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Next refrigerant generation: Painting the big picture

With the expected phase out of HCFC refrigerants there is much debate as to which refrigerant is best placed to replace the ones in common usage today. Graham Wright says energy efficiency is the key to the right choice 
 10 Dec 2012

Get set for change as the ErP Directive takes effect

Marc Diaz looks at the impact the directive will have on improving energy efficiency in the air conditioning and heat pump industry 
 10 Dec 2012

Lessons in combustion

Three recent chimney projects illustrate how flues can help in educational establishments 
 10 Dec 2012

Testing times for ever more complex chimney systems

Ensuring safety, reliability and CE compliance as well as enabling continuous development of prefabricated chimney and exhaust systems requires comprehensive test facilities like those employed by SFL Flues & Chimneys 
 10 Dec 2012

The challenge of change

Challenges facing the HVAC indutry range from rapidly changing legislation to advances in communication technology. HVR sought the views of Powrmatic managing director Phil Brompton 
 10 Dec 2012

Airvent contributes to FIRAS

Airvent has contributed to the development of the the fire safety accreditation scheme FIRAS, which aims to set a minimum industry standard for the installation and maintenance of smoke control systems. 
 10 Dec 2012

Ventilation control - the options explained

Achieving optimum efficiency of mechanical ventilation systems relies heavily on how effectively the fans are controlled. Alasdair Howie explores some of the control options 
 10 Dec 2012

If you can't stand the heat... replace the ventilation

In today's tough economic climate, commercial kitchens are keen to reduce costs to weather the stormy recession. David Cook explains how updating ventilation with energy efficient fans is a real business opportunity for contractors 
 10 Dec 2012

Heat pumps set for growth?

While it may be too early to speak of a turnaround, the underlying trend in heat pumps suggests a market in recovery, according to the European Heat Pump Association  
 10 Dec 2012

Spreading the word about the value of heat pumps

Eight companies in the UK heat pump sector have jointly set out a vision for how industry and Government can achieve a radical decarbonising of residential heating in the UK by 2030. They have called for fundamental regulatory reform to enable 6.8m heat pumps by 2030 
 10 Dec 2012

Encourage your clients to earn while they burn

Biomass is, according to Simon Holden, a great solution for a range of unusual applications 
 10 Dec 2012

A cast iron case for hot formed steel tubing

Most users of steel tubing have traditionally taken the view that a tube is a tube is a tube. In other words, one steel tube is much the same as any other. The reality, however, is very different, as David Martin explains 
 8 Nov 2012

A graduated approach to engineering excellence

Maintaining high standards in the building services design sector requires an injection of fresh ideas. The best way to achieve that is to attract high calibre new entrants. Ian Vallely talks to one of them 
 8 Nov 2012

Benefits of warm air condensed

Most warm air heaters installed in the UK are non-condensing but this is set to change. Phil Brompton outlines the benefits that condensing units deliver 
 8 Nov 2012

Raising the curtain on big potential energy savings

Energy-saving equipment is high on the wish-list of most retailers, says Phil Chilton, and air curtains offer a great opportunity for installers to help their customers reduce energy bills 
 8 Nov 2012

Five ways to ensure a successful beam project

Harnessing maximum time and cost savings are possible by exploiting the practical advantages of chilled beams, says Amanda Sayers
 8 Nov 2012

The Green Deal needs the right investment

The Government is already working out how to extend the Green Deal into the non-domestic building sector, but we must get the basics right first, says Bob Towse 
 8 Nov 2012

Energy management gains ground globally

Johnson Controls' latest energy efficiency survey reveals that interest in energy management globally has reached an all-time high 
 8 Nov 2012

European law raises the ac efficiency bar

The new Eco-design directive has raised the bar for air conditioning efficiency, says David Dunn
 8 Nov 2012

Turbomiser chillers in first UK laser application

Cool-Therm has installed a pair of Turbomiser chillers into an unusual application in Wales 
 7 Oct 2012
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