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Ducting and weaving: New standard ends confusion

A new ductwork standard is set to put a stop to confusion and reveal new opportunities for contractors, according to Andrew Steel 
 1 Oct 2012

Demand grows for high efficiency HVAC kit

Suppliers that can provide a financing solution alongside their products will find themselves in a more competitive position because of customers' increasing expectation of a complete turnkey solution, according to Myles McCarthy  
 10 Sep 2012

The best Olympic legacy would be better projects

Building engineering firms could be the real winners from London 2012, says Paul Hardy 
 10 Sep 2012

Navigating choppy waters demands clear R&D focus

Examining the market trends that impact building services contractors and consultants is BSRIA's stock in trade. Hardly surprising, therefore, that chief executive Andrew Eastwell has powerfully-held and well-informed views about the industry's future. He shared some of them with Ian Vallely 
 10 Sep 2012

'Business as usual' is no longer a workable option

Nobody is immune from the effects of a grinding recession that started in 2008 and shows little sign of relenting. So what is the HVAC sector's reaction to this depressing state of affairs? Some companies take a cautious, not to say, negative line while others act positively. As Ian Vallely reports, ventilation equipment supplier VES favours the second approach 
 10 Sep 2012

A modular approach to commissioning

There are significant benefits to be gained from incorporating commissioning modules into a fan coil system. Lars Fabricius explains how to exploit them 
 10 Sep 2012

Where do fan coils go from here... again!

Change is happening faster in the fan coil sector now than ever before, according to Peter Lowther. Here, he outlines the main developments and their impact on the sector 
 10 Sep 2012

A modular approach to CHP provision

In achieving maximum performance from a CHP installation it can pay to use a highly responsive modular approach that also takes advantage of the latest technologies. Beata Blachut explains 
 10 Sep 2012

Getting the most from CHP

The environmental and cost benefits derived from combined heat and power (CHP) are dependent on operation and maintenance contracts going beyond just ensuring reliability, suggests Colin Porter 
 10 Sep 2012

The RHI omission 'is distorting the market'

The Government must move quickly to put right the serious market distortion caused by leaving air source heat pumps out of the Renewable Heat Incentive, says Scott Gleed 
 10 Sep 2012

Get your customers ready for winter

We need to take every opportunity to remind customers and potential customers that air conditioning is not just for hot weather but for all year round, warns Martyn Ives 
 10 Sep 2012

Emission impossible? The cost of cutting carbon

Tough economic times and changes in legislation can lead to unnecessary confusion over the best route forward when selecting and reviewing air conditioning systems. This is especially so when air conditioning units for commercial use are under consideration. There are, however, many ways in which efficiency targets can be met and money can be saved, says Des Franklin 
 10 Sep 2012

It pays to act naturally on the ventilation front

Natural ventilation systems can reduce energy wastage in commercial applications, but only if they are specified correctly and installed properly, says Laura Callaghan 
 10 Sep 2012

Give us clarity on energy labelling and ErP

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, according to Chris Goggin 
 6 Aug 2012

Call for contractors to sharpen up business skills

Contractors must be leaner and fitter than ever - not just to survive the current downturn, but also to remain fit for purpose in the future, according to the new B&ES president Sue Sharp 
 6 Aug 2012

Strong management control is key to success

The dire state of the world economy and swingeing public spending cuts have had a crushing impact on the hvac industry, but there are ways to fight back according to Michael Ball, chief executive of chimney systems supplier Schiedel. Ian Vallely reports 
 6 Aug 2012

Green system design - the big picture revealed

Reducing the lifetime carbon impact of the pumping system, will become increasingly important in the future, says Wayne Rose, with a move away from the issue of component-specific efficiency and focus on standards for overall system efficiency 
 6 Aug 2012

Achieving a measure of success with heat meters

You only really know what a system is doing by measuring it. Georgina Orr explains the main features of heat meters and outlines where and how they should be placed 
 6 Aug 2012

Time to challenge received wisdom on green issues

For our ecosystem to survive, we need to act fast. In a double dip recession, the only real option lies in energy efficiency measures, says Mark Northcott 
 6 Aug 2012

Valuable lessons in water conditioning for schools

Water conditioning within school heating systems is important because it makes a vital contribution towards achieving efficient and reliable operation and longevity of plant while avoiding the common problems that frequently occur as a result of inefficient boilers and poor preventative maintenance. Martin Wilkinson explains 
 6 Aug 2012
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