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Learning valuable lessons in school ventilation

With the right heating and ventilation system in play, teachers, parents and students can be assured of an effective and healthy learning environment, says Paul Kingswell 
 19 Apr 2012

Rising to university challenge

A multi-million pound new build development at Nottingham Trent University resulted in the installation of 3,960 Kingspan Renewables Thermomax solar thermal vacuum tubes. 
 19 Apr 2012

Breath of fresh air for Southwark school

The Notre Dame Catholic girls' school in Southwark, Central London has been based on the same site for over 150 years. The existing building has a number of areas where overheating is a problem for various reasons, including external heat gains, changing usage and additional heat loading within the space due to computers and other equipment. 
 19 Apr 2012

How motors are driving fan energy usage down

The biggest consumer of electricity in the UK is motor-driven systems, with around 22 per cent of industrial motor energy being used by fans. Understandably, this makes fans a prime target for energy savings, says Alan Macklin 
 19 Apr 2012

Technology of comfort

Demand control ventilation saves energy while providing the comfort staff require, says David Cook 
 19 Apr 2012

Fans forced to aim at a moving energy target

It will not have escaped people's attention that efficiency is high on most agendas these days. Standards, EC Directives and UK regulations have all been pushing the efficiency message in recent times. Fans were quickly singled out for attention, says Mike Duggan 
 19 Apr 2012

Debate set to heat up over renewables incentives

Renewable energy is under the spotlight, especially in light of the recent controversy over the Renewable Heat Incentive. Marc Diaz outlines the RHI opportunities for contractors 
 19 Apr 2012

Why R22 offers hope for increased heat pump sales

With uncertainty about the economy still prevailing, it is hard to convince customers to spend their budgets on infrastructure changes, so getting companies with old air conditioning to think about an upgrade is not an easy task 
 19 Apr 2012

Sales lead service gives free live access to new projects

Finding new prospects to fill your sales pipeline can cost £000s. Not anymore. A new website,, now provides a free live feed to all new planned construction projects. Visitors can get vital early knowledge about new construction schemes across the UK. With a search engine that can be tailored by market sector, region or value, the service can help focus solely on relevant new sales leads. 
 18 Apr 2012

It's time to take energy efficiency SEERiously

In a few short months, it will be mandatory under European legislation for seasonal efficiency ratings to be clearly displayed on climate control equipment. Graham Wright explains why engineers and specifiers should sit up and take note 
 18 Apr 2012

'It will pay you to consider taking the electric avenue'

Re-skilling to take advantage of future opportunities makes perfect sense to Roy Littleford, head of Jarvis M&E. And, for him, many of these opportunities are likely to be on the electrical side 
 18 Apr 2012

Multi-disciplinary teams are the key to the future

B&ES chief executive Blane Judd explains why it is so important for contractors to encourage multi-skilling 
 18 Apr 2012

Julius Garrett is Scottish Craft Apprentice of the Year

Julius Garrett was named Scottish Craft Apprentice of the Year during presentation of the HVACR Awards for Outstanding Achievement in a ceremony held at the headquarters of HVCA Scotland. 
 18 Apr 2012

Navigating through the hot water cylinder maze

It pays to research and assess the material an unvented water heating cylinder is manufactured from, as well as its operating pressure, flow rates and recovery times, says John Forster 
 18 Apr 2012

Don't leave me hanging on the telephone

Convoluted telephone answering systems? David Pepper has had it up to here with them 
 1 Mar 2012

'Modernisation is now unstoppable'

The building engineering services sector has witnessed significant changes and Bob Shelley believes it must keep changing if it is to survive and thrive in a fiercely competitive environment 
 1 Mar 2012

Heating engineers must learn a new language

A change of emphasis from cutting carbon to saving energy is a subtle, but significant one for the commercial heating sector, says David Frise 
 1 Mar 2012

Spreading the RHI benefits

Last year's changes to RHI biomass tariffs may result in a better spread of the incentive and focus minds on the key benefits of this renewable energy source. Adrian Walker explains 
 1 Mar 2012

Golden rules of CHP Specification

With fuel and electricity prices increasing, now is a good time to investigate the potential of combined heat and power for reducing the cost of heating and hot water, says Andy Whitehouse 
 1 Mar 2012

Making district heating work at its optimum level

The efficiency of district/community heating schemes can depend heavily on the design of the heat interface units in the system. Silas Flytkjaer highlights the key challenges and how they can be addressed 
 1 Mar 2012
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