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News Archive - February 2014

CDL crowned Air Conditioning Distributor of the Year 26 February 2014
Specialist air conditioning supplier, Cool Designs Ltd (CDL), has been named Distributor of the Year at the ACR News Awards 2014.

Ferroli's chief technical officer marks 25 years 26 February 2014
Ferroli's chief technical officer Rob Steeley celebrated his 25th year with the company on 7 February.

Hamworthy boiler goes on tour 26 February 2014
Hamworthy is taking to the road to show consumers how they can save money on heating and hot water costs and cut their energy consumption.

Airedale's Projects team positioned for growth 24 February 2014
Airedale International has strengthened its Projects team, in preparation for planned growth in its HVAC Services Division.

Latest guidance on chimney and flue installation issued 24 February 2014
Document J now recognises the alternative installation methods introduced in the latest edition of the European standard for the installation of flues and chimneys.

Plumber handed suspended sentence for dangerous gas work 24 February 2014
A Suffolk plumber has been given a suspended prison sentence after carrying out illegal and dangerous gas work at a home in Lowestoft.

B&ES trade survey reveals further signs of recovery 24 February 2014
Research carried out among members of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) has revealed that market conditions continued to improve in the second half of 2013.

ONS reports continued construction recovery 24 February 2014
According to figures from the Office for National Statistics published on 14 February, construction output in Q4 rose by 0.2% compared with Q3 and was 4.4% higher than a year earlier.

BSRIA chief executive appointed honorary professor at Heriot Watt University 20 February 2014
BSRIA chief executive Andrew Eastwell has been appointed Honorary Professor in the School of the Built Environment at Heriot Watt University.

Kershaw appoints new contracts director 19 February 2014
Kershaw Mechanical Services has recruited Andrew Digby as new contracts director.

Fujitsu Air Conditioning appoints product and marketing co-ordinator 19 February 2014
Stephan Lang has been appointed Fujitsu Air Conditioning's product and marketing co-ordinator for residential air conditioners.

Success for ACR Show 2014 despite the weather 19 February 2014
Despite challenging weather conditions, the ACR Show 2014, which took place at the NEC in Birmingham last week, proved to be a resounding success.

Oil is only heating fuel where prices have fallen 18 February 2014
The latest quarterly data from the Sutherland Tables, the source of comparative UK domestic heating costs, has revealed that oil is the only primary heating fuel that has come down in price over the past three years.

Get on tour, with Ecobuild 2014 18 February 2014
Ecobuild 2014 is the event for sustainable design, construction, energy and the built environment, and this year it'll be easier for installers to see the exhibits and attractions that can boost their bottom line, thanks to the InstallerTOURS.

First dates for 'RHI Roadshow' announced by DECC 18 February 2014
With the hotly anticipated domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) set to arrive this spring, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) are embarking on a series of events to talk to consumers and installers the length & breadth of Britain.

Remeha Commercial announces partnership with CHP specialist ENER-G 18 February 2014
UK commercial heating manufacturer Remeha Commercial has announced its partnership with cogeneration specialist ENER-G to offer Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems up to and including 90kWe as part of Remeha's 'one stop-shop' commercial heating product range.

Ventive showcases passive ventilation with heat recovery systems 17 February 2014
Ventive, the specialists in low carbon, 'passive ventilation with heat recovery ', will be holding product demonstrations on their stand during the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2014 (27th-30th March at the NEC Birmingham).

Find free training in Danfoss heating controls at the click of a button 17 February 2014
Free local training in Danfoss domestic heating controls is available for installers at

Stable humidity optimises digital print operation 17 February 2014
Humidity Solutions has designed, supplied, installed and commissioned a humidity control solution for digital print specialist VGL. The two ELMC10 electrode boiler humidifiers are maintaining the precise and stable humidity control required for a new HP 5600 digital printer at VGL's facility in Reading.

New HETAS guide published 17 February 2014
The 2014 version of the HETAS guide to approved products and appliances has just been published. The annual guide is an essential reference tool for anyone working in the solid fuel and biomass industry including installers, specifiers, retailers and manufacturers.

Bosch showcases growing portfolio at Ecobuild 17 February 2014
Manufacturer of heating and hot water solutions, Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating, will be showcasing its growing portfolio of high-efficiency technologies at Ecobuild 2014 on 4 - 6 March.

NIBE expands its distribution with Travis Perkins Group 17 February 2014
NIBE Energy Systems has significantly increased its distribution of renewable heating technologies, following a new agreement with the Travis Perkins Group.

Baxi Commercial achieves Investors in People Award 17 February 2014
Baxi Commercial has been awarded a bronze Investors in People award, acknowledging the high standard of motivation, support and development it provides to its employees at its Erdington site.

ACR industry celebrates award winners 13 February 2014
In the glittering and atmospheric surrounds of the National Motorcycle Museum, an audience of well over 500 guests from across the air conditioning, refrigeration and end-user sectors attended the ACR News Awards 2014 last night (12 February).

ACR Show visitors undaunted by weather conditions 13 February 2014
Despite extreme weather conditions affecting many parts of the country, the ACR Show continued to attract a high level of visitors, with the organisers reporting another strong attendance on the second day of the show.

ACR Show off to a flyer with first day visitor numbers up 12 February 2014
In spite of the challenging weather conditions, the number of visitors attending the first day of the ACR Show 2014 was up 7per cent on the previous event, the organisers have announced.

Charities call for more accessible heating controls 12 February 2014
According to new research by the Research Institute for Consumer Affairs (Rica) and sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust published today (12 February), many people with sight loss are unable to control their heating or cut their fuel bills because heating dials and switches are too difficult to use.

CIBSE names Building Performance Award winners 12 February 2014
The winners of this year's Building Performance Awards were announced by CIBSE (the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) at a ceremony yesterday evening (11 February) at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in London.

New sales manager for Stiebel Eltron 12 February 2014
Renewable energy specialist Stiebel Eltron UK has appointed Tony Preston as sales manager for the Midlands and South Yorkshire regions.

Daikin Europe unveils VRV IV heat recovery system at the ACR Show 12 February 2014
Daikin Europe has launched the VRV IV heat recovery system, which it says represents the biggest leap in climate control efficiency since the inverter compressor.

Ecoflam relocates to new premises in Worcester 11 February 2014
Ecoflam, the manufacturer of high quality burners, has moved from Pershore to tailored office facilities on Blackpole Road in Worcester.

RIBA approves REHAU renewable heat technologies CPD seminar 10 February 2014
REHAU's has announced that its Renewable Heat Technologies CPD seminar has now been approved by RIBA.

BRE publishes guidance on building controls and energy management 10 February 2014
BRE has published two information papers intended to help non-technical clients and building occupiers to specify building controls to provide a comfortable climate with the lowest possible energy consumption.

CIBSE ASHRAE Symposium to focus on building systems performance 10 February 2014
This year's CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium takes place in Dublin on 3 and 4 April.

CPA reports further rise in construction activity 10 February 2014
Construction activity rose in the fourth quarter, according to the latest Construction Trade Survey published today (10 February) by the Construction Products Association (CPA).

AMP celebrates its silver jubilee 10 February 2014
Independent air conditioning distributor, AMP, is celebrating its silver jubilee year and has unveiled expansion plans.

Website aims to make life easier for installers 10 February 2014
Ideal Boilers has redesigned its website at and says it now offers installers a range of features to help with their working day.

ACR Show opens tomorrow 10 February 2014
The ACR Show 2014 opens its doors to visitors tomorrow in Hall 9 at the NEC, Birmingham.

HSE prosecutes illegal gas fitter 10 February 2014
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a man from Launceston for illegally carrying out work on a gas boiler at a home in Newquay.

Cost of building zero carbon homes has fallen, report finds 10 February 2014
New analysis for the Zero Carbon Hub has revealed that the cost of building homes to the zero carbon standard has fallen dramatically over the last few years - and halved since 2011.

Humidity Solutions recruits new sales manager 10 February 2014
Humidity Solutions has appointed Roger Palamarczuk as sales manager.

Winners of training awards revealed 10 February 2014
This year's Building Services Engineering Industry Training Awards were presented at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, on 3 February.

Airedale recognises its longest serving employees 10 February 2014
Airedale International has been celebrating the hard work and loyalty of its long-serving employees who have reached milestones of between 10 and 35 years of service.

Vaillant open days to target landlords, renewable installers and councils 10 February 2014
Vaillant is hosting a series of open days around the UK to demonstrate the role of renewable technology in reducing fuel poverty and carbon emissions for the social housing sector to landlords, renewables installers and councils.

Cool-Therm launches new company 06 February 2014
Cool-Therm has launched a new company dedicated to the design and management of specialist low carbon, high efficiency air conditioning systems and energy audits.

Consultant shortlisted for international business award 05 February 2014
Refrigeration consultant Stephen Gill Associates has been named a finalist in the Consulting Practice of the Year category at the eighth annual Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service in the USA.

Specialist contractors optimistic about the year ahead 04 February 2014
A survey by the National Specialist Contractors Council (NSCC) has revealed that 60% of respondents are expecting their workloads to increase in the year ahead.

Virtual CHP Power Plants offer a solution, says ENER-G 03 February 2014
According to research undertaken by ENER-G, Virtual Power Plants could decarbonise electricity supplies, while reducing demand on the electricity network by harnessing power from small clusters of combined heat and power (CHP) systems.

Navitron named exclusive distributor of new heat pump range 03 February 2014
Navitron, a leading supplier of renewable energy and environmental technologies, is now the sole distributor of Fairland's latest range of air source heat pumps.

A-Gas rolls out new global brand identity 03 February 2014
A-Gas is unveiling a new global brand identity designed to reflect the company's dynamic and technological innovation while providing an instantly recognisable brand.

Toshiba introduces new training programme 03 February 2014
Toshiba Air Conditioning is offering an extensive programme of new training courses, including modules on practical installation and commissioning skills and updates on key legislation impacting the industry.

Institute targets refrigerant leak reduction 03 February 2014
The Institute of Refrigeration is launching an info-blitz at the forthcoming ACR Show 2014 to raise awareness of the vital importance of cutting refrigerant leaks from refrigeration and air conditioning systems.