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- April 2007

Editors Comment: Spot the danger signs even if they are not there! 01 April 2007
There is a building site near our offices. Needless to say, I have been watching the workers there. There is a hard hat policy on the site and most of the construction workers wear them, although not always the right way round.

HVRs Anatomy Series: Anatomy of a condensing water heater 01 April 2007
THERE is a certain inevitability about the use of condensing technology in the design and production of direct gas-fired water heaters. This follows legislation-driven moves in recent years towards condensing heating boilers.

Health & Safety Maters: YouTube antics must be stamped out 01 April 2007
Tomfoolery on building sites is no laughing matter, says Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA

Business Matters: Better access to finance needed for SMEs 01 April 2007
Plan ahead when your business is healthy, says Close Invoice Finance sales director David Butler

Contractor Profile: THE PROBLEM SOLVERS 01 April 2007
Argent FM has had more than its fair share of tough times but its approach of working directly for end clients only has clearly paid off.

Burning Issue: Government talks the talk but it's the death knell for HIPs 01 April 2007
Home Information Packs were a great opportunity for government to stop talking and start doing something about energy waste but it looks like they've blown it, says Mike Malina of the Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association (HVCA)*.

Company Profile: Ability Projects - it's blowing a gale for EC fans 01 April 2007
Peter Lowther, managing director of Ability Projects, discusses the issues surrounding fan coil units and his business. Paul Braithwaite reports

Heat Pumps: Heat pump technology: one solution for the future 01 April 2007
With energy prices continuing to rise and the UK's increasing dependence on imported oil and gas, it is more important than ever for the UK to look at reducing its reliance on fossil fuels and consider alternative heating methods. Here Simon Keel, at Daikin Airconditioning UK, looks at heat pump technology and how it can benefit installer's end-user customers

Heat Pumps: Heat pumps: where next? 01 April 2007
Stewart Purchase, chief executive of Viessmann UK, discusses the increasing use of heat pumps in the UK and how technology is helping to move this exotic heat source into the mainstream arena

Heat Pumps: Heading for a greener future 01 April 2007
It's not just the heating and ventilation industry which is championing renewable energy products like heat pumps. It's the government and consumers too. Peter Gammon, technical product manager at MHS Boilers, believes the future could well be green. However, there's plenty to learn along the way. Here he takes a look at some of the issues around heat pumps and what the industry can do to make a difference

Water Heating: Solar water heating: it's a popular renewable solution 01 April 2007
Without a doubt, the UK water heating market is going green with renewable options now on offer. One renewable solution is solar thermal water heating, and many manufacturers have recently introduced solar products. Heatrae Sadia launched its unvented Megatech and vented Megalife Solar cylinders last year, and sales figures have been very encouraging. Here, marketing manager David Webster explains the factors driving the solar market and gives specifiers, building managers and installers some advice on what to look out for when choosing a solar thermal cylinder

Water Heating: Underfloor heating: the ultimate designer accessory 01 April 2007
THE uncluttered simplicity of minimalist furnishing will become as synonymous with the opening decade of the third millennium as art deco was to the 1930s and Carnaby Street was to the '60s.

Building Services IT: With one click of the mouse... 01 April 2007
Internet technology creates opportunity for improvement in every sphere of the workplace these days and now the HVAC industry is recognising its potential to provide even greater benefits to maintenance contractors and building operators, says Nick Cooper, national sales manager for Hamworthy Heating

Building Services IT: All-in-one approach puts Swale in the driving seat 01 April 2007
SWALE Heating uses Service Director from CS Group to manage its field service operations, taking full advantage of the latest mobile technology to enhance service levels and increase productivity at the same time.

Radiant Heating: Radiant solution to heating industrial space 01 April 2007
Historically, radiant heating in general has suffered some bad press because of poor application and system design. However, continuing improvements in building design, teamed with investment in product development, have resulted in radiant heating proving a viable option for applications such as factories and warehouses. Phil Alcock, managing director at Frico, examines the radiant option