We are delighted to announce that BMS Energy Controls Ltd based in Scotland have joined the Kendra family!
Energy management and the constant need to reduce consumption will always be a challenge. Achieving comfortable working conditions throughout the year whilst being mindful of the use of energy intensive HVAC plant is a difficult balance.
As many workers in the UK are set to return to the workplace, companies are facing mounting pressure to meet employee expectations to go beyond their legal requirements and act more responsibly to do all they reasonably can to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of people at work.
Kendra Energy Solutions are delighted to announced that it has achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, a standard which outlines best practices for information security management systems.
New office expansion in the North enables Kendra to accelerate growth in the Intelligent BEMS market
New office opening in Scotland enables Kendra to offer full national coverage in the UK BEMS market
When you are evaluating BEMS maintenance providers what should you be looking for to get the best performance from your investment?
When you are evaluating BEMS maintenance providers what should you be looking for to get the best performance from your investment?
Kendra Energy Solutions can offer full development support to public sector bodies for BEMS upgrade projects with a view to securing grant funding from the new £1bn Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.
Kendra are delighted to have retained SafeContractor Accreditation for a further year,
Kendra is thrilled to announce that it has won 2020 Building Controls Industry Awards across two award categories
This Safety Alert Document outlines the current understanding of the possible routes of transmission of the COVID-19 virus (including airborne transmission) and possible responses that Building Services Engineers can adopt to reduce transmission risks in the built environment.
The current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to develop rapidly with relevant advice being updated regularly and an increasing body of research being published. Government, NHS and Public Health England websites, as well as those of the devolved administrations should be consulted for current policy across the UK. Kendra have taken guidance from CIBSE who have recently provided guidance on HVAC operational considerations in light of the current COVID-19 understanding from Public Health England.
CIBSE is the UK member of REHVA, the European Federation of Heating and Ventilation Engineers. REHVA has developed a COVID-19 guidance webpage giving information and guidance and has developed a bibliography on how to operate and use building services to minimise the spread of the virus through HVAC or plumbing systems.
Full details can be found here: https://www.cibse.org/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-and-hvac-systems
Current Public Health England guidance on infection control states that “The transmission of COVID-19 is thought to occur mainly through respiratory droplets generated by coughing and sneezing, and through contact with contaminated surfaces. The predominant modes of transmission are assumed to be droplet and contact.” (See section 2.1 of the guide).
Droplets will generally fall out of the airstream within a short distance (depending on airflow speed and direction), hence the guidance to remain 2m apart. However, these may evaporate, reducing in size and mass and travel further in air streams, contaminating surfaces and increasing the risk of airborne transmission.
While airborne transmission is not thought to be a primary route of transmission, there is an emerging and growing body of evidence that COVID-19 can also be spread through the air, particularly in poorly ventilated indoor spaces, and that ventilation provision in buildings should be reviewed in the light of this.
Emerging Findings of COVID-19
Proving modes of transmission during an outbreak is difficult. However, multiple recent studies are showing evidence of indirect contact (which may be linked to airborne spread and have also linked airflow patterns to infection cases.
This has been particularly the case in high occupancy areas, in spaces with little fresh air, and when people generate a lot of aerosols (e.g. shouting and singing). Given the growing body of evidence suggesting airborne transmission may be a route of infection and knowledge of aerosol generation and transport it is prudent to ensure ventilation is operating appropriately to protect occupants.
The following measures, using outside air wherever possible, should help to reduce the risks from airborne transmission.
Helping to Prevent the spread of COVID-19
The primary mechanisms for preventing the transmission of coronavirus remain;
- Regular, thorough handwashing using soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
- Strict adherence to social distancing guidelines.
- Staying at home.
Additional mechanisms for preventing the transmission of coronavirus through HVAC;
The primary objective is to maximise the air exchange rate with outside air and to minimize
the risk of any pockets of stagnant air.
It is recognised that Dilution of internal air should reduce any risk of potential airborne viral
transmission by reducing exposure time to any airborne viral aerosols, and also reduce the
chance for these aerosols to settle on surfaces. Evidence shows that virus can survive
on some surfaces for at least 72 hours and hence any action to limit surface contamination
- In buildings with mechanical ventilation systems extended operation times are recommended.
- It is recommended that any ventilation or air conditioning system that normally runs with a recirculation mode should now be set up to run on full outside air where this is possible.
- In demand control systems CO2 set points should be set to 400ppm to increase the delivery of outside air.
- Recirculation of air between spaces, rooms or zones occupied by different people should be avoided.
- Systems serving a single space, partial recirculation of air within that space, such asthrough a local fan coil unit, is less of a concern.
- Ventilation should be kept on for longer, maximising fresh/outside air, with lower ventilation rates when people are absent.
- It is not recommended to switch ventilation systems off in any buildings, even those temporarily vacated, but to operate them continuously at reduced speeds.
On colder days consideration must be given to human behavioural responses. A ventilation system on full outside air which is not adequately heated may create discomfort draughts. This may lead to users seeking to turn the system off, or with naturally ventilated spaces users may close vents or windows. These actions will reduce the air exchange rate and dilution of any contaminants (and not just any viral contamination) and overcome the primary objective to maximise the air exchange rate with outside air.
It is important that where users can intervene in the control of the ventilation that they are made aware of the benefit of these measures.
The potential benefit to public health at this time outweighs the reduction in energy efficiency caused by not recirculating air.
Airborne contaminants may be minimised by proper and effective filtration and regular maintenance of plant.
Risks of Maintenance;
Viral material that settles in ductwork will become unviable over time. In the event that some viral material entered ventilation and air-conditioning systems prior to buildings being vacated due to the current restrictions, it is extremely unlikely that that material will pose any risk when those buildings are re-occupied.
Where cleaning or planned maintenance of ventilation systems is required, such as in catering premises, it should be undertaken in line with agreed industry guidance, including that relating to site operations under social distancing requirements. Appropriate PPE should be worn and all materials, including old filters, should be carefully
bagged and disposed of safely.
Kendra is thrilled to announce that it has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2020 Building Controls Industry Awards across four award categories.
The BCIA Awards are the biggest awards in the controls and BEMS industry, frequently recognising innovations, product development, effective project delivery and exceptional training within our sector.
Once again, the entire team here at Kendra are delighted to have been recognised by the BCIA judging panel across the following award categories; Engineer of the year, Young Engineer of the Year, Best Service & Maintenance provider and the Smart Buildings Award.
Chris Mills, Managing Director at Kendra, commented:
“As always, we’re delighted to be shortlisted as finalists across four incredibly competitive categories at this year’s BCIA awards. The BCIA’s are always an enjoyable event to attend and a great way to celebrate the successes of the last business year.
Congratulations to all of the other finalists who have been shortlisted, we look forward to celebrating in style, and catching up with some familiar faces, at the awards next month.”
Kendra is a leading provider of Intelligent Building Management Systems controlling the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning services within large commercial and high-end residential buildings. To learn more about the solutions we provide her at Kendra, click here
Kendra Energy Solutions work with our customers to save energy and reduce the demand for using the planets natural resources. We care about our planet and the people on it and have a strong philosophy for protecting our environment. The Directors at Kendra believe it is important to give back to the community and they support a number of chosen charities, including The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The Trust carry out very important work in searching for solutions to help and hopefully cure sufferers who look to them for hope and we hope our contribution helps in a small way.
Kendra Energy Solutions is a leading provider of Intelligent Building Energy Management Systems (BeMS) controlling the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning services within large commercial and high-end residential buildings. Typically, 80% of the entire cost of a commercial building is spent on operating the building throughout its lifetime and energy costs represent a significant portion of the operating expenses. As energy prices are expected to continue to rise and natural resources become scarcer, we are proud to be able to help make buildings smarter, thereby reducing energy costs and saving the planet’s valuable natural resources.
Chris Mills MD, Kendra Energy Solutions:
“Kendra Energy Solutions are delighted to support the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the great work that they do. Hopefully this will be the start of a long term relationship between Kendra and the Trust.”
University College London has awarded Kendra Energy Solutions the service & maintenance contract for Building Management Systems with a term of up to 5 years following the OJEU procurement process.
The contract is to provide a high quality maintenance service of both Trend and Schneider Electric Building Management Systems across the entire campus.
As a Trend Technology Centre and partner of Schneider Electric, Kendra are able to fully support both systems while providing impartial advice to focus on the best solution for UCL to modernise their Building Management Systems in order to benefit from new technologies.
Throughout the term of the contract Kendra will be looking at innovative ways of delivering the service to eliminate inefficiencies, pinpoint top energy, maintenance and comfort priorities through the use of analytical software.
Geoff Prudence, Facilities and Infrastructure Director of UCL, said:
“This is a Key part of our Strategic Sourcing Programme and we needed a company that could embrace our vision whilst being experienced to manage a range of systems across a complex portfolio. We look forward to working with Kendra on the challenge”.
Gary Ford, Managing Director of Kendra, added:
“We’re looking forward to working with UCL in supporting their expansion as they welcome an increasing number of students from all over the world. A finely tuned Building Management System can significantly enhance the learning environment and improve student performance, by maintaining a comfortable and healthier indoor climate”.
We are very proud to announce that Kendra Energy Solutions have been named as the Winner of the Best Service & Maintenance Provider at this year’s Building Controls Industry Association Awards.
It is a fantastic win for us and acknowledges everyone’s hard work, commitment and also the level of knowledge held by the complete Kendra team.
Thank you to our customers and well done to all the team.
We are pleased to announce that we have joined the elite group of approved Trend Technology Centres.
Trend TTC’s are generally larger organisations offering a complete comprehensive range of Trend BEMS services and support functions.
Congratulations to everyone at Kendra who has been involved in the accreditation process.
We are looking for experienced Trend or Satchwell Field Engineers to join our team in the Midlands. If you have a customer focused attitude and want to work for a fast growing company, then please contact us and come and have a chat.