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- May 2009

Consultant Profile: What's in a name? Everything when the name is AECOM 01 May 2009
In an exclusive interview with Ken Dalton, managing director of AECOM Europe, Paul Braithwaite asks why the Faber Maunsell name will disappear from the consulting stage.

Company Profile: It's good news from him! 01 May 2009
Baxi Commercial is coming to the end of a three year restructuring plan. Paul Hardy, managing director, talks to Paul Braithwaite about where the company goes from here.

Solar Thermal: How to make solar energy work 01 May 2009
The drive to include renewable energy in projects has fuelled interest in the use of solar thermal energy for heating and hot-water services, writes Ian Dagley.

Solar Thermal: A question of size 01 May 2009
Pete Mills, technical service manager at Buderus, comments on the growing specification of solar thermal systems and the need to avoid the pitfall of over sizing.

Solar Thermal: Specifying commercial solar heating 01 May 2009
Peter Broatch of Solex Energy outlines key commercial considerations and costs when choosing a solar thermal collector.

Underfloor Heating: Green schools for the future 01 May 2009
There has been a £3billion investment in the education system. Malcolm Jaques of Warmafloor discusses how UFH can be used alongside other technologies in building sustainable schools.

Underfloor Heating: Raising standards in pipework 01 May 2009
Rehau's Robert Ewels explains the significance of his company’s BBA certification – a costly but expensive and thorough way to guarantee the quality of the pipework in its underfloor heating.

HVCA Newslink: Advice for Scotland 01 May 2009
HVCA deputy chief executive Roderick Pettigrew has given evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee on the effect of the recession on specialist engineering contracting.

Burning Issue: The simplest solution is probably the best 01 May 2009
Schemes to lower carbon emissions, reduce the production of greenhouse gases, and cut the consumption of fossil fuels need to be better thought out says David Knox of Stovax.

Legal Matters: Employers and employees look to the long term 01 May 2009
In this uncertain world, companies and employees are concerned about the future. Here Fergal Dowling, head of employment law at Irwin Mitchell, explains that while everyone may be working to survive, there may be legal implications.

The Ant Wilson Column: Greener world rises from recession? 01 May 2009
It has been suggested that sustainability will take a back seat in the recession. Nothing could be further from the truth. But it can pay to be green, now and in the future.

Health & Safety matters: Tenants turn up the heat 01 May 2009
A recent court case should leave landlords in no doubt about their gas safety responsibilities, says Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA.

Editorial: So good Darling will ignore it! 01 May 2009
It is, you will admit, unusual for any parts of the construction industry to come together but a story on the website – – has come pretty close.