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News Archive - September 2011

Solar Pages launches price comparison service 30 September 2011
A new solar panels information and price comparison service has been launched on the Solar Pages website.

Bike ride success for BSS team 30 September 2011
A cycling team from BSS Industrial has completed a 215-mile round trip from Paris to Brussels in just 60 hours.

GreenSquare acquires GW Sparrow 30 September 2011
Heating contractor and consultant GW Sparrow has been acquired by GreenSquare Group, a housing and regeneration agency.

ABB offers swappage scheme and free energy appraisal 30 September 2011
The ABB drives and motors swappage scheme is expected to experience increased demand with the introduction of EU legislation for minimum efficiency levels of low voltage motors.

Property owners urged to get independent solar assessments 30 September 2011
Property owners have been warned to obtain independent assessments of solar potential following press reports of rogue traders and mis-selling.

Fujitsu appoints distribution sales manager 30 September 2011
Paul Airey has been appointed distribution sales manager, responsible for all sales through Fujitsu’s nationwide air conditioning distribution network.

Wolseley offers help for CPA1 compliance 30 September 2011
Plumb Center and Parts Center are offering six installers the chance to win a thermal imaging camera worth more than £1,800.

Black Country tradesman arrested in tax fraud 30 September 2011
A man from the Sandwell area of the Black Country has been arrested on suspicion of evading income tax following an investigation by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Enertech appoints new burner division director 30 September 2011
Enertech has appointed Rick Crees as its new trading director for the Nu-way burner business.

Biodiesel set to compete with heating oil 30 September 2011
A new report suggests biodiesel could play an important role in reducing our reliance on the fossil-based oils which currently heat more than a million homes in the UK.

Amtech opens competition to celebrate its new brand 29 September 2011
Amtech has brought together all its software and services under a single new brand.

Alpha appoints new technical sales manager 29 September 2011
Alpha has appointed Oliver Forbes to the position of technical sales manager.

Central Heating Day comes to Yorkshire 29 September 2011
"Central Heating Day" is on 1 October each year, the day that is recognised as the first day when most people switch on their central heating.

Recycling scheme launched for condensate pumps 27 September 2011
Climate Center and Aspen Pumps have teamed up to create a nationwide recycling scheme for condensate pumps.

Flogas appoints team of new sales staff 27 September 2011
Flogas has appointed seven new domestic sales managers.

Vokèra and APHC team up for rewards 27 September 2011
Vokèra has reached a collaboration agreement with the APHC (Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors) which aims to help contractors to develop their businesses.

UK remains ahead in zero carbon emissions 27 September 2011
The UK is in the top three countries in the world in working towards zero carbon emissions in the built environment according to new research from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

HMRC issues warning over tax returns 27 September 2011
With the 31 October deadline for paper tax returns just weeks away, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is urging that paper tax returns are submitted on time, or face a penalty.

Flying the flag for Fujitsu 21 September 2011
Julian Brunnock has taken the helm of FG Eurofred, the UK face of Fujitsu air conditioning.

BSRIA launches pipe cleaning guide 21 September 2011
Research organisation BSRIA is launching an updated guide - Pre-Commission Cleaning of Pipework Systems - in October.

Glen Dimplex Group acquires Valor 21 September 2011
The Glen Dimplex Group has acquired the long established Valor gas fire business from BDR Thermea. Established in 1890 and based in Birmingham, Valor says it is the leading manufacturer and supplier of gas fires in the UK.

SkillPIPE 2011 crowns a winner 21 September 2011
Twenty-year old Joe Ogle from Bailey Building Services has been named the 2011 SkillPIPE champion after three days of intense practical competition at Leeds College of Building.

Contractors clarify new agreement 21 September 2011
Eight major m&e contractors, supported by the HVCA, have moved to explain the proposed new working rule agreement for all mechanical, electrical and plumbing operatives.

Cosaf opens London office 19 September 2011
Cosaf has expanded its business with the opening of a new office in London.

JCT updates its standard form suite 19 September 2011
The 2011 Edition of the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) standard form suite of contracts was launched at a reception on The Terrace at the House of Commons.

Daikin UK to plant trees in carbon offsetting plan 19 September 2011
Daikin UK has teamed up with The Carbon Managers Ltd to create a bespoke carbon offsetting project which will mean that the company donates funds to plant 3,500 trees, one tree for every ton of carbon used by Daikin UK during FY 2010.

Viessmann appoints new managing director 15 September 2011
Viessmann has announced the promotion of Graham Russell to managing director.

Intatec appoints new commercial specification manager 15 September 2011
Intatec has appointed Michelle Longman to the newly created role of commercial specification manager for the north of England.

Stelrad appoints ops and supply chain director 15 September 2011
Stelrad has appointed Paul Briggs as a new operations and supply chain director.

Sustainable refurbishment qualification launched 15 September 2011
Parity Projects and EAL launched a jointly developed qualification aimed at providing a "core level of understanding" for those participants in the burgeoning property retrofit market.

Graduates shortlisted for CIBSE/ASHRAE awards 15 September 2011
Eight young engineers have made the shortlist for the CIBSE/ASHRAE Graduate of the Year awards.

Spirotech appoints new area sales manager 15 September 2011
Rob Jacques has been appointed as the area sales manager for the north of England, covering all areas north of Nottingham, including Chester and Scotland.

Camfil Farr achieves new international kitemark 15 September 2011
Camfil Farr claims to have become the first company in the UK to receive the BS EN16001 Energy Reduction Verification (ERV) Kitemark.

NG Bailey extends contracts with major clients 15 September 2011
The Facilities Services division of NG Bailey has renewed contracts with two of its clients with a value estimated in excess of £400,000 per annum.

EDF raises prices 15 September 2011
EDF Energy is to raise gas prices by 15.4 per cent and electricity prices by 4.5 per cent from 10 November.

Rinnai appoints new managing director 13 September 2011
Rinnai has appointed Tony Gittings as managing director.

Council could produce its own energy 13 September 2011
Norfolk County Council could set up a wholly-owned but independent energy company to provide renewable power to its buildings and raise revenue.

NG Bailey wins £7 million contract with CircleReading 12 September 2011
NG Bailey has been contracted to provide a range of services to the CircleReading hospital.

Stiebel Eltron launches new software for green installations. 12 September 2011
The Navigator system from Stiebel Eltron aims to help with the installation of ground and air source heat pumps, solar thermal and heat recovery products.

HVCA President welcomes Construction Strategy 12 September 2011
The UK must adopt the Government's proposed Construction Strategy, warns HVCA president Bob Shelley.

Shorts Environmental appoints national sales manager 12 September 2011
Mike Wheeler has been appointed as national sales manager at Shorts Environmental.

Installers urged to consider water treatment 12 September 2011
Installers can take up a range of deals during the 'Wise up to water treatment' fortnight from Plumb Center and Parts Center.

Survey shows creature comforts trump heating 12 September 2011
The British public prizes sunshine and the internet as more important than heating or air conditioning, according to a recent survey.

Call to cut VAT to help Green Deal targets 12 September 2011
The Government has been urged to reduce VAT to 5 per cent for energy saving measures under the Green Deal to boost installations.

Fluid Automation creates new sales role 12 September 2011
Kate Kilday has been appointed to the new role of sales development and marketing manager at Fluid Automation.

Entertech appoints new managing director 12 September 2011
Enertech Group has appointed Graham Williamson as the new managing director of its UK business, Enertech Limited.

Walter Meier acquires humidification specialist ML System 09 September 2011
Walter Meier has acquired ML System, the Danish specialist in direct room humidification.

Senior Hargreaves MD retires 09 September 2011
Senior Hargreaves managing director Kevin White has retired after 40 years with the company.

Panasonic begins Sanyo integration 09 September 2011
The integration of Sanyo into the Panasonic business has begun in North America.

Remeha Commercial partners with Zenex 09 September 2011
Remeha Commercial has announced its partnership with controls supplier Zenex, and the appointment of Chris Farrell, managing director of Zenex, as Remeha's independent technology adviser.

Firms investing in renewables 'make returns of over 10%' 09 September 2011
Businesses that invest in renewable energy could make average returns of 11-12 per cent, with the potential for returns in excess of 20 per cent, according to the Carbon Trust.

China imposes more restrictions on vital ac raw materials 08 September 2011
Further air conditioning product price rises are feared following China's imposition of further production controls and export restrictions on certain raw materials vital to the industry.

BBES awarded Hertfordshire £14.3m BSF contracts 08 September 2011
Balfour Beatty Engineering Services (BBES) has been awarded two Building Schools for the Future (BSF) contracts in Hertfordshire valued at £14.3 million.

HVR Awards shortlist announced 08 September 2011
The four judges for the second annual HVR Awards have deliberated over a record number of entries and selected the finalists for the prestigious HVR Awards ceremony next month.

Huhne turns up heat on the Big Six 07 September 2011
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne has warned the Big Six energy suppliers that they risk missing the Government's tough home energy efficiency targets and need to double their insulation rates.

Sabien director named as sustainability leader 06 September 2011
Sabien Technology director Dr. Martin Blake has been named as one of the Top 100 'Global Sustain Ability Leaders' in 2011 by Sustain Ability Showcase Asia and ABC Carbon.

Lochinvar confirms AO Smith deal 06 September 2011
AO Smith has completed the $418 million (£260m) acquisition of fellow water heating and boiler manufacturer Lochinvar.

UK biomass imports to soar 06 September 2011
Biomass imports will serve 81 per cent of the UK bioenergy market by 2020 warns new research from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Carbon Trust offers heat recovery advice 06 September 2011
A new guide from the Carbon Trust advises businesses how to cut energy bills by reducing wasted heat in buildings.

NG Bailey appoints two senior roles 05 September 2011
NG Bailey has appointed a new group finance director and a new managing director of its IT Services division.

M&E contractors consulted on HVCA agreement 05 September 2011
Eight major building engineering services contractors have begun an employee consultation on the introduction of the HVCA's unified national agreement for mechanical, electrical and plumbing operatives.

Stiebel Eltron calls for independent renewables body 05 September 2011
Stiebel Eltron UK's technical director has called for a single independent body to provide impartial advice on renewable energy technologies and greater inclusion of renewable heating products in the domestic Green Deal package.

Airedale's workforce for the future impresses MP 05 September 2011
Airedale's local MP, Stuart Andrew, met the new apprentices and graduates helping to shape the company's workforce development in Leeds.

Oil heating industry calls for RHI subsidy 05 September 2011
The oil heating industry has united to urge Climate Change Minister Greg Barker MP to incentivise the millions of consumers across the UK who use oil to heat their homes, to switch to renewable bioliquid.

Increased risk of CO poisoning from ageing boilers 05 September 2011
The Gas Safety Trust has published a report that suggests the ageing boiler population in Britain is putting lives at risk from CO poisoning.

Willenhall man prosecuted for illegal gas work 01 September 2011
A gas engineer from Willenhall has been prosecuted for illegally carrying out work at a house in Cannock.

Elta acquires Irish duct company 01 September 2011
Ventilation equipment manufacturer Elta Group is reported to have expanded its portfolio with the acquisition of an Irish duct company.

Efficient Air appoints new sales and marketing director 01 September 2011
Efficient Air has promoted Julian Jowitt to sales and marketing director.

Panasonic joins HEVAR 2012 01 September 2011
Panasonic has booked one of the largest stands at next year’s HEVAR 2012 show.