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TJ Duncan-Moir of Business Glu

TJ Duncan-Moir awarded MBE

TJ Duncan-Moir, whose background includes 30 years in the HVAC and construction industries, was awarded an MBE for her services to Female Entrepreneurship and Business Recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.... 
 21 Jun 2021

UK trials signal major step forward for renewable liquid heating fuel development

Early results from UK wide trials of a renewable alternative to kerosene suggest that the new liquid fuel works in virtually all existing oil heating systems with only simple modifications, while reducing carbon emissions by almost 90%.... 
 18 Jun 2021

Expect backlash over ‘heating tax’ report warns

A major consumer backlash is looming over plans for the mass roll-out of heat pumps to replace gas boilers, according to a new report published by the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA).

The report, called Too Close to Home claims that while consumers broadly support the Government’s climate change efforts there are deep concerns about the associated costs and disruption to homes due to the installation of low carbon heating technologies.

With some low carbon technologies such as heat pumps costing between £8,000-£14,000, a huge 80% of people said that this was either too excessive and they couldn’t afford to pay (54%), or that they would pay it only with financial support (26%). 

 18 Jun 2021

UKCA Mark transition must be extended, trade body warns

Engineering services sector body Actuate UK has warned of serious consequences if the UKCA Mark transition for construction products is not extended.

Actuate UK said businesses, public and commercial projects as well as domestic customers will be affected in only six months if this is not resolved adding that an extension of the transition time to the new arrangements will help avoid delays and allow all products to be tested and accredited. 

 17 Jun 2021
Mark Bouldin, healthy buildings expert at Johnson Controls

Buildings need 'breath of fresh air' approach

To mark Clean Air Day, Mark Bouldin, healthy buildings expert at Johnson Controls explains why the UK needs a new approach to clean air in buildings.

If you had the choice of breathing clean air for 90% of the time or 10% of the time, which would you choose? Well, currently, the emphasis is firmly on the 10%. From governments, campaigners and businesses, there has been a huge push to clean the air we breathe outside. And there’s no denying the importance of that. However, given the average member of the British public spends 22 hours of their day indoors, it seems negligent not to place the same level of attention on indoor air quality (IAQ).

 

 17 Jun 2021
Team Zehnder

Team Zehnder prepares to conquer 'the King' for Dementia Charity 

A trio of colleagues from Zehnder UK are set to take on the ‘Race to the King Ultra-marathon’ to raise money for Dementia UK next month.... 
 16 Jun 2021
Giacomo Ghilardi (Mayor of Cinisello Balsamo), Luciano Rogato (managing director of Camfil Italy), Moreno Veronese (manager of the culture sector), Daniela Maggi (councilor for culture), Giulio Fortunio (library manager)

Camfil donates air purifiers to culture hub

Camfil Italy has donated air purifiers to the Il Pertini Cultural Center in Cinisello Balsamo in the Italian region of Lombardy.... 
 16 Jun 2021

Rinnai N Series now hydrogen ready

Hot water heating unit and system manufacturer Rinnai has revealed that, after an extensive testing and verification process, its current Sensei N Series range is ‘hydrogen ready’ now for the proposed initial supply of hydrogen blends fed through ... 
 14 Jun 2021
Mike Nankivell has been awarded an OBE

Mike Nankivell awarded OBE 

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has announced that Mike Nankivell has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to the UK refrigeration and air conditioning industry.

With almost 50 years of experience in the HVACR industry, Mike has served as president of the Heat Pump Association (HPA), president of HEVAC and as chairman of FETA during its 30th anniversary year. In the wider industry he is also a fellow and former trustee of the Institute of Refrigeration (IoR) and has served as a director of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board (ACRIB). 

 14 Jun 2021

Keep the heat on in critical infrastructure

A disaster plan involving temporary measures may be critical for healthcare and education buildings undergoing boiler repairs in the coming months.... 
 11 Jun 2021

Lower GWP R515B offered on water-cooled heat pump chillers

Aermec's WFGN and WFGI water-cooled chiller and heat pumps will now be available with the option of using R515B, a lower GWP HFO refrigerant that has an A1 non-flammable classification.... 
 11 Jun 2021

Ask anything at Heat Heat Pump Month

Heat Pump Month opens next week with an Ask Me Anything online event where attendees can get any heat pump-related question answered by industry experts, while enjoying a sociable get-together with peers and colleagues.... 
 11 Jun 2021
OFTEC appoints Kevin Steadman, John Vinter and Andrew Borland

Triple appointment at OFTEC 

OFTEC has announced three new appointments to its technical and inspection teams as the trade association continues to strengthen its off-grid services for technicians working across liquid fuel, solid fuel and renewable heating technologies.... 
 10 Jun 2021

UK Energy industry commits to net zero target

UK energy sector trade bodies have come together to present a united voice to Government and build back greener ahead of COP26.... 
 10 Jun 2021
John Kellett, Mitsubishi Electic

Mitsubishi increases AC production in Turkey

Mitsubishi Electric has announced a $18m investment in its Turkish factory to boost air conditioning production and start the manufacture of air source heat pumps at the 40,000m2 facility in Manisa, just inland from the Aegean Sea port of Izmir.... 
 8 Jun 2021
Baxi Assure

Baxi Assure strengthens specification team

To help meet demand for residential specification hot water and heating solutions, the Baxi Assure sales team has been strengthened with the addition of two new specification managers in the North and South of the UK.... 
 8 Jun 2021

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
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