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News Archive - June 2013

Construction chiefs urge Government to ensure Green Deal's success 27 June 2013
The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has today (27 June) published a letter from construction industry leaders calling for political parties to unite and ensure that the Green Deal doesn't fail.

REA says budget for renewables should have doubled 27 June 2013
The Government's decision to only slightly increase the budget for renewables announced in the Treasury's Spending Round yesterday (26 June) brings its long term support for the sector into question, according to the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

Help shape the future of sustainable refurbishment 26 June 2013
BRE launched a new founding member’s initiative for users of the BREEAM Domestic Refurbishment scheme at the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference in Manchester yesterday.

HSE prosecutes Welsh local authority for potentially lethal work 26 June 2013
Newport City Council has been fined after building work at a house exposed a woman and her foster children to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

ICOM recruits membership support engineer 25 June 2013
ICOM Energy Association has appointed Tahsina Khan to the newly created role of membership support engineer.

International experts meet to discuss passive building technology 25 June 2013
Passive Building Technology in Practice and its contribution to reducing energy demands was the theme of a one-day seminar held by CIBSE's Natural Ventilation Group on 21 June, at UCL, London.

AxFlow appoints a new manager for its Windsor Base 25 June 2013
AxFlow UK has appointed John Dixon as base manager for its Windsor Base. In this newly created position, Mr Dixon will be responsible for managing field engineers, workshop engineers, legislative compliance and administration of contracts.

SIG expands with acquisition of SK Sales 24 June 2013
SIG has acquired SK Sales, the UK air handling products specialist based in Norwich, for an undisclosed sum.

Cofely UK gains ISO 50001 certification 24 June 2013
Cofely has been awarded ISO 50001 for Energy Management.

B&ES announces former director's death 24 June 2013
Geoffrey Cutting MBE, a former director of the organisation now known as the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), died on 13 June aged 88.

Chris Sneath named MBE in Queen's Birthday Honours 24 June 2013
Former HVCA president, Chris Sneath, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours, in recognition of his outstanding service to the heating and plumbing sectors.

Powrmatic appoints new marketing manager 21 June 2013
Adam Tovey has been appointed as Marketing Manager for Powrmatic Ltd, having been promoted from a sales support role in the company’s ventilation division.

Albion Valves UK invests in new expansion 21 June 2013
Albion Valves UK is almost doubling the size of its premises at the Fall Bank Industrial Estate.

Monodraught wins green innovation award 21 June 2013
Monodraught was announced yesterday as the winner of an Ashden Award, the UK’s leading green energy prize. The Buckinghamshire-based company was acknowledged for its revolutionary low-energy cooling and ventilation system.

FMB report says construction SMEs fail to secure 9 out of 10 public sector contracts 19 June 2013
Construction SMEs are failing to win nine out of ten public sector contracts, according to a new report published by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

HSE prosecutes Norfolk plumber for illegal gas work 18 June 2013
A plumber from Norfolk has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for illegally carrying out gas work for a landlord in Norwich.

HVR Awards nominations closing date extended 17 June 2013
The closing date for receiving entries for the annual HVR Awards has been extended until Wednesday 31 July.

BSW welcomes Government's Affordable Warmth Initiative 17 June 2013
Heating contractor, BSW Building Services, is working with boiler suppliers and local authorities to support the Government's Affordable Warmth initiative.

Hamworthy opens new £500,000 R&D centre 17 June 2013
Hamworthy Heating has officially opened its new research and development centre in Poole.

Change of HVR contact details 13 June 2013
Many sharp-eyed readers will have noticed that we have been through some exciting changes here at HVR. Contact details are now as follows:

Editorial and Awards contact

Lynn Sencicle
Acting Editor, HVR
Direct Dial: 01622 699183

Advertising contacts

Jan Thorpe
Publisher and Event Director
Direct Dial: 01622 699113

Colin Ball
Online Sales Executive
Direct Dial: 01622 699167

Louis Bryant
Group Ad Manager
Direct Dial: 01622 699102

MHS Boilers expands sales team 13 June 2013
MHS Boilers has recruited four new area sales managers.

Nationwide Filter Company set for name change 13 June 2013
Nationwide Filter Company is changing its name to GVS Filter Technology effective from 1 August this year.

OFTEC warns annual fuel bills could soar with renewables 12 June 2013
OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association) claims that renewables could add around £200 to annual fuel bills.

UKHG division pulls out of commercial boiler market 11 June 2013
UK Heating Group (UKHG) has announced that its Clyde division will stop selling new boilers, spares and service from 28 June.

OFTEC calls for installers to offer workmanship warranty 11 June 2013
Installers need to offer their customers a workmanship warranty according to the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC).

Humidity reduces airborne flu, report reveals 11 June 2013
According to a recent study by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH), the airborne transmission of the influenza virus can be significantly reduced by maintaining an atmosphere of 40% relative humidity (RH) and above.

Hotchkiss Group sells US duct business for £2.6m 11 June 2013
Hotchkiss Group has sold its US fire rated duct business to its American partner, Conquest Firespray, in a £2.6m ($4m) deal negotiated through EMC Corporate Finance.

NSAET launches online course on the Green Deal 11 June 2013
An online resource designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the Green Deal and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) has been introduced by the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies (NSAET) and is aimed at anyone looking to deliver services under these schemes.

Albion recruits new sales manager 10 June 2013
Albion Valves has appointed Gary Murray as its new sales manager for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Flogas Britain takes on graduate 10 June 2013
Flogas Britain has appointed new graduate, Lucy Freedman, to join the team at its head office in Leicester.

Nominate now for the HVR Awards! 10 June 2013
The annual HVR Awards are open for nominations, but only until the close of Friday 28 June.

B&ES Specialist Groups honour top trainees 10 June 2013
B&ES Specialist Groups presented awards to four of the industry's most talented young trainees at the agm and conference, which was held, for the sixth successive year, at Trinity House in London.

Daikin UK celebrates 1000th heat pump installation 10 June 2013
Daikin UK is celebrating the 1000th Altherma air-to-water heat pump installation for the Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP).

CIBSE launches BIMTalk gateway 10 June 2013
CIBSE (the Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers) has established a freely accessible web resource to help industry bodies and professionals share knowledge and discuss Building Information Modelling (BIM).

UK Manufacturing prospects improve 07 June 2013
Over the past three months companies have reported the strongest output and orders balances for a year, according to the second quarter Manufacturing Outlook survey published today by EEF, the manufacturers' organisation and business advisers BDO.

Lochinvar continues to support the CIBSE Young Engineers’ Awards 07 June 2013
The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has announced that heating and hot water equipment manufacturer, Lochinvar, is sponsoring the CIBSE Young Engineers’ Awards for the second year in succession.

Flogas boosts national accounts team 05 June 2013
Flogas has appointed Graham Sargent as its new national accounts manager.

Riello launches CPD course on pressure jet burner specification 05 June 2013
Riello has introduced a free, CIBSE accredited CPD course covering the specification of pressure jet burners and how to optimise combustion performance.

Vaillant Group adds a specialist renewables division 05 June 2013
Vaillant Group has launched a dedicated Renewable Technologies Division, in an investment worth £1m.

GSHPA welcomes DECC's proposed RHI tariff review 05 June 2013
A decision by the DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) to review tariff levels for the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive, announced on 31 May, has been welcomed by the Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSHPA).

CIBSE says cutting energy use must be top priority 05 June 2013
CIBSE (the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) says that reductions in energy use must remain the top consideration, following the announcement by DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change) on 21 May that it has tabled amendments to the Energy Bill which may have a significant impact for the non-domestic building sector.

Christian Herten elected President of the Eurovent Association 03 June 2013
On May 31, 2013 in Copenhagen, Christian Herten was elected President of Eurovent Association.

Market demand for BREEAM leads to new international standard 03 June 2013
On 1 June 2013 BRE launched its new standard for the overseas market - BREEAM International New Construction 2013 - which will be used to assess commercial and residential buildings worldwide.

Hitachi Air Conditioning Europe unveils new distribution partner 03 June 2013
Expanding its distributor network, Hitachi Air Conditioning Europe has unveiled a strategic alliance with Air Conditioning Accessories, who will focus exclusively on the sale and distribution of Hitachi products.

HVR Awards nominations are open! 03 June 2013
It's time to get your nominations in for the HVR Awards! We're looking for the UK's finest heating and ventilating products and projects, consultants and contractors.