Pumping systems

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BSRIA has completed a research project on the most energy efficient design solutions for re-circulating heating and chilled water pumping systems.

The project was carried out in collaboration with BRE and the industry partners including Danfoss, Frese, Belimo, SAV UK, Andrew Reid & Partners, Crane Fluid, Herz Valves and Grundfos.

The project results have been published in a BSRIA's Design Guide to Energy Efficient Pumping Systems.

Essentially this guide provides recommendations for building services designers on the design of energy efficient pumping systems. However it is invaluable to a broader group including manufacturers, contractors and end-users who will benefit from being able to design, select and manage more efficient systems.

The recommendations presented in this guide focus on:

  • Pump energy fundamentals
  • Pipe sizing
  • Pipe layout
  • System control issues
  • Commissioning issues

In summary, our findings show that a pumping system capable of realising the maximum energy savings will have a number of different properties. Some of these include:

  • Having a variable flow system with a pump that varies its speed to match the operating load conditions
  • A controlled pump speed so as to maintain pressure constant across the most remote DPCV controlled sub-branches
  • Pipes sized as large as possible in order to minimise their resistances

The Guide is available to purchase from BSRIA Bookshop.

To view sample pages from the Guide or to buy the publication please click here

Alternatively you can contact BSRIA Bookshop on::

Telephone: +44 (0)1344 465529
Email: bookshop@bsria.co.uk


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