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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

Editors Comment: Whistle while you work, the women like it!

Budget Van Insurance head of communications, Emma Maziak believes it is heartening "that so many women get a lift from being wolf whistled. It is always nice to receive compliments and I for one would be more than happy to smile and wave". 
 1 Apr 2006

News extra: IT and the super model

New software advances have much in store for the building services engineer, says Pete Baxter (below), sales director, Autodesk Building Solutions Division 
 1 Apr 2006

Company Profile: Powerminster puts the pride back into sink estate

IT must feel good to be part of a consortium which turns a sink council estate in Manchester, rife with crime, drugs and prostitution, into a place where people want to live. Paul Braithwaite talks to John Wilcox, north west regional manager for Powerminster, who has been responsible for the m&e contracting work on the site, and Paul Grogan, the site manager for Powerminster Propertycare, who will be responsible for maintenance. 
 1 Apr 2006

Burning Issue: Maintenance is cheaper than a boiler breakdown

Boilers are not always visible but according to Adrian Harvey (below), commercial director of British Gas Business, out of sight should not mean out of mind 
 1 Apr 2006

Company Profile: Space Air: larger-than-life company with old-fashioned ethics

Neil Afram (below), Mr Space Airconditioning, cares passionately about his staff, his business and the industry of which he is a part. Paul Braithwaite visits his Guildford office to meet him 
 1 Apr 2006

Building Services IT: Boon or bane? Getting to grips with new technology

Fast changing technology offers contractors considerable opportunities to improve performance but ‘keeping up’ can also be a drain on resources. David Bell, right, of Estimation Group argues it is the job of the software developer to make access to these technologies as easy as possible 
 1 Apr 2006

Water Heating: Unvented cylinders: more than cost to consider

Unvented hot water storage is becoming increasingly popular for domestic, commercial and public sector properties in the UK. This means a large number of unvented products have entered the market and there’s more choice than ever before. However, according to Heatrae Sadia the manufacturer of Megaflo HE, installers and specifiers should exercise caution when selecting cylinder brands. Here marketing manager David Webster explains why decisions should be based on factors other than cost – for example the material the cylinder is made from, the hot water performance, the length, terms and conditions of the guarantee and the quality of the support package offered by the manufacturer 
 1 Apr 2006

Water Heating: Condensing the issues with high efficiency systems

Graham Williamson, business director of commercial heating at Ideal Boilers, talks to HVR to discuss the implications of system design and the issues surrounding the installation of condensing boilers in existing systems 
 1 Apr 2006

Heat Pumps: Fresh look at air-to-water HWS heat pumps for UK

One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways of taking advantage of heat pump technology in homes and offices is to install an integrated air-to-water hot water service heat pump. Manufacturers can supply packaged units where the heat pump components are mounted above a highly insulated large capacity storage calorifier, all housed in a smart jacket. Stephen Laws, technical director at Clyde Combustions, explains how such units can be applied. 
 1 Apr 2006

Editors Comment: Trust: it’s an alien concept!

WHEN I said in my comment in the December 2005 issue that "BAA has not done itself any favours with the rest of the industry and even government procurers should now look to their laurels", I seem to have upset Ross Maynard, operations manager for Lorne Stewart on Project SLAM, the Defence Estate's development to build single unit accommodation for the armed forces (see Contractor Profile this issue). 
 1 Mar 2006

Financial Matters: What keeps businesses afloat?

Close Invoice Finance’s David Butler looks at the lessons owner managers should have learned 
 1 Mar 2006

Contractor Profile: Now take your partners...

A month or so ago, Ross Maynard, operations manager for Lorne Stewart plc on Project SLAM, unhappy with the comment in HVR about BAA leading the charge to partnering, invited Paul Braithwaite to meet him at his Southampton office to talk about Project SLAM , how partnering had been working there for about four years and how he hopes it will change construction. 
 1 Mar 2006

Burning Issue: Single-room ventilation systems wasting resources

John Davison, managing director of Airtech Environmental Systems, cannot understand why single room heat recovery systems continue to be recommended as energy efficient products when the prevailing wind speed in the British Isles renders them totally ineffective 
 1 Mar 2006

Ventilation: Decent Homes Standard: where are we today!

Suzanne Millward, Vent-Axia’s residential marketing manager, gives an update on the progress of the government’s Decent Homes Standard 
 1 Mar 2006
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