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News Archive - February 2016

Research links deaths to poor indoor air quality 25 February 2016

BESA (the Building Engineering Services Association) has expressed concern that indoor air pollution caused or contributed to 99,000 deaths across Europe in 2012, as claimed in a report from two major UK health bodies.

CIC publishes new diversity data benchmarking report 25 February 2016

CIC (the Construction Industry Council) has published its latest diversity data benchmarking report A Blueprint for Change.

BESA past president passes away 25 February 2016

BESA (the Building Engineering Services Association) past president Mike McCloskey has died at the age 66.

CIAT moves to new HQ and appoints new distributors 22 February 2016

As part of ambitious growth plans, CIAT UK is moving to new headquarters and expanding its distribution network.

Mentoring events to be held by CIC 2050 Group and Macdonald & Company 22 February 2016

Starting next month, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) 2050 Group and Macdonald & Company have announced that they are holding a series of speed mentoring evenings.

New date added for PICVs CPD training course 22 February 2016

Marflow Hydronics has added in a new date for its CPD training course on Pressure Independent Control Valves.

EnviroVent celebrates one millionth Filterless Fan 22 February 2016

EnviroVent, the UK ventilation manufacturer, is celebrating the production of its one millionth Filterless Fan.

REHAU switches to 100% renewable electricity at UK plants 22 February 2016

REHAU has announced that it has switched to 100% renewable electricity for all of its UK plants.

ZERO wins £40k award 22 February 2016

ZERO, the heating solutions company, is celebrating winning a £40,000 innovation award at the recent Shell Springboard Award regional finals.

Distech Controls unveils new European headquarters 22 February 2016

Distech Controls recently held the official groundbreaking ceremony for its new European headquarters in Brignais.

SPC boosts sales force 22 February 2016

S & P Coil Products (SPC) has strengthened its sales team force with the appointment of Mike Hutt as area sales manager in the South East.

Flogas hosts free biomass event 22 February 2016

Flogas, a leading provider of turnkey biomass energy solutions and fuel supply to the non-domestic sector, is hosting a free event designed to help businesses and organisations to find out more about how biomass could reduce their energy costs, lower their carbon emissions and help them move away from a costly dependence on fossil fuels.

Survey finds tradesmen were busier than ever in 2015 22 February 2016

Almost three quarters of tradesmen reported a rise in revenue during 2015, according to a new report by IronmmongeryDirect.

Bitzer UK appoints business development director 22 February 2016

As part of its strategic growth plan, Bitzer UK has appointed Marcus Levy to the new position of business development director.

ACR News Awards winners revealed 18 February 2016

More than 300 people from all sectors of the air conditioning and refrigeration industry saw Foster Refrigerator’s +stayclear crowned as refrigeration product of the year in the ACR News Awards 2016.

Gree enters UK HVAC market 17 February 2016

Gree, the global air conditioning giant, is launching Gree UK Limited.

Combat HVAC makes new appointment 17 February 2016

Combat HVAC Limited has appointed Zoe Harrison as the new area sales manager for the West Midlands and the West of the UK.

ACR Show opens today 16 February 2016

The ACR Show opens at The NEC in Birmingham today and it promises to be a good one with over 100 exhibitors showing top brand products, offering live demonstrations and giving advice on affordable and efficient solutions.Leading experts will also ...

Polluted indoor air in one third of homes 15 February 2016

Vent-Axia, a specialist in low carbon ventilation, has welcomed the raised awareness surrounding the importance of good indoor air quality following the latest findings which reveal the significant risk of polluted indoor air in our homes. 

AMP makes strides in environmental and quality management 15 February 2016

AMP, the independent air conditioning distributor, has secured two internationally recognised accreditations for environmental and quality management.

New chief at ICS Cool Energy 15 February 2016

Temperature control specialist, ICS Cool Energy, has appointed Simon West as its new group chief executive to oversee the company’s continued growth across the UK and Europe.

Plant and asset management event returns in April 10 February 2016

This year the biennial co-located events: Drives & Controls, Plant and Asset Management, European Offshore Energy, Fluid Power & Systems, and Air-Tech Exhibitions– are again set to return to Birmingham’s NEC (Halls 3/3A) from 12-14 April, alongside MACH 2016.

BSRIA consultant to chair Soft Landings seminar 10 February 2016

BSRIA sustainable building consultant, Dr Michelle Agha-Hossein, will chair the Soft Landings seminar at this year’s Ecobuild conference on 10 March at Excel in London.

Bitzer opens international training centre 10 February 2016

Bitzer has opened its new 1,500sq m international training centre in Rottenburg-Ergenzingen, Germany.

A-Gas appointed Skillfridge refrigerant supplier 10 February 2016

A-Gas has been appointed as the refrigerant supplier for this year’s Skillfridge competition at the ACR Show, which takes places at the NEC, Birmingham, from February 16-18.

David Bailey retires 10 February 2016

David Bailey, one of the refrigeration industry's best known and respected figures, has retired from Bitzer UK after a career that has spanned more than 50 years.

New OFTEC registration website goes live 10 February 2016

A new website has been launched to make it even easier for technicians to sign up and enjoy the benefits of OFTEC’s leading competent person registration scheme which now includes Part P, solid fuel and renewables, with biomass to follow soon.

Schiedel urges installers to keep up to date with training 10 February 2016

Chimney and flue manufacturer, Schiedel Chimney systems, is approaching its fifth anniversary of delivering HETAS solid fuel courses and is urging installers to make sure they refresh their knowledge, to remain legal and safe.

Bosch recruits VRF sales manager 10 February 2016

Bosch Commercial and Industrial has boosted its sales team with the appointment of a new variable refrigerant flow (VRF) sales manager.

New boiler house safety training course launched 10 February 2016

Spirax Sarco has introduced a new training course focusing on boiler house safety.

PHEX looks forward to 2016 shows 08 February 2016

After celebrating its 21st anniversary last year, the Plumbing & Heating Exhibition (PHEX) has established itself as the leading regional trade show for the industry.

ZERO joins ukDEA 08 February 2016

Low-carbon heating solutions company, ZERO, has joined the UK District Energy Association (ukDEA), underlining its support for the UK district energy movement.

BSRIA expresses concern over survey results 08 February 2016

BSRIA says it is concerned, but not surprised, by the findings of the UKCES (UK Commission for Employment and Skills) Employer Skills Survey (ESS) 2015: UK Results.

ThermOzone gains Carbon Trust accreditation 08 February 2016

ThermOzone has achieved Carbon Trust Accredited Supplier status.

BSRIA welcomes construction labour review 04 February 2016

BSRIA has welcomed a major construction labour review announced by the Government.

Daikin launches fifth CPD-accredited seminars series 03 February 2016

Daikin UK has launched the fifth series of its CPD-accredited seminars series to help engineers ‘Mind the performance gap’.

Kensa Heat Pumps and Trent & Dove win National Housing Award 03 February 2016

Kensa Heat Pumps and Trent & Dove Housing have won the award for Best Client at the National Housing & Maintenance Forum (NHMF).

SenerTec recruits business development manager 03 February 2016

Following another year of growth in the combined heat and power (CHP) sector, SenerTec has expanded its team and appointed Paul Wilson as South East business development manager.

OFTEC and Ideal welcome London boiler scrappage scheme 03 February 2016

OFTEC (the Oil Firing Technical Association) says that a new boiler scrappage scheme unveiled yesterday (2 February) to help Greater London residents reduce CO2 emissions from heating should be rolled out nationwide to help meet the UK’s ambitious carbon reduction targets.

Potterton Commercial donates boilers to Methodist church 03 February 2016

Potterton Commercial has donated two boilers to Salem Methodist Church in Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire, with free installation provided by specialist church heating contractor, Christopher Dunphy Ecclesiastical Limited.

New sales director for Remeha Commercial 03 February 2016

Remeha Commercial has announced the appointment of James Porter as sales director.

Advanced Air names new sales director 03 February 2016

Advanced Air has appointed Guy Hutchins as sales director covering all sales and technical sales support activities.

Book now for the ACR News Awards 2016 03 February 2016

Who is leading the air conditioning and refrigeration industry? Find out at the UK’s foremost industry event.

Research reveals North South HVAC pay gap 03 February 2016

HVAC sales engineers who work in London and the South East are receiving much higher average salaries than their northern counterparts, according to a new survey by specialist HVAC recruiter Thornhvac.

Fujitsu announces promotion 02 February 2016

Fujitsu Air Conditioners has promoted Nick Wilks to the role of national distribution sales manager.

Ecobuild learning hub to feature energy seminars 02 February 2016

One of the highlights at this year’s Ecobuild show will be a learning hub featuring a series of engaging case study-led seminars on the subject of energy.

Graham continues to expand 02 February 2016

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is continuing to invest significantly in its network with a number of new branches, relocations and renovations.

Large penalties for firms that fail to manage legionella risks 01 February 2016

Reading Borough Council has been fined following prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for failing to manage legionella risks in a care home.

New sentencing rules mean safety fines could increase 01 February 2016

With effect from today (1 February), the Health and Safety Offences and Corporate Manslaughter Offences Guidelines could result in higher (and potentially unlimited) fines for companies and public sector bodies which fail to comply with health and safety law.

A-Gas urges industry to make the switch 01 February 2016

A-Gas is urging the refrigeration industry to switch to low GWP refrigerants Solstice N40 (R-448A) and Opteon XP40 (R-449A) before shortages of R404A begin to have an impact on business.

BSRIA supports CITB decision to revoke CSCS cards 01 February 2016

BSRIA is backing the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board)’s decision to revoke CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards, after an investigation into fraudulent activity at five test centres revealed that more than four thousand construction workers had paid cash to pass the test.