Plant Room Installations & Upgrades
CGBS offer fully customisable bespoke plant rooms & upgrades using industry leading technology
Comprehensive HVAC Plant Room Services
A plant room is the heart of any commercial heating and air control system, as they contain the boilers themselves and any additional components needed to manage the heating and hot water of a commercial building. From a plant room, you can control and manage the equipment as well as set the system to the desired temperature and schedule, inspect the boilers and any ancillary or auxiliary equipment, isolate parts of the system for repairs and testing, conduct water testing, add inhibitor chemicals into the system’s water and much more. This isn’t to say HVAC plant rooms are solely for boiler systems, as warm air heating systems, air con systems, heat pump systems, chiller systems and other types of HVAC systems will also require a plant room, if the property is commercial and / or has a substantial amount of equipment.
At CGBS we offer completely new plant room installations; ripping out the old plant room and replacing it with a brand new fully comprehensive HVAC plant room, boasting the best technology within the HVAC sector. If you feel your current plant room is fairly adequate and just needs a slight touch up to help reduce energy bills or improve efficiency, we will survey and implicate an upgrade with the new components you may need. At CGBS, we keep you updated and informed so you can make the right choices for you whilst being as cost-effective as can be.
Plant rooms can be comprised of many other additional components that can be extremely beneficial to your property depending on the circumstances and specific requirements needed e.g. BMS, gas booster pumps and gas interlocks. At CGBS we custom design every plant room and can provide CAD drawings to ensure every aspect is considered, and even use some of our own in-house manufactured components. This allows us to be certain everything is of the best quality available and so that we can tailor your plant room to your properties precise specifications, with no detail left unaccounted for.
For a detailed analysis of your plant room requirements give us a call today so we can book one of our experienced plant room surveyors to attend your property. They can carry out an assessment of what is necessary for your plant room and provide you with the best options available in regards to your heating and hot water solutions. For some interesting things to consider when renewing a plant room, view this article.
Plant Room FAQs
Your questions about plant rooms answered
A plant room is a space which is dedicated to storing the equipment related to a building’s services. They can also be known as a mechanical room or when they have more specific requirements, a boiler room amongst other names that will be relevant to the equipment they contain. The machinery is operated and maintained from inside.
Strangely a plant room isn’t actually for flowers and vegetables! The equipment in a plant room varies largely and depends on the services the property requires. Some of the most common types of equipment seen inside a plant room are: boilers, air conditioning units, water pumps, ventilation systems, control panels, BMS, generators and chiller units.
The size of a plant room is completely down to the equipment it needs to store. Some properties may only need their plant room to house a small boiler and water cylinder; if so then a 1m x 2m room could be adequate. Other properties may need their plant room to house an array of equipment from their heating components, to large generators and multiple air ducts; if so the plant room needed will be a lot larger, ranging anywhere from 5m x 5m and above.
As plant rooms store operating machinery then they will most likely need to be ventilated due to the heat that is released as a by-product. If your plant room houses equipment like gas burners or gas boilers then it will be a legal requirement for your plant room to be ventilated by a flue and a fresh air intake. The flue will remove the toxic gasses that are released from burning fossil fuels and the oxygen will be replaced by the fresh air intake. Plant room ventilation will also help maintain the correct temperature for the equipment and stop the room from coming to hot which would cause the equipment to overheat. Also it is a regulatory requirement that plant rooms with combustion equipment have a gas interlock installed, which will ensure any toxic or combustible gases in the room don’t exceed a certain level.
A plant room should have a temperature between 15°c and 23°c due to the equipment it contains. The reason being is that if the room is too warm then machinery can overheat and if too cold the machinery may be more likely to malfunction or may struggle to function as normal, putting more of a strain on the equipment.
Ideally a plant room should be located somewhere that doesn’t receive a lot of foot traffic and should only be accessible by authorised personnel. They should also be located somewhere that isn’t near a residency as the machines may create a lot of noise that could disturb the occupants. These factors are why plant rooms are often found in the basements of building but this can create further issues, as a plant room should be easily accessible when required to make removals and installation of equipment easier. Another thing to consider when deciding the location of your plant room is how central to the building it is. Having the plant room central within the building is desirable because it means that any distribution of things like water and heating will not require unnecessary pipework stretching from one side of the building to the opposite side. If the plant room is housing heating and hot water equipment you should also take into consideration whether your system is pressurised or gravity fed, if it is gravity fed it will need to be on the top level of the property.