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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

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

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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
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