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- December 2012

Going underground makes perfect sense 10 December 2012
Building services are the single most adapted elements of a building during its lifetime. Glan Blake-Thomas explains how underfloor air conditioning helps solve spatial, comfort and energy efficiency issues in renovating existing commercial buildings

Next refrigerant generation: Painting the big picture 10 December 2012
With the expected phase out of HCFC refrigerants there is much debate as to which refrigerant is best placed to replace the ones in common usage today. Graham Wright says energy efficiency is the key to the right choice

Get set for change as the ErP Directive takes effect 10 December 2012
Marc Diaz looks at the impact the directive will have on improving energy efficiency in the air conditioning and heat pump industry

Lessons in combustion 10 December 2012
Three recent chimney projects illustrate how flues can help in educational establishments

Testing times for ever more complex chimney systems 10 December 2012
Ensuring safety, reliability and CE compliance as well as enabling continuous development of prefabricated chimney and exhaust systems requires comprehensive test facilities like those employed by SFL Flues & Chimneys

The challenge of change 10 December 2012
Challenges facing the HVAC indutry range from rapidly changing legislation to advances in communication technology. HVR sought the views of Powrmatic managing director Phil Brompton

Airvent contributes to FIRAS 10 December 2012
Airvent has contributed to the development of the the fire safety accreditation scheme FIRAS, which aims to set a minimum industry standard for the installation and maintenance of smoke control systems.

Ventilation control - the options explained 10 December 2012
Achieving optimum efficiency of mechanical ventilation systems relies heavily on how effectively the fans are controlled. Alasdair Howie explores some of the control options

If you can't stand the heat... replace the ventilation 10 December 2012
In today's tough economic climate, commercial kitchens are keen to reduce costs to weather the stormy recession. David Cook explains how updating ventilation with energy efficient fans is a real business opportunity for contractors

Heat pumps set for growth? 10 December 2012
While it may be too early to speak of a turnaround, the underlying trend in heat pumps suggests a market in recovery, according to the European Heat Pump Association

Spreading the word about the value of heat pumps 10 December 2012
Eight companies in the UK heat pump sector have jointly set out a vision for how industry and Government can achieve a radical decarbonising of residential heating in the UK by 2030. They have called for fundamental regulatory reform to enable 6.8m heat pumps by 2030

Encourage your clients to earn while they burn 10 December 2012
Biomass is, according to Simon Holden, a great solution for a range of unusual applications