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News Archive - October 2013

Hotchkiss Air Supply names new MD 30 October 2013
Hotchkiss Air Supply has appointed Phil Johnson as managing director.

Knauf Insulation urges Government not to cut ECO 30 October 2013
In response to claims that the Government is planning to extend the deadline for energy companies to fulfil their responsibilities under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO), in a bid to lower fuel bills, Knauf Insulation is warning the Government not to ignore the long-term picture.

Cofely and Peel Media Group win sustainability and environmental award 30 October 2013
Cofely and partners The Peel Media Group, who were behind MediaCityUK, have won the award for 'Sustainability and Environmental Impact' at the BIFM (British Institute of Facilities Management) Awards 2013.

Gripple appoints new MD 30 October 2013
Gripple has named Ian Farquhar as its new managing director.

Cofely acquires ExCeL energy centre 30 October 2013
District energy company Cofely has acquired the energy centre connected to the ExCeL exhibition and conference centre in East London.

Free energy seminar targets manufacturers 30 October 2013
The MAS (Manufacturing Advisory Service) is inviting manufacturers to a free seminar that aims to help them combat spiraling energy costs.

Dimplex welcomes Vince Cable to Southampton HQ 29 October 2013
Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, visited the Southampton headquarters of Dimplex last week.

Stelrad expands options for BIM 29 October 2013
Stelrad Radiators has announced that it now has a number of products on BIMStore ready for architects, engineers and contractors to integrate into future projects.

Viessmann unveils new green facility in Turkey 29 October 2013
Viessmann Group recently opened a new production plant in Turkey, which was constructed entirely from environmentally-friendly, low-pollution and recyclable materials.

Construction growth boosts UK economy 28 October 2013
According to the latest GDP figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 25 October, construction output increased by 2.5% in the third quarter of 2013, following an increase of 1.9% in the previous quarter.

BSRIA launches new guide to water treatment 28 October 2013
BSRIA has published a new guide to Water Treatment for Closed Heating and Cooling Systems (BG 50/2013), which partially replaces Water Treatment for Building Services Systems (AG 2/93) with respect to closed system applications.

HVAC company fined by HSE for safety failings 23 October 2013
Heating, ventilation and air conditioning company, HLA Services, has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and fined for safety failings after an employee suffered serious injuries in a fall whilst repairing an extraction unit in Newcastle.

ACR Show 2014 seminar programme unveiled 23 October 2013
The latest ground-breaking cooling technologies and vital changes in the law affecting the industry are among the hot topics that will be covered in the ACR Show 2014 seminars.

UK housebuilding continues upward trend 22 October 2013
Housebuilding across the UK is continuing to pick up with chartered surveyors again reporting growth, according to the latest RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) construction market survey.

Mitsubishi Electric's heat pump technology benefits community scheme 22 October 2013
Mitsubishi Electric's Ecodan heat pump technology is helping a new eco-friendly housing development in London which will get the energy for its heating and hot water directly from the Thames.

Plymouth gas engineer risks pensioner's life 21 October 2013
A gas engineer from Plymouth has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after he put a pensioner's life in danger by leaving a fire in an unsafe condition.

CPA predicts continued growth for construction sector 21 October 2013
According to the latest forecast from the Construction Products Association (CPA), the construction industry will see growth of 19.0% by 2017.

Viessmann acquires Norpe and expands refrigeration offer 16 October 2013
The Viessmann Group has acquired commercial refrigeration specialist Norpe for an undisclosed sum.

Adexsi sees dramatic increase in CE marking enquiries 16 October 2013
According to Adexsi UK the requirement for building services products to carry a CE Mark is having a major impact on the ventilation and smoke extraction market.

UK-GBC launches new Task Group 16 October 2013
A new task group is being launched by the UK Green Building Council to help define and build support for an ambitious definition of zero carbon for non domestic buildings that works for industry.

CIBSE reveals winner of 2013 ASHRAE Young Engineers Awards 15 October 2013
A graduate building services engineer with Buro Happold, William Holley, has been named the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year 2013.

HSE prosecutes Cornish landlord for dangerous gas work 15 October 2013
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has successfully prosecuted a landlord from Cornwall who risked lives by carrying out work on a domestic gas boiler, despite being unqualified to do so.

Flogas uses Forum to highlight the benefits of LPG 15 October 2013
The Flogas Group used last week's World LP Gas Forum to present the case for LPG as an increasingly important resource.

Stoke man given suspended sentence for gas safety offences 15 October 2013
A man from Stoke-on-Trent has been handed a suspended prison sentence for multiple gas safety offences, including pretending to be Gas Safe registered, several breaches of legal orders banning him from carrying out gas work and falsifying a Landlord's Gas Safety Record.

National Energy Foundation partners with CoRE 15 October 2013
The Centre of Refurbishment Excellence (CoRE) has signed a partnership with the National Energy Foundation (NEF), in a move that will strongly support its practical knowledge transfer work and training to support excellence in green retrofit projects across the UK.

FMB survey finds rising costs could hinder recovery 14 October 2013
According to the latest State of Trade Survey by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), rises in material and labour costs could seriously threaten the fragile recovery in the building industry.

LG launches new system at four regional events 14 October 2013
LG is hosting four regional events in November as part of the launch of its new generation of VRF Multi V IV heat recovery and heat pump system.

Humidity Solutions director cycles length of UK for cancer charity 14 October 2013
Humidity Solutions director John Barker has recently completed a 980 mile cycle ride from Land's End to John O'Groats in aid of Cancer Research UK.

J & P Supplies rebrands as Stourflex 14 October 2013
J & P Supplies, the provider of pipework expansion joints and pipeline equipment, is rebranding the company as Stourflex and will now trade under that name.

Ixus names new regional sales manager 14 October 2013
Northumberland biomass boiler specialist IXUS Energy has appointed Phil Todd as regional sales manager.

Rugby stars help Plumb and Parts Center to raise funds for charities 14 October 2013
Plumb and Parts Center and its suppliers have linked up with England rugby stars James Haskell and Phil Greening to raise £14,000 for two charities.

Logic4Training offers future proof renewables qualifications 14 October 2013
Logic4training, the building services engineering training provider, has upgraded all of its installation and maintenance renewables courses to nationally recognised QCF qualifications.

Musician launches guide for heating and plumbing engineers 14 October 2013
A former punk musician has launched a new book intended to help trainee plumbers and heating engineers to gain valuable qualifications.

ACS gains Green Gateway Award from Mitsubishi Electric 14 October 2013
Air Conditioning Solutions (ACS) has received an award from Mitsubishi Electric for its work with the Connells Group on R22 replacement, as part of the new Green Gateway Awards.

Rinnai launches London sales office 14 October 2013
Rinnai has opened a new London sales office in response to escalating demand for its condensing and high efficiency gas fired continuous flow water heaters in the capital and the South East.

New HVAC firm shortlisted in final of West Berkshire Business Awards 14 October 2013
After just nine months of trading, a HVAC engineer has been shortlisted for the Bayer Innovation, Energy and Environmental Awareness category in the West Berkshire Business Awards (WBBA) 2013.

Samsung VRF systems gain ECA status 10 October 2013
Samsung Electronics has been awarded Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) status by the Carbon Trust for its DVM S Inverter VRF systems.

Mitsubishi Electric renews partnership with Logicool 10 October 2013
Mitsubishi Electric has renewed its ongoing partnership with Logicool Air Conditioning Distribution, following the company's success as an official Value Added Reseller (VAR) and Continued growth in market share by Mitsubishi Electric in all areas of the business.

F-gas regulations: clarification 10 October 2013
In reference to the article 'Time to face facts about the F-Gas Regulations' on page 34 of HVR, September: 31st December 2014 is the phase out date for Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) gases which includes R22. This is part of the Ozone Depleting Substances Regulations, not the F-gas Regs.

HVR Awards 2013: winners announced! 10 October 2013
The winners of the 2013 HVR Awards for Excellence were revealed last night at a glittering gala event held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London.

Sabien wins £2.2m contract with Lincolnshire County Council 08 October 2013
Sabien Technology has won a contract worth around £2.2m with Lincolnshire County Council (LCC), for the deployment of its M2G boiler optimisation technology into LCC's Estate.

Climate change threat is overshadowing real issues, says professor 08 October 2013
The Telegraph (8 October) has published an article by Dr Bjorn Lomborg, adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre, which claims that so far global warming has brought more benefits than costs.

Grease extract ductwork cleaning should be top priority for restaurateurs 07 October 2013
Indepth Hygiene is warning that restaurateurs are failing to heed warnings about the dangers of failing to clean grease from ducting in extract ventilation systems.

Mitsubishi Electric pushes sustainable message at party conferences 07 October 2013
Mitsubishi Electric's sustainable solutions manager, Martin Fahey, recently attended the three major political party conferences as part of the Sustainability Hub initiative.

HSE tracks down and prosecutes illegal gas fitter 07 October 2013
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a self-employed builder who put an Essex family in danger from leaking gas pipes after illegally replacing a boiler in a kitchen refit.

F-Gas Regulations: clarification 04 October 2013
In reference to the article "Time to face facts about the F-Gas Regulations" on page 34 of HVR, September: 31st December 2014 is the phase out date for Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) gases which includes R22. This is part of the Ozone Depleting Substances Regulations, not the F-gas Regs.

CIBSE and CHPA partnership aims to underpin heat network quality 03 October 2013
CIBSE and CHPA (the Combined Heat & Power Association) have formed a new partnership to develop a new code of practice for heat networks.

Roadshow racks up the miles 03 October 2013
During September the Energy Efficiency & Renewables Roadshow travelled more than 1,100 miles to meet 5,000 trade professionals at venues nationwide, extending from Exeter to Edinburgh.

NAPIT reacts to Labour's proposals to overhaul Green Deal 03 October 2013
Responding to a speech by Caroline Flint at Labour's recent Party Conference, in which she pledged that Labour would overhaul the Government's Green Deal initiative if they come into power, NAPIT (National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers) says that no rash decisions should be made.

Cool-Therm secures deal with Clima Tech 03 October 2013
Cool-Therm is introducing a new range of high-tech, high efficiency air handling units in the UK following an agreement with Austrian company Clima Tech.

Remeha recruits new area sales manager 02 October 2013
Remeha Commercial has appointed Trevor Harbut as area sales manager for the southern counties.

Hoval's Rebecca Chapman profiled in report 02 October 2013
Hoval sales and marketing engineer, Rebecca Chapman, is one of 12 women profiled in a report led by Atkins consultants in association with The Royal Academy of Engineering.

Hitachi Air Conditioning Europe opens revamped training centre 01 October 2013
Hitachi Air Conditioning Europe has launched its newly refurbished aircademy training centre in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

Marflow engineer launches new blog 01 October 2013
Ian Harman, technical applications engineer at Marflow Hydronics, has introduced a new blog, using his wealth of experience to bring readers news and information on items relevant to them.

Ferroli recruits sales and marketing director 01 October 2013
International boiler and heating appliance manufacturer Ferroli has appointed John Moran as UK sales and marketing director to lead the domestic sales force.