Know what you want? Try our 'Supplier Directory' 

- April 2006

Editors Comment: Whistle while you work, the women like it! 01 April 2006
Budget Van Insurance head of communications, Emma Maziak believes it is heartening "that so many women get a lift from being wolf whistled. It is always nice to receive compliments and I for one would be more than happy to smile and wave".

News extra: IT and the super model 01 April 2006
New software advances have much in store for the building services engineer, says Pete Baxter (below), sales director, Autodesk Building Solutions Division

Company Profile: Powerminster puts the pride back into sink estate 01 April 2006
IT must feel good to be part of a consortium which turns a sink council estate in Manchester, rife with crime, drugs and prostitution, into a place where people want to live. Paul Braithwaite talks to John Wilcox, north west regional manager for Powerminster, who has been responsible for the m&e contracting work on the site, and Paul Grogan, the site manager for Powerminster Propertycare, who will be responsible for maintenance.

Burning Issue: Maintenance is cheaper than a boiler breakdown 01 April 2006
Boilers are not always visible but according to Adrian Harvey (below), commercial director of British Gas Business, out of sight should not mean out of mind

Company Profile: Space Air: larger-than-life company with old-fashioned ethics 01 April 2006
Neil Afram (below), Mr Space Airconditioning, cares passionately about his staff, his business and the industry of which he is a part. Paul Braithwaite visits his Guildford office to meet him

Building Services IT: Boon or bane? Getting to grips with new technology 01 April 2006
Fast changing technology offers contractors considerable opportunities to improve performance but ‘keeping up’ can also be a drain on resources. David Bell, right, of Estimation Group argues it is the job of the software developer to make access to these technologies as easy as possible

Water Heating: Unvented cylinders: more than cost to consider 01 April 2006
Unvented hot water storage is becoming increasingly popular for domestic, commercial and public sector properties in the UK. This means a large number of unvented products have entered the market and there’s more choice than ever before. However, according to Heatrae Sadia the manufacturer of Megaflo HE, installers and specifiers should exercise caution when selecting cylinder brands. Here marketing manager David Webster explains why decisions should be based on factors other than cost – for example the material the cylinder is made from, the hot water performance, the length, terms and conditions of the guarantee and the quality of the support package offered by the manufacturer

Water Heating: Condensing the issues with high efficiency systems 01 April 2006
Graham Williamson, business director of commercial heating at Ideal Boilers, talks to HVR to discuss the implications of system design and the issues surrounding the installation of condensing boilers in existing systems

Heat Pumps: Fresh look at air-to-water HWS heat pumps for UK 01 April 2006
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of taking advantage of heat pump technology in homes and offices is to install an integrated air-to-water hot water service heat pump. Manufacturers can supply packaged units where the heat pump components are mounted above a highly insulated large capacity storage calorifier, all housed in a smart jacket. Stephen Laws, technical director at Clyde Combustions, explains how such units can be applied.