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Health & Safety Matters: Learning the lessons of Cumbria

A highly controversial legionnaires’ disease trial is finally over, but what can we learn from the outcome? Bob Towse, Head of Technical and Safety at the HVCA, explains 
 1 Sep 2006

Contractor Profile: The fixer

Tim East has built his reputation on being able to fix what others have messed up. But now some consultants have realised that giving him the job in the first place saves money, hassle – and time. Paul Braithwaite talks to a hands-on engineer 
 1 Sep 2006

Burning Issue: BS6173:2001: getting to grips with kitchen ventilation

Everyone accepts that kitchen ventilation is health and safety driven. However, as Steve McMahon, managing director of S&S Northern, insists: there are plenty of anomolies in the way BS6173:2001 is being interpreted and it needs sorting before someone is injured or killed 
 1 Sep 2006

Company Profile: Hamworthy Heating: a quiet revolution

Hamworthy Heating has changed. In the last four years, it has introduced a range wall-hung boilers and a range of condensing boilers. It has also changed its manufacturing process. More importantly for the installer, it has changed the way it deals with its customers. Mike Shaw, sales and marketing director, explains why to Paul Braithwaite 
 1 Sep 2006

Air movement and ductwork; Ductwork firms adapt to move with the times

Ductwork firms are adapting their skills to meet changing client demands but now need main contractors to treat them fairly, says Barry Pollard, chairman of the HVCA’s Ductwork Group. 
 1 Sep 2006

Air movement and ductwork: Past tense but future brighter?

Alan Weir, secretary of ADCAS, The Association of Ductwork Contractors and Allied Services, believes the drive for low carbon buildings will increase the value of the ductwork specialist 
 1 Sep 2006

Air Conditioning World: Better cooling choices cut costs

A customised approach can yield superior solutions at a lower overall cost says Joe Wieckowski (below), general sales manager of Eaton-Williams Air Conditioning 
 1 Sep 2006

Air Conditioning World: Training is key to success, even for experienced teams

Steve Avery, Carrier UK national customer services manager, believes successful commissioning depends on training and experience and awareness of the changing regulatory environment 
 1 Sep 2006

Air movement and ductwork: Weatherite aims to relieve refurbishment headaches

The replacement of old out-of-date, often inefficient, high maintenance air handling plant can present a major headache for the end user. Here, Paul Smiles, sales director of Weatherite Manufacturing, offers one solution 
 1 Sep 2006

Editors Comment: What is the payback equation?

ALTERNATIVE forms of heating are in the news. Ferroli is one of the latest companies to launch solar technology, hard on the heels of Valliant. 
 1 Sep 2006

Tax Matters: When HM Revenue goes online

Lean, but maybe not quite so mean! David Bradshaw, tax partner at national accountancy and business advisory firm Baker Tilly, explains how HM Revenue and Customs is smartening up its act 
 1 Aug 2006

News: Daikin thinks (and acts) out of its air conditioning box

DAIKIN UK has stepped out of its air conditioning box to introduce a new range. 
 1 Aug 2006

Health and Safety Matters: Ten points for safety

Many companies still ask what makes a good health and safety strategy? Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA, recommends the following 10-point plan 
 1 Aug 2006

Contractor Profile: Bringing buildings to life

More than 30 years after joining the industry, new HVCA vice president Patrick Churchard remains as passionate as ever about buildings and the partnerships that deliver best value to clients 
 1 Aug 2006

Burning Issue: The Firebrake connector concept keeps it simple

Chris Atkinson, marketing manager of Domus Ventilation, explains how his company’s new fire stop will save installers time and money 
 1 Aug 2006

Company Profile: Herz’ mission: to supply everything between the boiler and radiator – and more!

In the last couple of years, Herz UK has undergone a fundamental change. Now, as well as just the valves, it wants to supply the complete solution – everything from the boiler to the radiator. The Austrian parent took some convincing but the changes have been so successful the policy has been adopted as a world strategy. Shaun Cronin (left), managing director and Mark Goodson, technical manager, (right) talk to Paul Braithwaite about the rise and rise of Herz UK 
 1 Aug 2006

Pumps and valves: Saving energy with the help of life cycle costing

Britta Frank, market sector manager for KSB, insists the need for saving energy in terms of cost and resources is as important now as it ever was – more so in fact – and use of life cycle costing (LCC) as one method to evaluate the true costs and hence savings, is coming more and more to the fore 
 1 Aug 2006

Pumps and valves: Over-sizing and poor selection is recipe for pump failure!

Correct pump selection is of paramount importance, says Peter Nears, who is product manager for Biral Pumps at Hamworthy Heating, and has more than 25 years of experience in the commercial pump market place 
 1 Aug 2006

Water Treatment: Water: the common denominator

James Townley, technical sales manager at ENWA, insists that to ensure maximum return and lifespan from new technology, building services engineers cannot afford to overlook the water 
 1 Aug 2006

Water Treatment: New generation product treats and reverses limescale

The build up of scale deposits and corrosion are both common and costly problems in many industrial processes and commercial buildings using natural water supplies. The largest issue comes from limescale as two-thirds of the population lives and works in areas where the water is hard. For many years, the preferred choice has been the introduction of water conditioners to the system in an attempt to reduce the problem. However, according to Mike Potter, product development manager of Watermatic, there’s a new generation of processes and systems which treat and reverse limescale – and there are significant cost savings to be had by using them 
 1 Aug 2006
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