Latest Associated Cooling Services (ACS) News

Economic Outlook

This last economic quarter started with some good news with unemployment falling by 50 000 to 2.53 million.  In the last three quarter employment had increased by 500 000 in what is perceived as a recession. Reductions in inflation were CPI 2.5 to 2.2 and RPI 2.9 to 2.6. Despite these figures, pressure still remains with increased energy and food costs. Many economists are confused with the November Unemployment and Employment figures. According to the Office for National Statistic (ONS), the number of people out of work fell by 82,000 to 2.51 million in the three months to November. This was against a slight increase in people employed to 29.6 million. The employment rate is 71.2%. With reduced GDP and higher inflation, they would have expected an increase in unemployment. The Chancellor was late in present his Autumn Budget gave a gloomy picture of the future but broadly neutral impact over the next few years. Growth forecast were reduced and borrowings were increased. He admitted the austerity measures would continue until 2017-18.  With reduction in factory output it is very likely the economy is heading for a triple dip recession. The spending watchdog’s forecast that Britain’s gross debt will be 100% of GDP in 2015-16, this is worse than France, Spain or Portugal. Many financial pundits are predicting a triple dip recession for the UK Economy.

New Business

Work commenced on a new retail facility called Illustrious Bar Satellite 3 at Stansted Airport. ACS was principle contractor on this retail fit out over a period of 6-weeks. Anyone who has worked on an Airport site will appreciate the logistical problems of getting materials on site. Coupled with working within an operational environment this imposed server restrictions. With the help of BAA Retail and Engineering we were able to overcome these problems and open on schedule.

Earlier in the year we completed a Daikin VRV installation covering 3 floors of an office complex. Work has now commenced on the second phase covering the fourth floor and will be completed by end January 2013.

Energy Rated Products (ErP) and Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER)

A new piece of EU Legislation arrives on 1st January 2013. This covers a wide range of equipment including; televisions, computers, boilers, transformers air conditioners and even windows. All products will have to comply with minimum Energy Rated Products (ErP). A new CE rating label will appear on all products. The old COP will be replaced by SCOP and EER by SEER. This will provide building users with a more meaningful indication of the energy consumption of a building.

In the United Kingdom, a Seasonal Energy Efficiency ratio (SEER) for refrigeration and air conditioning products, similar to the ESEER but with different load profile weighting factors, is used for part of the Building Regulations Part L calculations within the Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) software, and are used in the production of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) for new buildings within the UK and the European Union; both as part of the European directive on the energy performance of buildings (EPBD).

All new air conditioning equipment manufactured or imported in the UK will need to comply with this legislation. At this stage only units rated at 12kW and below require an ErP label. In the meantime manufacturers will be selling equipment without the label until all stocks are exhausted.
In addition to the ErP label, for fridges, freezers and air conditioning are to include a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Rating (SEER). The object of the labelling is to provide the end user with the efficiency over the seasons. It also takes into consideration variation in climate between designated geographic areas throughout Europe. Covering both heating and cooling efficiency rating, for the first time comparisons between manufacturers will become easier. Purchasers will be able to make an informed decision about the overall efficiency.

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