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News Archive - January 2011

Sharp creates new jobs 28 January 2011
Solar panel manufacturer Sharp has created 300 new jobs at its European manufacturing plant in Wrexham, North Wales.

SFG 20 standards development role created 28 January 2011
Andy Green, a director of consultant Faithful + Gould, has been appointed vice chairman of the SFG20 Technical Standards Committee, which is charged with further development of HVCA's ground-breaking Standard Maintenance Specification for Building Services (SFG20).

Daikin calls in police over bogus website 28 January 2011
Japanese air conditioning manufacturer Daikin has contacted police in Australia after the launch of a website which the company says falsely claims to be Daikin Air Australia and New Zealand. Daikin says it considers the website a serious breach of brand, copyright and intellectual property.

Carrier and Daikin call for binding energy targets 28 January 2011
Air conditioning manufacturers Carrier and Daikin are amongst a group of more than 30 companies calling for European ministers to agree a binding energy savings target.

Sales boost for LG but no bid for Goodman 28 January 2011
LG Air Conditioning saw worldwide sales increase by 50.5 per cent in the last quarter of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009. Full year sales reached $4.2bn, 12.2 per cent higher than 2009.

No registration, no deal, says ac supplier 28 January 2011
Refcom has applauded the actions of suppliers of refrigeration and air conditioning who are refusing to do business with companies and installers who are not F-gas registered.

Cofely secures UK government funding for Southampton geothermal project 24 January 2011
Cofely District Energy has secured £200,000 from Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC) Deep Geothermal Challenge Fund to part-fund the refit of the Southampton District Energy Scheme's deep geothermal well.

Johnson & Starley expands warm air heating spare parts 24 January 2011
Johnson & Starley has expanded its warm air heating spare parts availability.

Baxi / Remeha merger results in name change 24 January 2011
Following the merger of Baxi Group with De Dietrich Remeha in 2009, the Group will now be known as BDR Thermea.

Flogas acquires Metcalfe and Evans 24 January 2011
LPG supplier Flogas has acquired specialist LPG firm, Metcalfe and Evans.

Graham rewards trade customers 24 January 2011
Plumbers' merchant Graham has relaunched its Rewards scheme to both trade cash and credit customers. The scheme is designed to help customers earn rewards through purchases made through its network of 180 branches.

Wider tenders and contracts service launched 20 January 2011
Glenigan and The Builders' Conference have developed what they describe as the most comprehensive tender and contract award leads service for the UK construction industry.

Ductbusters' employee first to complete HVCA Green Book 20 January 2011
Jason Philip, a senior supervisor at specialist duct cleaning company Ductbusters, is the first heating and ventilation engineer in the UK to have completed the Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association's Ductwork Cleaning Green Book Training Scheme.

Air source heat pump research highlights need for better partnerships 20 January 2011
Fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action (NEA) has published its findings from research commissioned in 2009 by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to assess the implications of air source heat pumps (ASHP), on the domestic network infrastructure.

Vokèra calls for clarity on the RHI scheme 20 January 2011
Following the update on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), boiler and renewables manufacturer Vokèra is concerned that the potential delay may be a hindrance. While the scheme will be introduced in 2011, it will be phased in with a view to clarifying the finer details in 2012.

Warning that RHI delay would be costly 20 January 2011
There are signs that the widely anticipated Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) may be delayed, and Mark Krull, marketing director for Logic4training has warned that the consequences could be serious.

Shouksmiths wins contracts worth £1.4 million 20 January 2011
The North West Division of building services engineer Shouksmiths, based in Bolton, has been awarded eight new contracts worth a total of £1.42 million, including two for affordable housing and regeneration specialist Lovell in Liverpool.

Transforming Technologies Conference discount extended 20 January 2011
The early bird discount rate for the Transforming Technologies Conference has been extended.

HVR Awards date announced 20 January 2011
The second HVR Awards organised by Heating & Ventilating Review will take place on October 11, 2011.

NICEIC unveils industry event 20 January 2011
NICEIC has announced details of its first ever conference and exhibition.

NICEIC launches 'Jobs for the Girls' campaign 20 January 2011
NICEIC has launched its 'Jobs for the girls' campaign aimed at encouraging more women into the electrical contracting industry.

Baxi employee hailed as hero after sword attack 14 January 2011
Baxi salesman Gary Wainright is being hailed as a hero by his family, friends and colleagues after fending off a sword-wielding thug in a bar in Tenerife during a New Year holiday. His actions enabled over 100 people, including women and children, to escape.

FPB warns proper book keeping essential to avoid £3,000 fine 13 January 2011
The Forum of Private Business (FPB) is warning small firms to keep proper financial records or face fines in excess of £3,000.

EIC wins Mary Rose museum contract 13 January 2011
EIC has won the contract to provide mechanical and electrical services for the Mary Rose Museum project at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. The national building services provider will install the critical environmental systems for this new £35 million project.

Henderson Green aids green office development 13 January 2011
Henderson Green, independent engineering consultants, have been brought on board by Merlin Real Estate to provide full sustainability advice and other services to ensure a new two-storey office development in Southampton meets the required 'very high' BREEAM rating.

HEVAR details now available online 13 January 2011
The organiser of the first national HEVAR show has launched a new website,, packed full of information and resources to ensure visitors make the most their visit to the show which takes place in Hall 3 of the NEC, Birmingham on May 24 to 26, 2011.

Eco award entry deadline extended 10 January 2011
The deadline to enter the Environment and Energy Awards has been extended to January 21.

Green Energy Training Centre drives for growth 10 January 2011
A renewable energy training centre in the North West is launching a New Year drive to attract installers.

Rogue trader prosecuted 10 January 2011
Following the launch of its 'Wall of Shame' campaign, the UK electrical contracting industry’s independent voluntary body NICEIC has welcomed the action taken by Trading Standards against a building firm and its director who falsely claimed to be a member of the electrical accreditation body.

CIBSE calls for mandatory lodging of air conditioning inspections 10 January 2011
The lower threshold for air conditioning inspections which includes all systems with an output of 12KW or more, came into effect from January 4, 2011. This means that most air conditioned spaces of over 2,000 sq ft should now have an air conditioning certificate.

Call for Government to include small firms in job creation plans 10 January 2011
The Forum of Private Business is urging the Government to ensure small and medium-sized businesses - which already employ almost 60 per cent of the private sector working population - are central to its job creation plans.

Plumber jailed after Rogue Traders exposes illegal gas work 10 January 2011
A plumber caught carrying out illegal gas work by BBC's Rogue Traders has been jailed after ignoring a previous order to stop.

BSRIA publishes guide to underfloor heating and cooling 10 January 2011
A new guide from research organisation BSRIA (BG4/2011) will replace the previous Underfloor Heating: A Designer's Guide (AG12/2001) and Underfloor Heating Installations: Assessment Standard (AG13/2001).

Industry pressure forces watering down of EUP Directive 07 January 2011
The EuP Directive, the European Commission's controversial proposals designed to force heating manufacturers to design more energy efficient products has been scheduled to go live by the end of the year.

New members For Homechoice association 07 January 2011
The Homechoice association of manufacturers offering a 'one stop' service to housing developers for their heating requirements has embarked on a programme of expansion, forming alliances with affiliate organisations, updating its website and rebranding the organisation.

OBE for SEC Group chairman 07 January 2011
Trevor Hursthouse, chairman of the Specialist Engineering Contractors' (SEC) Group, has been appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

BBES appoints business development manager for Scotland 06 January 2011
Mechanical and electrical building services contractor Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has appointed Eddie O'Donnell as business development manager for Scotland.

Honeywell sets up support for commercial buildings market 06 January 2011
Honeywell has established a Building Group to help and advise consultants and others who use, maintain, design or specify hvac, central heating, water and other systems.

Workman extends ECS contract 06 January 2011
Commercial property management specialist Workman LLP has appointed Environmental Control Services, a subsidiary of Managed Support Services, to provide hvac maintenance services at six office buildings in London and the south east of England.

Dalkia regains quality, eco and h&s recognition 04 January 2011
Energy and utilities management services company Dalkia has passed auditing for a triple standard re-certification covering ISO9001, ISO14001 and OHSAS18001 comprising standards for quality management, environmental performance and health and safety.

Hoval teams up with local engineering students 04 January 2011
Hoval has marked the upgrading and enhancement of its Training Centre at the Centre of Renewable Energy (CORE) in Nottinghamshire with an 'open day' for students from Nottingham University Faculty of Engineering.

Baxi encourages young north east consultants 04 January 2011
Baxi Commercial Division has sponsored the launch of a new CIBSE YEN (Young Engineer's Network) region in the North East of England.

Dimplex forms alliance with electricity generator 04 January 2011
Electricity generator SSE (Scottish and Southern Energy plc) has entered into a strategic agreement with Dimplex to develop and deploy systems and products that can support the decarbonisation of electrical heating.

Vaillant celebrates millionth ecoTEC boiler 04 January 2011
Vaillant is celebrating the production of its one millionth ecoTEC high efficiency condensing boiler for the UK market, at its factory at Belper in Derbyshire.

Plumbase makes key appointments 04 January 2011
National plumbing and heating merchant Plumbase has made two key appointments. Alan Penny has joined as commercial manager and Mark Gibbon is the new national showroom business development manager.

Weatherite appoints senior managers 04 January 2011
Two key appointments have been made at Weatherite Service and Maintenance as the company prepares to expand its operations.

PH Jones wins solar accreditation 04 January 2011
Property maintenance and multi-utility metering services provider PH Jones claims to be one of the first businesses to become accredited by the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) to carry out solar photovoltaic installations.

J S Wright lands £800,000 housing for the elderly contract 04 January 2011
Birmingham-based building services provider J S Wright has won an £800,000 contract to design and install the mechanical services for a new multi-million-pound extra care scheme in Gravesend for residential care and supported homes provider Abbeyfield Kent Society.