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Johnson Controls selects R-454B refrigerant

After extensive research, testing and evaluation, Johnson Controls has selected R-454B, a lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant, to replace R-410A in its ducted residential and commercial unitary products as well as air-cooled scroll ... 
 8 Jun 2021
Chris Yates takes on the role of chief executive of FETA in September

FETA names new chief executive

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has announced that the new FETA Chief Executive will be Chris Yates.... 
 7 Jun 2021

Explosions send refrigerant warning

A spate of fatal accidents linked to faulty repair work on refrigeration and air conditioning equipment in Nigeria should prompt a swift response from the international community, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).... 
 3 Jun 2021

Wellbeing risk when converting shops into flats

Building specifiers and contractors must champion a healthy approach to M&E solutions when converting shops into flats according to REHAU, following claims that this trend could lead to ‘low quality homes’.

The move towards turning commercial premises into housing is already underway, with thinktanks like the Social Market Foundation suggesting that turning collapsed retail businesses into residential space could create 800,000 new homes.

While new Permitted Development Rights ensure space standards will be upheld and extremely small ‘rabbit hutch’ flats avoided, polymer supplier REHAU has expressed concern with regards to wellbeing being ‘value-engineered’ out of these buildings later on. 

 1 Jun 2021

China's HVAC trade fairs welcome 980 exhibitors 

ISH China & China International Trade Fair for Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Sanitation & Home Comfort Systems (CIHE) concluded its three-day run on 14 May after welcoming 69,243 visitors and 980 exhibitors 
 1 Jun 2021

Heat Pump Month schedule released

Heat Pump Month, backed by Ground Source Heat Pump Association (GSPHA), Heat Pump Association (HPA) Heat Pump Federation and MCS kicks off on Thursday 17th June with a month-long series of free-to-attend online events to bring together housing, ... 
 1 Jun 2021

Albion offers opportunities for local community

Albion Valves UK has taken on an additional two apprentices, bringing its total number of apprentices in the business to three.... 
 1 Jun 2021
New starters marketing specialist Richard Reid; technical support manager Will Griffiths; customer service assistant Sara Nevett; and trainee internal sales assistant Natalie Hands

Lochinvar reports surge in demand as market recovers

Commercial hot water and heating company Lochinvar has recruited four new members of staff at its Banbury HQ in response to growing demand for its products and expertise.... 
 28 May 2021
BESA head of technical Graeme Fox

Skills gap threatens safety and environmental aims

A shortage of skilled technicians will make it increasingly difficult for the refrigeration and air conditioning sector to adopt new ‘alternative’ refrigerants, which are critical to achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets, according to BESA.

The Association’s head of technical Graeme Fox said this week that too many operatives had out-of-date practical skills and were unfamiliar with renewable technologies and the flammable refrigerants that were quickly taking over from global warming gases. 

 28 May 2021

BESA welcomes fast tracking of wellbeing standard

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has praised the British Standards Institute (BSI) for deciding to speed up the development of a new standard for measuring indoor environment quality (IEQ).... 
 28 May 2021

Brits concerned over air quality after lockdown

As businesses plan to return employees to their workplaces over the coming weeks and months, new research shows that Brits are getting increasingly concerned about air quality.... 
 26 May 2021

Battery Storage training course launched

Renewable energy training provider, GTEC, has launched a battery storage training course, offering electricians and renewable installers the chance to upskill to install Electrical Energy Storage Systems (EESS)... 
 26 May 2021
Steve McConnell, director of ICOM and MEHNA

Water treatment essential for commercial heating systems

Industry Bodies, the Industrial and Commercial Heating Equipment Association (ICOM) and the Manufacturers of Equipment for Heat Networks Association (MEHNA) have launched a Quick Guide to Water Treatment, to help designers, owners, insurers, ... 
 26 May 2021
Rinnai managing director Tony Gittings

Polarising positions hamper decarbonisation progress

Progress and attention to the real issue of net zero is being seriously hampered by specific interest groups lobbying for their own aims and targets, according to Rinnai.

The manufacturer believes the need for balanced and objective attention to the remedial actions needed right now on the effects of climate change is being lost in a manufactured race to the financial gains from the fuel and energy transitions. 

 25 May 2021
Mike Foster, chief executive of the Energy and Utilities Alliance

EUA warning over heat pump roll-out

The government has been warned that its plans for the mass roll-out of heat pumps to UK homeowners takes no account of market demand.... 
 25 May 2021

Funding and support for apprentice scheme

Baxi is inviting its approved installers to apply for funding and support if they are taking on an apprentice in 2021. 
 24 May 2021

GSHPs to cut emissions by 82% for Leeds high rise blocks

Cenergist, a specialist in high efficiency district heating and ground source heat pumps (GSHPs), has been appointed to deliver Leeds City Council’s £24 million ‘Clustering for Warmth’ initiative.... 
 24 May 2021

BESA backs scientists’ call for overhaul of ventilation standards

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) is supporting a campaign led by an international group of scientists and engineers to have current building ventilation regulations completely rewritten.... 
 21 May 2021
Chair of the GSHPA Laura Bishop; director for growth & external affairs Heat Pump Federation, Bean Beanland; vice chair Heat Pump Association, Max Halliwell; chief executive MCS, Ian Rippin

Heat Pump Month campaign announced

From Monday 14 June a month-long series of free-to-attend online events will bring together housing, built-environment, policy and installation professionals to collaborate around one the UK’s greatest carbon-reduction challenges – our homes.... 
 19 May 2021

Daikin Europe delivers sustainable growth in challenging year

Daikin Europe Group has closed its 2020 financial year with sustainable sales growth, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.... 
 19 May 2021
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