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News Archive - November 2011

NSAET offers funding for environmental technology training 30 November 2011
The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies (NSAET) is now offering funding support for building services engineering (BSE) employers in environmental technologies, courtesy of SummitSkills and the Joint Investment Programme (JIP).

RICS announces sustainable vision for the future 30 November 2011
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a sustainability action plan that spells out how it is engaging with the environmental agenda and working towards a more sustainable future.

West End construction starts up 30 November 2011
Latest figures from the Crane Survey show the largest number of new construction starts ever recorded in a single survey, showing how investment has been key to helping the West End compete on the world stage.

Applications now being taken for the RHI 29 November 2011
The RHI is now open for applications after a two-month delay for the first stage of scheme which offers long-term tariff support which targets the non-domestic sector.

Listed office gets Kershaw's m&e treatment 29 November 2011
Kershaw Mechanical Services is installing m&e services valued at £2 million at the new Botanic House office development in Cambridge city centre.

TROX appoints new managing director 29 November 2011
Ian Sams has been appointed managing director at Thetford, Norfolk-based air conditioning manufacturer TROX UK.

Honeywell calls for return of boiler scrappage scheme 29 November 2011
Honeywell has voiced its support of the push by the Heating & Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC) and The Association of Control Manufacturers (TACMA) to revive the Boiler Scrappage scheme in England and also include a mandate for heating controls to be fitted in homes.

Apprentice given Special Achievement Award 28 November 2011
Amber Stewart was awarded the Special Achievement Award at Willmott Dixon's annual Apprentice Awards, following recognition from both her college and work colleagues.

System Hygienics appoints new managing director 28 November 2011
System Hygienics has appointed Steve Liddiard as the new managing director.

Honeywell steps up to fight counterfeit refrigerant in the Middle East 24 November 2011
Honeywell has expanded its campaign against counterfeit refrigerants being fraudulently sold under the Honeywell Genetron brand name in Middle East.

£14bn Green Deal consultation revealed 24 November 2011
The Government has revealed details of the £14 billion Green Deal scheme and is calling for feedback from industry and the public on the measures.

SummitSkills misses out on Employer Investment Fund 24 November 2011
SummitSkills has not secured funding from the Employer Investment Fund (EIF) but says that it will continue to its work of improving safety and safeguarding building services engineering.

Hebridean housing awarded top RHPP payment 23 November 2011
The Hebridean Housing Partnership (HHP) has been awarded £175,000 to install more efficient heating systems for its tenants.

LG launches new training academy 23 November 2011
LG has announced the opening of its new training facility in Slough along with the launch of a range of new technical service, spares and support packages and a new product warranty extension.

Solar lobby targets Westminster ahead of FiT debate 23 November 2011
Nearly 300 people employed in the solar industry have lobbied Westminster calling for a re-think of the planned cuts to the Feed in Tariff (FiT), ahead of the commons debate today.

NEMEX celebrates 30 years 23 November 2011
The National Energy Management Exhibition (NEMEX) has announced details of the forthcoming energy management event next year.

Rentokil Initial acquires MSS 22 November 2011
Business services company Rentokil Initial is acquiring the building services division of Managed Support Services (MSS) for £6.5 million.

ebm-papst releases new iphone app 22 November 2011
ebm-papst has launched a free iphone app that calculates the energy efficiency benefits of using ec technology over ac.

MHI launches new European sales team 22 November 2011
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) is assembling a new European team with extensive experience in commercial hvac specification to bring its range of energy saving chillers and heat pumps to the UK and European markets.

Construction project starts grow 22 November 2011
Construction project starts increased 6 per cent year on year for the three months to October due to a 79 per cent growth in infrastructure and utilities project starts, according to the latest Glenigan Index.

EAL welcomes Government's £250m training boost 22 November 2011
The Government's £250 million plan to boost vocational training programmes has been welcomed by awarding organisation for the engineering, manufacturing, building services and related sectors EAL.

Broseley appoints new sales representative 21 November 2011
Broseley Fires has appointed John Kerrison as a new regional sales representative.

Biasi appoints new sales director 21 November 2011
Biasi UK has appointed Graham Ostle as its new sales director.

PM launches Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering 21 November 2011
The Prime Minster has launched the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, which is a new global award to celebrate outstanding advances in engineering that have created a significant benefit to humanity.

Armstrong launches new hvac website 17 November 2011
Armstrong Integrated has launched a website dedicated to UK hvac market.

Apprenticeship red tape slashed 17 November 2011
Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills Vince Cable has announced plans to boost accessibility for apprenticeship schemes and to incentivise firms taking on apprentices.

D&E acquires Standard Air 17 November 2011
Air filtration expert D&E Filtration Services has acquired filter manufacturing company Standard Air in Leicestershire.

Benson Heating releases new-look website 17 November 2011
Benson Heating’s new website aims to help it customers worldwide to go green and save money.

New hospital data centre from Sudlow 17 November 2011
Manchester and London-based communications infrastructure specialist Sudlows has secured the contract to design and install a new data centre for the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Social housing winners to share in £4m fund 17 November 2011
Twenty-four social housing providers across Britain have been awarded a share of a £4 million fund to install green heating systems in the homes of their tenants.

BBES appoints new BDM 16 November 2011
Chris Ford has been appointed business development manager for the Power Systems division with Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES).

Safety campaign targets rise in CO deaths 16 November 2011
The number of deaths from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning has trebled in the last 12 months, which is a key message of National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.

Growth expected in building automation sensors 16 November 2011
'Double digit' growth is forecast in shipments of air quality and gas sensors used for demand based ventilation within buildings over the next five years, according to new research.

Solar lobby plans march on Parliament 15 November 2011
The 'Cut Don't Kill' lobby plans to march on Parliament to protest against cuts to the UK solar initiatives.

Baxi Commercial Division appoints two new managers 14 November 2011
Gavin Davies has been appointed field service manager to Baxi Commercial Division's heateam Commercial Service and Paul Marsden has been appointed specification sales manager at Baxi Commercial Division.

NG Bailey wins three key contracts in Scotland 14 November 2011
NG Bailey has been awarded two contracts in Glasgow and one in Edinburgh in seven days.

Afram questions Whitehall's energy-saving commitment 14 November 2011
Neil Afram, managing director of UK Daikin distributor Space Air, has expressed disappointment at what he described as political back-tracking on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Waterloo updates Green Book 14 November 2011
Waterloo Air Products has published the latest edition of The Green Book.

Dimplex welcomes heat pump installer standard 14 November 2011
Dimplex has welcomed the launch of the new MIS 3005 heat pump installer standard.

Delron Services achieves first MCS certification 14 November 2011
Delron Services is the first company to achieve MCS certification through the BESCA/NICEIC alliance.

Bioliquid could save over 1.2m tonnes of CO2 by 2020 14 November 2011
New research from the Oil Fired Technical Association (OFTEC) reveals that a switch by oil heating users from kerosene to environmentally friendly bioliquids could save the UK over 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 per annum by 2020, which is the equivalent CO2 that over a million trees would absorb in their lifetime.

Extra £100m promised for renewables in Scotland 11 November 2011
An extra £100 million funding for renewable energy in Scotland has been pledged by Chancellor George Osborne.

CIPHE appoints new CEO 10 November 2011
The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has appointed Kevin Wellman as chief executive officer.

BSS Industrial appoints new regional sales director 10 November 2011
BSS Industrial has appointed Paul Eastwood as its regional sales director for Scotland, Ireland and the North of England.

Sime appoints director of operations 10 November 2011
Sime has appointed Richard Nicholls as director of UK operations and will replace Paul Linley, who has moved to Australia to head up Hunt Heating, Sime's trade partner in the country.

Investment is key to the future says Minister 10 November 2011
Construction Minister Mark Prisk MP has told the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) that investment in infrastructure was now a key driver for growth.

ICOM appoints new Council Member 09 November 2011
Paul Hardy, managing director of Baxi Commercial Division, has been appointed a Council Member of ICOM Energy Association at their AGM.

BBES appoints new health and safety director 09 November 2011
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has appointed Allan Shanks as health and safety director.

Ideal Heating appoints new r&d director 09 November 2011
Dr Elaine Lancaster has been appointed research & development director of Ideal Heating.

Get ready for the Green Deal urges SummitSkills 08 November 2011
The sector skills council is encouraging building services engineering employers to prepare for the launch of the Green Deal now that the Energy Act has become law.

EST becomes latest NIA affiliate member 07 November 2011
The Energy Savings Trust (EST) has become the latest organisation to take up affiliate membership of the National Insulation Association (NIA).

ABB appoints new manager 07 November 2011
ABB has appointed Neil Ritchie to head its low voltage AC drives sales business in the UK.

Ideal Heating opens flagship training centre 07 November 2011
Ideal Heating has opened a new 'centre of excellence' at IQ Winnersh near Reading.

Wolseley completes sale of Build Center 07 November 2011
Wolseley has sold its Build Center business to Jewson, part of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution.

Pipe Center appoints regional sales manager 07 November 2011
Pipe Center has appointed Mark Wilson regional sales manager - industrial.

PRO Academy releases list of courses 07 November 2011
Bookings are now being taken for courses at Panasonic's PRO Academy in Bracknell.

MITIE launches MobileTech service 07 November 2011
MITIE has launched a new service for retailers and property owners with multiple sites across the UK.

FiT cuts could threaten social housing projects 07 November 2011
Plans to cut feed-in tariffs (FiT) in December could severely affect a housing association solar programme in London, costing jobs, carbon savings and increasing fuel poverty in the Capital.

HVCA calls union claims 'total fiction' 07 November 2011
Unite's claims that the new national working agreement will lead to massive pay cuts and sacked workers have been dismissed as "total fiction" by the HVCA.

Nu-way makes two new appointments 03 November 2011
Alan Garden has been appointed area sales manager for the north and Frances Ross has been appointed as marketing analyst to work on Nu-way and its sister renewable brand, CTC.

FCS Ductwork and Cranmi enter administration 02 November 2011
FCS Ductwork and Cranmi have gone into joint administration.

Lindab acquires French ventilation distributor 02 November 2011
Lindab is to acquire Elia Sarl, a ventilation distributor with a market presence in the south of France.

School carbon emissions are on the rise 02 November 2011
New research finds typical CO2 emissions from schools in England are rising, despite reductions to their heating demands, because of an increase in electricity consumption.

REHAU launches new installer's course 02 November 2011
REHAU has launched a new course for installers to find out more about the company's range of pre-insulated pipework for district heating, remote CHP, biomass and heat pump applications.

Vent-Axia scoops energy efficiency award 02 November 2011
Vent-Axia has won the Energy Efficiency Initiative of the Year award at this year's Electrical Industry Awards.

Industry reacts to FiT cuts 02 November 2011
The planned halving of the solar subsidy from 12 December has been greeted with a mixed reception, following months of boom solar panel makers and installers now risk losing thousands of jobs.

Unite protesters target power station 02 November 2011
A group of construction workers have been demonstrating outside the Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in the latest protest against the national agreement for equal pay and terms and conditions for workers.

Ferroli UK appoints new management team 01 November 2011
Ferroli has appointed a new team to drive the brand's growth in the UK.

Panasonic ProAcademy training centre open for business 01 November 2011
Panasonic's ProAcademy has opened the doors of its new facility in Bracknell.