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Contractor Profile: The enabler

When Paul Braithwaite was at a Construction Youth Trust charity function around Christmas, he heard about Mal Emerson who runs Unit 19 Training, an industrial unit in Sandfields, Port Talbot, South Wales which trains young men, and mature men and women, for work in construction and to progress into a field of their choice. Here, Paul talks to Mal about his work. 
 1 Jun 2006

Burning Issue: Wooden it be nice?

The Underfloor Heating Manufacturers Association (UHMA) is working with Junckers to promote better understanding of the natural synergy between the two products. UHMA’s Chairman Mike Lamb explains why 
 1 Jun 2006

Company Profile: Autodesk: drawing on the experience of the customer

Pete Baxter of Autodesk knows just what his customers want, because he asks them! No wonder, the AutoCAD product is virtually the generic for the software used throughout the building services industry. Paul Braithwaite discusses the program 
 1 Jun 2006

Air Conditioning World: Vaillant shapes up for

Is air conditioning the householder’s next must-have accessory? Growing prosperity and predicted hotter summers could tip the balance. Valliant is one company which is launching into the domestic market. Here Darren Finley, Vaillant’s air conditioning director, explains why 
 1 Jun 2006

Air Conditioning World: It’s all a matter of control

Steve Rees (below), general manager of Air Conditioning, Samsung UK, insists that without controllers all the advances in energy saving will be worth little. 
 1 Jun 2006

Air Conditioning World: Look for the solution...

Graham Hendra of LG Air Conditioning looks at the progress of VRF in comfort cooling and at the possible wider uses and flexibility of VRF. He also suggests that contractors and consultants take in the whole picture before deciding on their chosen product. 
 1 Jun 2006

Air Conditioning World: Breath of fresh air for £62m over-55s village

The fitness centre is served by Carrier Holland Heating R410A air handling units. It is one of the areas which need a larger number of air changes 
 1 Jun 2006

Legal: Corporate manslaughter – twist or stick?

Simon Mather, partner in Ricksons Solicitors looks at the issues around the new corporate manslaughter bill. Simon can be contacted on: 0161 833 3355. 
 1 Jun 2006

Fans and air cleaning units: Improved hospital air quality makes economic sense

Improved air quality in hospitals helps to provide a healthier environment for patients and staff and makes economic sense because of its relevance as a preventative infection control measure. Colin Hitch, director of Jasun Filtration, discusses this vital constituent of health care hygiene procedures. 
 1 Jun 2006

Local Authority Heating: The barriers to weather compensating boilers

Mike Freeman, national specifications manager, at Broag, questions whether, in our quest to achieve even greater energy efficiencies, we should be looking towards Holland, where weather compensating boilers are standard. He also discusses the barriers heating contractors’ social housing clients will face in adopting this approach 
 1 Jun 2006

Financial Matters: Don’t bury your head in the sand!

Keeping your business afloat when times are tough can seem an impossible task. But there is help at hand, as David Butler, regional sales director for Close Invoice Finance, reveals. 
 1 May 2006

Health & Safety MAtters: Let’s get on with it!

The latest Health and Safety Executive (HSE) review of domestic gas safety is already proving to be a source of frustration, says Bob Towse, head of technical and safety at the HVCA. 
 1 May 2006

Contractor Interview: Dean & Wood: doing what a wholesaler does best

When John Billson took over as managing director at wholesaler Dean & Wood, he had a lot of decisions to make and a business to turn around. Here, he discusses the first two years with Paul Braithwaite. 
 1 May 2006

Price hikes make electric 17% cheaper than gas

Richard Scott, business manager of Applied Energy, insists recent price hikes mean electricity is now cheaper than gas for home heating 
 1 May 2006

Process coding case study: Tricool chiller keeps Southend’s Sea-Life cool

It is more usual for process chillers to be used in factories or in the plastics industry but the fish in Southend’s Sea-Life Adventure seem happy with their lot. HVR reports 
 1 May 2006

Company Profile: Rycroft: thinking outside of the cylinder

Rycroft’s cylinders were used in the Millennium Dome, Ascot Racecourse and will be in use in the new Wembley Stadium. But times are hard and Rycroft has had to reinvent itself to survive and prosper. Paul Braithwaite talks to Mike McDonald, managing director, who is changing the way the company works – and thinks. 
 1 May 2006

Air handling units: Developments keep Easdale system ahead of the game

Jim Henley, general manager, McQuay UK insists continuous design, development and market intelligence has allowed its Easdale ahu system to stay ahead. 
 1 May 2006

Underfloor Heating: Underfloor heating: a change for the better

Mike Lamb, chairman of The Underfloor Heating Manufacturers Association (UHMA) insists he has seen the future of the UK heating industry 
 1 May 2006

Underfloor Heating: Overlay takes the hassle out of underfloor heating

Dave Rayner, Polypipe’s product development manager for UFCH, enthuses over a system that can be installed quickly without major disruption 
 1 May 2006

Editors Comment: Wedded to gas but is there a change coming?

When I went to the Vaillant launch of its domestic air conditioning units, conversation after the meeting turned to marketing. 
 1 May 2006
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