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News Archive - June 2012

Industry must step up to make Green Deal work, says SIG 28 June 2012
BSI has revealed in a survey this week (25 June) that only a fifth of homeowners plan to participate in the Green Deal due to come into effect this autumn.

New estimating department to raise service levels 28 June 2012
Pipe Center and Climate Center, part of Wolseley UK, have unveiled a new regional estimating department to help boost customer service standards.

Maintenance firm fined for unsafe working at crematorium 28 June 2012
A company installing fans on the roof of a South Wales crematorium endangered workers and members of the public with a haphazard approach to safety.

Restructuring boosts BMF membership 27 June 2012
A number of former BMF (Builders Merchants Federation) members have rejoined the trade association since April, underlining their support for its restructuring plans.

Climate Energy to create Green Deal jobs and support SMEs in the East 27 June 2012
Climate Energy, the carbon reduction agency based in Essex, has launched SustainaBuild, a three-year, £2.2m project that that aims to stimulate low carbon economic growth in the East of England.

BSRIA to unveil Introduction to BIM training course 27 June 2012
BSRIA is launching a new Introduction to BIM training course on 24 July.

eu.bac appoints new board members 26 June 2012
The European Building Automation and Controls Association (eu.bac) has elected a new board at its general assembly, which took place on 14 June.

Sunsolar to build manufacturing plant in West Midlands 25 June 2012
Sunsolar has announced plans to build a solar photovoltaics manufacturing facility in Oldbury, in the West Midlands.

Only one in five homeowners to take part in Green Deal 25 June 2012
Just one in five homeowners will participate in the Green Deal and most people don't know enough about the initiative, according to research commissioned by BSI (British Standards Institution).

Dulas wins REA accolade 25 June 2012
Dulas has won the 'Installer of the Year' award at the 7th British Renewable Energy Awards - on its 30th anniversary.

CITB-ConstructionSkills overhauls funding scheme 25 June 2012
CITB-ConstructionSkills is making improvements to its 2012-2013 grants scheme, which will mean that the level of training funds paid out to firms will increase in many areas.

National Skills Academy launches new guides 25 June 2012
A series of new learner manuals has been produced by the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies and is intended to provide installers of heat pumps and water harvesting systems with the background knowledge required to install, commission, service and maintain the equipment.

HPA "seriously concerned" about RHI announcement 25 June 2012
Heat Pump Association has expressed its concern following the DECC's announcement about funding and cost control for the current (2012/13) Non Domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) on 11 June.

Bielby receives MBE 25 June 2012
Chris Bielby, chair of trustees at The Gas Safety Trust, has been made an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours list this month, in recognition for services to gas safety.

Sales director for ADEY 21 June 2012
Magnetic filtration supplier ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has appointed Paul Strudley as its new sales director. Before joining ADEY in 2010, Mr Strudley previously worked in senior sales roles with Baxi, Plumb Center and Dimplex Boilers.

Have your say on mediation in the construction industry 21 June 2012
B&ES members are being asked for their opinions on mediation as part of an industry wide investigation considering views from clients through to sub-contractors.

Building automation - can you see the light? 19 June 2012
A new report from IMS Research forecasts increasing integration of building automation and lighting control systems.

Nu-way appoints new service director 19 June 2012
Tim Scarlett has been appointed as service director at Nu-way.

Call for loud and clear voice for BSE sector as MCS consultation begins 19 June 2012
The much-anticipated and important consultation about the competence requirements for companies wanting to become accredited through the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) has now been launched - and businesses shouldn't underestimate the importance of having their say, according to SummitSkills.

NG Bailey sweeps the board at SkillPIPE 19 June 2012
Kelvyn Scorer, employed by N G Bailey, has scooped the top prize in the first UK-wide semi-final of the SkillPIPE competition to find the country's best pipefitter.

EHPA 'underwhelmed' by European energy saving moves 19 June 2012
An agreement has been reached on the Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), part of the European Union's effort to reach a target of 20 per cent of primary energy savings by 2020.

BSRIA consulted in Green Deal next steps 19 June 2012
DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change) has published a new report How the Green Deal will reflect the in-situ performance of energy efficiency measures, as part of a series of Green Deal next step documents.

Soper awarded CBE 19 June 2012
Bosch Thermotechnology chief executive Richard Soper has been appointed CBE for services to the heating and renewable technologies industries.

Travis Perkins joins UK-GBC 14 June 2012
The Travis Perkins Group has joined the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) to emphasise what it said was its "strong commitment to help our customers' new-build and retrofit sustainable building projects".

Dimplex boosts heat pump funding 14 June 2012
Dimplex Renewables is offering a £150 top-up for the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) funding for heat pump installations.

MITIE awarded £10.5m d&b contract 14 June 2012
MITIE's Built Environment business has won a major design and build contract worth £10.5 million with Eastgate Holdings at 8 Fenchurch Place in the City of London.

CIBSE president calls for greater recognition of energy efficiency 14 June 2012
President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, David Fisk, has called for greater recognition of the need to deliver energy efficient buildings.

Gemserv wins contract for oversight of Green Deal 14 June 2012
Gemserv, with its partner REAL, has been chosen to provide these services on behalf of Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) for the next three years following an open competition. Both Gemserv and REAL currently operate the MCS scheme for DECC so are well acquainted with the challenges and requirements involved in operating a scheme of this nature.

New O&M benchmarking report 12 June 2012
BSRIA has published its operation and maintenance (O&M) benchmarking report as a guide for building operators to evaluate their performance against their peers.

Keysource appoints service delivery director 12 June 2012
Keysource, the specialist in the design, build, optimisation and management of data centres, has appointed Tony Clarke as service delivery director.

Government signals green light for Green Deal 12 June 2012
The Government has set out secondary legislation to bring the Green Deal energy efficiency market into operation.

B&ES heat strategy response warms debate 12 June 2012
B&ES has released its consultation response on the Future of Heating - a strategic framework for low carbon heat for the Department of Energy and Climate Change. Ahead of a round table discussion with DECC later this month, the response document highlights a number of areas of concern to the Association and suggests how to tackle them to get the most out of the Green Deal.

New sales manager for Pump House 12 June 2012
The new sales manager of Pump House, Neil Bilton, will front the company's new roof support division.

New guide to energy pricing for communal heating schemes 11 June 2012
A new 'Guide to Tariff Calculation' for communal and district heating schemes has been launched by energy metering and billing solutions provider ENER-G Switch2 (

CIBSE announces expanded Young Engineers Awards for 2012 08 June 2012
The growing importance of young engineers and their role in helping the UK emerge from economic recession is to be reflected in a new awards scheme developed by the Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE).

Wake up the sleeping giant of heating and cooling, says EHPA 08 June 2012
The European Heat Pump Association (EHPA) has accused the European Commission of missing the chance to "wake up the sleeping giant of heating and cooling" in its recent communication to the European parliament on the current 2020 policy framework.

Senior Hargreaves opens southern project office 07 June 2012
To support projects in the South of England, specialist HVAC ductwork manufacturer and contractor Senior Hargreaves has opened a new project office at Calleva Park in Reading.

Consultants launch scheme to develop young engineers 07 June 2012
Some of the country's largest construction engineering consultancies have joined together to help develop talent in Liverpool and the North West.

Sustainabilitylive! pulls in the crowds 07 June 2012
Sustainabilitylive! - the UK's largest energy, water and environment event - once again proved a resounding success with leading energy, water, land and sustainable business exhibitions all under one roof attracting large crowds at the NEC, Birmingham from 22 to 24 May 2012.

Expert warns over lack of legionella investment 07 June 2012
A leading public health consultant who specialises in waterborne diseases has warned that there could be more legionella outbreaks as maintenance and other checks are neglected because of a lack of investment.

New Panasonic area sales manager for Scotland 06 June 2012
Darren Reis, who has 20 years' experience within the heating and cooling industry, has joined the Panasonic team. His main role will be to build brand awareness for Panasonic in Scotland and to build relationships with key consulting engineers, contractors and Panasonic distributing partners in the area.

New man joins Humidity Solutions 06 June 2012
Ian Stevenson has joined the Humidity Solutions service team.

Green report to help employers identify growth opportunities 06 June 2012
A guide to help businesses take advantage of opportunities in the move to low and zero carbon buildings and homes is on offer from SummitSkills, the sector skills council for the building services engineering (BSE) sector.