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- August 2010

Sustainability: Beyond compliance 08 August 2010
According to Andrew Schafer, the director of Verisae, the complexity and onerous nature of the requirements of the government's Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme (CRC), are stopping many facilities and operations managers in their tracks, leading to a short term focus on compliance rather than the broader vision of energy efficiency. It is ironic that the bridge designed to take an organisation from incurring a net compliance cost to going "beyond compliance" and driving reputational and net financial benefits - is often a bridge too far.

Sustainability: How to profit from the renewables market 08 August 2010
As demand for renewable technologies increases, Kingspan Solar's managing director Cameron Holroyd looks at how installers can learn and earn through certified training.

Sustainability: Planning is the key to trouble-free solar installations 08 August 2010
Manufacturers of today’s solar systems provide everything the contractor, specifier and installer need in terms of products, training and back up support and with new regulations set to arrive in late 2010, now is the time to start planning ahead. Jon Cockburn, head of marketing for Heatrae Sadia gives an overview on how careful preparation and equipment selection can ensure a trouble-free sustainable project.

Pumps & Valves: Striking a fine balance 08 August 2010
A well-balanced HVAC system relies on a number of conditions to ensure it runs as efficiently as possible, keeping operating costs down whilst ensuring the system functions to its design standard. Peter Rees, technical director of hydronic solutions provider, Tour & Andersson, explains how a properly balanced waterborne system can deliver such benefits by following a set of simple conditions to manage and maintain its effectiveness.

Pumps & Valves: Upgrading from constant to variable speed 08 August 2010
Migrating from a constant speed system to variable speed pumping is easier today than it has ever been says Wayne Rose, marketing director of Armstrong.

Pumps & Valves: Getting the balance right 08 August 2010
Making sure that a domestic central heating system provides optimum efficiency and comfort is not just about the hardware - it is as much about how that hardware is used and balanced says Bjorn Sejr Nielsen, marketing director, Danfoss Randall.

Company Profile: Team spirit fired up as Calorex pushes hard for UK market 08 August 2010
Paul Braithwaite talks to the management team at Calorex, the UK heat pump manufacturer, about the disastrous fire at the factory in Maldon, Essex and how the team spirit of all the workers which stemmed from the aftermath turned into the will to succeed as everyone pulled together and turned the company into a formidible competitor as it pushes hard for more UK market share.

Contractor Profile: 1st Action where clients come 1st 08 August 2010
Central to 1st Action's business is a sophisticated call centre serving customers in London and the Home Counties. On a visit to the centre in Northolt, Middlesex, Paul Braithwaite learns how the company has developed to meet customer requirements.

Burning Issue: Meeting CRC targets 08 August 2010
Delivering year-on-year energy savings requires strategic planning backed by sound management information and today's building services engineers should be at the heart of it. Tony Willis of Sabien Technology explains.

Ant Wilson: How hot do you want summer? 08 August 2010
Does this depend on whether you are on holiday or in the workplace?