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News Archive - March 2011

SKILLcard enables online checks 30 March 2011
Engineering Services SKILLcard has launched a redesigned website for people working in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

Win a case of wine on HVR's HEVAR stand 30 March 2011
Heating & Ventilating Review will give away a case of wine on stand X22 at the forthcoming HEVAR 2011 exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham.

VES Direct launch in Ireland 29 March 2011
VES Direct has announced a new site to purchase ventilation products and systems online, for hvac contractors, installers and end users in Ireland.

ADEY offer golden ticket to a lucky installer 29 March 2011
ADEY Professional Heating Solutions is giving its installers the chance to win a holiday to mark the installation of its one millionth MagnaClean Professional filter.

UK's largest Energy Appraisal Team introduced 29 March 2011
ABB has launched a 50-person Energy Appraisal Team that can provide an analysis of the energy saving potential within a plant's motor-driven applications.

IBP optimistic about new era ahead 29 March 2011
IBP, the plumbing fittings company, says that it has entered "a new era of development" now it is under new owner, CSI Group.

New training coming your way with HRP 29 March 2011
Refrigeration and air conditioning wholesaler HRP is bringing its Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) installation and service training course to a number of locations across the UK via a new mobile training rig.

Plumbers can now interact with Hep2O online 29 March 2011
A video showing how the next generation of Hep2O works is now available on YouTube.

£3bn to boost green investment in renewables 24 March 2011
The Budget has set out a £3bn investment to support the expansion of green energy in the UK.

Mitsubishi Electric announces two new partnerships 23 March 2011
Mitsubishi Electric has appointed two new "value added resellers" – Logicool and Intra-grated Solutions – to the network of companies selling its air conditioning and heat pump products.

HVCA member companies gain access to MCS 23 March 2011
HVCA members now have access to a tailor-made microgeneration certification scheme (MCS) for installers of renewable technologies.

The Gas Safety Trust announces new chair 23 March 2011
Chris Bielby has been appointed the new chair of The Gas Safety Trust.

First British wood pellet producer to receive EU certification 23 March 2011
Wood pellets manufactured by Verdo Renewables are the first in the UK to receive certification under ENplus, the new Europe wide standard for premium quality wood pellets.

HVAC industry report released 23 March 2011
Research and Markets has announced the release of a report into the heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning industry.

"The Eagle" swoops to open new trade centre 22 March 2011
The opening of HRP's new Trade Centre, ­a mere hammer-throw from the new Olympic site in East London, ­was marked by a guest appearance from former Olympic ski jumper Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards.

£6.9m funding for 'green' projects in Scotland 22 March 2011
Energy Minister Jim Mather has announced a package of major funding from the European Regional Development Fund for Scotland's renewable energy and low carbon innovation projects, including £1.05 million to university research.

FIT consultation is open for feedback 21 March 2011
The Government has opened a consultation on the fast-track review of Feed-in Tariffs for small scale low carbon electricity. The consultation seeks views on proposed bands and accompanying changes to the tariffs for solar photovoltaics (PV) over 50kW and farm-scale Anaerobic Digestion (AD).

Blane Judd appointed HVCA chief executive designate 21 March 2011
Blane Judd is to replace Robert Higgs as HVCA chief executive in July.

Glen Dimplex Boilers makes social media debut 21 March 2011
Glen Dimplex Boilers has joined the social media world of Facebook and Twitter and are offering fans and followers the opportunity to win FIVE iDream digital stereo clock radios by Roberts, complete with an iPod/iPhone dock.

Daikin appoints new national sales manager 21 March 2011
Daikin has appointed Iain Bevan as national sales manager of its Heating and Renewables Division.

New chief operating officer appointed at Enertech 21 March 2011
Enertech Group has appointed Nick Whitwell as its new chief operating officer.

Glen Dimplex Boilers appoint new technical manager 21 March 2011
Glen Dimplex Boilers has appointed Gordon Glover to the position of technical manager.

BG Controls acquires e-fficient Energy Systems 21 March 2011
BG Controls has acquired e-fficient Energy Systems.

Kathy Cumella retires from Walter Meier after 40 years 21 March 2011
Long-serving marketing manager Kathy Cumella has retired from Walter Meier (Climate UK).

ADEY awarded ISO double 21 March 2011
ADEY Professional Heating Solutions, an independent manufacturer, has achieved ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accreditations recognising its quality and environmental systems.

Concerns raised over RHI impact on social housing and pollution 18 March 2011
The Government's failure to publish the domestic tariff levels in the RHI announcement will result in the immediate cancellation of many scheduled installations in the social housing sector, one manfacturer has claimed. Meanwhile, Environmental Protection UK is warning of an increase in air pollution...

Vaillant announce growth despite market trend 17 March 2011
Vaillant Group, the ventilation and air-conditioning technology specialist has grown despite a difficult market environment in financial year 2010.

Grafton appoints new director for renewables 17 March 2011
Grafton has appointed Paul Roche as renewables director.

Polypipe launches new catalogue 16 March 2011
Polypipe Ventilation has revealed a new catalogue of energy-saving domestic and light commercial ventilation systems.

National Chimney Academy opens in Suffolk 16 March 2011
Specflue has opened what it says is Britain's biggest dedicated HETAS training facility.

Sabien welcomes EU retrofit energy saving 16 March 2011
Sabien Technology has welcomed the EU Commission's call for more investment in energy efficiency and green technologies, and its statement that retrofit solutions will be one of the keys to achieving energy efficiency and carbon emissions targets.

DECC's Greg Barker visits Hoval's Lincoln factory 15 March 2011
Gregory Barker, Minister of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), has visited Hoval's manufacturing facility in Lincoln following the launch of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Fläkt Woods help young engineers reach for the sky 15 March 2011
Twenty young engineers took part in a unique learning experience at Flakt Woods in Colchester, turning their creative engineering ideas into reality in a Dragon's Den type challenge.

No reason to expect similar seismic activity in the UK 14 March 2011
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne has spoken out about the possible implications for the UK on the problems with nuclear power stations in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami there last week.

Industry pledges aid for Japan 14 March 2011
Japan's major air conditioning manufacturers have pledged money to support the aid efforts in areas hit by the devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami which hit the country on Friday.

Ability Projects appoint new managing director 14 March 2011
Dorset-based Ability Projects has appointed Greg Jolliff as its new managing director .

Industry reacts to RHI: The devil is in the detail 11 March 2011
Following the announcement of the £860m Renewable Heat Incentive the reaction from the industry has been wide-ranging with concerns about the delay in the roll for the domestic sector and the exclusion of air source heat pumps...

Underfloor heating industry projected to sustain growth in 2011 11 March 2011
Specialist in underfloor heating (UFH) systems, Ambient Electrical, has released its industrial forecast for the coming year.

Green Deal housing project creates new jobs 11 March 2011
The Greater Manchester Housing Retrofit Programme, launched this week is creating more than 1,800 employment opportunities in the city.

Pipework company fined for workplace injury 11 March 2011
Plastic pipework supplier Polypipe has been fined after a fork lift truck that had been lowering a cage containing two workers to the ground hit one of the men.

Heat sector 'can be entirely decarbonised by 2050' 11 March 2011
Two European Commission documents aimed at shaping future environmental policies have prompted a group of European renewable heating and cooling associations to criticise plans to decarbonise buildings.

A-Gas gets on its bike for charity 10 March 2011
A group of A-Gas employees will be cycling coast to coast for charity to help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK.

Masternaut fuels fleet efficiency for L&W Heating & Plumbing 10 March 2011
Satellite tracking and a mobile PDA system has helped L&W Heating & Plumbing improve productivity and reduce fleet fuel consumption.

Low carbon heating to save Ceredigion residents nearly £4,000 10 March 2011
E.ON's Sustainable Energy business has started work on a new carbon heating system to serve off the grid properties in Ceredigion, mid Wales.

Stiebel Eltron appoints new regional manager 10 March 2011
Stiebel Eltron UK has appointed a new regional manager to manage the company's renewable accounts in the East Midlands region.

Euroheat launch new training courses online 10 March 2011
Euroheat has introduced an extended range of courses on its new website.

McBains Cooper appointed to Southwark development 10 March 2011
McBains Cooper has been appointed as interdisciplinary consultant on a scheme to boost the local economy in Southwark, London.

Hoval welcomes 'major boost to new green economy' 10 March 2011
Hoval managing director Adrian Walker has welcomed the announcement of the Government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) proposals as a "major boost to the new green economy through support for the UK wood heating sector".

Eco Environments notches up a full set of industry accreditations 07 March 2011
Eco Environments has secured Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accreditations for all four of its specialist areas - Solar PV, Wind Turbines, Solar Thermal and Heat Pumps.

Plugging in to the latest in low carbon development and refurbishment 07 March 2011
The Institute for Sustainability is a project to connect London-based businesses with UK low carbon building projects and live demonstration projects.

WindowMaster service department extends agreements to third party systems 07 March 2011
WindowMaster has extended its system maintenance services to include third party control systems as well as its own natural comfort and smoke ventilation solutions.

PH Jones goes for gold 07 March 2011
PH Jones has been awarded National Security Inspectorate (NSI) NACOSS Gold accreditation for the provision of specialist security services.

Millions tune in to Gas Safe Register's messages 07 March 2011
The latest Eastenders storyline did a lot more than keep viewers gripped - it could have saved their lives.

Cross Government action plan on climate change launched 07 March 2011
The announcement of the Carbon Plan and Green Deal apprenticeships has been made during a visit by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne to B&Q's flagship energy saving store in Sutton.

BBES wins £4.6m Strathclyde fire contract 03 March 2011
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has been awarded a £4.6 million mechanical and electrical services contract by Bovis Lend Lease for a new Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Training Facility in Cambuslang, Glasgow.

Airedale invests in manufacturing training centre 03 March 2011
Airedale International Air Conditioning is making an investment in a £500,000 training centre designed to equip a new generation of engineers with the skills to install and service increasingly high tech air conditioning and control systems.

Wireless sensor distribution deal agreed 03 March 2011
Alpha Micro Components, an independent franchised distributor of electronic components, has entered into an agreement with the originator of patented self-powered wireless technology EnOcean GmbH which will see it distribute EnOcean's energy harvesting wireless sensor modules in the UK and Ireland.

Fire expert joins Airvent 03 March 2011
Keith Elves has joined smoke control firm Airvent as a fire engineering consultant.

RICS launches environmental performance standard 03 March 2011
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has launched a new version of the Ska Rating, which allows owners and occupiers to better understand the commercial and environmental performance of their office fit-out by measuring their energy and water consumption in the 12 months following the completion of the project.

MagnaClean tops industry testing 03 March 2011
The first published independent industry testing into magnetic filter performance has produced starkly contrasting results for manufacturers, according to ADEY Professional Heating Solutions.

Matrix expands division with new appointment 03 March 2011
Energy management company Matrix has recruited Julian Miller to head its expanding Unity Services division. Mr Miller joins Matrix at its head office in Manchester. He will be responsible for overseeing client operations in both London and Glasgow in order to deliver long-term energy management solutions for Matrix's client base, which includes high-profile names such as Marks & Spencer and Tesco.

Easy MCS scoops renewable energy award 03 March 2011
MCS accreditation specialist Easy MCS has been awarded advisory firm of the year at the New Energy Awards 2011.

Greater energy saving focus needed says Mitsi 03 March 2011
Mitsubishi Electric has focused attention on the need to upgrade existing buildings using the energy-saving potential of advanced heating, cooling, ventilation and power generating equipment.

Sentinel welcomes new owner 03 March 2011
Energy efficiency and water treatment company Sentinel Performance Solutions has been bought by Electra Partners from US private equity firm The Riverside Company for £43 million.

Adam International expands into new premises 03 March 2011
Wireless building energy management systems (iBEMS) manufacturer and installer, Adam International has secured a second site in Stockport as the firm continues its expansion.

Heating engineers warned to tighten up tax affairs 03 March 2011
The tax authorities are targeting gas fitters and heating engineers in a clampdown on tradespeople failing to declare their earnings and pay tax.

Aerco website gives immediate access to live support 03 March 2011
LIVE CHAT is a new feature on the redeveloped Aerco website that provides customers with immediate access to DESIGNSUPPORT, the Aerco technical support division.

Salus Facebook debut features Ferrari competition 03 March 2011
Heating controls supplier Salus has launched a Facebook page to engage with its growing band of installers and merchants. To celebrate its launch, Salus is offering fans of its Facebook page the opportunity to win the drive of a lifetime with five "Ferrari Thrill" experience days up for gabs.

HPA makes heat pump info easy to access 03 March 2011
The Heat Pump Association (HPA) has started to Heat Pump News electronically.

CARE International challenges construction industry 03 March 2011
Overseas development agency CARE International has thrown down the gauntlet to the construction industry in the shape of the CARE Construction Challenge, which takes place on on July 2, 2011.

Outlook for 2011 is of 'concern' to contractors, says BSRIA 03 March 2011
Although there are signs of jobs on the horizon, 2011 will be a year of some concern to most mechanical and electrical (m&e) contractors.