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Commercial kitchens facing energy-efficiency challenge

The British catering industry is set to undergo significant changes following amendments to Part L of the Building Regulations, with energy-efficiency standards for non-domestic UK buildings rising by nine per cent.

In addition, the Non-Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide, which was released in November 2013 as an accompaniment to Part L, set maximum specific fan power (SFP) for kitchen extract systems at 1.0W/l/s (Watts per litre per second of air moved).

Large kitchens within restaurants, hotels and workplaces use around two-and-a-half times more energy per square metre of floor area than the average building in the commercial sector. This, coupled with fluctuating energy prices and the latest legislation means that upgrading old ventilation within commercial kitchens should be a priority for facilities management.

Gibbons HVAC Services has many years’ experience delivering projects within the commercial kitchen sector, including air handling unit repair and refurbishment, ductwork cleaning and, of course, upgrading equipment in order to meet the latest energy-efficiency standards.

By combining state-of-the-art technology with our experience within the field, we’re able to revolutionise your HVAC system, leading to improved reliability, reduced maintenance costs and extended equipment life.

For more information on HVAC services for commercial kitchens and other occupied spaces, call Andrew Knight on 07850 204915 or email

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