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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

HEALTH&SAFETY- It's a risky business

Contractors have had a year to deal with new fire and asbestos regulations. How are they doing? asks Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA 
 1 Nov 2007

Industrial Space Heating: Factoring in all the variables

When considering design options for the heating and ventilation of large industrial spaces, there are a number of requirements that need to be addressed to provide the best solution. Chris Ree of Hoval discusses which options may be most appropriate for a variety of scenarios 
 1 Nov 2007

The changing face of industrial heating

Climate change regulations and shifting customer needs means heating products have had to adapt. Powrmatic's Mick Etherington discusses the evolutionary developments the company has undergone 
 1 Nov 2007

How to use energy more efficiently

From Blue Peter to G8 summits, the energy question is constantly under discussion. UK industry is deemed to have a key role to play in reducing the national carbon footprint
- exactly how it will achieve the energy savings targets is less clear. Keith Sprague of AmbiRad offers a practical guide to heating premises more efficiently 
 1 Nov 2007

Curtains hold on to your heat

In any building, it is pointless installing an efficient system if you do not protect its weak points: the doorways. Air curtains can stop the expensively heated or chilled air escaping, writes Phil Chilton of Dimplex 
 1 Nov 2007

Evaporative air-cooling: latent and sensible

Evaporative air-cooling uses less energy, is healthier and has lower running costs than standard methods. Seeley's Steve Kirkwood, left, discusses the benefits and ponders why it is not more widely used 
 1 Nov 2007

Fight carbon with carbon

Heat pumps are gaining popularity because of their environmental credentials, writes Graham Wright of Sanyo, and air-to-water CO2 units will take the market by storm 
 1 Nov 2007

First-cost or life-cost?

The air conditioning market is becoming more environmentally conscious and interested in life cycle costs, but in most cases it is still focused on first-cost. A case of wanting your cake and eating it too 
 1 Nov 2007

Clustering is the new zoning

Environmental zoning within buildings was a step forward in ensuring comfort and saving energy. But the greater control and sensitivity of clustering means an even greater flexibility in open-plan spaces 
 1 Nov 2007

Interoperability and open systems: one size does not fit all

Ensuring your building's systems can talk to one another is vital to its smooth operation. But a tailored approach to protocol and set up is also needed to get the most from each application 
 1 Nov 2007

WANTED: men (and women) of passion!

I am going to taIk about passion so anyone who wants to avert their eyes should do so now. 
 1 Nov 2007

It's a risky business

Contractors have had a year to deal with new fire and asbestos regulations. How are they doing? asks Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA 
 1 Nov 2007

Back to the future

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Today's quest for energy-efficient and low-carbon building services plant puts manufacturers under pressure to keep in step. Is it possible that an old favourite can fly phoenix-like to the rescue of a buffeted building services industry? Old-timer Eric Asquith, of air conditioning distributor Shorts Environmental, thinks so 
 1 Nov 2007


As you are increasingly becoming aware, HVR has a daily news web service. Each day, on-line reporter Angeline Albert puts fresh stories up on But that is not all! 
 1 Oct 2007

Health & Safety matters: Beating the bullies

Employee Assistance Programmes can help employers avoid costly legal and productivity problems, says Mike Jenkins, business development manager of Welplan 
 1 Oct 2007

Business Matters: Tax plans could push firms into the red

News of government plans to tax one of this country's most
successful employee support programmes could well push
many businesses into the red. David Butler of Close Invoice Finance explains 
 1 Oct 2007

Growing gains

ADI Mechanical has expanded at an impressive rate. In 1990, turnover was 300,000. Last year, it was 32M. HVR asks managing director Alan Lusty how he did it 
 1 Oct 2007
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