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Karen McAvoy

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Karen McAvoy Cathie Blackwood Adam Hassin Diane Day Denise Maguire Julie Anne Guiney Jo Wilson Michelle Owens Gemma Sheppard Gordon McAvoy W&G Baird




Plumbing & Heating Magazine is published on a bi-monthly basis and distributed throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on a controlled circulation.

The Forge, 13b Lisburn Road, Moira BT67 0JR t +44 (0)28 9261 2990 - f +44 (0)28 9261 2091 e w Publishers of: • Plumbing & Heating Magazine • Electrical Magazine • Northern Builder • Yearbooks • Diaries


2016 events now released


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Gala Event 9 June 2016 Hilton Hotel, Belfast Entry forms are now available…

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ISSUE 68 - OCT/NOV 2015 Karen McAvoy

NEWS & VIEWS Grant on show 4 Phoenix Sportive Mournes challenge 53 District heating for Dublin plan 17 Honour for Glen Dimpex chief 55 Belfast Show Success 58-59

FEATURES Gas industry news Chimneys and flues

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Boilers Pipes, pumps, valves and fittings Filters and system treatment

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IN FOCUS Cover story – Ideal Heating 12-13 Bassetts to open at Boucher Road 15 OFTEC Ireland 19 New Studio from Stevenson & Reid 29-31 Project profile – Galgorm Manor 76-79

Adam Hassin

Managing Director Publication Manager RoI Consultant Editor Editorial RoI Correspondant Head Designer Designer Accounts Business Support Photography Printed by

Gordon McAvoy

Karen McAvoy Cathie Blackwood Mairead Hendry Adam Hassin Diane Day Denise Maguire Julie Anne Guiney Jo Wilson Michelle Owens Gemma Sheppard Gordon McAvoy W&G Baird



The Forge, 13b Lisburn Road, Moira BT67 0JR t MOIRA: +44 (0)28 9261 2990 t DUBLIN: 01 6968319 f +44 (0)28 9261 2091 e w Publishers of: • Plumbing & Heating Magazine • Electrical Magazine • Northern Builder • Yearbooks • Diaries




Plumbing & Heating Magazine is published on a bi-monthly basis and distributed throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on a controlled circulation.


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A LOOK AT THE LATEST NEWS FROM GRANT NI… It has been a busy few months for Grant NI. The team has been out and about meeting new customers and visiting lots of shows throughout Ireland to showcase its range of products, including the award-winning Grant Vortex Condensing Oil Boiler and Grant Spira Condensing Wood Pellet Boiler and new Spira Pods.


1 The Grant exhibition unit at the National Ploughing Championships in Kildare. 2 The SelfBuild Ireland Show. 3 The Grant NI stand at the ‘Love your Home’ show at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast.



UK apprentice crowned plumbing world champion A young apprentice from Northern Ireland has been rewarded for his skill, professionalism and quality of work with a gold medal in the international WorldSkills 2015 competition. Gary Doyle, 21, beat talented plumbers from 27 other countries. The event, held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was the largest in WorldSkills history, and was held in August. Employed by Kieran Trainor Plumbing & Heating, and a student at Southern Regional College, Gary was a previous silver medal winner at SkillPLUMB 2013 before being selected to compete on an international stage at WorldSkills. BPEC, organiser of the SkillPLUMB competition, was involved in the WorldSkills selection, training and development process and provided strategic support to Gary and his Training Manager, Paul Dodds. W

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B&ES appoints national executive for Scotland and Northern Ireland The Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) has appointed Tom McManus as National Executive for Scotland and Northern Ireland, replacing Bob Dyer, who has retired after 25 years’ service. Tom takes up his new role following four years as Scottish General Manager of the Association’s subsidiary Building Engineering Services Training (BEST). W:


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RTÉ has signed up to an energy partnership with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) to adopt cost saving and efficiency measures to ensure its energy consumption is reduced in line with the 2020 public sector energy efficiency target of 33%.


Adamsez has created eight new jobs after securing a £400,000 loan from the Growth Loan Fund to invest in R&D to help it develop new products. This brings total new investment in the Carryduff bathroom manufacturer business to over £1million since a takeover in September 2014. Adamsez currently employs 26 people, with six of the eight new positions already filled.



Michael Scott, Managing Director of firmus energy, and Michelle Scott, cut the birthday cake with Deryk King (iCON Infrastructure) and Janet King.

Paul Stanfield, Head of Sales and Marketing, firmus energy, with his wife, Maureen Stanfield.


firmus energy celebrates 10th birthday


uests from across Northern Ireland recently attended firmus energy’s 10th birthday celebrations at the Europa Hotel, Belfast. During the gala evening, a raffle was held on behalf of the company’s nominated charity, Shine, raising a fantastic £4,104 for the organisation. Paul Stanfield, Head of Sales and Marketing at firmus energy, commented, “It was very important for us to mark 10 years in business by thanking the wider firmus team. It has been an eventful first decade in business, and we look forward to the next ten years! It was particularly gratifying that, as we celebrated, we were able to raise significant funds for this special charity, and I would like to thank

Enjoying the evening were Martin and Ray Collins, H&A Mechanical Services; Carlus McWilliams; and Maria Cassidy, H&A Mechanical Services.


everyone for their generosity.” Shine supports sufferers of spina bifida and hydrocephalus and their families, and was selected by firmus energy’s CSR committee as its charity of the year in early 2015. Antrim-based firmus energy connected its first customer, Michelin, in 2005 and since then the company has invested more than £90million in its network, laying more than 1,000km of pipes across Northern Ireland. Along the route of the pipeline, more than 90% of major industrial businesses have converted to natural gas, with firmus energy now servicing more than 76,000 commercial and residential customers across the Province, and completing around 4,000 new connections each year. Paul added, “It was a very special

celebratory evening and I was delighted that, by way of this event, we are able to thank many of the people who have supported us on our journey. firmus energy is a vital contributor to the Northern Ireland economy and, in addition to our own 90 employees, we also provide employment for more than 300 contractors, installers and agencies. “As well as looking back at how far we have taken natural gas in Northern Ireland, marking our 10th birthday allowed us to highlight how we plan to develop our network and give back to our communities in the next ten years and beyond.” T: (NI) 0800 032 4567 or (RoI) 0044 800 032 4567 W:

firmus energy girls with Paul Stanfield, Head of Sales and Marketing for firmus energy.


new products

Launch of new autumn catalogue features enhanced range of new and innovative products…

Enhanced range from Plumbfix


o help qualified plumbers and heating engineers maximise the business opportunities presented by the peak heating season, leading trade supplier, Plumbfix has released the latest issue of its renowned catalogue, which features an enhanced range of new and innovative products. Qualified plumbers and heating engineers can join Plumbfix and order online, in store or over the phone for next day delivery, seven days a week. For added ease and convenience Plumbfix stores, which are exclusive to qualified plumbers and heating engineers, now stock an extra 300 essential products. Arran Leighton, National Plumbfix Manager, commented, “We know that our customers face pressure to stay on top of the latest trends, technologies and innovations in the market. And not only that, but they are continually having to strive to offer competitive prices in a busy market, so we have addressed both these issues with the new edition of our Autumn catalogue. “With an enhanced range of the latest innovative products for heating season and reductions across a wide variety of essentials, we believe qualified plumbers can get what they want when they need it to ensure they maximise the opportunities during the peak heating season.” Qualified plumbers and heating engineers can join Plumbfix and order online, in store or over the phone to benefit from next day delivery, seven days a week. Plumbfix’s Click and Collect service means items can also be picked from one of 412 stores nationwide just five minutes after ordering. T: (NI) 0808 101 0000 or (RoI) 0044 808 101 0000 or mobilefriendly (NI) 03330 112 999 or (RoI) 0044 3330 112 999 W:



plumbing & heating awards 2016


Submit your entry now! Flogas confirmed as main sponsors Plumbing & Heating Magazine is delighted to announce Flogas as the main sponsors of Northern Ireland’s Plumbing & Heating Awards 2016. As a company that already delivers excellence, it is fitting that Flogas returns as the overall sponsor of these unique industry awards that celebrate the leading companies, projects, products and people in the plumbing and heating sector. Paul Ruegg, Marketing Executive at Flogas, marks the company’s sponsorship of Northern Ireland’s Plumbing & Heating Awards 2016 with event organisers Cathie Blackwood, Publication Manager of Plumbing & Heating Magazine (centre) and Karen McAvoy, Managing Director of KMP Ltd.


he search for Northern Ireland’s top plumbing and heating contractors, merchants, projects and products has commenced with the official launch of Northern Ireland’s Plumbing & Heating Awards 2016, sponsored by Flogas, and the appointment of a respected judging panel: Peter Clarke - Chair of the judges’ panel, Peter has been involved in the awards since inauguration in 2012, and has over 50 years’ experience in the plumbing and heating industry. He has spent many years with a major plumbing and heating merchant and, having worked his way up in the industry, is able to provide a unique perspective across various aspects of the plumbing and heating industry. David Blevings David is Manager for OFTEC Ireland and also represents the NI Oil Federation and Irish Petrol Retailers Association. He is a prominent industry advocate and spokesperson for these leading oil trade associations. A Chartered Surveyor, David has worked in the energy sector for more than 20 years and has been at the forefront of key legislative changes and the setting of industry best practice standards across the oil sector.


Anthony MulliganAnthony has an extensive record of experience in both the energy and insulation industries. Responsible for Flogas sales across Northern Ireland, and now also the Republic of Ireland, he has helped drive the company’s hugely successful growth in Ireland and internationally, where the group is now one of the leading suppliers of LPG in Western Europe. Anthony feels that the back-up assurance of quality plumbing and heating equipment, together with first-class installation and service for their customers, is central to the success of Flogas. John Leonard John has 38 years’ experience in the plumbing and heating industry and currently heads up the familyfounded domestic plumbing company, Joseph Leonard Plumbing & Heating, which his father founded many years ago. He was formerly President of the NI Master Plumbers Association and is currently President of SNIPEF (Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation), the trade association for plumbing and heating businesses based in Scotland and Northern Ireland, with over 750 member firms employing over 3,500 plumbers and 700 plumbing apprentices.



• Apprentice of the Year • Manufacturer’s Representative of the Year • Best Marketing Campaign • Best Digital Marketing Campaign • Green Technology Project of the Year • Innovative Project of the Year • Mechanical Project of the Year (Domestic) • Mechanical Project of the Year (Commercial, Industrial or Public Sector) • Unsung Hero of the Year • Contractor of the Year (Domestic) • Contractor of the Year (Commercial, Industrial or Public Sector) • Plumbers’ Merchant of the Year (Best Trade Counter) • Plumbers’ Merchant of the Year (Best Customer Service) • Plumbers’ Merchant of the Year (Best Family/Independent) • Plumbers’ Merchant of the Year (Overall Plumbers’ Merchant of the Year) • Overall Achievement Award

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Ideal Boilers made for installers I deal Boilers has been manufacturing in the UK for over 100 years and over this time has developed a comprehensive range of award-winning and reliable products for global markets, ranging from New Zealand to Turkey, designed with the installer and home-owner in mind. In addition, the company has been designing and producing Logic boilers specifically for the Irish market for over 35 years, and has had the No.1 selling boiler for the past three years. Ideal has developed the Logic System IE range of boilers, designed to address the specific needs of Irish installers - namely a low system pressure market.

LOGICAL SOLUTION The Logic System IE range benefits from being an ‘A’ rated appliance on the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland HARP (Home-heating Appliance Register of Performance) data base and, being easy to install, provides a simple and reliable solution for a wide variety of domestic systems. It includes a water flow sensor, fitted into the internal flow pipe assembly, to eliminate nuisance lockout and permit operation at low system pressures. The range is available in a choice of four outputs (15, 18, 24 and 30kW) and benefits from a lightweight design, concealed connections at the base and no compartment ventilation requirement, which means it can be conveniently fitted out of sight in a standard kitchen cupboard. Siting and installation are simple and hassle-free through a simple

telescopic flue option, push and clip flue turret connections and a wide range of alternative fluing solutions. The Logic System IE is fully modulating down to 4.8kW, includes boiler frost protection, half gas connection and precommissioned gas valve, and comes with a five-year parts and labour warranty as standard. Weather compensation kits are also available. It has a digital display and simple diagnostics, making problem-solving easier for householders and installers alike.

IN VOGUE In addition to the best-selling Logic System IE range, Ideal has developed the award-winning Vogue range, recently recommended through Facebook for

installer Allen Hart of CCH Leeds. He asked the 600+ industry members of his Facebook group Gas Chat, which 40kW combi boiler they would fit in their own house, with quality being the most important thing, and was impressed by the number of responses and comments recommending the Ideal Vogue. The Vogue boiler came out on top with over 25% of votes, recommended by more than 40 installers and receiving almost 400 comments about its outstanding reliability. Installers also shared their positive experiences of the boiler, with one saying “Vogue is the way to go”. Allen wanted the opinion of other gas engineers as they “know what they are

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“Ideal has developed the Logic System IE range of boilers, designed to address the specific needs of Irish installers, namely a low system pressure market.”

talking about.” He said, “The installation was quick and easy, everything about it makes it easy. The 10-year warranty was a key factor - it gives peace of mind that it’s going to be reliable and if there are any problems, Ideal is just a phone call away. “I like the quality of the boiler – as an engineer I look at the quality of the internal components, such as the stainless steel heat exchanger and brass parts. I’d definitely recommend the Vogue to other installers - it’s one of the best boilers I’ve ever fitted and I have it in my own house, which I think says it all really.” Allen recently joined forces with Ideal to put together a video for other installers and their customers, outlining his desire to install the best quality boiler in his own

home and explaining why he chose the Vogue. As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to giving installers all the tools they need to grow their business, the video can be viewed on Ideal’s YouTube channel at

BENEFITS In addition to the benefits highlighted in the YouTube video, installers can pick up additional servicing work from the home-owner-friendly service reminder on the boiler’s display, which installers can programme their phone number into, and which also displays full diagnostics for ease of fault finding. Installers also benefit by registering their

boilers through Ideal’s loyalty scheme, Installer Connect, with each Vogue being worth up to €30. Installer Connect is one of the most rewarding loyalty schemes in the industry, with features and benefits tailored specifically for installers. Points can be redeemed on whatever best suits the installer, from work wear and training courses, to High Street vouchers, city breaks and more. Installer Connect also facilitates the registration of Energy Credits (ranging from €275 to €450 per Ideal boiler, depending on controls used) as well as giving installers access to the exclusive Marketing Toolbox. Ideal Boilers are available through Irish distributor and warranty agent, Davies Ltd (based in Dublin).

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Major growth leads to announcement of new Boucher Road store and two branch expansions…

Bassetts splashes out on new Belfast showroom


assetts has announced the autumn opening of a new store within the heart of the thriving Boucher Road retail area in Belfast, alongside showroom expansions in two of its local branches in County Londonderry, following a period of significant growth for the company. The new store opening will exclusively showcase Bassett’s high quality range of bathroom and tile designs in a unique designer showroom setting. In addition, expansions to the North West branches include new showroom openings at both locations, with Bassetts Coleraine doubling in size with the addition of a new bathroom showroom and the L’Derry branch launching the company’s first ever tile studio. The announcement marks a significant milestone for the leading local business which will soon boast a network of 14 branches across Northern Ireland. Managing Director of Bassetts, Alan

Wright, commented, “We are delighted to announce our plans to open a Boucher Road showroom in the coming weeks, alongside extensive branch expansions in L’Derry and Coleraine. Despite the difficulties that many national retailers may be facing in the home improvement market, our bathroom, plumbing and heating business has gone from strength to strength. In recent months, we have seen an increasing number of homeowners choosing to renovate or improve their homes, with 44% of homeowners fitting a new bathroom in the last three years. “A further half of all home-owners in Northern Ireland are also predicted to renovate their homes this year and that is a key reason why we are expanding our showrooms and opening a new Belfast store to meet an increasing demand for exclusive, high quality, affordable products. “The number of new homes being built

Alan Wright, Managing Director of Bassetts, looks over plans for the company’s new Boucher Road outlet.

across Northern Ireland is also up by almost 50% and we are committed to offering our trade customers an expanded range of options and to plug the gap in offering stylish and affordable heating and plumbing solutions for new builds.” Bassetts extensive branch network provides residential and trade customers with bathroom solutions from the leading local and international manufacturers. T: (NI) 028 3833 9438 W:


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SkillPLUMB finalists announced Two plumbing apprentices from Northern Ireland have been selected to compete in the 2015 SkillPLUMB UK final, following a series of challenging regional heats earlier this year. Alex Rooney, a student at South West College, who is also employed by David Lindsay Plumbing & Heating, and Gavin Rice, Southern Regional College, an apprentice with Seamus Matthews Ltd will be going head to head against eight other hopefuls in a three-day practical task on November 19-21 at The Skills Show, the UK’s largest skills and careers event at the NEC Birmingham, where over 60 WorldSkills UK national competitions will be held across different occupations. W: skillplumb

New RoI Regional Manager for RWC UK Reliance Worldwide Corporation (UK) Ltd (RWC UK), a leading manufacturer of plumbing and heating valves, controls, washroom systems and fittings, has extended its sales team in Ireland with the recruitment of Brendan Sullivan as Regional Sales Manager for Reliance Water Controls brand products in the Republic of Ireland. Brendan brings with him more than 16 years of plumbing and heating industry experience, having worked for brands such as Grohe and Geberit in similar roles. T: (RoI) 086 227 3340 (NI) 00353 86 227 3340 E:


Northern Ireland Housing Executive has signed a contract with Saliis Ltd to install solar photo voltaic (PV) systems at 1,000 Housing Executive homes across Northern Ireland. The project is based on the ‘rent a roof’ model, in which tenants could save up to £200 per year on their energy bills. Turner & Townsend, the global programme management and construction consultancy, has been appointed to provide cost management services for two paediatric outpatient and urgent care satellite centres being developed by the New Children’s Hospital in Dublin. Leading multi-service provider, the Precision Group, is celebrating the company’s most successful year on record, with a record £10 million turnover following an intensive period of restructuring, investment and acquisitions.

Potential for district heating in Dublin city A major study by Dublin’s energy agency, Codema has found that there is huge potential for the roll-out of district heating in the city, with over 75% of the areas analysed deemed suitable for this type of heating system. The Dublin City Spatial Energy Demand Analysis is the first such detailed study to be carried out on the potential for district heating for the city, which involves the delivery of heat to numerous buildings across the city via a pipe network from large, highly-efficient renewable or sustainablyfuelled heat plants. The report found over 140 small areas with very high heat densities suitable for a district heating network, all of which are located within 2.5 kilometres of the city centre. It also identified potential waste heat sources which could feed low-cost heat into a district heating network, thereby reducing heating costs and increasing efficiencies. The heat demand density is highest in areas where there is high commercial activity but there are also many residential areas in the city that are deemed very suitable for district heating schemes. Along with district heating, the report analysed the potential for incorporating renewable energy sources such as geothermal, wind and solar energy in the city. The Dublin City Spatial Energy Demand Analysis is the first city-wide study of its kind to be carried out in Ireland. It aims to connect traditional city planning with effective strategies for sustainable energy so that specific areas can be targeted and the use of renewable energy sources in the city can be assessed. W:

A survey among Bristan Connect installers has revealed that three quarters of UK plumbers (67%) said they welcome the arrival of ErP legislation, stating that it is vital if the UK is to achieve its 2020 carbon reduction targets.




New solid fuel training and assessment courses OFTEC technicians have seen a rise in the number of trendy stoves installed in the home and are now increasingly being called upon to install and service solid fuel appliances. OFTEC has responded to the latest trend by developing a bespoke solid fuel training and assessment course. A pilot of the new course was held recently at METAC in Ireland, and the OFT15-108(D) and OFT15-108(W) are now available for solid fuel installers. A number of counter hand courses have already been run at METAC, and plumbers merchants and solid fuel retailers are now ready to promote OFTEC registered solid fuel installers. If you install or service solid fuel appliances you could benefit from this registration. If you are already OFTEC registered and hold an equivalent qualification, you can add the solid fuel scope for only £50 or €65. OFTEC is currently establishing a new solid fuel register of qualified heating technicians that merchants can promote to consumers. To apply for OFTEC’S registration scheme or for more information visit

Industry unites for Carbon Monoxide awareness OFTEC is once again working to raise awareness of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide throughout Ireland. During October, OFTEC supported the annual Carbon Monoxide Awareness week in the Republic of Ireland. OFTEC is also throwing its weight behind Carbon Monoxide (CO) Awareness Month in Northern Ireland in November, in association with the Health & Safety Executive (HSENI). David Blevings, OFTEC Ireland Manger said, “Carbon Monoxide is traditionally associated with gas appliances. However, our technicians have noted that there is very limited awareness in Ireland of the risks posed by other fuels. “We are issuing advice to consumers across Ireland reminding them to use an OFTEC registered technician for all home heating installation and service work tstandards.” W: W:

OFTEC and members promote a pro-oil message Several Irish manufacturing members have worked together to promote a pro-oil message to consumers, reminding them that “oil is cheaper”. The campaign brings together Grant, Firebird, Warmflow, Kingspan and Harlequin, and is supported by Riello. The pro-oil advert appeared in the Belfast Telegraph in October in the home heat supplement. It is proposed that this marketing committee will look at pushing out the “oil is cheaper” message across the island of Ireland in 2016 and build into a bigger and better campaign to retain oil customers and promote the benefits of upgrading to an oil condensing boiler.

Re-certification package launched With the five-year anniversary of the OFT10 suite of oil assessments upon us, OFTEC’s training department has just designed a re-certification package for technicians re-taking oil assessments. Covering re-certification for the OFT10-101 (pressure jet), OFT10-102D/W (vaporising), OFT10-105E (appliance/system installation) and the OFT10-600a (tank and supply installation), the package will mean spending less time in a training centre, allowing technicians to get back to work more quickly. The re-certification package went live from September 1, and to find details of your local approved centre please visit OftecApprovedTrainingCentres


David Blevings, OFTEC Ireland Manager on 0845 600 2105 - Sean McBride, Ireland Representative on 087 241 7041


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It’s colourless, it’s odourless, It’s hard to detect. So carbon monoxide deserves Your respect. Plumbing & Heating Magazine’s Denise Maguire meets RGII Inspections Manager, William Wilson - the second generation Wilson to forge a career in the gas safety industry…

The Easy Rider who is dedicated to gas safety


he Register of Gas Installers of Ireland (RGII) aims to improve the safety of gas installations and reduce the number of accidents caused by unsafe installations. It’s also responsible for registering gas installers. William Wilson has held the position of Inspections Manager at RGII for the past seven years and he also carries out the function of Gas Safety Officer on behalf of the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) when investigating illegal gas works. A member of various groups, including the Institute of Domestic Heating Engineers (IDHE), the Technical Standards Committee TC2 (Gas Installations) at the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and a Technical Auditor for the Irish National

Accreditation Board (INAB), it’s safe to say William is an expert when it comes to gas safety. Before joining the Register, he worked for Bord Gáis for 38 years. “I began my career in Bord Gáis as a gas fitter and held various roles over the 38 years, including inspection manager and technical training manager.” Moving to RGII was a natural progression for William. “Registration was on a voluntary basis when I was inspection manager at Bord Gais but then moved onto the new regulations body (RGII), so really it was the right time to move on.” William is the second generation Wilson with a passion for safety in the gas industry. His father, also called William, clocked up 52 years in Bord Gáis before retiring.

“My father was 13 when he began his career at Bord Gáis. Like myself, he started his career as a gas fitter and finished as a training manager. It really was lovely to follow him into the gas industry. It was a great career then and I believe it still is.” William was 16 years of age when he followed in his father’s footsteps by joining Bord Gáis as an apprentice gas fitter. “For my first four years I was employed by Alliance & Dublin Consumers’ Gas Company, as it was then referred to. I was a supervisor in the conversion to natural gas process in the 80s. After that I became a training manager, looking after all the technical training for gas fitters and contractors both on the distribution side and the installation side.”

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With so few apprentices being taken on right across the industry, William believes this is about to change. “I think at one stage plumbing apprenticeships were up to about 600 per year; this dropped down to about 50 at the height of the recession but I think it’s starting to pick up again. We at the RGII are currently looking at facilitating an apprenticeship scheme for gas installers. Gas Networks Ireland (as Bord Gáis Networks is now known) is also starting to take on apprentices again. We’re looking at the age profile of our Registered Gas Installers which is probably top heavy. A lot of them will be retiring in the coming years so we need some young blood coming in to take over that side of work.” The current Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is the fourth year of the campaign. As in previous years, the aim of the campaign is to highlight the fact that carbon monoxide (CO) can and does, kill. “The advertising campaign went very well. I think people are becoming much more aware of it. As a member of the Technical Standards Committee TC2 for gas installations, we’ve included in IS 813 - our national standard for domestic gas installation - the requirement to fit carbon monoxide alarms when fitting flueless or open flue appliances. The

building regulations also now require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted in all new builds, so there’s definitely more awareness around the issue. “I’ve noticed with Registered Gas Installers that they’re promoting the use of carbon monoxide alarms and, where required, they’re fitting them to conform to the standards.” The carbon monoxide awareness campaign stresses that any fossil fuel can cause carbon monoxide – coal, turf, oil, gas or even wood. On average, six people in Ireland die every year as a result of unintentional carbon monoxide poisoning. Prevention through the competent installation and regular maintenance and servicing of fuel burning appliances is crucial, and this is something the RGII is very keen to promote. “Prevention is obviously better than cure. By having your gas boiler and gas appliances correctly installed in well ventilated areas, properly repaired and serviced annually by Registered Gas Installers (RGIs), the risks of exposure to CO poisoning are greatly reduced. An audible carbon monoxide alarm should also be installed where the fuel burning appliances is fitted and another within 5 meters of the bedrooms.” It’s not just the RGII that’s involved in

the awareness week; it’s supported by organisations across the energy sector and related industries as well as safety and public health bodies including the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), Gas Networks Ireland, Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC), National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) and major Irish energy retailers. When William isn’t spending time with his wife Colette and their two children Simon and Lauren, you’ll most likely find him on the racetrack. He has been involved in racing motorcycles and mentoring younger riders since 1974. “I run a race team and have two young riders who race for me. I also race a 350 Honda Classic myself and have a Kawasaki 650. We race on all the national circuits like Mondello, Bishops Court and Kirkistown and I also race in all the road races like Kells, Skerries, Killalane, Walderstown the North West, the Ulster Grand Prix etc.” Luckily, William has only had two minor crashes in his career. “I’ve certainly been lucky in that I’ve only come off the bike a couple of times. The adrenalin rush is incredible. When you’re racing and the roads are closed you can get up to incredible speeds. There’s nothing like it!”

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firmus energy opens ‘Gas Zone’


irmus energy has teamed up with Wilsons Fireplaces to open its first ever ‘Gas Zone’ at Wilson’s showroom in Ballymena. Designed to enable customers to see working models of natural gas appliances such as cookers, fires and tumble dryers, as well as instant hot water for combi-boilers, the new

“Next year we hope to open another five or six gas zones across Northern Ireland.” 22 | PLUMBING & HEATING MAGAZINE


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A range of high-efficiency, contemporary style gas fires boasting 17 different models, and suitable for chimney and flue fitting, some with rear venting balanced flues.

UC Living has introduced an affordable natural gas tumble dryer offering 60% savings compared to the cost of an electric dryer.

Gas Zone will be a great point of sales for installers, and their customers. “It’s the first time we have become involved directly with a retailer in this way and next year we hope to open another five or six gas zones across Northern Ireland,” said Paul Stanfield, Sales and Marketing Director, firmus energy. “Since its opening, a month ago, we’ve been pro-actively directing people to the new Gas Zone via direct mail. It will be of great benefit to installers who are also being encouraged to bring their customers along prior to conversion to natural gas to show them the gas appliances in a more tangible way, as opposed to looking at a brochure,” he added. Wilsons Fireplaces is a long established

fireplace company with showrooms in Ballymena, Belfast, Lisburn, Coleraine and Newtownabbey, and is now the largest fireplace and stove retailing group in Northern Ireland. “We are delighted to have teamed up with firmus energy to bring the first firmus energy Gas Zone to natural gas customers outside of Belfast,” said Robin Wilson, owner of Wilson Freplaces. “It’s important that people can touch and feel the full range of fantastic natural gas appliances available to them including, cookers, tumble dryers and natural gas fires, before they convert to natural gas. They will know exactly what they are getting and we can cater for all styles and budgets.”

MagnaClean filters offer 100% boiler and system protection from Magnatite, plus reduced heating bills of up to 6% annually.

The ecoTEC pro range of combination boilers combines built-in quality, reliability and performance, thanks to its stainless steel heat exchanger.

EPH Controls provides an extensive range of innovative heating controls for both the residential and commercial markets, including the latest in both hard-wired and wireless solutions.

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Gas leak detection for boiler rooms in commercial and industrial properties from Modern Plant…

Excellence in gas detection


atural and LPG gas are the most widely used fuels for heating commercial and industrial property. In the event of an undetected leak it can present an explosive risk leading to structural damage, the loss of life and an expensive waste of fuel. Most boiler plant rooms are usually unmanned and, therefore, any leak could go undetected for quite some time. An automatic gas detection system will provide early warning of a gas release during unmanned periods. Boiler plant rooms are designed with ventilation to ensure that there is an adequate supply of combustion air. The ventilation also assists in reducing the build up of any flammable gas concentration. However, this cannot be guaranteed. It is for this very reason that gas detection systems should be installed. Modern Plant represents Medem (UK), a company that designs and builds gas safety systems suitable for use in boiler houses and plant rooms. There are a number of specifically designed systems currently available - single or two channel (AGDS2em), four channel (AGDS-4), multi-channel (AGDS-MC) and their multi-function solution (SEC-B) which not only offers multi-sensor leak detection but pressure proving, electrical isolation and auto re-start after power failure. The AGDS-2em is a gas detection system designed for use in boiler houses and pellet stores. Up to two low voltage sensors can be connected for the detection of natural gas, LPG or carbon monoxide. In the event


of a high alarm from one of the sensors, the system will isolate a connected control valve. It can also be used for CO monitoring of pellet storage rooms. Low alarm indication is also given. Panel controls include ‘Mute’, ‘Reset’ and ‘Emergency Stop’ buttons. Remote emergency stop buttons can be fitted and a fire alarm connected to close the gas valve when activated. High alarm change over relay can be used to control remote indications or connect to a BMS system.

SENSORS The AGDS-4 is a gas detection system designed for use in boiler houses and plant rooms. Up to four low voltage sensors for the detection of natural gas, LPG or carbon monoxide can be connected to the panel. In the event of a high alarm from one of the sensors, the system will isolate/close any connected valve. Low alarm indication is also given. Panel controls include ‘Mute’, ‘Reset’ and ‘Emergency Stop’ buttons. Additional remote emergency stop buttons can be fitted and a fire alarm connected to close the gas valve when activated. High alarm change over relays can be used to control remote indications or connect to a BMS system. The AGDS-MC gas detection system has been designed for use in a variety of applications. Up to 16 low voltage sensors for the detection of natural gas, oxygen depletion, LPG or carbon monoxide can be connected to the panel. In the event of a high alarm from one of the sensors,

the system will isolate the gas supply by closing a connected valve. A pre alarm indication is also given. The LCD will display appropriate information about alarm situations and detector status etc. High alarm change over relays can be used to control remote indications or connect to a BMS system. The product is also available in a “nonlatching” mode for the control of ventilation systems i.e. indoor car parks on CO detection. The SEC-B is a multi-function solution designed for boiler rooms that offer gas proving, gas detection, electrical isolation and auto-restart after power failure. The SEC-B has been designed to accept a multiple of gas detectors including natural and LPG gases along with carbon monoxide. Isolation of gas will occur upon detection of the target gases at prescribed levels. Using the patented differential pressure proving method, the system checks the gas pipe work and appliances in a boiler house for gas leaks. It also monitors for low pressure and over pressure without opening the solenoid valve, making it the only truly safe method of proving available. The SEC-B can auto reset after an electricity supply failure when used in boiler room applications. This enables a building heating system to restart without manual intervention, minimising the chance of frozen pipes and a cold building. T: (RoI) 01 461 4300 or (NI) 00353 1 461 4300 W:



Calor is offering an attractive range of incentives to installers who work with them in identifying new domestic business opportunities...

Strong support to gas installers


nstallers who want to help their customers make the switch to Calor can be sure of support from one of Ireland’s leading LPG suppliers. Kevin Donnelly, Sales Director at Calor, described the importance of installers. “Relationships with installers are a very important part of our business. Installers are often the first people to talk to customers about Calor products. They are trusted skilled professionals whose opinion is valued by the customer. Calor works tirelessly to build relationships with plumbers and installers, offering marketing support and incentives to ensure that they have the resources and support they need to bring Calor to their customers.” Calor’s installers also benefit from the extensive experience and knowledge of Calor’s team along with support throughout the switching process. Gareth Thompson, Director of Armagh-based GT Gasworks, works closely with Calor’s Sales Representative Andrew Sands and finds there are many positive aspects to working with Calor. “We find Calor to be very professional – both in its work with us and with our customers,” says Gareth. “There has been a phenomenal switch to LPG as systems become more economical, and working with Calor ensures a quick turnover on jobs, which is also important to us.” There are also many benefits for the home-owner who makes the switch to Calor central heating this winter, including a free boiler and a 12-month price freeze. Installing a new LPG boiler can help the home-owner make improvements to their home energy efficiency, as well as providing all the benefits of gas, from cosy central heating to instant hot water and controllable cooking. T: (NI) 07702 368074 (RoI) 01 850 812 450 W:





Getting the message across


art of Ervia, Gas Networks Ireland ensures that over 673,000 homes and businesses receive a safe, efficient and secure supply of natural gas, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The company owns, operates, builds and maintains the natural gas network in Ireland, and connects all customers to the network. It also transports natural gas through its 13,000km pipeline network. With pipelines in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, Gas Networks Ireland transports gas on behalf of suppliers and shippers to over 23,000 businesses and almost 650,000 homes. For the past 11 years, Owen Wilson has worked in safety and he currently holds the position of Networks Safety Manager at Gas Networks Ireland. He is responsible for the company’s occupational health and safety teams and also manages its public safety advertising campaigns. “We run five campaigns, including Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week,” said Owen. “We also run a campaign highlighting what to do if you smell natural gas, and a smaller campaign called ‘Dial before you Dig’, which highlights the dangers of underground gas pipelines. Only last year, we also launched a campaign that focuses on the dangers of meter tampering. Owen believes that Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is doing its job and getting the message across. “We’ve been highlighting the dangers of Carbon Monoxide for over 10 years, and what we’ve seen is a relatively high awareness of its dangers. Each year we do an annual public consumer awareness survey and every time we do it we ask the question, are you aware of the dangers of Carbon Monoxide? Results show that over 90% of respondents are. However, when we ask more detailed questions we discover much lower levels of awareness. People know it’s dangerous, but they don’t know why it’s dangerous.” The current high profile campaign is driving home the message. “We believe the public has started to realise that all fuel causes Carbon Monoxide. The idea that only gas produces it has been a popular myth for years, but that’s changing now. The number of people who have a Carbon Monoxide


“Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is doing its job and getting the message across.” alarm is also rising,” said Owen. Owen is a civil and structural engineer by profession. Originally from Aberdeen, he entered the oil and gas industry as a consultant. “I spent eight and a half years working as a pipeline and sub-sea engineering consultant for some of the major oil companies over there. I married an Irish woman and moved to Ireland to work for Bord Gáis Networks, as it was called at the time,” he added. With a long-standing interest in pipelines, Bord Gáis Networks was the obvious choice. “It’s a very varied role,” continued Owen. “My team and I deal with a huge range of things, from everyday budgets to going out on sites and inspecting contractors, carrying out risk

assessments and investigating accidents.” If you had told Owen as a graduate he’d be involved in making an ad about an animated singing canary, he may not have believed you. “The advertising campaigns are one of the more diverse parts of the job which I really enjoy. The process of making adverts, for example, Tommy McAnairey the singing canary, highlighting the dangers of Carbon Monoxide, is absolutely fascinating. It’s a very different line of work but there are things you can take from it and implement into your own role.” T: (RoI) 1850 200 694 or (NI) 00353 66 9791962 E: W:


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Studio Bathrooms capture the look


tevenson & Reid has opened its latest Studio Bathrooms showroom, following a major refurbishment at its Cookstown branch. Modelled on the highly successful Studio Bathrooms at the company’s Ballymena branch, the Cookstown showroom is the latest enhancement to the offering from this leading plumbers’ merchant, which reflects a significant investment by the company to keep it at the cutting edge of the industry. “The new showroom provides a stunning showcase for our extensive range of bathrooms,” said Paul Maguire, Showroom Manager. “There are 18 full-sized bathroom settings, all completely fitted out, to give

customers a much better idea of what their dream bathroom will look like. It’s very helpful for people who find it hard to visualise the finished look. “Built to full-size dimensions, each pod is like opening the door to a bathroom which looks just like it would in a home. It’s a good concept to enable us to show customers the end look. “We have also added a working display section which enables customers to actually see how the products work - while they are browsing round the displays they can look at a shower or a whirlpool bath in action, or even see how the waterproof TV works.” The refurbishment has also enabled

Stevenson & Reid to extend its range of tiling, with a brand new display area dedicated to presenting an easily viewed selection to help make buying decisions easier. With such a well-stocked showroom, the new refurbishment brings added benefits to plumbers who can now direct their customers directly to the new Bathroom Studio, to allow them to see the wide choice on offer and help them visualise how a welldesigned bathroom can transform a home. Located just 100 yards from the town centre, the Cookstown branch is easily accessible and now offers a one-stop-shop for anyone wishing to install a new bathroom. g

12/18 Orritor Street, Cookstown, BT80 8BE T: (NI) 028 8676 2199 or (RoI) 048 8676 2199



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addition to the launch of Studio Bathrooms IN COOKSTOWN, Stevenson & Reid also delivers high standards across the province...

Seven branches covering all your needs Stevenson & Reid has seven strategically-located branches across the province, delivering the highest levels of service. BALLYMENA 34 Cullybackey Road, BT43 5df T: (NI) 028 2564 9715 or (RoI) 048 2564 9715 BALLYMONEY Ballybrakes Industrial Estate, Ballybrakes Road T: (NI) 028 2766 5094 or (RoI) 048 2766 5094 BANGOR 6 Balloo Drive, BT19 2QY T: 048 9145 7527 or (RoI) 048 9145 7527 BELFAST 15 Prince Regent Road, East Belfast, BT5 6QR T: (NI) 028 9040 2225 or (RoI) 048 9040 2225

High standards delivered across Northern Ireland


tevenson & Reid is a company that knows how to meet a range of needs for a diverse customer base. However, this isn’t a case of the company being a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’. On the contrary, it is more a perfect example of providing an array of specialists services to the highest standards – a fact Stevenson & Reid is proud of. A lot of this success comes down to the fact that Stevenson & Reid is a family business and one of the independent plumbers’ merchants in Northern Ireland. This independence provides an unrivalled degree of flexibility when compared to the multinationals. The fact that the company has almost 40 years’ experience in the industry and boasts seven branches across the province speaks volumes about its strength.

But as well as offering a high level of service at competitive prices to installers, the company also has the expertise to offer contract support for large domestic and commercial projects. The contracts team is based in the Belfast branch has worked on projects across Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, including schools, hotels, hospitals, leisure centres, shopping developments and social housing. The contracts team specialises in distributing quality, cost-effective solutions to meet all contract requirements, regardless of the project size or demands of the specification. Stevenson & Reid has also established strong links with many building developers, providing turnkey or PC sum packages.

COOKSTOWN 12/18 Orritor Street, BT80 8BE T: (NI) 028 8676 2199 or (RoI) 048 8676 2199 NEWTOWNABBEY Sanda Road, BT37 9UB T: (NI) 028 9085 2212 or (RoI) 048 9085 2212 OMAGH 14 Drumquinn Road, BT78 5PN T: 028 8224 9926 or (RoI) 048 8224 9926

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THE GLO UNDERFLOOR HEATING SYSTEM HAS JUST GOT EVEN BETTER Glo+ is the benchmark in underflooor heating for all Domestic, Commercial and Renewable heating installations. Bassetts vast experience guarantees peace of mind that the GLO+ system will be a sound investment.

WHAT’S IMPROVED‌ Pipe Also now available in 16mm for ease of installation. Design System The latest design software, used by our In-house designers, provides a detailed breakdown of all room circuits. Full AutoCAD system drawings now available for commercial projects. Shunt & Manifold New Shunt Delivery system comes fully assembled and is easily connected to the Manifold, which is supplied premounted in brackets - saving the installer time and money. Controls Offering the most advanced controls on the market, with set-up and operation via Ipad and smart phone. Room thermostats are fully programmable, internet compatible, provide wireless functionality and are simple to use.

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Introducing GLO+


een by many as the benchmark in underfloor heating, GLO has just got even better, with the launch of GLO+, available from bathroom, heating and tile specialist, Bassetts. The system is fully compatible with all domestic, commercial and renewable applications - gas condensing boilers, oil condensing boilers, air source heat pumps, bio mass and geo thermal heat pumps – and is perfect for new builds, extensions and renovations. GLO+ uses the latest underfloor heating design system on the market. Improvements include increased accuracy and ease of installation, as it allows areas to be allocated to certain manifolds within the design programme. A printed schedule gives a breakdown of each of the manifolds (eg room type, number of circuits, pipe spacing etc), with a full AutoCAD systems drawing now available for commercial projects. Good design is the key to performance and this is where GLO+ is competitive, offering value for money and return on investment through optimised performance with longterm economies. GLO+ uses only best quality PeX-A pipe, manufactured to DIN EN 4726 with an EVOH oxygen diffusion barrier to DIN EN 12318, and carries a 50-year guarantee. Every


circuit has an individual flow meter, allowing the system to be hydraulically balanced, and this extra control results in optimised performance. GLO+ floor heating systems are designed for comfort and economy, and have the effect of reducing draughts normally associated with conventional heating systems. As a minimum, the system provides individual temperature control in every room, but it also offers a range of weather compensation control systems to suit most buildings. Since floor heating is installed under the floor surface there are no hard edges or high temperatures to bump into or fall against. These features have resulted in floor heating being the system of choice in nursery schools and homes for the elderly, where ‘low surface temperatures’ on heating appliances are a legal requirement. Again with safety in mind, GLO+ floor heating system uses low voltage controls eliminating risk of electrical injury at room thermostats and manifolds.

CONTROLS The GLO+ control system is one of the most up-to-date systems on the market. With the option of internet controls, users can operate the system via their iPhone, iPad, windows PC, Mac and many more applications. GLO+

room thermostats can be hard wired or wireless and are self-modulating, meaning that the flow in the underfloor heating circuits is continually optimised, based on the needs of that room. This provides better comfort and efficiency than other manufacturers using on/off technology. GLO+ is the only system on the market that uses this technology. To find out more or to receive a quotation for your next project, contact T: 028 3833 9438 E: W:

At a glance… The main features of the control system are: • Self-modulating technology • Internet control via the GLO+ web server • Adaptive week programme • Holiday function • Wired or wireless control option • Valve exercising • Pump Logics • Fire place function • Bypass function • Temperature range limiter



Meet the team: Managing Director, John Doyle, with (from left) Sales Director, John Woods; Project Engineer, Alan Todd; and Senior Project Engineer, Alan Coyle.


Meet the team L eading flue and chimney specialist, John J.Doyle has strengthened its team with the recent appointment of Project Engineer, Alan Todd. With 10 years’ experience in M&E project management throughout Ireland, the UK, and Europe, Alan has been brought in to head up the Dinak industrial and commercial installations side of the business. “Alan is a qualified mechanical engineer, and with his strength of knowledge in AutoCAD, site management, and health and safety, amongst many other things, he is already proving a valuable asset to our management team,” said Managing Director, John Doyle. Alan joins an experienced senior management team, led by John Doyle, and backed up by Sales Director, John Woods

and Senior Project Engineer, Alan Coyle. “John Woods is recognised throughout the industry as a person who always has a ready smile on his face and a ‘can do’ attitude, which means that he will always go the extra mile to solve any problem, however big or small. He is also a trained specialist in plastic flue systems manufactured by Ubbink ” said John. “Alan Coyle looks after our data centre contracts and specialises in estimating and AutoCAD drawings. Since his appointment nine months ago, Alan Todd has shown that he can fit in well with the established team and is already learning a lot from ‘the masters’. “Taking care of business development for domestic flue systems is Michael Dennison, while Stephen Donald plays another vital

role as part of the sales team. From me, it is the personal service. For example, with more condensing boilers being installed I like to look at each individual project and determine what is best for the client and if that should mean installing stainless steel or plastic flue.” Together, they present a formidable line-up, dedicated to ensuring that the company continues to lead the way as Ireland’s leading expert in the design, supply and installation of chimney systems and refractory engineering services. “The business was first established back in 1928 by my grandfather, John Doyle, and we’re now a fourth generation family business,” said John. “Over our long history, we have diversified into chimneys and have

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Sales team member, Stephen Donald (left) with Michael Dennison, in charge of Business Development for Domestic Flue Systems.

Alan Todd with Senior Project Engineer, Alan Coyle.

been granted sole distribution agreements with some of Europe’s leading chimney and flue manufacturers, such as Dinak, SAVE and Ubbink Centrotherm, which ensure that we are able to supply the highest quality domestic, commercial and industrial chimney and flue products. “As a family organisation, we pride ourselves on our long association with quality work and service. Many of our loyal employees have remained with us over the years, and our management team has a wealth of experience behind them – John Woods has been in the chimney business for over 50 years, Alan Coyle has over 40 years’ experience, and I can count on 30 years in the business myself. Collectively, that makes for an unrivalled team in terms of industry knowledge and experience. It’s what sets us apart from our competitors, and the new appointment of Alan Todd will strengthen that offering even more.”

EXPANSION The combination of vast industrial experience, attention to detail, commitment to innovative technology and customer service has placed

Alan Todd and John Woods discuss a project they are working on.

John J.Doyle at the forefront of the industry, with specialist teams working to the highest standards to obtain the optimum life and performance from all products and installations. Looking forward to the future with confidence, the company is now expanding its operation, with a move across the city from its current location at 100 Great Patrick Street, Belfast to new premises at 29 Duncrue Crescent in the near future. “We’ve just bought the premises and are totally refurbishing them to suit our needs,” explained John. “We will have brand new, customer-friendly offices, and, for the first, time, a purpose-built trade counter. “The 15,000sqft warehouse will allow us to carry more extensive stock, with new product lines being planned, and there will be much better access to our new premises for both staff and customers. “To complete the offering, the new premises will be a nominated HETAS training centre, boasting top class facilities for heating engineers wanting to get qualifications in biomass boilers and stoves.”

Industry expert g John J.Doyle is the sole distributor in Ireland for Dinak, one of Europe’s leading chimney and flue manufacturers – a relationship that John Doyle is proud to say has spanned over 20 years. “We design, supply and install generator flue systems terminating at high level heights of up to 30 metres,” said John. “Keeping abreast of new markets, we have established a growing specialism in the area of data centres, with prestigious contracts throughout Europe, where recent projects have included some of the world’s leading IT companies for their operations in Finland, Holland, and closer to home, Dublin and mainland UK. “It’s because of our reputation that these companies have approached us,” added John. “We have secured these contracts because of our high standards of service and attention to detail, and that’s something we will always strive to maintain and improve.”

John J.Doyle Ltd, 100 Great Patrick Street, Belfast, BT1 2LU T: (NI) 028 9024 7864 or (RoI) 048 9024 7864



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Mi-Flues aims to continue to grow and develop in line with customers’ needs and changing market demands…

For people who know flues, look no further than Mi-Flues!


n Irish owned company designing and manufacturing flues in Ireland since 1988, Mi-Flues currently employs over 50 people at its premises in Summerhill, Co Meath. According to a company spokesperson, “We are very close to our customers, thanks to relationships built up over many years, based on trusted service and quality products. We always aim to satisfy customer needs. No fuss, that’s just what we do!” The company’s vast range of products extends from single wall and twin wall rigid flue to flexible flue and vitreous enamelled stove pipes. Products are suitable for solid fuel, oil, gas and biomass applications and allow complete flexibility to meet today’s demanding applications. “By ordering Mi-Flues products you can be assured you are buying a certified product from a tried and tested source, and one that will be with you not just through the buying process but beyond it,” said Technical Manager, John O’Mara. “Because we are compliant with legislation, our customers are compliant with legislation. We never compromise on quality or service, and since we design and manufacture, this gives us flexibility when it comes to giving the customer what they need to suit a particular installation.” With next day delivery on standard products throughout Ireland and


Northern Ireland, the company believes it has an unbeatable package of very competitively priced quality products which are all certified to industry requirements. “With that product comes back-up service and technical support from our very knowledgeable and skilled workforce, of which we are very proud.” T: (RoI) 046 955 8030 or (NI) 00353 46 955 8030 E: W:

“We are very close to our customers, thanks to relationships built up over many years, based on trusted service and quality products. We always aim to satisfy customer needs. No fuss, that’s just what we do!”



Pictured with Minister Flanagan are Alan Hogan, Managing Director and Seamus English, Chairman of Heat Merchants Group.

Pictured with Minister Flanagan are Paul Brennan, Kilkenny Branch; Alan Hogan, Managing Director; Seamus English, Chairman; Michael Ryan, Regional Manager and Fergal Kirwan, Business Development Manager.

Alan Hogan, Managing Director Heat Merchants Group pictured with Phil Divall, National Commercial Manager Bosch Commercial and Industrial at the recent partnership announcement.

Bosch Commercial Heating Solutions is added to the firm’s commercial offering, while a new branch in Portlaoise shows confidence in the sector…

Big changes afoot at Heat Merchants


eat Merchants’ latest addition to its commercial offering is the extensive Bosch commercial heating range. Since its establishment in 1895, Bosch Commercial has completed over 115,000 projects in more than 140 countries, and is now established as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of heating products, specialising in providing complete system solutions for the commercial and industrial heating sectors with individual outputs from 50kW to 38,000kW. Heat Merchants now offers the full range of commercial products in addition to technical support and specification service. “Bosch Commercial is a market-leading brand around the world and we are delighted to have been selected as supply partner for its extensive commercial heating range. Our technical design team is available to assist heating engineers with specification and product selection for any commercial application,” said Alan Hogan, Managing Director at Heat Merchants Group. One of the core ranges offered by Heat Merchants is the Bosch GB162, a marketleading range of gas-fired boilers with 50, 65, 80 and 100kW outputs. The 50kW is a recent introduction and offers even more installation flexibility for heating engineers, bridging the gap between domestic boilers


and the current light commercial range. The GB162 50kW boiler is suited to both large-scale domestic installations and light commercial applications. With net efficiencies of up to 110% and NOx emissions of less than 40mg/kWh, the GB162 range provides clean, low-carbon heating and hot water, and can also be installed in a cascade arrangement up to 800kW, with the ability to modulate down to as little as 2.5% of the total output.

Vote of confidence Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan was delighted to meet with local plumbing trade professionals, following an invitation to visit the Heat Merchants new branch in Portlaoise’s Clonminam Industrial Estate recently. This brings the number of branches to 44, with 256 people employed across the country. The group has added 30 jobs over the past three years and has a steady expansion pipeline that will see the addition of 40 new jobs over the next three years. The opening is a clear vote of confidence in the future of the construction industry and in the potential growth of this sector in Portlaoise and the midlands after some difficult years. Speaking after the visit, Minister Flanagan

stated, “I would like to thank the Heat Merchant team for extending an invitation for me to visit your shop. It is indeed a very impressive outfit and I am delighted that the Heat Merchants Group chose Portlaoise as a location for their new shop. I would like to take this opportunity to wish the management and staff the best in the coming years.” Commenting on the new branch, Managing Director, Alan Hogan, said, “We are delighted to be in a position to expand our business following some difficult years in the construction industry. The opening of our Portlaoise branch represents a new phase for the company and is an expression of our confidence in the future of the sector.” T: (ROI) 090 6442 300 or (NI) 00353 90 6442 300 W:

Boilers can be connected in-line or back-toback using the Bosch cascade kits to achieve an overall condensing output of up to 800kW.




Controlling ErP C

ontrols can provide installers with an effective way of making a boiler more efficient and, more importantly, improve the energy performance rating under ErP. Following the introduction of the European legislation, boilers are now required to have energy performance labels, rated from G to A+++, clearly visible on the product to show customers how efficient they are. When installing a boiler, installers need to create an energy label for the whole heating system via a fiche. To achieve a B rating, the whole system (or package) needs to reach above 82% efficiency, over 90% for an A rating, and to reach an A+ the complete system needs to provide an efficiency rating of 98% and upwards. As manufacturers will have to supply the energy efficiency figures for their products, calculating the whole system efficiency will be as simple as adding together the different percentages of the components used in the system to generate an overall figure. The total will then translate into a single energy performance rating for the whole heating system. The ErP Directive covers all products that consume energy, such as boilers, heat pumps, solar thermal etc. By adding controls, the whole system can be made more efficient and will improve the rating. Controls will not carry an ErP label but they have been split into eight groups under the directive, with each group adding an efficiency percentage to the space heating system rating. Each control class equates to a certain percentage uplift in system efficiency - for example, a Class VI weather compensating control and room thermostat will add 4% efficiency to the heating system.

CONTROL CLASSES The control classes are broken down as follows: • Class I: On/off room thermostat. The package/system space heating uplift = 1% • Class II: Weather compensator control, for use with modulating heaters. The package/system space heating uplift = 2% • Class III: Weather compensator control, for use with on/off output heaters. The package/system space heating uplift = 1.5%


“When installing a boiler, installers need to create an energy label for the whole heating system.”

• Class IV: TPI room thermostat, for use with on/off output heaters. The package/ system space heating uplift = 2% • Class V: Modulating room thermostat, for use with modulating heaters. The package/system space heating uplift = 3% • Class VI: Weather compensator and room sensor, for use with modulating heaters. The package/system space heating uplift = 4% • Class VII: Weather compensator and room sensor, for use with on/off output heaters. The package/system space heating uplift = 3.5% • Class VIII: Multi-sensor room temperature control, for use with modulating heaters. The package/system space heating uplift = 5%. By combining one of these eight groups of controls, installers can create an uplift in energy efficiency for home-owners. Take for example the Unica i32 combi boiler, which boasts a seasonal space heating efficiency

rating of 94%. Under the ErP Directive, adding a weather compensation sensor and modulating room sensor (Vokèra’s 711 OpenTherm RF programmable room thermostat) to the Unica i32 gives a 4% efficiency uplift, taking the whole package to 98% space heating efficiency. This equates to an A+ energy rating, and makes it one of the most efficient boiler and controls combinations available on the market. The addition of even simple controls to a heating system can provide home-owners with reduced energy and costs, while offering installers a business opportunity to sell controls with a new boiler. If everyone understands how controls can help energy performance ratings and can demonstrate these savings, it is easier to pass on the benefits. T: (NI) 00353 5 677 55055 or (RoI) 05 677 55055 E: W:



Local experience combined with world-renowned manufacturing expertise make a winning combination… The Innovens Pro MCA high technology condensing boiler, shown as cascade.

De Dietrich excellence from Hevac


hen first established in 1974, Hevac gained an immediate reputation for the diversity of its product portfolio, and especially for the quality of the products from the marketleading brands the company represented. Over the years this reputation has been further strengthened because of the continuous addition of new product lines and additional suppliers. De Dietrich, the world-renowned manufacturer of pioneering heating technology solutions, is a typical example. A symbol of quality since 1778, De Dietrich is committed to the development of Sustainable Comfort®, the objective of which is to create innovative heating systems that consume less energy and preserve the environment. As exclusive De Dietrich distributors in Ireland, Hevac has forged a very strong relationship with the company, thereby making a wealth of innovative product, and technology, available on the Irish market. As part of that knowledge transfer process Hevac runs regular in-house training seminars for both installers and consultants, and also takes them to the De Dietrich Training School in Mertzwiller, France. The objective is to enhance their general boiler knowledge and skills but, more specifically, to improve their understanding of condensing systems, condensing applications, and water treatment for condensing boilers.

Innovens Pro MCA.

energy-use for commercial installations. The total premix modulating burner guarantees: • Optimal combustion quality across the entire output range thanks to a system of integrated mixing for a constant air/gas ratio; • A boiler output range of 56 kW to 1303 kW which can be adapted to a wide variety of needs; • Very low polluting emissions; • Annual operating efficiency of up to 109% at 40/30°C. Now with the Diematic iSystem controller added to the ECO range the system can be programmed to enable the management of external safety devices, modulating pumps, systems combined with solar energy and heat pumps and the programmed control of heating circuits with mixing valves. It is also possible to connect and control up to 10 boilers in cascade. The Innovens Pro MCA is a high-technology wall-hung gas condensing boiler. Using the

latent heat of the steam that is contained in its vapours, condensing provides additional heating while using less energy. Additional features include the Diematic iSystem control panel that is capable of adjusting boiler functioning to the most precise needs, and a modulating gas burner that reinforces the benefits of the condensing effect while guaranteeing very low emission levels. It is also capable of providing large volumes of domestic hot water.

T: Paul Devereux, Hevac on (RoI) 01 419 1919 or (NI) 00353 1 419 1919 E:; T: David Doherty, Hevac. (RoI) 086 833 2141 or (NI) 00353 86 833 2141 E: W:

Key benefits of the The Innovens Pro MCA include:

NEW RANGE Among the latest De Dietrich models to be introduced are the ECO commercial gas condensing boiler range, and the Innovens Pro MCA wall-hung modulating condensing boilers. The ECO range of gas condensing boilers has a silicium aluminium heat-exchanger and a modulating burner which maximises the


• Boiler output range of 8.9 kW to 114 kW which can be adapted to a wide variety of needs • Optimised for energy savings and ecology • A system that is complete, flexible and intelligent • Customised domestic hot water output at high levels of comfort • Maximum performance in minimum space • Complete hydraulic cascade systems available with full cascade control for connection of 2 to 10 boilers, over 1000 kW.



With the recent introduction of the ErP Directive denoting that a heating and hot water system package must reach 98% in heating efficiency in order to be given an A+ energy rating...

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orcester, Bosch Group has developed the easiest and most cost-effective way for installers to offer their customers the very highest efficiency levels. The European Commission’s decision to award an uplift of 4% in efficiency for the addition of a combined weather and load compensation control to a system means that it is now much easier for plumbing and heating professionals to create an A+ rated system. Previously, the required 98% efficiency rating would have been achievable only through the complex and costly combination of a number of different products; a boiler, a controller, a 400-litre thermal cylinder and 4m2 solar thermal panels, for example. However, Worcester is constantly attempting to find new ways of refining its products, and the high efficiency of its latest generation of combi boilers means that this is now possible through the combination of just two products installed in one simple system. Each of Worcester’s Greenstar i, Greenstar Si and CDi Compact combi boilers boast A-rated status, with guaranteed efficiency levels of 94%. In other words, thanks to the premium efficiency levels of Worcester appliances, the addition of a control offering a 4% uplift is all that is required to achieve the 98% heating efficiency necessary for an A+ rating. Developed through extensive feedback from installers and end-users, the new Greenstar i boasts improved heating and hot water outputs, alongside a host of other features, such as a larger condensate siphon, a pre-assembled wall frame and a new digital rolling text display.


As a result, not only can installers offer their customers Worcester’s brand new industryleading boiler or one its Greenstar range of Which? Best Buy accredited appliances, but they can also provide an A+ rated system which will help to save money on energy bills at the same time.

FULL CONTROL In order to achieve this 4% uplift in efficiency, a control must meet the criteria listed in Class VI of the ErP Directive controls classification. This means a control must use a weather compensator in collaboration with a room sensor, taking temperature readings from the outside and the inside of a property to calculate the optimum temperature at which the boiler should be fired. Last year, Worcester added the Wave smart thermostat to its extensive product portfolio, offering installers the chance to integrate sophisticated heating and hot water controllability into homes nationwide. The Wave combines a room thermostat and programmable control in one stylish unit, with a free and easy-to-use app allowing

home-owners to take complete control of their heating and hot water systems, wherever they might be. Launching the Wave made Worcester the UK’s only manufacturer to offer a Weather and Load Compensating room thermostat with internet connectivity to offer a 4% uplift in energy efficiency. This provides heating engineers with the easiest and most cost-effective way of delivering an A+ efficiency system to homes up and down the country through the combination of just two products. This incredibly simple but remarkably efficient heating and hot water solution not only ensures that creating an A+ rated system is simpler than the costly fitting together of a number of separate products, but also makes better financial sense for home-owners too - helping to reduce installation time and cut costs on energy bills for years to come. T: Ray McClay, Regional Sales Manager, Worcester Bosch Ireland, on (NI) 07767 432567 or (RoI) 0044 7767 432567 W:



With the help of regionally exclusive merchants, Saturn Heating is building an exciting network throughout Ireland…

Saturn Heating spreads the message throughout Ireland


ccording to Saturn Heating, a new approach of working with regionally exclusive merchants will help bring its stainless steel oil boiler solution to every corner of Ireland. More importantly, the collaborative approach - consisting of well-regarded merchants along with specially trained Saturn installers - will allow the firm to offer dedicated servicing, maintenance and spare parts throughout Ireland with exceptional response time for home-owners. This approach will also allow the good word regarding the NHC Stainless Steel boiler to be spread throughout Ireland. When it comes to making decisions in relation to oil boilers, saving energy and a long service life, it is important that people have the opportunity to learn about Saturn Heating NHC Stainless Steel Oil Boilers. It is also important for


Saturn Heating that merchants throughout Ireland become part of the Saturn Heating family. “It is quite incredible when you think that most of the condensing oil boilers on the market today use a combination of mild steel and stainless steel to produce their heat exchangers,” said Stephen Duffy of Saturn Heating Technologies. “All condensing boilers produce a condensate or vapour that is highly corrosive and so not generally suited to mild steel. The Saturn NHC uses an all-stainless steel high efficiency heat exchanger that is designed to handle the corrosive condensate. The NHC is also the only boiler to include a neutralising filter and trap to treat the corrosive condensate.” Saturn Heating says the resulting NHC Condensing oil boiler range is like no other oil boiler on the

market. The company is confident that the NHC range will not only deliver a long service life and save Irish home-owners money and energy but that it will also inspire people to think about this type of product before they have one installed in their home. Saturn Heating is also planning to release a new outdoor boiler in January 2016. The NHC Boiler uses an all stainless steel condensing heat exchanger, the only one of its kind available on the market today. Saturn NHC Condensing Oil Boilers also have intuitive controls that can be remotely located in the home to allow simple and energy-efficient management of the boiler and its controls. Available through the company’s merchant network from January 2016 onwards, this more aesthetically pleasing solution will bring consistency across the Saturn brand, with all of Saturn solutions finished to the highest standard, reflecting the build quality on the inside, on the outside. T: (RoI) 042 9692 032 or (NI) 00353 42 9692 032 E: W:



THINK GRANT. The Grant Vortex Ireland’s award-winning condensing oil boiler . Helping homeowners save up to 30% on heating bills* Cost effective home heating solutions from Grant including condensing oil and condensing wood pellet boilers, solar and solid fuel.

Reliable. Efficient. Affordable.

Grant Vortex boilers are available from all leading plumbing and heating merchants in NI. Hotline: 0800 279 4796 *

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Grant Vortex proving a popular choice for NI consumers

Grant cleans up home heating systems Keep your heating system in perfect condition with the Grant Mag One Magnetic Cleaner, a highly efficient filter designed to remove sludge from the system. Sludge is formed from iron oxide particles, and even small amounts of sludge in a heating system can dramatically decrease its efficiency, causing cold spots in your radiators and reducing the lifespan of the boiler. Features of the Grant Mag One Magnetic Cleaner include: • 12000 gauss neodymium magnet • easy clean, easy drain design • 22mm & 28mm • 360 degrees installation


ith oil prices at record lows, and the boiler replacement scheme extended to March 2016 in Northern Ireland, now is a great time for home-owners to upgrade their heating system. These are also two key reasons why Grant NI has been experiencing a significant increase in demand locally within the last 12 months for their range of Grant Vortex condensing oil boilers. Undoubtedly the fuel forecasts are favouring oil heating for home-owners. Grant NI Manager, Mark Eccles, commented, “All indications are that the price of oil is predicted to remain low for the foreseeable future, which is great news for home-owners.” In addition to the monetary savings offered, Grant Vortex condensing oil boilers are up to 97% efficient and feature the award-winning Grant patented vortex technology. Mark added, “We are delighted by the increase in sales we are experiencing with our Grant Vortex range. It’s not surprising that people are taking advantage of the low prices before the cold weather hits this year. Combined with the high efficiency of these products, home-owners will be able to see their heating budgets stretch even further.” With boilers ranging from wall-hanging


installations to indoor combi and the 50-70 utility model, the Grant Vortex range features the ideal model for anyone upgrading or installing a new oil-fired central heating system this autumn.

The Grant Vortex condensing oil boiler range • Each Grant Vortex boiler has received an ‘A’ efficiency rating and is up to 97% efficient – one of the most efficient on the market. • Every Grant Vortex boiler comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty, and a five-year warranty on the boiler heat exchanger. • Each boiler is simple to install with no complicated wiring. • The Grant Vortex Indoor boiler also comes in a utility model – smaller, and specifically designed to fit in most kitchens. • All Grant Vortex boilers feature ‘whisper’ quiet operation and full-front service access. • All Grant Vortex boilers are fully compliant with the ErP directive.

The Grant Mag One Magnetic Cleaner provides many benefits for home-owners as it can extend the life of your boiler, reduce iron deposit blockages in the heating system, and improve and maintain central heating efficiency thereby reducing fuel bills.






ENVIROMAX CONDENSING OIL BOILERS uniquely designed to protect the environment and reduce your fuel bills

Enviromax Boilers

Blue Flame Enviromax

Enviromax Blue Supreme

A Firebird Condensing Oil Boiler will make your fill of oil last up to

25% longer

For supplier and technical details, please contact: Firebird heating Solutions Shean, Forkhill, Newry, BT35 9SY T: +44 (0) 28 3088 8330 E: WORKING TOWARDS A GREENER PLANET


Supreme design from Firebird


ooking to preempt future European efficiency and NOx emission targets, Firebird has unveiled what is claimed to be the most energyefficient domestic oil fired boiler on the market. The new Enviromax Blue Supreme is a condensing boiler that features a low NOx MHG burner and a patented heat recovery unit to improve combustion and maximise energy efficiency. The Blue Flame technology is achieved by atomising heating oil at high pressure before it is mixed with pre-warmed air and ignited. Hot combustion gases are then re-circulated through the burner blast tube through a specially designed slot which in turn concentrates the burner flame in one area and reduces the overall NOx levels. The result is a flame that produces soot-free combustion along with reduced consumption of heating oil and low emission levels. For flexible replacement of existing installations, the boiler features four trappings (two on each side) while maintenance is made easier by digital controls that provide fault diagnostics and operational history, as well as operating as an anti-cycling device and preventing pump overrun. The boiler is available in three models – kitchen, boilerhouse and external heatpac, with two fixed outputs, 20 and 26kW. Rated the most efficient boiler in Europe, and No.1 by The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) the Firebird Enviromax Supreme is futureproofed and already ErP-ready to meet these new regulations. Firebird also offers an extensive range of other high-performing Enviromax condensing oil boilers, boasting SEDBUK Band A efficiency, and delivering up to 25% savings in fuel consumption, compared with non-condensing boilers. Alongside its renowned oil fired boilers and back boilers, Firebird offers a wide range of additional products, including solar thermal systems, biomass boilers, range cookers and multi-fuel inset stoves, designed and manufactured using the latest heating technology from its base in Cork. T: (NI) 028 3088 8330 or (RoI) 026 45253 E: - W:




Training: invest to impress


oiler product training – offered free by most leading manufacturers – should really be regarded as part and parcel of an engineer’s working life. But the generic paid-for courses on offer can also pay dividends. Courses of this type enable engineers to expand their knowledge on different types of boilers. This often results in an increase in efficiency and profitability for their business, so can actually be considered an investment. As a day’s training means taking a day away from work, engineers should research what’s on offer to ensure the course they choose will be worthwhile. For instance, check how practical the course will be, and find out about the trainer’s credentials, course flexibility and class size. Topic-wise, there are many options to choose from, from low carbon technologies to central heating controls wiring. Three of our most popular courses are on how a combi boiler works, multi-meter training and boiler diagnostics. A boiler training course will help heating installers to fully understand how all the components and functions of a boiler work together. It will examine how a boiler differs to other gas appliances, its installation requirements, commissioning process, the operating sequence, and the function and operation of the principal components. Heating engineers, installers and maintenance engineers who require a greater understanding of electrics would benefit from attending a multi-meter training course. Courses are designed to ensure attendees can confidently use an electrical multi-meter, carry out preliminary electrical safety checks and component electrical tests, identify faults and isolate circuits safely. Finally, attending a boiler diagnostics course will enable an installer to diagnose and remedy faults through following logical paths and by analysing a boiler’s sequence of operation. All our trainers are former heating engineers, and our courses are designed to be practical, interactive and flexible, with the training groups purposefully kept small. T: Sharon English (NI) 07966 585902 or Baxi Potterton Myson (RoI): 01 459 0870 E: or (RoI) W: or





Quality solutions from C&F Quadrant


ith a portfolio of marketleading brands, catering for both commercial and domestic applications, C&F Quadrant is one of Ireland’s leading suppliers of heating and plumbing products. Boasting offices in Dublin and Belfast, and a network of regional representatives and merchant trading partners, comprehensive all-Ireland coverage is assured. The extensive product portfolio is backed up by a team of highly-qualified, engineeringled, personnel. Experience runs to the core of C&F Quadrant with long service commonplace at all levels, from trade counter personnel through to technical support, field sales engineers and back-up administration.

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This long-service feature is mirrored in the long-standing trading relationships it enjoys with many of its suppliers. Today’s commercial and large domestic projects invariably demand system solutions, as opposed to the supply of one or two products and some accessories. C&F Quadrant fully recognises this and so, in addition to the expansive product portfolio, provides full engineering design assistance on all projects. Fully-qualified and experienced engineering personnel liaise, where appropriate, at the earliest opportunity with the design consultant, contractor and client to ensure that the best possible solution is arrived at. Apart from an understanding of the strengths of each product and the related

ancillaries that make up the overall system solution, they also provide advice on energy usage, lifecycle returns on investment, regulatory compliance and carbon reduction. C&F Quadrant runs regular training programmes and CPD-accredited seminars/ lectures for both commercial and large domestic installers to help them keep abreast of the latest developments, and to advise them of changes that are coming down the line. In addition, it has display centres located at various merchant stockists throughout the country so that product and topic-specific training and CPD programmes can be delivered at a local level. T: (RoI) 01 630 5757 or (NI) 028 90 36 55 55 W:



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news in BRIEF

Northern Ireland’s Fold Housing Association has committed more than £1million to install solar PV panels on around 100 of its homes.

‘Phoenix Sportive’ Mournes challenge Northern Ireland’s corporates turned out in style for an early start at Tollymore Forest, Newcastle for the inaugural Phoenix Sportive on September 20. A gruelling 80-mile challenge across Northern Ireland’s highest mountains lay ahead for the brave cyclists from NI Water, Mutual Energy, PTS Group, Gallen Vehicle Hire, as well as Phoenix and many more. The unique route, set by champion cyclist Joe Barr, included enduring hill climbs for the cyclists to conquer such as Dree Hill and Spelga Dam, all in aid of local charities Energy for Children and Cancer Fund for Children. Michael McKinstry, Chief Executive of Phoenix Natural Gas, said, “This is the first event of this nature we have run and the support and commitment we have received has been fantastic. Our corporate partners have really got involved to help make a difference to the lives of local children.” W:

A celebration of achievement for plumbing apprentices Plumbing apprentice, Graeme McKenzie, who is employed by CHC Group Ltd, Craigavon, has been awarded ‘Best Improved apprentice’ in an annual prize giving ceremony in Edinburgh, organised by the Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) Edinburgh and District Branch. The event recognises apprentices who excel in their performance at college and are committed to completing their four-year plumbing industry approved Modern Apprenticeship. W:


The Irish Bioenergy Association (IrBEA) has called for subsidised energy tariffs to encourage biomass heating. It wants 15-year tariffs to make biomass more attractive than fossil fuels to heat business premises. BES Ltd, the mail order specialist and ‘one stop shop’ within the plumbing, heating and gas supply industry, has launched its new and improved catalogue, with over 15,000 product lines available ‘next day’ to plumbing and heating engineers.

Vaillant showcases the future of housebuilding with integration of hybrid systems Vaillant is helping to showcase how future homes can afford to integrate renewable technologies with a pioneering project in partnership with Wienerberger, a leading provider of wall, roof and landscaping innovations. The project is the first e4 brick house and was officially opened at BRE’s prestigious Innovation Park, as part of the park’s 10th anniversary celebrations. The home, which features a Vaillant aroTHERM hybrid system consisting of a gas boiler and air source heat pump, will be the first to be assessed to BRE’s new Home Quality Mark, which was launched earlier this year at Ecobuild. The house utilises a fabric first approach using a clay building envelope and the concept can be used for a wide range of sizes and typologies. Installed by Matrix Energy Systems, Vaillant’s ecoTEC pro boiler will meet the home’s hot water needs, while the aroTHERM air source heat pump will provide the space heating required, which is being delivered through a combination of underfloor heating and radiators. Vaillant’s aroTHERM hybrid system combines the reassurance of a traditional boiler system with the cost-saving credentials of an air to water heat pump. Uniting both technologies, the aroTHERM hybrid incorporates a unique controller system which works based on the homeowner’s individual energy tariff. T: (NI) 0844 693 3133 or (RoI) 0044 844 693 3133 W:

ISO 9001, the most widely-adopted quality management systems, has undergone its first major revision since 2000 to incorporate changes made following feedback from users and experts around the world. Terms crucial to understanding ISO 9001 are defined in ISO 9000, which has also been revised.


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Worcester, Bosch Group, has once again come out on top in the Which? boiler report, having been awarded Which? Best Buys for the sixth year running across its complete range of Greenstar gas-fired boilers. Martin Naughton, Glen Dimplex Group with the Prince of Wales.

Glen Dimplex chief receives royal honour Martin Naughton, President and founder of the Glen Dimplex Group, has been awarded an honorary knighthood, presented to him by the Prince of Wales. The Dundalk-born businessman has been recognised for services to art, philanthropic causes and the Northern Ireland economy. Sir Martin Naughton, KBE, founded Glen Electric in Northern Ireland and began trading as a manufacturer of oil-filled radiators in 1973. Less than five years later the organisation embarked on rapid expansion with the acquisition of British-based Dimplex, the UK’s market leader in electric heating, thus creating the Glen Dimplex Group. Today, the Glen Dimplex group is the world’s largest manufacturer of electrical heating, whilst also holding significant global market positions in domestic appliances, cooling and ventilation. It is Ireland’s largest privately-owned manufacturing business and employs over 8,500 people worldwide with an annual turnover in excess of €1.5billion. W:

Meath gets thumbs up for Facebook data centre Facebook’s €200 million data centre, planned for Clonee in County Meath has been granted planning permission. The 220-acre facility will be built in two phases over 10 years and will reportedly use local renewable energy supplies. The first phase will involve construction of two data centre buildings with a gross floor area of 50,000sq metres and with a data capacity of 36mW per building. It is expected a large number of jobs will be created during the construction phase.


The success of the Northern Ireland Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme and an unprecedented increase in application numbers, has resulted in proposed changes (subject to NI Assembly procedures) to introduce tiered tariffs for new biomass heating systems from November 4. Bord Gáis Energy owner, Centrica plans to sell up to £1billion worth of upstream and wind assets by 2017 and reduce net headcount by around 4,000 staff. The emphasis will now be put on energy supply and services. The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) has launched a recruitment process for up to 32 members of the new Public Water Forum. The primary purpose of the Forum is to represent the interests of water consumers and a variety of sectoral organisations.

Wilo UK appoints new Area Sales Manager for Scotland and Ireland Pump manufacturer, Wilo UK has appointed David Cutter as residential Area Sales Manager for the Scottish/Irish region. Previously, David worked for Testo, and before that at Drayton Controls, covering Scotland and Northern Ireland. David has also worked with Glow-worm Boilers and William Wilson Ltd. T: (NI) 01283 523000 or (RoI) 0044 1283 523000 W:

Have you got a smart technology solution for Building Energy Ratings? The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), in co-operation with Enterprise Ireland has called on innovative companies to develop smart technology solutions to help make Building Energy Ratings (BER) more informative for homeowners. Funding of up to €150,000 is available under the competition titled ‘Small Business Innovation Research’. Smart solutions, such as advanced mobile technology, can help make BERs a more influential factor in property purchase and rental decisions, and also better inform home upgrade opportunities. Valid for 10 years, a BER certificate also gives builders, developers, vendors and landlords an incentive to upgrade the energy performance of the building by giving visible credit to superior standards. Solutions are expected to go well beyond the current BER certificate and advisory report and should include recommendations for clever use of mobile technology in influencing consumer behaviour. They may relate to single home BERs and/or comparators to national datasets. Full details are available on eTenders




“The Vaillant vSMART control can also be retrofitted to any Vaillant eBUS appliance.”

There’s smart… then there’s vSMART


s the ‘Internet of Things’ flourishes, smart heating systems are growing in popularity as consumers seek extra functionality in their home appliances. As such, installers must be able to confidently specify the right control for the job. Enthusiasm around the idea of the ‘Internet of Things’ has grown considerably in recent years, driven by mobile access to the internet, coupled with the rapid growth of smartphone ownership; industry experts predict the number of connected devices could be anywhere from 20 billion to 100 billion by 2020. As a result, home-owners expect all of their devices to talk to each other to add value to what were previously mundane objects; this even extends to heating systems, which can now be controlled remotely through smart controls and apps.


CONNECTING WHAT COUNTS Specifying a control is much like specifying a boiler - it’s clearly important in both cases to understand what motivates the customer to purchase. Considering these factors will help you to decide on the right control and explain the benefits that will interest your customer the most, increasing the chances of success when upselling. Installers can ask themselves a couple of questions to identify which type of control is most suitable for the home-owner. 1 How comfortable is the home-owner with technology? Most app-based controls have a simple, intuitive interface so only require a basic technological knowledge to operate. As an example, Vaillant’s vSMART simple installation wizard is controlled by moving sliders between yes/no answers, or selecting times and dates from a drop-down menu. However, there are other options which do not require a smartphone app, but still have many intelligent features, such as weather compensation. The Vaillant VRC 470f is a great example. 2. What lifestyle factors will influence the decision? Many people today lead very fluid lifestyles, especially young professionals, which traditional on/off controls may not be suited to. For example, if a home-owner often arrives home at different times, or is required to travel with work at short notice, an appbased control is the ideal solution. While the control adapts its settings to the homeowner’s schedule, this can be overridden away from the home via the app, to avoid

heating an empty home if they expect to arrive home late. If an app control is not appropriate, there are varying levels of intelligent control that are available, depending on the flexibility required. Mid-range options, such as the Vaillant VRT range, are suited to homeowners who want more control over their thermal comfort and energy efficiency, but whose schedules are more static.

REMOVING THE BARRIERS Controls have varying set-up times and complexities. Choosing one which requires a smaller scope of work, shorter set-up time and fewer wires, will be less intimidating to a customer who is undecided about purchasing a control. From an installer’s perspective, the benefits are clear - less time on one job means more for the next. As reassurance, and for familiarity for installers, the control brand’s heritage can also be an important factor. The new vSMART control is built with Vaillant’s 140 years of experience in heating, hot water and renewables behind it, which is a strong selling point for home-owners interested in efficiency, savings and comfort. The Vaillant vSMART control can also be retrofitted to any Vaillant eBUS appliance, allowing you to accommodate a homeowner’s desire to have the most up-to-date controls on the market. T: Catherine Russell, Ireland Director of Sales on (NI) 07767 377670 or (RoI) 0044 7767 377670 or Derek Hunter on (NI) 07534 469419 or (RoI) 0044 7534 469419 W:



NORTHERN Ireland’s

PLUMBING & HEATING trade event REVIEW 2015


Trade Show success T

he Plumbing & Heating Trade Event at the Ramada Plaza in Belfast in September attracted a wide mix of exhibitors, from leading boiler manufacturers to bathroom specialists. Among the attractions for those dropping in to this year’s show was the chance to find out about the latest industry products and services. Visitors were also invited to attend informative seminars on the latest industry topics and see product demos on the most up-to-date innovations. Prize draws, plus event discounts and offers


provided an added incentive for visitors. “Since it was launched in 2008, Northern Ireland’s top suppliers and manufacturers have used this two-day event to showcase the most modern mechanical solutions for commercial as well as domestic projects,” said Cathie Blackwood, Publication Manager for Plumbing & Heating Magazine, which organises the event. “Each year we strive to find something new to interest those working in the plumbing and heating industry, and it was great to be able to meet all who took the time to support the event.”





2016 Events




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A 2016 date and a new name for Dublin trade event


new date and a new name have been announced for Ireland’s Plumbing & Heating Trade Event. Now known as PlumbEx, this successful trade-only event is now in its third year and will take place at the Citywest Hotel, Saggart, Dublin on May 25-26, 2016. Once again, this event will build on the success of previous years, bringing visitors the latest innovations and developments from right across this diverse sector. This will include renewable and low carbon solutions; commercial and domestic plumbing and heating products for gas, oil and biomass; heating controls;

bathrooms and showers; testing and inspection equipment; underfloor heating; radiators and valves; filters and pumps; and chemical protection and wastewater treatment solutions and much more. The core of visitors will be made up of plumbing and heating installers and engineers but the event will also attract large numbers of plumbers’ merchants, distributors, consultants and architects, as well as facilities managers, training centres and representatives from Government and the Public Sector. PlumbEx will once again prove to be the perfect arena in which to promote your products and services direct to the trade.

For More information contact T: (RoI) 01 696 8319 T: (NI) 028 9261 2990 E:



2016 Events

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EXPO New expo to hit Titanic Exhibition Centre

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electrical and plumbing and heating sectors. This will include those from within specific trades, including electrical contractors, gas engineers, plumbing and heating installers, electrical wholesalers and plumbers’ merchants. However, by combining the mechanical and electrical specialisms, this expo will also be essential for M&E contractors and M&E consultants not to mention architects, builders, facilities managers, purchasing managers, and representatives of the Government and Public Sector.



new concept in trade shows has arrived with the launch of the Plumb Power Heat Light Expo at the new Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast on September 7-8, 2016. The largest plumbing, heating, electrical and lighting exhibition in Northern Ireland, this event will showcase innovative designs, sustainable products, energy efficient technologies and renewable energy all under one roof. With interactive product displays and dedicated zones, this unique expo will attract visitors from right across the construction,


exhibition Centre


For More information contact T: (NI) 028 9261 2990 T: (RoI) 01 696 8319 E:




Saniflo waste water pumping systems let householders add a toilet, washbasin and shower anywhere in the home…

Complete domestic solution from Saniflo


ccording to Saniflo, more people are adapting their homes to make them comfortable and easier to use in later

life. Saniflo macerators and pumps allow householders to have a WC, basin, bath, shower, kitchen and utility room anywhere a water supply can reach, without having to worry about the messy and costly process of


digging up the ground to supply drainage. With the Saniflo range of macerators and pumps there’s no need for any excavation work, so facilities are installed faster and with a lot less hassle. A Saniflo Sanitop is perfect for creating a bathroom, and it’s easy to install with just four connections. The macerator/pump is connected to the spout of a horizontal rear discharge toilet, the toilet tank is connected to the water supply, the macerator/pump is connected to the small diameter discharge pipe work, and the macerator/pump is connected to the electrical supply. In addition to the toilet waste, the Sanitop will also discharge grey water from a sink via the inlet on the top of the unit. The Sanislim macerator pump is another perfect option for creating a contemporary bathroom or en suite facility anywhere in the home. Due to its super slim design, Sanislim complements today’s sleek, slender designs

of sanitary ware. It can take waste from a single WC, a washbasin and a shower and can even be fitted with a Sanialarm to let you know if any maintenance is required. Saniflo products are ideal for the most awkward of spaces, with the minimum of hassle, and all designed by Saniflo experts to make your life easier and more comfortable. T: (RoI) 046 973 3077, Low call 1850 23 24 25 or (NI) 00353 4697 33077 W:

“A Saniflo Sanitop is perfect for creating a bathroom, and it’s easy to install with just four connections.” PLUMBING & HEATING MAGAZINE | 63

533H PRV

Setting New Highs from Caleffi • Higher Temperature - up to 80ºC • Higher Flow Rate • Higher Performance Level • Highest Level of Noise Reduction • Highest Standard EN1567 Approved • Highest Quality WRAS Approved

Altecnic Limited - Caleffi Group Mustang Drive, Stafford, Staffordshire ST16 1GW United Kingdom

For further details go to: or email +44 (0) 1785 218 200



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esigned for domestic and semicommercial applications, the series 533 range of pressure reducing valves from Altecnic has received a great response from the industry since its recent launch. As part of Altecnic’s 533 range, the WRAS approved 533H benefits from an increased working temperature of 80°C and maximum inlet pressure of 16 bar, improved flow rate, quieter operation noise and EN1567 certification. With its ability to safely reduce and stabilise high-pressured mains water and prevent excessive outlet pressure of both hot and cold water, the high-performance PRV is part of Altecnic’s Triple A campaign, ‘Authentic, Accredited, Altecnic’, aimed at raising industry standards and promoting the use of fully certified and accredited products. “Mains water is increasingly being used instead of traditional low-pressure gravity fed systems,” explained Mark Mogey, OEM National Sales Manager, Altecnic. “The higher pressure associated with this means plumbers and installers should ensure they’re only installing fully accredited, high performance PRVs, such as the 533H – otherwise, in the event of failure, they can be held wholly responsible.” The introduction of the new 533H will also enhance what is already a popular product

in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. “This has proved to be a highly successful PRV and is well established in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland,” Mark added. “But we never rest on our laurels at Altecnic and, despite the success of this product, we are always looking at ways to improve. “The introduction of the 533H recognises the demands faced within the industry and provides a solution. With WRAS approval and EN1567 certification, it also strongly endorses our campaign to educate installers about the benefits of certified and accredited products.” Designed as a one-piece cartridge to allow easy maintenance and servicing, Altecnic’s 533H PRVs also have in-built filters to trap harmful debris. Using proven diaphragm construction, the valves also successfully maintain constant outlet pressures under flow and no flow conditions.

BENEFITS Another new innovation from the UK’s leading supplier and manufacturer of quality plumbing equipment is the pre-payment compatible HIU that is helping to cut and simplify the installation of pre-pay HIU systems. Designed to save time and money, Altecnic has upgraded the HIU firmware and

added a connection on the HIU’s integral controller to allow for direct wiring, or via an optional module, to third party prepayment systems. In operation, isolation of the primary system is now achieved by the already existing HIU integral electronic control valves. This means that the motorised valves, normally installed externally to the HIU, are no longer required. Designed with installers in mind, the integration is offering multiple benefits. Installation costs are reduced by upwards of £95 as the external motorised valve does not have to be specified and installed. It is also easier to fit, with fewer joints and potential leak paths. Building on its market-leading compact and stylish design, the HIU takes up less space within an apartment and can be installed in a smaller area; the wiring has also been simplified and it is now possible for all cabling to be out of sight. As well as being easy to install and commission, Altecnic’s HIU pre-payment system also offers significant benefits to landlords. Designed to provide increased tamperproof protection, the pre-payment valves are installed within the HIU behind a lockable and insulated cover, therefore giving tenants no opportunity to access the system, which could affect the accuracy of their credit reading.

Altecnic Ltd, Mustang Drive, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST16 1GW T: (RoI) 0044 1785 218208 or (NI) 01785 218208 E: W:




Right every time! James Bell, Brand Director at SharkBite, discusses how an expanding range in brass and chrome push-fit fittings is ensuring installers have the right fitting to hand every time...


hile some plumbing and heating installers continue to use the traditional methods of soldering or compressing pipes and fittings, increasing health and safety legislation and insurance requirements are influencing a shift in the market towards flame-free push-fit solutions, with many added benefits for installers and their customers. Many installers will have experience with plastic push-fit fittings but regulations prevent their use in certain applications, particularly in close proximity to a boiler. In comparison, SharkBite’s slimline metal push-fit solutions provide installers with unrivalled flexibility and durability for almost any type of installation; fitting easily within cavities, products can be rotated for use in confined spaces. Being slimmer they are also easier to insulate. SharkBite plumbing solutions are the only fittings range on the market compatible with five different types of pipe, helping installers work smarter and more efficiently than ever before. In addition, as no heat is required to create joints there is no need for a hot works permit, providing a major advantage from a health and safety and insurance perspective.

that metal push-fit fittings and valves with SharkBite technology are twice as fast to install as press fittings; three times faster than Compression fittings and four times quicker than End Feed. Translated into real-time savings, one installer reported a saving of three hours’ labour on a combi boiler installation, releasing them to get to their next job. With around 1.2 million boiler installations completed every year, the potential timesaving across the industry is huge.

Trusted and secure Millions of SharkBite’s brass pushfit fittings and valves have been used by plumbers in all kinds of domestic and commercial systems, precisely because they are secure and watertight, providing confidence for the customer in the completed job. They are all fully demountable and can instantly be re-used, further reducing time, cost and waste in the event of an error or requirement to make changes to the system. Importantly, these fittings also enable quick, permanent repairs, even in wet conditions so there’s no time wasted in draining down a whole system.

Quick-fit fittings Being able to use just one range of fittings and connections for any domestic or commercial hot and cold water application has multiple advantages. Time-saving is the biggest benefit, with research showing


The benefits of innovation The development of these metal pushfit fittings and valves is about providing installers with a robust product choice, designed to save a considerable amount of

installation time. It’s this that inspires the product development team at SharkBite to keep innovating and extending the range. A style preference for chrome fittings to be used where surface mounted pipework is required is reflected in SharkBite’s new Chrome plated range. But it’s not just about looks; slimline, WRAS approved and with ultra-low lead DZR as standard, the fittings are safer and easier to insulate than alternatives. All SharkBite chrome plated fittings have been electroplated prior to the o-ring being inserted, which means the body is totally free from any harmful residual chemicals and resistant to the kind of component degradation that occurs when plating is applied later in the finishing process. This is the attention to detail in design and manufacture that’s giving a growing number of plumbers – worldwide – the confidence to pack their vans with just a single range of fittings and valves, with the versatility to have every requirement from 10mm – 54mm covered. T: Stuart Harron, Division Sales Manager, on (NI) 07909 532133 or (RoI) 0044 7909 532133. E: T: Garth Walsh, Product Manager, Ireland, on (NI) 07881 274917 or (RoI) 0044 7881 274917. E: W:



Latest product in successful range of electronic water booster systems from DAB Pumps…

New e.sybox MINI launched


he final step in the development of the e.syline range, DAB Pumps has now introduced the new e.sybox ‘MINI’ electronic water booster system designed to guarantee the right pressure to meet water demands in the home. DAB now presents added value solutions for installers and families alike. For installers, the new design means simple and quick installation - just one third of the time normally needed for domestic installations - while families are guaranteed significant savings, a large reduction in operation noise and the certainty of just the right pressure in the right place throughout the home. E.sybox mini is now even more practical with ultra-compact dimensions. Above all in the houses of today, space is precious and there is the tendency to reduce the technical area to a minimum, which furthermore is not always concealed from sight as it used to be. The e.sybox mini thus stands out as a discreet and stylish furnishing element, proving to be highly popular with clients, as proved with e.sybox receiving the important award IF 2013 for design. As with the other models, e.sybox mini can also be installed horizontally or vertically as required. An all-in-one, out-of-the-box solution, E.sybox mini does not require any additional components for installation. It is made up of a multi-stage, self-priming pump, electronic control inverter, pressure and flow sensors, adjustable


high resolution LCD display and in-built expansion vessel. The water-cooled motor, protective casing, vibration damper feet and electronics that modulate the motor RPM on the basis of the set pressure (set point) and requested flow rate, make e.sybox mini extremely quiet compared to traditional pump models and vibration-free. For water in the bathroom, washing machine, kitchen sink, irrigation system, and any other device using water in the home, e.sybox mini guarantees constant delivery of water at the right pressure, making all annoying low water pressure problems a thing of the past. The launch of the ‘MINI’ is the latest development in the e.sybox water pressure boosting pump range that was launched by DAB Pumps last year. Using ergonomic design and cutting edge technology to bring a ‘plumb and play’ dimension to installation, this range saves time, money and costs. It can be fitted vertically or horizontally on its anti-vibration mountings or onto a wall-mounted bracket. The e.sybox enables plumbers to reach flow rates of well over 12 litres/min and up to 120 litres/min. Plumbers also appreciate the fact that the unit can be

installed with copper and plastic pipes, adding more flexibility to the install. The unit’s clever design also means it also has variable positions for inlet and outlet pipework and can be plugged directly into the mains electricity supply. The LCD high-resolution display is adjustable for easy reading and the user-friendly interface makes it possible to access performance information and customise the main settings. The e.sybox carries a three-year guarantee. Energy efficient, the pump’s variable speed motor operates from 0.3kW to 1.5kW, providing a powerful performance. E.sybox is self-priming down to eight metres and the variable speed motor means the pump increases and decreases flow as demand dictates, saving unnecessary energy use and the associated cost of a fixed speed pump. T: 01279 652776 or (RoI) 0044 1279 652776 W: www.




For pump sales please call... Dublin: 01 452 4444 Belfast: 07990 706 933


Xylem, a leading provider of fluid technology for the planet’s most challenging water issues, creates solutions that make plumbing easy…

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cost-effective plug n’play system from Xylem, the new all-in-one Aquabox System for domestic and commercial clean water applications has been designed for transporting clean water with constant pressure. The system makes plumbing easy, with less work, creating more space and less noise for greater comfort. Components of the Aquabox System incude:• 300 litre and 500 litre tank • Lowara SC205 stainless steel Submersible scuba pump • Auto Genyo controller • Ball valve and float • 25mm BSP brass connection

SCUBA Series The Lowara SC205 Scuba, is a 5” close coupled multi-stage submersible pump (0.55kw) with electrical motor cooled by pumped liquid, which is FDA compliant. The Lowara Scuba can be installed in vertical and horizontal positions. The pump’s low noise tolerance, stainless steel structure, double mechanical seals system and engineered motor is designed for constant use. The tank is manufactured from medium density recyclable polyethylene with UV light stabiliser for outdoor endurance, and is compact and strong. The tank’s lightweight

design makes for easy transportation and installation.

GENYO Series The Lowara Genyo electronic control and protection system designed with pressure sensors, delivers constant water pressure on demand. The Genyo enables automatic control of pump start-up and shut-down based on actual water demand, preventing any pressure fluctuations. The Genyo has built-in dry run protection and auto-restart.

e-HM Also available from Xylem, the e-HM stainless steel series horizontal multistage pump is suitable for commercial and industrial applications, and is up to 30% more efficient than most similar pumps on the market. Pumping water in productionoriented applications such as washing,

Tank Dimensions Dimensions in mm

Capacity Height Width Length

300 Litre 710 664 1029

Capacity 300 Litre Height 1300 Diameter 580 Width 653 including handles


Capacity Height Width Length

500 Litre 803 728 1201

cleaning, food and beverage processing and large-scale refrigeration can be energy intensive, impacting both resource use and operational expenses. The e-HM pump offers a broad hydraulic range and a variety of configuration options that enables users to customise the pump to meet their specific needs, simultaneously improving performance and reducing Carbon Dioxide emissions as well as costs. Constructed of AISI 316 stainless steel, the e-HM series offers six models as well as a one-piece or sleeve design, making it highly customisable. The product’s highpressure boosting capabilities and spacesaving footprint also makes it suitable for a variety of configurations across a range of industrial applications. The e-HM series is built on the advanced hydraulics of Xylem’s reliable e-SV vertical multi-stage product line, which was introduced in September 2010. The e-HM series has a maximum flow rate of up to 127 gpm. A balanced impeller reduces axial thrust by 40% and a 20% thicker stainless steel pump body enhances durability and increases reliability. Reduced thrust and thicker pump bodies result in longer bearing and component life, which help to reduce the customer’s total cost of ownership by up to 30%.

Xylem Water Solutions Ireland Limited T: (RoI) 01 452 4444 or (NI) 00353 1 452 4444 W:



Two separate trials prove that Tectite makes plumbers’ lives easier – and slashes installation times…

Tectite passes the test! R

igorous testing has shown that Pegler Yorkshire’s innovative Tectite push-fit system can cut installation times by up to 75% without sacrificing durability and versatility. In separate trials, world-renowned construction business Balfour Beatty and market-leading pipework company MEP Solutions compared the Tectite solution with two more traditional methods, namely threaded joint and press-fit. Using Tectite fittings, MEP’s installers were able to create a prefabricated module containing three separate services four times faster than when using the threaded joint method. Tectite’s flexible, easy-to-use system also proved twice as quick as press-fit. What’s more, Tectite passed MEP’s durability examination with flying colours. The module survived a 500-mile trip around the roads of the UK without picking up a single leak – despite minimal supports being attached in construction to ensure it would receive rough treatment. Balfour Beatty’s results were similarly impressive, with the Tectite push-fit system cutting the installation of a similar module from 1 hour 17 minutes using press-fit to 1 hour flat. “When we were asked to create a prefabricated module using only Pegler Yorkshire Tectite fittings, it was a relief to discover that these were readily available to use,” said Ray Barclay at MEP. “Also noticeable was the consistency of the fitting


sizes – this makes life easier for offsite manufacture. “The ability to simply pick up a part and push it in place reduces the need for any of the typical jointing methods, which not only increases the speed of production but also reduces injuries and eradicates crimping errors and the cost of buying and maintaining crimping tools.” As well as reducing installation times, Tectite brings many advantages over traditional methods. Its wide range of fittings is compatible with a variety of materials – including copper tube, PEX and PB pipe, carbon and stainless steel – and its valves can be rotated for ease of access. Some demountable Tectite fittings can even be swapped out once installed, thus futureproofing any installations and massively reducing the cost of repairs. And, because Tectite fittings are so easy and safe to use, only one installer is required, increasing productivity and freeing up staff to work on other jobs. Pegler Yorkshire has also recently added three new sizes to its Tectite sprint range which opens up this trusted solution to yet more applications. “Tectite Sprint combines the best of both worlds for contractors and installers,” said Tectite Product Manager, Janette Henwood. “Not only is it a robust, high-performance system with a long working life, but it is also

“Not only is it a robust, high-performance system with a long working life, but it is also quick and easy to install. quick and easy to install. “Thanks to the new sizes introduced by Pegler Yorkshire, more contractors than ever can benefit.” Designed to be as slim and attractive as possible, the copper and brass jointing system represents metal push-fit in its purest form. Consisting of only a handful of components, Tectite Sprint requires no hot work, flux or specialist tooling – making it clean, simple and up to two-and-a-half times faster to install than traditional joints as proven in the recent trials by MEP and Balfour Beatty. The ultra-versatile rotatable joints make the system ideal for use in tight spaces and awkward corners, as do the compact design and low profile. What’s more, flawless electrical continuity is facilitated by a continuity clip or a grab ring (depending on the size). T: George McGuire, Area Sales Manager, on (NI) 07912 406101 or (RoI) 0044 7912 406101 W:




All your pipe needs catered for at Belfast Pipe Center


ith an enviable product range, extensive branch network and technical support, The Pipe Center at Montgomery Road, on Belfast’s Castlereagh Industrial Estate provides an outstanding service to contractors across Northern Ireland. “Our comprehensive stocks include industryleading brands plus our own highly regarded own-brand ranges, and we are proud to stock one of the widest ranges of pipes, fittings and valves available,” explained Branch Manager, James Forsythe. “As with all the other Pipe Center branches across the UK, our Belfast operation is well equipped to deal with any query. It’s also conveniently located, and staffed by experienced and dedicated people with an indepth knowledge of their product sectors.”


The Belfast branch stocks and supplies a full range of GF malleable iron fittings, press pipe systems from Pegler Xpress and Geberit Mapress, ABS and PVC pipe systems from GF and Durapipe, solder ring and Endex fittings, Uponor MLCP and preinsulated pipe systems, and a range of 1640 and standard weight weld fittings. “We also have a full range of commercial heating valves and control valves,” added James. With more than 80 locations across the country, Pipe Center is one of the UK’s leading suppliers of specialist heating, pipe and related components and, while the Belfast branch undoubtedly holds a wide range of stock, tailored to local demand, it is also backed up by state-of-the-art national distribution centres.

“Whatever you are looking for, Pipe Center can supply it, and if we don’t have it at our Belfast branch we can get it for you quickly, so you won’t be held up on the job,” said James. T: (NI) 028 9079 1222 or (RoI) 0044 9079 1222 W:



Pictured at the presentation of the NSAI Certificate were (from left) Martin Wilson, Aidan Murphy, Sean Balfe, Director NSAI, Noel Conroy, Commercial Manager Sanbra Fyffe Ltd and Philip Duffy.

Sanbra Fyffes instantor plumbing fittings range has been awarded renewal of its NSAI certification …

Top marks for Sanbra Fyffe Ltd


anbra Fyffe Ltd, market leaders in the supply of plumbing and heating products in Ireland, is celebrating the renewal of its licence to use NSAI’s Irish Standard Mark in the manufacture of its Instantor range of brass compression fittings. Awarded by the NSAI, this certification highlights the company’s commitment to the manufacture and supply of superior plumbing fittings, and states that Instantor conforms to I.S. EN 1254-2. In September 2015, the Instantor range of brass compression fittings underwent a rigorous and thorough certification audit with the NSAI to International Standard EN 1254-2. This resulted in the renewal of Sanbra Fyffe’s original licence number 1.8.1 in connection with the manufacture of Instantor fittings. Sanbra Fyffe is the only Irish supplier and the only Irish manufacturer to achieve the NSAI standard on compression fittings up to and including 2”/54mm. The I.S. EN 1254-2 certificate was formally presented to Noel Conroy, Commercial Manager of Sanbra Fyffe by Sean Balfe, NSAI Director of Sustainability and Built Environment at the NSAI headquarters on October 12, 2015. Commenting on the success, Noel Conroy, said, “This is a great achievement for the company. Since the introduction of new building regulations, a heightened


awareness of standards and the importance of using quality products in construction, this certification serves to assure our customers of Instantor’s quality, durability and total reliability. “Sanbra Fyffe is the only Irish company to be awarded this certificate by the NSAI for fittings up to and including 2”/54mm. The industry has seen so many Irish importers in recent years offering fittings with a stamping reading EN 1254-2 on their products. With NSAI certification up to 2”/54mm, Sanbra Fyffe can differentiate completely from certain other competitors’ misleading claims. “The NSAI certificate gives builder providers, plumbing and heating stores and the plumbing trade as a whole the confidence and reassurance that Sanbra Fyffe Instantor products conform to the EN Standard. At the same time, it endorses Sanbra Fyffe’s reputation as the market- leading supplier of quality plumbing and heating products in Ireland.” Noel paid tribute to his colleagues involved

in achieving the standard and thanked Sean Balfe and Martin English for their cooperation with Sanbra Fyffe engineering and quality control staff during the certification testing process. Part of the Northstone group, Sanbra Fyffe Ltd is committed to the supply of superior plumbing products, hence the company motto ‘Quality without compromise’. The extensive range of plumbing and heating products provided by the company include other brands of note, such as Tucson Pumps, Eirline Taps, Rangemaster and Leisure sinks. As specialists in the stamping, casting and machining of brass and copper alloy components, Sanbra Fyffe also manufactures both part and fully finished components for a range of industries. NI Sales Rep, Mark Neeson T: 07495 212961 E: T: (RoI) 01 842 6255 or E: W:

“This certification highlights the company’s commitment to the manufacture and supply of superior plumbing fittings.”


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M&E CONTRACTOR Galgorm resort & Spa, Ballymena

Completion of new multi-million pound extension and Ireland’s first outdoor thermal spa village didn’t faze this expert m&e team…

JBE ensures no stress at Galgorm Resort and Spa


uests at Galgorm Resort and Spa were able to relax in a stress-free environment due to the expertise of the team from JBE Mechanical Electrical on this latest multi-million pound expansion. Working on what is the first outdoor thermal spa village in Ireland, JBE Mechanical Electrical not only faced a tight schedule but also had the additional challenge of ensuring the company’s work didn’t affect the guests.

Overall, the project involved the construction of a four-storey extension to the hotel, along with a new indoor swimming pool, associated spa facilities and outdoor thermal spa village. This major project was completed while the hotel remained fully operational, with minimal disturbance to the guests and staff. The extension has created an additional 48 bedrooms which included family rooms,

corner suites and also the breathtaking Signature Suite that boasts 1,300sqft of pure luxury and a furnished terrace complete with private hot tub. Also included is a 20m indoor leisure pool surrounded by a polished pebble floor; the Relax Orangery; a Snow Cabin complete with powder snow and ice crystals, which is maintained at a chilly -7 to -15°C; a Sanarium; and the Elements Spa Café. Meanwhile, the new outdoor thermal

Head Office: Lamont House, Braid River Business Park, 105 Railway Street, Ballymena T: (NI) 028 2565 8522 or (RoI) 048 2565 8522



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spa village incorporates a wood-fired ecofriendly riverside tubs; yoga studio on raised stilts; sauna; steam room; relax area; cabins and showers. This work was in addition to areas such as changing rooms, reception, kitchen, plant and store rooms, as well as three main corridors and a lift. JBE has also recently completed the new laundry building and electrical switch room. As Kevin Cottrell, Mechanical Contracts Manager at JBE Mechanical Electrical Limited, explained the experience of the company was reflected on this project. “For most people, going to the Galgorm is a relaxing experience but for us it was all about focusing on the job at hand,” he said. “The project involved high specification M&E requirements throughout which presentated a potential delay to the completion. However, we managed this in a professional manner. Clear communication, procurement

and leadership allowed us to achieve such high standards on this prestigious project.” One of the main challenges was the overall logistics involved in keeping the hotel fully operational. The major issue regarding this was the installation of two new high-efficiency boilers – a feat that had to be achieved without disruption to the hotel’s existing heating. “The extension meant that the plant room was effectively split in two so that made the installation of the new boilers more challenging, particularly given the fact that we had to switch over to the new system without causing any undue problems to guests.” JBE utilised as many off-site pre-fabrication techniques as possible and introduced a series of night shifts to make the installation as efficient as possible. Once these new boilers were in place, changeover of the two

systems went successfully within the rigid time constraints. “It was a case of keeping any shut downs to a minimum and ensuring they affected small sections of the hotel for a short duration. We had to liaise closely with the hotel’s management, and it worked well.” John Blair, Managing Director of JBE Mechanical Electrical, stated, “The level of expertise was clearly demonstrated to ensure that this project was completed on time, defect free and within budget through extremely high levels of organisation, communication and engineering skills that were delivered by both our staff in-house and site personnel.” JBE Electrical Mechanical will continue work at Galgorm Resort and Spa, with the company also signing a three-year maintenance contract for both new and existing services on site.

Scotland Office: Unit 10a Grangemouth Business Centre, 3 Roseland Hall, Grangemouth T: (NI) 01324 471138 or (RoI) 0044 1324 471138



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AIR CONDITIONING & VENTILATION Galgorm resort & Spa, Ballymena

Guests can relax thanks to the addition of high quality air conditioning and ventilation systems by moira-based experts...

Experience and expertise from DSR Refrigeration and Air Conditioning


oira-based company, DSR Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Ltd provided the air conditioning and ventilation systems to the Relax Orangery at the Galgorm’s newly developed thermal village and spa, as well as air conditioning to the corner suites and reception areas. The aim was to create a comfortable and clean environment for the staff and customers to work and relax in, and the installation was carried out to meet these requirements. The company also installed the main pipework for the new snow cabin. DSR Refrigeration and Air Conditioning specialises in the supply and installation

of refrigeration, air conditioning and ventilation systems for commercial and industrial businesses across Northern Ireland. “We have fully qualified engineers with F-Gas registration and over 11 years’ experience to bring to every contract we undertake,” said David Reid. “Our services cover all aspects of refrigeration and air conditioning, including installation, maintenance and repair to the highest standards,” he continued. “We can provide expert advice on efficiency and cost savings for businesses in the future, and if you are experiencing faults, we offer a 24-hour emergency service to diagnose and repair the fault quickly and efficiently.”

DSR Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Ltd, 18 Wellington Park Mews, Moira, BT67 0UQ T: (NI) 028 9261 2502 or (RoI) 048 9261 2502 – E:



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GAS SERVICES Galgorm resort & Spa, Ballymena

Experience of Newry-based company comes to the fore to ensure a smooth transition of gas services at luxury hotel…

EB Gas delivers high quality service


he addition of a new extension at the luxurious Galgorm Resort & Spa meant that EB Gas Services had to find the right balance between keeping the existing hotel and spa running without disruption and ensuring work remained on target in the new section. “The initial challenge was the total shutdown of the existing complex to facilitate the rerouting of services to allow for new build extension,” explained Kevin Byrne, EB Gas Services. “We had to do this without disrupting guests, so we carried out an overnight purge and relight of all existing plant and kitchens.” With all the current services rerouted, the next focus was on delivering supply for the new extension, which then had to be incorporated into the existing system. Kevin added, “Whilst building work was in progress we overcame the difficulties of maintaining the supply between old and new, as most of the pipework installation was either welded or fused.

“The addition of a new CHP and laundry facility meant further tap-ins to pipework and the supply of sub meters, controls and leak detection. “Overall, the biggest challenge was the logistics of the project and ensuring that we caused as little disruption to guests as possible. The success of this was very much down to our superb relationship with the M&E contractor, JBE, and I feel this partnership approach worked superbly well. “We are delighted with the finished project and to have worked on such a prestigious job as the Galgorm Resort & Spa.” The completion of this luxurious hotel and spa project continues the success of a company that was established in 1966 as a domestic gas centre that sold bottle gas and domestic gas appliances. From this base, EB Gas has developed into one of the largest gas service and installation companies in Ireland. The company is registered with both Gas

Safe and RGII, enabling EB Gas Services’ installation engineers to work throughout the UK and Ireland. All engineers have a wide variety of qualifications allowing them to carry out complete installations, including pipework and equipment commissioning. Kevin added, “We have a highly experienced team that can look after every aspect of your project. Our engineers are fully qualified, while we also have a knowledgeable sales team who can offer advice on all aspects of gas installation. We also offer a design service for both catering and heating applications, and our sales team is supported by a technical service team which is highly regarded throughout the industry.” The company’s original LPG distribution and appliance centre is still in operation. EB Gas also carries a wide range of spare parts for domestic, catering and commercial projects for both the end user and trade. These spare parts include regulators, valves, leak detection systems and interlock systems for commercial catering applications.

EB Gas Services, 25 The Mall, Newry, BT34 1BG T: (NI) 028 3026 2908 or (RoI) 048 3026 2908 - E:





Rinnai welcomes transparency of Energy Labelling Directive


innai, designer and manufacturer of the Infinity range of continuous flow gas-fired water heaters, has welcomed the implementation of the Energy Labelling Directive on September 26, as it scores ‘A’ ratings on all its water heaters. “Energy labelling of product offers transparency to specifiers and end users who will now have a clear guide for choosing the most efficient units available,” said Chris Goggin, Associate Director of Rinnai UK. “Rinnai brings to market the most extensive range of ‘A’ rated appliances with load profiles ranging from small domestic models to XXL sized industrial units,” he continued. “The ‘A’ rating applies to when a unit is in use – ie when fuel is being used – and, as an ‘A’ rated Rinnai unit only uses fuel when water is being drawn, the energy label cements our reputation for efficiency, as continuous flow water heaters suffer no

standing losses with storage counterparts.” When Rinnai water heaters are paired with solar thermal and the latest intelligent controls are used for ultimate heat recovery, even higher efficiencies can be achieved. Rinnai is also set up to offer installers expert help with system labelling; for example, installers will be responsible for creating the labels for those installations that combine a water heater with renewables. The Energy Related Products (ERP)

Directive, incorporating Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Directives for water heaters (Lot 2) means that water-heating products sold in the UK need to meet minimum energy performance criteria in order to be legally placed on the market, and require an energy label. Rinnai products are available in Ireland through distributor, Hamilton Gas Products Ltd. T: (NI) 028 9146 1111 or (RoI) 048 9146 1111 W:

HAMILTON GAS PRODUCTS LTD 2 Balloo Place - Balloo Industrial Estate - Bangor. T: 028 9146 1111 - E:




New Testo flue gas analyser service and calibration options offer gas engineers added value and simpler pricing…

Worth every penny


y continually striving to improve by listening to customers and gaining feedback, Testo is committed to offering the very best products and services. You may have recently received an invitation to complete the new online customer satisfaction survey? As a result, Testo has put in place an initiative to overhaul the company’s flue gas analyser service offerings. Paul Jordan, Service and Calibration Manager at Testo, explains, “We have always offered high quality flue gas analyser service and calibration. However when reviewing customer feedback, we became aware that our service offering needed to be simpler and to offer our customers even greater added value. As a result, I am delighted to announce the launch of our new service options - Pure and Premium.” Customers can now simply choose between a Pure or Premium Service. There is no contract or ‘lock in’, so each year engineers can decide the option that suits them best. Both the Pure and Premium service offer an annual analyser health check, ISO Calibration Certificate and replacement sensors if needed. Premium services offer the additional benefits of a guaranteed threeday turnaround plus added extras worth more than £40, including a UPS collect-and-return service and all spare parts required. In addition, customers can benefit from drop off and collection via their local heating and plumbing merchant * and can track the progress of their instrument’s service via Testo’s online Service Tracker. “We are now very confident that we are offering the very best flue gas analyser service and calibration, at an extremely competitive price,” Paul added. “Our Pure services are priced from just £99 offering our customers excellent value for money.” Full details of the service options including all pricing can be found online at * Additional charge for Pure services.



gas industry ball

John McConnell, Madeline Saggers, Christina Martindale and Brenda McCracken from SSE Airtricity

Motown girl group The Iconettes

Paul Stanfield, Director of Sales & Marketing firmus energy, and his wife Maureen

Gas Industry Charity Ball raises money for Energy For Children charity…

Having a gas at annual charity ball!


he annual Gas Industry Charity Ball took place in October at La Mon Hotel and Country Club. The event, which was hosted by award-winning comedian, Neil Delamere, proved to be the highlight of the natural gas industry year, offering a great opportunity to celebrate the continued growth and success of the gas industry in Northern Ireland. To start the evening, guests were delighted to welcome the brilliant hip hop dance troupe, Ajendance, followed by an amazing performance from master hypnotist, Barry Sinclair, who brought his magic of the mind to the stage with top-class entertainment. Other

highlights of the evening included the glamorous Iconettes who serenaded the audience with Motown and Soul classics, before being treated to a hilarious stand-up show by Ireland’s very own, Neil Delamere. The evening was brought to a close with guests dancing the night away to live music from Northern Ireland’s fabulous, Al Bennett Band. The charity ball was held in aid of the Energy for Children Charitable Trust, the industry’s charity which has reached deep into the heart of local communities in order to really make a difference to local children and young people. In total, an impressive £3,175 was raised on the evening for Energy for Children.

Michael McKinstry, CEO of Phoenix Natural Gas, and his wife Heather

Dougie and Linda Burrowes

Host and comedian Neil Delamere

Lisa Smyth, Alan Hogan, Norman and Kathryn McNaught, John and Jo Vaughn


David and Rosemary Mayne




Innovation drives product development


ith the arrival of MagnaClean in 2003, ADEY Professional Heating Solutions revolutionised the sector and is now Europe’s No.1 manufacturer of magnetic filters. Although ADEY is relatively new to the chemicals market, thanks to considerable investment in our research and development laboratory in Kent, we have been able to create our own chemical formulations which are rigorously tested to ensure they not only meet, but surpass BuildCert CIAS standards. The benefit of having our own laboratory at our research centre means we have full control over what goes into the chemicals. Perhaps even more crucially, it allows us a greater understanding of how chemical formulations work together and ensures that we can be specific about using the right balance of ingredients to get the best performance; a process we refer to as ‘smart chemistry’. For example, this approach enabled us to create a range of cleaners and inhibitors that complement each other to achieve the best results. Using ‘smart chemistry’ we’ve been able to ‘design in’ key product developments to our MC+ range to ensure that it stands out against our competitors. Our MC3+


Cleaner protects vulnerable metals (such as aluminium) in the heating system, during the cleaning process. This means that it can be dosed up to a month in advance of flushing, significantly reducing the time on site to complete the MagnaCleanse flushing process. The time-saving benefit of being able to leave a chemical cleaner in a system is hugely important, as it gives installers a clear advantage. Once the installer has been out to see a property and identified that the heating system needs cleaning, using RAPIDE MC3+ Cleaner they are able to dose the system there and then, in just 20 seconds without the need to drain down or reduce system pressure. This starts the cleaning process immediately, rather than having to circulate the cleaner for an hour or so with the heating on when the engineer comes back to flush.

BENEFITS FOR ALL As well as clear benefits to installers, ADEY’s range of chemicals has advantages for boiler manufacturers as well. We have developed our MC1+ Protector to treat 125 litres of system water, or up to 15 radiators, because research has shown that more than 25% of typical heating systems are in excess of

100 litre capacity. A single dose of MC1+ Protector, however, treats 97% of all typical heating systems in the UK. Any boiler manufacturer can be happy that if an installer is using ADEY’s chemicals, and adding one bottle per system (as is often the ‘rule of thumb’ regardless of system size), it is far more likely to be correctly dosed than if a product formulated for only 100 litre systems has been used. This keeps the warranty intact and reduces the risk of problems or breakdown in the future. The complete control ADEY has over its own chemical formulation development means we’ve been able to adapt our MC1+ Protector to include elements that compensate for a certain amount of cleaner residue left in the system. This is something which we believe is unique in the industry. Furthermore, given that we also manufacture our own products, we test every single batch we make to the BuildCert CIAS Performance Standard before it is released to market. This means that our customers can be assured of product performance consistency. T: Noble Distribution Ireland (NI) 07980 983708 or (RoI) 0044 7980 983708 E: W:




BoilerMag celebrates third anniversary


he high-performance domestic heating system filter – BoilerMag – has successfully celebrated its third anniversary, with sales growing year on year as more and more installers recognise that quality makes a real difference when it comes to system filter selection. In a market that has been flooded by competitor products, BoilerMag, manufactured by Eclipse Magnetics, has retained its first-class performance integrityas you would naturally expect from a company that is a world leader in magnetic technology with over 100 years’ experience, and which has retained its market-leading performance level since its launch. Whatever the installation, BoilerMag has the solution, offering high-performance systems for domestic, commercial and industrial properties.

Using a patented magnetic core made from Neodymium (the most powerful magnetic material type in the world) BoilerMag has the largest magnetic core of any system filter on the market. As well as having the largest dirt collection capacity of any system filter, it captures both magnetic and non-magnetic debris circulating in the heating system, and offers a unique dual flow design that effectively filters the circulating water twice on each pass, maximising the exposure to the magnetic core. Easy to install – with 360 degree adjustment

“BoilerMag has the largest magnetic core of any system filter on the market.”

capability – its quick and flexible installation has made it a favourite of installers who have switched to the Boilermag. All you need to fit and service BoilerMag is contained in a simple, retail-friendly, offthe-shelf package. For easy flushing, try the simple screw fit flushing adaptor (BMFA). T: (NI) 0114 225 0624 or (RoI) 0044 114 225 0624 E: W:

Major benefits... g Providing market-leading magnetic performance, the BoilerMag domestic heating system filter boasts a tried and trusted patented magnetic technology which ensures that virtually 100% of ferrous oxide and scale is removed on first pass. This heating system filter offers many substantial benefits: • Install/clean in minutes • Protects for years • Dual flow technology – filters twice on one pass • Guaranteed no block • Removes both magnetic and non magnetic debris • Fits in line and has 360 degree adjustment • Easy access for chemical dosing • 22mm or 28mm available • High quality valves and seals




New support section at means help is just a click away…

Online assistance from new Kamco website gives 24 hour help


amco has made further improvements to the Support section of its website to give even more technical assistance and advice to power flushing engineers. The site has greatly extended sections dealing with the power flushing of heating systems - an area in which Kamco has specialised for over twenty years - and describes in detail the difference between power flushing and ‘system flushing’. The site features comprehensive user guides for Kamco’s own range of UK manufactured Clearflow power flushing and descaling pumps, accessories and chemicals, as well as full technical data and an expanded Frequently Asked Questions section, so


that heating engineers can instantly search for help on any specific type of problem heating system. To supplement the conventional office hours’ telephone helpline, most of the technical information can be downloaded from the website, making assistance available 24 hours a day. Charts and diagrams are available to explain the problems experienced with ageing systems, and how they may be overcome. Householders seeking help with their heating systems are just a mouse click away from finding local power flushing engineers,

whilst engineers can quickly locate their nearest supplier of Kamco products. Other features include the full Kamco product range, training courses, newsletter and pump warranty registration. T: (NI) 01727 875020 or (RoI) 0044 1727 875020 E: W:



High quality bathroom furniture range by Tippo International now available through MyLife…

New partnership between MyLife and Brown & Hart


rown & Hart is an extensive range of high quality bathroom furniture, designed and manufactured by Tippo International Limited, based in Nenagh, County Tipperary, Ireland. Tippo, which is a family-run business, was established in 1992, and is a quality and service-driven business. The company operates from a 100,000sqft state-of-the-art production facility, and exports throughout the EU. In early 2015, Tippo appointed MyLife as exclusive distributor for Ireland of its Brown & Hart bathroom furniture range. With Brown & Hart availability and MyLife’s distribution network, service is guaranteed throughout Ireland, north and south. MyLife provide an excellent distribution channel, supported by a strong commercial function with an in-depth knowledge of the bathroom market. The ability to promote and

successfully support large product range portfolios has been clearly demonstrated. The extensive Brown & Hart product range is manufactured using the most up-to-date CNC technology, and all the materials are sourced from FSC approved suppliers. In addition, the ISO 9001 2008 quality systems ensure adherence to BSI and EU standards. Tippo’s design and marketing teams are continuously assessing material performance and market trends to ensure the most-up-to-date product offerings in kitchen, bedroom and bathroom markets. As a result, the Brown & Hart collections consist of six differing product ranges, appealing to all aspects of the bathroom furniture market, from contemporary to classic. Within each product range, a wide range of finishes and dimensions is offered. These typically consist of vanity units, back-to-

wall units, tallboys, cloakroom units, bath panels , mirrors and sinks. “Tippo is delighted to have the expertise and drive of MyLife supporting our Brown & Hart range in Ireland,” said a spokesperson. “We believe that this partnership will further the brand that is Brown & Hart.”


Mylife Distribution Ltd, Unit 13, Greenbank Industrial Estate, Newry, Co. Down, BT34 2QU Tel: +44 (0) 28 3025 6392 - Fax: +44 (0) 28 3025 2691 - Email:



loyalty scheme

Kingspan Titan has launched a loyalty club offering a range of rewards to installers every time they buy one of the company’s oil tanks…

Loyalty rewarded! A

ccording to Kingspan, Titan’s innovative and secure oil storage tanks are both technically advanced and manufactured to the very highest standard, far exceeding current regulations and safety standards. One of the most popular is the company’s flagship range of EcoSafe bunded tanks, which come with a Watchman Alarm oil level monitor fitted as standard. Kingspan Titan has long and proven experience with storage systems for oil, diesel and other chemical solutions. Leading the way in tank design and in-tank technology, the Kingspan Titan brand from Kingspan Environmental is the market’s leading product range of fuel tanks and oil tank storage essentials.


Installers who purchase a Kingspan Titan oil storage tank will be invited to join the Titan Loyalty Club and will be in line to receive some great incentives. Members are awarded points for every purchase, and these are converted into Amazon E-gift certificates which can be spent on whatever they want. There are other benefits to membership too, including upto-date industry news, a regular newsletter and access to useful administrative and business-related materials such as simple guarantee registrations and digital benchmark forms. Melanie Talbot, Marketing Manager, Environmental Storage, said, “This is an exciting initiative for us. We want to give

unrivalled customer service and training support, while also recognising and rewarding Titan’s loyal installers. “The Titan Loyalty Club will offer industry intelligence and assistance, along with a thank you too! We’re getting a lot of interest and feedback already - the benefits are proving popular with customers and it’s very easy to sign up. “When you buy a Titan oil tank you can become a member simply by registering your details online and completing the guarantee form for each tank you install.” T: (NI) 028 3868 4444 or (RoI) 048 3868 4444 W: titanloyaltyclub


sanitary ware


The importance of DOC M packs


ontractors and installers should not be tempted to source lower cost products that might compromise the integrity of the Doc M Pack and run the risk of failing to meet the approved document requirements. The whole point of the practical guidance is about providing public toilet facilities for disabled users that make it as easy for them to go to the loo as it is for non-disabled people. The Approved Document exists to protect less mobile people. It can simply be the wrong height/projection of a toilet pan that makes safe transfer from wheelchair to the toilet difficult and potentially stressful. BS8300 provides more detailed guidance to supplement the Approved Document M and sets out the Code of Practice required for the design of buildings and their approaches


to meet the needs of disabled people. To ensure compliance to this Code of Practice and Building Regulation, specifiers should consider the following: • Correct height of toilet pan for wheelchair transference. The top of the seat ring on the WC pan should sit 480mm from the floor. • Correct projection of toilet pan and seat ring for optimum wheelchair positioning. The projection should be 750mm from the back of the wall. • Cisterns should have a flushing mechanism positioned on the transfer side of the WC. • Hinged drop-down support arm should be located on the open side and should extend 50mm to 100mm beyond the front of the WC.

• A basin that allows a mixer tap to be positioned closest to the user to eliminate the need to stretch (and potentially fall) to hand wash. • Backrest on low- level toilet suites. • CE marked sanitary ware with Declaration of Performance (DoP). Barwood Products is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of bathroom products for the less-abled and special needs market and has specialised in this sector for nearly 20 years. T: (NI) 01782 561814 or (RoI) 0044 1782 561814 E: W:


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he innovatively designed Macdee Wirquin range of water saving products proved a popular draw for installers and merchants attending the twoday Plumbing and Heating Trade Event in Belfast. Over 100 visitors came onto the stand to find out more about the products’ unique features that help save water, money, space and installation time. “It was an excellent show, where the products were well received,” reported Jim Brennan, Wirquin Business Development Manager for Northern Ireland. “Plumbers particularly loved the awardwinning Macdee Motion universal dual flush siphon. It fits all lever-operated cisterns, so it’s the only one they need to stock in their van. The Macdee Slim shower waste was also popular as it will fit under even the flattest of trays avoiding, most of the time, the need to dig under the floorboards. “We enjoyed welcoming everyone onto the stand to chat about their plumbing problems and offer innovative solutions to help them to get the job done right first time,” said Jim.

WATER SAVING The large range of WRAS approved flushing mechanisms and delayed action inlet valves by Macdee Wirquin can help home owners and businesses to save water as well as money on their utility bills. The awardwinning Macdee Motion universal dual flush siphon is not only height adjustable, making it fit all lever operated cisterns, but it has a large selection of flush volume settings allowing the end-user to save water. Contrary to the traditional diaphragm, the robust, flapper type system will not wear, and thus enables the product to be guaranteed for ten-years. The Jollytronic no-touch flush valve with eco-stop flushing technology also enables the user to determine the duration of the flush by hovering their hand over the infra-red sensor for a flush as long as is required (even more flexibility over a full or half flush). The Jollyfill inlet valve range, which works with the Macdee Motion and the Jollytronic, provides water-saving delayed action and can save up to 0.4 litres per flush. It can be installed whilst in situ, adapted to various cistern heights, and has a unique clutch system to prevent breakage if overtightened.


Wirquin – saving time, money, space and water SPACE SAVING Macdee Wirquin understands that contemporary designs and extra storage space are important to many home-owners. In line with the current trend of the low profile shower, the Slim shower waste is only 58 mm deep with a silicone membrane guaranteeing higher flow rates than standard requirements. The universal All In One Bottle Trap fits under any sink or basin outlet and its compact design, including the 50mm water seal, is space saving, quick to install with no need for tooling, and complies with standard regulations. The Senzo membrane trap is also extra flat to save space under any sink or basin and can be easily installed in a horizontal or vertical position.

TIME SAVING With the latest bathroom trend for minimalistic design, the new Chrono WC wall hung frame is the innovative solution for the end user and installer alike. This self-supporting frame can be installed single-handedly with up to a 50% timesaving, thanks to its innovative automatic pan connection system, a pre-installed double-skinned cistern, simple height adjustability, and push plate system with automatic adjustment for mounting on a variety

Wirquin Business Development Managers, Jim Brennan and Clive McKenzie on the Macdee Wirquin stand.

of wall thicknesses. Ease of use, comfort, security and better quality of work are the watchwords for this innovation. Macdee Wirquin products are available in all good stockists across Ireland. T: (NI) 07772 662615 or (RoI) 0044 7772 662615 E: W:




Business costs rising?


ith business costs continuing to rise, van drivers need insurance which will give them the right cover and keep them on the road. That’s why AXA Insurance is offering free breakdown assistance, including home start, to all new customers. This means that if you break down out on the road, or have problems before leaving home in the morning, your cover from AXA can help make sure you keep your business running smoothly. As well as this great offer, AXA has also created a dedicated commercial vehicles team, who understand van drivers and are able to help you get the right cover.

Kerry Graham, AXA Insurance Commercial Manager, said, “We talk with van drivers every day, from across Northern Ireland. They all work in different industries and have different priorities, but all agree that getting the right insurance is important to help keep them on the road. “Our phone lines are open from 9am5pm Monday to Friday and 9am-2pm on Saturday, and our team is always happy to talk through how you can get the right cover.” AXA has 15 branches across Northern Ireland, so wherever you are, you’re never far from one of its local branches. “There are times when you need to talk

to someone face to face,” said Kerry. “Discussing things by phone or using e-mail isn’t always quite enough, especially if you want documents on the spot, pay by cash or have forms you want to go through. That’s why we have 15 branches across the cities, towns and suburbs of Northern Ireland, with opening hours to suit our customers. “It’s all about people you know and trust, who will give you great cover at the right price. We see things from our customers’ point of view, from their part of the country.” For more information, telephone 028 9002 0419 or visit the website at


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new products

Myson Kickspace answers DIY SOS call

Smith’s Caspian Concealed can hide its light Title under a bushel!

n Two Kickspace plinth heaters from Myson were the installations of choice in the kitchen of a family featured in the BBC One series ‘DIY SOS: The Big Build.’ The Kickspace is ideal for creating a warm and welcoming interior space as it can work with three different fuel options. T: (NI) 0845 402 3434 or (RoI) 0044 845 402 3434 W:

n Smith’s Fan Convectors has launched the Caspian Concealed fan convector to meet the needs of contractors and installers who require all the benefits of a fan convector, but need to hide them discreetly within the fabric of the building they are heating. The new model is incredibly versatile, with different accessories to enable it to be fitted literally anywhere. T: (NI) 01245 324900 or (RoI) 0044 01245 324900 W:

Rinnai space heaters give it large for big spaces n Designed specifically for use in schools, community centres, libraries, conservatories and churches, Rinnai’s Energysaver space heaters provide exceptionally high efficiencies in operation and, subsequently, reduced running costs. All models in this range of fanned, convection-powered flue gas-fired space heaters are easy to install, as they do not need expensive (and extensive) ductwork. T: (NI) 01928 531 870 or (RoI) 0044 1928 531 870 W:

The saw that Title roars!

Pegler Yorkshire launches new range

n CK Tools has extended its range of handsaws with the CK Sabretooth Trade Saw, which in independent testing has proven to outperform other leading brands in terms of cutting speed. The reasonably priced CK Sabretooth Trade Saw offers an impressive combination of speed, durability and comfort. T: (NI) 01758 704704 or (RoI) 0044 01758 704704 W:

n Plumbfix is launching an extensive new collection of fittings by Pegler Yorkshire which includes a choice of over 150 fittings, each boasting quality and reliability. Qualified plumbers can choose from a range of compression, soldering, end-feed and push-fit fittings, available in a range of 8 to 28mm sizes and offering a 25-year manufacturer guarantee. T: (NI) 0808 101 0000 or (RoI) 0044 808 101 0000 or mobile-friendly (NI) 03330 112 999 or (RoI) 0044 3330 112 999 W:

Hitachi launches air source heat pump training programme n Hitachi has overhauled the training programme for its Yutaki range of air source heat pumps to meet the needs of today’s heating installers. Two oneday courses covering the Monobloc and Split Yutaki heat pump products are available from Hitachi’s ‘training aircademy’ in Dublin. T: (RoI) 01 628 585 394 or (NI) 00353 1 628 585 394 W:



new products

Renewable energy firm achieves growth

Saniflo launches Title Kineduo 3 walk-in bath

n A leading installer of renewable energy solutions has experienced phenomenal growth after becoming a member of Leads2trade’s Trusted Local Supplier network. Tempo Saves Energy install solar panels, replacement boilers and central heating systems, biomass boilers and solid wall insulation. After establishing a private division to work exclusively with homeowners to deliver green energy solutions, Tempo Saves Energy enlisted the help of Leads2trade to drum up business in the domestic market and the company has seen month on month growth of sales, and recently celebrated a record month in August. W:

n A new, customisable Kineduo 3 walk-in shower bath by Saniflo has been launched to replace the previous version. Continuously striving to add that something extra special to its collection of bathroom products for the inclusive market, the experts at Saniflo have taken the walk-in bath and given it a contemporary twist with some stunning features. Available in three sizes - 1600 x 750, 1700 x 750 and 1800 x 800 – the Kineduo 3 easy access shower bath is constructed from fully encapsulated acrylic, making it extremely robust. T: (RoI) 046 973 3077, Low call 1850 23 24 25 or (NI) 00353 4697 33077 W:

Water treatment leaflet sees sales soar n London-based plumbing firm, WPJ Services Ltd has been utilising Sentinel’s popular ‘Home-owner’s Guide to Water Treatment’ leaflets to initiate and guide conversations with home-owners about the cost, energy and hassle-saving advantages of water treatment. The company reports that this approach has helped to convert around 70% of customers to its water treatment services, with more than half going for a powerflush. Sentinel’s ‘Home-owner’s Guide to Water Treatment’ leaflet is available via Sentinel’s handy CPM App or can be ordered via The Sentinel Hub from Sentinel’s website,

YESSS welcomes TitleWalk of Britain veterans

Myson electric underfloor is ‘the dogs’

n YESSS Electrical has supported six veterans with either physical or cognitive injuries sustained in the line of duty on the Walk of Britain – a 1,000 mile, 72 day expedition from Scotland to London. This latest endeavour by Walking With The Wounded, presented by YESSS Electrical, saw the six wounded veterans walk more than 1,000 miles through mainland UK throughout August, September and October, finishing at Buckingham Palace on November 1. The Walk Of Britain is fully funded by sponsors, with Yorkshire-based YESSS Electrical being the title partner of the expedition. Find your nearest YESSS Electrical branch by visiting

n Myson’s Electric Underfloor heating has been installed in the luxurious Bellslea Hills Pet Hotel & Spa in Ayrshire, Scotland. The Electric Underfloor heating is fitted in three quarters of the ceramic floor in each of 28 luxury suites, allowing canine guests to choose from a warmer or cooler space. The controls make it extremely easy to use. Myson’s Electric Underfloor can be used with a range floor types, including most stone, carpet, wood and laminate floors, and is an extremely effective way of heating smaller room. T: (NI) Alun Coulter on 07766 730684 or Sean Leonard on 07766 730559 or (ROI) 01 4590870 W:

When only the real Saniflo deal will do n Saniflo MD, Tim Pestell, (pictured) is keen to reiterate that only a product with the Saniflo branding is the real one. “We are really proud of our heritage in the macerator market in the UK,” he said. “Saniflo were the first to bring the product to the UK market and we’re by far the market leader. We accept that there are competitive products out there and we understand why they would want their product to be aligned with our brand, but we really need industry professionals in the merchant sector not to try and pass off a nonSaniflo product as one of ours. A simple phone call can establish whether a product is a genuine Saniflo and we encourage customers to call in and check if they’re not sure.” T: (RoI) 046 973 3077, Low call 1850 23 24 25 or (NI) 00353 4697 33077 W:








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