Zero-carbon concerns over Part L regulations update

15 August 2013 The industry has expressed disappointment with the 6 per cent energy-efficiency requirements included in Part L of the updated Building Regulations.   Micropower Council chief executive Dave Sowden said the move would increase energy bills for new homes by around a third and reduce carbon savings by more than 75 per cent when compared with the previous government’s outlines. &n...


Call for papers: 2014 International Sorption Heat Pump Confe

14/08/2013 In Maryland, USA from March 31 -- April 3, 2014, The Center for Environmental Energy Engineering (CEEE) will host the 2014 International Sorption Heat Pump Conference, a renowned international event providing researchers and industrialists with a forum to present and discuss information on the latest progress in R&D of absorption heat pump technology.   Specifically, the f...


Net sales rise for Walter Meier

15 August 2013 Walter Meier has released its half year report showing mixed development across the Group Divisions.   Thanks to acquisitions made last year, the climate and manufacturing technology group Walter Meier saw net sales rise by 6.9 percent on the same period of the prior year, increasing to CHF 370.7 million in the first half of 2013.   The net sales growth is mainly attributa...


Camfil UK introduces certification scheme for indoor air qua

14 August 2013 Air filtration solutions specialist, Camfil UK, has launched a certification scheme for buildings that promote clean indoor air quality through the selection and application of comfort air filtration.   The Excellence in Air Quality Certificates will be awarded to FMs, estates managers and building managers over the coming months, during the European Year of Air 2013.   Aw...


Innovative cooling technology applied to MRI machines

14 August 2013 A company has developed a new way to cool magnets for MRI machines to near absolute zero without the need for a continuous supply of liquid helium.   According to Wired.co.uk, helium supplies are said to be running out, despite being the second most abundant material in the universe, helium is scarce on Earth as its lightness means it is not gravitationally bound to the atmosph...


4th IIR Conference on Thermophysical Properties and Transfer

12/08/2013 The 4th IIR Conference on Thermophysical Properties and Transfer Process of Refrigerants (TPTPR) was held at TU Delft, the Netherlands, on June 16-19, 2013.   4 keynote lectures and 66...


New R32 air-conditioning unit for Europe

12/08/2013 As announced by Daikin, Europe will see its first air conditioning heat pump using R32 as early as this autumn. Following the 2012 declaration of the commercialisation of R32 as a replaceme...


Remeha Commercial offers BIM on boilers

12 - August - 2013 Remeha Commercial is now offering Building Information Modelling (BIM) objects on all of its condensing and ’super condensing’ boilers. These consist of 3D digital models of the products with additional asset data on each boiler type, including heat outputs, carbon and NOx emissions, size and weights, service and maintenance areas and maintenance schedules. The company has lau...


EST study shows improved heat pump performance

12 - August - 2013 BEAMA’s Kelly Butler welcomes EST report A new study from the Energy Saving Trust (7 August) has found that the performance and efficiency of heat pumps has improved following reco...


HPA ‘puzzled’ by Part L changes

12 - August - 2013 The Heat Pump Association (HPA) says is its "puzzled" about the Government’s announced changes to Part L of the Building Regulations, unveiled on 30 July. The association is baffled that not only will the implementation of the regulations be delayed until April 2014, but that only a small step will be made toward carbon neutrality in new build homes targeted for 2016 and non-do...


Daimler looks exposed as German authorities confirm ‘no mate

9 August 2013  The German KBA transport authority has issued its report into R1234yf, bearing out the industry view that the refrigerant’s is safe to use.   However, the carmaker said it con...