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F-Gas: UK prepares for mandatory skills assessment

THE European Commission has now finalised its detailed requirements for the training and certification of engineers working on stationary refrigeration and air conditioning equipment under the European Fluorinated Gases Regulation - known as the F-Gas Regulation. 
 1 Feb 2008

Industry action to contain F-Gases

AS part of the process of understanding the requirements of the F-Gas regulation, a new website has been launched. 
 1 Feb 2008

HEALTH&SAFETY MATTERS:Lessons to learn from baby's death

No-one was directly to blame for the death of a baby killed by scalding water, but this tragic incident should lead to local authorities being subject to new safety regulations, says BOB TOWSE head of technical and safety at the HVCA. 
 1 Feb 2008

Contractor Profile: A healthy approach to success

Demand for ventilation and water hygiene services is at an all time high, and Essex-based Swiftclean is riding the crest of a wave. 
 1 Feb 2008

Company Profile: Something for Everyone

Glow-worm has the highest consumer awareness of any boiler brand in the UK. Not surprisingly, brand marketing manager Katie Cope intends it to stay that way, writes Paul Braithwaite 
 1 Feb 2008

Contractor Profile: Charity and business begin at home

Mike Belli re loves working in the heating industry, but that does not stop him getting hot under the collar about the red tape he feels is stifling smaller enterprises. He talked to HVR about his passion for business and his charity work saving lives and eyesight in Kenya. 
 1 Jan 2008

Company Profile: Proud to lead the team

Mike Goodspeed and Iain Robertson joined what is now Lindab in 1991 and their careers have developed with the company. As they take over as joint managing directors, HVR talks to them about their path to success. 
 1 Jan 2008

Variable drives clean air and energy efficiency

Peter Winterbottom (right) , HVAC manager, ABB, discusses how variable drives bring better energy efficiency with no loss of air quality 
 1 Jan 2008

Is technology about to save the world from climate change?

From the industrial age through to the computer age energy has been at the heart of every heating system. Ian Bradley (right), managing director of MHS Boilers, takes a look at energy efficiency and the heating and ventilating industry 
 1 Jan 2008

Beating theft with plastic pipes

Soaring scrap metal prices have prompted a huge increase in the theft of metal tools and materials, drawing attention to the problems of using metal piping on today's buildings. Polypipe Terrain's Adam Turk (right), takes a look at the situation and examines the alternatives 
 1 Jan 2008

Specifiers warm to metal alternatives

The spiralling cost of metals makes the allure of plastic pipe more apparent. But Durapipe's Mitchell Holmes believes the true savings are found beyond the initial outlay and come from plastic's long-term benefits 
 1 Jan 2008

Press fitting proves popular choice for modern plumbers

Ian Crickmore, piping systems product manager for Geberit UK, manufacturer of sanitary, supply and HDPE drainage systems, considers the advantages of the modern plumbing methods over traditional jointing of pipework 
 1 Jan 2008

More choice means more work

New trends are emerging in the pipes and fittings. John Constance, head of sales and marketing at BES - a mail order supplier of fittings to the trade - gives the low-down on the marketplace from his firm's perspective 
 1 Jan 2008

What this new year has in store: not an exact science but...

Bob Bailey, Midlands chair of R3, the Association of Business Recovery Professionals, and partner at Baker Tilly, gives his economic predictions for 2008 
 1 Jan 2008

Contractors face waste hazard

Government is getting tough on waste from construction sites and building services firms will soon have to deal with new legal measures, says Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA 
 1 Jan 2008

Skills shortages: it's an industry issue

Tony Gittings of LG Air Conditioning looks to the future of the air conditioning industry and predicts a major increase in the need for training provision to keep pace with product developments and technological changes 
 1 Jan 2008

Heat exchangers key to energy- efficient warm air distribution

A new generation of recuperative plate heat exchangers, designed to be incorporated into air handling units or as part of an air distribution system, is now available from Reznor UK which, the company claims, will be a critical element in the drive to achieve effective and economic ventilation, heating, cooling and air distribution for buildings. Keith Sprague, market development manager for the AmbiRad Group, explains 
 1 Jan 2008

And now for the good news...

IN spite of all the bad news which is about as we go into the new year - potential recession, government losing the data of millions of people, credit crunch, consumer debt, etc - I am determined to be upbeat. 
 1 Jan 2008

It's a planning lottery

Local authorities need to take a more consistent and flexible approach to planning for renewables, says Mark Wilkins (right), renewable technology marketing development manager at Vaillant 
 1 Jan 2008

Take the low carbon approach to ventilation

Knowledge is the key to success if contractors are to take advantage of new opportunities in energy efficient systems, argues
Nygel Humphrey, marketing manager - commercial at Vent-Axia, a leading player in low carbon air movement solutions 
 1 Jan 2008
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