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News Archive - November 2014

HVR Awards: winners revealed! 27 November 2014

The HVR Awards 2014 took place last night at the five-star Chelsea Harbour Hotel in London.

LC Energy acquires Ecolyf 26 November 2014

LC Energy, a leading UK specialist in sustainable wood fuel supply, has acquired Ecolyf, an MCS accredited company which specialises in the supply, installation and maintenance of wood fuel boilers.

TROX recruits new marketing co-ordinator 26 November 2014

TROX has appointed Alice Arnott as its new marketing co-ordinator.

Smith’s names new commercial director 26 November 2014

Smith’s Fan Convectors has announced the appointment of Steve Boggis as commercial director.

Lochinvar announces marketing appointment 26 November 2014

Lochinvar has appointed Holly Winman as marketing executive.

Autron appoints new sales team member 25 November 2014

Autron Low Surface Temperature Radiators has appointed Norman Walters to its sales team.

CIBSE publishes new edition of Guide M 25 November 2014

CIBSE launched a new edition of Guide M: Maintenance engineering and management on 19 November at an event held at the Royal Academy of Engineering.

West Control Solutions centralises European production operations 25 November 2014

West Control Solutions, global specialists in advanced temperature control, has recently completed a major expansion of its UK manufacturing centre in Brighton.

Powrmatic helps Children in Need 25 November 2014

To support this year's Children in Need Appeal, managing director of Powrmatic, Phil Brompton, pledged to donate £1 from his own pocket for every order for heating, ventilation or air conditioning products the company received on Friday 14 November.

CRS rolls out new national network and expands sales team 24 November 2014

Carrier Rental Systems (CRS) has rolled-out a new national sales network and made a number of new appointments to support strategic growth plans.

G&H Sustainability director wins achievement award 24 November 2014

Andrew Hudson, founder and managing director of G&H Sustainability, has won a Yorkshire Young Achievers Award.

Mitsubishi Electric encourages children to boost environmental awareness 24 November 2014

Pupils from schools in Hatfield, St Albans, Stevenage and Bisham recently took part in a special eco competition at Mitsubishi Electric’s headquarters in Hatfield.

Greenworks invites installers to test their RHI knowledge 24 November 2014

Greenworks has invited installers to test and improve their knowledge of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) via a quiz on its website.

Torin-Sifan marks 50 years of British manufacturing 24 November 2014

Torin-Sifan, a leading producer of energy efficient fan technology to the European air movement industry, is celebrating 50 years of British manufacturing with the completion of its new EC manufacturing and technology centre at Pagoda Park in Swindon.

Builder fined after breaching gas safety regulations 19 November 2014

A self-employed builder from East Barnet has been fined after he endangered the lives of home-owners following the installation of a wall-mounted gas boiler and associated pipe-work at a home in Clacton-on-Sea despite not being gas safe registered.

Report finds industry support for EngTech 19 November 2014

There is overwhelming support for the promotion of career progression to those working in plumbing and domestic heating, according to latest industry research.

Stirling Prize winner joins speakers at Ecobuild 2015 19 November 2014

In his first public speaking commitment since winning the RIBA Stirling Prize this year, architect Steve Tompkins of Haworth Tompkins will join the Independent’s architecture critic Jay Merrick, in conversation at next year’s Ecobuild show.

Pipe Center and Plumb Center expand estimating team 19 November 2014

Pipe Center and Climate Center have expanded their central estimating team to provide a faster turnaround on project quotations and support continued growth.

Daikin survey reveals UK homeowners' concerns over cost of heating 19 November 2014

According to a new survey by Daikin UK, British homeowners are preparing to wrap up indoors this winter as concern over the cost of heating dominates seasonal money worries.

West Country could miss out on green jobs, warns report 17 November 2014

A new report published today by renewable energy experts Regen SW, reveals that 16,000 people are employed by south west construction businesses in making homes more energy efficient but with the right backing this figure could be much higher. 

Report urges next Government to make heat a policy priority 17 November 2014

A new, independent report, Pathways for Heat: Low Carbon Heat for Buildings, by cross-party think tank group, Carbon Connect, and published in Parliament today (17 November), is calling for the next Government to set heat as a policy priority for the decade ahead.

ebm-papst opens new German production facility 13 November 2014

ebm-papst is opening its new €15m production facility in Mulfingen-Hollenbach, Germany, after a construction period of just seven months.

Wolseley names new HR director 13 November 2014

Wolseley UK has appointed Joanne Smith as its new human resources director.

Comfort meets technology at ISH 2015 12 November 2014

ISH, the leading trade fair for sustainable sanitation solutions, innovative bathroom design, energy efficient heating technology combined with renewable energy and environmental air-conditioning, cooling and ...

Survey highlights benefits of ventilation systems 12 November 2014

EnviroVent says that according to a recent survey of 200 homeowners who had bought one of its ventilation systems more than half had experienced improvements to their health or home within two weeks of its installation.

Heating oil prices continue to fall 12 November 2014

According to the latest figures from the Sutherland tables, heating oil prices have continued to fall and are now at a three year low, making oil arguably the cheapest and most convenient way to heat off-gas grid homes.

Amtech Group acquired by Trimble 12 November 2014

Trimble has acquired Amtech Group from Primary Capital Limited and senior management for an undisclosed sum.

technotrans makes a new appointment 11 November 2014

Ex-naval engineer David Read has joined the technotrans service team and will report to newly promoted lead engineer Steve Liddell.

Encon appoints insulation entrepreneur 10 November 2014

Specialist distributor Encon Insulation has boosted its industrial/HVAC division for the second time in as many months.

AMP reports sharp increase in sales of room air conditioning units 10 November 2014

Expanding independent distributor AMP has reported a dramatic increase in sales of Toshiba air conditioning units following a company-wide sales initiative.

Bosch appoints new business development manager 10 November 2014

Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating has appointed a new business development manager for the south region as it continues to invest in its growing sales team.

UK Construction Week launched 10 November 2014

Design and build event company Media 10 has launched UK Construction Week, which will bring together the newly acquired Build Show and the highly successful Grand Designs Live.

Investment in R&D helps to futureproof HVAC in the UK 06 November 2014

Continued investment in research and development is helping companies to stay ahead of legislative and commercial demands, according to Armstrong Fluid Technology.

CIC advises on the Consumer Rights Bill 06 November 2014

The Construction Industry Council (CIC), through its Liability Panel, has provided advice to the Earl of Lytton for the introduction of amendments to the Consumer Rights Bill when the Bill reached the House of Lords on 22 October.

Energy efficiency driving growth in central heating market 06 November 2014

According to a new report by AMA Research, the UK domestic central heating market has an estimated total value of around £1.1 billion at manufacturers’ prices in 2014.

RDM reports surge of interest at Chillventa 06 November 2014

Resource Data Management has reported unprecedented interest in its latest control technology, following a record showing at Chillventa where it launched 25 new products.

McQuay launches responsive website 06 November 2014

McQuay UK has launched a new, responsive website at to maximise visitors’ experience whether they’re accessing the page via their computer, smartphone or tablet.

New area sales manager for Flexenergy 06 November 2014

Flexenergy, the Fife-based pipe specialist, has appointed Steven Rankine as area sales manager for Scotland.

Plumb Center will help installers get running with renewables 04 November 2014

At Ecobuild next year, Plumb Center says that its new Practical Installer will help installers looking to break into renewables and energy-efficient heating.

Leading manufacturers attend Pipe Center and Climate Center conference 04 November 2014

Leading manufacturers attend Pipe Center and Climate Center conference Representatives from 35 of the industry’s leading manufacturers recently attended the Pipe Center and Climate Center’s annual conference, held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

ECO scheme to be revised for homes heated by electricity 03 November 2014

Low-income homeowners with electrically heated homes will find it easier to upgrade their heating system from next year after DECC confirmed it plans to change the way in which the ECO (Energy Companies Obligation) scheme 'scores' properties with electric heating. 

Tickets still available for the HVR Awards 2014! 03 November 2014

Join us at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London on 26 November for a night of glitz, glamour and fun as we announce the winners of the industry’s most prestigious set of awards

Continental Underfloor relocates as it continues to expand 03 November 2014

Continental Underfloor, the specialist direct supplier of energy efficient underfloor heating systems to the trade, is relocating to new, larger premises in Cornwall.

K-Flex UK names new technical sales engineer 03 November 2014

K-Flex UK has appointed David Ward as technical sales engineer (insulation) based at its UK operation in Leicestershire.

Survey finds 83% proud to work in construction industry 03 November 2014

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) 2050 Group has published the results of its national online survey, carried out in February and March this year, to find out if people are satisfied working in the industry and what inspires them.

JG Speedfit announces competition winner 03 November 2014

JG Speedfit has revealed the winner of this year's JG Layflat pipe competition - Every Metre Counts.

LG offers autumn and winter training courses 03 November 2014

Air conditioner manufacturer LG strongly believes, as technology advances rapidly, training is more important now than ever.

Daikin sponsors CIBSE webinar 03 November 2014

Daikin UK is sponsoring CIBSE’s next CPD accredited webinar called Future Proofing HVAC Design to Deliver Excellence in Lifetime Operation on Thursday 6 November at 1pm, as part of its Future Thinking programme, created to encourage those who work in building services to think about the issues that will affect the industry in the next few years.

OFTEC campaigns against fuel poverty 03 November 2014

OFTEC (the Oil Firing Technical Association) has formerly responded to DECC’s consultation on fuel poverty, outlining its recommendations to help Britain’s 800,000 oil using households, of which approximately 100,000 are fuel poor.

Carrier calls on industry to prepare for bad weather 03 November 2014

Carrier Rental Systems (CRS) is urging industry and building managers to be prepared following predictions of an unusually cold winter.

Sabien Technology completes BT contract 03 November 2014

Sabien Technology has completed a contract worth £1.2m with BT, which saw M2G intelligent boiler load optimisers installed at 246 sites across the BT estate.

Stelrad's new team targets commercial specifiers 03 November 2014

Stelrad has added a new arm to its business, targeting commercial projects through major M&E consultants.

Energy and Technical Services wins Business of the Year award 03 November 2014

Energy and Technical Services (ETS) has won the Somerset Business Award for Business of 2014 in the 11-25 employees category.

New appointments at Powrmatic 03 November 2014

As part of its continued expansion Powrmatic has appointed two new area sales managers.

Kingspan Environmental appoints trade sales director 03 November 2014

Kingspan Environmental has appointed Neil Overton as trade sales director for the UK.

Lochinvar recruits new area sales manager 03 November 2014

Lochinvar has appointed Simon Maggs as area sales manager (ASM) for the south west region.