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News Archive - March 2010

Government unveils national heat map for CHP boost 31 March 2010
A national heat map has been launched by the UK government to promote the use of combined heat & power, renewable heat plants and district heating in buildings.

Kershaw to maintain system it installed for council 31 March 2010
M&E maintenance company Kershaw Mechanical Services has been contracted to maintain systems it fitted into a new council building.

Alpha launches into commercial sector 31 March 2010
Alpha heating Innovation is stepping-up its involvement in the commercial heating sector with the imminent launch of a dedicated Light Commercial division.

ABS London to go into liquidation 30 March 2010
The building services firm ABS London is to go into liquidation after the firm's directors opted to cease trading on March 23.

No more boiler scrappage vouchers says Lord Hunt 29 March 2010
The UK government has refused to fund an extension of the boiler scrappage scheme, having given out all 125,000 vouchers for householders to replace G-rated or worse boilers.

UK's biggest hydrogen fuel cell sited at TfL HQ 29 March 2010
The UK's largest hydrogen fuel cell CHP plant has been installed at Transport for London's HQ.

Contest deadline for M&E talent looms 26 March 2010
March 31 is the deadline for entries to this year's SkillPIPE and SkillPLUMB contests, which aim to find the UK’s most promising young mechanical and electrical engineers

HSE prosecutes serial gas cowboy 25 March 2010
A serial gas offender who carried out illegal gas installations, has been handed a suspended jail sentence following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Jarvis goes into admininistration 25 March 2010
Facitilities management firm Jarvis has suspended trading with immediate effect and appointed administrators.

Walter Meier man joins Jaga 24 March 2010
A former Walter Meier MD has joined Jaga Heating Products as its commercial manager.

Small firm boost but could have done better, Darling 24 March 2010
A helping hand to small businesses was offered by Chancellor Alistair Darling's budget, but pleas for a boiler scrappage extension were rejected.

NVQs are here to stay 23 March 2010
ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry, has successfully lobbied to keep National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) at the centre of the industry’s qualification structure, saving in excess of £1million for industry.

Contractor caught for illegal use of NICEIC logo 22 March 2010
An electrical contractor who falsely used the the NICEIC's logo to gain business, has been sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work following a trading standards prosecution.

Kershaw bags 39 store deal with Waitrose 22 March 2010
The M&E firm Kershaw Mechanical has been given a new maintenance contract for 39 Waitrose stores.

James Frew signs deal with Trafalgar 22 March 2010
James Frew, Scotland’s largest independent building services company, has signed a three year partnership agreement with Trafalgar Housing Association in Clydebank to provide gas servicing and maintenance services for its tenants.

BEST shines in Wales 22 March 2010
At the Wales Training Group HVACR Awards, four BEST (Building Engineering Services Training) apprentices, won four out of the seven award categories.

Bosch buys German CHP maker Köhler & Ziegler 19 March 2010
Bosch's Thermotechnology division has bought Köhler & Ziegler Anlagetechnik GmbH, a German maker of combined heat and power plants, for an undisclosed sum.

Eagaheat joins ECA and ELECSA 17 March 2010
Eagaheat Electrical Services has become a member of the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) and has saved around £15k per year by transferring its Part P notifications to ELECSA.

New appointment for HETAS' SBAS scheme 17 March 2010
Mark Russell has been appointed project manager for the new HETAS Solid Biomass Assurance Scheme (SBAS).

Green skills academy gets £3m funding approval 17 March 2010
The building services engineering sector is to benefit from a national academy for green technology skills, after SummitSkills secured £3m in government funding for it.

Paul Morrell publishes construction proposals 17 March 2010
Chief construction adviser Paul Morrell has published his interim findings putting forward proposals for the construction industry to deliver the UK's low carbon reduction commitments.

Building services band climb Kilimanjaro 16 March 2010
Nick Whitwell, the MD of Keston boilers was one of six workers from the building services industry, who reached the summit of Kilimanjaro, raising more than £33,000 for charity.

Construct becomes NSCC member 11 March 2010
Construct, the concrete structures group has joined the National Specialist Contractors' Council (NSCC).

British Gas seeks 1,100 for insulation work 11 March 2010
British Gas is recruiting for its first insulation depot opening this month, one of 12 planned for the UK.

Curzon move creates heating super branch 11 March 2010
In a bid to create a new heating and plumbing "super branch", heating parts specialist Curzon is relocating its Edinburgh outlet to be next to its sister brand Graham's in the Scottish city.

HSE investigates CO link after newly-wed's death 11 March 2010
The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the case of a woman who was found dead at home of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning.

Price joins Oceanair UK 10 March 2010
Mike Price, formerly senior sales engineer with Daikin UK, has joined Oceanair UK.

Fire at Calorex destroys 20% of production 05 March 2010
Calorex Heat Pumps says it will be back in full production within weeks after a fire completely destroyed one of three buildings at its UK headquarters.

Constructionskills and M&S launch sustainability course 02 March 2010
ConstructionSkills, the industry’s Sector Skills Council, working together with Marks & Spencer, has developed an new sustainability course designed to enhance the skills of those working on construction and refurbishment sites across the country.

Construction charity's film asks why youths re-offend 02 March 2010
Construction charity, the Construction Youth Trust has helped produce The Fear Factory, a new documentary that explores conflicting views about youth offending.

New anti-blacklisting rules are too weak says UCATT 02 March 2010
It is now unlawful for trade union members to be denied employment through blacklists, under new rules that came into effect on May 2, but the construction trade union UCATT says the rules fail to go far enough.

Baxi hires technical services manager 01 March 2010
John Smith has joined the Baxi commercial division as technical services manager for Andrews Water Heaters and Potterton Commercial Boilers.