The electronic Newsletter of ASHRAE UK Midlands Chapter (September 2022)

In this issue, we are delighted to bring you a roundup of the latest news highlights in the ASHRAE and UK Midlands chapter. This issue brings you:

  • A Message From The Chapter President

  • Five key steps data centres should take to be ready for the next heatwave

  • Portsmouth Pursues Greater Performance With Smart Controls

  • ASHRAE New Net-Zero Energy Global Headquarters In Metro Atlanta

Happy reading!

Renjith Jayapalan Nair, Communications Chair

P.S. The ASHRAE MidLands Chapter eNews is published on a quarterly basis, namely at the end of the following months: March, June, September, and December. If you would like to share the latest news in your company or any other information related to ASHRAE, kindly email your content to

We are living in challenging and exciting times. Net Zero Emissions by 2050 targets are looming, with the UK being one of the first major economies to make it into law. We need to recognize that new and existing buildings account for around 40% of energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It is therefore imperative that we take immediate steps to decarbonize the built environment by reducing emissions associated with building construction components and equipment (the embodied carbon), and emissions that occur from operational energy use (the operational carbon dioxide emissions). Progressive targets to achieve net-zero carbon emissions have been set by Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) through its 2030 Climate Challenge. Those targets require our industry to reduce operational energy consumption for non-domestic buildings to 0-55 kWh/m2 per annum from current levels of 225 kWh/m2 per annum, while embodied carbon emissions need to be cut to 0-500 kgCO2e/m2 from today’s levels of 1100 kgCO2e/m2. Hitting these targets will not be easy, but we must make every effort to try.

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Five key steps data centres should take to be ready for the next heatwave

Portsmouth Pursues Greater Performance With Smart Controls

Energy is 40% of the life cost of a building and 50% of the running costs. Managing these costs effectively requires controls

Portsmouth City Council (PCC) have been awarded Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) grant funding under Phase 1 for the application of VEXO S-BMS Smart Building Control, X-POT All-In-One Side Stream Filtration and X-PO additives. They have successfully used these VEXO innovations to upgrade their existing buildings in readiness for the upcoming switch to low-carbon technologies. The Council has secured funding for eight projects, incorporating 8 S-BMS control panels, and over 750 S-TRVs. N-RG hub integration and X-POT Live.

VEXO were able to assist PCC with site surveys for all 8 locations and worked closely with contractor Liberty and the Southampton branch of distributor BSS. To assist, VEXO offered product selection advice on S-BMS. X-POT. X-PO additives, new pumps, heat pump ready header arrangements, gas meters and heat metering on the project, which was due to be complete in September 2021.

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ASHRAE New Net-Zero Energy Global Headquarters In Metro Atlanta

ASHRAE are one of the foremost industry pioneers in the decarbonization of the built environment and the new global Headquarters building in Atlanta, renovated to operate as a net-zero-energy (NZE) building, is testament to this. The project design team, which includes IESVE users, Integral Group, employed a range of innovative design strategies to achieve this net-zero energy ready building.

Check out some of the building simulation and modeling features of this building design; provided by Liam Buckley, Vice-President, IES North America: here

• An All-Electric Design and Net-Zero Energy Building
• Exceptional Daylight Performance (Spatial Daylight Autonomy, sDA)
• Load Calculations using the ASHRAE Heat Balance Method
• Adaptive Thermal Comfort for Occupants
• HVAC System Sizing and Optimization

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