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EC does it – technology that ticks all the boxes

There are pressures to lower carbon emissions, but with the potential of a double-dip recession, particularly in the construction industry, lowering costs is also a priority, says Andrew Sargent 
 1 Feb 2012

SummitSkills set to look at alternative funding sources

Missing out on money from the Employer Investment Fund will inevitably change the way that the sector skills council SummitSkills conducts its business. Ian Vallely reports 
 1 Feb 2012

Atomising nozzles help ensure comfort

The practical problems associated with installing humidification equipment have limited the options available... until now, says John Barker 
 1 Feb 2012

Data centres benefit from free cooling economisers

Airside economisers offer real advantages since adiabatic cooling can be used to boost the free cooling hours and reduce mechanical cooling loads and the CO2 footprint, says Iain McNeil 
 1 Feb 2012

Measure of success: Tools to assess the eco impact

Contractors need ways to prove their environmental credentials in the built industry. Irena Saniuk draws a global map of the main environmental assessment methods 
 1 Feb 2012

Ultimate CHP power source

Fuel cells could revolutionise the way we power our world, offering a cleaner, more efficient alternative to the combustion of gasoline and other fossil fuels, says John Lidderdale 
 1 Feb 2012

It’s not easy being green

We need to provide economically sustainable, energy efficient heating systems to meet the needs of today’s frugal, low carbon economy. Mark Northcott looks at the social, environmental and economic aspects of sustainable heating technologies 
 1 Feb 2012

Shopping around...

The best sustainability teams in retail comprise a multi-disciplinary mix of skills and experience including renewables 
 1 Feb 2012

Hot tips as fire protection moves up the agenda

With the regulations behind fire protection systems becoming ever more stringent, there really is very little margin for error when it comes to pipe specification, says Simon Spridgeon 
 1 Feb 2012

It pays to get into the right groove

Efficiency, speed, maintainability and safety are key considerations in hvac installations. Grooved-end pipe joining technology meets all those requirements, says Andy Carter 
 1 Feb 2012

Time-saving gas pipe solution

TracPipe is expanding its network of UK stockists in response to installer demand for same-day delivery. 
 1 Feb 2012

The pipes, the pipes are calling...

Uponor has unveiled a new professional fitting system which, it is claimed, will take plumbing to new levels thanks to its ‘Tool Inside’ technology and high pressure joint system. The RTM, or Ring Tension Memory, system is designed to eliminate the need for tools to make quick, safe and professional joints. 
 1 Feb 2012

Plan now for auto-enrolment

At the end of 2011 the Government announced a delay in auto enrolment pensions for businesses with 50 employees or less. However, this delay could do more harm than good if employers don’t take action now, says Mike Jenkins, business development manager at Welplan 
 1 Feb 2012

Fan-assisted heat blows the competition away

Fan-assisted, low water content heat emitters are the most energy efficient heating solutions around, according to Paul Kingswell 
 1 Feb 2012

It's time to unleash the power of the virtual world

Information technology is having a profound impact on the way the built environment is planned, designed, procured, constructed and operated and this has huge implications for building services 
 1 Feb 2012

New brand reflects scope of work done by members

The decision was not taken lightly to re-brand the HVCA as B&ES - the Building & Engineering Services Association - at a time when the country, and the world, are grappling with the deepest recession they've experienced in decades, according to president Bob Shelley. 
 1 Feb 2012

Election time for members of the board

Nine teams from varied parts of the construction industry, ranging from town planners to building services engineers, competed for prizes totalling £4,600 at Teambuild 2011 in November at Eynsham Hall, Oxford. 
 1 Feb 2012

Carbon this, carbon that, carbon the other

Terms such as sustainability, low carbon and zero carbon have become commonplace. But are these descriptions justified and how do we measure their worth? Mike Malina has the answers 
 1 Feb 2012

The biomass balancing act

Specifying a heating system that includes both conventional condensing and biomass boilers involves a difficult balance in terms of controlling temperatures. Steve Cooper explains 
 1 Feb 2012

Getting smarter with combined heat & power

When specifying CHP it's essential to ensure that the system is aligned with, and responsive to, the needs of the building. Beata Blachut explains how optimum flexibility and efficiency can be achieved 
 1 Feb 2012
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