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  • New fuel cell boiler alternative could cut bills by a quarter
    Sent: 31/03/2008
    A new type of fuel-cell boiler being designed by British Gas could turn the nations homes into micro power stations, it has been claimed. Outlining the efficient and economical qualities of the combined heat and power (CHP) units, SmartPlanet expl ... read more

    Buderus boiler ensures optimum heat transfer
    Sent: 31/03/2008
    Leading boiler manufacturer Buderus has scooped a prestigious design award for one of its popular gas models. The GB162 wall-mounted boiler was recognised by product design specialist iF for its innovation and efficiency. Builders Merchants Jou ... read more

    Infratech heaters from Outdoor Concepts
    Sent: 31/03/2008
    Infratech outdoor heaters use electric quartz heating elements to produce safe infrared energy that is effective over large distances because it is absorbed only by solid objects. They are claimed to convert more than 90% of the input energy into ... read more

    Norwegian fire and gas safety company Simtronics ASA wins new orders for NOK2.5m
    Sent: 31/03/2008
    Norwegian fire and gas safety company Simtronics ASA said on Friday (28 March) that it has received three new fire fighting systems orders from Norwegian customers. The orders, valued at total of over NOK2.5m, cover the delivery of Inergen active ... read more

    Heating awards to be sponsored by distinguished industry names
    Sent: 31/03/2008
    Baxi, Potterton, Vaillant and Vokera are among the popular boiler manufacturers lined up to sponsor this year's building Oscars. Taking place in London on May 1st, the H&V News Awards will recognise innovators in the field of home heating and sust ... read more

    Vaillant boiler creates efficient home heating for concerned mum
    Sent: 28/03/2008
    Investing in a Vaillant ecoTEC boiler led one concerned mum to boost her home heat and energy efficiency, it has emerged. As Chiswick resident Kimberley White pointed out, another advantage of the new boiler has been significant savings on pricey ... read more

    Water pumps adapt to local conditions
    Sent: 28/03/2008
    Pump specialist Grundfos has reminded plumbing professionals that products adaptation to local conditions is imperative. Mike Otten, general manager at South Africa's Grundfos distribution service, noted that the current diversity of brands means ... read more

    Water consumption reduced with Honeywell supply plumbing assembly
    Sent: 28/03/2008
    Honeywell latest time-saving water supply assembly has been described as simplifying specifications while making installation easier and faster for building and plumbing professionals. The MTA06, intended for multi-occupancy establishments, is sai ... read more

    Gardai believe toxic fumes may have killed pensioners
    Sent: 27/03/2008
    An elderly couple were found dead in their country home of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, it emerged last night. Paddy Joe and Annie McCormack were found lying in their house in the quiet townland of Cleen, near Knockvicar, Co Roscommon, lat ... read more

    Faulty heating caused OAPs death
    Sent: 27/03/2008
    A pensioner was found dead after inhaling poisonous fumes from a faulty heating system, an inquest heard today. Coroner John Leckey was also told that Anne Bingham, 76, who was found lying on her settee, had struggled with her heating for 25 years ... read more

    Smoke alarms interface with carbon monoxide alarms
    Sent: 27/03/2008
    Aico wireless RadioLINK smoke alarms now interface with carbon monoxide alarms for more comprehensive protection Now Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarms systems can be quickly and safely interfaced with Aico's wireless RadioLINK mains powered smoke and he ... read more

    HSE warns landlords to ensure safe gas installations in their properties
    Sent: 27/03/2008
    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning landlords to ensure gas installations in their properties are safe and that they are annually checked by a competent registered gas installer. The warning follows its prosecution of a Doncaster caravan ... read more

    Eight treated in hospital after poison gas fumes hit estate
    Sent: 27/03/2008
    EIGHT tenants living in a West Hampstead council estate have been treated in hospital after falling ill to a poisonous carbon monoxide leak in their homes. A series of investigations were last night (Wednesday) under way to establish how residents o ... read more

    Businesses urged to bring green heat ideas to the table
    Sent: 27/03/2008
    Businesses in the UK have been reminded that they have until the end of the month to submit ideas to leaders on how to make the best of green heat sources. Energy minister Malcolm Wicks issued the reminder as part of the government's drive to redu ... read more

    Marley recognised for versatility in roofing solutions
    Sent: 27/03/2008
    Marleys waterproofing solutions for buildings have been recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony. At the Flat Roofing Alliance's annual bash, the firm scooped the Special Commendation Category for its million-pound work on the nation's courthou ... read more

    Cistermiser flush control presents innovative installation option
    Sent: 26/03/2008
    Cistermiser has unveiled a new toilet system intended for all washroom environments where urinals are linked to auto-flush cisterns. Using a sensor control which can be pipe, wall or ceiling-mounted, the IRC kit is said by the manufacturer to offe ... read more

    New biomass green boiler vital in spreading charity message
    Sent: 26/03/2008
    A charity in Somerset is to get a new biomass boiler as a result of a cash injection from power company E-ON. Donated as part of the firm's Source community initiative, the £20,000 grant will enable staff at the Magdalen Project to swap their orga ... read more

    Glow-worm spreads boiler know-how with warm tour
    Sent: 25/03/2008
    Boiler manufacturer Glow-worm has sent representatives on a tour of the nations shopping centres in order to spread the word about its heating and hot water solutions. According to the firm, the events in Warrington, Newcastle, Southampton, Richmo ... read more

    Government looks to make eco-friendly heat easier
    Sent: 25/03/2008
    An eco-friendly heat pump or biomass boiler could become easier to install under new government proposals. Planning minister Caroline Flint has confirmed that from April 6th, UK homeowners will be able to install energy-saving devices such as sola ... read more

    Belfast shops kept toasty with Dimplex air insulation curtains
    Sent: 20/03/2008
    Visitors to a designer shopping centre in Belfast will be kept cosy after managers chose Dimplex air curtains to keep out the cold. Said to provide an "invisible barrier of air" to keep warm or cold air inside when doors are frequently opened, the ... read more

    New toilets to flush away cultural differences at 2008 Games
    Sent: 20/03/2008
    Toilets at venues for the Beijing Olympic Games are being re-fitted to suit the needs of foreign athletes. Reservations had been expressed about western visitors using traditional Chinese 'squat' toilets instead of the sit-down kind. "In my per ... read more

    Coram unveils special-edition shower pod for your bathroom
    Sent: 20/03/2008
    Coram has showcased a Union Jack version of its popular shower pod bathroom products. According to representatives for the firm, the design unveiled at this month's KBB (kitchen, bedroom and bathroom) show in Birmingham is intended to underline ho ... read more

    Glow-worm: It is imperative that boilers are installed and maintained properly
    Sent: 19/03/2008
    Boiler manufacturer Glow-worm has joined up with an influential government body to promote homeowner awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning. Alongside the Carbon Monoxide Consumer Awareness Alliance, the firm will ensure that all of its boilers ar ... read more

    Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering
    Sent: 19/03/2008
    Chartered status has been awarded to the Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering. The formal change of name will not occur until later in the year, when the IPHE will become the 'Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering' The a ... read more

    Dimplex sets cosy mood for Heathrow travellers
    Sent: 19/03/2008
    Dimplex heating expertise has been harnessed to keep passengers toasty in the premium executive lounges of Heathrow airport's new terminal five. Buildingtalk reports that the firm's SP9 Optiflame fires are the focal points in the lounges, selected ... read more

    Farmers to benefit from eco-friendly boiler technology
    Sent: 19/03/2008
    Two leisure centres in Northern Ireland are to have green boilers installed in a bid to save energy and support local farmers. According to the Belfast Telegraph, local authorities in the County Tyrone towns of Cookstown and Omagh have already obt ... read more

    New boilers provide green and clean heat
    Sent: 18/03/2008
    A new boiler provides homeowners with a cost-saving, clean source of heat and hot water, according to one industry professional. Julian Mears from British Gas pointed out that an energy-efficient boiler "inevitably" emits lower carbon emissions, t ... read more

    Simtronics - Simtronics delivers Hydrogen Gas detection system to nuclear power plants in Ukraine
    Sent: 18/03/2008
    Simtronics ASA has received a Letter if Intent from ALSTOM for delivery of hydrogen gas detection to nuclear reactors in power plants in Ukraine. The final order is expected to be signed within March 2008. This is the first contract Simtronics rec ... read more

    GHousing firm see increase in gas inspections
    Sent: 18/03/2008
    Parkway Green Housing Trust, a Manchester based not-for-profit housing company, has seen a significant increase in the number of tenants that are allowing access to their properties for gas safety inspections. By law all landlords must check every ... read more

    Housing association applies for court orders to check tenants gas safety
    Sent: 18/03/2008
    A HOUSING association in Worcester is applying for court orders to allow it to enter its tenants homes to carry out necessary gas safety checks. Worcester Community Housing (WCH) has announced the tough new procedures to deal with residents who re ... read more

    Grieving family warns of gas danger
    Sent: 18/03/2008
    The family of a teenager who died from carbon monoxide poisoning five years ago today say they still do not think enough is being done to stop the silent killer. Keith Reynolds, 17, and his flatmate Michael Frosdick, 19, died in 2003 when their fa ... read more

    Coventry houses to benefit from heat pumps
    Sent: 18/03/2008
    Ground source heat pumps are being used in a new housing regeneration project in Coventry, with the aim of reducing carbon emissions while saving residents money on heating costs. According to Midlands Housing's website, the 13 bungalows at the Li ... read more

    Undercover work catches criminals
    Sent: 14/03/2008
    Undercover surveillance is being used in and around Leamington by the countys trading standards team to catch criminals in the act. Based in Warwick, the department has the legal right to film, photograph and track down people through their mobile ... read more

    Eco boost to homes
    Sent: 14/03/2008
    RESIDENTS in Todmorden are benefiting from a council scheme to make sure houses in the town are as energy efficient as possible. Launched in December, Calderdale Council's pilot Warm Zone scheme in the Todmorden and Park wards is now well under wa ... read more

    Plumbers can perfect pipe-work with award-winning tool
    Sent: 14/03/2008
    Plumbing and heating students have the opportunity to maximise their pipe-cutting know-how with tips from specialists in the industry. According to representatives for Kopex International, its professional pipe tools make copper pipe-cutting "easy ... read more

    Bringing down heat costs with earth-friendly resources
    Sent: 14/03/2008
    Harnessing renewable resources reduces the energy needed to heat a home to virtually nothing, it has been claimed. Describing their home's recent green makeover, US couple Henry and Darilyn Allen revealed that the hot water produced as a by-produc ... read more

    Danfoss valve lets heating professionals fit and forget
    Sent: 14/03/2008
    Danfoss has recommended its self-acting AVTA valve for cooling applications in heating systems attended by plumbers and heating professionals. According to the firm, the valve is often referred to as the 'fit and forget' device on account of its ... read more

    CORGI and EXHAUSTO working together
    Sent: 13/03/2008
    CORGI, the national watchdog for gas safety in the United Kingdom, has granted its accreditation as recommended equipment to the chimney fan systems marketed for gas open fires by EXHAUSTO Ltd. Recognising that the unique fail-safe system built into ... read more

    Eco homes: Introducing the new hot favourites...
    Sent: 13/03/2008
    Who are you calling an old boiler? Sarah Lonsdale finds that outdated heating systems waste money - and can be dangerous She can laugh about it now, but last Christ-mas was one Kimberley White would rather forget. She had a three-week-old baby, he ... read more

    Carbon monoxide know the risks
    Sent: 13/03/2008
    Last year, the gas safety watchdog CORGI released alarming data that identified as the Midlands as a carbon monoxide blackspot. The silent killer gas, which is difficult to identify as it can’t be seen or smelled, was responsible for 50 deaths nat ... read more

    Complying with green building rules is easy, says Dimplex
    Sent: 13/03/2008
    Heating specialist Dimplex has offered some tips for construction firms keen on reducing their projects carbon emissions. Don Newman, the firm's heating design manager, claimed that the government's Part L building regulation "is no more difficult ... read more

    Danfoss radiator thermostat provides intelligent heat
    Sent: 13/03/2008
    Danfoss has designed a new radiator thermostat intended to save energy costs and heat homes intelligently. According to the firm, the wireless RA PLUS-w device enables homeowners to remotely control temperatures via a computer, mobile phone or eve ... read more

    Stithians community delighted with new heat pump
    Sent: 13/03/2008
    Residents in a tiny Cornish village are feeling the benefits of a new ground source heat pump in their local community centre. Although organisers did not confirm if the heat pump is from a leading manufacturer such as Grundfos, Wilo or Dimplex, t ... read more

    We should get rid of combi-boilers
    Sent: 12/03/2008
    SIR - I wish Phillipa Smith every success with her ecological invention for diverting water that is normally wasted by combi-boilers when you are waiting for warm, and then for hot water, to flow. I have for some years via a water meter had to use ... read more

    Tenants refusing boiler checks put lives at risk
    Sent: 12/03/2008
    Officials are having to force their way into the homes of council tenants who refuse them entry to carry out safety checks on boilers. St Georges Community Housing, which manages Basildon Council's 12,000 properties, had to resort to a court injun ... read more

    Fake fitter fined for helping out friend who could not pay
    Sent: 11/03/2008
    Michael Reed has been fined for illegally posing as a Corgi-registered gas engineer while fitting a boiler for a friend. AN ENGINEER will have to fork out more than £1,500 after trying to help an old friend. But the 50-year-old, who trades as WAF ... read more

    Building a local connection
    Sent: 11/03/2008
    TSG Building Services may be looking to grow, just like any other business, but it intends to stay in touch with its roots and its motto ‘big enough to cope, small enough to care’. Over the last three years, the multi-skilled TSG Building Services ... read more

    Alternative heat sources are step in the right direction towards energy efficiency
    Sent: 11/03/2008
    Turning to alternative energy sources, such as ground and air source heat pumps, is a step in the right direction for homes and businesses keen to cut their carbon emissions, it has been claimed. David Emery, the managing director of renewable ene ... read more

    Boiler gadget to save water and energy
    Sent: 11/03/2008
    A new boiler add-on device will enhance the efficiency of heating technology and make energy savings of up to 90 per cent, it has been claimed. Manufacturers of the Energycatcher explained that it has been designed to make sure all heat produced b ... read more

    Boiler group Vaillant reveals positive green progres
    Sent: 10/03/2008
    The UK domestic heating sector has already made a significant dent in the country's carbon footprint, one leading boiler manufacturer has claimed. According to the Vaillant group, the move by many homeowners to replace older boiler models with ene ... read more

    London homes get green boiler revamp
    Sent: 10/03/2008
    Biomass boilers and solar hot water heaters have been installed at properties belonging to the oldest housing cooperative in London. As part of a drive to make the New Cross homes more efficient and economical, Sanford Housing Co-Op focussed on th ... read more

    Green heat drafted in to power London homes
    Sent: 10/03/2008
    Biomass boilers and solar-powered hot water have been installed at properties belonging to the oldest housing cooperative in London. As part of a drive to make the New Cross homes more energy-efficient and economical, Sanford Housing Co-Op focusse ... read more

    Reaping benefits of plumber apprentice training
    Sent: 07/03/2008
    Local employer, Jim Brightman of JC Brightman plumbing and central heating specialists is reaping the rewards of taking on apprentices. Jim has recently taken on a second apprentice after witnessing the rapid progress of his employee Ashley Eccles ... read more

    New Non-Invasive Oxygen Measurement System
    Sent: 07/03/2008
    Witt Gas Techniques Ltd, the Warrington based gas safety, control, mixing and analysis equipment supplier has announced the launch of LabOx, a brand new non-invasive O2 measurement analyser for use with Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) in the food ... read more

    Another brigade require human confirmation of automatic fire system alarms:
    Sent: 07/03/2008
    n 2006, Greater Manchester fire crews spend over 97,000 hours dealing with the 13,500 false alarms from automatic fire alarms. In an attempt to slash the £2m cost of false callouts to business premises, crews will no longer respond to automatic fire ... read more

    Gas for winning tenant
    Sent: 07/03/2008
    A MEDWAY man who is a tenant of mhs homes is £100 richer after winning a prize draw. Ian Bowes, of Gorse Avenue, Chatham, was picked from 1,400 tenants who booked appointments for an annual gas safety check. He said: "At first I wouldn't believ ... read more

    Firm specialising in heating systems - Stop these cowboys!
    Sent: 07/03/2008
    WE had a new central heating system installed in our home by a local firm specialising in heating systems, which, we thought, seemed to be a reputable company advertising on local radio. But we were horrified at the standard of workmanship. We ... read more

    What Is Hetas?
    Sent: 06/03/2008
    HETAS is a recognized government body for the approval of solid fuel domestic heating appliances, fuels and services such as fireplaces, gas fires, and stoves. As of 1st April 2002 it is a criminal offence if you do not inform your local building con ... read more

    Family are poisoned in home by gas leak
    Sent: 06/03/2008
    EMERGENCY services arrived at a Barking address to find a young family suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. The ambulance service, fire brigade, and police were called to a suspected gas leak at a house in Hunters Square shortly after 9pm on ... read more

    Warning on faulty gas boilers
    Sent: 06/03/2008
    GET your gas appliances regularly checked for carbon monoxide fumes which could kill you. That's the advice from Sheppey fire station crew manager Andy Friday after he attended an incident in Sheerness High Street on Sunday at 7.30am. A faulty ... read more

    Man tried to light boiler with blow torch
    Sent: 06/03/2008
    A MAN had a lucky escape when he tried to light his boiler with a blow torch - and the gas canister caught fire. On Friday evening, fire-fighters were called to a house in Halifax Road, Nelson, after the incident. Watch Manager Mark Woodward said ... read more

    Connaught reaches 100% gas safety mark with West Devon
    Sent: 04/03/2008
    Connaught and West Devon Homes have delivered 100 per cent gas safety compliance across the Housing Association’s properties throughout West Devon and in Launceston, North Cornwall. Connaught was appointed by West Devon Homes in July last year for ... read more

    Latest Grundfos pump saves energy and brings down bills
    Sent: 03/03/2008
    Leading pump manufacturer Grundfos has offered some tips for homeowners looking to boost their energy-saving efforts. As part of its effort to bring down the UK's collective carbon footprint, Grundfos has released the Alpha2, a circulator pump des ... read more

    Ferroli steals the show in the capital
    Sent: 03/03/2008
    Boiler supremo Ferroli has stolen the show at EcoBuild with its AQUAcyl hot water cylinders, according to reports. Combining high-speed heat recovery with a 25-year tank guarantee, the high-grade stainless steel tanks are said by the manufacturer ... read more

    Schoolchildren get green education at eco-boiler site
    Sent: 03/03/2008
    An eco-friendly woodchip boiler is just one of the features of a new green homes project in Suffolk. Schoolchildren from local Elmswell primary school were some of the first people to see the new £4.5 million development, which is a joint initiati ... read more

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