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- February 2010

Editorial: Are we due for a listening government? 18 February 2010
I was talking to my accountant recently as I had to get my tax forms in pdq. He was telling me about a plumbing firm client which had gone bust. The owner had tried everything. He had been buying bathroom equipment from France and when the Euro and Sterling had changed places he was in trouble.

Ant Wilson: We need energy to survive, but not too much 18 February 2010
We need energy to survive but using too much of it will mean that we do not and we have got to move away from the traditional fuels which we have always used.

Health & Safety Matters: New safety scheme will slash pre-qual costs 18 February 2010
A new system of mutual recognition between previously competing health & safety schemes is a welcome boost to contractors' finances, says Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA.

Information Overload: it can be overcome 18 February 2010
Ian Mills talks to one leading contractor who recognises the problem of information overload and takes steps to prevent it.

Contractor Interview: Suicidal bidding worries Shepherds' boss 18 February 2010
Peter Lewis, chief operating officer of Shepherd Engineering Services, says there are good opportunities out there despite the recession but suicidal tendering tactics are a constant threat.

Company Profile: Pipe Center goes for the modular approach 18 February 2010
HVR talks to Bob Hughes, general manager of Pipe Centre’s Modular Engineering, about offsite pre-fabrication and asks why his division is growing apace along with the market.

Burning Issue: Give us the support and we will stop the cowboys 18 February 2010
Graeme Fox, managing director of Specialist Mechanical Services and a director of AREA, looks at the review of the F-gas regulation and calls on government to beef up the policing.

Ductwork: How clean is yours? 18 February 2010
Air quality can lead to impaired performance and is a contributor to our health at work, in factories or especially in hospitals, says Ian Wall of Ductbusters.

Ductwork: Clean ventilation systems - never more essential 18 February 2010
Richard Norman, managing director of Indepth Hygiene Services, explains why ductwork should be regularly inspected and cleaned.

Ductwork: No tea party for Swiftclean at The Savoy 18 February 2010
Air hygiene cannot be classed as a glamorous industry in itself but even the most glamorous venues need their ductwork cleaned regularly to meet Health & Safety regulations. Swiftclean is currently working at one of the most prestigious and recognisable venues in the world - The Savoy Hotel in London's theatre district.

Fan Coil Units: Ability Matrix FCUs have generated suite of add-ons 18 February 2010
Peter Lowther, managing director of Ability Projects, explains how the successful implementation of Ability Project's Matrix II has promoted the development of a suite of related products.

Fan Coil Units: It's 50 not out - how's that? 18 February 2010
Diffusion Environmental Systems, part of ET Environmental Ltd, is recognised as one of the leading suppliers of heating and comfort cooling products and is celebrating 50 years in the industry.

Fan Coil Units: Fan coil design - the answer to problem retrofits 18 February 2010
Ian Thomas, product manager at Trox UK, looks at the problems inherent in refurbs and introduces an ideal solution for projects with less-than-ideal limitations.

Fan Coil Units: It's a fan coil unit, Jim, but not as we know it! 18 February 2010
Advanced Air in Thetford, Norfolk has introduced a new fan coil unit. And it could be set to turn the market on its head - or at least on its side.

Fan Coil Units: Score high marks 18 February 2010
The latest fan cool range enables schools and colleges to benefit from cost-effective energy efficient and healthy air control, says Joe Wieckowski, general sales manager at Colman Moducel.