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News Archive - October 2008

Gledhill Building Products on the up, despite Gledhill Water Storage's downfall 31 October 2008
Gledhill Water Storage, the company that sold water storage units directly to major UK house builders, has gone into administration, but the chief executive says Gledhill Building Products is still going strong.

Powerminster expands northern team 31 October 2008
Powerminster Gleeson Services has hired Nik Ashworth as its senior business development manager for the north.

Woman's death in boiler explosion highlights back boiler risk 30 October 2008
Christine Goodall died of multiple injuries when the cast iron boiler behind her fireplace burst, causing burning wood and shrapnel to rain down on her, an inquest into her death heard.

HVCA members urged to follow up on Mandelson rule 30 October 2008
To improve payment security in the construction industry, HVCA members are being urged to get confirmation from their public sector clients that they will pay their suppliers within the ten-day period insisted by Peter Mandelson.

Scotland’s plumbers defy anti-scald regulations 30 October 2008
Scottish plumbers and fitters are ignoring regulations to fit anti-scald devices to new bathrooms according to a survey by anti-scald tap manufacturer, Intatec, which has launched an online survey to gather more evidence.

An inspector call: HEVAR heavyweight calls for more inspectors 29 October 2008
Industry veteran Mike Nankivell will be wielding the mike at Manchester HEVAR to highlight the need for more inspectors to carry out air conditioning inspections.

Wolseley launches Pipe Center Modular Engineering 29 October 2008
Wolseley's Pipe Center has become the UK's first construction materials distributor to launch a modular engineering service - to meet growing demand for off-site manufacture.

Kier to launch facilities services division 28 October 2008
The Kier group is merging two of its operations Kier Managed Services (KMS) and Kier Building Services Engineers (KBSE) into new division Kier Facilities Services.

Skerritt appoints two new directors 27 October 2008
Building services company Skerritt has brought Mark Radford and Peter Saxby into its boardroom as its two new directors.

Solid boom: Manufacturers and installers ride demand 27 October 2008

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Solid fuel appliance manufacturers are reporting full order books while installers rush to respond to demand as fuel-hit customers opt to reopen blocked up chimneys and buy up stoves.

ENER-G generates ready workforce at new school 24 October 2008
ENER-G Switch 2, the energy metering and control specialist, has opened a training school to teach its engineers how to install and maintain advanced district heating technology and better understand the firm's products.

DECC's army train to spread energy-saving message 24 October 2008
Hundreds of workers from the Citizens Advice Bureau and housing associations are to be taught how to advise low income households to ensure they get the best deal on their energy bills.

British Gas New Energy buys Semplice Energy 24 October 2008
Centrica plc, through its British Gas New Energy division has bought the low carbon solutions firm Semplice Energy for £1.5 million.

Buderus bridges heating gap at Bridgend Hotel 23 October 2008
Cold spots in an old country house may be an excuse for some to send in an exorcist but at Coed-Y-Mwstwr Hotel in Coychurch, Bridgend it was a case of bringing in Buderus to replace two outdated heating and hot water boilers with one of its own heating systems.

Energetix Genlec and Stiebel Eltron team up for CHP win 23 October 2008
Chester-based renewable energy firm Energetix Genlec has agreed to collaborate with Stiebel Eltron to integrate Genlec's micro CHP unit into a Stiebel boiler design to target the European domestic heating market.

Government backs CHP feed-in tariff 22 October 2008

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Energy and Climate Change secretary Ed Miliband has told the House of Commons the Energy Bill would be amended to introduce a "feed-in tariff" to guarantee prices for micro-generation projects supplying electricity to the national grid.

Henderson Green named in good boss guide 22 October 2008
Southampton-based building services firm Henderson Green has been ranked one of UK’s best employers, in a newly-published best boss guide.

COCAA campaigns to stop the silent killer 22 October 2008
The mother of a young boy found dead in his bed following exposure to carbon monoxide fumes from a neighbour's boiler is backing a CO awareness campaign launched by COCAA today.

H&S law gets Royal Assent and HVCA warning 21 October 2008
Higher penalties and greater sentencing powers against employers who put staff at risk have been introduced in the Health and Safety Offences Act (2008) which gained the royal seal of approval on October 16.

Flakt Woods appoints two new UK mds 20 October 2008
Flakt Woods UK has appointed two managing directors to take over, as Neil Yule moves on to promote systems throughout Europe.

Rehau's training gets more practical 20 October 2008

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Rehau has refurbished its academy in Manchester and has a new office in Dublin to tackle new areas for practical training.

Training centre for renewable energy opens 17 October 2008
East Cheshire Training and Assessment (ECTA), has opened a centre to deliver Logic Certification’s new renewables courses – ground and air source heat pump systems.

Travis Perkins: board hunkers down 16 October 2008
Travis Perkins, leading UK builders merchant, is likely to drop its final dividend.

New Sanyo virus washer protects healthcare staff from airborne pathogens 16 October 2008
Following a new UK government warning of the inevitability of a flu pandemic that could kill up to 50 million people worldwide, electronics giant Sanyo has launched a virus washer proven to inactivate airborne viruses and bacteria permanently.

Samsung focuses in on UK 15 October 2008
SAMSUNG is to invest heavily in the UK air conditioning market.

OFTEC warns: govt strategy could increase fuel poverty 15 October 2008
The government’s latest strategy on renewable energy could mean more fuel poverty, according to one of the leading trade associations in the heating industry.

HVR Benchmarking survey: have your say 15 October 2008
HVR has teamed up with Estimation to launch the HVR Benchmarking Survey and we want your help to gather information about the building services industry and the issues it faces.

Samsung focuses in on UK 15 October 2008
SAMSUNG is to invest heavily in the UK air conditioning market.

Mitsubishi Electric expands European R&D centre 14 October 2008
Mitsubishi Electric is to expand its European Research and Development (R&D) centre to strengthen the company’s innovations in technologies related to energy and the environment.

HVCA offers mediation service for disputes 14 October 2008
The HVCA now provides an in-house mediation service that is designed to resolve disputes quickly and inexpensively.

Spec Expert rings bell for CIBSE 13 October 2008
CIBSE has popped open the champayne to formally endorse NES Specification Expert as the recommended software for use in the building services industry.

Safegas staff become CIPHE members 13 October 2008
Staff from SAFEGAS, which services more than 10,000 Yorkshire households with heating and hot water breakdown cover, are to be enrolled as CIPHE members.

Uponor UK appoints new vice president 10 October 2008
Uponor has appointed a former Kingspan boss to the post of vice president of Uponor's UK & Ireland operations.

Plumbing named the UK’s most recession-proof job 10 October 2008
Plumbing has come out as the top most ‘in demand’ job in a survey of the most recession proof job sectors in the UK.

200 more jobs axed at Wavin 09 October 2008
Wavin N.V., the plastic pipe supplier in Europe, is to shed 200 jobs mainly in the UK, in response to the economic downturn of Europe's construction markets.

Girl's death puts boiler installation in dock 08 October 2008
Justice is being sought for a girl killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, with her family demanding that those responsible for installing the boiler in her flat be prosecuted.

HVAC men say crunchtime for sustainability 08 October 2008

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At a lively debate on sustainable buildings, the audience attending a seminar at this year's M&E exhibition were told of building services' battle to go green.

Best of Britain emerge for SkillPLUMB 07 October 2008
The Skillplumb competition finalists emerging from Britain's regional heats in England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales have been announced by SummitSkills.

Crossling opens first Scottish branch 07 October 2008
Crossling Ltd, the North's largest independent plumbing and pipeline merchants have announced the opening of their first branch in Scotland.

Baxi-SenerTec's team grows with mini-CHP sales 07 October 2008
Growing demand for mini-CHP (combined heat and power) systems has prompted Baxi-SenerTec UK to increase its technical support team.

HSE warns of CO risk posed by boiler flue ceiling voids 03 October 2008
Builders, gas installers, property developers and building owners are being warned about the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from gas boilers with flues in voids.

Ed heads up new dept of Energy and Climate 03 October 2008
Ed Milliband is heading up the UK government's newly-created Department of Energy and Climate Change, which brings together two separate departments.

Rok launches plumbing heating and electrical business 01 October 2008
Rok plc is launching a company in the UK, bringing together five of its plumbing, heating and electrical businesses acquired in the last two years.