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News Archive - May 2011

Biasi solar training scheme gets BPEC accreditation 31 May 2011
Biasi UK has received BPEC accreditation for its Walsall installer training centre and dedicated solar thermal courses.

Dimplex warns over problems with RHI clarity 31 May 2011
Achieving the tough carbon reduction targets outlined in the Government’s latest carbon budget is likely to be hampered by the current lack of clarity on the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), warns Dimplex Renewables.

BRE issues new guidance on airtightness in buildings 31 May 2011
BRE has issued a new report on minimising air infiltration in buildings and ensuring effective ventilation.

Graham announces new charitable partnership with Barnardo's 31 May 2011
Graham plumbers' merchant will be lending its support to Barnardo's in a new two-year charitable partnership, helping to support more than 100,000 children and young people and their families every year.

BSS set sail for the 3rd 'Challenge Cup' 31 May 2011
Suppliers and customers are making final preparations for this year's 'BSS Industrial Challenge Cup', which will see a fleet of 15 boats set sail across the Solent for a three day race starting on the 7 July, 2011.

Summer heat can affect health and wealth at work 31 May 2011
A recent YouGov survey has revealed that hot workplaces can affect workers' health, productivity and challenge attempts at reducing CO2 levels.

BBES opens new West Midlands facility 31 May 2011
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has opened an off-site manufacturing and assembly facility in the West Midlands.

Winners announced for the Environment and Energy Awards 2011 31 May 2011
The winners of the Environment and Energy Awards 2011 were announced at an evening event held during Sustainabilitylive! 2011 in Birmingham.

Krannich Solar to distribute Bosch and Samsung modules 31 May 2011
Krannich Solar has formed new brand partnerships with Bosch and Samsung, representing its first distributor partnership deal for the UK market.

Cosaf rebrand and launch new website 31 May 2011
Cosaf has overhauled its commercial branding.

Quality control is key for card scheme success 31 May 2011
CITB-ConstructionSkills has responded to the HSE report calling for a new independent agency to oversee and monitor the current 'card scheme confusion' in the UK.

ACE announces the winners of the Engineering Excellence Awards 31 May 2011
The ACE Engineering Excellence Awards on 25 May was hosted by ITV News anchor Mary Nightingale at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, and brought together large and small consultancy and engineering firms from across the industry.

Logic Certification approved by QCF 31 May 2011
Logic Certification has been recognised by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual), together with partner regulators in Wales (DCELLS) and Northern Ireland (CCEA), as an organisation able to deliver qualifications under the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Panasonic appoints new technical specialist 31 May 2011
Panasonic continues to expand its heating and cooling business in the UK with the appointment of former Oceanair Distribution director David Livingstone as technical specialist.

New strategy to reduce costs and stimulate growth 31 May 2011
The Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, has issued the Government's new Construction Strategy to reform the way that Whitehall procures construction. In doing so, it aims to reduce costs by up to 20 per cent by the end of this parliament.

Chris Huhne welcomes 'Green Growth' strategy 26 May 2011
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne has welcomed a new report on green growth from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Free fuel from Euroheat 23 May 2011
Biomass heating supplier Euroheat is giving away free wood pellets worth more than £200.

Alpha appoints new technical sales manager 23 May 2011
James Kimber has been appointed Alpha's new technical sales manager for the south of England.

Vokèra appoints new technical trainer 23 May 2011
David Iszchak has been appointed as Vokèra's new technical trainer for the south of England.

Green Bank to focus on energy efficiency 23 May 2011
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has released more details about the coalition's agenda for climate change and the green economy.

Climaveneta acquires Walter Meier (Climate UK) 20 May 2011
European air conditioning company Climaveneta has acquired Walter Meier (Climate UK), following recent acquisitions of distribution companies in Poland and India.

Energetix appoints new non-executive chairman 20 May 2011
Clare Spottiswoode, CBE has been appointed a non-executive chairman at Energetix.

Balfour Beatty appoints new business development manager 20 May 2011
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has appointed Lisa Beaman as business development manager for the West Midlands area.

Shouksmiths' makes new team appointments 20 May 2011
Shouksmiths has made two appointments in its regional divisions.

CIBSE launches new renewable energy guide 20 May 2011
A new guide is being released on 'Renewable Energy Systems Integration' by the domestic building services panel at CIBSE.

National Academy promotes the low carbon economy 20 May 2011
The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies hosted its inaugural meeting on 18 May, bringing together the 14 hub colleges which, along with 80 other providers, currently comprise its training network.

HMRC targets VAT cheats 20 May 2011
HMRC has announced an initiative to crack down on VAT rule breakers.

Dimplex Boilers hits out over misleading warranties 20 May 2011
As more boiler manufacturers woo homeowners and installers with free extended warranties that cover parts and labour for up to five years, Glen Dimplex Boilers has hit out at the growing number of misleading warranties and warned installers to be aware of 'pie-crust 'promises.

Prestigious venue announced for second H&V Review Awards 19 May 2011
The venue for the second HVR Awards on 11 October 2011 will be the prestigious conference facility in the heart of London - 8 Northumberland.

Toshiba buys Landis+Gyr 19 May 2011
Toshiba is buying Swiss energy management equipment supplier Landis+Gyr AG in a deal worth US$2.3 billion (around £1.4bn).

HAs benefit from solar power potential mapping 19 May 2011
Bluesky is helping UK Housing Associations make the most of their housing stock's solar energy potential. Working with carbon reduction company Sustain, it is using high resolution aerial photography combined with detailed 3D models to measure the potential for solar energy generation for individual properties based on a number of contributing factors such as roof size and aspect. These measurements are helping the Housing Associations produce income from Feed-in Tariffs, reduce energy bills for householders and decrease carbon emissions.

ESG strengthens on-site testing capability 19 May 2011
Environmental compliance company Environmental Scientifics Group (ESG) is introducing a mobile laboratory for on-site chemical testing and analysis.

Honeywell highlights benefits of TMVs in combatting LD 19 May 2011
Following recent reports of several cases of Legionnaires' disease in Glasgow, manufacturer of heating controls and water products, Honeywell, is highlighting the benefits of using thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) to combat this problem.

BRE issues fire safety guidance 19 May 2011
The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has issued new guidance and technical data for use in the fire safety design of a building, allowing engineers, regulators and the rescue services to better assess the impact a fire may have on the means of escape or on a building's structure.

Advanced Air opens r&d centre 19 May 2011
Thetford, Norfolk-based terminal air conditioning system supplier Advanced Air has completed the final phase of its £250,000 r&d centre.

Travis Perkins buys Focus stores 19 May 2011
Builders' merchant Travis Perkins is to buy up to 13 stores from the administrators of Focus for £8.4 million.

Vokèra adds to marketing team 19 May 2011
Boiler and renewables manufacturer Vokèra has appointed Carla Miskell as brand manager and Dharmini Mistry as trade marketing assistant.

Wolseley UK achieves Carbon Trust Standard 19 May 2011
Wolseley UK has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard for cutting the carbon footprint of all of its UK operations including all subsidiaries.

Join the CARE Construction Challenge 17 May 2011
Aid and development agency CARE International is calling for construction workers to join the CARE Construction Challenge on 2 July to tackle global poverty.

Trainers forum for CO2 courses 17 May 2011
The Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) will host a trainers forum on Monday 4 July for training providers and managers to discuss the changing education market in the wake of the passing of the F Gas individual certificate deadline.

British Gas acquires PH Jones 16 May 2011
Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, has acquired PH Jones for £30 million.

TA Hydronics appoints regional specification engineer 16 May 2011
Aaron Parker has been appointed specification engineer for the Midlands and South West England and Wales at TA Hydronics.

ENER-G solutions help Government cut costs 16 May 2011
ENER-G and Telereal Trillium have teamed up to help the Government save £90,000 a year through the use of CHP at a site in Leeds.

Community order served for illegal gas work 16 May 2011
A Shropshire man has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for carrying out gas work at an elderly couple's home without being Gas Safe registered.

Xpelair gains BPEC approval 13 May 2011
Xpelair Ventilation Solutions has become an approved BPEC assessment centre, offering installers training on the installation, inspection, testing and commissioning of domestic ventilation systems in accordance with the requirements of Part F and the Domestic Ventilation Compliance Guide 2010 that such work is performed by a suitably qualified person.

New show launched for cutting edge ac technology 13 May 2011
The ACR Show has been launched as a national showcase for innovation, networking and knowledge transfer for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry and equipment end users.

Defra asks for input on greenhouse gases emissions 13 May 2011
Businesses and investors are being asked for their views on the most effective way to improve the reporting of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

E.ON starts RE:FIT project at Newham Hospital 13 May 2011
E.ON has begun working with Newham University Hospital in East London to improve its energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Construction recovers from tough winter 12 May 2011
Glenigan research shows a year-on-year decline in the underlying value of project starts during the three months to April 2011, which masks an increase in new work from the moribund levels experienced over the turn of the year.

UK's carbon reduction strategy 'missing a trick' 12 May 2011
Low-carbon building specialist LowC Communities has warned that the UK Government's carbon reduction strategy for buildings is missing a trick in terms of easily-reached, cost-effective emissions savings.

Smart Metering Centre opens in Nottingham 12 May 2011
Energy minister Charles Hendry has opened E.ON's new Smart Metering Centre of Excellence in Nottingham, which provides a contact point for customers with smart meters.

Unregistered gas fitter fined £23,000 11 May 2011
An unregistered gas fitter from Chelmsford has been fined for illegally stating that he was a registered gas engineer on adverts and paperwork.

CIBSE leads Part L review 11 May 2011
CIBSE is leading the non-domestic working group advising the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) on the planned changes to Part L for 2013.

Manufacturer fined £25,000 for worker injury 11 May 2011
An employee suffered multiple injuries after large steel flange rings fell on him whilst he was working at pipe coupling manufacturer Viking Johnson.

Landlords to face minimum energy standards 11 May 2011
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne has announced plans to ensure all landlords meet minimum energy efficiency standards under the Green Deal.

Cost savings and incentives drive energy efficiency up in Europe 11 May 2011
Cost savings and government incentives are the top influencers driving an increased focus on energy efficiency in buildings, according the second annual Johnson Controls Energy Efficiency Indicator (EEI) European survey.

Biasi gets creative with schools competition 10 May 2011
Biasi is inviting local schools to get creative by using radiators as 'blank canvasses' for an educational art competition.

Spirax Sarco attains ISO 14001 status 10 May 2011
Spirax Sarco has obtained the environmental standard ISO 14001.


Travis Perkins announces growth despite flat markets 09 May 2011
Builders' merchant Travis Perkins has released its interim management statement, which shows group turnover to be up by 5.9 per cent in spite of fewer trading days in the merchanting and BSS divisions.

Electricity price hike drives energy cost reductions 09 May 2011
Manufacturers are being forced to address their energy spend by opting for alternative ways to reduce energy consumption, according to a recent survey.

Health and safety guides released for on-site training 09 May 2011
The HVCA has created a health and safety specialist pack for small businesses.

Joint ACRIB / SKILLcard for refrigerant handling launched 09 May 2011
The engineering services SKILLcard and the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB) have launched a joint ACRIB/SKILLcard scheme.

New buyer's guide launched 09 May 2011
Senate Electrical has released a new buyer's guide with details of product ranges and pricing.

Energy prices set to rise in the UK 09 May 2011
Centrica, which own British Gas, has warned that higher energy bills could be on the way.

Company fined for safety violation that left employee paralysed 06 May 2011
A Hertfordshire-based electrical company has been fined £120,000 after a man was left paralysed when he was knocked from a scissor lift.

FiT leads to 28,000 solar PV installations 06 May 2011
The feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme has led to the installation of 28,505 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, new government figures show, revealing the huge uptake in the technology.

Space Air focus on 'realignment and recruitment' 06 May 2011
Space Air conditioning has recruited numerous staff across departments as part of a realignment of responsibilities at the company.

Daikin appoints renewable heating team 06 May 2011
Two new appointments have been made to Daikin UK’s heating and renewables team.

J S Wright to fit out new £12.5 m extra care scheme in Sandwell 05 May 2011
J S Wright has been awarded a £1.3 million contract by principal contractor Thomas Vale Construction to fit out a new £12.5 million extra care scheme at Oak Lane in West Bromwich.

Dimplex appoints new sales director 04 May 2011
Glen Dimplex Boilers has promoted John Breen to the position of sales director.

Remeha appoints new MD 04 May 2011
Remeha has announced the retirement of its managing director of 21 years, Brian Price, and the appointment of Mark Northcott as new md.

Verdo open new wood fuel facility in Andover 03 May 2011
A £15 million wood fuel production plant has been unveiled in Andover by Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change.

CITB-ConstructionSkills is new issuing authority for apprenticeships 03 May 2011
CITB-ConstructionSkills, the Sector Skills Council and Industry Training Board for the construction industry, has been awarded the issuing authority for English Apprenticeship Frameworks for occupations in construction.

Sabien warns of winter gas price rise 03 May 2011
UK businesses and consumers could be faced with increases in gas prices this coming winter.

Enecsys secures £25 million investment 03 May 2011
Solar PV component supplier Enecsys has secured a further £25 million in equity financing to invest in its growth plan.

APHC announces £20,000 training investment 03 May 2011
APHC Training, a registered charity, is donating £20,000 to support plumbing and heating companies who wish to keep their existing qualified employees up to date on their training. All companies will be able to apply on a first come first served basis for a one-off £60 grant towards training on selected courses.