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News Archive - May 2010

Daikin and Vent-Axia sign heat pump supply agreement 28 May 2010
Daikin UK and Vent-Axia have established a supply agreement to deliver renewable energy heat pump systems, as an extension to Vent-Axia’s already excellent product portfolio.

New construction minister meets Paul Morrell 27 May 2010
David Cameron's new construction minister Mark Prisk has met with the government's chief construction advisor Paul Morrell.

Scotland ends boiler scrappage scheme after 36 hours 27 May 2010
Scotland's boiler scrappage scheme has closed after just 36 hours because thousands of eligible householders have snapped up all the available vouchers.

Firm fined for dangerous gas work 27 May 2010
A company and its subcontractor has been fined for carrying out dangerous gas work in a family's home.

Scotland allows heating installers to self-certify 27 May 2010
Scottish government allows professional plumbing and heating installers to self-certify drainage, heating and plumbing work, including micro-renewable installations.

Coalition shuts Low Carbon Buildings Programme 26 May 2010
The UK Coalition government has closed the Low Carbon Buildings Programme (LCBP) to new applications, effective from May 24.

BG Controls named best maintenance provider 26 May 2010
Rotherham-based firm BG Controls has been awarded the title of 'Best Service & Maintenance Provider' at this year's Building Controls Industry Awards.

Plumber sentenced for illegal gas work 26 May 2010
A plumber who illegally worked on gas boilers has been sentenced in court, following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive.

Pimlico Plumbers opens Spanish branch 25 May 2010
Pimlico Plumbers, which claims to be the UK's largest independent plumbing company, has formalised its plans to expand its Spanish operation on the Costa del Sol.

EIC wins Contractor of the Year award 25 May 2010
National building services provider EIC has been awarded North West Contractor of the Year by the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers North West.

J S Wright receives world-leading training award 21 May 2010
Birmingham building services provider JS Wright has received a coveted award from a world-renowned training organisation for investing in its people.

HVCA specialist groups elect three new chairmen 21 May 2010
New chairmen and vice chairmen have been elected by three of the HVCA’s four specialist groups.

Kingspan creates 163 Irish jobs and reports solid sales 20 May 2010
More than 160 new jobs are to be created at heating firm Kingspan's Northern Ireland plant.

Copper guide out now for plumbers and students 20 May 2010
The UK Copper Board's copper pipework CD has been launched to colleges at Newbury Racecourse.

ConstructionSkills changes grant scheme to cut costs 19 May 2010
The CITB-ConstructionSkills Board has changed its grants scheme, to reflect its falling grant levy income and more demand for grants.

Four Seasons buys controls firm 19 May 2010
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning business the Four Seasons Group has bought Berkeley Controls Group (BCG) for an undisclosed sum.

Medem hosts compliance briefing in Manchester 17 May 2010
Medem, the gas safety panel manufacturer, is inviting specifiers to the Imperial War Museum North for a compliance briefing on June 17.

KeTech sells 2As to Electra-net 17 May 2010
The KeTech Group has announced the sale of its building management systems division, KeTech 2As to Electra-net (UK).

RoSPA launches bid to make H&S a line manager priority 13 May 2010
The views of health and safety professionals in the building services sector are sought by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) which wants line managers and team leaders to better manage accidents and ill-health prevention.

HVCA launches fire and smoke damper guide 13 May 2010
A Guide to Good Practice for the Installation of Fire and Smoke Dampers (DW/145) has been launched by HVCA Publications, the publishing arm of the Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association.

Cameron told don’t cut it, get more out of what's being spent 12 May 2010
“Don’t cut public service spending, tackle procurement waste to get more from what is being spent” - that’s the message from the chief executive of the SEC group.

Briggs & Forrester back cup players 12 May 2010
For the twentieth successive year building services group, Briggs & Forrester has supported grass-roots rugby by sponsoring the Northamptonshire and District Rugby Alliance cup final.

Steve Ashmore becomes Wolseley UK's md 11 May 2010
Wolseley man Steve Ashmore has been promoted to the role of UK managing director, with effect from May 10.

A former Sontay md jailed for fraud 10 May 2010
A former managing director of the HVAC controls firm Sontay, has been jailed for three years and 4 months after pleading guilty to fraud charges.

Ladder Association launches ladder safety campaign 07 May 2010
The Ladder Association has updated its Code of Practice and launched a campaign for improved ladder safety.

GDF Suez Energy Services buys Utilicom Group 07 May 2010
GDF Suez Energy Services has acquired Utilicom Group from IDEX Group.

Martin Poyner joins Walter Meier as service director 07 May 2010
Martin Poyner has joined Walter Meier (Climate UK) in the role of service director, with a remit to expand this growing area of the company’s activities.

BRE Trust offers wind turbine advice 07 May 2010
The BRE Trust is offering guidance to engineers on the subject of positioning wind turbines for on-site renewable energy generation.

Greater collaboration needed warns Manning 07 May 2010
Teamwork is vital to deliver low energy buildings and greater collaboration is needed to achieve it, says CIBSE's new president Rob Manning.

Vent-Axia welcomes Part L & F changes 06 May 2010
Ventilation specialist, Vent-Axia, welcomes the publication of the new approved documents for Part F and Part L of the Building Regulations calling it "an essential step change and a key stage towards reaching zero carbon homes in 2016".

Solar gain for installers on PV course 06 May 2010
NICEIC has announced details of a new Solar Photovoltaic (PV) course it has developed to support its Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) for Installers.

Vokera appoints new managing director 06 May 2010
Heating manufacturer Vokèra has announced the appointment of Steve Cipriano as its new managing director, effective from May 1.

Kinetics moves into top profit table 06 May 2010
Building maintenance firm Kinetics Group has made the top 50 of the Sunday Times Profit Track 100 list.

CIBSE dinner delivers collaboration call 05 May 2010
A dinner debate during the CIBSE Conference showed there exists a growing appetite for collaboration between the professions, but also a sense of frustration that it is not happening, says Ewen Rose

Supermarket places £1.2m of orders with Kershaw 05 May 2010
An m&e company has received three new orders from its long-term client Waitrose.

Humidity Solutions hires new service manager 05 May 2010
Humidity Solutions has announced that Rob Luddington is the new service and installation manager heading the Humiserv division of the company.