Closed Systems Remote Monitoring

7th March 2024

“A pre-incident risk avoidance system, or post-incident action alert system?” Stewart McGillivray discusses: Closed systems remote corrosion monitoring has become more popular over the past few years, and has been incorporated into the current BSRIA guidance for water treatment as a useful tool to monitor corrosion levels, providing a real time view of water quality […]

Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2024

6th February 2024

Guardian is thrilled to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2024, a dedicated time to recognise and applaud the invaluable contributions of apprentices to our organisation and the broader workforce. Apprenticeships play a pivotal role in fostering talent, nurturing skills, and providing individuals with hands-on experience essential for their professional development. This week allows us to showcase […]

How the built environment can support hybrid working

24th January 2024

In just a few short years, we have seen an epic migration of workers from purpose built, multi-tenancy commercial buildings, to spare rooms and home offices. ‘Hybrid working’ – a flexible working model combining remote and workplace-based employment that has risen in popularity since 2020 – has become increasing ingrained in our culture. Commenting on […]

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 […]