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- November 2007

Contractor Profile: NG Bailey puts its money where its mouth is! 15 November 2007
NG Bailey, probably the biggest UK independent building services provider, is proving sustainability works by using it in its own buildings, first to prove it works and then to showcase it to its clients. Paul Braithwaite reports.

Company Profile: What's in a name? Everything when it is Mikrofill! 01 November 2007
This is the second time that Paul Braithwaite has written about Mikrofill.

WANTED: men (and women) of passion! 01 November 2007
I am going to taIk about passion so anyone who wants to avert their eyes should do so now.

It's a risky business 01 November 2007
Contractors have had a year to deal with new fire and asbestos regulations. How are they doing? asks Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA

Back to the future 01 November 2007

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Today's quest for energy-efficient and low-carbon building services plant puts manufacturers under pressure to keep in step. Is it possible that an old favourite can fly phoenix-like to the rescue of a buffeted building services industry? Old-timer Eric Asquith, of air conditioning distributor Shorts Environmental, thinks so

Industrial Space Heating: Factoring in all the variables 01 November 2007
When considering design options for the heating and ventilation of large industrial spaces, there are a number of requirements that need to be addressed to provide the best solution. Chris Ree of Hoval discusses which options may be most appropriate for a variety of scenarios

The changing face of industrial heating 01 November 2007
Climate change regulations and shifting customer needs means heating products have had to adapt. Powrmatic's Mick Etherington discusses the evolutionary developments the company has undergone

How to use energy more efficiently 01 November 2007
From Blue Peter to G8 summits, the energy question is constantly under discussion. UK industry is deemed to have a key role to play in reducing the national carbon footprint
- exactly how it will achieve the energy savings targets is less clear. Keith Sprague of AmbiRad offers a practical guide to heating premises more efficiently

Curtains hold on to your heat 01 November 2007
In any building, it is pointless installing an efficient system if you do not protect its weak points: the doorways. Air curtains can stop the expensively heated or chilled air escaping, writes Phil Chilton of Dimplex

Evaporative air-cooling: latent and sensible 01 November 2007
Evaporative air-cooling uses less energy, is healthier and has lower running costs than standard methods. Seeley's Steve Kirkwood, left, discusses the benefits and ponders why it is not more widely used

Fight carbon with carbon 01 November 2007
Heat pumps are gaining popularity because of their environmental credentials, writes Graham Wright of Sanyo, and air-to-water CO2 units will take the market by storm

First-cost or life-cost? 01 November 2007
The air conditioning market is becoming more environmentally conscious and interested in life cycle costs, but in most cases it is still focused on first-cost. A case of wanting your cake and eating it too

Clustering is the new zoning 01 November 2007
Environmental zoning within buildings was a step forward in ensuring comfort and saving energy. But the greater control and sensitivity of clustering means an even greater flexibility in open-plan spaces

Interoperability and open systems: one size does not fit all 01 November 2007
Ensuring your building's systems can talk to one another is vital to its smooth operation. But a tailored approach to protocol and set up is also needed to get the most from each application

Pre-budget report hits small firms 01 November 2007
Paula Tallon, tax specialist at Chiltern, part of BDO Stoy Hayward LLP discusses the changes in Alistair Darling's first pre-budget report.

HEALTH&SAFETY- It's a risky business 01 November 2007
Contractors have had a year to deal with new fire and asbestos regulations. How are they doing? asks Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA