Plumbing advice for business owners moving property

Is your business moving to a new property? If so, it’s important to check that the plumbing, pipes, taps and fittings on the new premises are in proper working order – to avoid time consuming inconvenience and the costs incurred there from.

WaterSafe, the UK national accreditation body for approved plumbers, has created an easy five-step guide to help property owners ensure that their plumbing is in top notch condition. The advice is based on the invaluable experience of the approved Watersafe plumbers who are often the first port of call when there is a problem, and aims to facilitate a smooth transition into a new property. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Find the internal stop tap (usually found where the water supply enters the premises) and make sure it’s working properly and you can turn it on and off easily, in case you need to in an emergency.
  • Check your boiler’s service history – how old it is and how regularly it’s been serviced. If there’s a cold water tank in the attic, make sure it’s clean and that it has a lid fitted.
  • Look out for leaky taps, toilets and radiators. Tell-tale signs to look out for are: loss of pressure, rust, water stains on the walls, floors or carpets, or mould on ceilings and walls.
  • Find out whether the property has lead water pipes – usually a dark matte grey pipe that turns shiny when scraped with a screwdriver. Drinking water that has passed through lead pipes can be harmful so you might want to replace them with copper or plastic ones.
  • Check if there’s a water metre, which could be in the ground outside the front of your house, or inside near the stop tap. If you have a water meter you’ll be charged for the amount of water you use rather than an estimated amount.

If you’d like further information or plumbing advice, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

Sources: Watersafe.org.uk – “Moving home? Our plumbers’ top tips” and “New home? Check your plumbing”.

 
Posted on 25 June 2017 under: News
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Keep the air cool and cost-effective in your business this summer

One might assume that because winter’s over and the heating is finally off, that energy costs will take a dip but this is not necessarily the case! There’s nothing more uncomfortable than working in a scorching hot office, which is why businesses tend to crank the air conditioning with little hesitation – and cold air costs! But there are ways to help your business save money this summer:

  • Service and repair (if necessary) your current air conditioning system, to keep it running smoothly and efficiently; preventing inconvenient costs from cropping up throughout the summer months.
  • Keep the cool air in by insulating your business premises, and if using air conditioning remember to keep windows and doors shut to keep the cool air from flowing out.
  • According to the Energy Department, you can save as much as 10 per cent a year on heating and cooling by simply turning your thermostat back 3°-4°C for 8 hours a day from its normal setting.
  • The days are longer, which presents the perfect opportunity for businesses to take advantage of natural lighting. Fluorescent bulbs use around 75 per cent less energy than the standard light bulbs but apart from that, why not figure out where the sun will be and when, and rearrange the layout of your business space accordingly? Move desks around so that they are not in direct line with the main window when the sun is beaming in throughout the afternoon. This way you can keep your blinds open and your lights off.
  • Using a fan can help increase the efficiency of an air conditioning system.
  • If you’re not using an air conditioner, open windows and doors to ventilate the office and relax business dress to keep staff cool and happy at work.
  • Turn off anything that creates heat when not in use, such as printers and monitors.

For more excellent tips on how to cut down on energy costs this summer, read “Summer energy tips: How to cut down on costs” on Britishgas.co.uk.

If you’d like further information, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

 
Posted on 25 May 2017 under: News
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Project Dragonfly

Poject Dragonfly by CH Systems

CH Systems has been involved in Project Dragonfly, down in Erith, and we recently completed the installation of all pipework in the fourth Ocado Customer Fulfilment centre. The warehouse sits on a circa 40 acre site close to the River Thames. The warehouse unit when complete will have 560,000 sq ft of distribution space with offices totalling 27,857 sq ft. The warehouse unit will have 72 dock and 16 level access doors, and room for 326 cars and 287 HGVs.

Poject Dragonfly by CH Systems in Erith

Within the scope of works we carried out the following:

  • Boiler and plant room pipework installation including 2no Ideal Imax Xtra floor standing condensing boilers and 2no Andrews MAXXflo gas fired water heaters.
  • Within the plant room there was also 4no Air Handling Units which were fed off the heating circuit.
  • All of the heating pipework was installed in Low Carbon Steel Mapress all the way to 108mm OD in excess of 1200 meters.
  • All of the domestic pipework over 2000 meters was installed in Copper Mapress up to and including 54mm.
  • All the second fix of 60 toilets, 6 showers, numerous hand wash basins and 4 squatting toilets.
  • Over 450 meters of Geberit HDPE soil pipe was installed to serve all the waste outlets on site.

Once again we received a large amount of project support from our suppliers, including BSS and Smith Brothers Stores, as well as Geberit who supplied all the pipe fittings across the project.

In summary this was the largest project we have completed to date, and we’d like to thank our team of fitters, as well as the upstream management for their hard work, ensuring this all ran smoothly.

If you’d like further information on our involvement with Project Dragonfly, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

 
Posted on 16 May 2017 under: News, Recent Projects
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New Ereba air-to-water heat pump cuts costs for small businesses

As the owner or manager of a small commercial property you’ll be interested in CIAT Ozonair’s new range of high efficiency Ereba monobloc air-to-water heat pumps, which provide heating and cooling at minimal cost.

The pump can be used as a stand-alone heating source in small commercial applications, or to augment/back-up conventional boiler-based heating systems in existing buildings. With a high water outlet temperature of up to 60ºC at 10ºC ambient, Ereba covers the full spectrum of heating and hot water requirements, and is compliant with all types of radiators and underfloor heating systems.

The packaged system comes complete with an integrated hydraulic module, Class A variable-speed pump, and a built-in expansion tank. An automatic air purge system ensures it continues to operate efficiently without the need for manual intervention or frequent maintenance.

The variable speed inverter-controlled fan enables gradual soft-start ramp up to protect power supplies, plus a night mode for super-quiet operation when end users and neighbours are sleeping.

The electronic controller manages all operating parameters and allows multiple settings, including Time Clock control, Mode, and Day and Night functions, via the “Touch ’n’ Go” setting.

The full Ereba range includes nine models, five single-phase and four three-phase models.

If you’re interested in the technical details of the monobloc air pump, read “NEW EREBA AIR-TO-WATER MONOBLOC HEAT PUMP” at hpmmag.com.

If you’d like further information, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

 
Posted on 25 April 2017 under: News
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Business leaders share tips on how to minimise energy use

New smart meter data has revealed that small businesses use 46 per cent of their total electricity between 6pm and 8am – when no one is at work (usually). The experts from Britishgas.co.uk reckon that a few simple changes could cut office energy bills by up to 20 per cent!

In an effort to help companies save costs on energy, business leaders taking part in The Business Show, the UK’s largest business exhibition, discussed the importance of saving energy as well as what they do to cut down on their energy use at work, and here’s what they came up with:

“We had a survey done of hoe energy efficient we are and, off the back of that, we changed a number of things; we changed the way our light switches work so if you leave the room they’ll turn off automatically.” – Steven Bartlett (social media agency Social Chain).

“I think energy efficiency is vital. Not only does it save you money but, in this world that we live in, we have to preserve energy.” – Touker Suleyman (Dragon’s Den).

“It’s never been an easier time, with the internet and mobile apps, that you can monitor [energy use] in real time.” – Jonathan Dowden (Sage One)

“I think that there are huge savings that you can make in smart metering. You can actually take really big steps to cut your bills.” – Bill Morrow (founder and CEO of Angels Den investment platform).

“Even if it’s just a start and you roll things out in a sequence…make sure everything is on standby or switched off.” – Annie Hunter (Consultant, How2)

“If you can be energy efficient and reduce your energy costs then, absolutely, every penny counts in a small business, in a growing business; therefore [energy saving] is vitally important.” – Brett Akker (Founder, Lovespace).

If you’d like further information on how your business can cut down on energy costs, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

Source: Britishgas.co.uk – “Business leaders discuss how they cut down on energy bills.”

 
Posted on 25 March 2017 under: News
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Could your business benefit from an Energy Manager?

What is an Energy Manager and might your business need one? Both fair questions – and definitely worth answering, as sweeping environmental, social and business trends force energy to climb the corporate agenda. Harvard Business Review describes the ‘megatrends’ that are changing the context in which businesses operate, as; climate change and global carbon regulation, increasing pressures on natural resources, rising expectations about corporate environmental performance, innovations in energy technologies and business models, and plummeting renewable energy prices.

Many forward-thinking companies have bought into the concept of an Energy Manager, who is expected to use any and all tools at his or her disposal – from auditing existing measures to incorporating the latest technologies – to identify inefficiencies, shape energy best practices within the organisation and optimise the relationship between energy use and the bottom line.

Panpwr.com describes the objective of an Energy Manager as follows:

An Energy Manager’s main role is to improve an organisation’s energy productivity by planning, monitoring and improving energy use across all operations, while ensuring that all efforts have a positive impact on the business’s bottom line.

The Energy Manager’s influence is felt in a number of areas of an organisation, including resource management, budgeting, operations, sustainability efforts, corporate responsibility, government or industry compliance, and energy efficiency.

Ultimately, an Energy Manager is there to save your business money within the parameters of a contemporary operational axis. To find out more about the job responsibilities and requirements of an Enery Manager, as well as other considerations, read “The Definitive Energy Manager Job Description” on Panpwr.com.

If you’d like further information, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

 
Posted on 26 February 2017 under: News
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How innovative installation makes your business energy efficient

One of the biggest energy-related challenges for owners of businesses that operate out of commercial buildings – schools, restaurants, supermarkets, offices, gyms etc. – is finding a heating and hot water system that can keep up with the demand, at a reasonable price. Saving energy, for ethical reasons as well as money-saving targets, is no mean feat. But there are ways…

Thinking outside of the box with innovative installations is one way to cut overheads. Heating manufacturer Vokèra is currently working with UK business owners to reduce usage and costs, as reported by Plumbingmag.com. Two recent projects include the replacement of a 43-year-old oil roof-top boiler with a floor standing modular unit, which enabled the building in question to be heated to temperature in a mere 20 minutes.

Another project saw oil boilers replaced with the energy-efficient CondexaPRO, alongside new insulation, high-efficient glazing and LED lighting; the building now saves almost 980,000 kWh per annum.

Cascade configuration is also a good way to ensure that the output of the heating system meets the demand of a large property. Boilers that have been designed for modular systems will work well in commercial applications. If the demand within the building is high, then all boilers in the system can be working together, but, if the heating requirement drops, each appliance can be individually controlled and turned off to match the lower demand.

Vokèra is just one brand committed to helping business save money with energy efficient installations, there are also others – Worcester/Bosch, Reznor, Vaillant, (to mention a few), which are all committed to making energy efficiency commercially viable for both smaller and larger businesses.

If you’d like further information on how to make energy efficiency commercially viable for your business, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

Source: Plumbingmag.co.uk – “Making energy efficiency commercially viable”

 
Posted on 25 January 2017 under: News
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Plumbing and Heating engineers work over Christmas!

Great news this festive season is that many plumbing and heating engineers are hard at work. If your business has an emergency, calling on a plumber or installer who you know could pay off big time! A recent survey by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers (CIPHE) has revealed that 69 per cent of engineers will respond to known customers and 31 per cent will provide service for all callers.

One in four engineers will be available for emergency call-outs on Christmas day, with 48 per cent on Christmas Eve, 33 per cent on Boxing Day, 42 per cent on New Year’s Eve, 29 per cent on New Year’s day and 47 per cent on January 2.

Kevin Wellman, CEO of the CIPHE, says: “Heating and plumbing engineers are the unsung heroes of the festive season and they richly deserve the spotlight this survey shines on them. Every planned or responsive job is important, but at this time of year, when emotions run high, the pressure is really on to deliver the goods, so there should be great pride that so many can say they’ve ‘saved a Christmas Day.’

So, what type of issues could your business experience while employees are enjoying mince pies and mulled wine with their families? Reasons for call-outs cited in the survey are: burst pipes, boiler breakdowns, heating system issues, plumbing problems and blocked pipes. Of those responding to emergency call-outs over Christmas, 47 per cent said that the job was not an emergency and 82 per cent said the job was due to botched work.

The moral of the story is: to have a reliable engineer on tap in case of a heating or plumbing emergency and make sure that it is indeed an emergency because your call could mean that someone misses out on an important personal event.

If you’d like further information, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

Source: Phamnews.co.uk – “‘TIS THE SEASON FOR DEDICATED HEATING & PLUMBING TRADES”

 
Posted on 27 December 2016 under: News
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Why drinking tap water is good for business

Did you know that two litres of tap water costs less than a third of a penny on average, compared to 45p for a supermarket’s own brand of bottled water or 90p for a named brand, according to Discover Water. So why, then, is your company shelling out cash for bottles of water – especially when the drinking water supplied by water companies in the UK is among the best in the world, according to Julie Spinks, Director of WaterSafe, the UK accreditation scheme for approved plumbers?

In a case for drinking tap water, Spinks argues that the UK’s water undergoes rigorous testing every day to ensure it meets strict guidelines set out by the World Health Organisation; standards that bottled water is not always tested against. Plus, tap water is cheaper. And yet, more than ever, people are drinking bottled water at home and at work.

Around two-thirds (67 per cent) of people now say they drink tap water at home (down from the78 per cent in 2015) with convenience cited as the main reason. Fewer people are also drinking tap water at work (39 per cent, down from 51 per cent in 2015) or in cafés and restaurants (21 per cent, down from 32 per cent) – as per new research published by the Consumer Council for Water.

It makes sense, from a business perspective and even from a health perspective, to promote a ‘tap water culture’ at work but it also means that we have to make sure that our pipes are up to scratch, so to speak. For tap water to be safe to drink in homes, offices and public buildings, it’s not only about the quality of the water but how the water gets to the tap. It’s important to have a great plumber who will only use approved fittings, which will help ensure the water supplied by water companies stays fresh and healthy until it reaches taps.

If you’d like further information, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

 
Posted on 24 November 2016 under: News
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New tool set to help businesses reduce energy costs

Panoramic Power is a new energy measurement management tool launched by British Gas in an effort to help businesses reduce costs. It aims to help strategically align people, processes, and technology with financial, operational and environmental objectives.

The tool combines cloud-based analytics with real time measurement of individual electronic devices and machinery to bring transparency and visibility to energy use. The resulting data produces actionable insights that will in turn improve operational excellence and business performance.

By helping customers understand and take control of their energy, businesses will in turn save money and drive operational performance. The initiative claims to deliver an ROI for customers with an enterprise solution that is affordable, flexible and scalable enough to deliver a comprehensive set of energy management and operational services which also support corporate social responsibility and sustainability programs.

According to a report by Energy Live News Gab Barbaro, MD of Big Six supplier Centrica’s UK Business division, says of the initiative:

“Between them, British businesses are currently spending around £20 billion a year on energy. I believe that in future we could help them bring that down by 10 to 20 per cent through distributed energy solutions.

“With Panoramic Power we’re offering energy intensive users real insights to help them bring down their energy usage. More fundamentally though, we can use it to help businesses make decisions about where distributed energy technologies can be of most use to them and to their bottom line.”

To date, Panoramic Power has rolled out 35,000 sensors in 30 countries, bringing energy insights to customers across 1,000 sites.

If you’d like further information, feel free to contact the CH Systems team on 0208 302 8149 or info@chsystems.cc.

Source: Energylivenews.com – “New British Gas tool to help businesses cut energy costs”

 
Posted on 25 October 2016 under: News
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