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Toshiba Air Conditioning (a division of Toshiba Carrier UK Limited) has developed a complete Building Information Modelling (BIM) support solution for consultants, contractors and designers.

It covers the manufacturer’s full range of SMMSI, SHRMi and Mini SMMSi VRF outdoor units, including flow selector boxes and the full range of indoor units.

The BIM package provides an accurate and easy-to-use digital representation of Toshiba’s air conditioning systems, that can be applied in standard BIM models of new and refurbished buildings, speeding up the design process and helping accurately to predict building performance.

The introduction of BIM is central to aiding companies to fall in line with the government’s four-year strategy to improve efficiency and reduce costs in the UK construction industry.

The aim  is to introduce 3D collaborative BIM to all new construction projects by 2016, with all project data encapsulated in electronic form, speeding up projects, reducing capital costs and helping to cut carbon emissions from buildings by 20 per cent.

David Dunn (inset), general manager of Toshiba UK, says: “We very much support the drive towards BIM-based design, as there are huge gains to be reaped by all concerned. For designers and contractors it speeds up project planning, and enables quick and accurate changes that save time on site.

“For clients and end users, it helps ensure installations are delivered on time and to budget, and provides assurance that design conditions can be achieved for a building. These twin planning and predictive aspects are what makes BIM so powerful.”

Toshiba’s suite of BIM icons, based on the popular Revit platform, can be downloaded from the Business Lounge on the company’s website:

RCS Energy Management has extended its pioneering integrated communication module concept with a new DIN rail mounted controller, the Eden Avanta.

The Avanta is the second in RCS’ Eden range of next-generation controller units for automatic temperature regulation and defrost scheduling in refrigerated display cabinets and coldroom applications.

It follows hot on the heels of the successful launch in 2012 of the Eden Compact, the first all-in-one compact refrigeration controller requiring no additional communication modules, thanks to its on-board RS485, IP or wireless communication support.

The Avanta carries the same on-board communication functions as the Compact, but has been designed to be either DIN rail mounting or screw fixed.

To ensure maximum versatility, the controller offers six changeover relay outputs and a total of seven temperature / analogue inputs as standard. This means that as well as the standard five probe connections (Air On, Air Off, Evaporator In, Evaporator Out and Defrost Termination), a product probe can be connected on the sixth input and the seventh can be configured to accept different input signals such as pressure, humidity or pulses – particularly useful in CO2 applications or where energy monitoring by case is required.

The units are easy to install, to configure and commission, with two part connectors provided as standard for the wiring of all I/O and control options including a front panel, the supervisory system or a dedicated Windows application.

The Avanta is available either with or without an integrated display, the latter for use with RCS’s new Eden Remote Display unit.

Underpinning the entire Eden range is RCS’ proven and unique energy management technology.

Alongside the sophisticated algorithms which ensure efficient and appropriate use of energy-intensive items of refrigeration plant, specific energy saving features include the LSV cycle function which reduces energy at the pack by closing the case inlet valve if it has been sat in the deadband for longer than a pre-set time.

Adaptive control of trim heaters is managed a zero crossing triac module, and additional energy saving features such as night blind monitoring / alarming, setback control and parameter management all become available when the controller is used in conjunction with an RCS supervisory system.

RCS Energy Management Commercial Manager Simon Grater said: “The Avanta takes all of the innovations and advances which have made the Eden Compact so successful and integrates them into a versatile new unit which offers the DIN rail or screw mounting options which customers require.

“Because RCS designs and manufacturers in England, we are able to respond to this kind of feedback very quickly and bring exactly the right control products to market in a matter of months, rather than years.

“Thanks to this responsiveness and attention to precise customer requirements, we believe the Eden range is well-placed to establish itself as the most effective and versatile controller solution in today’s commercial refrigeration market.”

To find out more about RCS Managements range of products or contact them for more information click here

Coca Cola in conjunction with Leo Burnett Columbia have been shortlisted for the Cannes Lions for their innovatively designed Bio Cooler.

The Bio Cooler which aims to bring cold drinks to the world without the use of electricity or batteries is based on a combination of evaporation refrigeration and conventional absorption refrigeration.

According to their submission Leo Burnett and Coca Cola said; we should find the way to get energy to refrigerate the product. We researched about refrigeration technologies which don´t use electric power, we analyzed simple and ancient times techniques on how keep food and beverages fresh. As a conclusion, we decided to combine the evaporation refrigeration principle with a conventional absorption refrigeration system activated just from the sun's energy concentration captured by a parabolic mirror. The design line respects the next brand visibility guidelines and applies a very subtle eco design tone.

Screen Shot - Leo Burnett CommercialScreen Shot - Leo Burnett Commercial

One of the quirky features is that they don't just add water, but also have plants that cool even more through transpiration. The coolerworks by watering the plants that sit on top which creates evaporation inside the machine. Then, a mirror on top converts gas into liquid, making things even cooler inside the dispenser. The result is a cold drink without wasting any electricity to do it, and best of all the technology works better the hotter it gets.

Check out Leo Burnett's prize winning commercial Click here.

Driven by the European Parliaments new F-Gas regulations Verco have launched their latest innovations in refrigeration technology. Verco's Energy Plus includes a re-designed cabinet to improve airflow along with the fitting of LED lighting, and operating on R407F refrigerant.

Verco is initially introducing the low-energy, high-performance Energy Plus as an option for its Kingston and Verwood models and plans to completely phase out the use of R404a, one of the high GWP HFC refrigerants set to banned under the recent F-Gas regulations review.

Verco's development director Mike Nicholls comments "Following extensive testing, R407F has been selected for its combination of zero ODP (ozone depletion potential) and 53% reduction in GWP (global warming potential) compared to R404a."

Energy Plus is already the standard on the Quebec range of glass-door cabinets – including the single-door Q1XL, two-door Q2CC and three-door Q3CC – Verco has turned its attention to the open-chill Kingston and glass-door Verwood models. Already re-engineered to accept the optional Energy Plus and available to order now are the company's range-topping Kingston K250 (2500mm wide), single-door Verwood V1CHM models. These will be closely followed by the 1950mm wide Kingston K195 and two-door Verwood V2CHM models by this summer.

"Customers specifying the Energy Plus option on Verwood models can expect significant energy savings of up to 33% at chill temperature," says Mike.

Looking to the future, Mike says: "It is becoming increasingly difficult to anticipate and satisfy safety requirements where hydrocarbons are used so, while Verco has committed to standardising on the use of non-flammable refrigerants such as R407f in its glass-door cabinets, we will continue to offer the option of R407f or R1270 on open-chill Kingston and Cambridge models."

For more information on Verco and its Energy Plus Click here

About Verco: Founded in 1965. Verco is now a leading supplier of retail refrigeration and one of the largest UK manufacturers of open-chill and glass-door cabinets.

The products that the space agency develops have filtered into everyday life for decades, and the NASA publication "Spinoff" has chronicled their progress. The latest issue is now available for free online, and what's inside may surprise you.

NASA advanced photovoltaic (PV) technology is now being widely used to solar-power refrigerators being used by the United Nations Children's Fund to save lives all over the world today.

After licensing the NASA technology, David Bergeron of SunDanzer Refrigeration Inc, former head of the Advanced Refrigerator Technology Team at Johnson Space Center, sought to apply this PV technology and develop battery-free solar-powered refrigeration units to store life-saving vaccines in off grid rural communities.

It is estimated that nearly two billion people in the world are without access to electricity and battery free solar refrigeration technology has greatly increased availability of essential vaccines and medicines that can be stored in remote regions around the world.

NASA technology has also made its way into a number of other areas such as;

Baseball - The panoramic cameras on the agency's Mars rovers have been translated into devices that capture gorgeous panoramic photographs at Major League Baseball stadiums. High-resolution cameras take 360-degree photos of a stadium during the game, and afterward fans can go online, find themselves in the shot and tag themselves on social media.

Water Bottles - You may be holding material first developed in conjunction with Johnson Space Center, which is in Houston. A new, two-level filtration system originally developed to recycle water on the International Space Station has made its way into commercial application, helping world travellers avoid ingesting nasty bugs such as E. coli and Cryptosporidium.

To find out more about Sundanzer Refrigeration Inc. solar-powered refrigerators click here 

To learn more about NASA's space tech spinoffs, visit:

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UK:  In a first for the UK, A-Gas has launched a new high specification Carbon Dioxide (R744) refrigerant. Known as “eCO2” due to its environmental credentials, this product is produced sustainably from waste sugar beet, is UK-sourced, has excellent thermodynamic properties and sets the standard for those looking for a green alternative to HCFC gases like R22, commonly used in these industries.

The cooling industry has known for several years that R22 is being phased out but under recent amendments to the F-Gas Regulations, HFC refrigerants with a Global-Warming Potential (GWP) of 2500 are on a cap and phase down, with future supply being restricted. Many retrofit refrigerants also fail the F-Gas test, so eCO2 from A-Gas provides a cutting-edge alternative for those looking for a sustainable option.

A-Gas Operations Manager Rob Parker said: “The X Factor for eCO2 is the sustainable way it’s produced. Most CO2 refrigerants are recovered from dirty industrial processes which are far from green in their methods. eCO2 is a by-product of bioethanol production from waste sugar beet – using crops not destined for sugar production. This is a first for A-Gas and the UK market, as a CO2 refrigerant produced from waste sugar beet has never been on sale before on a commercial basis.”

“eCO2 can be used in a range of applications but it is particularly suitable for supermarket refrigerant systems, as its green credentials give it stand out qualities in an industry where reducing the carbon footprint is high on the list of priorities.”

Like traditional refrigerant grade CO2, eCO2 has a low environmental impact with zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) and a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of 1. However, with its ultra-low moisture content, eCO2 is certified to exceed refrigeration grade specification – giving it the edge over lower grade Carbon Dioxide. Low moisture content and high purity enable the refrigerant to work more reliably, which in turn extends the life of equipment.

eCO2 is recovered from the natural fermentation of the sugar beet crop. Bioethanol production is a highly integrated and sustainable local operation with the sugar beet crop sourced close to the factory.  The waste beet does not compete with other food sources and, as part of the process, raw carbon dioxide is recovered, so no new CO2 enters the atmosphere.

Rob Parker added: “Increasingly, supermarket chains are thinking of switching to greener refrigerants because they are aware of the phase-out of R22 and the changes under the F-Gas regulations. eCO2 is an attractive option for those who want to keep pace with these developments by choosing the first sustainably-produced CO2 refrigerant.”

eCO2 is available from A-Gas wholesale partners in a range of portable cylinders for standard use and Manifold Packs and Dewar cylinders for larger installations.

About A-Gas

A-Gas is an international group of companies with headquarters in the United Kingdom and trading subsidiaries in the UK, South Africa, Australia, South East Asia, China, Thailand and the Americas.

Their core business focuses on:

Refrigerants used for heat exchange in air conditioning and chilling applications.

Industrial special products including industrial and specialty gases used in a variety of applications.

Environmental services providing full environmental services for the recovery and reclamation of environmentally sensitive products such as HCFCs, HFCs, Halons and associated products.

Performance chemicals such as blowing agents used in the manufacture of insulating foams and chemicals used in the electronics industry.

A-Gas is a market leader in the supply of refrigerants within its core territories in the UK, Australia and South Africa, with modern state-of-the-art storage, blending and packaging facilities in Bristol, Melbourne and Cape Town. We are rapidly growing our market share in Asia and the Americas with sales offices in Singapore, China, Thailand and the USA.


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UK: Valvestock, the specialist valve and actuator arm of Pipe Center, has introduced a new rapid response service for plastic valves and actuator packages aimed at installers, skid builders and end users.

It provides dedicated technical support for the selection, quotation and next-day delivery of plastic valve automation and actuation products.

The rapid response service, which sees assembly take place at Valvestock’s Fareham facility, is initially available with GF actuated valve packages although further types of valve will be added in the near future.

Due to their resistance to aggressive chemicals, plastic valves are ideal for use in applications involving contact with acids, alkalis, inorganic and organic media. Compared with traditional metal components, plastic valves are lightweight, quick to install, and easy to modify to meet complex installation requirements.

Heading up the initiative is Adrian Squibb, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the industrial market, with particular knowledge of diaphragm valves for use in oil and petrochemicals, power, chemical, waste and water and other process and manufacturing industries.

The company will stock GF automation products as part of its speedy valve service, enabling it to carry out builds from stock and provide rapid turnaround. It will also hold stocks of its own-brand Jet electric actuator, and supply the complimentary Durapipe range with standard lead times.

The new service has helped Valvestock secure a significant order for components for a bio-digester at a Midlands sewage treatment works. The plastic components replace traditional metal solenoid valves that were costly and only available on long lead-times. The plastic valves offered an ideal problem-solving alternative.

The contract includes plastic manual and actuated valves, plus on-site modification of existing valves, spindle extensions and retrofit actuation.

The new plastic valve service compliments Valvestock’s existing metal ball, butterfly, gate, globe and diaphragm valves, plus its Saunders industrial valve range, built by Valvestock from stock under licence.

Marcus Sampson, general manager (inset) of Valvestock, said: “I believe our offering is unique in the market. Valvestock is the only supplier in the UK offering plastic GF valve packages alongside Saunders industrial diaphragm valves, all built from stock and supplied in a 24-hour turnaround time.”

He added: “It gives customers access to rapid solutions to meet pressing replacement needs, particularly in the event of a failure. Depending on the application, down-time costs can be extremely high. With a 24-hour response time, problems can be remedied quickly before costs escalate out of control.”

For further information contact Nicola Toulson, tel: 01925 705435 or email

About Pipe Centre

Pipe Center is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of heating, pipe and related products to the commercial and industrial building services industry. With an unrivalled product range, extensive branch network and expert technical support, Pipe Center provides an outstanding service to contractors across the UK. For further information, go

Got an old Air Conditioning system but don't want to fork out for a new one, well Tado may have the product just for you.

Tado has developed a new product called Tado Cooling. The Cooling box sits on the user’s wall and, along with a Smartphone app, provides an interface between the user and their AC unit.

This genius app knows when a user is heading home through location tracking, so that the system can be up and running by the time you walk through the door.

The Tado Cooling unit is connected to the internet via Wi-Fi and also performs indoor tracking via Bluetooth Low Energy, iBeacon and light and motion sensors, so it only cools when someone is in the room.



Tado Cooling is compatible with numerous types of AC units:

  • Window
  • Wall-mounted (split)
  • Free-standing

The Tado Cooling box communicates with the unit via infrared, so it will work with nearly all AC units that already work with a remote control.

Using Kickstarter as a way of getting itself out there on a global basis. Tado will compete with products currently on the market such as the connected vent covers from Keen and maybe even with the connected window units from GE’s partnership.

“We know that the U.S. and Asia are the biggest markets, but it’s very difficult to foresee how big the demand will be,” Deilmann said. “Right now the product is working, but before we go into mass production, we want to see what is the demand, how many units we need to build… Kickstarter can do all countries [at once].”

The Cooling box is only $99 as a Kickstarter pledge and it is anticipated it will be $149 retail price.

About Tado: Tado° have been working to optimize energy consumption of buildings and adjusting it to the actual demand of the residents since autumn 2010. To find out more about Tado Click here.

UK: As a direct result of the increasing success of the Reflok aluminium piping system a new company, Reflok (Europe) Limited has been formed. The new company will commence trading in May this year and is part of the global strategy to promote the ‘Reflok’ brand.

Howard Noble has been appointed as Managing Director of Reflok (Europe) Ltd which is wholly owned by Reflok North America. He comments “The combination of both businesses into one global brand results in a stronger brand offering and allows the UK operation to meet the ever increasing sales with global buying power”

"We’ve had 2 years of intense trials, discussions and testing which has resulted in a number of recent approvals/nominations. As a result  we are now seeing a real upturn in the number of contractors using Reflok. It’s always been Jon’s (Jon Shipman, co-founder of Reflok) intention to turn the product into a global brand, and forming Reflok Europe Ltd is the next stage in that strategy.                                 

Following the creation of a single worldwide Reflok business, John Shipman Contracting Ltd, whose business included the design and manufacture of copper Refnets and Reflok products will close. Jon Shipman, co-founder and Director of the parent company, says “This will enable the management team to concentrate 100% on the Reflok business which is the future.”

He continued, “Our copper business suffered as a direct result of both the amount of effort we have put into the development of the Reflok brand and a declining order book for traditional copper Refnets.”

Reflok (Europe) Limited will operate from South Cerney in Gloucestershire and can be contacted using the existing telephone numbers.

For further information please contact Howard Noble:

Tel:  +44(0) 7887 474227


About Reflok:  Reflok® is a system developed by and patented by JSC to simplify the installation of VRF systems without the use of heat. JSC's manufacturing processes cater for all aspects of the VRF pipe component business.

The company manufactures a large range of pipe joint kits, and pipe apparatus, for the world's leading VRF systems and is the only manufacturer of these components throughout the world.

UK:  Green Point UK was officially launched on April 24 2014 and established to remanufacture and repair compressors to the highest OEM standards.  This covers covering not only all BITZER products, but also all other major brands.

Based at BITZER UK's UK headquarters in Bletchley, near Milton Keynes.  Green Point UK is based in a purpose-built 2600 square metre facility and represents a highly significant investment by BITZER. This underlines the company's long term commitment to the buoyant and growing remanufacturing market.  Green Point UK is led by Managing Director Kevin Glass, General Manager Will Pribyl and a team with extensive experience and technical know-how. Green Point UK's website will provides customers with comprehensive real time information on remanufactured stock availability as well as comprehensive details of the services on offer.

Green Point UK and BITZER UK’s Managing Director Kevin Glass says:  “Remanufacturing services for compressors already exist in the UK and indeed there is an established market.  We, however, are offering something different in terms of the quality of product and the services that we can offer. Green Point UK’s operation follows the same pattern as other members of the Green Point global network and has been set up in response to our UK customer requests and feedback.  We pay particular attention to the types of compressors that are most in use and demand to ensure they are always readily available from Green Point UK.  We are also the only UK based operation that can completely remanufacture BITZER screw compressors.”

Green Point UK will enable customers to benefit from all the expertise and experience that the BITZER organisation offers - but in a remanufactured unit from small semi-hermetics to the largest screw compressors.  These products will sit comfortably alongside BITZER branded products in the new compressor market and together they will provide complete, competitively priced solutions.

The model for the whole Green Point network is based on close co-operation with the BITZER Group and it uses the processes that have made BITZER a world leader in new compressor technology.  This approach means the highest quality standards, consistent workmanship and close consideration of environmental issues.  By taking in scrap/used compressors from customers and remanufacturing them, Green Point is removing the problem of disposal from the end user.  Also central to the operation of Green Point UK is the commitment to recycle all scrap components as well as initiatives that include ensuring through vigorous testing procedures that all compressors have the highest operational efficiency.

Green Point UK provides customers with a like for like swap of an old compressor for a remanufactured unit with the quickest possible turnaround. The initial phase of the operation therefore has centred upon building up stock of popular compressors that are then completely remanufactured and put into stock ready to swap. Phase one is the popular BITZER second generation compressor range along with the predecessors of the Octagon range and the older BHS range along with the open drive versions. Screw compressors are also in this phase target.

The background experience of the Green Point team and knowledge of BITZER products ensures full awareness of the latest developments in BITZER technology. Therefore alternative remanufactured compressor solutions may be recommended to meet specific customer needs and based on factors such as environmental concerns and improved energy efficiency.

The remanufacture of compressors by Green Point UK is a thorough process.  It includes the replacement of an existing motor with a brand new one as well as completely new valve plates, bearings, piston rings, bearings and pressure relief valves.  The Green Point Quality kit contains all the critical safety, wear and tear parts.

The remanufacture of BITZER compressors uses only BITZER 100% original parts – from the smallest component to the most critical mechanical part.  This concept guarantees high performance, reliability and the achievement of product life expectancy. Green Point UK always holds a comprehensive stock of these genuine original parts to ensure fast customer service.  For other brands of compressor, wherever possible original manufacturer parts will also be used or alternatively quality approved pattern parts that meet OEM tolerances and specifications.

Quality control is built into the whole remanufacturing process, with batches tested for quality and detailed testing taking place at the end of the complete remanufacturing process.  Green Point UK is also looking to acquire ISO 9000 accreditation for its quality procedures.  New investments in tooling and facilities at the plant include cleaning/ washing equipment and comprehensive leak testing equipment. A specialist heated drying room is central to the whole process, ensuring that each compressor is delivered totally dehydrated.

The repair of BITZER compressors is also a major activity and the organisation's trained and skilled engineers will follow set procedures covering the testing and repair of BITZER compressors, including those within and outside their original warranty period.

Each compressor that arrives is documented and analysed to determine the possible root cause of failure.  It is then repaired and the replacement of parts is carried out only after careful evaluation and not randomly. Components still in good condition are checked, cleaned and repositioned whilst lubricant, washers and gaskets are always replaced to help ensure safe and reliable operation. They are fully tested before despatch and Green Point UK is equipped with a dedicated bench test facility to check the operational efficiency of the repaired compressor against those of an original new compressor.

For further information contact Green Point UK, Advantage One, Third Avenue, Denbigh West, Bletchley, MK1 1DR, tel:  +44 (0) 1908 642966, fax:  +44 (0) 1908 644330, email: or downloadable from