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- December 2007

Contractor Profile: How to keep your customers happy 01 December 2007
Mark Bolitho and Paul Smith have been working together for more than 20 years. They insist there is no magic formula for their success, just an undiluted enthusiasm and an insistence on good customer service. HVR talks to the directors of heating services firm Blue Flame

Zero-carbon electricity 'could replace gas for heating' 01 December 2007
A major report from the influential Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) has foreseen "zero-carbon electricity replacing natural gas as the energy source for space and water heating".

St Pancras shows built environment at its best! 01 December 2007
Have you been watching the TV documentary about St Pancras? Although I missed a couple of episodes, the ones I saw were interesting, although I did feel sorry for the guy whose job it was to put up the ceiling in the undercroft.

Business matters - Director's duties just got harder 01 December 2007
The autumn changes to the Companies Act are raising the bar for directors. Baker Tilly, restructuring and
recovery partner Graham Bushby, explains how

Health & Safety Matters - Behave yourself! 01 December 2007
Last month's Building Services Summit highlighted the need for the industry to address its safety culture. Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA, reports

Air Conditioning World - The road to recovery 01 December 2007
Mitsubishi Electric has some timely advice for anyone whose building does not currently incorporate heat recovery equipment as part of their heating and cooling system. Jason Tinsley explains

Air Conditioning World - All roads lead to market 01 December 2007
There are benefits and drawbacks to selling directly or through a distributor. Kazuo Sakakara, chair of FG Eurofred, can see no reason why the company should not be able to have the best of both worlds - and boost business into the bargain

Air Conditioning World - Get it right first time 01 December 2007

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Designing chilled water circuits to aid commissioning is the first step in achieving an efficient,
responsive system, says Wayne Perrins of Axair Climate

Chimneys and Flues - Policing the air we breathe 01 December 2007
The Clean Air Act is often abused, misunderstood and, on occasions, blatantly ignored. But SFL sales manager Mandy Webb (right) believes installing the correct chimney or flue can save money, as well as protecting air quality

Chimneys and flues - Keeping standards sky high 01 December 2007
Whether it is a multi-flue chimney, a fan dilution system or a generator exhaust, Schriedel Rite-Vent says it has a product to suit every commercial application. Here are some examples of the company's work from across the UK

Solar heating's bright future 01 December 2007
Katie Cope of Glow-worm takes a close look at some recent research into what the industry and customers really think about the fast-emerging solar marketplace

Technology releases the power of biology 01 December 2007

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Plants offer an almost limitless renewable source of energy. Graham Blandford, marketing director of Viessmann UK, looks at some of the technical points to be considered with bio-energy systems

Going underground for true sustainability 01 December 2007
The ever-increasing emphasis on sustainable heating and ventilating means geothermal energy ought to be on everyone's agenda, says Stephen Laws, technical director of Clyde Energy Solutions

Pulling together for change 01 December 2007
Three years in, ICOM Energy Association is at the forefront of helping the industry to face up to its environmental responsibilities. Director general Peter McCree, right, reports