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- December 2011

Air Conditioning World: Keeping hotel guests and the balance sheet healthy 08 December 2011
Delighting guests and driving up revenue are constant challenges in the hotel sector. Without a balance between these two objectives, success can prove elusive, says Glyn Jones.

Air Conditioning World: Retrofit projects need tailored solutions 08 December 2011
The commercial retrofit market represents a major business opportunity for hvac contractors and consultants. Andy Legg explores the particular challenges in replacing old air conditioning equipment with new high efficiency chillers and looks at how tailored chiller solutions can play a significant role in growing retrofit business.

Air Conditioning World: Help with navigating the qualifications minefield 08 December 2011
Keeping track of the legal requirements for installers' qualifications can be complicated, but it is essential. Perhaps the solution lies in a single skill-card for all, says Miriam Rodway.

Contractor Focus: Achieving the best possible building performance for life 08 December 2011
High performance buildings are cost effective in design, delivery and operation; are sustainable, and place a premium on safety and security. But how do they impact on our sector? A recent debate hosted by hvac systems giant Trane contributed to our understanding of the concept.

Fans: The impact of Euro laws on fan specification 08 December 2011
Legislation is having a big impact in the ventilation sector. Les Fish examines European Directives in the fans sector.

Burning Issue: Why the Green Deal is a good deal for all 08 December 2011
Under the Green Deal, bill payers will be able to benefit from energy efficiency improvements without having to front up the cash. Instead, businesses will provide the capital, getting their money back via the energy bill. Andrew Warren is upbeat about the Green Deal's prospects.

HVR Awards: Awards Spotlight 06 December 2011
The prestigious HVR Awards for Excellence held on October 11 at 8 Northumberland, London were sponsored by the HVCA, Flakt Woods, Humidity Solutions, Riello Burners, Trox and Panasonic.

Chimneys & Flues: Safety remains key in new flue regs 06 December 2011
Vaillant is using its commercial training programmes to bring installers of light commercial appliances up to speed with new flueing regulations. John Bailey explains.

Chimneys & Flues: Counting the cost and value of quality 06 December 2011
Offering high quality, cost-effective products and maintaining profits in a tough market are real challenges for manufacturers. But they can be met, says Jason Lee.

Renewables: Commercial sector warms to solar thermal heating 06 December 2011
New attractive and energy efficient solar thermal designs are opening up fresh installation opportunities for building services contractors, says Glan Blake-Thomas.

Renewables: When the client doesn't have money to burn... 06 December 2011
Biomass boilers can deliver large cost and CO2 savings over fossil fuels, says Gordon Traill, and district heating schemes can mean that fuel cost and CO2 savings can be magnified.

Renewables: Pump action 06 December 2011
Addressing the specification of circulating pumps can save a great deal of energy and money, says David Spragg.

Renewables: Tried and tested kit cuts carbon and running costs 06 December 2011
Gas absorption heat pump technology has a great future, according to Stefan Gautsch. He explains how these low carbon appliances work efficiently to provide both heating and hot water.