Nuaire leads the UK with a second Carbon Trust re-accreditation

Leading manufacturer Nuaire has become the first British company in the ventilation industry to achieve a second re-accreditation of the Carbon Trust Standard. The company, which designs and manufactures low-energy commercial and residential ventilation products, has again demonstrated its commitment to tackling climate change with this recognition from the Carbon Trust.

This achievement signals significant progress towards carbon reduction over a six year period, and further validates the two environmental awards won by Nuaire in 2012, the National EEF Future Manufacturing Award for Environmental Efficiency, and the Western Mail Go Green Business Award.

Nuaire employs over 430 staff and manufactures over 40,000 products from its 13,000m2 site in Caerphilly, South Wales. Reducing the environmental impact of its operations is a high priority for the manufacturer, which is recognised within the construction industry as a leader in developing innovative, low-energy products that reduce carbon emissions. 

In 2009, Nuaire became the first ventilation manufacturer in the UK to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standard, having already attained environmental accreditation ISO14001 in 2008. It successfully retained this title when, in 2011, Nuaire was re-accredited for a further two years.  Today’s announcement of a second re-accreditation is the culmination of six years of on-going carbon management initiatives and investment into energy-reducing machinery and practices.

Nuaire’s energy policy is overseen by group director Robert Parry and implemented by a dedicated Green Team. In order to attain re-accreditation for a third time, the company undertook a range of proactive energy efficiency and waste reduction measures. Highlighted by the Carbon Trust were  the installation of a low-energy lighting system; improvements to insulation of pipework and glazing, and machinery investment into a state-of-the-art £2m sheet metal forming system which has helped Nuaire reduce its energy costs by over £30,000 per year.

Nuaire continues to focus on improving the energy-efficiency of its ventilation products. As a market leader in heat recovery systems, Nuaire continues to promote the environmental benefits of using its energy-efficient ranges. The company maintains its active post as a champion of installation best practice, which includes providing free BPEC installer training to ensure that its low-energy domestic ventilation products are correctly installed and commissioned for optimum energy reduction and performance.

With on-going initiatives to tackle climate change at all levels within the company, Nuaire has worked with its employees to develop a green travel plan for commuters and has recently launched a car-share scheme in conjunction with Sustrans, involving other large organisations that share the same industrial estate. The company is currently working with the Carbon Trust in a pilot scheme to reduce the energy consumption of its Welsh supply chain, effectively closing the loop in its efforts to achieve low carbon impact in all of its production, processes and activities.  

Group director, Robert Parry explains: “We are delighted to achieve this second reaccreditation of the Carbon Trust Standard. We take our environmental stance very seriously and have dedicated hard work and significant investment into reducing our carbon footprint by 2.8 per cent against our last audit.

“Within an industry prone to green-washing, we have looked for real, tangible and measurable ways to make a difference both within our manufacturing operations and with our employees and supply chain. Retaining this mark of trust for a further two years is an exceptional achievement and we aim to show other businesses that reducing their carbon usage can not only help tackle climate change but can also make a significant and positive financial impact on the bottom line.”

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Proud to Be Local Say Nuaire On Caerphilly Business Forum Award Wins

As an exceptional year for award wins draws to a close, staff and directors at Nuaire are celebrating recognition a little closer to home. The Welsh ventilation manufacturer won both Business of the Year and the Winner of Winners title at the Caerphilly Business Forum Awards 2014, confirming the company as one of the most successful businesses in the county.

Now in its 13th year, the awards are open to businesses of all sizes and sectors within the Borough of Caerphilly. The formal black tie awards dinner was held at Bryn Meadows Hotel, supported by sponsors including Norgine, Coleg Gwent and the Welsh Government. Nuaire was nominated for Business of the Year, for companies with over 25 employees; a category sponsored by Finance Wales. The company was later presented with the Premier Winner award in recognition of its outstanding performance and impressive growth in recent years.

Marketing Director, Andy Mudie was delighted to accept both awards on the night. He said:

"It was the first time we’d entered the awards and it is great recognition for the staff here. We’ve gone from a small family business to a large company with a turnover of £55m, and still growing at an enormous rate. Winning the Business of the Year award in a highly respected local award is a fitting end to what has been a record year of achievements for the company.

"Going on to win the ‘Premier Award’ as the most impressive entrant overall was the icing on the cake at Friday evening’s awards dinner. As a long-standing local employer with a great many of our staff Caerphilly residents, it gives us a real sense of local pride to be presented with these two coveted awards."

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Nuaire Celebrates 50 Years of Innovation!

As ventilation manufacturer Nuaire reaches half a century, Nuaire Managing Director, Mark Huxtable shares the secret of their success.

We hope our customers weren’t fooled by our ‘Gold Fan’ advert in H&V News. It’s not real, but Nuaire’s Golden Jubilee definitely is.

Nuaire was officially incorporated in April 1966 and has grown and flourished ever since. We have worked hard to forge a reputation for innovation in the ventilation industry, and today the Nuaire name is known for excellent customer service and high quality, British-made products.

From the success of the ‘Tack 41’ extract fan, originally marketed to local shops, and the invention of Positive Input Ventilation with the enduring Drimaster, through to the launch of our award-winning, energy-saving XBC, Nuaire has shaped the industry with ground-breaking products for five decades. We continue to set the standard in clean air and energy-efficient ventilation products.

So what’s our secret? How have we remained buoyant while the wider construction industry has been shaken by economic uncertainty? I’m a firm believer that our philosophy in investment is the answer. We don’t shy away from investment into new product development, our salesforce, our manufacturing facilities and in the latest technology, all of which help us deliver first class service to our customers.

Through this long-term approach and investment in many facets of the business, Nuaire has attracted and retained a loyal, highly-skilled workforce which is the key attribute that often allows organisations to set themselves apart. We have recently refurbished our offices and named the meeting rooms after eight members of staff that have each served more than 40 years continuous service with the company.

I joined Nuaire in 1988 and have witnessed exponential growth and innovation. I’m extremely proud that we continue to lead the ventilation design field in innovation and customer service. We’re still driven by the same pioneering spirit that set the wheels in motion back in 1966, and we’re even more passionate about improving air quality. Our 550-strong workforce and our loyal customers can look forward to many more years of innovation.

As we celebrate this very special milestone, it gives me real pleasure to announce that our year of celebrations has officially begun - watch this space for 50th anniversary activities!

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Nuaire wins prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Award

Caerphilly-based ventilation manufacturer, Nuaire has been named winner of the EEF South West Region Environmental Efficiency Award, for demonstrating how investing and implementing environmental efficiencies can result in significant cost savings for a business.

Nuaire is a UK market leader in the design and manufacture of energy efficient domestic, commercial and renewable ventilation solutions. The company won the award, sponsored by ENER-G, for its hugely successful campaign over the last 12 months, where it has reduced waste to landfill and recycled literally tonnes of metals, wood, cardboard, plastic and paper. It also invested £2m, with funding from the Welsh Government, in the upgrade of the plant machinery needed to ensure higher efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Commented Mark Huxtable, Managing Director of Nuaire : “We’re delighted to win this award. The company has bucked the trend seen in the wider manufacturing industry by continuing to grow and through its environmental and efficiency measures, its output has already increased by 28% over the last 18 months; with the £2m machinery investment made earlier this year, the company’s output is now set to more than double over the following year.”

The EEF awards, presented at @Bristol, recognise excellence in enterprise, innovation, environmental performance and skills development among UK manufacturers. The Environmental Efficiency Award is presented to the company which has done the most to improve its own environmental performance and/or reduce its carbon footprint whilst improving operational efficiency.

 

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Nuaire Offers XPRESS Service to its Customers

A market leader in the ventilation industry, Nuaire has launched a new handy A5 Xpress service catalogue for its customers offering next day delivery on stocked products. With the largest choice of stocked products in the UK, Nuaire can choose from hundreds of options to find a unit to meet their customers’ requirements and timescales. From small residential fans to larger commercial XBOXER heat recovery units, this catalogue covers a wide range of next-day products.

Marketing Manager Andy Mudie explains, "With a dedicated Nuaire Xpress team and over 50 sales staff throughout the UK, you can be assured that we put you first. We recognise the importance of the right product, at the right price at the right time, and truly caring about our customers is why thousands of customers keep coming back to us."

Andy continues, "Through investments like our automated machinery and our large 100,000ft2 warehouse, both located here in the UK, we can respond to our customers’ demands.  Our dedicated Xpress team are here to help; whether it’s just one fan that’s missing on an urgent job, or a range of fans you need, give us a call."

The new Xpress catalogue also features offers of the month, where customers can get up to 30% off products and great deals.

To get a copy of the catalogue please call our dedicated Xpress team on 029 2085 8200.

 

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Online tool expands Nuaire’s AHU service 24/7

Nuaire, the UK’s leading ventilation manufacturer, has launched an online selection tool that helps users select bespoke air handling units all day every day to expand its customer service.

The selection tool, known as aireCAD, can be accessed on a microsite specifically developed for the company’s Boxer bespoke range, which is made up of component ventilation parts that can be used to create a tailored system to suit the needs of large public buildings such as hotels, healthcare facilities, retail outlets, offices and schools. From the users’ selections, aireCAD can create custom-made DXF drawings, accurately calculated weights and detailed data sheets. 

Nuaire launched the service with a competition to win an iPad on registration, and so far the software has received more than 2,000 new sign ups.

Matt Cole, of TGA, said of aireCAD: “It’s a fantastic tool that makes the process of selecting the right air handling unit much more quick and easy. It’s very clear, simple to use and is a welcome change from manufacturers’ regular catalogues, which can be confusing and impractical, or difficult online selection tools.”

Another user, Rob Pengelly, of F P Hurley & Sons, said: “aireCAD is extremely helpful. The majority of my day is taken up with meetings in the office and on site, so the convenience of being able to select what I need anytime online and get a full specification right away is incredibly helpful. I will certainly continue to use this tool.”

Caroline Radcliffe, Product Manager at Nuaire, said: “We’re very pleased to be able to offer this online system to make it easier and more efficient for customers to view our range and select a bespoke design for their own needs at any time of day.

“We’ve been thrilled with the response that we’ve had for the service so far and the number of registrations we’ve already received. The iPad offer we set up has also been a great success and we’re very happy to have awarded Matt and Rob with their new iPads.”

The competition to win two more iPads before Christmas will close on 22nd December. For a chance to win, visit the Nuaire Boxer microsite at nuaire.co.uk/boxerahu.

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Nuaire Is Top of the Blogs with Construction Marketing Award Nomination!

Five months after its launch, Nuaire’s first official company blog has earned itself a nomination in the Construction Marketing Awards (CMA) 2014.

The Nuaire Blog has been shortlisted for the Best Construction Blog award after taking part in a live online vote for over a month. It joins 10 other construction blogs in the finals; each one judged on its design, content, interaction and strategic integration with wider marketing goals.  

As a leading ventilation manufacturer, Nuaire’s blog team have concentrated on topics that are currently affecting the construction industry and housing sectors, such as solving acoustic problems, reducing energy, curing condensation, and how to meet building regulations. Others have opted to give technical advice on Nuaire’s latest products, or just blog about issues they feel strongly about.

Nuaire’s Marketing Communications Manager, Alex Gallop explained: “We are delighted to be included in such a high profile competition, especially as the Blog was only launched this summer. Our goal for the blog is to share the views, opinions and voices of real people within Nuaire. Often the messages shared with the media and customers through PR, digital and print content and even Social Media, tend to be from a corporate perspective. We wanted to put the spotlight on people within the company that have unbelievable expertise and knowledge on subjects that our customers are interested in or want advice on.

“The blog is our way of giving individuals the opportunity to say what they think. None of our writers are from a marketing or editorial background, and all were virgin bloggers. It has been a leap of faith for the Board of Directors and even the bloggers themselves, but being shortlisted for this award is, in itself, proof that this activity has real merit.”

Now in their 14th year, the Construction Marketing Awards is a prestigious competition run by the Chartered Institute of Marketing Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG), which works on behalf of members to raise the status of the marketing profession within the construction industry. The awards will take place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, The gala awards dinner presentation will take place on December 3, at the Radisson Blu on Portman Square in London.

Visit the Nuaire blog: nuaire.co.uk/blog

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CIBSE Award Win Proves XBC Range is Top of the Game

Ventilation manufacturer Nuaire is celebrating the success of its latest innovation in commercial heat recovery after winning a coveted CIBSE Building Performance Award.

The new XBOXER XBC range beat off strong competition to be named winner in the Energy Saving Product of the Year category to the delight of the entire company, but it was Nuaire’s engineering team, led by Technical Innovation Director Colin Biggs, who had the most to celebrate at last weeks' award ceremony at Grosvenor House in London.

The XBC Range answers the industry’s need for enhanced heat recovery ventilation that meets the latest changes in building regulation and stringent noise requirements and, crucially, reduces energy consumption for the end user. Recognition from the CIBSE Award judges in what is considered a highly competitive category has proved that the XBC range is addressing some of the issues.

Since its inception in 1965, the Nuaire name has become synonymous with innovation and quality, manufacturing its range of commercial and domestic ventilation products from its headquarters in Caerphilly, South Wales. The XBOXER XBC range was launched in January 2013 and has been in high demand for school building projects where energy reduction is a chief driver in the choice of services.

Technical Director Colin Biggs explained: “We set ourselves the almost impossible challenge in designing a new heat recovery range that was smaller, quieter, more energy-efficient and easier to install than the current market offering. The XBC Range has exceeded the brief and is proving to be a favourite with schools specifiers who are concerned with energy reduction with guaranteed performance.

“We are elated to receive this mark of approval from the CIBSE judging panel, and it’s a huge pat on the back for the engineering team that have developed this product range. Without giving too much away, if our customers think the XBC range is good, they are sure to be impressed with what we have coming out next year.”

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Nuaire wins award for its commitment to the green agenda

Caerphilly–based Nuaire, a market leader in the manufacturing of energy efficient ventilation systems for homes and businesses, has won the Go-Green environmental award at the Institute of Welsh Affairs Business Awards.

Hosted at Cardiff City Hall, Nuaire was recognised at an elaborate ceremony for its wide-ranging and on-going environmental strategy including its significant reductions in waste and energy use and the increased efficiency of its plant.

Now in their second year, the awards, sponsored by PwC, showcase the best of Welsh business recognising their successes and achievements, and the judges were particularly impressed with Nuaire’s commitment to carbon and waste reduction at their plant.

Various measures have been implemented to address the company’s green agenda, including the upgrade of its boiler systems, the introduction of daylight and motion sensor lighting and the installation of timers into the plant’s own ventilation system. 

In addition, during the last 12 months Nuaire has successfully achieved an 18% reduction in waste to landfill, recycled 93% of the 988 tonnes of waste produced and introduced smart metering to identify and remedy energy hotspots.

Mark Huxtable, managing director at Nuaire, said: “We are delighted with our achievements to reduce waste and carbon emissions in the last 12 months, and this award is the perfect recognition for the efforts we have made.

“As a company creating energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly products, we take our own environmental strategy very seriously. Since being one of the first businesses in Wales to achieve the Carbon Trust standard and the Green Dragon level five accreditation we have continually been looking at ways to improve our environmental performance.”

“Over the years, we have made changes that have not only reduced the carbon emissions at our plant but we have also implemented various energy efficiency measures at a company level, including measures to ensure that our staff are on board. 

Nuaire has a dedicated quality, safety, health and environment team which operates the company’s environmental management system that improves efficiency in its operations. The company has implemented various changes in the last year, which include requesting that suppliers deliver goods in recycled or reusable packaging where possible, establishing the Nuaire energy management team to encourage efficient working practises, and the formulation of a green transport plan for employee commuting.

Mark continued: “It’s fantastic to see that the whole team has got behind our new environmental strategies and we hope that, through winning this award, our systems can be used as best-practice for other manufacturers. What we have achieved demonstrates the positive impact that a green strategy can have for a company, both environmentally and also financially.”

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Taking Effective Control of Ventilation

MODERN BUILDING SERVICES, July 2016

Nuaire Technical Sales Manager, Andrew Bott

Are some approaches to demand-controlled ventilation so complex that they are not effective in reducing overall cost and carbon footprint. Andrew Bott of Nuaire shares his views.

The arguments for saving energy through high-efficiency ventilation are clear, and for decades the industry has been aware of the benefits of ‘demand control’, But do we really use it wisely, and do we really consider the overall cost?

In discussing ventilation on demand, let us consider an office which houses 100 staff who will all start work at 9 a.m. In this scenario the primary heating system will usually begin work at around 7 a.m., raising the room temperature for the start of the day and with the ventilation system off or in trickle mode.

Consider now the implications of two or three managers arriving early to work. In this situation a PIR-controlled ventilation system would start immediately and deliver the full design amount of fresh air, despite the fact there are only one or two members of staff in the office.

Aside from the obvious waste of fan energy, there are other energy leaks we should consider. The room load calculations are probably based on 100 people generating heat, computers that are not currently running, and the simple fact that even the most efficient heat-recovery system takes time to reach a comfortable operating temperature.

The simple introduction of CO2 sensor control to directly link the ventilation rate to occupancy yields a number of key benefits by lowering the energy consumption of the fans to meet the occupancy demand, but the other energy drains are reduced too.

With the CO2 sensor in place, as the occupancy levels rise so does the ventilation system fan speed, extracting the stale air and delivering conditioned fresh air. This process quickly begins to lower the CO2 levels and drives the ventilation rate towards its default minimum. So I often pose the question will this system ever run at the full design duty?

There is one other consideration for demand ventilation which is often overlooked, and that is the relationship between cost and the overall carbon impact.

There are so many occasions where expensive or complex systems are implemented in the name of ‘energy reduction’ without any consideration for the balance between the cost and the potential savings.

Let us briefly ignore the financial implications of a demand-controlled solution and consider only the carbon footprint of the systems we design. It is often the case that the overall carbon impact of producing, shipping and installing an over-engineered demand-controlled solution far outweighs the potential savings it is designed to deliver.

Over the years I have seen so many solutions involving dampers, complex controls, extensive ductwork and countless hours of design resources committed to saving just a very small amount of energy a day, amounting to a few kilograms of carbon over the whole project lifecycle.

Considering the capital costs and more importantly the potential return on investment, the same contradiction occurs. Sometimes many thousands of pounds are spent designing and implementing a system that will yield only a few hundred pounds worth of energy savings over its entire life span.

Does this mean that we should give up on demand control as an expensive waste of resources in an ever-diminishing attempt to reduce our energy consumption? The answer to this question is, of course, no. We should use demand-controlled ventilation where and whenever its savings outweigh its costs, either in financial or carbon terms. Finding a balance with the systems we design, by considering initial cost, life-cycle savings and by aiming for a sensible return on investment whilst delivering a respectable carbon reduction is the only way to truly implement demand controlled ventilation.

The simple addition of a CO2 speed controller to a classroom, or a humidity sensor to a changing room, can transform the energy consumption of the conditioned space in next to no time. The capital cost of such devices is low, and the return on investment is swift. The carbon footprint for delivering the solution is minimal, and the carbon saving, once implemented, is significant. These systems are designed to work straight out of the box and require little or no setup, beyond choosing a set-point.

So my challenge to the industry is a simple one. Where it is appropriate and when it yields the greatest benefit to the built environment, use these solutions wherever possible. But avoid designing complex solutions that cost far more than they ever could save.

Remember there is still a place in the world for the humble PIR sensor, and often this is all that is needed to achieve significant savings. When you are designing complex spaces with large swings in occupancy or unusual usage characteristics, consider the key metric to identify demand and use this to drive control, keeping systems simple, proportional and cost effective.

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