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News Archive - June 2011

Solar thermal filling/flushing station give-away from Viessmann 30 June 2011
Viessmann is offering a Resol SBS2000 filling/ flushing station for free with any purchase of a 12 m2 Vitosol solar panel or kit (evacuated tube or flat plate).

United Refrigeration named new Panasonic distributer 30 June 2011
United Refrigeration has been named as a distributor of the complete range of Panasonic air conditioning and heating products in the UK.

Daikin appoints first renewables partner 28 June 2011
IBD Distribution has been appointed by Daikin as its first "renewables partner" in the UK.

Baxi achieves IiP standard 28 June 2011
Baxi Commercial Division has been successful at achieving the national Investors in People (IiP) standard.

Schneider Electric acquires Viconics 28 June 2011
Energy management solutions provider Schneider Electric has acquired the assets and operations Viconics Electronics for an undisclosed sum in a bid to broaden its supply of power management equipment.

SAS International reports record profits 28 June 2011
SAS International has announced record pretax profits for 2010 with the company's turnover up 9.3 per cent to £74 million, from £67.87 million in 2009, and with a profit of £7 million.

Investigation finds renewable energy firms make unrealistic claims 28 June 2011
An undercover investigation by consumer magazine Which? suggests companies have been giving misleading advice to people looking to buy solar panels.

BBES to extend Europe's largest onshore wind farm 28 June 2011
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has been awarded the electrical infrastructure contract for the extension of Scottish Power Renewables' Whitelee wind farm.

Cathedral plans to install £100k of solar panels 27 June 2011
Coventry Cathedral is applying for planning permission to install more than £100,000 worth of solar technology on the roof of the Grade-I listed building.

Vent-Axia appoints new technical sales specialist 27 June 2011
Vent-Axia has appointed Peter Love as technical sales specialist.

Newlec launches summer clearance 27 June 2011
Newey & Eyre has begun a major clearance sale along with a new summer price list update for its Newlec catalogue.

Lord O'Neill assumes chairmanship of strategic forum 27 June 2011
Lord O'Neill of Clackmannan, president of the Specialist Engineering Contractors' (SEC) Group, will begin a one-year term as chairman of the Strategic Forum for Construction (SFfC) on 1 July 2011.

BSRIA releases guidance on building manuals and user guides 24 June 2011
BSRIA has produced new guidance to help with creating building log books and user guides.

MP attacks closures at North Yorkshire hospitals 24 June 2011
Anne McIntosh MP has spoken out against health chiefs for closing vital operating theatres at two hospitals because of problems with the ventilation system.

Energy plans to go before Parliament 24 June 2011
The Government has published its finalised energy National Policy Statements (NPSs) to be debated in Parliament.

BBES appoints new operations director and regional director 24 June 2011
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has made two new appointments.

Gas Safety Trust appoints agency to assist lobbying 23 June 2011
The Gas Safety Trust has appointed Luther Pendragon as its public affairs agency to support the work of developing relationships with parliamentarians and government officials.

Uponor steps up training focus 23 June 2011
Uponor has stepped up its investment in installers with the introduction of a plumbing showroom, the launch of a new training complex in Belfast and the supply of materials to two regional education facilities.

Durapipe appoints new brand manager 21 June 2011
Durapipe UK has appointed David Naylor as PLX brand manager.

Faulty ventilation closes operating theatres 21 June 2011
Operating theatres at two North Yorkshire hospitals have been closed because of a "significant" ventilation problem, according to reports.

Hitachi Europe expands UK direct sales with Samurai chillers 21 June 2011
Hitachi Europe has expanded its UK direct sales operation to include the Samurai range of chillers.

Panasonic helps speed up heat pump specification 21 June 2011
Panasonic has launched its new Aquarea Designer software to help contractors with heat pump installations.

SE Controls plans charity bike ride for cancer 20 June 2011
A team from SE Controls will be taking part in a 127 mile bike ride for McMillan Cancer Support this July.

Historic buildings contractor warns over efficiency 20 June 2011
Historic buildings contractor the Cathedral Works Organisation (CWO) has cautioned historic building owners over taking radical energy efficiency measures to cut carbon emissions.

Balfour Beatty awarded £3.2m London overground contract 20 June 2011
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has been awarded a £3.2 million power contract on the London overground extension to Clapham.

Swegon expects turnover increase of 39% in 2011 20 June 2011
Swegon AB, the Swedish manufacturer of indoor climate solutions, has reported estimated turnover of more than €300 million for 2011.

Ken Strong makes a good catch 20 June 2011
Following a recent fishing expedition to Cornwall, Ken Strong, md of Cool-Therm, displays his recent haul.

HEVAR national show a hit 20 June 2011
The first national HEVAR event held on 24 - 26 May at the NEC Birmingham attracted well over two thousand attendees from a wide range of the leading organisations involved in the hvac industry.

Rangemoor makes renewable technology deal with Sanyo 20 June 2011
Heating equipment supplier Rangemoor has entered a supply agreement with Sanyo Air Conditioners to supply the latter's range of low carbon energy products.

Big names back new ACR Show 20 June 2011
With 10 months to go before its launch, three big-name sponsors - LG Air Conditioning, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Panasonic - have signed up to support of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Show (ACR Show), being held at the NEC, Birmingham next March.

Montrose becomes MCS accredited 20 June 2011
Montrose Building Services has passed MCS accreditation to install solar systems, which will be eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive.

300 hrs community service for illegal gas work 20 June 2011
A Wiltshire man has been prosecuted for illegally carrying out gas work at a neighbour's home which could have put them at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Leading EU companies call for carbon cuts 16 June 2011
Over 70 European companies have signed up to a declaration calling for the European Union to move its targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent by 2020 from 1990 levels.

CITB-ConstructionSkills releases new procurement advice 16 June 2011
CITB-ConstructionSkills has released updated guidance to help construction professionals to learn how the National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) 'client-based approach' can best use public sector procurement.

26% of UK boilers are not regularly serviced 16 June 2011
A survey from Carillion Energy Services has found that 26% of homes in the UK haven't had their boiler serviced in the last 12 months.

David Dossett awarded MBE in Queen's birthday honours 15 June 2011
David Dossett has been awarded an MBE this week for services to the electrical manufacturing industry.

Advanced Air launches new design service 15 June 2011
Advanced Air has launched an "on site" design service for fire damper control systems.

Dimplex Renewables appoints new product manager 14 June 2011
Dimplex has appointed Richard Stephens as product manager in the renewables division.

Climate Center to supply Toshiba air conditioning 13 June 2011
Climate Center has signed a wholesaler agreement with Toshiba Carrier UK to supply air conditioning equipment across the UK.

Sabien Technology receives Jones Lang LaSalle's Award 13 June 2011
Sabien Technology Group has been awarded Jones Lang LaSalle's inaugural Supplier of Distinction Award for Energy & Sustainability.

DECC gives small energy suppliers a boost 13 June 2011
Smaller gas and electricity suppliers will benefit from a cut in red tape in time for next year, Energy Minister Charles Hendry has claimed.

Man United star unveils sustainability initiative 13 June 2011
Gary Neville has launched his new campaign Sustainability in Sport which seeks to increase awareness of the need for energy efficiency and sustainability in the community.

Wilo announces record sales year 13 June 2011
Pump manufacturer Wilo UK's parent company, WILO SE, has described 2010 as the "most successful year in the company's 139-year history".

Solihull man fined for illegal gas work 13 June 2011
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a Solihull man for carrying out gas work without being registered.

New renewable resource from Mitsubishi Electric 13 June 2011
Mitsubishi Electric has installed a new permanent exhibition stand at the Building Centre in London focusing on sustainability in the built-environment.

Plumbing suppliers to go a thousand miles for charity 10 June 2011
Five colleagues and friends from plumbing equipment supplier, Altecnic, will be taking part in the Gran Charity Giro, a thousand mile cycle ride over the Alps, from Stafford to Milan.

Minister pledges to cut solar panel red tape 10 June 2011
Greg Barker, Minister for energy and climate change has pledged to take up a campaign led by renewable energy company, Eco Environments.

New ventilation contractor training from Titon 10 June 2011
Titon has launched a BPEC certified ventilation training course based at its new training centre in Haverhill.

Win an Xpelair Slimline fan 10 June 2011
Xpelair Ventilation Solutions is giving away five Slimline fans to lucky Facebook fans.

CO Angels urge electrical installers to back the bid 10 June 2011
The CO Angels are reaching out to electricians and contractors in their bid to encourage homeowners to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in the new '10 by 20' campaign.

FiT levels announced for large scale solar and anaerobic digestion 09 June 2011
The Government has confirmed the outcome of the fast track review on Feed-in Tariff (FiT) levels for the support of large scale solar and anaerobic digestion installations.

Tenants tackle heating bills with Danfoss 08 June 2011
A pilot project to reduce 'fuel poverty' for social housing tenants in the West Midlands has been a success due to the installation of ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) from Danfoss.

Ruskin Air Movement appoints regional sales manager 08 June 2011
Ruskin Air Movement has appointed Bryan Atherton as the new sales manager for the North East.

Nuaire retains Carbon Trust Standard 08 June 2011
Nuaire has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard for a further two years.

Europump elects new President from KSB 08 June 2011
KSB Group's head of research, Sönke Brodersen, has been elected President of Europump for the next two years.

£16.5m health centre uses modular building solutions 08 June 2011
A new £16.5 million health centre in Hull is equipped with a modular building services solution provided by Pipe Center.

Glen Dimplex Boilers mourns death of regional sales manager 07 June 2011
Glen Dimplex Boilers is mourning the untimely loss of Peter Leck, one of its key regional sales managers for Scotland.

Systemair acquires Russian ventilation supplier 07 June 2011
Swedish ventilation equipment manufacturer Systemair has acquired Russian ventilation supplier Ventrade.

Graham achieves ISO 14001 eco accreditation 07 June 2011
Plumbers' merchant Graham has attained ISO 14001 environmental accreditation at its Bromford Lane, Birmingham branch.

Heating oil thefts up by 4% 07 June 2011
New research reveals that reports of heating oil thefts increased by around 4 per cent during 2010.

'Green Deal Code' will tackle unqualified installers 06 June 2011
The success of the 'Green Deal Code' will hinge on the availability of a workforce of highly trained and approved installers of environmental technology, say the organisations representing the employers of that workforce - SummitSkills, CITB-ConstructionSkills and Asset Skills.

EAL launches two new building services qualifications 03 June 2011
EAL has launched two new building services qualifications.

Heatrae Sadia appoints five new posts 03 June 2011
Water heating specialist Heatrae Sadia has increased its commercial specification team with five new field appointments.

New IMS for Hotchkiss 03 June 2011
Hotchkiss has introduced an Integrated Management System (IMS) to combine its framework for quality, environment, and health and safety.

New O&M benchmarking report 03 June 2011
BSRIA has just published this year's operation and maintenance benchmarking report as a guide for building operators to evaluate their performance against their peers.

70% off renewables training 03 June 2011
Logic4training is offering building services companies and sole traders' access to funding of up to 70% off the price of renewables training.

HVCA specialist groups elect new heads 01 June 2011
Two of the HVCA's specialist groups, have elected new chairmen and three of the four groups have also elected new vice chairmen at the Association’s recent AGM and conference in London.

Plumbase appoints managing director 01 June 2011
Grafton Merchanting GB has appointed Andy Gribble as Plumbase managing director from 1 June, 2011.

Unregistered gas installer put Lincolnshire lives at risk 01 June 2011
An unregistered gas installation company and its director have been fined for illegally carrying out work on properties across Lincolnshire.

British Gas launches new boiler scrappage scheme 01 June 2011
Qualifying households can save £400 on the cost and installation of an energy efficient boiler thanks to a new boiler scrappage scheme launched by British Gas.

New Construction Strategy welcomed by BSRIA 01 June 2011
BSRIA has welcomed the Government's Construction Strategy and is encouraged by the move towards a more integrated way of working, away from lump sum tenders.