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- August 2012

Give us clarity on energy labelling and ErP 06 August 2012
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, according to Chris Goggin

Call for contractors to sharpen up business skills 06 August 2012
Contractors must be leaner and fitter than ever - not just to survive the current downturn, but also to remain fit for purpose in the future, according to the new B&ES president Sue Sharp

Strong management control is key to success 06 August 2012
The dire state of the world economy and swingeing public spending cuts have had a crushing impact on the hvac industry, but there are ways to fight back according to Michael Ball, chief executive of chimney systems supplier Schiedel. Ian Vallely reports

Green system design - the big picture revealed 06 August 2012
Reducing the lifetime carbon impact of the pumping system, will become increasingly important in the future, says Wayne Rose, with a move away from the issue of component-specific efficiency and focus on standards for overall system efficiency

Achieving a measure of success with heat meters 06 August 2012
You only really know what a system is doing by measuring it. Georgina Orr explains the main features of heat meters and outlines where and how they should be placed

Time to challenge received wisdom on green issues 06 August 2012
For our ecosystem to survive, we need to act fast. In a double dip recession, the only real option lies in energy efficiency measures, says Mark Northcott

Valuable lessons in water conditioning for schools 06 August 2012
Water conditioning within school heating systems is important because it makes a vital contribution towards achieving efficient and reliable operation and longevity of plant while avoiding the common problems that frequently occur as a result of inefficient boilers and poor preventative maintenance. Martin Wilkinson explains

Business development: It pays to train to gain 06 August 2012
Continued investment in training is time well spent and can even help give businesses a competitive edge, says Pete Mills

Opportunities exist to make money from the Green Deal 06 August 2012
Have you considered becoming a Green Deal assessor? Steve Fisher explains the role of the Green Deal Advisor (GDA) and the steps required to become one

Why not tap into public sector projects? 06 August 2012
Investment in commercial renewable projects in the UK has never been more diverse. Knowing who has the control of this funding, what kind of projects they are interested in and how to produce viable proposals is an increasingly lucrative skill. Cathryn Hickey explains

We need to protect our greatest asset 06 August 2012
There remains concern over the relevance of parts of the new RAC National Vocational Qualification, the time it takes to teach and assess the whole course and the associated costs for employers. However, this concern is being addressed, says Paul Mills