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Government urged to fund ventilation ‘revolution’

Public funding is urgently needed to ensure schools, hospitals and thousands of homes can benefit from improved awareness of the role played by mechanical ventilation systems in reducing the risk of airborne disease, according to the Building ... 
 28 Jun 2021

Monitoring IAQ must measure more than CO2

With ventilation continuing to dominate the news agenda, a ventilation specialist is stressing the importance of monitoring pollutants beyond just CO2.... 
 23 Jun 2021
TV personality and architect George Clarke

George Clarke to open BESA Conference

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has confirmed that this year’s National Conference will take place on November 3 and 4 and will once again be a ’virtual’ event.... 
 23 Jun 2021

Building overheating raises alarm bells

Following news from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) that UK homes and infrastructure are unprepared for rising temperatures, a polymer specialist has warned consultants and contractors to ensure future buildings are resilient against hotter ... 
 23 Jun 2021

Hire new trainees and benefit from a £1,000 grant

JTL, the national training provider for electrical and heating and plumbing apprenticeships, is encouraging employers to take advantage of the Government’s £1,000 grant extension and hire new trainees as part of the Traineeship ... 
 23 Jun 2021

Industry needs to recognise that looks matter

Smart thermostat company Polar Bear Design has called on the industry to recognise that intelligent design, aesthetically pleasing style and third party companionship will drive HVAC management controls out of the closet and into the 21st Century.... 
 23 Jun 2021

Report shows need for revised post-flood dehumidification strategies

Following warnings from government advisers on the need to ensure building resilience against changing climates, a humidity expert is warning of the risks ‘invisible water’ may have on premises as flood events increase.... 
 23 Jun 2021

BCIA celebrates landmark anniversary

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), which has grown from 11 members in its earliest days to around 120 members, accounting for 80 per cent of the UK’s building controls market.... 
 23 Jun 2021

Manufacturers offer deployment support at Heat Pump Month

Following last week’s opening ‘Ask Me Anything’ event, Heat Pump Month continues for another three weeks with a series of manufacturer-led events covering latest innovations, funding routes and resident engagement.

The free-to-attend highly-participative online events offer housing professionals a unique opportunity to meet with industry experts to explore the realities of heat pump deployment at scale, and the wide range of support available from leading manufacturers. 

 21 Jun 2021
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
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