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News Archive - July 2012

HEVAC and BRA name new presidents 31 July 2012
Mike Nankivell, marketing and business development director of Space Airconditioning, has been named new president of the Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning Association (HEVAC).

Oceanair unveils new Mansfield facility 31 July 2012
Oceanair, one of Panasonic's largest heating and cooling distributors, has relocated its Nottinghamshire showroom from Kirkby in Ashfield and opened a new showroom in Mansfield.

Businesses need to plan ahead to cut energy use 31 July 2012
Research by OnePoll has revealed that many businesses are concerned that they are spending too much on energy bills, however, only a minority employ staff to monitor and track electricity use.

Zehnder puts product range on bimstore 30 July 2012
Zehnder has agreed a partnership with, a free online library of quality digital content for construction specifiers.

BRE launches report on the structural assessment of LPS dwelling blocks 30 July 2012
BRE has published new guidance looking at the structural assessment and strengthening options for large panel system (LPS) dwelling blocks, focusing primarily on their resistance to accidental loading associated with gas explosions.

DECC issues new guidance on improving energy efficiency of homes 30 July 2012
New guidance has been published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to help local authorities to improve the energy efficiency of their residential housing.

Heatrae Sadia makes two appointments 26 July 2012
Heatrae Sadia has appointed Neil Thompson as key accounts manager and Anthony Gravestock as research and development manager.

HVR Awards deadline extended 26 July 2012
The deadline for entries into the 2012 HVR Awards has been extended to Friday, 24 August.

National Radiator Day set for 1 October 25 July 2012
National Radiator Day, created by Joulesave, the company behind HEATKEEPER energy saving radiator panels, takes place on 1 October this year.

BSRIA introduces acoustic guide 25 July 2012
BSRIA has launched the Understanding Acoustic Performance Data Guide (BG 41/2012).

Staffordshire man prosecuted by HSE for dangerous gas work 25 July 2012
A Staffordshire man has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for pretending to be Gas Safe registered, putting tenants at risk from dangerous gas work and for breaching a legal notice which prohibited him from carrying out gas work.

ICOM Energy Association appoints vice chairman 24 July 2012
Graham Williamson, managing director of Nu-way, has been elected vice chairman of the ICOM Energy Association.

BSS Industrial recruits brand sales director 24 July 2012
BSS Industrial has appointed Andrew Firth as brand sales director.

National Skills Academy introduces handy guides for installers 24 July 2012
A range of handy technical guides has been launched by the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies for renewable and low carbon installers to use as a reference while pricing, sizing and installing a job.

B&ES names new president 23 July 2012
Sue Sharp has been elected president of B&ES (Building & Engineering Services Association) for 2012/13 at its agm on 19 July.

Leyton builder sentenced for unsafe work 23 July 2012
A self-employed builder from Leyton has been fined £75,000, plus £25,452 in costs and ordered to undertake 150 hours of community service after work that he carried out on an elderly couple's home led to their death from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Toshiba Air Conditioning becomes a carbon neutral business 23 July 2012
Toshiba Air Conditioning in the UK has been officially recognised as a CarbonNeutral business.

ebm-papst appoints new chairman 23 July 2012
ebm-papst Group has appointed Rainer Hundsdörfer as chairman of the board of management.

BRE report focuses on sustainability at the Olympic Park 23 July 2012
Building research body, BRE, has published the results of two projects looking at the achievement of high levels of sustainability on key venues at the London 2012 Olympic Park, in a new report called BREEAM and the Code for Sustainable Homes on the London 2012 Olympic Park.

Conex Bänninger recruits UK sales director 23 July 2012
Conex Bänninger, an IBP Group company, has appointed Lee Kenney as UK sales director.

New regional director appointed 23 July 2012
Graham, the plumbers' merchant, has appointed Ricky McGarry as its new regional director for Scotland and the North of England.

Davidson Holdings acquires Talon 23 July 2012
Davidson Holdings has acquired Talon, the manufacturer of pipe clips, pipe trunking and plumbing fixings, for an undisclosed sum.

B&ES launches heat metering guide 23 July 2012
The Building & Engineering Services Association has launched the first new publication under its new identity.

Ploughcroft agrees partnership with Good Energy 23 July 2012
Renewable energy installer, Ploughcroft, is joining forces with Good Energy, the 100% renewable electricity supplier, to offer customers a completely sustainable energy service.

TROX makes three key appointments 23 July 2012
David Burkhill has returned to TROX UK as key accounts manager, based at the company's northern regional sales office in Manchester.

Exemplar groups to help industry prepare for Green Deal 23 July 2012
Six organisations that are leading the way in preparing for the Green Deal scheme are to share their knowledge with the wider industry.

BMF names Newcomb as new md 23 July 2012
John Newcomb has been appointed managing director of The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) effective from 1 August 2012.

Jail sentence for Barnsley plumber who bungled boiler installation 18 July 2012
A Barnsley plumber has been given a suspended prison sentence after claiming to be a qualified gas engineer and badly fitting a new boiler, seriously endangering the homeowner.

Retrofit solution for UK's older housing stock 12 July 2012
Quinn Radiators have been installed to upgrade a Victorian house, reducing CO2 emissions by 80% against a 1990 baseline figure, as part of a social housing retrofit project by Eco-Energy (NI).

eu.bac urges members to back agreement 12 July 2012
eu.bac has sent a letter to members of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) about today's (12 July) vote on the agreement reached with the European Parliament, European Commission and the Council of the European Union on the new Energy Efficiency Directive (EED1), urging them to support the agreement.

EU Directive could wreck Green Deal, says BMF 12 July 2012
Enforcing an EU Directive may damage the Green Deal - and further depress the market for everyday building materials due to higher VAT, according to The Builders Merchants' Federation (BMF).

Local authority fined £83,600 for failing to arrange gas safety checks 12 July 2012
Failure to arrange annual safety checks on gas appliances in tenanted accommodation has landed the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham with an £83,600 fine, following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Kershaw wins £2m contract 12 July 2012
Kershaw Mechanical Services has won a contract worth around £2m to install the mechanical package, at the new Discovery Academy in Stoke-on-Trent.

Briggs and Forrester wins Canary Wharf Crossrail contract 11 July 2012
Briggs and Forrester Engineering Services has won a contract to install the mechanical, electrical and public health services for the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station.

Construction equipment manufacturers to see major growth 11 July 2012
Manufacturers of construction equipment worldwide can expect to see major growth over the next few years, according to a new study by global business-advisory firm, AlixPartners.

New date for the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Show 2014 11 July 2012
Following the successful launch earlier this year, organisers Faversham House have announced that the next Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Show will take place from 11 to 13 February, 2014, at the NEC in Birmingham.

Qatar calls for greater transparency in tender process 11 July 2012
Foreign companies hoping to win lucrative infrastructure projects in Qatar will have to reconsider the approach they take to the tender process, according to experts assembled for the MEED Qatar Infrastructure Projects conference, held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in London last week (2-5 July).

ebm-papst demystifies ErP regulations 11 July 2012
ebm-papst, the fan and motor manufacturer, says it is already well prepared for the new efficiency targets for fans, which take effect from 2013, as part of the EU's Energy-related Products (ErP) directive.

Profits up at Sabien Technology 11 July 2012
Sabien Technology Group, manufacturer of the M2G intelligent boiler load optimiser, has reported a rise in pre-tax profits of around 32% and an 18% increase in turnover for the year ending 30 June 2012.

Flogas expands sales team 11 July 2012
Flogas has appointed Nicola Horn and Juliette Moore as area sales managers and has promoted Graham Wimberley to regional sales manager.

EnOcean Alliance sees membership boom 11 July 2012
EnOcean Alliance, the independent, non-profit organisation, which comprises leading international companies from the building sector, has seen a 50% surge in membership in one year and is currently undergoing the strongest period of growth since it was established in 2008.

BSRIA publishes new guide 11 July 2012
BSRIA has launched a new Asset Management and Maintenance Audits guide (BG/24/2012).

J S Wright recruits senior engineer 11 July 2012
J S Wright, the building services specialist based in Birmingham, has appointed Mike Wood as senior contracts engineer.

HRP and Mueller sign copper deal 10 July 2012
HRP and Mueller Industries Inc have agreed a deal through which HRP will market Mueller's range of copper tubes and fittings to the refrigeration, air conditioning and heating markets in the UK.

EUA names new president 10 July 2012
Carl Arntzen, managing director of Bosch Thermotechnology in the UK and Ireland, has been appointed Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) president.

Baxi hails the Green Deal as a good deal for consumers 10 July 2012
Baxi has welcomed the Government's recent announcement on the Green Deal. Simon Osborne, head of product management, says it has introduced a greater level of transparency, which can only be good for the consumer.

Hoval engineer named in top 30 10 July 2012
Rebecca Chapman, marketing projects engineer at Hoval, has been named as one of 30 young rising stars of the manufacturing world by Business Minister Mark Prisk.

Geberit wins BSS supplier of the year award 09 July 2012
Geberit has been named supplier of the year by BSS Industrial for the second consecutive year.

Dimplex appoints product manager 09 July 2012
Dimplex has appointed Michael Duro as product manager for solar thermal and water heating, strengthening its renewables team.

Alpha recruits commercial product engineer 09 July 2012
Alpha Heating Innovation has hired Justin Jearum as commercial product engineer, as part of its continuing push into the commercial market.

Adrian Walker named ICOM president 05 July 2012
Adrian Walker has been appointed president of ICOM Energy Association, the UK trade association for the industrial and commercial heating industry.

Rehau unveils new pipework production facility 05 July 2012
Rehau has officially opened the first UK facility to produce pre-insulated pipework for the district heating and biomass sectors at its factory in Blaenau, North Wales.

Remeha Commercial recruits national sales manager 04 July 2012
Chris Meir has been appointed national sales manager at Remeha Commercial.

NG Bailey apprentice comes top in SkillPIPE semi-final 04 July 2012
N G Bailey's Patrick O'Leary has won top prize in the second UK-wide semi-final of the SkillPIPE competition to find the country's best pipefitter.

Enact Energy launches Green Deal partnership service 04 July 2012
Enact Energy is looking for installers and assessors from across the UK who are keen to make the most of the opportunities surrounding the Green Deal initiative.

Skanska UK president and ceo named co-chair of Green Construction Board 03 July 2012
Mike Putnam, Skanska UK's president and ceo, has been appointed as the new co-chair of the Green Construction Board (GCB).

BMF to host 2013 conference in Portugal 03 July 2012
The Builders Merchant Federation has announced that it will host the merchant industry's all-industry conference in 2013.

CIPHE gets tough on logo misuse 02 July 2012
The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is cracking down on the illegal use of its logo.

RICS unveils new presidential team 02 July 2012
RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) has inaugurated its new presidential team, with Alan Collett taking over from See Lian Ong as the 131st president.

Breathing Buildings named a winner of Berti Green Accelerator programme 02 July 2012
Breathing Buildings, the natural ventilation specialist, has been named one of the first winners of the Berti Green Accelerator programme.

Kershaw wins major contract in Southend 02 July 2012
Kershaw Mechanical Services has been awarded an M&E contract worth almost £5m as part of the development of Elmer Square in Southend-on-Sea.