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News Archive - January 2015

The leading event for the industry returns to the capital 29 January 2015

Companies advised to book now for next month’s ACR News Awards, hosted by top TV comedian Jimmy Carr.

HETAS counts down to Ecobuild 29 January 2015

The team from HETAS will be on stand N3186 this year to help with advice on training, certification and registration with HETAS.

Ed Davey to give keynote speech at Ecobuild 2015 28 January 2015

Ecobuild has unveiled its full conference programme which includes a number of major industry names and Westminster speakers, with support from global sustainable construction leaders Skanska and Lend Lease.

Daikin boosts heating team for 2015 28 January 2015

Daikin UK has boosted its domestic heating team with a number of appointments.

Frigesco to present developments in flash defrost technology at CleanEquity Monaco 2015 28 January 2015

Frigesco has been invited to present the latest developments in its transformational flash defrost technology at CleanEquity Monaco 2015.

Bosch celebrates a year of growth 27 January 2015

Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating has reported year-on-year sales growth of 28% for 2014.

Toshiba launches nationwide R22 data collection initiative 27 January 2015

Toshiba Air Conditioning is launching an R22 data collection initiative to assess the number and type of R22 systems still operational across the UK and Ireland.

Hargreaves unveils new design centre 27 January 2015

Hargreaves, the air movement and ventilation ductwork specialist, has invested in a new design centre that will enable it to offer its customers a full turnkey HVAC solution.

B&ES publishes Business Manifesto 27 January 2015

The Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) has published its Business Manifesto which it says highlights the issues it believes the next Government must address if UK construction is to remain genuinely fit-for-purpose in the years ahead.

Unregistered gas fitter fined for illegal work 27 January 2015

A court has heard that an unregistered gas fitter put lives at risk because of his poor work illegally fitting boilers.

Zehnder Partners with Passive House Academy to offer certified Passive House Training 26 January 2015

Zehnder Group UK has formed a partnership with the Passive House Academy to offer a certified Passivhaus tradesperson course at a new training facility at the National Construction College in Glasgow.

Uponor renames specialist installation business 26 January 2015

Uponor has renamed its specialist installation business, formerly known as velta, to Uponor Building Energy (UBE), emphasising its ongoing focus on the commercial built environment.

BSRIA launches airtightness compliance roadshows for 2015 26 January 2015

BSRIA has more than 30 years’ experience of providing nationwide airtightness testing, consultancy, design reviews and support services on all buildings, both dwellings and non-dwellings.

Construction sector growth slowing down, says Barbour ABI 26 January 2015

According to a new report by Barbour ABI, growth in the construction sector is showing signs of a slowdown.

New heat metering qualification for RHI installers 26 January 2015

Logic Certification has introduced a new course for installers working on Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) installations where heat metering is required.

NAPIT says 2014 was a great year for renewables 26 January 2015

In January last year, NAPIT predicted that 2014 would be the year of renewables and, with many positive predictions being made over the last 12 months, it seems this forecast was indeed accurate.

Ideal joins forces with local firms to restore birthplace of Hull industrialist 26 January 2015

Ideal Boilers has become the latest business to support the project which it is hoped will restore the glory of the birthplace of Hull industrialist and film maker, J. Arthur Rank..

Ideal Commercial Boilers announces death of Anna Chance 26 January 2015

It is with great sadness that Ideal Commercial Boilers has announced the death of Anna Chance, business development manager for the London region, on 4 January following a short illness.

Johnson Controls and Hitachi strike deal for global HVAC joint venture 26 January 2015

Johnson Controls, Hitachi Ltd and Hitachi Appliances Inc have entered into a definitive agreement for their global joint venture while at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Energy efficiency measures reach one million homes milestone 22 January 2015

According to new figures from the DECC, by the end of November last year the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Green Deal package had delivered new boilers, windows and insulation to 1,021,000 homes, four months ahead of its March 2015 target.

Worcester, Bosch Group announces cashback promotion 22 January 2015

Worcester, Bosch Group announces cashback promotion Worcester, Bosch Group has launched a cashback cylinder promotion, which also includes the chance for installers to win a trip to Britain’s most famous race track.

Thornhvac launches survey to find the UK’s best HVAC employers 22 January 2015

Specialist recruitment consultancy Thornhvac has launched a survey to find the HVAC manufacturers that people most want to work for.

Airedale International extends training programme 22 January 2015

Airedale International has extended its training programme for 2015.

A1 Flues makes two new appointments 22 January 2015

A1 Flue Systems has announced two key appointments to boost its UK sales team.

Industry mourns the loss of Howard Marfleet 22 January 2015

HVAC industry expert and much liked sales manager for AmbiRad and Reznor UK, Howard Marfleet, has sadly died after battling a long illness.

Fernox appoints new sales director 21 January 2015

Fernox has appointed Calvin Pope as its new sales director for the UK and Ireland.

Daikin UK to run second series of CPD-accredited Future Thinking seminars 21 January 2015

Daikin UK is inviting building services engineers and engineering consultants to attend the next series of its forward-thinking, CPD-accredited Future Thinking seminars in February and March this year.

Roderick Pettigrew resigns as B&ES chief executive 21 January 2015

Roderick Pettigrew has resigned from the position of chief executive of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) with immediate effect.

Greenworks Training Academy urges installers to keep training 20 January 2015

Greenworks Training Academy is encouraging installers to make energy-efficiency training part of their New Year’s resolutions.

Specialist contractors continue to lead the way in site safety 20 January 2015

Specialist Contractors have maintained their excellent safety record for another year, according to the results of the 2013/14 National Specialist Contractors’ (NSCC) Accident Survey.

SPC appoints unitary product manager 20 January 2015

S & P Coil Products (SPC) has appointed Andrew Saxon as unitary product manager to spearhead strategic management and growth of the unitary products within the business.

REHAU updates CPD on designing efficient district heating networks 20 January 2015

Pipework specialist REHAU is now offering an updated CPD which it says will benefit specifiers and consultants who want to learn more about designing efficient district heating schemes.

Airedale International staff celebrate long service achievements 20 January 2015

Airedale International has rewarded more than 35 employees at an annual luncheon, where they were joined by their managers and company directors.

B&ES gives Outstanding Service Award to 'Mr Ductwork' 19 January 2015

The Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) has named Jim Murray, an energetic and much-valued member of the Ductwork Group, as the latest recipient of its Outstanding Service Award.

Worcester Online Training Academy ahead of expectations 19 January 2015

The number of installers who have signed up to Worcester, Bosch Group’s Online Training Academy has now exceeded 2,000, within just four months of its launch.

Engineering specialist launches programme to help service leavers 16 January 2015

Engineering specialist HE Simm has joined forces with construction company Lend Lease to support an employment programme which will create job opportunities for former service men and women.

Pipe Center and Climate Center appoint new MD 16 January 2015

Andy Wighton has been appointed Managing Director of Pipe Center and Climate Center, it has been announced.

Lochinvar opens multi-purpose training facility 15 January 2015

Boiler and water heater manufacturer Lochinvar has opened a multi-purpose training facility at its UK headquarters in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

Wolseley UK launches LGV apprenticeship scheme 15 January 2015

Wolseley UK has launched an apprenticeship scheme for LGV drivers, which it says is the first of its kind in the industry.

JS Wright marks 125 years and seals record-breaking deal 14 January 2015

Building services contractor J S Wright is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year and has recently secured its biggest-ever deal.

Daikin survey highlights consumer awareness of renewables and dRHI 14 January 2015

New research commissioned by Daikin UK gives a valuable insight into UK homeowners’ awareness and experience of renewable technologies and the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (dRHI) scheme.

Fernox sponsors local football team 14 January 2015

Fernox, based in Woking, Surrey, has once again renewed its sponsorship with local under 15’s football team Elm Grove Rhinos.

Potterton Commercial expands sales team 14 January 2015

Potterton Commercial has appointed Neville Small as sales director.

Government outlines apprenticeship reforms and FMB expresses disappointment 14 January 2015

Government outlines apprenticeship reforms and FMB expresses disappointmentThe next step in apprenticeship reform was outlined yesterday (13 January) by the Government and pledged to give employers direct control for the funding of apprenticeships.

B&ES Publications launches new functionality for SFG20 maintenance standard 13 January 2015

B&ES Publications has launched a new customer facing website for SFG20 and from today (13 January), Service Model subscribers will also be able to access service timings as standard.

Viessmann Refrigeration Systems makes new appointments 13 January 2015

Viessmann Refrigeration Systems has appointed Steve Steadman as sales and marketing director for the UK and Ireland.

ACR Show expands to include commercial heating and ventilation 12 January 2015

The ACR Show returns to the NEC, Birmingham, from 16-18 February 2016.

CHPA changes name to the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) 12 January 2015

The Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) announced today that it will be renamed the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE).

Surrey gas fitter fined for endangering lives 12 January 2015

Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), an unregistered gas fitter has been fined for illegal gas work that potentially endangered lives at a home in Staffordshire.

Marks & Spencer and Ecobuild call for entries for The Big Innovation Pitch 12 January 2015

In a joint initiative between Marks & Spencer and the Ecobuild show, exhibitors are being called to take part in a competition to find a true innovation for the sustainable built environment.

Andrews appoints new sales director 12 January 2015

Andrews Water Heaters has appointed Chris Meir as its new sales director.

BSRIA celebrates 60 years of serving the industry 09 January 2015

BSRIA is celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2015. Founded in 1955, as the HVRA, BSRIA has served the industry with verve and creativity delivering innovative solutions to complicated and challenging problems. For 60 years BSRIA has provided ...

Former BSRIA Chief Executive dies 09 January 2015

BSRIA is sad to announce the death of Graeme Baker OBE, former Chief Executive of the Association who died on Christmas Eve. Graeme joined the Heating and Ventilating Research Association in 1967 to run the newly formed test section. Just a year ...

ADEY charity golf day raises funds for air ambulance 08 January 2015

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has raised £4,000 for The Children’s Air Ambulance.

Ideal urges installers to get ready for ErP 07 January 2015

On 26 September this year a new Energy related Product (ErP) directive from the EU comes into force, ensuring that space and water heaters meet minimum efficiency requirements.

Contractors urged to participate in consultation on revised training standards 06 January 2015

Building services engineering contractors in England are being urged to give their views on a radical revision of training standards that are proposed for industrial and commercial apprentices in the sector.

Rural Energy launches new biomass training centre 05 January 2015

Rural Energy has opened its Biomass Training and Skills Centre in Leicestershire which aims to up-skill engineers from across the heating and renewables sector, arming them with the knowledge and hands on experience needed to deliver high quality biomass installations.

CIC chair of Wales awarded MBE 05 January 2015


The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has announced that Ann-Marie Smale, chair of CIC Wales (pictured), has been awarded the MBE in the New Year Honours’ List for Services to Education and Training in Construction in Wales.