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News Archive - February 2008

Plumbing academy apprentices get BEST training 29 February 2008
Heating and plumbing trainees of all ages are to benefit from BEST's efforts to fund training at the Plumbing Academy in Kent.

Police hunt air coolers used to smuggle £1.5m of worth heroin 29 February 2008
Detectives investigating a failed attempt to smuggle more than 1.5m worth of heroin into the UK by hiding it within the packaging of several air coolers, want the industry to help find more of the units.

People power to heat neighbourhood 28 February 2008
Recycled body heat captured from visitors to a Swedish train station is to be used to keep neighbouring offices and shops warm.

Don't slip up HSE tells employers 28 February 2008
Shattered Lives is the name of the campaign launched by the Health and Safety Executive this month, to warn the industry to act to prevent accidents in the workplace.

Olympic rush to the construction finish line 27 February 2008
Growth in the UK's construction projects will reach a peak in 2011 as the industry rushes to complete new build and infrastructure programmes before the London Olympics in 2012.

Strong warning: 'Zero carbon' reality check 26 February 2008
The danger of the 'zero carbon agenda' gripping the UK building industry is it ignores social and economic sustainability and could result in 'highly perverse outcomes' said Dr David Strong, speaking at the first day of London's Ecobuild exhibition.

Ward is Halstead's new marketing weapon 25 February 2008
Halstead Boilers has recruited Gren Ward to the post of marketing director.

Call for retired workers to assess apprentices 25 February 2008
Retired skilled workers are being encouraged to put their knowledge and experience to good use by becoming apprentice assessors.

Industry could face £20m bill for F-Gas assessment 25 February 2008
The cost of assessing the estimated 40,000 air-conditioning and refrigeration engineers to the F-Gas regulations could cost the industry as much as 20m, say informed sources.

Free cooling is a breath of fresh air for Wilkinson 25 February 2008
Wilkinson's adoption of free cooling in its stores is already delivering the firm big energy savings thanks to GK industrial.

Biolchini cuts ICE as Invensys Europe MD 22 February 2008
Invensys Controls Europe (ICE), a leading hvac manufacturer has appointed Bernard Biolchini as its EMEA managing director.

talkSport makes NICEIC hot topic 22 February 2008
The voice of the NICEIC can be heard on the talkSport radio station (1089 and 1053 AM) talking up its 17th edition training courses to listeners throughout February 2008.


Lindab's ventilation store opens in Scotland 18 February 2008
Lindab has unveiled a giant superstore of ventilation products in Glasgow.

Government's £1 billion strategy to boost apprentice numbers 15 February 2008
It is National Apprentices week from February 25-29 and the bad news is apprenticeships are offered by just 10% of UK employers, however the government's £1 billion plan is aimed at changing this.

Ground source energy fuels CIBSE talk 13 February 2008
South Bank University is playing host to a CIBSE seminar on 'Ground Coupled Energy Systems'.

Diversitech offers alternative to coil-eroding cleaners. 13 February 2008
Dirty coils can make an air-conditioning system 50% less efficient and the first ac coil cleaner in non-liquid form that cleans without damaging coils will be available in the UK by the end of February.

Are construction workers willing to compete? 13 February 2008
February 29 is the last day for construction employers and apprentices to enter the Apprenticeship Awards 2008.

Boiler fitter's electrocution raises CORGI training question 13 February 2008
A coroner is recommending new safety measures for gas fitters after a worker was electrocuted whilst repairing a boiler.

Mitsubishi Heavy elects Hideaki as president 12 February 2008
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries appointed senior executive vice president Hideaki Omiya to take up the post of president from April 1.

Skerritt's £18.2m deal will raise prison capacity 12 February 2008
Building services firm Skerritt has secured 18.2m in contracts to provide M&E services for nearly 700 new inmates at HMP Nottingham and Kent's HMP Swaleside.

Worthington Nicholls culls third of workforce 07 February 2008
One third of Worthington Nicholls' staff have lost their jobs after the air-conditioning installer suffered a one million pound operating loss.

Liquid biofuel fuelling new research 07 February 2008
A £250,000 research project is set to discover how a bio-heating oil could replace kerosene and gas oil to become the fuel of choice to heat buildings.

Halstead appoints technical director 07 February 2008
Halstead Boilers has hired Tony Chadderton to be its technical director.

Daikin buys Swedish distributor to aid heat plans 06 February 2008
DAIKIN Europe has bought all shares in Svenska Daikin A.B, its distributor in Sweden, to realise its heating expansion plans.

Grundfos pumps up training portfolio 05 February 2008
Pump specialists Grundfos will deliver 17 revamped courses at five different locations across the UK this year, following a review of its training.

CORGI's chief of operations resigns 05 February 2008
The chief operating officer of CORGI, Ian Powney has resigned.

Scotland hosts HEVAR show 04 February 2008
A new HEVAR exhibition in Glasgow, Scotland on October 29-30, will cater for the large volume of HVAC professionals in the region.

Government calls out CHP as untapped carbon saver 01 February 2008
The government says harnessing the potential of combined heat and power (CHP) can save the UK, 12m tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2020.

New EU rules pose threat to oil heating industry 01 February 2008
The new Energy Using Product Directive (EuP), due to become UK law in 2009, will drastically lower Nitrous Oxide (NOx) emissions levels and damage the UK oil heating business.