Archive for 2023

Navigating the Shift in Corrosion Monitoring Techniques for HVAC Systems

19th December 2023

Corrosion Challenges in HVAC Systems Corrosion in closed water systems presents significant challenges in HVAC management. Traditional methods like water sampling, while useful, have limitations that can miss critical signs of corrosion. The industry is now embracing more sophisticated, real-time monitoring solutions. This blog delves into this crucial shift. Traditional Corrosion Detection vs. Advanced Monitoring […]

Preventing winter HVAC issues with seasonal commissioning

6th December 2023

The winter months bring new challenges for those responsible for commercial building services. Seasonal changes in temperature affect thermal comfort, but cold snaps can also put extra pressure on HVAC plant, increasing the risk of operational issues. When pipework and components are pushed to their limits, hidden problems will be exposed. The seasonal commissioning process […]

Post-pandemic HVAC health: how to meet changing demand in commercial buildings

4th December 2023

Covid-19 changed the working world overnight in 2020. Fast forward to 2023, and it might feel like ‘business as usual’, but the way we work has changed forever – and so has building management. Adapting Commercial Buildings for Post-Pandemic Realities Commercial buildings from a pre-pandemic era have been designed to operate safely and efficiently in […]

Heat Pump Retrofit Considerations for Building Managers

30th November 2023

As the national grid incorporates a growing percentage of renewables into its delivery, heat pumps are leading decarbonisation efforts in the built environment. In a sector that accounts for approximately 40% of total UK carbon emissions, heat pumps offer the potential for carbon neutral heating and cooling. Long-term benefits include improved safety when compared to […]

How to protect building occupants from extreme temperatures

26th September 2023

Maintaining thermal comfort inside our buildings and workplaces is critical for occupant wellbeing and productivity. However, with rising global temperatures and more extreme weather, regulating indoor temperatures has become an increasingly complex task for facilities managers (FMs). Thermal comfort and our changing climate Climate change has caused average temperatures to rise globally. Last year, the […]

Effective biofilm control techniques for clean water systems

25th September 2023

Bacteria in water systems are ubiquitous and diverse. Should a closed system show signs of corrosion and loss of efficiency, biofilm might be the culprit, causing Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC). Biofilm is traditionally controlled by maintaining relatively low general bacteria (Total Viable Count) levels. These planktonic bacteria levels have no relationship with the presence biofilm, […]

SFG20: Supporting planned maintenance in buildings

9th August 2023

SFG20 is the gold standard for building maintenance excellence and efficiency. Launched in 1990 by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), SFG20 stands for ‘Service Frequency Guide 20.’ It originated from the need for a unified approach to planned preventative maintenance (PPM), helping organisations save time, reduce costs, and ensure compliance. According to SFG20, a […]

Expert water testing and treatment services by WCS Group company, Guardian Water Treatment

9th August 2023

Guardian is a proud member of the WCS Group, the leading water treatment, water and air hygiene and asbestos specialist, with 1200+ staff nationally. Being part of the Group, enhances our ability to provide comprehensive services to ensure water quality, safety, and efficiency. In this blog, we will explore the capabilities of WCS’ Water Treatment […]

Seasonal commissioning and ‘soft landings’

28th June 2023

Facilities managers and maintenance teams are often judged by occupant comfort, the ‘soft landings’ that are the front-facing arm of FM. To ensure buildings are heated and cooled correctly in an energy efficient manner, it is crucial that the equipment responsible for temperature control are working at their optimum. Seasonal commissioning is a key part […]

Stewart McGillivray MICorr; MWMSoc (Snr) joins Guardian’s BG50i team

8th June 2023

Experienced Building Services Consultant, Stewart McGillivray, has joined Guardian Water Treatment’s team, providing consultative support to BG50i, Guardian’s trailblazing approach to closed circuit HVAC system management with real-time, 24/7 condition monitoring at its core. A member of the BSRIA steering group for BG50 – Water Treatment for Closed Heating & Cooling (the inspiration behind Guardian’s […]