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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

St Pancras shows built environment at its best!

Have you been watching the TV documentary about St Pancras? Although I missed a couple of episodes, the ones I saw were interesting, although I did feel sorry for the guy whose job it was to put up the ceiling in the undercroft. 
 1 Dec 2007

Business matters - Director's duties just got harder

The autumn changes to the Companies Act are raising the bar for directors. Baker Tilly, restructuring and
recovery partner Graham Bushby, explains how 
 1 Dec 2007

Health & Safety Matters - Behave yourself!

Last month's Building Services Summit highlighted the need for the industry to address its safety culture. Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA, reports 
 1 Dec 2007

Air Conditioning World - The road to recovery

Mitsubishi Electric has some timely advice for anyone whose building does not currently incorporate heat recovery equipment as part of their heating and cooling system. Jason Tinsley explains 
 1 Dec 2007

Air Conditioning World - All roads lead to market

There are benefits and drawbacks to selling directly or through a distributor. Kazuo Sakakara, chair of FG Eurofred, can see no reason why the company should not be able to have the best of both worlds - and boost business into the bargain 
 1 Dec 2007

Air Conditioning World - Get it right first time

Designing chilled water circuits to aid commissioning is the first step in achieving an efficient,
responsive system, says Wayne Perrins of Axair Climate 
 1 Dec 2007

Chimneys and Flues - Policing the air we breathe

The Clean Air Act is often abused, misunderstood and, on occasions, blatantly ignored. But SFL sales manager Mandy Webb (right) believes installing the correct chimney or flue can save money, as well as protecting air quality 
 1 Dec 2007

Chimneys and flues - Keeping standards sky high

Whether it is a multi-flue chimney, a fan dilution system or a generator exhaust, Schriedel Rite-Vent says it has a product to suit every commercial application. Here are some examples of the company's work from across the UK 
 1 Dec 2007

Contractor Profile: How to keep your customers happy

Mark Bolitho and Paul Smith have been working together for more than 20 years. They insist there is no magic formula for their success, just an undiluted enthusiasm and an insistence on good customer service. HVR talks to the directors of heating services firm Blue Flame 
 1 Dec 2007

Zero-carbon electricity 'could replace gas for heating'

A major report from the influential Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) has foreseen "zero-carbon electricity replacing natural gas as the energy source for space and water heating". 
 1 Dec 2007

Solar heating's bright future

Katie Cope of Glow-worm takes a close look at some recent research into what the industry and customers really think about the fast-emerging solar marketplace 
 1 Dec 2007

Technology releases the power of biology

Plants offer an almost limitless renewable source of energy. Graham Blandford, marketing director of Viessmann UK, looks at some of the technical points to be considered with bio-energy systems 
 1 Dec 2007

Going underground for true sustainability

The ever-increasing emphasis on sustainable heating and ventilating means geothermal energy ought to be on everyone's agenda, says Stephen Laws, technical director of Clyde Energy Solutions 
 1 Dec 2007

Pulling together for change

Three years in, ICOM Energy Association is at the forefront of helping the industry to face up to its environmental responsibilities. Director general Peter McCree, right, reports 
 1 Dec 2007

Contractor Profile: NG Bailey puts its money where its mouth is!

NG Bailey, probably the biggest UK independent building services provider, is proving sustainability works by using it in its own buildings, first to prove it works and then to showcase it to its clients. Paul Braithwaite reports. 
 15 Nov 2007

Company Profile: What's in a name? Everything when it is Mikrofill!

This is the second time that Paul Braithwaite has written about Mikrofill. 
 1 Nov 2007

Pre-budget report hits small firms

Paula Tallon, tax specialist at Chiltern, part of BDO Stoy Hayward LLP discusses the changes in Alistair Darling's first pre-budget report. 
 1 Nov 2007
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