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- August 2007

Miller's tale 31 August 2007
BUILDERS build buildings – we make them work.” This is a favourite expression of the man who has just taken up the presidency of the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association (HVCA).

Air: the latest source of sustainable energy 09 August 2007
ONE of the country’s largest suppliers of heating and cooling equipment is calling for a radical change to the way we heat and cool our commercial and residential buildings.

Editors Comment: Leading the charge - or just following? 01 August 2007
Mrs Braithwaite and I own a narrowboat which is berthed at Upton Marina.

Health & Safety Matters: Dramatic rise in carbon monoxide deaths 01 August 2007
Is the industry doing enough to reduce the danger posed by carbon monoxide, asks Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA

Burning Issue: Youth training: fact or fiction? 01 August 2007
The training of apprentices seems easy but can pose problems for employers. There is a general lack of knowledge, and confusion abounds. Vance Rowe, managing director of Cyclone Commerce discusses a more effective approach

Company Profile: Stronger together and staying apart 01 August 2007
It has been a hectic few weeks for Andrews Water Heaters and Potterton Commercial business, as they move into the Baxi headquarters and merge their back offices. But, the result will be two much stronger brands. Paul Braithwaite talks to Gavin Watson, business development manager

Training Supplement: Enhancing competence 01 August 2007
Following her recent appointment as head of education and training at the HVCA, Sarah Wicks, outlines some of the principal items on the sector's skills agenda

Training Supplement: Learning to earn from solar 01 August 2007
The government's ambitious target to cut 60% of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 means business for installers who are ready to work with micro-generation technologies such as solar thermal hot water. Peter Dayton, (right) technical director for Gas Logic, explains the importance of gaining relevant training

Training Supplement: MHI's training centre promotes excellence 01 August 2007
MHI is opening an engineering, training and technology centre in conjunction with its distributor HRP-3D to meet the challenges facing the air conditioning and refrigeration industry in the future

Training Supplement: Addressing the skills shortage 01 August 2007
The latest regulations mean training within the air conditioning industry has become paramount. Here, Gary Barrington, training manager at Daikin Airconditioning UK, discusses the issues now facing installers and what they can do to stay one step ahead and offer the best possible service to customers

Training Supplement: City and Guilds for split AC installers 01 August 2007
ELLIS Training Works has recently gained approval from City & Guilds (C&G) for a new course: City & Guilds 2081 - Split Air Conditioning System Installation & Commissioning.

Training Supplement: Improve the sector - get a diploma 01 August 2007
Next September, 10,000 students could be enrolling on two hvacr diplomas. Employer involvement will be key to their success

Pumps and Valves: An orderly assembly 01 August 2007
WHEN planning a project involving terminal units, such as fan coils or chilled beams, one key decision is whether to adopt conventional pipework assembly techniques or use prefabricated assemblies. The right choice can make a significant difference in terms of finances, performance and completion on time.

Pumps and Valves: Controlling the flow 01 August 2007
Martyn Rowlands (below), head of marketing for Durapipe UK, discusses the developments of plastic valve technology

Pumps and Valves: How to cope with change 01 August 2007
The valves industry has seen great change during the past ten years. Requirements for specialist ranges have shifted, and the flexibility of core valve packages has grown enormously. Tom Wilson, business development director for BSS, discusses these changes, and looks at the choices available to today's valve specifier

Pumps and Valves: Dutypoint 'makes life easier' 01 August 2007
Dutypoint Systems has added two products to its booster set and pressurisation range.

Pumps and Valves: Healthy savings 01 August 2007
Pumps contribute to a significant proportion of the UK's energy use. Stuart Herritty of Wilo reports on how one hospital has slashed its energy bills - and its carbon emissions

Water Treatment: Stopping rust without chemicals 01 August 2007
A steel factory in Jordan needed to prevent corrosion of its cooling system to keep it running efficiently. It called in equipment from water conditioning manufacturer Hydropath to do a year-long trial of chemical-free corrosion prevention