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- January 2014

The efficient route to a sustainable future 22 January 2014
With energy continuing to dominate the headlines and rising fuel prices an increasing concern for society at large, Mark Northcott argues that energy efficiency is the sustainable answer

High value in smart gas valve choice 22 January 2014
Commercial buildings are being forced to be ever more energy efficient, but all too often the humble gas valve is forgotten when it comes to new build specification or as a retrofit. Paul Aston explains how being ahead of the game on gas valve choice could ensure increased energy efficiency in commercial buildings

Maximise benefits through a holistic approach 22 January 2014
With fuel costs on the rise, it is becoming increasingly important for commercial and industrial applications to help investors to mitigate this increase. Pete Mills, explains how taking a more holistic approach to the provision of heating and hot water can result in bespoke systems which maximise efficiency levels

Making noise about heavy metal 22 January 2014
The European Drinking Water Directive sets new legal requirements for lead in drinking water. Barny Parks of pipe and fitting manufacturer SANHA explains how contractors can ensure they comply with the legislation

Humidity balancing act is key to preserving valuables 22 January 2014
With the combination of high humidification and very low energy consumption, modern adiabatic cold-water humidifiers seem to present an attractive option says Andie Chessun

Humidification systems - the pros and the cons 22 January 2014
With a wide range of humidifiers on the market and an increased requirement by end users to reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions, David Marshall-George, looks at the pros and cons of the different types of humidification systems

Missed opportunity for significant efficiency gains 21 January 2014
There is widespread acceptance of the pressing need to conserve energy on all sites - both residential and commercial. But the Government looks set to miss a golden opportunity to alleviate the strain on our over-stretched energy network and counteract poor enforcement. Chris Goggin explains the situation

Scaling the hurdles of heating 21 January 2014
Communicating the significant benefits of the lifetime cost as opposed to the initial acquisition outlay is one of the biggest challenges facing the award winning Poole-based boiler manufacturer Hamworthy Heating according to technical director Bob Walsh

Ill wind breathes hope for specialist contractors 21 January 2014
Last month we heard how Northern Ireland's building services engineering sector has suffered more than any other UK region during the recession. Now, although things are starting to pick up, the chairman of the SEC Northern Ireland Brian Hood urges caution

Intelligent energy usage 21 January 2014
Energy spend can have a dramatic impact on the bottom line, especially where operating margins are tight. Energy usage and building control data can prove a gold mine of information when harnessed in the right way, writes Spencer Rigler