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- May 2006

Editors Comment: Wedded to gas but is there a change coming? 01 May 2006
When I went to the Vaillant launch of its domestic air conditioning units, conversation after the meeting turned to marketing.

Financial Matters: Don’t bury your head in the sand! 01 May 2006
Keeping your business afloat when times are tough can seem an impossible task. But there is help at hand, as David Butler, regional sales director for Close Invoice Finance, reveals.

Health & Safety MAtters: Let’s get on with it! 01 May 2006
The latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) review of domestic gas safety is already proving to be a source of frustration, says Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA.

Contractor Interview: Dean & Wood: doing what a wholesaler does best 01 May 2006
When John Billson took over as managing director at wholesaler Dean & Wood, he had a lot of decisions to make and a business to turn around. Here, he discusses the first two years with Paul Braithwaite.

Price hikes make electric 17% cheaper than gas 01 May 2006
Richard Scott, business manager of Applied Energy, insists recent price hikes mean electricity is now cheaper than gas for home heating

Process coding case study: Tricool chiller keeps Southend’s Sea-Life cool 01 May 2006
It is more usual for process chillers to be used in factories or in the plastics industry but the fish in Southend’s Sea-Life Adventure seem happy with their lot. HVR reports

Company Profile: Rycroft: thinking outside of the cylinder 01 May 2006
Rycroft’s cylinders were used in the Millennium Dome, Ascot Racecourse and will be in use in the new Wembley Stadium. But times are hard and Rycroft has had to reinvent itself to survive and prosper. Paul Braithwaite talks to Mike McDonald, managing director, who is changing the way the company works – and thinks.

Air handling units: Developments keep Easdale system ahead of the game 01 May 2006
Jim Henley, general manager, McQuay UK insists continuous design, development and market intelligence has allowed its Easdale ahu system to stay ahead.

Underfloor Heating: Underfloor heating: a change for the better 01 May 2006
Mike Lamb, chairman of The Underfloor Heating Manufacturers Association (UHMA) insists he has seen the future of the UK heating industry

Underfloor Heating: Overlay takes the hassle out of underfloor heating 01 May 2006
Dave Rayner, Polypipe’s product development manager for UFCH, enthuses over a system that can be installed quickly without major disruption