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The Deal Maker

Sometimes a journalist comes across someone who can give a different take on contracting. Stephen Quant, vice president employee and industrial relations at Skanska, is one such person. Paul Braithwaite discusses a different aspect of m&e work with him 
 1 Sep 2008

Burning Issue: Avoid scalding without TMVs

Here’s a Burning issue: a Building Regulations review is intended to protect us from scalding ourselves. But Geoff Hobbs of Rinnai UK thinks thermostatic mixing valves are not the only solution. 
 1 Sep 2008

Clearwater Revival

Glen Simpson, UK manager of ENWA, the water treatment company has spent the last nine years working to clean up closed loop heating and cooling systems. And, if the increasing turnover and extra staff are anything to go by, he is not doing too badly. Paul Braithwaite reports 
 1 Sep 2008

Air movement and ductwork: New rules on fire-proofing

Significant changes are on the way for the specification and testing of fire-resistant ductwork. Brian James, technical director of Essex-based Fire Protection, gives HVR his views. 
 1 Sep 2008

Legal Matters: Equality bill looks to create a fairer workplace

PROPOSALS IN the form of a white paper for the Equality Bill for Great Britain were unveiled recently, writes Fergal Dowling, head of employment law at the Birmingham office of national law firm Irwin Mitchell. 
 1 Sep 2008

HVR Renewables: Part Five Solar Thermal

Taking a real shine to it- Solar hot-water heating is the solution of choice in helping deliver low-carbon-footprint buildings, according to Yan Evans, technical director at Andrews Water Heaters and Potterton Commercial. 
 1 Sep 2008

ACW: High rolling twins take the lead

David Dunn, commercial director of Toshiba Air Conditioning (UK), discusses the advance of inverter technology in VRF and looks at the development of twin rotary compressors. 
 1 Sep 2008

ACW: Making school less cool

Mike Elver, national accounts sector manager at Andrews Sykes Hire, discusses the need for students at schools to keep their cool – especially when it comes to taking examinations. 
 1 Sep 2008

ACW: Taking the global perspective

In the current period of economic uncertainty, LG Air Conditioning is making impressive progress towards sustainability. HVR talks to general manager Graham Hendra about what his company is doing on a global scale 
 1 Sep 2008

ACW: Making do without the holy grail

Why is the air-conditioning industry losing its nerve in the battle for the environmental high ground? It certainly seems to be losing the green issues PR battle. But there are alternative views out there in the industry. 
 1 Sep 2008

ACW: All down to a split decision

Record-breaking temperatures are now a summer tradition, which means a rise in demand for air-conditioning units. HVR looks at the latest advances in split systems. 
 1 Sep 2008

Air movement and ductwork: Weapons of mass destruction

Jeff Charlton introduces us to the silent killer potentially lurking in the damp, dark corners of our homes and offices – toxic mould. One fact stands out: prevention is definitely better than cure. 
 1 Sep 2008

Air movement and ductwork: Breaking with convention

In a recent BSRIA test, a new ductwork system outperformed the conventional approach. It cut installation time in half, significantly reduced air leakage, and cost less – all without the need for sealants. 
 1 Sep 2008

Editorial: You can't give no satisfaction

Several things have come across my desk in the last few days. Along with the proofs of The Leaders and the usual deluge of press releases - don't knock it, Paul, they are your lifeblood - has come an e-mail from BSRIA containing its annual client satisfaction document. 
 11 Aug 2008

Legal Matters:Are you safely steering your employee car policies?

A COMPANY car was once an attractive element of a remuneration package for prospective employees. 
 11 Aug 2008

Contractor Profile: Cool-desk Paul

Paul Hood, vice president of engineering operations at JPMorgan, makes sure the global bank’s building services are up and running all day, every day. Could this be one of the most stressful jobs in engineering in the UK? Paul Braithwaite asks the questions. 
 11 Aug 2008

Burning Issue: Time Nears for F-Gas training

It is more important than ever to show F-gas regulation has been effective - not just in the UK but throughout Europe, writes Mike Nankivell. And training and certification are about to be scrutinised. 
 11 Aug 2008

Company Profile: Special delivery

It’s all about getting the product delivery right, says Odourvac director Vance Rowe. But, he tells HVR editor Paul Braithwaite, not everyone in the UK seems to share these high expectations. 
 11 Aug 2008

Sustainability:Get a tighter grip on energy

As the UK’s need to cut carbon emissions keeps on gathering momentum – with more government legislation looming on the horizon – HVR looks at the benefits of taking a holistic approach towards energy management 
 11 Aug 2008

Sustainability: When natural selection works

Monodraught managing director Professor Terry Payne suggests that natural ventilation offers a real opportunity to help homeowners, businesses and government reduce energy costs and their carbon footprint 
 11 Aug 2008
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