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News Archive - March 2014

B&ES appoints new branch chairman 31 March 2014
Managing director of Indepth Hygiene, Richard Norman, has been appointed chairman of the B&ES (Building and Engineering Services Association) Ventilation Hygiene branch.

BSS Industrial names new director 31 March 2014
BSS Industrial has appointed Columba Zaal as its new sales and operations director.

Success for second Amtech BIM conference 31 March 2014
Amtech's second Crystal Clear BIM conference took place on 24 and 25 March and brought together leading speakers from government and industry.

Low carbon project championed at Westminster 31 March 2014
A reception in Parliament on 25 March celebrated employers investing in skills and training within the low carbon market.

FMB hails SME matching with alternative lenders 31 March 2014
Proposals by the Government to match SMEs that have had applications for finance declined by the banks with alternative lenders have been welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Vent-Axia is named a business superbrand 31 March 2014
Vent-Axia has been named as a UK Business (B2B) Superbrand for 2014 by The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA).

NAPIT encourages installers to upskill 31 March 2014
NAPIT training courses are being offered with a ten per cent discount to installers in the electrical, heating, plumbing, ventilation, microgeneration and energy efficiency sectors throughout April.

ADCAS unveils new website and logo 31 March 2014
The Association for Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services (ADCAS) is launching a new website at and has updated its logo.

Ideal Boilers backs Fuel Poverty Awareness Day 31 March 2014
Ideal Boilers' head of marketing, Carrie Young, welcomed National Energy Action's Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, which was held on 28 March.

Actionair marks 40th anniversary 31 March 2014
Actionair, the manufacturer of smoke and fire damper systems, is celebrating 40 years in business this month.

Mitsubishi Electric partners PGA golf championship 31 March 2014
Mitsubishi Electric has announced an official partnership with the BMW PGA Championship, Europe's flagship golfing tournament, which takes place at the Wentworth Club in Surrey from 22-25 May.

Toshiba customers convert points into prizes 31 March 2014
Three Toshiba customers won prizes in the company's recent Six Nations Challenge competition, although the top prize of £100,000 was unclaimed.

HCA adds housing provider to watch list over gas safety 27 March 2014
Your Housing Group has been placed on the Homes and Communities Agency's (HCA) watch list for failing to carry out gas safety checks.

B&ES president speaks out at MCCA convention in USA 27 March 2014
B&ES (Building & Engineering Services Association) president Bruce Bisset has reminded industry colleagues in the USA that, traditionally, more businesses fail during a recovery than in the depths of a recession.

Plumber jailed for gas safety failings 27 March 2014
A plumber from Derbyshire has been handed a prison sentence after putting his customers' lives at risk.

Suspended sentence for company director 27 March 2014
A suspended prison sentence has been given to the owner of a West Midlands supplier of catering equipment who carried out illegal and dangerous gas work at two fish bars in East Anglia.

Swindon gas engineer breached safety regulations 26 March 2014
Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), a gas engineer from Swindon has pleaded guilty in court to two breaches of gas safety regulations.

Federation says UK is facing one million home shortfall 26 March 2014
Ten years after the publication of the Barker Review of Housing Supply, the Home Builders Federation (HBF) says the UK is now one million homes short of the number needed to adequately house the population.

CIBSE 2014 Young Engineers Awards call for entries 26 March 2014
CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) has announced that its 19th Young Engineers Awards, sponsored by Ruskin Air Management and Daikin UK, are now open for entries with a closing date of 31 July.

Fernox recruits new director 26 March 2014
Fernox has appointed Richard Wall as technical and product director.

Ravenheat strikes deal with NMBS 26 March 2014
Ravenheat has agreed a two-year deal with NMBS (National Merchant Buying Society) to include its range of boilers and heating controls on the group's supply list.

Baxi Commercial helps to man phones for Sport Relief 26 March 2014
More than 100 staff from Baxi joined forces at its customer support centre in Warwick to take telephone donations for this year's Sport Relief.

HETAS reminds installers to use RHI training vouchers 26 March 2014
HETAS is urging installers to take advantage of new vouchers which are available to help with the cost of RHI training.

Airedale names new northern area sales manager 24 March 2014
Airedale International has appointed Jonathan Jones as northern area sales manager.

Xpelair appoints national sales manager for commercial systems 24 March 2014
Xpelair has strengthened its senior sales team with the appointment of David Perry as national sales manager for commercial systems.

Heating engineers call for more frequent training and assessment 24 March 2014
The Heating Engineers and Allied Trades Federation says that heating engineers are calling for more frequent training and assessment to enable them to keep abreast of the latest regulations and codes of practice every year rather than every five years, as is the current practice.

Unregistered gas fitter risked lives 24 March 2014
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted a self-employed man for illegally carrying out gas work at dozens of homes in Appleby-in-Westmorland.

Landlord companies fined for breaching gas safety regulations 24 March 2014
Two landlord companies have been fined for gas safety breaches which were discovered at a block of privately rented flats in Hampstead, North London.

CPA and FMB welcome Budget boost for housebuilding and manufacturing 20 March 2014
The Construction Products Association (CPA) has welcomed the Chancellor's 2014 Budget Statement announced yesterday (19 March), which backs British manufacturers and builders.

Mitsubishi Electric's training facility helps school children 20 March 2014
Mitsubishi Electric has been offering its Renewable Training Centre at its Hatfield headquarters to schools who wish to study renewable energy as part of the curriculum.

Windhager increases training opportunities for 2014 19 March 2014
Windhager UK has announced a number of new training course dates as demand for biomass installations increases this year.

FSW opens new Hull branch 19 March 2014
FSW, the specialist nationwide air conditioning distributor, has opened a new purpose-built, 6,000sq ft branch in Hull.

Dimplex towel rail is 57 and counting 19 March 2014
A Dimplex electric towel rail is still going strong after running continuously since it was installed in 1957, giving 57 years (or almost 500,000 hours) of use.

Countdown begins to CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium 18 March 2014
This year's annual CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium will host more than 60 presentations and papers covering themes, ranging from occupant comfort, to the building performance gap and improving the energy efficiency of future cities.

CIPHE welcomes 50 guests to President's Dinner 17 March 2014
CIPHE (Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering) national president, Steve Ingle, welcomed 50 guests to a special dinner, which took place at The Honourable Society of Gray's Inn on 4 March.

ICOM partners EU Skills to create dedicated network 17 March 2014
ICOM (Industrial and Commercial Energy Association) has launched a joint initiative with EU Skills (Energy & Utility Skills) to create growth and jobs through a dedicated Industrial and Commercial Downstream Gas Network.

Ideal donates boiler to Hull charity 17 March 2014
Ideal has donated a top of the range, high-spec Logic Combi 26 boiler to a charity that helps families in crisis.

Panasonic unveils international awards scheme 17 March 2014
Panasonic has launched its first PRO Awards for the heating and cooling industry. The new initiative aims to celebrate excellence in the design, specification, installation and commissioning of Panasonic heating and cooling systems.

Unregistered Cornish gas fitter risked lives 17 March 2014
A court has heard that an unregistered gas fitter from Cornwall put his customers' lives at risk by leaving a new boiler in a dangerous condition.

WRAS certification for Smedegaard's booster sets 17 March 2014
Smedegaard Pumps has been awarded WRAS (Water Regulations Advisory Scheme) certification 1312078 for its EXEFLEXX range of cold water booster sets.

Ventilation specialist expands network with new branch 13 March 2014
Hargreaves Ductwork has expanded its Trade Counter network with the addition of a new operation in Aberdeen.

HSE prosecutes Rotherham man for illegal gas work 13 March 2014
A Rotherham man has been prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) after carrying out illegal gas work and putting a family at risk.

PHEX+ exhibition targets buyers and specifiers 12 March 2014
PHEX+, the plumbing and heating exhibition, takes place at Alexandra Palace in London on 20 and 21 May this year.

Kensa Heat Pumps unveils new chairman 11 March 2014
Kensa Heat Pumps has named Lord Taylor of Goss Moor as its new chairman and says the appointment will be instrumental in helping it to grow.

BMF holds inaugural plumbing and heating meeting 11 March 2014
More than 30 people attended the BMF Plumbing & Heating Sector's first meeting, making up a representative cross section of the plumbing and heating supply industry.

Fujitsu course gains CIBSE accreditation 11 March 2014
Fujitsu Air Conditioners has received accreditation from CIBSE for its Continuing Personal Development (CPD) course on VRF Application and Design.

B&ES partners BCIA to launch one-day conference 10 March 2014
The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) and the Service & Facilities Group of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) have linked up to develop a one-day pan-industry conference.

Elta Fans sponsors CIBSE regional event 10 March 2014
Elta Fans was the headline sponsor for a regional event organised by CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) recently and reported an excellent evening for over 100 guests of the Chairman and Committee of the CIBSE East Anglia Region.

Armstrong Fluid Technology appoints new director 10 March 2014
Armstrong Fluid Technology has expanded its senior leadership team with the appointment of Alex Brunner in the newly created role of director, sales EMEA, India, Asia and Latin America.

Mitsubishi Electric team members qualify as BREEAM APs 10 March 2014
Members of Mitsubishi Electric's dedicated specification team have been fully trained as BREEAM Accredited Professionals (AP).

Heat pump scheme wins prestigious award 10 March 2014
Kingston Heights, a pioneering mixed-used development in Surrey, has won the 'Best New Technology' award at the 2014 Climate Week Awards, held during Ecobuild, at ExCel in London.

Greenwood Airvac launches free fan recycling scheme 10 March 2014
Domestic ventilation specialist Greenwood Airvac has introduced what it says is the UK's first ever free fan recycling scheme, as part of its ongoing drive to help reduce customers' environmental impact.

Honorary membership for BSRIA chief executive 03 March 2014
BSRIA's outgoing chief executive Andrew Eastwell has been made an honorary member of the association.

Airedale International opens gateway to the Middle East 03 March 2014
Airedale International has now officially established its gateway to the Middle East following a launch event at its Dubai Airport Freezone office on 19 February.

Airedale International's parent company completes acquisition of Barkell 03 March 2014
Airedale International's parent company, Modine Manufacturing Company, has announced that it has now completed the acquisition of Consett-based manufacturer of custom-built air handling units, Barkell Ltd.

OFTEC urges Government to boost uptake of high efficiency boilers 03 March 2014
OFTEC has written to Secretary of State for Energy, Ed Davey, to propose the introduction of a boiler scrappage scheme to encourage more people to switch to high efficiency condensing boilers.