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- February 2011

Low & Zero Carbon: Innovations in heat pumps widen specification choices 11 February 2011
Today's super-efficient heat pumps with inverter control and variable refrigerant flow offer all kinds of new possibilities. John Durbin looks at some of the latest innovations and their applications within the commercial market.

Low & Zero Carbon: No more trouble in store on the heating front 11 February 2011
Most renewable systems are delivering far less than the running costs and environmental savings they could, according to Alan Ward. The good news is that he has an answer.

Low & Zero Carbon: The rocky road to a sustainable future 11 February 2011
Energy efficiency and sustainability are intrinsically linked. If we are to fine-tune the energy usage of our buildings effectively, we must give them the attention they need in terms of engineering, especially when considering sustainable heating systems, according to Mark Northcott.

Low & Zero Carbon: Integrating low carbon commercial heating 11 February 2011
It is crucial to share knowledge and expertise as early as possible when embarking upon low carbon commercial heating projects, says Jeff House

Fan Coil Units: Meeting conflicting demands on FCUs 11 February 2011
The demands placed on fan coil units in modern commercial and industrial applications can be particularly challenging. Are they up to the job? Ian Thomas has the answer.

Fan Coil Units: Design factors to cut emission rates 11 February 2011
Hydraulic fan coil units can offer an energy efficient means of providing air conditioning for a range of commercial buildings, says Mike Price

Company Focus: Call for calm over the clamour for renewables 11 February 2011
Renewable technologies have their place in hvac projects, but the industry shouldn't get too carried away with them, says David Pepper, managing director of Lochinvar. Ian Vallely reports.

Contractor Focus: Water hygiene - More than just a question of cleaning 11 February 2011
Building environmental services specialist Alan Jordan thinks over-regulation is building up resentment among clients and hiding the real benefits of hygiene services. Ewen Rose reports.

Burning Issue: No more Niagara Falls 11 February 2011
Returns can be seen within 12 months when water quality challenges are addressed effectively, says Mike Malina

Legal Advice: Employment law 11 February 2011
When I'm 64...

Ant Wilson: How cold can it go? 11 February 2011
The recent sub-Zero conditions in the UK got me asking: How cold can it go? The answer is very cold indeed!

Ecobuild preview: It's not easy being green, but help is at hand... 10 February 2011
Ecobuild is one of the biggest events for sustainable design, construction and the built environment. Here is a preview of the offerings from a selected few exhibitors...

Ductwork: Why ductwork design really does matter 10 February 2011
Designers really need to pay more attention to access doors to allow ductwork to be cleaned effectively, says Ian Wall.

Ductwork: Neutralise the dangers of dirty ductwork 10 February 2011
It is crucially important to clean ductwork in new buildings in order to meet the HVCA's TR/19 standards, Darren Ling explains why.

Ductwork: Grasp lucrative duct cleaning opportunites 10 February 2011
Ventilation duct cleaning is vital to fire safety. And the sector offers significant business opportunities for enlightened contractors, according to Gary Nicholls.

Fan Coil Units: Where next for the ubiquitous FCU? 10 February 2011
Fan coil units are a mature technology, and yet there remains room for development - if not in the product itself, then certainly in its control, as Peter Lowther explains