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News Archive - November 2008

Skills and training zone at Sustainabilitylive! 2009 27 November 2008
A Skills and Training Zone is to be launched at Sustainabilitylive! 2009, the UK event for innovation in the energy and environment sectors.

BSS Group responds to 'recessionary market opportunities' 26 November 2008
There is good growth in revenue and profit and high quality earnings in relatively resilient end markets, says the BSS Group, referring to its interim results for the six months ended September 30, 2008.

Panasonic Sanyo deal on brink of collapse 26 November 2008
IT IS being reported that Panasonic's bid to acquire fellow air-conditioning manaufacturer Sanyo, has stalled and may be on the brink of collapse after one of Sanyo's three main shareholders ended talks over the acquisition.

Heat pumps headline at Manchester HEVAR 2009 26 November 2008
A Heat Pump Technology Zone is being launched at Manchester HEVAR 2009, with the full backing of the Heat Pump Association and seminars about this technology will take centre stage.

CBI welcomes Darling's £3 billion public capital move 25 November 2008
Chancellor Alistair Darling's pre-budget report which states that public capital spending programmes will to be brought forward from 2010/11, has been well received by the CBI.

Mandelson welcomes project bank accounts 24 November 2008
Peter Mandelson has agreed to tell public sector contractors, benefiting from the government's 10-day payment terms, to open up project bank accounts, to help SMEs' further down the supply chain.

Rok solid support for National Maintenance Week 21 November 2008
National Maintenance Week runs from November 21-28 and Rok is using it as a timely opportunity to advise schools and other building owners about winter maintenance.

Henderson Green devoted to UK Sikh school 20 November 2008
The UK’s only state-funded Sikh secondary school is to be expanded with the help of Henderson Green which will conduct a sustainability assessment and design work for the building.

Baxi takes bow with CHP champions 20 November 2008
The Baxi group is among the winners honoured at the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) Conference and Awards.

CHPA conference highlights CHP's missed opportunities 19 November 2008
Energy and Climate Change minister Mike O'Brien, speaking at the Combined Heat and Power Association's (CHPA) annual conference today (November 19), spoke of the government's support for CHP deployment, but the chairman of CHPA highlighted the missed opportunities for CHP up and down the country.

SIG to shed 900 jobs and close 65 sites 19 November 2008
SIG, a supplier of insulation, roofing and specialist building products to the construction industry, is to shed 900 jobs and close 65 trading sites.

Gas fitter accused of manslaughter of two elderly friends 19 November 2008
A gas fitter has appeared in court on manslaughter charges following the deaths of two friends exposed to carbon monoxide poisoning.

Wolseley UK gets rid of 2,000 jobs 18 November 2008

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Plumbing and building materials supplier Wolseley is to get rid of 2,000 jobs in the UK and Ireland and close or consolidate more than 200 branches.

Balfour Beatty appoints CEO 18 November 2008
Balfour Beatty, the construction, services group, has announced the appointment of Andrew McNaughton to the role of chief operating officer, effective from January 1, 2009.

Balfour Kilpatrick appoints 2 business development managers 17 November 2008
M&E business Balfour Kilpatrick, part of Balfour Beatty plc, has hired two regional business development managers

Airtech deal tackles social housing's condensation issues 17 November 2008
Airtech Environmental Systems has formed a partnership with property care expert Timberwise, to extend its nationwide reach in order to tackle condensation and mould control in the UK social housing sector.

Pettigrew picked as HVCA's deputy chief executive 17 November 2008
Roderick Pettigrew has been appointed to the new position of HVCA deputy chief executive, with effect from December 1, 2008.

21% fall in new construction projects 17 November 2008
The total value of new construction projects in the UK has fallen by 21% during the last year, according to the November edition of the Glenigan Index.

Ductwork industry hears steel giant's price fall forecast 12 November 2008
The UK's ductwork industry has been told to expect steel prices to fall by January.

M&E firm beats downturn with £5.75m in new orders 12 November 2008
A mechanical and engineering company is proving the downturn hasn't badly affected commercial construction in the UK, by announcing £5.75 million of new orders.

McDonald's role in Costelow's management buyout 10 November 2008
Mike McDonald is the new joint owner of Costelow Engineering, the Bridgend mechanical contractor involved in a management buyout to be completed this week.

CIBSE releases carbon emissions guide 10 November 2008
The Energy and Carbon Emissions Regulation: a guide to implementation (EPBR), has been published by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

O'Toole leads Balfour Kilpatrick's build for schools projects 07 November 2008
Tony O’Toole is the newly-appointed operations director for Balfour Kilpatrick’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) contracts.

Rok in a hard place with 750 jobs set to go 06 November 2008
The Rok group is set to make 750 job losses, after projects worth more than £150 million were shelved or cancelled by public and private clients due to the economic downturn.

Amtech group buys TSI Luckins. 06 November 2008
Amtech, the building services software group, has bought TSI Luckins, a leader in data services and pricing information.

Mitsubishi Electric expands PV business 06 November 2008
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation's president and CEO Setsuhiro Shimomura, has announced the group is expanding its global warming-related business, mainly in photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Police in hot pursuit of boilernappers 05 November 2008
Thieves stole £80,000 worth of boilers from the back of a lorry during a late night raid in Milton Keynes.

Calorex opens Heat Pump Technology Centre 04 November 2008
Calorex Heat Pumps has opened a Heat Pump Technology Centre at its Maldon, Essex headquarters. Equipped with ground and air source systems, the centre provides an overview of heat pump technology and its application to buildings.

UK manufacturers swallow 23% electricity price rise 03 November 2008
During the third quarter of 2008, UK manufacturers saw electricity prices rise by 23% in comparison to the previous quarter.