for undertaking an office refurbishment, especially the benefits that can be accrued from it, need to be identified at the outset, in [...]

2019-07-31T10:45:29+00:00July 30th, 2019|

Smart Meters for Businesses – Everything You Need to Know

Smart meters hit the headlines big time at the beginning of this decade with a huge push by the then labour government on global climate change, environmental issues and reducing our carbon footprint. The initial intention was for all households to have smart meter technology by 2020. This was considered such a hugely significant initiative that it was picked up by the new conservative government. It is no longer a “requirement” for all households to have smart meters by 2020 – there have been some pitfalls along the way – but it is a requirement that all households have [...]

2019-07-31T10:55:22+00:00July 12th, 2019|

What is the Difference Between Dry Riser and Wet Riser Systems?

A key part of fire safety in modern tall building design is the inclusion of dry and wet risers; fixed systems used by firefighters to provide a supply of water throughout a building in the event of a fire. This article delves into both systems, helping you understand the benefits and suitability for each type. If you’d like to learn more, simply get in touch with us here at Therma-Mech. Dry Riser Systems Dry risers are a requirement of building regulations in occupied buildings over 18m tall. They can also be found in environments with limited access or [...]

2019-07-26T14:08:03+00:00June 28th, 2019|

The Ultimate Guide to Heat Interface Units (HIUs)

Heat Interface Units play a vital role in decentralised energy. They help improve energy efficiency and allow for more accurate energy control and billing for any energy used. This article delves into everything you need to know about heat interface units and the benefits they provide multi-dwelling locations. If you want to learn more about heat interface units, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Therma-Mech. Our expert team are on hand to help you leverage this innovative technology and make use of all the financial and environmental benefits they offer. What is a Heat [...]

2019-07-26T14:09:03+00:00June 14th, 2019|

District Heating in Bristol

District heating is a type of heating system that provides heat to multiple homes and buildings. It works by having a single centralised location that distributes heat to various other locations via a network of insulated pipes. It’s an efficient solution as heat is only used as and when required, saving not only energy but money too. Th size of each network can vary, but currently over 17,000 district heating systems are set up in the UK. They’re particularly common among residential buildings, commercial units, offices, hospitals, schools and other public buildings. Bristol District Heating Installers Here at [...]

2019-07-26T14:10:10+00:00May 31st, 2019|

What is Decentralised Energy and Why is it Important?

Decentralised energy is energy that is generated off the main grid and produced close to where it will be used rather than at a large plant elsewhere and sent through the national grid. Decentralised energy generation involves using a variety of smaller power generation plants and storage units that can be grid connected to provide power supply. The energy that is generated off the main grid, can include micro-renewables, heating and cooling. Decentralised energy can refer to energy created from waste plants, combined heat and power, district heating and cooling, as well as geothermal, biomass or solar energy. [...]

2019-05-31T14:10:21+00:00May 15th, 2019|

Sustainability Trends – How People and Businesses are Approaching Sustainability in 2019

As the looming global environmental crisis becomes ever more apparent, the call for action is becoming louder and increasingly urgent. Not only has there been a rapid growth in the world’s population, but alongside it has been a significant increase in the consumption levels of individuals, particularly in the industrialised world. For individuals in the wealthy nations with their large carbon foot print, there is a need for a change in lifestyle, embracing sustainable day-to-day practices as well as more fundamental changes to the way we generate energy and waste. Business and community leaders need to look at [...]

2019-04-30T17:05:59+00:00April 30th, 2019|