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- March 2010

Health & Safety Matters: Law changes could cut CO cases 03 March 2010
Carbon monoxide still keeps hitting the headlines despite years of campaigning, says Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA.

Ant Wilson: Engineers educate engineers of the future 02 March 2010
A new report from the Royal Academy of Engineers has made Ant Wilson, director of sustainability at AECOM, think of the influence that building services engineers have on society, at present and in the future.

Editorial: Energy efficiency - changes are afoot! 01 March 2010
As I read more and more about energy efficiency, I am beginning to understand how the laws and regulations are coming together, writes HVR editor Paul Braithwaite.

Ductwork Cleaning: Cleanliness is next to godliness in the kitchen 01 March 2010
Darren Ling, a director of System Hygienics, a leading air hygiene specialist, explains the importance of maintaining clean kitchen ductwork to meet legal fire safety obligations and with minimum disruption to the workplace.

Commercial Heating: Low carbon solutions for communal heating systems 01 March 2010
Yan Evans, technical director of Andrews Water Heaters and Potterton Commercial, explains how the use of commercial boilers and mini-combined heat and power (CHP) can be harmonised to deliver low carbon heating and hot water solutions.

Commercial Heating: Will your firm benefit from energy efficiency scheme? 01 March 2010
The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme will have a huge impact on large business energy users. Whether this is positive or negative depends on how good companies are at saving energy and cutting emissions. Mark Northcott, director of commercial products at Remeha, explains.

Commercial Heating: Offsite is this year's hot topic 01 March 2010
More heating engineers are turning to offsite pre-fabrication to help them hit sustainability targets, says David Dutch, technical director of offsite fabrication manufacturer Ormandy Group.

Commercial Heating: New thinking for lower carbon buildings 01 March 2010
Such has been the pace of innovation in air con, it must be difficult for consultants and contractors to stay up with the latest systems' capabilities. But the search for a low carbon solution is not just about choosing the right air conditioning product. John Durbin, Daikin UK's engineering department manager, explains.

Commercial Heating: Lochinvar supplies water heating for cystic fibrosis unit 01 March 2010
A new extension to a specialist Cystic Fibrosis unit will have plentiful supplies of hot water, thanks to leading boiler and water heater manufacturer Lochinvar.

Commercial Heating: All in good working order 01 March 2010
Even when it has been designed for maximum efficiency and installed by experts the system is not yet ready to be signed off. Pete Mills, technical service manager of Buderus, considers the importance of commissioning.

Ventilation: First, draught proof the building... 01 March 2010
Gillian Allder, director, Draught Proofing Advisory Association, urges developers and facilities managers to start at the beginning - with draught proofing.

Ventilation: Industrial ventilation... it's free! 01 March 2010
Proper ventilation is essential to maintaining good air quality in any environment. There's no excuse for poor air circulation, especially since, when integrated with the heating system, ventilation is free, as Keith Sprague of Nordair Niche explains.

Ventilation: Where next for ventilation technology? 01 March 2010
Don Spearman, managing director at Xpelair Ventilation Solutions, looks at what's in store for 2010.

Burning Issue: Air in the system wastes time and money 01 March 2010
Having been a contractor earlier in life, Bryan Barlow of Spirotech knows first hand the problems of trying to commission wet systems and obtain repeatable readings to achieve hand over. The commissioning period had to be extended as a direct result of there being air in the system.

Company Profile: Advanced Air gears up for the needs of the future 01 March 2010
Paul Braithwaite talks to Andrew Sargent, general manager of Advanced Air, about the burgeoning company, its expanding range of products and how he intends to change to meet the needs of the future.

Contractor Interview: Ductbusters goes that extra mile... 01 March 2010 has to because of the length of some of the ducting it cleans. Dermott Quinn, managing director of Ductbusters, and sales director Ian Wall, talk about the origins of the company, training for its operatives and keeping the customers happy. Paul Braithwaite reports from Halesowen.

Information Overload: Too many are called but few are properly chosen 01 March 2010
Ian Mills talks to two former ADCAS presidents who see the digital age bringing in too many tenderers as well as too much information.