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News Archive - January 2014

Government offers further £10m for SME energy innovation 29 January 2014
The Government has earmarked an additional £10m in the third phase of its Energy Entrepreneurs Fund with the aim of bringing new and innovative energy efficient products to market.

Climate Center sees strong demand for air conditioning and refrigeration 29 January 2014
Climate Center has seen a surge in demand for air conditioning and refrigeration, which has continued through the Autumn and Winter.

Plumb Center's sustainability head to speak at Ecobuild 29 January 2014
Plumb Center's head of sustainability, Tim Pollard, is taking part in two seminar sessions and a conference at this year's Ecobuild show, from 4 to 6 March at ExCeL in London.

New export sales manager at Airedale International 29 January 2014
Airedale International has promoted key account manager, Asim Ansari, to the role of export sales manager to lead its export sales team.

Airedale International publishes 2014 training programme 28 January 2014
Airedale International has launched its 2014 programme of training courses which it will run from its new site just two miles from Leeds city centre.

Landlord brothers prosecuted for gas safety failings 28 January 2014
Two Dudley men who failed to obtain a gas safety record for a property they were renting out have been ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £3,000 for putting tenants' lives at risk.

Cool-Therm makes new appointment 28 January 2014
Cool-Therm has appointed John Cole as sales executive as part of its continuing expansion plans.

New ONS figures show slight fall in Q4 construction output 28 January 2014
According to new figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the UK economy grew by 0.7% during the fourth quarter of 2013. However, construction declined by 0.3% in the same three month period.

Cool Designs marks 10 years and plans further expansion 27 January 2014
Specialist air conditioning supplier Cool Designs is celebrating 10 years as a Toshiba distributor and has announced ambitious expansion plans.

Ideal Boilers increases support for installers 27 January 2014
Following consultation with thousands of heating engineers, Ideal Boilers is launching a number of initiatives designed to transform the installer/manufacturer relationship.

Sales of construction products increased in Q4, reports CPA 27 January 2014
According to the latest State of Trade Survey from the Construction Products Association (CPA) released today, sales of construction products rose in Q4, driven by wider UK economic growth and key private construction sectors, together with strength in export markets.

FMB survey finds growth in house building slowing 27 January 2014
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB)'s latest economic survey has revealed that the pace of growth in private housing slowed in the last three months of 2013.

Cedric Sloan to retire from FETA 27 January 2014
Director general of FETA, Cedric Sloan, is to retire towards the end of this year.

ACR Show seminars to address green technologies for supermarkets 27 January 2014
Visitors to the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Show 2014 (ACR Show) which opens in two weeks' time will gain an exclusive insight into the latest green technologies being developed for use in UK supermarkets.

Ideal Boilers clinches national award 27 January 2014
Ideal Boilers has won a Product of the Year Award.

Vent-Axia welcomes PM to Crawley site 27 January 2014
Vent-Axia welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron to its headquarters in Crawley, West Sussex, on 23 January.

Green Energy Options secures funding worth £3m 27 January 2014
Green Energy Options (GEO), a leading provider of residential home energy management systems, has secured £3m of funding to support the further development of its innovative web services and product portfolio.

B&ES president says integration is key to construction industry reform 27 January 2014
B&ES (the Building & Engineering Services Association) was ahead of its time in stressing the central role integration plays in ensuring that the industry remains fully fit-for-purpose, according to president Bruce Bisset.

Daikin launches new venture in Saudi Arabia 23 January 2014
Daikin has established a new company in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Visitor registrations increase for the ACR Show 2014 22 January 2014
With less than three weeks to go until the doors open, registrations for the ACR Show 2014 are powering ahead.

DECC publishes latest Green Deal and ECO statistics 22 January 2014
According to the latest monthly statistical update from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), 1,612 households had Green Deal Plans in progress at the end of December 2013, compared with 1,478 at the end of November.

UK-GBC calls on Government to proritise energy efficiency 21 January 2014
One year after the Green Deal was launched the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) says that energy efficiency must be the UK's top infrastructure priority.

Ventive shortlisted for 2014 Ashden Awards 21 January 2014
Ventive has been shortlisted for its passive ventilation with heat recovery product in this year's Ashden Awards.

BCIA welcomes new vice president 20 January 2014
Malcolm Anson, managing director of Clarkson Controls, has been elected vice president of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA).

Banks' refusal to lend hampers growth of SMEs 20 January 2014
According to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), one in five UK construction SMEs have been forced to abandon plans for growth and investment because they are unable to raise sufficient funds from banks.

Fernox marks 50 years by launching prize draw 20 January 2014
Fernox is celebrating its 50th anniversary and has launched what it says is the largest ever prize fund in the plumbing and heating industry, to mark the occasion.

Elta Fans appoints new MD for Fareham facility 20 January 2014
Elta Fans has appointed Damian Buxton as the new managing director of its Fareham manufacturing facility.

Climate Center introduces technical support team for air conditioning projects 20 January 2014
Climate Center has established a new technical team to support customers on major air conditioning projects. It will provide specialist advice for Climate Center customers during both the tendering and installation stages of projects.

West Midlands man sentenced for illegal gas work 16 January 2014
A man from Willenhall in the West Midlands has pleaded guilty to breaching Gas Safety Regulations and sentenced to 80 hours of unpaid work for carrying out illegal and dangerous maintenance on gas boilers at two properties in Stourbridge.

Fujitsu recruits new technical engineer 16 January 2014
FG Eurofred has recruited James Richardson as a technical engineer, providing export support and commissioning services for Fujitsu VRF and other air conditioning products.

British Safety Council to host conference 14 January 2014
The British Safety Council is holding a half-day conference in Manchester on 26 February to update employers in the north west of England and surrounding regions on important developments in UK health and safety legislation, practice and enforcement.

Lochinvar recruits new sales managers 14 January 2014
Lochinvar has further expanded its sales team with the appointment of new area sales managers in the South East and North West.

SummitSkills refocuses priorities 14 January 2014
SummitSkills, the Sector Skills Council for building services engineering, says it is refocusing its work on the areas that give employers and the sector the most direct value.

CPA forecasts renewed optimism in construction sector 13 January 2014
Growth in private house building, infrastructure work and commercial activity will drive recovery in the construction industry over the next four years, according to the latest forecast from the Construction Products Association (CPA).

B&ES publishes guide to good practice on Low Energy Ventilation for Residential Buildings 13 January 2014
B&ES (Building & Engineering Services Association) has launched TR35, a new guide to good practice on Low Energy Ventilation for Residential Buildings.

Online videos aim to boost awareness of heat pump technology 13 January 2014
Mitsubishi Electric has launched two online videos to highlight the benefits of renewable heat pump technology for homeowners and landlords.

House building continues to drive construction recovery 13 January 2014
UK house building continued its upward trend towards the end of 2013 with the private sector leading the way, according to the latest RICS Construction Market Survey.

B&ES reveals Craft Apprentice of the Year 13 January 2014
Tom Gregory of Prospero Facilities Services has been named Craft Apprentice of the Year in the Scottish HVACR Awards for Outstanding Achievement, during a ceremony held at the headquarters of B&ES (Building & Engineering Services Association) Scotland at Bush Estate, Midlothian.

Industry experts to brief visitors on impact of new EU Regulations on common refrigerants 09 January 2014
Refrigerants used in millions of air conditioning and refrigeration systems across the UK and Europe are to be subject to strict new EU regulations.

Danfoss heat pump course offers installers opportunity to upskill 07 January 2014
Danfoss is running a course that offers an introduction to heat pumps (HP1) for those who are new to renewable energy and who are working within the plumbing, heating or building trade.

BSS launches Inverness branch 07 January 2014
BSS Industrial, the distributor of heating and pipeline solutions, has opened a new branch in Inverness, in response to increasing demand from the area's flourishing heating and ventilating, food and drink and industrial markets.

Uncertainty of energy legislation highlighted at ICOM conference 07 January 2014
ICOM (Industrial and Commercial Energy Association) held its second Winter Conference at the beginning of December, with speakers from DECC, DCLG, Defra, CIBSE and the Association of the European Heating Industry (EHI).

RDM restructures and makes key appointments 06 January 2014
Control and monitoring company Resource Data Management (RDM) has restructured its operations and announced a number of key appointments to support ambitious plans for global growth.

ELCO UK unveils new company website 06 January 2014
ELCO UK, formerly MHS Boilers, has launched a new website at

Lorien wins MEBC low carbon award 06 January 2014
Lorien Engineering Solutions has won the Low Carbon Business Growth Award at the MEBC Business Success Awards 2013.

National Energy Foundation trustee receives OBE 06 January 2014
John Doggart, a long-standing trustee of the National Energy Foundation, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen's New Year's Honours, for services to Sustainable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency.

CIPHE member awarded MBE 06 January 2014
CIPHE (Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering) member Terry Fillary, who is a Master Plumber and craftsman, has been awarded an MBE for services to historic building restoration and conservation.

Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating launches new website 06 January 2014
Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating has launched a new website, through which it aims to enhance the profile of its growing range of technologies to customers in the UK.

HSE prosecutes illegal gas fitter 02 January 2014
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an illegal gas fitter after he installed a boiler at a family home on the Wirral which was found to be 'immediately dangerous'.

ECA approved list now includes more Daikin systems 02 January 2014
More Daikin UK air conditioning systems are now eligible for the Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme, with a further 20 Sky Air and Split units having joined the approved Energy Technology List (ETL) from 1 December 2013.