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News Archive - February 2015

BSRIA says rise in new housing starts must not compromise energy performance 26 February 2015

There was an increase in the number of new home starts in England during 2014, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

BSRIA unveils ten-year strategy 25 February 2015

BSRIA has launched its strategy for the next ten years.

LG joins Heat Pump Association 25 February 2015

LG Electronics has joined the Heat Pump Association and renewed its membership of HEVAC – both under the auspices of FETA.

BRE Global and UL Environment sign MoU 25 February 2015

Built environment certification body BRE Global and UL Environment, a research and standards body that supports businesses and manufacturers to be more sustainable, have signed a memorandum of understanding.

Industrial Construction reaches the £500m mark 23 February 2015

Figures released on 20 February by Barbour ABI reveal that in January the industrial construction sector increased its total value of contracts by more than 38 per cent compared to December.

Conferences and seminars help Ecobuild visitors to build their knowledge 23 February 2015

Ecobuild takes place at London’s ExCeL from 3-5 March.

B&ES members report rise in workload and turnover 23 February 2015

According to the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), almost half of its members who responded to the latest state of trade survey experienced an increase in both workload and turnover during the second half of last year.

Daikin wins Best Chiller Manufacturer Award 23 February 2015

Daikin has been awarded Best Chiller Manufacturer of the Year at the Climate Control Awards 2014 ceremony, which was held in November in Dubai.

Countdown underway to Ecobuild 2015 19 February 2015

Ecobuild 2015 is just around the corner and takes place from 3-5 March at London’s ExCeL.With renewables moving into the mainstream, now is the time for installers to get in the zone and visit the event.

Plumb Center brings ErP Roadshow to installers 19 February 2015

Plumb Center has joined forces with key heating and plumbing manufacturers to help installers understand the new EU regulations, which take effect in September.

Jet Environmental to host KEEN project champagne reception at Coventry University 19 February 2015

Jet Environmental and Coventry University are set to present their collaborative research into the design and implementation of advanced energy efficient control of advanced energy efficient control of HVAC systems at a champagne reception on 25 March from 6pm-9pm, at the Techno Centre, Coventry University.

Anne King awarded Honorary Membership of BSRIA 19 February 2015

BSRIA has announced that Anne King MBE, its retiring marketing director, has been awarded Honorary Membership.

Worcester recruits new training manager 18 February 2015

Worcester, Bosch Group has appointed Jon Wheeler as its new training manager, as part of its ongoing commitment to providing installers with a host of development opportunities.

Klima-Therm makes two appointments 18 February 2015

Klima-Therm has made two further appointments as part of its strategic growth plan.

BSRIA Blue Book available as an app 18 February 2015

BSRIA has introduced an App version of its popular Blue Book.

Merriot welcomes new area sales manager 17 February 2015

In a move to enhance its national sales support network, commercial heating specialist Merriott has appointed Stephanie Foster as area sales manager for East Anglia and North London.

Two key appointments for Altecnic 17 February 2015

Altecnic, the supplier of heating and plumbing products has kicked off 2015 with two key appointments.

BSRIA welcomes progress at Geneva climate talks 17 February 2015

Julia Evans Chief Executive of BSRIA has welcomed the progress made in the UN Climate talks in Geneva which ended with an agreement on a formal draft negotiating text for the summit in Paris in December.

Ruskin launches natural ventilation business 16 February 2015

Ruskin Air Management has launched a new Natural Ventilation business.Called Airolution, this service will provide complete natural ventilation solutions for commercial buildings.

London construction outlook strong for 2015 13 February 2015

A recent report shows encouraging signs for London construction after steady growth in 2014, positioning 2015 to be a strong year with forecasted growth at 5.3 per cent and a number of major schemes in the pipeline.

Torin-Sifan opens state-of-the-art EC Manufacturing & Technology Centre 13 February 2015

Torin-Sifan, a leading producer of energy efficient fan technology to the European air movement industry, is flying the flag for British manufacturing by investing in excess of £2 million in a new state-of-the-art production facility.

HSE prosecutes two men for illegal gas work 12 February 2015

Two men have been prosecuted over illegal gas work that endangered lives at a hotel in Sawbridgeworth, in Hertfordshire.

B&ES Yorkshire reveals winners of training awards 11 February 2015

The Yorkshire region of The Building & Engineering Services Association’s (B&ES) Yorkshire Region presented its training awards for this year during its annual ball at the Cedar Court Hotel in Bradford.

New managing director at SFL 10 February 2015

Stamm International Corporation has appointed Jason Lee as managing director of SF Ltd (SFL).

Fgasman answers industry questions 10 February 2015

Since was launched by HRP in December 2014, the website has proved popular with contractors.

Adexsi names new sales director 10 February 2015

Adexsi UK, the smoke and natural ventilation specialist, has appointed Chris Shepherd as sales director.

Staffordshire gas fitter failed to spot boiler defects 09 February 2015

A Staffordshire gas fitter has been given 240 hours of unpaid work for failing to identify defects on a boiler that left a young family with carbon monoxide poisoning, just a day after they took their newborn baby home.

Oil now cheaper than mains gas for home heating 09 February 2015

Latest industry figures show that heating oil is now cheaper than mains gas for home heating.

Ideal Boilers becomes founder member of support club 09 February 2015

Hull’s Ideal Boilers is continuing its long-standing support for Hull City FC and the club’s ‘Tigers Trust’, by becoming a founder member of its corporate ROAR! support fund.

Flexenergy appoints new sales manager for the south 09 February 2015

Flexenergy the pipe specialist based in Fife has appointed Ian Urmston as sales and business development manager for the South.

Ideal Commercial Boilers goes on permanent display at The Building Centre 09 February 2015

Ideal Commercial Boilers has launched a new, permanent exhibition stand at The Building Centre in Store Street, London.

Daikin moves offices and training centre to Birmingham Business Park 09 February 2015

Daikin UK has opened a new 2,100sq ft office and 2,000sq ft training centre for the Midlands region in Birmingham Business Park.

ADEY survey highlights wasted energy issues 06 February 2015

New research by ADEY Professional Heating Solutions warns that wasteful behaviour could cause unexpectedly bigger energy bills as households endure the winter cold snap.

Hamworthy adds hot water training course 06 February 2015

Hamworthy Heating has added a new CIBSE accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) seminar to its training programme.

HETAS launches live events 06 February 2015

HETAS will be taking to the road again with a series of events aimed at anyone currently working in the solid fuel and biomass sector, or looking to expand their skill sets.

Airedale attends meeting at No 11 Downing Street 06 February 2015

Airedale International recently joined other representatives from the Yorkshire region at an event hosted by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon George Osborne MP.

Plumb and Parts Center CO alarm campaign wins cross-party support 06 February 2015

A campaign led by Plumb and Parts Center, Honeywell and the Katie Haines Memorial Trust to make carbon monoxide alarms mandatory with the installation of any carbon-burning appliance has won support from MPs.

Waterloo joins Institute of Customer Service 06 February 2015

Waterloo Air Products plc has joined the Institute of Customer Service and says it is the first UK manufacturer of air distribution products to do so.

Remeha Commercial recruits new national sales manager 06 February 2015

Remeha Commercial has appointed James Porter as its new national sales manager.

AMP Air staff achieve NVQ success 06 February 2015

Staff at AMP Air, the expanding Toshiba air conditioning distributor, have successfully completed advanced NVQs in Management and Customer Services as part of a training initiative.

Rural Energy MD elected to board of Wood Heat Association 06 February 2015

Rural Energy’s managing director Paul Clark has been elected to the Wood Heat Association’s (WHA) first board of directors.

Pipe Center opens new distribution centre 05 February 2015

Pipe Center has officially opened its Measham distribution centre (DC), the newest and most technologically advanced distribution facility in Wolseley UK’s supply chain.

ADEY joins Practical Installer at Ecobuild 05 February 2015

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions will be getting hands on at Ecobuild this year as part of Plumb Center’s Practical Installer demonstration area.

A1 Flue Systems boss set for Kilimanjaro 03 February 2015

John Hamnett, director of A1 Flue Systems is making final preparations for a charity trek of a lifetime to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro – by running up to 60-mile marathons.

Huttie expands into renewable energy 02 February 2015

Cambridge plumbing and electrical contractor, Huttie, has created a new Renewable Energy Division, headed up by Jim Harvey, to meet growing demand for renewable energy installation in Cambridgeshire and beyond.

Northumberland biomass heating expert joins board of Wood Heat Association 02 February 2015

The co-founder of a Northumberland biomass heating specialist has been appointed as a board member of the Wood Heat Association (WHA).

Industry leaders and government to discuss cutting carbon emissions at London workshop 02 February 2015

At a major London workshop on 4 February 150 industry representatives and other stakeholders will discuss the output from a year-long government-commissioned study into how the UK’s most heat intensive industries can reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiency whilst maintaining competitiveness.

OFTEC supports national Cold Homes Week to fight fuel poverty 02 February 2015

OFTEC (the Oil Firing Technical Association) is backing the national Cold Homes Week campaign which runs from 3 to 7 February.

Gas fitter fined for illegally servicing boiler 02 February 2015

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has prosecuted an unregistered gas fitter who illegally serviced a boiler at a home in Honiton that was later classed as ‘immediately dangerous’.

Harrow landlord prosecuted for endangering tenants' lives 02 February 2015

A landlord in Harrow has been handed a suspended jail sentence and fined £10,000 for putting his tenants’ lives in danger by carrying out illegal gas work at flats he rented out.