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Business development: It pays to train to gain

Continued investment in training is time well spent and can even help give businesses a competitive edge, says Pete Mills 
 6 Aug 2012

Opportunities exist to make money from the Green Deal

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 
 6 Aug 2012

Why not tap into public sector projects?

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 
 6 Aug 2012

We need to protect our greatest asset

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
 
 6 Aug 2012

It's time for MIS 3005 training to get into gear

The heat pump installer standard - MIS 3005 - came into effect in March. However, many contractors are still struggling with its requirements, says Chris Davis 
 16 Jul 2012

The preacher and the profit

Politicians seeking a recipe for UK economic recovery could do a lot worse than look at the issues confronting ductwork contractors, according to Ductform Ventilation md Stacey Spence 
 16 Jul 2012

Credit where credit's due

Weak public sector investment and a paralysing lack of liquidity are devastating the hvac sector, but there are ways to mitigate their impact, according to Paul Callaghan, commercial director of GDL Air Systems. Ian Vallely reports 
 16 Jul 2012

Fanning the waves of legislative progress

With legislation driving energy efficiency and carbon reduction, specifying the correct fans now needs far more consideration, says Allan Hurdle 
 16 Jul 2012

Variability is key to effective air distribution

Variable air volume fan coil systems have a big impact on effective room air movement, as Andrew Sargent explains 
 16 Jul 2012

Life begins at 40 for Uponor's PEX pipes

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Uponor PEX-a pipes. The company claims to be the first in the world to have produced, sold and installed these cross-linked polyethylene products. 
 16 Jul 2012

New technologies create new revenue opportunities

The industry has developed a range of new applications for underfloor heating technology and these are likely to open up new revenue streams for contractors, says Tony Harbour 
 16 Jul 2012

It pays to reduce your overheads... underfloor

With the growing need to improve the energy efficiency of existing commercial properties, the retrofit market for underfloor heating (UFH) has a bright future, says Mark Millett
 
 16 Jul 2012

Filter tips - selection, servicing and care

Filters are too often a neglected aspect of building maintenance, says Mark Bamforth 
 16 Jul 2012

Does your business comply with EN779:2012?

A new filter standard ratified on 23 March this year has big implications for building services companies, according to Colin Hitch 
 16 Jul 2012

Is the air filtration kit you specify fit for purpose?

Ensuring that air filtration equipment is fit for purpose is essential in kitchen ventilation applications, but contractors and their clients also need to consider installation and maintenance issues. Kevin Bristow explains 
 16 Jul 2012

Making the most of the Green Deal

The new DECC framework is set to open up Green Deal opportunities for contractors and installers, according to David Dunn 
 19 Jun 2012

World ac market rises

Research organisation BSRIA has released the latest global figures for air conditioning 
 19 Jun 2012

Creative ways to cope with AC's big issues

Air conditioning manufacturers are upping their game when it comes to creating new designs and technologies to cut the environmental impact of their products, says Glyn Jones 
 19 Jun 2012

Carbon: The most deadly of all greenhouse gases?

Why is Whitehall obsessed by carbon when formulating its green policies? Mark Northcott argues that other greenhouse gases also need to be taken into account 
 18 Jun 2012

Are you gearing up for the Green Deal?

Will the forthcoming Green Deal prove to be big business for the m&e sector? Andrew Brister hears from a sceptical industry that remains to be convinced 
 18 Jun 2012
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