BIM helps drive system protection


Mike Green, our Commercial Area Sales Manager, considers how the ethos of BIM is mirrored by ADEY’s approach to heating system maintenance and protection for larger commercial systems.

Efficient building design
The UK Government’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) mandate came into effect in April and now requires all centrally procured public sector projects costing more than £5m to implement BIM at Level 2.

With the aim of supporting more efficient buildings and design as well as adopting best practice to ensure projects are delivered right first time, the government is hoping that this first phase alone will help achieve a 20% reduction in construction and operating costs in new buildings.

Streamlined process
No matter what the size, it’s important that all heating systems are properly protected to ensure long term efficiency as well as helping to reduce running costs and bills. A central heating system is integral to how any building works but in a commercial application its complexity will have a greater impact from an engineering point of view. The role of BIM is therefore key in helping to ensure delivery of the best solution.

Information sharing is at the heart of BIM with the aim of making the construction process more streamlined and efficient. Project information, accurate material costs and installation times can all be modelled, helping to provide specifiers with high quality information that will improve asset and lifecycle management.

At ADEY, we have made a significant investment to ensure all our commercial filters, from our MagnaClean DualXP bridging filter through to our 2”, 3”, 4”, 6” and 8” models are all now BIM Level 2 compliant. And, there is a clear correlation between what BIM is trying to achieve and our five-step Best Practice™ approach to central heating system maintenance of clean, flush, maintain, protect and test which helps to reduce energy bills and running costs.

BIM will help ensure buildings are more effectively future-proofed and while there will be a short-term investment to ensure companies have the correct software and tools in place, the long-term savings will far outweigh this. This is exactly the message we are trying to get across when talking to contractors or architects about specifying a magnetic filter, and associated water treatment programme, whether this be as part of a new building or a retrofit solution.

Specify for performance
From a heating system point of view, BIM helps to highlight how heating products fit with the rest of the components of the building fabric. This arguably helps to bring it further up the agenda with specifiers and creates an opportunity to start a conversation with a contractor or architect early on in the specification process about reaping the rewards of installing a magnetic filter.

The benefits of this are backed by ADEY’s own research. A 12-month study showed significant performance benefits when using a MagnaClean Commercial filter in terms of sludge/magnetite capture and energy savings when compared with conventional methods of filtration for commercial systems. The extensive testing proved beyond doubt that MagnaClean Commercial filters significantly outperform traditional methods of filtration in the capture of magnetite by up to 80%.

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