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News Archive - November 2013

B&ES updates heat pumps guide 27 November 2013
The Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) has updated its good practice guide to heat pumps, TR30.

FMB criticises report on Code for Sustainable Homes 26 November 2013
A report by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee into the Code for Sustainable Homes has been criticised by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) as "one-sided" and the Federation has called on the Committee to re-examine the evidence.

Landlord jailed for breaching gas safety regulations 26 November 2013
A London landlord has been prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and jailed for endangering tenants after illegally installing a boiler that he then repeatedly tried to fix after it developed a leak.

Ed Davey outlines outcome of COP 19 climate change talks 25 November 2013
Following the COP 19 international talks on climate change held last week at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland, Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, has outlined the outcome.

Cool-Therm makes two key appointments 21 November 2013
Cool-Therm has made two new appointments to support its future growth plans.

BSRIA replaces test house chiller 20 November 2013
BSRIA (Building Services Research and Information Association) has chosen a Daikin chiller from Space Airconditioning to replace one of its existing test house chillers.

Integral outlines expansion plans 20 November 2013
Integral UK has announced ambitious plans to expand in the refrigeration sector following the acquisition of a major part of WR Refrigeration's business.

CIPHE ceo joins board of World Plumbing Council 20 November 2013
CIPHE (Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering) ceo Kevin Wellman has been elected to the executive board of the World Plumbing Council.

UK-GBC urges Government to keep Code for Sustainable Homes 20 November 2013
Responding to a report from the Environmental Audit Committee, the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is calling on the Government to maintain the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Waste heat from London Underground will warm homes 19 November 2013
Waste heat captured from London Underground tunnels and an electrical substation will be used to heat homes and reduce energy bills through a pioneering new scheme.

UK Green Building Council warns of job losses if green levies are cut 19 November 2013
More than 10,000 construction and insulation jobs could be lost if the Government cuts 'green levies' on energy bills, the UK Green Building Council is warning.

DECC report shows increase in take up of Green Deal Plans 19 November 2013
A total of 1,173 households had Green Deal Plans in progress at the end of October compared to 954 by the end of September, according to the latest report from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Cistermiser names new national sales manager 18 November 2013
Cistermiser has appointed Paul Taylor as national sales manager.

BSRIA awards honorary membership 18 November 2013
Chris Monson of Trend has been made an Honorary Member of BSRIA in recognition of "an extraordinary contribution to the Association".

Vent-Axia helps Children In Need 18 November 2013
Vent-Axia has donated ventilation equipment to the team working on a special 'BBC Children In Need' episode of 'DIY SOS: The Big Build', which was aired on 13 November.

NSCC helps specialist contractors get ready for an upturn 18 November 2013
NSCC has launched a new training programme for specialist contractors designed to build on their existing business skills and prepare them for an upturn.

District heating developers missing out on millions, says CPV director 18 November 2013
As they look for the lowest possible construction costs, developers and operators of district heating networks are missing out on significant levels of operational savings, both monetary and carbon-related, according to Mark Whettall, managing director of CPV, one of the UK's longest-established manufacturers of pre-insulated pipe systems.

Professor receives award for helping to safeguard public health 13 November 2013
Professor Rodney Cartwright, chairman of CIPHE's (Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering) Board of Trustees, has been presented with an Honorary Fellowship by the Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE).

Mitsubishi Electric unveils new website 13 November 2013
Mitsubishi Electric has launched a new website which aims to provide a detailed overview of the energy saving solutions it offers.

ACR News launches the Customer Service Award for frontline staff 12 November 2013
As a direct response to popular demand, ACR News has introduced the Customer Service Award.

Airedale International opens office in Moscow 12 November 2013
Airedale International Air Conditioning has established an office in Moscow, which will enable it to strengthen its operations in Russia and the CIS in line with its ambitious plans to increase exports.

HSE updates guidance on installation of gas appliances 12 November 2013
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has updated guidance to help individuals using and installing gas appliances to operate safely.

Condensing biomass boilers will qualify for domestic RHI 12 November 2013
The Government has confimed that condensing biomass boilers will qualify for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, provided they meet the other eligibility criteria.

Airedale and Keysource sign agreement 12 November 2013
Keysource, the data-centre company, has signed a supply agreement with Airedale International Air Conditioning.

World Plumbing Council supports certificate scheme 11 November 2013
The World Plumbing Council (WPC) has become the fourth supporter of the Master Plumber Certificate programme.

New Glasgow college apprentices sweep the board at awards 11 November 2013
Eight engineering students from Glasgow Kelvin College, the city's newest merged college, have reached the Scottish National Building & Engineering Services Association Apprenticeship Finals: The HVACR Awards for Outstanding Achievement.

A1 Flue Systems appoints international sales manager 11 November 2013
Joe Murphy has been appointed by A1 Flue Systems as international sales manager to head up a new division that will see the company start exporting to the Middle East.

British flue firm plans to start exporting to the UAE 11 November 2013
A1 Flue Systems is set to expand after revealing plans to start exporting to the Middle East.

Green Deal U-turn over circulators 11 November 2013
Lobbying by the pump industry has forced a U-turn by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and circulator pumps are set to be finally included in the Government's flagship Green Deal programme.

CPA reports continued construction growth for Q3 11 November 2013
Activity in construction rose for the second consecutive quarter in Q3, according to the latest Construction Trade Survey published by the Construction Products Association (CPA) today (11 November).

BEAMA report finds heating controls can cut bills by 40% 07 November 2013
On 24 October BEAMA hosted an event in Parliament to deliver the results of research, which shows that heating controls can cut household heating bills by up to 40%.

System Hygienics marks 20 years in business 07 November 2013
System Hygienics, the air hygiene and kitchen hygiene specialist services company, is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

JTL opens £1m training centre in Birmingham 07 November 2013
Training provider JTL has opened a new £1m training centre in Birmingham.

Job losses confirmed at W R Refrigeration 06 November 2013
Redundancies have been announced at W R Refrigeration which went into administration two weeks ago.

Boom in business prompts recruitment drive for Swale Heating 05 November 2013
Independently owned south east firm Swale Heating has launched a recruitment drive for experienced engineers, electricians and installers following an increase in customer demand.

Kensa Heat Pumps names new commercial director 04 November 2013
Kensa Heat Pumps has appointed Chris Davis as commercial director.

Ashden Awards 2014 entry deadline is 5 November 04 November 2013
National green energy charity Ashden is accepting entries for the 2014 Ashden Awards until tomorrow (5 November).

Voucher scheme aims to help domestic heating engineers upskill to renewables 04 November 2013
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Edward Davey has launched a £500,000 fund which aims to raise the skill set of domestic heating engineers so they can install and maintain renewable heating systems.

Vent-Axia fan wins award 04 November 2013
Vent-Axia has won the Innovative Residential/Domestic Product of the Year award for its Lo-Carbon Solo Plus at this year's Electrical Industry Awards, held at The Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London.

OFTEC calls on Government to rethink Green Deal 04 November 2013
OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association) is urging the Government to rethink the Green Deal programme to encourage greater take-up of high efficiency boilers to help meet the UK's challenging climate change targets.

BSS Industrial appoints new MD 04 November 2013
BSS Industrial has recruited Chris Hufflett as its new managing director.

Grafton Group acquires Belgian merchanting firm 04 November 2013
Grafton Group, the building materials supplier, has agreed the acquisition of Binje Ackermans SA, a six branch builders merchanting business based in Brussels and trading under the MPRO brand, for €20.5m.

ADEY survey highlights opportunities for installers 04 November 2013
Only 55% of homeowners have their boiler serviced annually, according to a new survey by ADEY Professional Heating Solutions.

Conference will address future of the construction industry 04 November 2013
The Government and Construction Leadership Council will unveil plans for the future of the UK construction industry at Talk Construction, a landmark conference, which takes place at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on 25 and 26 November.

CIBSE reveals shortlist for 2014 Building Performance Awards 04 November 2013
CIBSE (The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) has announced the entries shortlisted for its prestigious Building Performance Awards.

Bosch named Pipe Center supplier of the year 04 November 2013
Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating, has been named Supplier of the Year by Pipe Center.

CIBSE reports that non-compliance with EPB Regulations is costing millions 04 November 2013
CIBSE (The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) says that non-compliance with Energy Performance of Building Regulations (EPB Regulations) is costing millions and cannot now be overlooked.

Mitsubishi Electric extends delivery fleet 04 November 2013
Mitsubishi Electric has started to operate a new fleet of delivery vehicles to cope with increasing demand for its energy saving Ecodan air source heat pump.

FMB calls for finance schemes for builders to be simplified 04 November 2013
Responding to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO), which criticises the Government for its confused approach towards business funding, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is calling for finance schemes designed to help construction SMEs to be simplified if they are to aid economic recovery.

Milton Keynes plumber prosecuted by HSE 04 November 2013
A plumber from Milton Keynes has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for putting householders at risk over many years by repeatedly carrying out gas fitting work despite being unqualified and unregistered.

BSRIA names new chief executive 04 November 2013
BSRIA has announced that Julia Evans will take over as chief executive in May 2014 when Andrew Eastwell retires.

Improved outlook means specialist sector faces skills shortage 04 November 2013
According to the NSCC (National Specialist Contractors Council), the recent improvement in trading conditions has highlighted a skills shortage among specialist contractors.