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- February 2013

Sustainable focus for the 'green' show 13 February 2013
Ecobuild is established as the major show for companies keen to show off their eco-friendly products and services. Here, we highlight some of the major players that plan to exhibit there

Are you ready for auto-enrolment of pensions? 12 February 2013
Employers need to prepare for 11 million people in the UK requiring pension contributions due to the new law on auto-enrolment. And, despite predictions that there will be a large opt out rate from auto-enrolment, a recent study published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) revealed that 70 per cent of employees will remain in a pension scheme and begin saving for retirement under the auto-enrolment system.

It's time to embrace BIM 12 February 2013
Most people have heard of BIM, but many are not sure quite what it is or how it might affect them. If this sounds familiar, it's time to find out more says Mark Tindall

A question of balance... 12 February 2013
Chris Dearden believes in adopting a balanced approach to every aspect of his business. The md of Medem is also passionate about the need to take the long view rather than relying on short-term, stop-gap measures to tackle the recession. Ian Vallely reports

PICC valves - don't shoot the messenger 12 February 2013
The quicker the industry accepts the shortcomings of the past and embraces new technologies like PICC valves, the quicker our buildings will reach their full potential and deliver what is promised, says Peter Lowther

When it comes to fan coils, EC does it 12 February 2013
The ubiquitous fan coil has received a tremendous boost from the development of EC motors and clever concepts such as pressure independence. Andrew Sargent explains some key features of this new breed of fan coil systems and how flexible they have become.

Construct the cleaning routine of the future 12 February 2013
It is essential to look ahead to how ductwork will be cleaned and maintained when designing and installing each system. Gary Nicholls explains why.

Fire safety - the new business opportunity 12 February 2013
Dirty ductwork presents a serious fire hazard. But this offers a business opportunity to contractors to educate building maintenance people on their obligations, says Darren Ling

Where now for the RHI? 12 February 2013
The commercial phase of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been open to applicants for over a year, with reported levels of take up indicating a lukewarm reception at best. Jeff House considers issues that may be hampering the success of the scheme.

See the bigger picture for climate control 12 February 2013
It can be challenging to meet the climate control needs of multi-tenanted buildings or large communal facilities with diverse uses while also ensuring comfort, energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions. Martin Passingham looks at how technological advances have revolutionised VRV capabilities.