How thermally driven air conditioning works

Thermally driven air conditioning is an alternative to conventional HVAC systems which makes use of solar energy as a way to drive the cooling effect.

It reduces reliance on energy from the mains grid as the primary method of powering the system, which in turn makes it a good candidate in remote locations.

But it’s also finding favour in areas where mains power is easily accessible, but you’d like to reduce your spending on energy or cut your carbon footprint.

While the technology has been around for years already, ongoing research has improved the processes to a point where it is now a highly cost-efficient way to tackle energy consumption, carbon emissions and potentially to help combat climate change in business.


How thermally driven cooling works

Thermally driven air conditioning is sometimes referred to as liquid desiccant evaporative cooling, or just thermally driven cooling.

In hot and humid areas, it brings dual benefits, as the process not only cools the air, but also dehumidifies it.

This is achieved using a liquid desiccant to draw moisture out of the air, which is then evaporated to get rid of excess heat.

If you’ve ever used a portable air conditioner or a cheap domestic air conditioner, you’ve probably used a basic version of the same principle, by filling a tank with water or ice which is evaporated to lower the ambient air temperature.


Benefits of thermally driven air conditioning

To summarise the benefits of thermally driven air conditioning we’ve already mentioned above:

  • Can be used in remote locations or to reduce reliance on mains power
  • Reduces energy consumption and carbon footprint
  • Lowers ambient humidity as well as air temperature

Combining these qualities, you can see that thermally driven cooling is not only good for the comfort of the people inside your premises, but can be good news for your business and the environment too.

This is why, especially at a time when more organisations are doing what they can to prevent climate change, thermally driven AC is seeing growing awareness and interest from businesses of all sizes.


Find out more

If you’d like to know more about thermally driven cooling and AC, please contact hebs Group by calling our team on 0151 2360707 and we will be happy to discuss the technology with you.

We can give you an honest assessment of whether solar driven air conditioning suits you, or make recommendations of other more appropriate methods of HVAC for your premises if needed.

The benefits of using living materials for construction

The idea of using living materials for construction has been around for many years, yet it is still relatively unusual to see green roofs and living walls on buildings in the UK.

But as we move through the 21st century and face a variety of environmental challenges, there are several good reasons why using living materials in construction could offer a partial solution.

We all know plants are good news in terms of reducing the amount of CO2 in the air, but the benefits of biological building materials go beyond that.


Capturing carbon

The ability of green roofs to capture carbon is already well known, but using living building materials in urban areas is especially beneficial.

Roofs and walls offer large areas where biological matter like grass, moss and small plants can be cultivated in a deliberate way.

In dense urban areas like city centres, this can vastly increase the amount of CO2 being scrubbed from the air – improving air quality and the health of local residents and workers.


Reducing flooding

Green roofs can act as sustainable urban drainage systems (SuDS), especially when the correct kind of breathable and water-permeable membrane is used as a base layer.

They add an element of control to the way rainwater runs off the roof – often the first hard surface rainfall hits, which can raise the risk of flooding on premises where the run-off is not well controlled.

In this way, green roofs can reduce the flow of water to a more manageable level during a downpour, as well as guiding run-off into the gutters and drainpipes, and ultimately into the sewers so it leaves your property quickly and safely.


Thermal control

Finally, in this list one of the big benefits of living materials in construction is thermal control of the building’s interior.

Organic matter has a naturally insulating effect. That means living walls and green roofs can help to keep interiors cooler on hot summer days, and warmer on cold winter days.

If you’re thinking about intelligent building controls, solar shielding and other systems to reduce HVAC spending and cut carbon emissions from business premises, green roofs and living walls should be on your list to at least consider – the argument in favour is persuasive.


To find out more about any of the above, contact hebs Group today by calling 0151 2360707 and we will be happy to talk you through our capabilities in this area, to bring your premises up to date for the 2020s.

How CRMs are helping to manage your roofing projects

CRM (Customer Relationship Management) is the name given to software packages that help companies interact better with past, present and future customers.

More generally, CRM can refer to those interactions themselves and any other supporting technologies, but most often it is used specifically to talk about the software used.

At hebs Group we believe strongly in using the latest technology to deliver services better, whether that’s hardware and equipment, or software that underpins service delivery.

Good CRM platforms can help businesses to coordinate activities, prioritise clients whose needs are greatest, and deliver better results across the board.

Roofing projects are no exception, as CRMs can help to manage the delivery of projects on time, on budget, and with the best outcomes for clients.


How does CRM help roofing projects?

The benefits of CRM software are a naturally good fit for roofing projects. You can store all your active and upcoming projects in one place for a better overview of what’s coming up.

You can prioritise projects with the tightest deadlines, or those with other priorities – such as where a roof is leaking badly and needs to be repaired as an emergency.

CRM ensures smaller customers don’t feel neglected just because they don’t shout as loud as bigger brand-name clients.

At the same time, you can gain better visibility of the largest projects, managing issues like project planning, ordering materials, and carrying out multiple phases of work (e.g., roof fabric, roof-edge drainage and so on) in a logical progression.

The list goes on and on – regardless of the size of the project, its financial value or its delivery schedule, roofing CRMs help to deliver it to the highest of standards.


CRM benefits for repeat roofing customers

The ‘R’ in CRM is important. Roofing CRM software doesn’t just allow companies to interact better with customers on a single project, it can also support better client relationships over the long term.

And this is where CRM really comes into its own, by charting the progression of customers over multiple projects, and allowing roofing contractors to focus on delivering better and better results.

So roofing CRM is multi-dimensional:

  • Raise standards on individual roofing projects at any one time
  • Extend these improvements across all current customers
  • Continue to improve service delivery for clients over time


To find out more about how hebs Group provide the best service levels to all our customers, and how CRMs for roofing projects help contractors to meet the highest standards, contact us today on 0151 2360707.

Jet washing services make Christmas merry and bright

If you’re dreaming of a green Christmas because of a mouldy path or passageway in dire need of professional jet washing services, hebs Group can help.

Jet washing doesn’t need to be messy or leave a flood to clean up at the end. When you call in the hebs team, we will take care of everything – including the clean-up afterwards.

We pride ourselves on a job done well, with the minimum of disruption to your day, and we always aim to leave behind a scene that looks as good as new.

It’s especially important to get any moss and mould cleaned away from paving during the winter months, when wet weather can make it very slippery and create a health hazard.

That’s why, in the run-up to Christmas, New Year and beyond into winter 2021, we will be out and about blasting away unwanted greenery wherever we are needed.

A clean Christmas for Church View

One recent call-out was to Church View, who were dealing with an outside area where heavy mould had built up over time.

The worst affected area was around the drains, so the hebs Flowtech team put their expertise and equipment into getting it clear again.

Flowtech provide professional jet washing services using the latest machinery to physically blast away any surface growth like moss and mould, without causing any damage to walls, paving or concrete floors.

We cleaned the area thoroughly, and you can see from the photos how much of a difference it makes, both visually and to the safety of walking through the area.

If you’ve been living with a slippery space outside, whether in an enclosed passageway or anywhere on your premises, hebs Flowtech can help by washing away any surface biofilms and other green growth. Call us on 0151 2360707 and let’s make a fresh, clean start to the year.

A very merry Christmas to all

As we near the end of this unusual year, everyone here at hebs Group would like to wish our customers and suppliers a very merry Christmas, however you are celebrating it.

This year brought challenges we have not faced before, and hebs Group have been proud to help all our clients rise to the task of making premises clean, safe, and hygienic throughout the course of 2020.

We are all hopeful for a more positive year ahead in 2021. So, whatever your plans, we hope you have very happy holidays, and look forwards to working with you in the New Year.