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Clearing the mists that surround humidification

Humidifier projects don't come along very often for the average hvac contractor so building-up enough experience to overcome the common pitfalls can be difficult. Tim Scott offers 10 tips to ensure a smooth and successful humidifier installation 
 1 Mar 2012

Integrated climate controls help cut carbon emissions

Whether offices, shops, schools, civic buildings, hotel and leisure or healthcare facilities, the pressure to change the way we heat and cool buildings is increasing. John Durbin looks at how an integrated approach to climate control can result in dramatic energy and carbon savings - especially when heat recovery techniques are incorporated within a heat pump-based system 
 1 Mar 2012

If you can't stand the heat...

Kitchen ventilation is simple in principle, but there is still a lot of rubbish spoken about it. Steve Leonard expels some of the hot air 
 1 Mar 2012

Web video highlights vent fire risk

An online video company has completed a film highlighting the threats posed by building fires and the role of fire and smoke dampers in reducing the risks 
 1 Mar 2012

Maintaining a clear focus for Part F

There have been suggestions that control of VOCs and CO could be included in the next generation of Part F of the Building Regulations. Alasdair Howie explains why this could be counter-productive 
 1 Mar 2012

Don't ignore the filter factor

Filtration is too often a Cinderella service. Mark Bamforth offers an overview 
 1 Mar 2012

ACR Show set to debut at the NEC

The ACR Show is the new dedicated event for the air conditioning and refrigeration industry 
 1 Mar 2012

EC does it – technology that ticks all the boxes

There are pressures to lower carbon emissions, but with the potential of a double-dip recession, particularly in the construction industry, lowering costs is also a priority, says Andrew Sargent 
 1 Feb 2012

SummitSkills set to look at alternative funding sources

Missing out on money from the Employer Investment Fund will inevitably change the way that the sector skills council SummitSkills conducts its business. Ian Vallely reports 
 1 Feb 2012

Atomising nozzles help ensure comfort

The practical problems associated with installing humidification equipment have limited the options available... until now, says John Barker 
 1 Feb 2012

Data centres benefit from free cooling economisers

Airside economisers offer real advantages since adiabatic cooling can be used to boost the free cooling hours and reduce mechanical cooling loads and the CO2 footprint, says Iain McNeil 
 1 Feb 2012

Measure of success: Tools to assess the eco impact

Contractors need ways to prove their environmental credentials in the built industry. Irena Saniuk draws a global map of the main environmental assessment methods 
 1 Feb 2012

Ultimate CHP power source

Fuel cells could revolutionise the way we power our world, offering a cleaner, more efficient alternative to the combustion of gasoline and other fossil fuels, says John Lidderdale 
 1 Feb 2012

It’s not easy being green

We need to provide economically sustainable, energy efficient heating systems to meet the needs of today’s frugal, low carbon economy. Mark Northcott looks at the social, environmental and economic aspects of sustainable heating technologies 
 1 Feb 2012

Shopping around...

The best sustainability teams in retail comprise a multi-disciplinary mix of skills and experience including renewables 
 1 Feb 2012

Hot tips as fire protection moves up the agenda

With the regulations behind fire protection systems becoming ever more stringent, there really is very little margin for error when it comes to pipe specification, says Simon Spridgeon 
 1 Feb 2012

It pays to get into the right groove

Efficiency, speed, maintainability and safety are key considerations in hvac installations. Grooved-end pipe joining technology meets all those requirements, says Andy Carter 
 1 Feb 2012

Time-saving gas pipe solution

TracPipe is expanding its network of UK stockists in response to installer demand for same-day delivery. 
 1 Feb 2012

The pipes, the pipes are calling...

Uponor has unveiled a new professional fitting system which, it is claimed, will take plumbing to new levels thanks to its ‘Tool Inside’ technology and high pressure joint system. The RTM, or Ring Tension Memory, system is designed to eliminate the need for tools to make quick, safe and professional joints. 
 1 Feb 2012

Plan now for auto-enrolment

At the end of 2011 the Government announced a delay in auto enrolment pensions for businesses with 50 employees or less. However, this delay could do more harm than good if employers don’t take action now, says Mike Jenkins, business development manager at Welplan 
 1 Feb 2012
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