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The Ant Wilson Column: Avoid the minimum standard acceptable

Part L of the building regulations sets the very minimum acceptable standards. It is essential that the industry is aware of this and is prepared go the extra mile to improve on these standards, otherwise we will only have to do so later when it is a more difficult task. 
 1 Apr 2009

Health And Safety Matters: Handle with care

Improving standards of safe refrigerant handling is usually portrayed as environmental measure – but it also has a crucial health and safety aspect, says Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA. 
 1 Mar 2009

Legal Matters: How to reward overtime

Most of us do it. And many of us do it for free. But Fergal Dowling, head of employment law at Irwin Mitchell, explains that workers are worthy of their hire. 
 1 Mar 2009

Contractor Profile: The accidental plumber

Chris Ickemeyer, managing director of Technical Services Surrey, admits he gets excited at the prospect of a new engineering job but he is equally happy fixing a domestic boiler. Paul Braithwaite reports. 
 1 Mar 2009

Burning Issue: Missing the obvious in boiler energy use

Not enough is being done to optimise the performance of boiler plant and some very obvious measures are being overlooked, argues Tony Willis of Sabien Technology. 
 1 Mar 2009

Company profile: Making millions the greener way

PHIL HURLEY, managing director of NIBE UK, hit me with the controversial part of the interview first. 
 1 Mar 2009

Commercial Heating: Pre-packaged systems 'don't cost the earth'

Yan Evans, technical director for Andrews Water Heaters and Potterton Commercial, looks at the benefits of the modular prefabricated heating system as a means of cutting cost and carbon. 
 1 Mar 2009

Commercial Heating: Remember the primary heat source

Solar heating saves money and proves a company’s green credentials but don’t ignore the primary heat source, warns David Pepper of Lochinvar. 
 1 Mar 2009

Commercial Heating: Underfloor efficiency

Rex Ingram of Timoleon highlights the scientific evidence behind the change in the way we heat the commercial buildings of Britain. 
 1 Mar 2009

Commercial Heating: High costs: the solution is on the roof

Stefan Gautsch of Buderus discusses the potential savings in fuel costs and carbon emissions with solar thermal installations. 
 1 Mar 2009

Commercial Heating: Condensing technology offers practical sustainability

Condensing technology offers the most effective answer to our heating needs for a financially sustainable low-energy future, says Mark Northcott, director - commercial products at Broag. 
 1 Mar 2009

Ventilation: Avoiding pitfalls in ventilation system design

The Code for Sustainable Homes is putting increasing pressure on contractors and installers to ‘build tight, ventilate right’, writes Charlie Bisby, projects director for EnviroVent. 
 1 Mar 2009

Ventilation: Improving efficiency in a cost-cutting world

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Engineers are under pressure from clients who want to reduce costs wherever possible – which creates a challenge as energy legislation starts to bite, writes Paul Wenden of Fläkt Woods. 
 1 Mar 2009

Fans protect property and your health

Phil Hazelton from electrical accessories supplier GreenBrook outlines the advantages of installing the right extractor fans. 
 1 Mar 2009

Boom or bust: the difference

'At last!' says HVR editor Paul Braithwaite in this month's editorial.

That's all I can say about the Olympic Development Authority's decision to ban retentions for its Tier 1 contractors. 
 1 Mar 2009

The Ant Wilson Column: Yes we can but should we?

Consultants needed to be involved at the planning and design stages. They need to consider all the issues whether they relate to building services or not if they are to find the right solution. 
 1 Mar 2009

Editorial: No jam today and less tomorrow

"Yet again the banks have received more of our money to bail them out", HVR editor Paul Braithwaite's monthly editorial. 
 1 Feb 2009

The Ant Wilson Column : The first monthly comment

This is the first monthly column from Ant Wilson, director at Faber Maunsell | AECOM. 
 1 Feb 2009

Health & Safety Matters: Curse of the wrist slappers

The tough new health and safety legislation is welcome but Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA, sees major flaws in the way it is being enforced. 
 1 Feb 2009

Legal Matters: Paid holiday entitlement to increase from April

Employees’ spirits look likely to lift when new holiday laws come into play on 1 April. Those who work five days a week will be entitled to a minimum of 28 days’ paid leave. Fergal Dowling, head of employment law at Irwin Mitchell, reports. 
 1 Feb 2009
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