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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

Burning Issue: Labour shortages: Now is the time to act

Our industry faces a shortage of skilled workers that is expected to get worse. But there are solutions that benefit both business owners and workers, as HVCA president John Miller explains 
 1 Oct 2007

Company Profile- Raising the standard of fireproof ducting systems

When LPC-Flameshield set out to make its own fire-resistant ducting, its aim was to improve its service to clients and provide a better quality product. Four years on and the company is proud of a reputation for exceeding standards 
 1 Oct 2007

Innovative boilers cut more carbon at last

The next generation of condensing solutions promises to expand the use of high-efficiency boilers and increase energy savings, writes John Thomason, general manager at Atmos Heating Systems 
 1 Oct 2007

Keeping up with the renewables rush

The renewables market is on the verge of runaway growth. But there is still a lack of knowledge across the industry, writes James Sopwith of Nu-way 
 1 Oct 2007

Installation made simple

There are several ways that manufacturers can make it easier and quicker to install commercial boilers, as Tony Hogg (right), general manager of Broag-Remeha, explains 
 1 Oct 2007

Renewables: Get a slice of the action

With buildings responsible for around half of the UK's carbon emissions, there is an upsurge of interest in renewable sources of heating. Chris Davis of Dimplex reports 
 1 Oct 2007

Seeing the bigger picture

Chiller plant represents a sizable investment, so it makes sense to take sensible measures to ensure equipment is protected. Mike Slattery of Axair Climate provides some pointers on the main things to consider 
 1 Oct 2007
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