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News Archive - April 2008

Ice Energy Floor Heating gets off the ground 30 April 2008
Renewable energy firm, Ice Energy has launched a new company, Ice Energy Floor Heating to design supply and install bespoke underfloor heating.

BSE class proves a hit with teenage girls 30 April 2008
A group of teenage girls from the North West got schooled in the benefits of joining the building services engineering (BSE) sector, by skills council Summit Skills.

Intaeco - The new kid on the eco-block 29 April 2008
Intaeco has become the new kid on the renewable energy block and is supplying heating and plumbing products to those keen to go green.

Man dies after rogue trader blocks chimney 29 April 2008
A 31 year man died from carbon monoxide fumes because the tradesman rebuilding his chimney failed to check the flue was clear.

Denman Facilities sale saves jobs 28 April 2008
The jobs of 187 workers at Denmans Facilities Maintenance have been saved, following its purchase by Project First Facilities Management.

PME renamed Carillion Planned Maintenance 28 April 2008
PME, the mechanical and electrical maintenance services arm of Carillion plc, is changing its name to Carillion Planned Maintenance, effecttve from May 1.

Itho Ventilation brings green goods to UK 28 April 2008
Itho Ventilation was launched in the UK this month, to help distribute energy-saving ventilation systems made by its Dutch parent company Itho B.V.

CIBSE/ASHRAE takes sustainability challenge 23 April 2008
THE CIBSE/ASHRAE Conference 2008, on April 29-30, plans to show the industry how it can navigate new legislation, cost, staff and sell sustainability.

Grandad wins over third generation with Wii prize 22 April 2008
A Brighton granddad has become the proud winner of the Nintendo Wii prize offered in heatingandventilating.net's Spring competition.

BRE made MCS operator 21 April 2008
BRE Global has achieved UKAS accreditation as scheme operator for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS).

Sector Skills Agreement unveiled to industry 21 April 2008
SummitSkills is ready to roll out its Sector Skills Agreement (SSA) to tackle the skills shortage in the building services engineering sector.

Industry bitten by construction cartel allegations 17 April 2008
The Office of Fair Trading is alleging 112 construction firms were involved in price-fixing to push contract prices up and is not ruling out the possibility of more OFT investigations into construction tenders.

EPEE fights for heat pumps' rights 17 April 2008
The European Partnership for Energy and the Environment is calling for ambient air, water and ground sources to be recognised as renewable energy.

HVCA gets quality praise 16 April 2008
The HVCA has gained ISO 9001:2000 quality assurance certification for its membership handling and review processes.

Sun shines for Glow-worm's solar trainees 16 April 2008
Glow-worm is offering training for installers keen to learn how to install solar thermal systems.

Foskett and Lee join Kem Edwards 16 April 2008
Construction services supplier Kem Edwards has made two appointments to strengthen its management team.

Travis Perkins equips Toolstation with 100 outlets 15 April 2008
Travis Perkins has invested £12 million in heating and plumbing supplier Toolstation and will to expand the number of Toolstation sales counters in operation to 100 outlets in five years time.

HVCA's new ally is employment agency org 15 April 2008
The Heating and Ventilating Contractors Association has launched an organisation to improve professional standards among employment agencies.

Don't rubbish CIOB tips on waste law 14 April 2008
The UK government must clearly define what constitutes as waste before the construction sector can meet its waste disposal targets, says the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB).

Construction panel tackles Olympic contract disputes 14 April 2008
An Independent Dispute Avoidance Panel (IDAP) and an adjudication panel have been set up to try to avoid or resolve contractual disputes during construction for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Trade cowboys will feel the heat warns OFTEC 14 April 2008
The Oil Firing Technical Association, OFTEC, is warning all non-OFTEC registered businesses and technicians who illegally use the OFTEC logo that they will get their fingers burnt.

Buderus gives UK solar thermal 11 April 2008
Boiler manufacturer Buderus has entered the UK solar panel market for the first time and hopes to capitalise on this years' 'dramatic increase' in demand for this renewable technology.

Public sector green grants on offer 11 April 2008
Grants of up to 1 million per site are available for managers of public sector buildings adopting renewable energy technology.

SSE buys 20% stake in Geothermal International 11 April 2008
Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has agreed to invest up to £ 15 million for a 20% stake in Geothermal International Ltd (GI).

Wolseley and Daikin give UK green heating 09 April 2008
Daikin UK and Wolseley have signed a three year contract to supply local authorities and housing associations with renewable heating technology to meet CO2 emission reduction targets and remove fuel poverty.

Safety sparks HVCA's welding update 08 April 2008
The Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association has updated its guide to welding.

BRE makes intelligent purchase with i&i 07 April 2008
Building Research Establishment (BRE) has bought two specialist divisions of i&i, in the hope of expanding its capability in its acquisition's area of expertise - intelligent buildings.

Thermal Energy buys UK's GEM 07 April 2008
Thermal Energy International has announced it will buy Bristol-based firm Gardner Energy Management (GEM) .

Olympic boy dives for gold with ABS 03 April 2008
Britain's golden boy Tom Daley, the 13 year-old diver competing in the Beijing Olympics, can thank ABS London for helping him go for gold.

Industry's pulse felt by Pulsar recruits 03 April 2008
Bob Bragger and Steve Lauri are the new faces in Pulsar direct's senior management team.

Double blow strikes construction 02 April 2008
The UK construction industry is facing its toughest year in more than a decade with the commercial and residential property sectors dealing it a double blow.

Daikin signs deal with Chinese manufacturer 02 April 2008
Japanese air conditioning manufacturer Daikin has signed a collaboration agreement with Chinese manufacturer Gree.

Zero chance of zero carbon homes say housebuilders 01 April 2008
Many of the UK's major housebuilders have admitted they do not believe they will meet the government's goal for zero carbon new homes by 2016.

Firms face corporate manslaughter threat 01 April 2008
Corporate manslaughter convictions could soar under the new Corporate Manslaughter Act coming into effect on April 6, 2008.