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CP Electronics wins coveted RAC Cooling Industry Award for its HVAC Detector

Energy and lighting controls specialist CP Electronics has been crowned an RAC Cooling Award winner thanks to its innovative air conditioning controller, the GESM-AC.
A battery-powered passive infrared (PIR) sensor, the GESM-AC limits use of air conditioning to times when it’s necessary – and switches it off when it’s not, based on occupancy. CP Electronics are winners in the ‘Air Conditioning Product of the Year – Accessories & Peripherals’ category, and its detector is designed to help bring energy consumption from air conditioning units down.
The results of the RAC Cooling Industry Awards were revealed on 26th September at the esteemed London Hilton, Park Lane, London, attended by over 600 of the refrigeration and air conditioning industry elite.
On CP Electronics’ win and the detector, the RAC Cooling Awards Judging Panel 2018 said, “A simple and practical device to install in rooms with infrared remote-controlled single AC units. The environmental benefits were obvious in saving on energy in cooling unoccupied space.
“It is not unreasonable to believe that a payback within 12 months can be achieved. It could benefit both new built and retrofit markets through the rapid installation and the subsequent low maintenance.”
As well as being environmentally friendly, one of GESM-AC’s biggest benefits is its versatility. The GESM-AC can be hardwired via USB, meaning developers can specify the unit to build energy efficiency into the framework and infrastructure of their buildings.
On the other hand, the unit can be surface mounted and battery-powered, with handheld operation. This makes it ideal as a retrofit solution, enabling developers and owners to enhance the energy efficiency of their own legacy air conditioning systems.
Mike Brooks, Marketing Manager of CP Electronics said, “Air conditioning is increasingly being demanded from our buildings for the wellbeing of people. However, it can be left on 24/7, through absent mindedness or out of necessity. Quite simply, this isn’t needed if there aren’t people in the space to benefit from the air conditioning.
“With our experience in energy efficient lighting controls, our team has applied their knowledge of occupancy detection to the HVAC market. Now, with the GESM-AC, the air conditioning only comes on when required, and there is less onus on facilities and building managers to switch off air conditioning units manually. Sensors can individually regulate specific AC units, thus creating multiple zones of control.”


Gira UK maintain VIP status at London Build 2018

Gira, one of the world’s leading full-range suppliers of intelligent system solutions for building management, is pleased to announce its participation at London Build 2018: the foremost, largest construction and built environment show for London: Gira UK at LB18
Held at Olympia London, London Build goes live on 23rd to 24th October 2018 and for the first time, Gira will look forward to welcoming visitors to Stand D51 / Interior & Fit Out Zone, as well as headline the VIP Evening on the night of the 23rd, and exclusively host the VIP Lounge for the duration of the show which is located on the first floor, Buildings Zone.
Recognised as a comprehensive B2B trade show that encompasses all aspects of innovative design and construction, London Build welcomes over 300 exhibitors across 9 exhibition zones with a view to engage with 20,000+ contractors, architects, specifiers, developers, local councils, housing associations, house builders engineers, suppliers and construction professionals.
A leader in its field since 1905, Gira, will pioneer ‘Intelligent Building Technology’ at this year’s London Build show and provide a high-class VIP Lounge to stimulate new dialogue and create an environment for essential networking, drinks and recreation.
Working ‘smart’, Gira will also provide a vital charge-point so all visitors to the VIP Lounge can top up their smartphone batteries and make sure they remain contactable throughout the show: and on their way home too! Guests just need to head towards the first floor, Buildings Zone and they will find the Gira VIP Lounge at this years LB18.
In Addition, on Stand D51 / Interiors & Fit Out Zone, Gira will demonstrate the following new products and technologies:
•    eNet SMART HOME heating control with tado°
Convenience for maximum living comfort: eNet SMART HOME heating control with tado°
The intelligent networking of eNet SMART HOME with tado° enables convenient control of radiators and underfloor heating – with the Gira eNet wireless wall transmitter or the eNet SMART HOME app on the Gira G1 or a smartphone. Special features include the automatic detection of an open window, consideration of the weather forecast and the location-dependent control during periods of absence.
•    Gira System 106 – an excellent first impression
You never have a second chance to make a first impression and when it comes to buildings, it’s the front door that visitors see first: so everything needs to be perfect. This is easily achieved with the Gira System 106, the new door station system made from metal with an elegant, minimalist design.
At LB18, Gira will present three variants of the surface-mounted version as well as several individual modules. Elegant and flexible – these are the key characteristics of the Gira System 106: a modular door communication system with metal front plates, a minimalist design and a high-quality look-and-feel. The system’s standard dimensions are 106.5 × 106.5 mm, and it includes a wide and constantly growing range of products for use in outdoor areas. It also offers IP 54 protection against splash water.
All products on display will be supported by Gira UK experts ready to discuss and guide stand visitors on product suitability, user benefits, technical specification and potential supply/distribution. The show will also welcome brand representatives from Germany, which will include the CEO of Gira, Mr. Musial and key members from the International Marketing team.
Mark Booth, Managing Director at Gira UK Ltd, comments “Our modern approach to electrical installation means Gira offers a broad range of intelligent building technology for true convenience, security and energy profiling. This is our first time at London Build and with a host of brand new products, collections and designs on display, I am confident we can effectively demonstrate how design and function can come alive when operated to intelligently enrich lifestyles and buildings for the better.”
‘Made in Germany’, Gira products and solutions epitomise high quality manufacturing to produce reliable, safe and durable home automation, all with a timeless aesthetic. The numerous prestigious international awards received, like the “iF Award”, “Red Dot Award” and “German Design Award”, are testaments to the exceptional design quality of Gira where design and function come alive.


British Council For Offices Names The UK’S Best Work Places

Bloomberg’s London Headquarters heralded the ‘Best of the Best’ at the British Council for Offices’ National Awards
London’s Bloomberg office came out on top at the British Council for Offices’ (BCO) National Awards in the capital, taking home both the ‘Best of the Best’ and the ‘Corporate Workplace’ awards. The office was joined by five other award winners recognised for excellence in office space.
The full list of winners is:
•    ‘Best of the Best’ and ‘Corporate Workplace’: Bloomberg, London
•    ‘Commercial Workplace’: Number One Kirkstall Forge, Leeds
•    ‘Refurbished/ Recycled Workplace’: Here East, London
•    ‘Innovation’: White Collar Factory, London
•    ‘Fit Out of Workplace’: Registers of Scotland – SVP Platform, Glasgow
•    ‘Projects up to 1,500’: Albert Works, Sheffield
The BCO’s respected National Awards programme recognises top quality office design and functionality, setting the standard for excellence across the office sector in the UK. The awards dinner attracted over 1,200 key players from the office sector to celebrate the best-in-class talent. Winners from the 2018 Regional Awards programme attended the event at London’s Grosvenor House, hoping to take home the National Award for their category.
Bloomberg, located in the heart of the City of London, consolidates the company’s workforce of 4,000 into a new European headquarters for the first time. The BCO judging panel described it as one of the most significant office developments in recent times, and an ‘exceptional’ workplace for its occupants. They agreed that Bloomberg is an exemplar of sustainability and wellbeing: having achieved the highest BREEAM score of any building to date. The judges also were impressed by the building’s striking central spiral ramp, designed to promote collaboration and communication among its staff.
Number One Kirkstall Forge is the first commercial building within Kirkstall Forge, the regeneration of one of the UK’s oldest continually industrialised sites, which will ultimately be transformed into a mixed-used community with a potential for up to 1,000 homes and a total of 300,000 sq.ft. of office space and supporting amenities. The judges praised Number One Kirkstall Forge for delivering a truly unique workplace environment, which subtly reinterprets the site’s wooded riverside setting whilst setting a high standard of contemporary workplace design.
Here East now provides London with a new tech campus comprising 1.2M sq.ft. of office space for a wide range of tenants and start-up companies. The judges noted the clever architectural interventions, which have transformed the building from a two-storey shed with blank, solid facades to an office with a “dazzling” patterned exterior. The panel describe Here East as a benchmark for tech hubs around the world, as well as a major contributor to the ongoing regeneration of its locale.
The 39,285 sqm White Collar Factory, located on Old Street’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’, was lauded by the judges for its ingenuity, creativity and boldness. Notable features of this workplace include a landscaped roof terrace and an elevated running track, both of which have proved popular with tenants. The judging panel commented that the standard set by White Collar factory goes far beyond those of a usual commercial office development and, in their view, will continue to set a high benchmark in innovation for many years to come.
Registers of Scotland – SVP Platform was designed and delivered as a new smart working environment to support the organisation’s digital transformation programme, relocating staff from their previous Glasgow and Edinburgh offices. The BCO judging panel described the project as a great example of the public sector leading the way in the delivery of excellence in offices. They praised those involved in the project for their seamless and enthusiastic collaboration, which has ultimately lead to the delivery of an excellent working environment for the Registers of Scotland workforce.
Albert Works, is a recently completed workplace converted from disused, and previously dilapidated, traditional red-brick industrial warehouses. It is the first phase of a larger £10million ‘Alsop’s Field’ regeneration project in the heart of Sheffield’s Cultural Industry Quarter (CIQ) conservation area. The BCO judges praised the sensitivity and quality of both the restoration of the brick warehouse and the seamless integration of the newer intervention, describing the main external façade as boldly different, yet delicate and sympathetic to the building’s historic industrial context.
Nigel Clark, Chair of the BCO National Judging Panel, commented: “Each year, the buildings considered by the BCO Awards judging panel are of an incredibly high standard, representing the very best of the UK office sector. This year’s entrants are no exception, including developments within high profile regeneration projects, prominent new headquarters and innovative refurbishments. The ‘Best of the Best’ winner, Bloomberg, goes beyond best practice – it has delivered something truly exceptional in the heart of London, and has reset the benchmark for corporate headquarter buildings.
Richard Kauntze, Chief Executive of the BCO, added: “This year’s BCO National Awards nominees have variously displayed considered placemaking, innovative design and a commitment to sustainability and wellbeing. The common factors between them all, and for the winners in particular, were the sheer quality of the workplaces, along with the commitment and ambition of all parties involved in the development. Congratulations to all nominees, our highly commended entrants and, of course, the award winners themselves”.

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