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Payment change for subbies gathers pace Dennis Flower

A growing number of main contractors had announced engagement with early payment initiatives for subcontractors as H&V News went to press, with others considering adopting similar schemes. In the previous issue of H&V News, construction minister Michael Fallon was criticised for his response to the issue. Balfour Beatty has announced the pilot of an early payment scheme that it intends to extend to its suppliers “within weeks”, following a similar path to Carillion, which set up its initiative at the end of last year. Other companies to consider early payment schemes are Galliford Try, Kier, Wates and Willmott Dixon. ISG chief executive David Lawther has also confirmed the contractor has entered into talks to provide early payment facilities, but said it would not extend its standard payment terms. Interserve commercial director Roy Bloom said the company is committed to 30-day payment terms on government contracts

and does not use 60-day terms with its suppliers, even if it receives those terms from private clients. Bam Construction paid its suppliers in 33 days on average last year, a spokeswoman said. “You’re storing up trouble for yourself if you put financial pressure on subbies. The worst thing that could happen is a major subbie going bust in the middle of a project,” she said. The schemes under consideration are in line with the government’s Supply Chain Finance initiative, which Balfour Beatty and Carillion signed up to in October 2012. However, Carillion came under fire in March when it implemented 120-day payment terms. The company’s suppliers are required to adopt these terms,

with the option of accessing payments in advance of 120 days for a fee of 1.65 per cent interest, plus Libor, on the amount they receive. Carillion has additionally announced that it has entered into negotiations with banks to extend its early payment facility due to high demand from suppliers. It previously conducted a survey among its suppliers that showed nearly 90 per cent of those surveyed said the scheme had a positive effect on accessing payments promptly and at a time of their choosing. The study also found that 87 per cent would recommend the scheme to others. Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group chief executive Rudi Klein said he was not surprised other main contractors were considering adopting early payment schemes. “By pushing payment terms out to 120 days, Carillion is getting an advantage over other contractors,” he said. GET THE NEWS YOU WANT has dedicated sections on key issues, including the Green Deal, RHI and FiTs


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Figures show that the majority of Green Deal cashback vouchers for boilers have been issued by British Gas, confirming fears that smaller installers are not benefiting from the government’s flagship scheme. Page 3


Basildon Hospital has been fined £100,000 after admitting failures in procedure that led to the deaths of two patients from legionnaires’ disease in 2007 and 2010. Page 4


Public bodies have received guidance from the Welsh Government allowing them to exclude companies that are found guilty or admit to the use of blacklisting from contracts. Page 7


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FINDING THE RIGHT BALANCE The figures for the Green Deal cashback vouchers (see page 3) confirm many people’s worst views of the scheme, in that there seem to be few opportunities for smaller companies, with nearly all vouchers issued by British Gas to date in its role as provider, assessor and installer. The good news is that the Department of Energy and Climate Change has agreed to look at the situation. With the parliamentary summer recess now over, it is more likely to receive attention, but whether any change will be made remains to be seen. While the Energy Company Obligation has been credited with providing higher levels of business, reports have also stated that smaller companies have found it difficult to engage with the scheme. A number of refer-

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The retrofit and refurbishment of the UK’s existing housing stock presents both opportunities and challenges for the building services sector, with the need for improvements increasing in urgency as the deadline to meet carbon emission reduction targets looms.

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ences have been made to the 2010 boiler scrappage scheme, which is viewed as providing a more level playing field, and it will be interesting to see whether this can be used as a reference for both the Green Deal and ECO. Better news is that the H&V News Awards 2014 are now open for entries. Submissions should be completed by December, so now’s the time to start preparing to ensure your entry catches the judges’ eyes. With industry conditions showing promising signs (see Opportunities, p13), there is even more reason for entering the awards to gain attention for your company in 2014, celebrating your successful operations and endorsing your company as a future business partner for others.

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British Gas dominates issue of Green Deal vouchers Dennis Flower

British Gas has supplied nearly all the Green Deal vouchers issued up to the end of July. The information was obtained by Green Heat managing director Peter Thom after a request under the Freedom of Information Act. The document shows 7,201 Green Deal cashback vouchers for gas boilers were issued up to the end of July 2013, 7,148 of which were supplied by British Gas. The second largest supplier of vouchers for boilers was Yorkshire Energy Services, with 30. Mr Thom (pictured) told H&V News this proved the scheme is excluding smaller installers. “I have requested an urgent

review over the way vouchers are issued,” said Mr Thom, who is a member of the Green Deal Installer Forum. “These figures confirm that the government is encouraging consumers to go to the UK’s most expensive installer. “We previously had a very successful boiler scrappage scheme

Report predicts increased growth for prefabrication The market for prefabricated plant rooms will grow by more than 8 per cent next year, according to figures from AMA Research. Its Prefabricated Plant Rooms Market Report – UK 2013-2017 Analysis estimates the 2013 market in prefabricated plant rooms to be worth £46m, at installed prices. This is expected to increase to around £50m next year. Higher levels of growth are predicted from 2016, as the construction industry continues to gain momentum. Although the number of suppliers are limited, manufacturing to specific requirements, new entrants are continuing to enter the market despite the high capital cost of establishing manufacturing operations, the report stated.

that allowed everyone to compete for work and we now need a similar set-up within the Green Deal to create a level playing field.” Mr Thom said Green Dealaccredited installers should be able to apply for vouchers direct to Capita, allowing them to bypass Green Deal providers. “There has been a disappointing response to the Green Deal from smaller installers and this would help redress the balance,” he said. Mr Thom’s original request was refused by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, but the decision was reversed following his appeal for a review. The DECC has informed Mr Thom it is reviewing his request to change the terms of the cashback voucher scheme.

New energy centre gets good reception

Barratt London has awarded a £5.8m contract to J S Wright to fit out the Fulham Wharf mixed-use regeneration scheme, to include pipework installation linking an energy centre with heating interface units, plus a number of other services.

Runway success

Highlands and Islands Airports has appointed Norland Managed Services to provide facilities management services to Inverness, Kirkwall and Stornoway airports, including all M&E systems plus fire and intruder alarms.

The University of Cambridge is seeking contractors for the North West Cambridge development of mixed-use and residential building for contracts ranging from £5m to more than £50m. A briefing session will be held on 30 September in Cambridge.

Environmental acquisition

Northamptonshire-based 4See Group has announced the purchase of the remaining 25 per cent of 4See Environmental from its previous management team, which had remained with the company since the group’s investment in early 2011.

Growth has been recorded in prefabricated plant rooms every year since 2010 The decline in construction has led to lower growth levels since 2011

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£5.8m regeneration win

University challenge


Leisure and retail markets are forecast to be particularly active in the years ahead, especially across the budget hotel sector


More than 400 people visited the launch of the South West Energy Centre, which forms part of South Devon College. The new facility includes an onsite Passivhaus (above) and an Innovation Suite for entrepreneurs setting up energy-related businesses.

Clean sweep achieved

Ventilation hygiene and system surveyor VSS has announced the purchase of Hygienic Maintenance for an undisclosed sum. The move is designed to enhance its extract cleaning and maintenance services, with all shares and assets transferred with immediate effect.

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Briefs Commercial appointment

Hospital fined for failings over legionnaires’ deaths Dennis Flower

Simon Colbert joined Arnold James (St Albans) on 1 August as commercial director. He has extensive commercial contracting experience with some of the industry’s major M&E businesses and will play a key role in determining the company’s strategic direction.

Technical role filled

Chris Deacon has been named technical sales manager for East Anglia at Alpha Heating Innovation. His role includes the provision of specification and technical advice to installers and merchants. Mr Deacon joins from City Plumbing Supplies, where he was branch manager.

Health and safety failings have been admitted by Basildon Hospital in a court case following the deaths of two patients from legionnaires’ disease in 2007 and 2010. In addition to the deaths, six more patients were also infected during the same period. Admitting failings under the Health and Safety at Work Act, Basildon Hospital said it “apologised unreservedly”. During the hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court, prosecutor Pascal Bates said the hospital had been battling the disease for up to 15 years. The hospital was prosecuted following the death of another patient in 2002 from the same dis-

£100k Fine issued for the legionnaires’ disease cases

ease, but the court was told that its managers had taken insufficient steps to protect the public. Failures in procedure included improper cleaning of shower heads and thermostatic valves and the cutting of the budget to tackle the bacteria with chemicals. It was also suggested that the ‘superheating’ of pipes to kill bacteria may actually have raised the temperature of cold water pipes and create the opposite effect. Basildon Hospital was also prosecuted for injuries sustained

Quinn names area manager

Contingency plans outlined after fire

Dan Merkel is the new South-west England area sales manager for Quinn Radiators. He was previously employed by Ubbink and has also worked for several major industry suppliers, including Plumb Center and Stelrad Radiators.

UK manufacturer Airedale International Air Conditioning has implemented contingency plans following a fire at its premises on 6 September. With critical areas “relatively unscathed”, full production is expected to return within two or three months. Full support has been expressed by US parent firm Modine Manufacturing.

New MD at Mansfield Pollard

Joanna Robinson has been promoted to managing director for Mansfield Pollard. She joined the business 13 years ago and was instrumental in the launch of a new corporate identity last month, as the company prepares for more growth.

Director chosen for DECC unit

Stephen Brooks has been appointed investment director for the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s new Heat Networks Delivery Unit. His appointment signals the opening of the HNDU for business.

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by an elderly patient who fell through an unrestricted window. Announcing the court’s verdict, judge David Turner said: “These are failures of very different kinds but each is in its own way serious.” Basildon Hospital was fined £100,000 for the legionnaires’ disease cases, £75,000 for the fall and ordered to pay costs of £175,000. Following the case, chief executive Clare Panniker said: “We need to ensure our patients are cared for in a safe environment where they do not come to harm. “We continue to invest significantly in upgrading and managing our water systems to minimise the risks of any patients contracting legionnaires’ in the future.” Ms Panniker also apologised to relatives of those who suffered.

£4.5m deal for pioneer cystic fibrosis unit Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust has chosen Interserve to build the UK’s first independent cystic fibrosis unit. Located next to the site’s radiotherapy building on what is currently a car park, the new building will form a physical link with the existing hospital. The contract includes construction, mechanical, electrical and plumbing elements. The scheme was designed by P&HS Architects and is due to complete next March.

Full steam ahead Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating is to extend its UK product portfolio to include Universal steam boilers, designed for large industrial systems and suitable for both liquid and gaseous fuels as well as with heat recovery options.

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Welsh government advises on blacklisting exclusions

Briefs Up the junction

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The Welsh government has issued guidance to public bodies allowing them to exclude from contracts companies that have admitted blacklisting or been found guilty of it in a court or tribunal. The procurement guideline, sent to 103 public bodies in Wales, said it would be difficult to ban companies from contracts on the basis of other evidence of blacklisting. It said exclusion “must be proportionate” and not a punishment for past wrongdoing, so a blanket ban would not be lawful. Companies that have made efforts to repair the damage caused by past blacklisting activities should not usually be banned from public contracts, it said. Firms cannot be excluded from contracts solely because they have not apologised for blacklisting. The guidance said the public bodies did not have an automatic right to terminate a contract if a contractor had been or was currently engaged in blacklisting, but they could consider changing the

The Junction 31 Gas Skills Centre has opened in West Yorkshire, close to junction 31 of the M62, offering training to individuals or groups up to four in number. It is BPEC-approved for ACS domestic gas and unvented hot water assessments.

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wording of contracts to provide a right to terminate if blacklisting was undertaken. Welsh finance minister Jane Hutt said: “The use of blacklists is wholly unacceptable and I fully sympathise with the individuals and their families who have suffered a terrible injustice as a consequence of contractors engaging in this practice. “Procurement is an important part of the overall policy toolkit of the Welsh Government. Under no circumstances is it acceptable for

any business in receipt of public procurement expenditure to use blacklists. I am determined to take action in Wales. “I trust that other governments in the UK will take similar action if they have not already done so.” Ucatt general secretary Steve Murphy said: “This is a massive step forward in the campaign for justice for blacklisted workers. “The other devolved administrations and the UK government should follow the example of Wales and issue similar guidance.”

Pipe Center has announced further investment in its fabrication facility in West Horndon, Essex, to include pipe grooving capability for high-performance systems. The company is also investing in the latest welding plant and additional trained manpower.

Mark of approval

NLB Engineering has announced that its Aladdin EasyFit Isolator has received WRAS Stop Valve approval. The company applied for the accreditation following requests from two of the UK’s major water companies.





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Briefs Double-digit order growth

PV development promises solar performance boost Dennis Flower

The Office for National Statistics has released figures showing that new orders in the four quarters up to Q2 this year were 12 per cent higher than in the previous year. This amounted to £5bn-worth of work and was hailed as a further indication of improving industry conditions.

Maintaining control

Short courses have been set up at the ABB Energy Centre, City College Plymouth by City & Guilds, the college and engineering firm ABB to provide information on the KNX standard for home and building controls.

Soft Landings launch

BSRIA has published How to Procure Soft Landings to guide procurement of Soft Landings services from construction supply chains, coinciding with the 2013 RIBA Plan of Work publication and information from the Construction Industry Council.

The creation of a new technique for dramatically improving the performance of solar PV has been announced by North Carolina State University. By improving the connections between stacked solar cells, the university claims they will be able to operate at much higher solar concentrations without significant loss of voltage. The development is described in a paper by Salah Bedair, a professor of electrical engineering at the university. “We have discovered that by inserting a very thin film of gallium arsenide into the connecting junction of stacked cells, we can virtually eliminate voltage loss without blocking any of the solar energy,” Dr Bedair said. The solar PV sector is considering the use of lenses to concentrate energy, with the potential to increase input by a ratio of 4,000:1. The connecting junctions were identified as the weak point,


We can virtually eliminate voltage loss without blocking solar energy”

however, resulting in loss of voltage as solar input increased. Dr Bedair said the breakthrough would allow smaller cells to be used to produce electricity with concentrating lenses, which were “relatively inexpensive”. “Now we have created a connecting junction that loses almost no voltage, even when the stacked solar cell is exposed to 70,000 suns of solar energy. And that is more than sufficient for practical purposes,” Dr Bedair said. The Solar Trade Association said that while the development seems exciting, industry has seen that successful laboratory tests do not always result in commercially viable products. “However, the appetite for R&D in solar power shows innovations and cost reductions in the technology can be expected to continue for some time yet,” it said. The paper, Effect of GaAs interfacial layer on the performance of high bandgap tunnel junctions for multijunction solar cells, was published in Applied Physics Letters.



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Jobs, results, gas storage, safety, contracts, renewable energy, b Green jobs overestimated

A report by the Auditor General reveals that the job numbers created by Scotland’s renewable energy drive have been hugely overestimated. It was suggested by the Scottish Government that 40,000 jobs would result from the country’s renewable energy efforts, while the actual figure is around 13,000, the report says. It also estimates that £209m has been spent on Scotland’s renewable infrastructure over the past 10 years and this figure is expected to increase to £264m by 2015. Kier profit drop announced

Kier’s pre-tax profits fell by £20m to £43m in the year to 30 June as its May Gurney takeover allowed for £500m in new bids in rail, highways and water. In its preliminary results, Kier said construction revenue was 5 per cent lower than 2012 at £1.31bn (2012: £1.38bn). It attributed this to poor weather in the first quarter of 2013 which caused delays and pushed revenues into the 2014 financial year. Underlying pre-tax profit was £63.4m (2012: £70m). Study shows solar gains

The Solar Trade Association has conducted research that shows the cost of solar thermal hot water systems could be reduced if sales increase when the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive launches next year. A market expansion by a factor of 10 would reduce prices by 29.2 per cent, according to the association, driven by efficiencies on installation. After doubling sales figures between 2008 and 2010, the market for solar thermal has almost fallen back to the 2008 levels. This contraction was due to the lack of incentives enjoyed by other options, such as solar PV and wind, the STA said. 10 18 september 2013

Balfour Beatty starts work on South Bank M&E project Balfour Beatty Engineering Services has commenced work on the £30m contract for the design and installation of M&E services within London’s Sea Containers House, located on the South Bank of the Thames. The company said that it is using innovative approaches such as a full-scale floor services mock-up and offsite prefabrication to deliver a number of benefits. The project will see 13 floors of office space converted into a 360-bedroom hotel, plus the construction of a nine-storey extension to the building. BBES has designed new M&E systems for retrofitting B&ES chief in rallying call

B&ES president Bruce Bisset has said businesses must ensure they remain entirely fit for purpose to meet future challenges in his address at the annual B&ES President’s Luncheon in London. “We must make sure that our businesses, and our industry, are fit for the challenges presented by the emergence of new technologies and the requirement for enhanced technical and managerial skills,” he said. “We must adapt to changing working practices – in particular, the use of building information modelling, which will become mandatory on public sector contracts in less than three years’ time.” No new gas storage

The government has announced that it will not be investing in new gas storage facilities, stating this will save around £750m over a 10-year period. It commissioned independent analysis from Redpoint, which reported that the UK gas market continues to function well to meet current and future demand. Gas storage provided just 7 per cent of total UK supply in 2012.

into the slab-to-slab 1970s building, using its offsite floor mock-up to design modularised

£20m Fall in Kier’s pretax profits in the year to 30 June

heating, ventilation and lighting systems to comply with British Council of Offices guidelines.

Current capacity allows for twice the amount of gas required in a normal winter, with no problems reported during the last winter and early spring this year. Unregistered worker fined

A man has been ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service and pay costs of nearly £2,000 for illegally fitting two gas fires and servicing boilers in the Colchester area. Mark Bond, trading as Bond Technical Services, was found guilty of breaching the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 and the Health and Safety at Work Act etc 1974. Colchester Magistrates Court also handed Mr Bond a suspended prison sentence. HVAC work at CERN

A UK company has secured £1m-worth of contracts to upgrade ventilation systems at CERN, which operates the Large Hadron Collider. Arcade will start work this month on its latest contract, as CERN closes to allow upgrade work to commence. The contract was won through

ergy, blacklisting, housing, research the Science & Technology Facilities Council’s membership of CERN, which introduced Cambridgebased Arcade at a Meet the Buyer event in 2011. Having been invited to tender for a number of projects, the company has won several contracts and has developed skills to deliver work in a range of scientific environments, it said. Iceland wind potential

Iceland could provide renewable electricity to the UK cheaper than offshore wind under interconnector plans being discussed between the two governments, Utility Week has reported. The plans involve a 1,000 km undersea cable – the longest in the world – with a capacity of 1 GW. Together with related generation and onshore transmission investments, the package is estimated to cost around £4bn. If the scheme stacks up economically and clears political hurdles, it could be up and running by 2022. CIPD looks into blacklisting

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development has said it is investigating 19 of its members in relation to blacklisting in construction. At a hearing of the Scottish Affairs Select Committee yesterday, CIPD chief executive Peter

Cheese said the investigation was likely to take about 18 months. He said: “We are conducting an investigation of 19 people and that is based on evidence that has come into the public domain about their potential use of The Consulting Association’s blacklist practices. “They are under investigation at this point in time and that investigation is not yet complete.”


Low-cost London homes planned by development company Pocket

years, according to the BBC Radio 5 Live Service Review. A survey conducted by electric heating specialist Economy Radiators, however, indicates the cost of this utility is actually a worry for up to 79 per cent of people across the country. The survey was conducted independently on behalf of Economy Radiators with 546 UK residents taking part.

Low-cost London homes

M&E London Bridge win

A company part funded by the mayor of London is to build 4,000 homes over the next 10 years. Development company Pocket will build 400 homes for sale at below-market prices by 2016 across eight boroughs, with the remaining 3,600 homes planned over the following seven years. The firm received a £21.7m 10-year loan from mayor of London Boris Johnson.

NG Bailey’s Rail division has been awarded a contract to provide M&E services for London Bridge station. Working alongside Costain, the contract will see the company design and install temporary works to facilitate the overall construction work being undertaken. NG Bailey will also deliver the detailed design of the permanent fire protection, fire detection, telecoms and security services and the installation of the electrical, mechanical, public health, fire, telecoms and security services. As part of the contract, the company will offer support to the HyderWSP design team and maintain all new services installed until May 2018.

Electricity cost concerns

An article suggesting 38 per cent of the UK population is concerned about meeting their heating bills was published recently on the BBC News site. The BBC’s figure was derived from a survey conducted with 1,035 Radio 5 listeners – an audience that is heavily male dominated due to the station’s focus on news and sports, and is predominantly aged between 35 and 64

Home energy study looms

1,000km Length of an undersea cable proposed which could supply cheaper energy than from offshore wind

The Sustainable Homes study will be conducted in October, covering 630 homes and supported by 13 housing associations throughout the UK. The survey will examine energy use within homes to see how more can be saved when residents are better informed about energy use. Residents will be given regular feedback to help them understand their energy use and make savings. The intention is to help cut domestic fuel bills while addressing fuel poverty. BREAKING NEWS, DELIVERED Sign up for HVN’s newsletter

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Sectors, data, contract leads HOTELS & LEISURE Project starts in the hotels & leisure sector were expected to rebound strongly in the second quarter following a marginal year-on-year contraction in Q1. However, these predictions have not come to fruition, with intelligence provider Glenigan recording a 17 per cent decline in the value of underlying starts (worth £250k-£100m) compared with the same period of 2012. This performance was particularly disappointing given the strong growth seen in a number of other industry sectors as sentiment improved over the quarter and signs emerged of a tentative upturn in activity. The data suggests that delays to the scheduled starts of a number of medium-sized projects was chiefly responsible for the under-performance in Q2, though this suggests that things are more likely to pick up towards the end of the year as these schemes finally get under way on site. The region-by-region breakdown for the second quarter shows the majority of the UK contributed to the weak showing over the three months, rather than simply a few areas dragging the whole country down. Recent hotels & leisure stalwarts such as London, Scotland and the West Midlands all recorded poor quarters relative to their typical figures, with the latter having a particularly torrid time. However, the South-west and Yorkshire & the Humber both reported strong growth in Q2, while the North-west was far and away the star performer for the period, both in year-on-year growth and absolute value terms. Noteworthy projects that started on site in these regions included a £35m motorway service area on the M5 near Gloucester for Gloucestershire Gateway Trust, being delivered by 12 18 SEPTEMBER 2013

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Buckingham Group Contracting; the £36m construction of the new Huddersfield Sports Centre for Kirklees Council, which has appointed Bam Construct; and a £35m scheme in Manchester comprising a hotel, shops, cafes and restaurants for Ask Property Developments, for which Carillion is the main contractor. The medium-term outlook for the sector is patchy at best, despite the pick-up in confidence across the wider industry. A relatively flat end to 2013 is forecast by Glenigan to be followed by a rollercoaster 2014, with stronger growth in the second half of the year expected to limit contraction across the sector before a more settled year in 2015.




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ONS CONSTRUCTION REDUNDANCIES These numbers illustrate the total number of construction sector redundancies in the UK over each quarter, as recorded by the Office for National Statistics. The latest figures running up to Q2 2013 show the second quarter saw an even sharper decline in the number of redundancies, with around 11,000 recorded over the three months. This marked a fall of 6,000 from the 17,000 estimate for the first quarter, which was itself 5,000 lower than Q4 2012. The quarterly change from Q1 2013 to Q2 2013 was 35.3 per cent, while the year on year change was 38.9 per cent. This latest improvement reflects the increasing confidence that has been building in recent months across the wider industry.

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ONS CONSTRUCTION JOBS FILLED (000s) 2,010 2,005 2,000 1,995 1,990 1,985 1,980

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This data from the ONS shows the total number of employment positions filled throughout the construction industry. As with the level of industry redundancies, the latest figures for jobs show that the improvement seen in Q1 accelerated in the second quarter, breaking back through the 2 million barrier once more to hit 2,006,000 positions filled. This represented an increase of 0.75 per cent compared with the 1,994,000 recorded in the first quarter of the year, which was itself 0.55 per cent up on the 1,983,000 seen in the final quarter of 2012. Employment in Q2 was also marginally higher than in the same period of 2012, up 0.05 per cent year on year.

FMB SPECIALISTS EMPLOYMENT INDEX The Federation of Master Builders employment index shows the net balance of the number of specialist construction companies reporting an increase in their employment levels minus the number of those firms recording a decline, according to the organisation’s State of Trade survey. The net balance across specialists improved by six percentage points to 0, with the majority of firms – 60 per cent – reporting no change in their staffing levels, compared with 64 per cent in the previous quarter. The proportion of respondents stating that their workforce had grown rose to 20 per cent from 15 per cent in Q1, while those reporting a fall in numbers fell marginally to 20 per cent from 21 per cent.


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Opportunities Contract leads Midlands/East Anglia plans approved

DUDLEY £0.45m n 59-60 Tower Street Planning authority: Dudley Job: Detail Plans Granted for 10 flats Client: West Midlands Historic Building Trust Developer: Rodney Melville & Partners, 10 Euston Place, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, CV32 4LJ Tel: 01926 881311

WARWICK £0.76m n 1-3 Wharf Street Planning authority: Warwick Job: Detail Plans Granted for 15 sheltered flats Client: Creative Support Ltd Developer: OMI Architects, 31 Blackfriars Road, Salford, Greater Manchester, M3 7AQ Tel: 0161 832 3242


ALCESTER £3.5m n Maudslay Park, Henley Road, Great Alne Planning authority: Stratford-OnAvon Job: Reserved Matters Granted for central facilities building Client: Helical (Liphook) Ltd Agent: Barton Willmore Partnership, The Observatory, Southfleet Road, Dartford, Kent, DA10 0DF Tender return date: 7th October 2013 Tel: 01322 374660


NOTTINGHAM £13.5m n Harvey Haddon Leisure Centre, Wigman Road Planning authority: Nottingham Job: Detail Plans Granted for sports centre Client: Nottingham City Council Agent: Levitate Architecture & Design Studio Limited, 161 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4QX Contractor: Carillion Regional Building, 1 Union Street, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 1HH Tel: 0845 415 9270

PETERBOROUGH £1M n Tranche TC9, Hampton Centre, Eagle Way, 1 Lakeview Way, Hampton Planning authority: Peterborough Job: Detail Plans Granted for church building Client: Diocese of Ely Agent: David Turnock Architects, Datum House, 3 Commerce Road, Lynch Wood, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE2 6LR

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Contractor: Watson & Cox Construction Ltd, Park Farm Industrial Estate, Brunel Close, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, NN8 6QX Tel: 01933 677777

North/North-east plans approved

SKEGNESS £24.5m n Land at Beacon Park off Churchill Avenue Planning authority: East Lindsey Job: Detail Plans Granted for 204 houses/202 flats/55 bungalows/4 restaurant/cafe Client: Manorcrest Homes Agent: Manorcrest Homes, Manorcrest House, Holly Road, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 3AX Contractor: Manorcrest Homes, Manorcrest House, Holly Road, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 3AX Tel: 01754 767 742


Reserved Matters Granted for factory/ warehouse building Client: Harrogate Spa Water Agent: Brian Ferguson, 1 Grimston Park, Grimston, Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, LS24 9DB Contractor: Hacs Construction, Nidderdale House, Station Yard, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3BA Tel: 01423 770694

Birmingham, West Midlands, B1 3HH Contractor: McLaren Construction, Centrix House, Crow lane east, Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside, WA12 9UY Tel: 01925 273081


INVERURIE £1.2m n Thomson of Sauchen, Kirkside Sauchen

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MACCLESFIELD £3.6m n Astra Zeneca, Silk Road Business Park, Charter Way Planning authority: Cheshire East Job: Detail Plans Granted for pharmaceuticals facility Client: Astrazeneca Developer: Mott MacDonald Group Ltd, Spring Bank House, 33 Stamford Street, Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 1ES Tel: 0161 926 4000


DURHAM £6M n Bowman Training Centre, land located at Bowburn Industrial Estate

PRESTON £3M n Preston College, Fulwood Campus, St Vincents Road, Fulwood

Planning authority: Durham County Job: Detail Plans Granted for fire training centre Client: County Durham & Darlington Fire Agent: Napper Architects, 3 Waterloo Square, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear, NE1 4DR Tender return date: 1st stage tender return date 27th September 2013, please note there could be numerous stages however not yet confirmed Tel: 0191 261 0491

Planning authority: Preston Job: Detail Plans Granted for college (extension/ refurbishment) Client: Preston College Agent: IBI Taylor Young, Chadsworth House, Wilmslow Road, Handforth, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 3HP Tender return date: 4th October 2013 Tel: 01625 542200


DRIFFIELD £0.25m n Manorfield Works, Main Street, Ron Whitfield Engineers, Fridaythorpe Planning authority: East Riding Job: Detail Plans Granted for factory (extension) Client: Ron Whitfield Engineers Agent: MJ Design Services, Tithe Farm, North Dalton, Driffield, Humberside, YO25 9UX Contractor: Ron Whitfield Engineers, Manorfield Works, Main Street, Fridaythorpe, Driffield, Humberside, YO25 9RT Tel: 0843 262 3255

HARROGATE £1.4m n Harrogate Spa Water Limited, Harlow Moor Road Planning authority: Harrogate Job:


STOCKPORT £1M n Offerton Shopping Precinct, Lisburne Lane, Offerton Planning authority: Stockport Job: Detail Plans Granted for supermarket Client: Tenbest Ltd Agent: Harris Partnership Ltd, Carvers Warehouse, 77 Dale Street, Manchester, M1 2HG Contractor: CTM Management, Suite G Chadwick House, Warrington Road, Birchwood Park, Birchwood, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 6AE Tel: 01925 284 100

WARRINGTON £33.2m n Omega South, Woolston Planning authority: Warrington Job: Detail Plans Granted for new distribution warehouse Client: Bericote Properties Limited Agent: Chetwoods Architects, 32 Frederick Street,

Scotland plans approved

Planning authority: Aberdeenshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for warehouse Client: Mr. Eric Thomson Developer: William Lippe Architects, 4 St James Place, Inverurie, Grampian, AB51 3UB Tel: 01467 622785


BONNYBRIDGE £1.75m n Antonine Primary School, Broomhill Road Planning authority: Falkirk Job: Detailed Plans Submitted for school gym/nursery/classroom (extension) Client: Falkirk Council Agent: Falkirk Council Building, Abbotsford House, Davids Loan, Falkirk, Central, FK2 7YZ Tender return date: 18th October 2013 Tel: 01324 504950


LIVINGSTON £4.5m n Land to south of Murieston Road Planning authority: West Lothian Job: Detail Plans Granted for 59 houses Client: Cala Management Limited Agent: EMA Architecture & Design, The Stables, 38 Baileyfield Road, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH15 1NA Contractor: Cala Management Limited, Cairnlee House, Callendar Boulevard, Falkirk, Central, FK1 1XE Tel: 01324 600000

ST. ANDREWS £0.92m n Westburn Wynd, Westburn Lane Planning authority: Fife Job: Detail Plans Granted for 8 flats & 6 houses Client: Eastacre Investments Agent: Sutherland Hussey Architects, 99 Giles Street, Edinburgh, Lothian, EH6 6BZ Contractor: Ogilvie Construction, Ogilvie House, Pirnhall Business Park, 200 Glasgow Road, Whins of Milton, Stirling, Central, FK7 8ES Tel: 01786 812273

PLANS APPROVED Projects that are approved but are at pre-tender stage

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LONDON £7.5M n 36-44 Lodge Road

BRISTOL £16.2M n Land north of Peg Hill Yate

Planning authority: Westminster Job: Detail Plans Granted for 129 flats Client: Matterhorn Capital St Johns Wood Ltd Developer: KSR Architects, 14 Greenland Street, London, NW1 0ND Tel: 020 7692 5000

Planning authority: South Gloucestershire Job: Reserved Matters Granted for 235 residential units Client: Barratt Homes Bristol Developer: Focus On Design, The Old Brewery, 9 - 11 Lodway, Pill, Bristol, BS20 0DH Tel: 01275 813380

SOUTHAMPTON £0.82M n The Croft Public House, Langdown Lawn, Hythe

SWANSEA £0.31M n Wern Terrace St. Thomas

Planning authority: New Forest Job: Detail Plans Granted for 10 houses Client: Langdown Lawn Developer: PLC Architects, Brankesmere House, Queens Crescent, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 3HS Tel: 02392 755333


READING £3M n Trafalgar Court, Play Platt Theale Planning authority: West Berkshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for 30 flats Client: Sovereign Housing Association Agent: Sovereign Housing Association, Berkshire House, 17 - 24 Bartholomew Street, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 5LL Tender return date: 25th October 2013. This contract is a re-tender Tel: 0845 712 5530


CHICHESTER £4.8M n Land at the corner of Broyle Road, Roussilion Barracks Planning authority: Chichester Job: Detail Plans Granted for care home Client: ZeroC Agent: Tanner & Tilley, 4 Beresford Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH6 5AA Contractor: Colten Homes, 16 Western Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9HL Tel: 01590 676033

LONDON £0.62M n 51-53 Tower Bridge Road Planning authority: Southwark Job: Detail Plans Granted for 8 flats & 2 retail units Client: Mr. Atwal Agent: Simplicity Design UK, 137 Winston Road, London, N16 9LL Contractor: Mr. Atwal, 192 Erith Road, Bexleyheath, DA7 6HU Tel: Not Available

Planning authority: Swansea Job: Detail Plans Granted for 4 houses Client: AEP Homes Developer: Saplane Civil Engineers, 35 Wern Road, Skewen, Neath, SA10 6DN Tel: Not Available


DEESIDE £0.85M n Former North Wales Police Station, 105 The Highway Planning authority: Flintshire Job: Detail Plans Granted for 11 houses & 1 flat Client: F G Whitley & Sons Agent: Ainsley Gommon, The Old Police Station, 15 Glynne Way, Hawarden, Deeside, Clwyd, CH5 3NS Contractor: F G Whitley & Sons, Park House, Brocoed Business Park, Wrexham Road, Mold, Clwyd, CH7 1HP Tel: 01352 751805

NEATH £1.2M n 58 Cardonnel Road, Skewen Planning authority: Neath & Port Talbot Job: Detail Plans Granted for 17 houses Client: Green Hill Construction Agent: Green Hill Construction, The Green House, Esperanto Way, Newport, NP19 0RD Contractor: Green Hill Construction, The Green House, Esperanto Way, Newport, NP19 0RD Tel: 01633 290159

POOLE £5.5M n Lytchett Minster Upper School, Post Green Road, Lytchett Minster Planning authority: Purbeck Job: Detail Plans Granted for school arts block (extension) Client: Lytchett Minster School Agent: WYG, Empress House, 12 Empress Road, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, SO43 7AE Contractor: Midas Group, Park Court, Abbey Park Estate, Premier Way, Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 9DN Tel: 023 80 750111

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Special report Retrofit and refurbishment

Yesterday’s buildings get fitted for the future Contractors reveal how early planning holds the key to bringing the heating and ventilation of older structures up to modern standards Careful planning is important for any retrofit and refurbishment project. There are many challenges and projects often come with strict deadlines and a need to limit disruption. Dimplex Renewables business development director Chris Davis says it is important to consider different products on a retrofit. “For the cost-conscious customer, it will seem appealing to save further investment and keep the existing products,” he says. “Installers must make them aware of the effect that emitters can have on system efficiency and ongoing fuel bills – and even how they can influence RHI payments. “Conventional radiators need a higher water temperature and underfloor heating is not always practical for retrofits, so lowtemperature, fan-assisted radiators are becoming increasingly popular for heat pump installations, maximising system performance for a far smaller footprint than conventional radiators.” Container combination

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services used a combination of approaches to provide a sustainable M&E package as part of the refurbishment and extension of Sea Containers House (pictured) on the south bank of the Thames. The £30m contract included creating a full-scale floor services mock-up before building work started, and the use of

offsite prefabrication to reduce local disruption and ensure safer working conditions. Delivered by Byrne Group for building owners Archlane, the £120m project will convert 13 floors of office space into a 360-bedroom hotel and build a nine-storey extension. Many of the M&E elements – including a series of modular service risers – will be designed and built at BBES Modular Systems+ manufacturing and assembly facility in Wednesbury, West Midlands. Using offsite prefabrication techniques will enable BBES to meet the project schedule, deliver savings in working hours and costs, and overcome the logistical challenges of working within a city centre location. Offsite fabrication will also be instrumental in maintaining the BBES policy of embedding sustainability into everything the company does. Integrating modularised M&E elements will reduce the effect on city centre traffic and deliver significant savings on the site’s carbon footprint. City centre logistics were among the challenges faced by Interserve on a £2.3m refurbishment of a historic listed city centre hotel in Newcastle to create extra student accommodation for Newcastle University. The project will see the creation of 66 en-suite bedrooms, 11 kitchens, three lounges, office space and a new lift for disabled access. Most


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of the work is inside the building and its Victorian façade is being carefully preserved. At one stage, about 120 acro props were required to facilitate repairs, with new steelwork needed to fix failed floors. The company was required to retain the building’s existing main staircase features, and new handrails and spindles must match the original installation. Interserve Engineering Services head of national design Martin Trentham says: “The typical issues in this arena for us involve ensuring the design performance of systems accommodates the performance of the existing 18 SEPTEMBER 2013 17

Special report Retrofit and refurbishment (continued) building: it is no use designing systems whose performance levels outstrip the ‘capabilities’ of the existing building to handle them. “Following installation there is also the requirement for training or familiarisation of new systems with existing building occupants.” Creating minimal impact was an issue for NG Bailey when upgrading Birmingham New Street Station, one of the busiest transport hubs in the UK. NG Bailey senior project manager Peter Brown says: “Our initial task was to replace the station’s ‘engine room’, which carries all the mechanical and electrical services to the whole station. “The age and structural integrity of the station presented us with some major challenges and to overcome these, our rail, engineering and offsite manufacture divisions worked together to create an innovative solution that harnessed the benefits of offsite manufacture. “We designed a service corridor, nicknamed ‘The Spine’, which consisted of 11 modules and five risers that were all constructed offsite. However, the weight of the modules generated a major challenge because, at eight tonnes each, they were too heavy for the existing station floor. “To overcome this, we created a temporary lattice frame, which took the weight of the modules as they were transported over the tracks and lifted into position.” Throughout the process, the station remained operational, with passengers diverted into bespoke tunnels and walkways to protect them from the building work. Carbon emissions also need to be considered. According to the Carbon Trust, large UK businesses are paying out more than £1.6bn too much on their energy bills every year because many are yet to seize the full opportunity to cut bills by around 15 per cent through energy-efficiency measures. Kingspan Tarec Industrial insulation technical services 18 18 SEPTEMBER 2013

manager Carl Davison cites changes to the Approved Documents to Part L, with the good news that building services is the only area singled out for improvement in the otherwise completely neglected ADL2B – non-domestic refurbishment. Standards are to be improved for fan coil units (FCUs), chillers and lighting, with minimum cooling efficiency being increased from 2.5 to 2.7, and minimum FCU specific fan power from 0.6 to 0.5 W/l/s. “It’s better than nothing, but in terms of the bigger picture it could well be too little, too late,” Mr Davison says. Fan replacements

One way to make energy savings is to replace traditional AC fans with EC (electronically commutated) models, reducing power use in air conditioning and cooling systems by up to 70 per cent. UK fan maker Elta Fans supplied ventilation equipment for the highly sustainable and awardwinning headquarters of The Co-operative Group in Manchester. One Angel Square has been designed to cut energy consumption by 50 per cent and carbon emissions from 80 per cent compared with its current Manchester complex. This will reduce operating costs by up to 30 per cent. Given the prime focus on sustainability, an important consideration in the specification of the fans was compliance with the regulations introduced by the Energy-related Products Directive. Last December, the building achieved the highest recorded BREEAM score of 95.32 per cent, making it one of the most sustainable large buildings in the world. According to Remeha Commercial MD Mark Northcott, for the UK to come anywhere near reaching its carbon reduction targets, it is vital that our existing building stock is refurbished. “Retrofitting a modern condensing boiler can more than halve energy usage in buildings

Top: the Co-op’s new One Angel Square building. Above: ‘The Spine’ at Birmingham New Street

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Special report Awards

Entries open for 20th H&V News Awards Building on the success of recent years, the entry process has started for the H&V News Awards 2014 – the 20th year of ‘the industry’s Oscars’ There have been many industry success stories in recent years despite the economic climate, and the H&V News Awards has been one of these, with entries almost doubling since the 2011 event. Entries are now open for the 2014 awards, providing another valuable opportunity for companies and individuals to receive recognition for their efforts. With this year’s ceremony providing an impressive evening of celebration at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel in April, the 20th anniversary event on 24 April 2014 is expected to see another rise in entries and attendance. Key factors in the increased industry engagement include an updated list of categories, with new awards introduced to ensure the event is kept aligned with industry developments, and the much-publicised change in the judging process. This saw more than 50 judges join the adjudication panel for the 2013 awards, divided into teams to judge specific categories. Energy Efficient Installer, Retrofit Project and Time-proven M&E Installation were all introduced last year and received an impressive number of entries. For 2014 these will be joined by the BIM Project of the Year, introduced to recognise companies demonstrating the best use of building information modelling. With BIM Level 2 becoming mandatory for all public sector

projects in 2016, the latest introduction to the H&V News Awards will highlight the need for all members of the supply chain to plan for or increase their use of it. Many building services companies have become so accustomed to delivering best practice that this is perceived as ‘business as usual’. With the further development of the awards, however, more businesses are realising that they can receive recognition for their efforts by submitting entries. The resulting publicity, via the extensive H&V News brand – including the magazine, website, email newsletter, LinkedIn group and Twitter account – results in coverage throughout the industry, as the winners celebrate their achievement and receive congratulations from others. Headline sponsor

The H&V News Awards 2014 will see Pipe Center return as headline sponsor, endorsing the mutual benefits of collaboration between two of the industry’s leading organisations. The company has been a long-term supporter of the event and a major factor in its ongoing success. Pipe Center sales and marketing director Scott Craig says: “Pipe Center is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of heating, pipe and related products to the commercial and industrial building services industry. “With our unrivalled product

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range, extensive branch network and expert technical support, we provide an outstanding service to contractors across the UK. “We hold comprehensive stocks of well-known and highquality branded and own-brand products, including boilers, water heaters, radiators, pumps and commercial showers. “We also stock one of the widest ranges of pipes, fittings and valves. Our added-value services include modular engineering, bespoke valve solutions, prefabricated pipework and tailor-made air conditioning and refrigeration. “They provide a unique additional service enabling contractors to deliver exceptional quality and value for their own customers.” See this issue’s coverwrap for more details on how to enter or visit the awards website at 18 SEPTEMBER 2013 21

Special report Case study

Natural ventilation takes centre stage A temporary performance space at the National Theatre in London has had rave reviews – and could be a blueprint for future schemes

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Chimneys located on all four corners of The Shed act as both airflow generators and acoustic controllers. These were originally specified to be a height of around 14 m for ventilation requirements, but an extra 3 m was added as this was considered more effective in reducing exterior noise. “The final decision to use natural ventilation came about because we could not find a mechanical solution that met the tight acoustic criteria set by Arup Acoustics,” says Ingleton Wood director of engineering and environmental design Laura Mansel-Thomas. “It was actually a very brave decision by the National Theatre to go for natural ventilation.” Climate challenge

Any new building takes time to ‘bed in’, while operatives become familiar with system controls and necessary adjustments are made. This was also the case with The Shed, despite the building’s low level of complexity, although much of this can be attributed to this year’s unusual climate. The cold weather in spring was followed by higher than normal summer temperatures, and saw concerns raised over lack of temperature control within The Shed. “When we first heard that temperatures were too high, we thought that the heating batteries had been left on,”

There are no permanent fixings between the main venue and The Shed

If we can make this work on a temporary basis in London, we can make it work anywhere in the UK” Laura Mansel-Thomas

Dr Mansel-Thomas says. “However, further investigation showed that perforated metal covers on the exterior louvres were restricting airflow.” After removing the covers on one side, the increased airflow provided a virtually instant solution to the problem. This has been further supported by the monitoring devices installed on site by Ingleton Wood, recording temperature, humidity and dew point within the building. Due to the compact nature of The Shed’s internal layout, the 6 m-long internal air vents – essentially standard displacement


The National Theatre is renowned for its artistic creativity and the variety of productions staged at its venue on London’s South Bank. Since April, however, it has been attracting attention for The Shed, a temporary building that provides a more intimate theatre space than is available within its main facility. The Shed can seat up to 250 people and has allowed the National Theatre to be even more adventurous in its choice of performances. The fact that it is a temporary structure, scheduled to close in February 2014, also required creativity to control the indoor environment in a costeffective manner. While the National Theatre itself has a fully functioning and sophisticated HVAC system, the cost and acoustic impact of any mechanical equipment was deemed too great for The Shed. After meetings with architect Haworth Tompkins and theatre consultant Charcoalblue, M&E consultant Ingleton Wood suggested the use of natural ventilation to meet the structure’s requirements. The windowless building was constructed in just 18 weeks, with low-level air vents on three of the facility’s four sides. Although linked to the National Theatre itself, there are no permanent fixings between the main venue and the temporary structure to avoid affecting the former’s listed status.

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terminals – had to be located directly behind audience seating. After receiving complaints from theatre-goers, who found that air was blowing through the open seat backs, a cloth cover was placed over the top of the vent, directing airflow downwards. Simple controls

Controls have been kept as simple as possible due to cost restraints and the need to ensure that staff could easily understand what was required to control interior temperature. The end result is a single knob which controls the low and high level exterior louvres in tandem. All theatre staff have to do is decide on the correct setting to match conditions on the day.

The structure seats 250 and will remain in place until February 2014

While temperatures have been reduced to more acceptable levels, it is obviously not possible to control humidity or other

aspects of internal air quality. However, this is deemed as an acceptable compromise within a temporary structure.

The initial plan was to use lowenergy LED lighting throughout the auditorium – including all the stage lighting – but the cost proved restrictive. The decision to employ traditional lighting has increased the energy demand of the building, but has had little effect on the internal environment because the heat generated simply increases the draw up the chimney stacks. “There were a lot of restrictions involved in this project, but everyone is now pleased with the end result,” Dr Mansel-Thomas says. “If we can make this work on a temporary basis in London, I believe we can make it work anywhere in the UK.”


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Better business Renewable energy, ventilation standards RENEWABLES

RHI delay calls for a new energy business model It is not surprising that the industry has reacted with huge disappointment to the latest delay in launching the domestic phase of the Renewable Heat Incentive. This part of the scheme is, in effect, going to be three years late by the time it does launch next spring – assuming it actually does. Difficult economic conditions have tied the hands of the Department of Energy and Climate Change; public subsidies were always likely to be curtailed while the economy remained fragile. The DECC may feel this is an area it can safely rein in spending, as we have not taken full advantage of the commercial phase of the RHI, which has been in place since late 2011. The latest report from RHI operator Ofgem shows fewer than 1,000 installations have been approved under the commercial scheme at the time of writing – chiefly biomass projects. Just 36 heat pumps and 45 solar thermal projects have been accredited. This is partly due to the problems the industry had with heat metering and the complexity of the accreditation process, but we are well short of the £70m annual budget allocated by the government for RHI payments. The number of projects will no doubt pick up eventually, but progress is painfully slow and confirms that public subsidy is only one factor in growing a wellrounded renewable heat market. Sector disillusionment

The industry is also disillusioned about the whole premise of public subsidy following the collapse of Feed-in Tariffs. Many no longer see this as a vital market driver – the economic model is changing. Clients are, instead, starting to get 24 18 SEPTEMBER 2013

the message on energy efficiency. Government figures suggest the cost of green subsidies will push up commercial energy bills by 15 to 20 per cent. This, added to the rising cost of importing oil and gas, means big business is now fixated on how to get conventional energy costs under control. It wants the UK to drive shale gas forward and speed up negotiations with the consortia planning to build new nuclear. So where does our industry fit into this? We have to make our voice heard above the media about the cost of energy and the likelihood of power cuts. Our pitch is energy efficiency. We provide the complete mix of conventional and emerging technologies as well as the traditional engineering skills that can cut energy bills quickly and relatively cheaply – ahead of new energy sources and with or without subsidies. The RHI can help, but is far from being the only game in town. Jeff House is marketing & applications manager at Baxi Commercial Division


Excellence and training needed to hit standards Never before has good ventilation been more important. As new builds are becoming ever more airtight, mechanical ventilation systems must assume a higher

priority if our homes are to be healthy environments. Reaching optimum performance levels from today’s fans and heat recovery systems depends largely upon the design of the system, in particular ductwork and its installation. Performance levels are not just about using less energy, but ensuring good airflow through the property; this helps to reduce problems caused by bacteria, allergens and other chemicals. The new Domestic Building Services Compliance Guide has a whole section covering system design, including ducting and valves. It may cost more to put a supply valve further away from the door but fewer dead areas are created and better cross ventilation achieved, tackling damp and making the air healthier. There have been many instances where, in an attempt to cut costs, builders have used bendable ducting (designed originally for the tumble dryer market) which quickly degrades and splits – this will not be acceptable under the new best practice guide. Ensuring system restrictions such as bends in ductwork are avoided will mean that fans can work at their optimum levels. The implications of not following this best practice is that the property might not receive its 10-year NHBC certificate. In product development terms, heat recovery units have been the developer’s product of choice over the past few years. These now have impressive performances, with

Sophisticated products are now required to meet changing Building Regulations”

thermal efficiencies in the low 90 per cent range and with excellent specific fan power ratings. These take stale air from the wet rooms of the building, remove the heat and replace that heat into the fresh air they bring back into the building from outside. Beyond heat recovery

The market’s not all about heat recovery systems, however; there are many excellent continuous running fans out there, both centralised and de-centralised, which provide good air movement and quality to a new home. More sophisticated products are now required to meet changing Building Regulations demands, including whole-house systems which require electronic controls and have to be tested by the BRE to measure their performance and efficiency. Product information on these new generation products is then made available on the SAP appendix listing, where architects and consultants can design them into new projects. Better-performing products also carry the Energy Saving Trust Best Practice endorsement, marking out the highest standards for energy saving. Product excellence is one thing, but the final link in the chain is training – more energy-efficiency improvements are being seen when installers have BPEC accreditation for ventilation systems. The BPEC course is the only one created specifically to train installers to design and set up ducting and ventilation systems to work at their optimum capacity. There is no Competent Persons Scheme in place for installing ventilation systems. If the ventilation sector is to provide effective systems to the end-user, the BPEC course will help installers meet the demands of the Domestic Ventilation Compliance Guide 2010. Kevin Hippey is general manager at Vortice

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Better business: technical Ductwork standards, independent renewables This new standard should help managers understand their obligations and help them manage their overall running costs.


New standard is a positive development While much of the publicity around BS EN 15780 has focused on its guidance on new ductwork, its scope also applies to existing ventilation and air-con systems. The new standard can also serve to increase the service life of expensive ventilation equipment. The new standard for cleanliness levels in ductwork has been heralded as an opportunity to end confusion within the industry. BS EN 15780:2011 Ventilation for buildings – Ductwork – Cleanliness of ventilation systems clearly defines goals for anyone responsible for maintaining ventilation systems, recognising that different room uses require different standards and that newly installed ductwork should be handed over in a clean condition. The standard has been in force since April 2012 and defines cleanliness criteria, acknowledging that absolute cleanliness is impossible but that objectivity is needed in assessment. You can be sure ductwork inspected and maintained to the new standard has been objectively measured. Comprehensive criteria

Standardised levels of cleanliness are laid out according to a building’s use. This means specifiers, installers and facilities managers now have clear guidance and clear criteria that can apply to all building ventilation ductwork. This standard applies to both new and existing ventilation and AC systems and defines the criteria of cleanliness, cleaning procedures and validation of effective cleaning. It also applies to products used in AC and ventilation systems for human occupancy. Although the standard doesn’t apply to industrial uses, it does 26 18 SEPTEMBER 2013

Andrew Steel is managing director at Airmec

apply to other areas such as offices. There may be many in the industry who say they weren’t confused in the first place and that the familiar TR/19 has served us well, so why change? The bottom line is the UK had no choice but to introduce this standard as our national implementation of EN15780: 2011. TR/19 is, in any case, expected to be brought into line with the new standard in due course. In practice, there is not much to distinguish the new standard from TR/19 and both can only offer guidance, not mandatory standards. This means compliance with the new standard does not require big changes. Beneficial step

I see the new standard as a positive that makes us all look again at familiar practices and assumptions. It ensures we all know and agree on good practice and how to measure effectiveness – as the old saying goes, if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. Engineers often see systems the log book says have been regularly cleaned but which, by professional standards, fall well short of acceptable, safe and efficient good practice. Many users’ philosophy, which was typically set up with a safety brief only, has not been reviewed for years and does not consider efficiency or service life. The new standard gives us all a benchmark and can be an eye opener for building managers. The standard also cross references with others such as BS EN 12599:2000, which defines test procedures and measuring methods for new systems.


Could renewable energy stop your lights going out? Rising fuel bills and security of energy supply are on the management agenda as never before. At worst, the manufacturing industry has less than three years to take more control by finding new ways of stabilising energy costs and securing supplies that don’t rely on the grid. In 2000 North Sea gas was virtually our sole source of supply. Today, more than half of our gas comes from Norway, the continent and overseas LNG. We only have the capacity to store the equivalent of 4 per cent of our annual gas consumption – about 14 days’ supply – less in relative terms than any other major European economy. Current generating capacity is also set to fall: 8.4 GW of coalfired and 3.6 GW of oil-fired capacity needs to be replaced by 2016 as power stations are closed. A further 7 GW of nuclear capacity will also be shot down by 2020. Meanwhile, prices are rising fast. Ofgem chair Alistair Buchanan recently said gas was already 60 per

Can you avoid the impact of rocketing and unpredictable fuel costs on profitability?”

cent more expensive in countries such as Japan that rely on imports. He told the BBC that Britain will be very tight on power station capacity in three to five years. Blackouts loom

The risk of blackouts – and their effects for industry – looks certain to rise as we approach 2016 and beyond. Bills will carry on going up inexorably, and as demand outstrips supply the market may turn into a bidding war. So what does all this mean for manufacturing? How can it avoid the impact of rocketing and unpredictable fuel costs on profitability? An obvious but essential starting point is to know your usage. Do you know, for example, where your highest costs are? But even this won’t provide much protection against rising bills and threats to supply. The clear answer is to gain more independence though a secure and stable source under your control – producing your own renewable energy on site could be the key. Let’s start with wind power. For factories in the right location, there’s a sweet spot in the Feed-in Tariff banding where small to medium turbines of up to 500 kW capacity are proving cost-effective. Most factories of a reasonable size with roof space can install a cost-effective solar array of under 250 kW; the next 12 months could be a good time to invest before the market consolidates and prices go up again. Spare land could also take a small anaerobic digestion plant, converting waste into biogas to be used as fuel or burned and converted into electricity. There can be some real commercial, competitive and reputational advantages in securing a more independent supply. Reliable energy may well become an increasingly important factor in customers’ choice of suppliers. Rob Hill is energy group associate director at Wardell Armstrong



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Distribution centres, AD plants, churches, supermarkets Distribution centre cuts cold store energy bills A storage and distribution company has cut its cold store energy bills by more than 20 per cent and reduced its carbon footprint considerably after introducing a new refrigeration system. The 100,000 sq ft cold store at the Brierley Hill distribution centre in Dudley, West Midlands, handles food products from across the world. Largely meat, this needs to be kept at a storage temperature of -21 deg C. The centre has the capacity to freeze between 700 and 800 pallets a week. The old system had been using R22 refrigerant and was not equipped to deal with the demands of the F-Gas regulations. Three J & E Hall compressor packs are now at the heart of the ammonia-based plant at the distribution centre.

Council commissions Dunfermline AD plant

Nestlé UK improves centre sustainability

New radiators used in Dundee church refurb

Cold-Stop curtains help the Co-op save carbon

Fife Council has been supplied with a high-efficiency combined heat and power system for its new anaerobic digestion facility at Lochhead landfill site in Dunfermline. The ENER-G biogas generation system uses an MTU engine, and the plant will convert methane from up to 40,000 tonnes of local food and garden waste into up to 1.4 MW of renewable electricity and heat.

Honeywell has installed three liquid-cooled chillers at the York distribution centre of global food giant Nestlé. The Honeywell EBI building management system was also installed, cutting energy use by nearly 50 per cent. The 136,000 sq ft distribution centre is on the same site as the Nestlé York production facility, one of the world’s largest confectionery factories.

Jaga Strada DBE radiators have been installed in a Dundee church as part of a £760,000 refurbishment funded by donations from its congregation. Allan Cumming Associates turned to Jaga for the answer to Steeple Church’s heating requirements. Jaga Strada DBE radiators were chosen primarily due to their compact and unobtrusive design.

The Co-operative Group is rolling out the installation of Tempro Cold-Stop curtains designed and manufactured by thermal insulation specialist Seymour Manufacturing International. The Co-op has committed to achieving an ambitious CO2 emissions reduction of 50 per cent by 2017, which it is hoped the curtains will help to achieve.

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Ventilation, cylinders, regulators, burners, water heaters Mitsubishi Electric Heat recovery ventilation Mitsubishi Electric has launched new members of the Lossnay family with the VL-100(E)U5-E single room fresh air units which offer effective, energy-efficient mechanical ventilation with heat recovery. The compact, wall-mounted units are designed to answer the need for fresh air in today’s modern homes, now being built to stricter Building Regulations which call for highly insulated buildings. These ‘airtight’ premises often need effective mechanical ventilation to combat the build-up of stale air. The Lossnay system helps achieve this while recovering up to 79 per cent of the heat energy from the outgoing air to reduce the amount of energy needed to bring the fresh, incoming air up to room temperature.

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Aimed at the new-build market, the Megaflo Eco SystemReady cylinder is a pre-plumbed, pre-wired unit which offers quick installation with a system boiler thanks to factory-fitted components. Energy-saving features include 60 mm polyurethane insulation for heat retention, and insulated casing for the temperature and pressure relief valves.

Belgas pressure regulators have an established pedigree in offshore oil and gas locations, and their diaphragm design is ideally suited to many other commercial and industrial applications. These can involve the low to medium volume supplies of non-liquid fuel, and process gasses including non-volatile or chemically hazardous but not corrosive media.

Riello has extended its RS-RLRLS range of monobloc low-NOx burners. Outputs have increased up to 12 MW with the introduction of models 1000 and 1200, building on the R Series with advances in power output control and ventilation. Suitable for gas, light oil or dual fuel application, advanced technology ensures low NOx levels conforming to Class 3 EN 676.

Rinnai’s Infinity range of continuous flow gas fired water heaters includes heavy duty and condensing units that give high efficiency and low running costs. Continuous flow water heating units save almost 29 per cent on fuel bills, especially when using a Rinnai Infinity condensing model. There are no sudden changes in water temperature thanks to the digital temperature controller.

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Showcase Ecoflam

Leading burner manufacturer Ecoflam has unveiled NEXTRON – a range of monoblock commercial burners with outputs from 250 kW to 11.2 MW. Exclusively available through Ecoflam UK, the new burners are manufactured by sister firm ELCO Burners, which has more than 80 years’ experience in burner design and manufacturing. The range is available in gas, light oil and


Rehau’s new brochure app is an easy way for contractors and specifiers to access the company’s complete range of product and technical literature on the move. The Rehau Docs app, for both Android and IOS, gives users instant access to everything from sales literature and technical documents to installation manuals and product catalogues. It means contractors and specifiers no

dual fuel versions, making NEXTRON an excellent choice for a wide array of applications. NEXTRON burners offer low environmental impact, with all models featuring market leading NOx emissions thanks to ‘Free Flame’ technology. This unique combustion process ensures low NOx levels in all types of combustion chambers.

longer need to store individual PDF files of the literature they access regularly; all the information is now all in one place. Rehau’s entire range of literature for its renewable energy, heating and plumbing and cable trunking products is viewable via the app, which will be regularly updated to include all new brochures as they are published.

Toshiba Air Conditioning

Toshiba Air Conditioning, a division of Toshiba Carrier UK, reports strong growth in sales despite challenging conditions. Toshiba Air Conditioning achieved substantial double-digit rises in revenue over the past year, fuelled by new technology and a series of pioneering commercial initiatives. The VRF sector has been the company’s star performer, with sales up


Klima-Therm has been appointed as the UK distributor for leading Italian air conditioning manufacturer Rhoss. The agreement covers distribution of the manufacturer’s full range of highperformance chillers, air-handling units and fan coil units. Klima-Therm will also provide the factory-backed support for existing Rhoss installations.

strongly year on year – helped by the launch of the award-winning, ultra-efficient SHRM-i three-pipe heat recovery system. Toshiba’s reputation for reliability, innovation and engineering quality has underpinned growth in the competitive VRF market, where proven technical pedigree is vital to market acceptance.

As part of the giant IRSAP group, Rhoss is a major European player with revenue of £60m on chiller sales alone, employing around 400 people. The Rhoss range has full Eurovent certification, providing performance assurance on all critical operating data, an increasingly sensitive issue in most sectors of the market.

Polypipe Ventilation

Polypipe Ventilation has announced that the approval criteria outlined by the LABC for the use of its Domus Thermal duct insulation solution has been extended. Domus Thermal is recognised by the LABC as an innovative (patent pending) system that radically improves the thermal insulation of ventilation ducting in domestic properties, preventing heat loss and contributing to a

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healthy living indoor environment by eliminating the formation of condensation. The LABC supported Domus Thermal on its launch, when this unique product was added to the LABC Registered Systems list for use on round or rectangular rigid ducting passing through cold spaces, to prevent the build-up of condensation within duct.

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Ritchie Engineering

Leading service tool firm Ritchie Engineering has announced its TITAN 4-Valve Test and Charging Manifold is now available with no sight glass on the manifold bar. The Yellow Jacket Titan 49972 was designed to meet the recently established guidelines that recommend no sight glass should be used when working with higher pressures. Both the high- and low-side


Visit Testo on Stand 25 of the Plumbing & Heating Trade Show in Belfast to see its range of high quality thermal imaging cameras, flue gas analysers, Pocket Line range, CO2 and CO monitors, gas leak detectors, thermometers, refrigeration manifolds and pressure meters. Newly improved high-quality, affordable thermal imaging cameras will be on


Danfoss is celebrating 10 years since its AB-QM pressure independent balancing and control valve (PICV) revolutionised the HVAC industry with the introduction of two new high flow models to the range. The launch of 125 mm and 250 mm AB-QM valves means Danfoss now offers a complete collection of PICV capable of handling any size of application from

pressure gauges are rated for 800 psi to read all heat pump and nitrogen pressure conditions. Because the low side gauge of the 49972 is designed for pressures up to 800 psi, it can read the pressure whether the pump is in heating mode, cooling mode or transition. Both gauges feature Class 1, 1 per cent accuracy.

display. They help save time, cut costs and can generate and sell additional lucrative services and help expand your business. Testo 310 is among the high-quality, robust analysers on show. The 310 is an entry-level flue gas analyser and is ideal for carrying out flue gas analysis, checking the basic settings and providing maintenance.

DN10 - 250. Offering flows up to 442,000 litres per hour for the new 250 mm model, the new AB-QM valves provide the potential for project cost reductions by downsizing valves. Launched in 2004, the AB-QM valve was the first combined automatic balancing valve and pressure independent control valve.

Marflow Hydronics

Marflow Hydronics technical applications engineer Ian Harman has introduced a new blog, using his wealth of experience to bring readers news and information on items relevant to them. With more than 25 years’ experience in numerous areas of the construction industry, Ian has built up vast knowledge of how things work. He is now responsible for

providing the optimum solution for Marflow Hydronics’ customer’s projects and that involves liaising with co-suppliers, M&E contractors and the sales team at Marflow Hydronics. Through this role he has seen events from all angles, and hopes that his blog will provide information on the points and issues that people want to know about.

JS Humidifiers

JS Humidifiers is launching the Condair HP, a new in-duct high pressure spray humidifier. It can deliver up to 1,300 kg/hr of humidification and a potential 884 kW of evaporative cooling from just 2.2 kW/h of electricity. A high-pressure pump provides water at around 70 bar to a series of spray nozzles located on a stainless steel manifold inside an air-handling unit.

The nozzles release the water as a mist that is quickly absorbed into the airstream. Any water that isn’t fully evaporated is removed from the air by a droplet separator, guaranteeing droplet-free humidification. As the nozzles are located uniformly across the duct, the humidity is spread evenly for optimum humidification with minimal waste.

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The GDL design team are now fully trained to use the latest EDSL, TAS and FLAIR airflow modelling software for clients. The software simulates overheating and ventilation in all building types for the industry. GDL designers and engineers can use 3D modelling techniques to demonstrate solar heat gains using EDSL TAS. Its FLAIR software allows the designers to simulate airflows as well as fire

and smoke spreading within buildings. Thermal modelling has become an integral part of designing systems to ensure buildings do not overheat or overcool. GDL’s design team can now work with clients to visualise and check on environmental elements and ventilation requirements before embarking on a costly construction process.

Ariston Thermo UK

Leading heating, hot water and renewables manufacturer Ariston Thermo UK has appointed Howard Leonard as area sales manager for the home counties and north London. Reporting to regional sales manager for the South of the UK David Ward, Mr Leonard will be responsible for generating new installer business through the company’s national and independent


As legislative measures lead us to higher levels of airtightness in new homes, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery units are set to play an important role when it comes to indoor air quality and airflow. However, Titon sales & marketing director Tyson Anderson feels housebuilders and contractors still need to be aware of the importance of adequate test methods, to


The Francis Crick Institute, a £650m interdisciplinary medical research institute, has awarded local firm Frese the contract to supply dynamic valves. Frese is a leading developer and manufacturer of dynamic balancing valves, which allow precise flow and temperature control in a building. The company, based in Burscough, has been contracted to supply 2,000 of its

merchant and distribution networks. Mr Leonard joins Ariston with a wealth of industry knowledge, having worked for various merchant groups and hot water product manufacturers for over 20 years, primarily in managerial roles. Ariston Thermo is a worldwide leading company in the heating and water heating industry.

guarantee acceptable levels of performance. “All Titon MVHR units are rigorously and individually tested under strict conditions to ensure high performance,” he says. “Titon has gone a step further and had its popular HRV 1, 2 and 3 Q Plus PHI units tested to TÜV SÜD standards – including important elements of the Passivhaus testing regime.”

Frese Optima and Frese Optima Compact pressure independent control valves (PICVs) to the new Francis Crick Institute. Frese managing director Stephen Hart (pictured) said: “It was fantastic to be selected for this contract, especially after such rigorous performance testing at BSRIA and due to the quality and reliability of our valves.”

Heraeus Noblelight

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And finally... U2 give you the feeling of getting somewhere, even if you’re on the M25” Tom Dee, technical director at Johnson & Starley, on space, pain and Burnley

but never a problem. You deal with whatever crops up and move on.

If you were blessed with the necessary talent, what would your dream job be? I would have to be a professional footballer – but in the claret and blue of Burnley.

What motivates you to get up in the morning? I enjoy my work and the people I work with.

If you could learn to do anything what would it be? I’d learn to fly a helicopter – it’s a 450-mile round trip from home to watch Burnley play at Turf Moor. What’s the most played song on your iPod? I only listen to music in the car, and if it is not Radio 2 then it is U2 with Rattle and Hum. It gives you the feeling of getting somewhere even if you are on the M25. If you could witness any event, what would it be? I watched the moon landings on TV and longed to be with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. What would the title of your autobiography be? Things were a pain in the backside

What’s the best present you’ve ever given or received? The best now is always anything that my granddaughters give me.

Tell us a favourite quote. ‘Failure is not an option,’ by Gene Kranz, Nasa’s flight director in Houston during the Apollo 13 mission. It applies to many projects we carry out on a daily basis.

Hospital chills Patients at Northampton General Hospital are a whole lot cooler, thanks to a donation of 50 fans from Plumb and Parts Center. While the UK sweltered in the longest heatwave for seven years, Northampton General badly needed help keeping patients cool. “The ladies and gents at the hospital were delighted,” said area sales manager for East Midlands Steve Barron (pictured), who helped organise the donation.

Rugby riders Three cyclists have completed a 700-mile journey around all 12 Aviva Premiership Rugby grounds, in a Cycle4Matt campaign to raise funds for the Matt Hampson Foundation and Ashby RFU. The three riders was supported by Logicool Air Conditioning Distribution. The tour began at the home of Sale Sharks and ended 10 days later at Twickenham on the final day of the Premiership.

What’s the best work-related thing you have done recently? Receive CE certification for two further models as an extension to our Quantec boiler range. However, in an R&D environment this is always a team effort.

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The air conditioning and refrigeration industry hit out at Conservative Party plans to ban HFC refrigerants between 2008 and 2014. The building services sector faced a bleak future if Britain lost its right to opt-out of the European working time directive, industry bodies warned. Heating and Ventilation Contractors Association (now B&ES) president Mike Taylor said the industry would suffer sharp cost increases and severe skills shortages if workers could no longer voluntarily side-step the law. The long-awaited exemptions policy to the condensing boiler regulations was set to be revealed by the end of the month, but an industry source predicted there would be considerable criticism about its complexity, which was likely to deter many installers from installing non-condensing boilers. New and upgraded heating systems would play a central role in West Norfolk Borough Council’s £94m plan to upgrade more than 7,000 of its homes to meet the Decent Homes Standard.

What should the building services industry be doing to help itself in the current climate? Try to get the government to stop constantly changing their initiatives, which create a boom and bust for some sectors. The Warm Front and boiler scrappage schemes were helpful to the industry, but not so with Green Deal at present.

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