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- April 2012

Rising to challenge of higher energy efficiency 19 April 2012
As a result of energy price volatility and government regulation, energy efficiency and cost savings have risen up the corporate agenda. Alister Maclachlan looks at how solar water heating technology through the introduction of renewables can help businesses to become more energy efficient and ensure they meet their legislative commitments

Something old, something new... 19 April 2012
There are advantages of separating the space heating and hot water functions in commercial applications and integrating renewable technologies, according to Jeff House

A first-class solution to building control 19 April 2012
A plentiful supply of fresh air is essential in a school environment in order to aid learning. Trevor S. Palmer examines the important role that building control systems play in ensuring high air quality

Making sense of the science of cold draughts 19 April 2012
Fresh air rates in many UK classrooms in winter are too low to create an environment conducive to proper concentration. Dr Shaun Fitzgerald explains how natural ventilation systems can increase fresh air without cold draughts and cut energy bills in one go

Learning valuable lessons in school ventilation 19 April 2012
With the right heating and ventilation system in play, teachers, parents and students can be assured of an effective and healthy learning environment, says Paul Kingswell

Rising to university challenge 19 April 2012
A multi-million pound new build development at Nottingham Trent University resulted in the installation of 3,960 Kingspan Renewables Thermomax solar thermal vacuum tubes.

Breath of fresh air for Southwark school 19 April 2012
The Notre Dame Catholic girls' school in Southwark, Central London has been based on the same site for over 150 years. The existing building has a number of areas where overheating is a problem for various reasons, including external heat gains, changing usage and additional heat loading within the space due to computers and other equipment.

How motors are driving fan energy usage down 19 April 2012
The biggest consumer of electricity in the UK is motor-driven systems, with around 22 per cent of industrial motor energy being used by fans. Understandably, this makes fans a prime target for energy savings, says Alan Macklin

Technology of comfort 19 April 2012
Demand control ventilation saves energy while providing the comfort staff require, says David Cook

Fans forced to aim at a moving energy target 19 April 2012
It will not have escaped people's attention that efficiency is high on most agendas these days. Standards, EC Directives and UK regulations have all been pushing the efficiency message in recent times. Fans were quickly singled out for attention, says Mike Duggan

Debate set to heat up over renewables incentives 19 April 2012
Renewable energy is under the spotlight, especially in light of the recent controversy over the Renewable Heat Incentive. Marc Diaz outlines the RHI opportunities for contractors

Why R22 offers hope for increased heat pump sales 19 April 2012
With uncertainty about the economy still prevailing, it is hard to convince customers to spend their budgets on infrastructure changes, so getting companies with old air conditioning to think about an upgrade is not an easy task

Sales lead service gives free live access to new projects 18 April 2012
Finding new prospects to fill your sales pipeline can cost £000s. Not anymore. A new website,, now provides a free live feed to all new planned construction projects. Visitors can get vital early knowledge about new construction schemes across the UK. With a search engine that can be tailored by market sector, region or value, the service can help focus solely on relevant new sales leads.

It's time to take energy efficiency SEERiously 18 April 2012
In a few short months, it will be mandatory under European legislation for seasonal efficiency ratings to be clearly displayed on climate control equipment. Graham Wright explains why engineers and specifiers should sit up and take note

'It will pay you to consider taking the electric avenue' 18 April 2012
Re-skilling to take advantage of future opportunities makes perfect sense to Roy Littleford, head of Jarvis M&E. And, for him, many of these opportunities are likely to be on the electrical side

Multi-disciplinary teams are the key to the future 18 April 2012
B&ES chief executive Blane Judd explains why it is so important for contractors to encourage multi-skilling

Julius Garrett is Scottish Craft Apprentice of the Year 18 April 2012
Julius Garrett was named Scottish Craft Apprentice of the Year during presentation of the HVACR Awards for Outstanding Achievement in a ceremony held at the headquarters of HVCA Scotland.

Navigating through the hot water cylinder maze 18 April 2012
It pays to research and assess the material an unvented water heating cylinder is manufactured from, as well as its operating pressure, flow rates and recovery times, says John Forster