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- January 2008

Contractor Profile: Charity and business begin at home 01 January 2008
Mike Belli re loves working in the heating industry, but that does not stop him getting hot under the collar about the red tape he feels is stifling smaller enterprises. He talked to HVR about his passion for business and his charity work saving lives and eyesight in Kenya.

Company Profile: Proud to lead the team 01 January 2008
Mike Goodspeed and Iain Robertson joined what is now Lindab in 1991 and their careers have developed with the company. As they take over as joint managing directors, HVR talks to them about their path to success.

What this new year has in store: not an exact science but... 01 January 2008
Bob Bailey, Midlands chair of R3, the Association of Business Recovery Professionals, and partner at Baker Tilly, gives his economic predictions for 2008

Contractors face waste hazard 01 January 2008
Government is getting tough on waste from construction sites and building services firms will soon have to deal with new legal measures, says Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA

Skills shortages: it's an industry issue 01 January 2008
Tony Gittings of LG Air Conditioning looks to the future of the air conditioning industry and predicts a major increase in the need for training provision to keep pace with product developments and technological changes

Heat exchangers key to energy- efficient warm air distribution 01 January 2008
A new generation of recuperative plate heat exchangers, designed to be incorporated into air handling units or as part of an air distribution system, is now available from Reznor UK which, the company claims, will be a critical element in the drive to achieve effective and economic ventilation, heating, cooling and air distribution for buildings. Keith Sprague, market development manager for the AmbiRad Group, explains

And now for the good news... 01 January 2008
IN spite of all the bad news which is about as we go into the new year - potential recession, government losing the data of millions of people, credit crunch, consumer debt, etc - I am determined to be upbeat.

It's a planning lottery 01 January 2008
Local authorities need to take a more consistent and flexible approach to planning for renewables, says Mark Wilkins (right), renewable technology marketing development manager at Vaillant

Take the low carbon approach to ventilation 01 January 2008
Knowledge is the key to success if contractors are to take advantage of new opportunities in energy efficient systems, argues
Nygel Humphrey, marketing manager - commercial at Vent-Axia, a leading player in low carbon air movement solutions

Variable drives clean air and energy efficiency 01 January 2008
Peter Winterbottom (right) , HVAC manager, ABB, discusses how variable drives bring better energy efficiency with no loss of air quality

Is technology about to save the world from climate change? 01 January 2008
From the industrial age through to the computer age energy has been at the heart of every heating system. Ian Bradley (right), managing director of MHS Boilers, takes a look at energy efficiency and the heating and ventilating industry

Beating theft with plastic pipes 01 January 2008
Soaring scrap metal prices have prompted a huge increase in the theft of metal tools and materials, drawing attention to the problems of using metal piping on today's buildings. Polypipe Terrain's Adam Turk (right), takes a look at the situation and examines the alternatives

Specifiers warm to metal alternatives 01 January 2008
The spiralling cost of metals makes the allure of plastic pipe more apparent. But Durapipe's Mitchell Holmes believes the true savings are found beyond the initial outlay and come from plastic's long-term benefits

Press fitting proves popular choice for modern plumbers 01 January 2008
Ian Crickmore, piping systems product manager for Geberit UK, manufacturer of sanitary, supply and HDPE drainage systems, considers the advantages of the modern plumbing methods over traditional jointing of pipework

More choice means more work 01 January 2008
New trends are emerging in the pipes and fittings. John Constance, head of sales and marketing at BES - a mail order supplier of fittings to the trade - gives the low-down on the marketplace from his firm's perspective