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- January 2006

Editors Comment: All that legislation just means extra work for bosses 01 January 2006
Less than a year into this session of parliament and Tony Blair is already a lame duck prime minister with the left wing of his party acting like socialists (albeit rich socialists) and flexing their muscles.

News: Why safety works 01 January 2006
Workplace safety is improving but there are still too many injuries and this is costing British business dear - on all counts, says Bob Towse, head of technical & safety at the HVCA.

Finance: Resolutions to keep 01 January 2006
There are some New Year resolutions which do not exist to be broken! So says Close Invoice Finance sales director Andrew Radley,, right, as he looks at what businesses should be focusing on in 2006.

Mikrofill realises domestic potential of Ethos range 01 January 2006
Dave Cox, left, general manager of Mikrofill, explains to Paul Braithwaite why the company’s high performance Ethos boiler is just right for the domestic market – and is backing it with a new company and a marketing spend

Contractor Profile: CATCH THE SUN! 01 January 2006
Alan Ward, director of Bienne Heating, has been interested in solar heating all his working life, not surprising then that he is an expert in the field – or rather on the roof! Here, he discusses the issues with Paul Braithwaite

Environmental control systems: Come on in, the water’s lovely 01 January 2006
Heatstar offers HVAC contractors and installers the specialist expertise and equipment to develop the lucrative swimming pool market through the use of better environmental control and optimised energy recovery

Company Profile: The future’s bright – and very busy for Estimation 01 January 2006
Estimation Group is kicking off 2006 with some exciting new products, a new way of presenting its products to the market and the launch of new technologies which haven’t been applied to building services before. HVR talks to David Bell, below, managing director

Pipes and fittings:Fast track piping solutions which work in the real world 01 January 2006
In today’s world of building and plant construction, the process of facility design and engineering moves at a rapid pace. Often, fast track construction is the rule, not the exception. David Snodgrass, UK and Ireland country manager for Victaulic, pipe joining system manufacturer, shows how to manage those accelerated schedules with improved piping system construction, while meeting or exceeding design standards.

Pipes and fittings: Price rises force change on galvanised pipework users 01 January 2006
Malcolm Crossley, managing director of Legris, insists his company’s product is quicker and easier to install than galvanised steel pipework and, with the cost of galvanised pipework rising, it is time for even the traditionalists to look for alternatives

Refrigeration: F-gas reg: embrace the legislation 01 January 2006
John Skelton, group projects manager of Parasense, urges the industry to embrace F-gas legislation rather than view it as a burden.