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News Archive - February 2013

Dimplex welcomes Vince Cable to Dublin HQ 28 February 2013
Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, has visited Glen Dimplex Group's Dublin headquarters and has been introduced to the company's new Quantum electric space and water heating system.

DECC outlines improvements to RHI scheme 27 February 2013
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has outlined today (27 February) a long term plan to ensure that the Government's renewable heat scheme for commercial, industrial and community organisations stays within budget.

Acquisitions boost sales at Walter Meier 26 February 2013
Climate and manufacturing technology group Walter Meier increased its net sales to CHF 717.8 million in 2012.

EHPA and EPEE welcome adoption of energy label for heaters 26 February 2013
EHPA/EPEE has welcomed the adoption of the energy label for heaters by the College of Commissioners this week.

White paper looks at benefits of infrared thermography 26 February 2013
Energy management business support service Drumbeat Energy Management has published a white paper on infrared thermography.

New publication highlights potential of solar heating and cooling 26 February 2013
RHC-Platform (The European Technology Platform on Renewable Heating and Cooling) has published a new document on the potential for technological development in solar heating and cooling up to 2050.

CIBSE launches new ground source heat pumps guide 26 February 2013
CIBSE (The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) has launched its new Guide TM51: Ground source heat pumps, which is now available from its online Knowledge Portal.

Wales Training Group reveals award winners 25 February 2013
Wales Training Group chairman, Bob Lane, recently hosted this year's Building Services Engineering Industry Training Awards, sponsored by Pegler Yorkshire, at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

CIBSE launches Psychrometry guide 25 February 2013
CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) has launched a new Guide - KS20: Practical Psychrometry.

Cofely moves into new Olympic Park HQ 25 February 2013
Cofely has opened its new UK headquarters at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is the first business to establish a presence at the former Olympic site.

CIBSE: UK needs to focus on reducing demand for energy 21 February 2013
In response to a number of recent government consultations, CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) is calling for the adoption of a co-ordinated policy approach to energy supply.

BMF reports sharp fall in building materials sales in Q4 21 February 2013
Sales of building materials were down by 16.7% during the fourth quarter (October to December) 2012, compared with the previous three-month period (July to September 2012), when adjusted for both inflation and trading day differences, according to the latest Sales Indicators from the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF).

Paul Kingswell: 1961 - 2013 21 February 2013
Jaga Heating Products has sadly announced the death of Paul Kingswell.

BATJIC agrees pay rise 21 February 2013
The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council (BATJIC) has agreed a 2% pay increase, following the successful conclusion of negotiations.

Amtech recruits BIM solutions director 21 February 2013
Amtech has appointed Gary Ross as director of BIM solutions.

AET gains accreditation for solar range 21 February 2013
AET's Camel Solar range of flat plate solar thermal collectors has achieved the Solar Keymark, the quality label recognised across Europe for solar thermal performance.

Fläkt Woods calls for greater clarity on ErP Directive for fans 21 February 2013
Fläkt Woods has highlighted a potential misinterpretation of the ErP Regulation (EU) 327/2011 for fans.

CIBSE names new head of marketing and communications 21 February 2013
CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) has appointed Elaine Rafferty as its new head of marketing and communications.

HETAS makes two appointments 21 February 2013
HETAS has appointed Robert Burke as its new technical director.

Atmosphere Cooling expands sales team 21 February 2013
Atmosphere Cooling, the refrigeration and air conditioning specialist, has expanded its sales team with the appointment of Geoff Daren as technical sales manager.

Sabien applauds PM's commitment to energy efficiency 20 February 2013
Sabien Technology, manufacturer of M2G energy efficiency technology, has welcomed David Cameron's recent pledge to make the UK the most energy efficient economy in Europe.

App aims to make heating control installations easy 20 February 2013
SALUS, the supplier of innovative heating control solutions, has launched an App designed to help installers, heating engineers and homeowners to easily set up and install its heating controls.

BMF set for move on 1 March 20 February 2013
The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) will move into its new Coventry head office on 1 March.

HSE targets construction sites in clampdown on standards 20 February 2013
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a nationwide initiative which aims to reduce death, injury and ill health by targeting unsafe practices on construction sites.

BEST awards celebrate apprentices' excellence 20 February 2013
The second annual BEST South West and West of England Regional Training Awards were held on Wednesday 16 January at St George's Hall in Bristol.

Guernsey branch marks first anniversary 20 February 2013
Building services consultancy, Henderson Green, is celebrating a successful first year for its Guernsey office.

UK construction market faces continued pressure 20 February 2013
A lack of growth is squeezing the middle out of the UK construction market, according to global financial advisory and investment banking firm, Duff & Phelps.

PTS links up with Antaris Solar 14 February 2013
Plumbing and heating merchant, PTS, has agreed a co-operation deal with Antaris Solar, the German solar technology provider.

UK-GBC urges members to write to George Osborne 14 February 2013
UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) is encouraging its members to write a letter to George Osborne to demonstrate the level of industry support for the green agenda.

Hoare Lea moves to King's Cross site 13 February 2013
Hoare Lea has relocated its flagship London office to Stable Street, King's Cross.

Engineering firm shortlisted for three awards 13 February 2013
Red, a leading UK and international engineering designer, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Building Awards 'Engineering Consultant of the Year'.

ENER-G acquires US cogeneration business 13 February 2013
ENER-G group, the clean technology firm, has acquired a 75% stake in the cogeneration business Rudox, based in New Jersey, as part of plans to accelerate its expansion in the growing US combined heat and power (CHP) market.

CBCA launches technical paper on thermal comfort 13 February 2013
The first free technical document covering thermal comfort has been published by the CBCA (Chilled Beams and Ceilings Association).

Government-funded scheme boosts apprenticeships 13 February 2013
At least 18,900 new apprenticeships have been created in England during the past year, thanks to Government funding to help businesses take on an apprentice, according to provisional data from the National Apprenticeship Service.

NIBE expands into biomass 13 February 2013
NIBE has launched a comprehensive new range of wood-burning boilers as it expands into the biomass market.

Nuaire launches new website 12 February 2013
Nuaire has launched a new website which it says will offer its customers "a more user-friendly and content-rich online experience".

HygroMatik obtains environmental certifications 12 February 2013
HygroMatik, the manufacturer of air humidifiers and air humidification systems, has been awarded ISO14001 certification, demonstrating its compliance with the international Environmental Management Standard DIN EN ISO 14001:2004.

ADCAS and BSRIA launch flexible ductwork guide 11 February 2013
ADCAS (Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services) is recommending a new BSRIA guide, published to help clarify confusion around flexible ductwork and improve building performance.

B&ES Yorkshire recognises young talent 11 February 2013
Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) presented awards to 12 employees from seven companies with Yorkshire-based operations at this year's Yorkshire Training Awards.

J S Wright recruits after sales administrator 11 February 2013
J S Wright, the building services provider, has appointed Signe Prikule, as after sales administrator.

Spirax Sarco supports local students 11 February 2013
Spirax Sarco is helping young people to develop their business and entrepreneurial skills by supporting the Gloucestershire Young Enterprise programme, including sponsorship of the Trade Exhibition event, which takes place on 5 March at Cheltenham Town Hall.

CIBSE offers courses promoting energy efficiency 11 February 2013
CIBSE (the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) is offering two special courses at a number of venues in February and March, to help implement energy efficiency measures.

HSE prosecutes dangerous Devon gas fitter 11 February 2013
A Devon gas fitter has been prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for carrying out unsafe work on boilers and illegally issuing landlord gas safety check records in Torbay, while claiming to be registered.

NSCC reports more positive long term outlook for specialist contractors 11 February 2013
Although trading conditions in the specialist sector remain tough, there are some early signs of improvement, according to the latest NSCC (National Specialist Contractors Council) State of Trade Survey for the fourth quarter 2012.

CIBSE announces winners of 2013 Building Performance Awards 07 February 2013
The winners of this year's Building Performance Awards were revealed by CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) at an awards ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 5 February.

GEA Heat Exchangers unveils new website 07 February 2013
GEA Heat Exchangers has launched a new customer website and has put its complete product portfolio online in the same place for the first time.

Winners of EEF Future Manufacturing Awards revealed 07 February 2013
EEF has announced the winners of its Future Manufacturing Awards 2012, sponsored by headline partner Infor.

Young engineers wanted for SkillFRIDGE 2013 06 February 2013
The search is on for the UK's best young refrigeration and air conditioning engineer in this year's SkillFRIDGE competition, organized by SummitSkills.

CIBSE certifies its first non-domestic Green Deal Advice Organisation 06 February 2013
CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) has certified its first company to become a non-domestic Green Deal Advice Organisation.

CIBSE updates applications manual 06 February 2013
CIBSE has launched a new 2013 edition of its Applications Manual - AM12 Combined Heat and Power for Buildings.

Xylem Lowara launches two CPD training courses 06 February 2013
Pumping solutions provider, Xylem Lowara UK, has introduced two CIBSE approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training courses for customers and consultants.

Gas installers invited to free Green Deal workshop 06 February 2013
A free taster course is being run by NICEIC, the voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry, in conjunction with IGEM (Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers) for gas professionals who are looking to get involved with the Green Deal.

Saudi authorities seize counterfeit refrigerants 06 February 2013
Local authorities in Saudi Arabia have seized almost 3,500 cylinders of counterfeit refrigerant that was being fraudulently sold under the Honeywell Genetron brand name.

Toshiba launches a seven year warranty 06 February 2013
Toshiba Air Conditioning has introduced what it claims is the industry's first seven year warranty.

Swiftclean reshuffles sales team 04 February 2013
Swiftclean, has restructured its sales team under the leadership of sales director Martin Hembling, in preparation for further expansion in 2013.

Poor legionella management can result in prosecution, warns Swiftclean 04 February 2013
Swiftclean is warning companies about the importance of implementing a stringent legionella management plan, following Basildon Hospital's recent admission in court that it failed to protect non employees from risks to their health or safety.

ECO installers need to target landlords under Green Deal, says EST 04 February 2013
New research from the Energy Saving Trust (EST) has revealed that tenants in private rented accommodation want to go green but are least likely to be benefitting from energy efficient, money saving upgrades.

Swegon acquires Coolmation 01 February 2013
Swedish ventilation and climate systems supplier Swegon AB is to acquire the British Coolmation Group.

Airtherm forms new partnership 01 February 2013
Chimney and flue supplier Airtherm Engineering has formed a partnership with Clyde Energy Solutions. The company said it believed the combination of Airtherm's products and services and Clyde's 90+ years' experience in supplying and servicing commercial and industrial heating systems would benefit both companies' customers.

Panasonic continues to build ASHP team 01 February 2013
Panasonic has appointed Clare Hasprey to itsAquarea team as air-to-water business development manager.

'More action needed to encourage contractors to take up BIM' 01 February 2013
HVAC contractors are ignoring the Government's drive to get the construction trades and architects to work together on 3D models, according to Building Information Modeling (BIM) reseller