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Altecnic’s Specification and Technical Teams Awarded CIBSE Accreditation as Heat Network Consultants

With district heat networks becoming a key solution to the UK delivering a low carbon energy economy, Altecnic’s Specification and Technical team members have been awarded CIBSE accreditation as heat consultants.
Says Gary Perry, Managing Director of Altecnic: “Heat networks deliver reliable heating and hot water while reducing energy consumption and lowering bills for the end user. Heat networks allow easy integration of various low carbon heat sources. When decentralised systems are done well, it is a real win win for all those involved as well as the environment”.
“While the technology is well proven in the UK and across Europe, it is still relatively new to some specifiers and heating engineers. Sadly, because of this, some networks have suffered and aren’t performing as well as they should and this has led to some high profile bad press”.
“In response CIBSE and the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) have collaborated and produced a code of practice for heat networks, called CP1. Its aim is to raise standards and the understanding of heat networks right across the supply chain. As a manufacturer of heating interface units (HIUs) for such systems, we have always championed the CIBSE scheme”.
“As CIBSE approved heat network consultants our specification managers and technical team are qualified to advise and help in the specification, sizing and design of schemes. It is in all of our interests that such schemes are successful and we have always gone above and beyond as a manufacturer by not only attaining CIBSE accreditation for our specification team, but also in the training and technical help that we provide for installation and maintenance engineers. Our CIBSE approved CPD seminars are another example of our will to improve the knowledge and understanding of heat network systems”
The CIBSE CP1 code of practice on heat networks covers all forms of district heating from communal building heat to large city-wide schemes. It is designed to apply to both new networks and extensions of existing networks.
The code specifies minimum requirements which must be met in order to produce a successful scheme and comply with the code. It then details further information on best practice for those looking to move beyond the minimum requirements.


Lorien Welcomes Young Engineers To Poland Team

Lorien Engineering Solutions has boosted its team in Poland with the appointment of two graduate engineers.
Sandra Sinka and Ewelina Was have joined the process team at Lorien, which is based in Wroclaw, Poland, and Burton-upon-Trent, UK.
The company is a division of GP Strategies Corporation, which specialises in capital projects for food, brewing, drinks, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, logistics and safety compliance.
Sandra recently graduated from Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, where she completed a Masters degree in power engineering. One of her first roles with Lorien was to support the project team with the development of a new margarine plant for a well-known food manufacturer.
Sandra said: “I am excited that Lorien has given me an opportunity to develop a new part of a food factory and simultaneously get hands-on training in hygienic process design. This is a fascinating insight into project management within a complex client organisation.”
Ewelina is in the final year of a Masters degree in mechanical engineering at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, with a specialism in process equipment. She also has a first degree in chemical technology.
Ewelina joined a multi-disciplined project team to masterplan a combined fish and salad plant for an international client. She is responsible for conceptual process and packaging machinery integration with a focus on interfaces with other project areas.
Ewelina said: “The versatile range of project disciplines in my first Lorien assignment will broaden my engineering background. I am gaining valuable awareness about information exchange with other project team members responsible for building disciplines.”
Lorien process projects director Maciej Mielnik said: “At Lorien, we are proud that we can offer a versatile experience for young engineers, who are supported by our senior team members. This benefits our business and develops our graduates’ professional careers.”
Lorien recently announced that Maciej Mielink has been appointed as process projects director while Maciej Król has been promoted to building projects director.


Building high-rise better – using ground-breaking design to realise the world’s most inventive skyscrapers.

Tall buildings present unique challenges in terms of both design and construction. Their sheer scale demands that particular attention is paid simultaneously to strategic and detailed issues. Tall Buildings Conference is intended to assist engineers in understanding the common challenges associated with transferring standard engineering principles and knowledge from low-rise structures to tall buildings.
Conference speakers include:
•    Tony Palgrave, Project Director at Mace & John Parker, Director at WSP – The Shard: Innovations in Design and Construction. With a height of 310m, the Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe. The design and construction of the Shard incorporated numerous innovations that helped to ensure the building exceeded client expectations in cost, programme and lettable area. This presentation will explore some of these innovations and show how the contractor, designers and client worked together to achieve a successful project.
•    Adam McPartland, Associate at Glancy Nicholls & Dave Tyson, Managing Director at Design2e – Birmingham – Sky High Living. This presentation will provide an insight into Birmingham’s emerging tall building scene, focusing on the design and construction of ‘The Bank on Broad Street’ development – Birmingham’s first skyscraper in a decade. It will also outline the plans for Birmingham’s tallest building.
•    Dmitri Jajich, Structural Engineer, Director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill – A Case Study on Manhattan Loft Gardens – Balancing Design and Constructability. Manhattan Loft Gardens is a 143m tall, 42 storey, residential tower in Stratford, London. The tower is perhaps most distinguished by two triple-height sky gardens that take the form of notches cutting completely through the building at levels seven through ten and again at levels twenty-five though twenty-eight. This presentation will focus on the unusual post-tensioned outrigger and construction sequence design.
•    Albert Williamson-Taylor, Director at AKTII – A Case Study on One Park Drive. This presentation will provide a case study on One Park Drive – part of the Wood Wharf Development for Canary Wharf Group. This 58-storey tower will stand approximately 205m tall, providing quality residential space with amenities such as a gym, pool and lobby on the lower three floors.
•    Rory Bergin, Partner: Sustainable Futures at HTA Design – George Street, Croydon. This presentation will provide a case study on George Street in Croydon – two towers, a 38-storey and a 44-storey, scaling 135 metres and providing 546 new homes. The scheme is set to be the tallest modular tower in the world and it will also be delivered in just 24 months, from construction starting, to residents moving in to their new homes.
•    Peter Goring, Operations Director at Mace – A Case Study on Jump Factory. This presentation will provide a case study on Mace’s new ‘jumping factory’, which is being used to construct two residential towers at 30 and 26 storeys tall, at a rate of one storey every 55 hours.
Tall Buildings Conference will highlight design and building technology innovation in the UK high-rise sector – facilitating learning and knowledge transfer plus providing a platform for discussion and debate. The event is aimed at: major city developers, investors, local authorities, and architects, engineer and contractors that are focusing on the delivery of tall buildings.

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