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Low carbon heating and energy for zoo attraction

A heat pump is at the heart of 'animazing' new low carbon £300,000 visitor attraction at Banham Zoo, providing a year-round subtropical environment and home for exotic species 
 1 Dec 2013

Abuse of CE Mark by flue system counterfeiters

The introduction of the CE Mark in July was supposed to create a Europe-wide level playing field in the standard of flue systems, but according to John Hamnett there has been a rise in the number of dangerous, sub-standard counterfeit flue systems that are being passed off as genuine CE-marked systems 
 1 Dec 2013

'Heat pumps improving'

An in-depth Energy Saving Trust study shows heat pump performance has got better 
 1 Oct 2013

Mind the energy gap

The need to bridge the energy performance gap between predictions of building energy use at the design stage and the measured results once the buildings are operational is a hot topic right now in the building services industry, says Mark Northcott
 1 Oct 2013

Industry should welcome tighter refrigerant rules

The industry will have to deal with some major regulatory changes over the coming months, but Tony Williams believes they will have a positive impact on professionalism and system performance 
 1 Oct 2013

Pump up the volume

Pump manufacturers are being forced to adapt to remain competitive in today's ever changing marketplace. HVR speaks to Duncan Lewis, managing director at Xylem Water Solutions UK, about how the company's new single source approach should help it to tackle the threats and opportunities facing the industry 
 1 Oct 2013

Cold comfort - the advantages of chillers

When specifying air conditioning equipment for a large commercial project, should you opt for chillers or one of their alternatives? Each system has its merits, but chillers certainly have significant strengths, as James Henley explains 
 1 Oct 2013

Ventilation market is poised for global lift-off

The next two years will see double-digit growth in international air distribution; fire safety and natural ventilation markets, according to one of the world's leading global manufacturers 
 1 Oct 2013

Improving HVAC efficiency through performance louvres

A wide range of factors need to be considered when specifying a louvre system to ensure improved air flow to HVAC systems while providing protection against rain ingress, says Simon Hunter 
 1 Oct 2013

Green solutions in the carbon steel pipeline

Carbon steel pipework has a number of benefits over its traditional mild steel counterpart, not least in terms of its eco-credentials. Simon Spridgeon looks at the advantages to be gained from choosing this material when specifying pipework 
 1 Oct 2013

Plastic pipes show their sustainability credentials

Sustainability has become an imperative consideration in the design and construction of new-build and refurbishment projects across all sectors, says Des Dolan 
 1 Oct 2013

Planning for savings

Clients often require validation of any investment they have made to improve energy efficiency. Geoff Newman highlights the key issues for building services engineers to be aware of 
 1 Oct 2013

Beating energy price hikes

Heat pumps can help businesses cut their heating costs. Cliff Arnold explains how 
 1 Oct 2013

Which heat pump is best for your building?

With rising energy costs and increasingly ambitious environmental goals, heat pumps have been gaining recognition as an efficient heating and cooling solution for a wide range of commercial, institutional and industrial buildings, says Richard James 
 1 Oct 2013

Take the simple steps to save more energy

The simple heating solution that will keep capital investment costs low and minimise disruption in many commercial and public buildings is to upgrade to new, modern and more efficient boilers, argues Eleanor Fox 
 10 Sep 2013

Life in the day: On the road with a service technician

Being a service technician for a heating manufacturer might not sound glamorous, but it has taken Lochinvar's Louis Stratford to Ghana and Mauritius as well as all parts of the UK and Ireland. You can keep your desk jobs as far as he is concerned 
 10 Sep 2013

Calm heads must prevail in a heated debate

The threats and opportunities facing the heating sector are many and varied, but Geoff Hobbs, business development director at Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating, has a clear view of how to tackle them 
 10 Sep 2013

Ramping up the burner's performance

Control features on some modern pressure jet burners will help to optimise energy efficiency and minimise emissions. Bernard Dawson explains how to exploit them 
 10 Sep 2013

Take the efficiency route

Adopting energy-efficient measures is the cost-effective approach to rapid energy, carbon and financial savings, says Chris Meir 
 10 Sep 2013

Control is key to efficiency

New research carried out for the BEAMA controls group, TACMA, shows that the installation of effective temperature controls on residential heating systems has a far more significant effect on minimising energy use than previously predicted. These have significant implications for controls used in the commercial sector in applications such as sheltered accommodation and care homes 
 10 Sep 2013
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