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Employee engagement hits new heights at Uponor

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of its move to new Watford-based headquarters, Uponor recently undertook an Employee Survey which revealed a ‘very good’ rate of employee engagement, scoring 8.6 in the survey, which is 0.9 above the national ... 
 19 Nov 2021

EHPA secretary general attends Daikin Sustainable Home Centre

Daikin UK has opened its first Sustainable Home Centre in Scotland, in partnership with The Natural Energy Company, the renewable installation company based in Scotland.... 
 19 Nov 2021
Ruby Hedges joins Stelrad

Stelrad boosts Brand Specialists team

The on-going growth of the Stelrad Brand Specialists team up and down the country has seen the arrival of Ruby Hedges, responsible for the Midlands region.... 
 19 Nov 2021

UWL transforms to improve Ealing’s air quality and reduce carbon emissions

Striving to improve air quality within the borough, the University of West London (UWL) has transformed its buildings to save an estimated 500 tonnes of carbon emissions per year – the equivalent of which would take 25,000 trees to offset... 
 18 Nov 2021

BESA Conference takes up COP26 challenge

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) National Conference produced a series of practical solutions for turning the global emissions targets agreed last week at COP26 into reality.... 
 18 Nov 2021

BSRIA BG50 guidance welcomed

Guardian Water Treatment has welcomed the latest version of BSRIA's Water Treatment for Closed Heating and Cooling Systems - BG50/2021, which for the first time acknowledges dissolved oxygen (DO) as one of the key contributing factors to corrosion ... 
 16 Nov 2021
Jason Page, sustainability specialist at property and construction consultancy Ingleton Wood

Energy certificates are ‘misleading’ tools – sustainability consultant

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are “misleading” indicators of zero carbon buildings and should no longer be used as official guides to help lower emissions, it has been warned.... 
 16 Nov 2021
Alex Thompso, business development manager, Aermec

Aermec expands UK sales team to accelerate growth

As part of its on-going recruitment drive, Aermec has announced a further expansion with the appointment of Alex Thompson as business development manager.... 
 16 Nov 2021
The newly released EUA report

Report tracks true cost of green energy switch

A new report by the not-for-profit body Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) finds customers are typically facing a five-fold cost increase to install a heat pump, compared to a hydrogen-ready boiler.

Households can currently expect to pay up to £15,000 for transition to a heat pump depending on the property type, compared to less than £3,000 for a hydrogen-ready boiler. In addition to the higher cost of the heat pump itself, the disparity is largely due to the additional energy efficiency measures needed to enable a heat pump to operate efficiently, plus the need to fit a hot water cylinder and new radiators. Some homes also require new internal pipework. 

 12 Nov 2021
Baxi MD Karen Boswell OBE

BAXI MD calls for swifter action on hydrogen

The managing director of Baxi UK & Ireland has called for swifter measures to speed up the introduction of hydrogen in order to decarbonise home heating.... 
 12 Nov 2021

Surge in tradespeople looking to upskill in heat pumps 

There has been a surge in demand for training courses in the installation and maintenance of heat pump systems following the Government’s plans to subsidise the replacement of some gas boilers for low-carbon heat pumps.... 
 12 Nov 2021
Rab Fletcher, BESA President Elect and Iain McCaskey, head of devovled nations

Five years and counting for the BESA Scotland Local Authority Forum

BESA Scotland’s Local Authority Forum is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week. It first started out with just three attendees and over the years has grown to more than 25. At the height of the pandemic, the forum went from meeting once a ... 
 12 Nov 2021
President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado presenting Award to the Kensa Group

Kensa wins Climate Innovation award at COP26

Kensa Group, the manufacturer of low carbon ground source heat pumps, was among a global cohort of winners of the Ashden Awards handed out at CO 26.... 
 12 Nov 2021

Spirotech acquires Austrian firm for pressurisation in HVAC installations

Spirotech is acquiring the Austrian family business EDER for its technology, knowledge and experience in the field of pressurisation in HVAC installations.... 
 12 Nov 2021
FETA chairman Paul White speaking at the FETA Annual Lunch

Industry comes together once more at FETA’s Annual Lunch

Following a challenging 18 months, during which time the FETA Annual Lunch was postponed on several occasions, representatives from the heating, ventilating, building controls, refrigeration and air conditioning sectors finally met once again at The ... 
 11 Nov 2021
Rinnai’s Chris Goggin

Global investment piles high into hydrogen

Rinnai’s Chris Goggin looks at the huge sums being invested by the superpowers, sovereign funds and major multinational companies into the production and storage of hydrogen as one of the coming fuels in the road to decarbonisation.

Hydrogen is attracting huge levels of worldwide investment running into the billions and trillions and UK end users should be aware that this pattern of financing is indicative of global adoption of hydrogen as a major fuel source.

In the UK, JCB, a company with no ties to the energy industry, has announced its decision to invest heavily in hydrogen. The deal means JCB will take 10% of the green hydrogen made by the Australian firm Fortescue Future Industries (FFI). 

 11 Nov 2021

Pilot project monitors air quality in schools

Scottish proptech company arbnco has deployed its air quality monitoring system across 30 primary schools, after being chosen as a partner in a Government pilot that aims to improve ventilation and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in classrooms.... 
 10 Nov 2021
Graeme Fox has been elected president of the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR)

BESA congratulates new IOR president Graeme Fox

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has congratulated its head of technical Graeme Fox on being elected as the next president of the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR).... 
 10 Nov 2021
Alan Macklin, technical director at Elta Group and chairman of the FMA (Fan Manufacturer’s Association)

Ventilation expert backs new IAQ guidance

A leading ventilation specialist has hailed recent guidance from the Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM) as a turning point for IAQ.... 
 10 Nov 2021
Professor Cath Noakes, a member of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE)

No excuse for poorly ventilated buildings

One of the Government’s top scientific advisors has called for a concerted programme of ventilation improvements in buildings including professional accreditation for contractors.... 
 8 Nov 2021
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