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- January 2007

Editors Comment: Who will be last on site for the Olympics? 01 January 2007
Oh! well, another year gone - and not a brick laid.

Health and Safety Matters: Industry must respond to new CO focus 01 January 2007
The latest carbon monoxide tragedy really should be the last, says Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA

Business Matters: How to fund expansion 01 January 2007
As an owner manager with an expanding business, risk money will be high on your agenda. Yet it is not something debt providers have an appetite for. So, to whom should you turn for funding? Baker Tilly corporate finance director Simon Chapman explains.

Contractor Profile: SKERRITT: BACK TO THE FUTURE 01 January 2007
When I first met Les Francis I was keen to question a man who had taken an m&e contractor which was trading at a loss, and was 500,000 in hock to the bank, and turned it around. Half an hour after meeting Les, I realised why, first, he took on the challenge and, secondly, why he succeeded in making FG Skerritt a profitable company with a future. Paul Braithwaite reports

Company Profile: Greatest fans of Fläkt Woods 01 January 2007
Fl kt Woods has moved to a new factory, albeit at its Colchester home. There is a new team spirit among the workforce, it makes fans which are used in tunnels and metros across the world, and it is probably the biggest manufacturer of ahus in Europe - and that's only for starters. Paul Braithwaite reports

Refrigerants: is it already a case of too little too late? 01 January 2007
Peter Dinnage (right), IDS Refrigeration business development manger, discusses the issues surrounding R22 and the mathematics of the phase out of the refrigerant

Pipes and Fittings: Does new technology sound death knell for traditional materials? 01 January 2007
Adam Turk, business development director of Polypipe Commercial Buildings Systems, looks at the implications of the introduction of a new WRAS-approved Polypress system by Polypipe Commercial Building Systems, and asks whether it will herald the beginning of the end of traditional materials in the commercial m&e sector.

Pipes and Fittings: Survey finds copper is installers' choice 01 January 2007
DESPITE copper almost doubling in price during the last six months, independent research has revealed installers in the heating and plumbing sector still prefer working with copper tubing.

Pipes and Fittings: No vibration is good vibration! 01 January 2007

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Richard Collman of Acoustical Control Engineers looks at the causes of vibrations and how to stop them happening

Pipes and Fittings: New NHBC standard changes plastic plumbing use in homes 01 January 2007
Paul Garner, technical director of Uponor Housing Solutions, talks about the changes to the NHBC standard and how it affects the installation of plastic plumbing