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       The magazine of The ScoTTiSh & norThern ireland Plumbing emPloyerS’ federaTion

                                                                                       2010 SNIPEF
                                                                                       Was held in East Kilbride,
                                                                                       on the 21and 22 May

                                                                                       AND THE
                                                                                       WINNER IS...
                                                                                       This year’s prestigious
                                                                                       Scottish regional
                                                                                       SkillPlumb competition

                                                       We have an eye for              Have you thought about
                                                       quality and reliability.        them yet?

                                                                                       The professional, versatile
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                                                                                                Quality and reliability are at the forefront of everything
                                                                                                that Worcester does and all of its products must pass
                                                                                                a series of rigorous tests before they can be deemed
                                                                                                ready for distribution.

                                                                                     5          neWS
                                                                                                aPProVed cerTifier of
                                                                                                conSTrucTion Scheme
                                                                                                Launched by SNIPEF

            12                                                                                  direcTor’S diary
                                                                                                Robert Burgon

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                                                                                                Who owns material on site?

   conTenTS 18                                                                                  SniPef conference 2010
                                                                                                Took place in East Kilbride, on
                                                                                                Friday 21 and Saturday 22 May

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2                     COMMENT

    Everyone is entitled to express their opinion but there are times when such opinions
    simply have to be challenged. A recent article in the “Guardian” on the subject of fast
    track plumbing training courses (“Money down the drain”- Guardian Work: 15 May 2010)
    contained some incredibly irresponsible and frankly misleading comments by providers
    of such courses (which typically last a few weeks and cost a few thousand pounds).
                                                                                                                                                   We have an eye for
    IN defence of the delivery of a very basic
    City and Guilds certificate (which was
                                                      Thankfully, the Guardian piece
                                                   contained strong statements against such
                                                                                                   also hopes that it will become the basis
                                                                                                   of approving contractors who install
                                                                                                                                                   quality and reliability.
    never intended to be a qualification in its    training by SNIPEF and a range of other         microrenewable systems.
                                                                                                                                                   Our obsession with quality has been rewarded, as independent tests have
    own right) one trainer said that “as long as   plumbing industry bodies and we hope               The Approved Certifier of Construction
                                                                                                                                                   shown that Worcester boilers are now the most reliable on the market.
    you don’t touch any central heating or gas     that Guardian readers are well able to          Scheme (formally launched by a Scottish
    systems, you can do kitchen and bathroom       make up their own minds about who is            Government Minister at the SNIPEF Annual        • Over 100 people employed in quality control at Worcester
    installations and all other basic plumbing     right in this debate.                           Conference on 21 May 2010) is yet another
    jobs”. In our view that is WRONG. Another         United Kingdom consumers have long           chance for a SNIPEF Licensed Business to        • Boilers go through 5 rigorous tests during production
    claims the same certificate would mean         suffered from plumbing work being               stand head and shoulders above the rest         • Components are continually tested and checked throughout production
    someone is “qualified or experienced to
    do full bathroom installations, showers,
                                                   undertaken by the incompetent or
                                                   partially trained. Sadly, this has increased
                                                                                                   (including the partially trained). Another
                                                                                                   example is the fact that the Scottish
                                                                                                                                                   • Every completed boiler is filled, fired and put through full functional tests.
    installation of hot-water cylinders and all    in recent years as a result of the success      Government has agreed that customers            To find out more, call 0844 892 3366 or visit our website.
    forms of pipe work”. Again- WRONG. The         of the large band of fast track trainers.       getting a Boiler Scrappage Scheme grant
    same person went on to say “No, they           SNIPEF’s approval, by the Scottish              must have the installation carried out by
    are not qualified to plumb in a swimming       Government to operate an Approved               a SNIPEF or CLE member. One firm which
    pool or other complex work, but that           Certifier of Construction Scheme is a           challenged this told the Government that
    is not what the certification is about.”       major milestone in the organisation’s           their application to join SNIPEF had been
    We wonder how many swimming pools              campaign to promote that ALL plumbing           rejected because their operatives were not
    are installed each year by full qualified      work should be done by fully qualified          qualified. Enough said!
    professional plumbers. Not too many            professional plumbers working for                  It is said that a little knowledge can be
    we guess which means that this analogy         businesses which meet high standards.           dangerous. That is certainly true in relation
    is also wide of the mark in suggesting         That is what the Plumbing Industry              to plumbing and we hope that unwitting
    other plumbing work doesn’t required           Licensing Scheme is all about. It is also the   customers will not fall into the trap of
    detailed training and industry recognized      backbone of the Water Bylaws Approved           engaging someone who holds a piece of
    qualifications (which the City and Guilds      Plumber Scheme and now the Approved             paper which effectively means that they                           
    certificate is not).                           Certifier of Construction Scheme. SNIPEF        have done a little plumbing training.
4                        PLUMBHEAT    NEWSLEAKS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   PLUMBHEAT    NEWSLEAKS                                             5

                                                                                                                                                                                New Scottish Government backed
                                                                                                                                                                                scheme launched by SNIPEF
                                                                                                                                                                                A new scheme which allows professional plumbing and heating installers to self-certify
                                                                                                                                                                                drainage, heating and plumbing work, including micro-renewable installations such as
                                                                                                                                                                                solar panels, which is subject to a Building Warrant, was launched by the Minister for
                                                                                                                                                                                Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson MSP, at the Scottish
                                                                                                                                                                                and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation (SNIPEF) conference which was
                                                                                                                                                                                held on Friday 21 May in East Kilbride.
                                                                                                                                                                                cerTificaTion with the building                       Both an Approved Certifier and the                  plumbers will be able to self-certify their work
                                                                                                                                                                                regulations by approved certifiers                 Certification Co-ordinator of an Approved Body         under a building warrant without waiting for a
                                                                                                                                                                                of design and approved certifiers of               must sign all certificates. In cases where a firm      Local Authority inspector to inspect their work
                                                                                                                                                                                construction was introduced as part of             is a sole trader then the individual can become        and sign off a completion certificate”.
                                                                                                                                                                                the building (Scotland) regulations 2004           the Approved Body, the Approved Certifier and             Robert continued “The range of work
                                                                                                                                                                                (including subsequent amendments). The             the Certification Co-ordinator, so long as they        covered under the scheme which includes
                                                                                                                                                                                Scottish ministers approved a Scheme for           meet the membership requirements.                      drainage, plumbing, heating, micro-
                                                                                                                                                                                certification of construction (drainage,              SNIPEF is responsible for operating the             renewables as well as a selection of electrical
                                                                                                                                                                                heating & Plumbing installations) at the           Scheme and is subject to audit by BSD. SNIPEF          work is also significant as the scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                end of last year and at the same time, the         will be responsible for the assessment of all          covers not only the traditional work areas
                                                                                                                                                                                Scottish government’s building Standards           applications for membership from individuals           of the industry such as drainage but it also
                                                                                                                                                                                division (bSd) appointed SniPef to run             and firms and will commission and evaluate             encompasses the new skills the industry is
                                                                                                                                                                                the Scheme. as well as being able to certify       audits of the certification practice of Scheme         learning on micro-renewables”.
                                                                                                                                                                                this type of work, members of the scheme           members.                                                  SNIPEF President Tom Galloway said “SNIPEF
                                                                                                                                                                                will also be able to display a Scottish               A firm that chooses not to become an                has been working for a number of years with
                                                                                                                                                                                government logo which will identify them           Approved Body is not precluded from                    officials from the Scottish Building Standards
                                                                                                                                                                                as a member of the scheme.                         carrying out drainage, heating and plumbing            Division to set up the scheme and the complex
                                                                                                                                                                                   Until May 2005, compliance with the             installation or commissioning work related to          and wide ranging scope of the scheme has

    SNIPEF Sporting Events 2010                                                                                                                                                 requirements of the Building (Scotland) Act
                                                                                                                                                                                1959 and associated building regulations was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a building warrant but the work will be subject
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to the normal “reasonable inquiry” by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          meant a great deal of work on both sides to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ensure that we have ended up with a scheme
                                                                                                                                                                                achieved using Technical Standards set by the      Verifier. Alternatively a firm can appoint an          which will benefit not only installers but also
                                                                                                                                                                                Scottish Executive and administered by local
    bowling                                                                                golf                                                                                 authorities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Approved Body to certify their work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Commenting on the launch, SNIPEF’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             The scheme went live last month and
    The 2010 SNIPEF Bowling Match was won for the fourth successive                        The 2010 SNIPEF golf match was held in sweltering conditions at                         A new system was introduced under               Director & Secretary Robert Burgon said “The           clients can now access the Building Standards
    year by the Glasgow & West of Scotland Association, Kilmarnock                         Alyth Golf club on Friday 18 June. In a very closely contested match,
                                                                                                                                                                                the 2004 Act and the Building (Scotland)           Approved Certifier of Construction Scheme is           website (
    Branch team skipped by Douglas Thom. The match saw bowlers                             the team from Brown & Cordner who are based in Cardross came
                                                                                                                                                                                Regulations 2004 (including subsequent             a significant step for the Plumbing Industry in        Environment/Building/Building-standards) and
    from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Fife and Perth compete for the SNIPEF                          out winners, whilst James Lammond Ltd took second place and
    Bowling Trophy.                                                                        McKerron and Milne were third.                                                       amendments) which set out mandatory                Scotland. For the first time, properly qualified       search for a list of Approved Certifiers.
       SNIPEF President Tom Galloway presented the prizes to the                             The best handicap score and winner of the Tommy Thomson cup                        building standards that define the functions
    winners.                                                                               was William Cordner from Brown and Cordner, whilst Gerry Woods                       a building has to perform. This approach
                                                                                           won the President’s prize for endeavor.                                              introduces greater flexibility than the former
                                                                                                                                                                                system of Technical Standards that could only
                                                                                                                                                                                be altered by a Scottish Statutory Instrument.
                                                                                                                                                                                The new system also accommodates the
                                                                                                                                                                                rapid change necessary to comply with the
                                                                                                                                                                                requirements of the Construction Products
                                                                                                                                                                                Directive that building regulations should not
                                                                                                                                                                                form a barrier to trade, and for the adoption of
                                                                                                                                                                                harmonised European Standards.
                                                                                                                                                                                   In order to provide certification services,
                                                                                                                                                                                a firm (company, partnership, contractor, or
                                                                                                                                                                                sole trader), public Approved Body, or other
                                                                                                                                                                                organisation must meet the conditions to
                                                                                                                                                                                become a member of the Scheme as an
                                                                                            Winners of the SNIPEF Golf Match, Brown & Cordner are pictured with SNIPEF Junior   Approved Body. An Approved Body must
                                                                                                                                             Vice-President Fraser Lawrence.                                                                                        Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson .
       The all conquering Kilmarnock Team lift the trophy for the fourth successive year                                                                                        employ at least one Approved Certifier.
6                       PLUMBHEAT    NEWSLEAKS                                                                                                                      Plumbing
    THERMflow Thermal Store
    Leads the way for Multi Fuel Capabilities                                                                                                                       Training
    mcdonald engineers’ Thermflow vented
    mains pressure system, has been hailed
                                                       killing properties and reduced running costs
                                                       associated with copper and is available in a
                                                                                                          diameters and with any number of bespoke
                                                                                                          positioning of connections to facilitate                  (Scotland)
    as the uK’s most flexible hot water                wide range of sizes.                               those unusual or awkward spaces.

                                                                                                                                                                    If you are thinking
    system on the market today, due to its                THERMflow can be custom designed                   McDonald Engineers’ Sales Director,
    unrivalled ability to integrate with multi         to almost any height, a wide range of              Jamie Stewart, explained “We are receiving
    fuel installations including electric, gas, oil,
    solar and solid fuels.
                                                                                                          a growing number of enquiries from
                                                                                                          architects, consultants and clients across                of recruiting an
       The rising cost of gas and electricity,
    together with the global movement towards
                                                                                                          the UK, who are looking at integrating
                                                                                                          alternative fuel sources to supplement
                                                                                                                                                                    Apprentice Plumber
    more sustainable energy sources, is seeing
    a growing demand for flexible hot water
                                                                                                          gas and electric. The THERMflow offers the
                                                                                                          option of integrating whatever fuel sources
                                                                                                                                                                    contact SNIPEF
    systems, such as the THERMflow. The
    THERMflow Thermal Store can enable the core
                                                                                                          they want to utilise.”                                    Training to find out
    energy sources to be supplemented or indeed                                                           For more information on the THERMflow                     how we can help.
    substituted with more sustainable fuels, such                                                         Thermal Storage System and the full range
    as solar, heat pumps, solid fuel and wind.                                                            of hot water cylinders and systems available
       Manufactured using McDonald Engineers                                                              from McDonald Engineers visit
    advanced copper manufacturing system, the                                                    or call
    THERMflow system delivers all the bacteria                                                            01592 611123.
                                                                                                                                                                    SNIPEF operates its own training company which will:

     GRAHAM LAUNCHES                                                            aberdeen PlumberS                                                                   • Subject to the available Government
                                                                                                                                                                      funding, meet the full cost of the 3 year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • Pay grants to employers. Two separate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    grants are paid, the first is paid when
     HEATING PARTS SERVICE                                                      forge linKS in belaruS                                                                college/training centre programme.                            the apprentice achieves their SVQ Level 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Qualification and the second is paid on
     (‘PARTS 4 PLUMBERS’)                                                       SNIPEF Past President, Allan McIntosh visited the city of
                                                                                Gomel in Belarus with the Head of Plumbing at Tullos Training                       • Ensure that the College/Training Centre                       completion of the apprentices
     graham builders merchants, have aunched a comprehensive                    Jim Booth and plumbing lecturer Stephen Arbuckle last year.                           provides appropriate resources to                             training period.
     heating spare parts service that will render every graham
     branch a one-stop shop for plumbers and heating engineers
                                                                                allan said “During our visit we managed to twin with School                           ensure that the apprentice will achieve
                                                                                67 which teaches plumbing and building to students before they
     across the country. With the launch of the new service, ‘Parts 4
                                                                                move to the Construction University. School 67 caters for Deaf
                                                                                                                                                                      the SVQ Level 3 in MES Plumbing - a                         • Monitor the training programme and
     Plumbers’, graham plumbing and heating customers will now
     have access to over 75,000 plumbing and heating spare parts.
                                                                                pupils along with other students.                                                     recognised and industry approved                              those on the programme via a team of
                                                                                  Allan added “Our aim is to exchange knowledge and teaching
        Parts 4 Plumbers draws on the market experience of Graham                                                                                                     vocational qualification. All assessments                     Regional Training Officers.
                                                                                techniques between the lecturers with exchange visits between
     and its sister brand Curzon, to offer customers a parts’ offering
                                                                                Aberdeen and Gomel for students and lecturers. The school is                          and course units are delivered at
     specifically tailored to the requirements of local environment. To
     come up with the local tailored stocking profile Graham invested
                                                                                desperately in need of teaching materials and any assistance                          College or JIB Approved Training Centres.                   • Provide support to employers and
                                                                                would be greatly appreciated”.
     in months of customer and boiler manufacturer marketing
                                                                                  Whilst in Gomel, Allan addressed a conference of Government,                                                                                      apprentices during the period
     research and analysis to ascertain the specific demand for products
     for every branch. As well as ensuring each Graham branch has the
                                                                                University, and Contractors at the Gomel University of                                                                                              of apprenticeship.
                                                                                Construction where he said that education in the building
     right stock, a heating parts ‘Guru’ has been nominated and will
                                                                                Industry was one of the greatest gifts any worker could have.
     be trained on PartsArena, so they are able to help identify parts
     quickly.                                                                                                                                                       ENTRY & ENROLMENT                                             All apprentices must be employed with a
        Launching the new service, Debbie-Sue Price, Marketing                                                                                                      There is no age restriction for entry to the                  plumbing firm.
     Manager for Graham Group, said:
        “At Graham we recognise the diversity of our customers’ work.
                                                                                                                                                                    plumbing Modern Apprenticeship, however
     In any given week our customers could be installing a boiler,                                                                                                  Government funding means school or college                    MODERN APPRENTICESHIP – OUTCOME
     replacing a tap, servicing a boiler or heating appliance. We wanted                                                                                            leavers aged 16-19 will be guaranteed a                       Each Modern Apprentice, if successful in
     to make life easier for them and develop a service that means
     one trip to the Graham branch can provide everything they need.                                                                                                place on the Plumbing Programme whilst                        their training, will gain the SVQ Level 3 Modern
     Our extensive market experience, coupled to that of Curzon,                                                                                                    potential apprentices aged 20 and over can                    Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering Services
     allows us not only to offer ‘Parts 4 Plumbers’ but, overtime, the
     Graham branch will be able to tailor their service to ensure that
                                                                                                                                                                    also access the programme depending on                        (MES) Domestic: Plumbing and be graded by the
     the products our core plumbing and heating customers want are                                                                                                  suitable funding being available.                             JIB as a Plumber.
     always available.”                                                                       (L-R)- Nikoli Hrytsenko Mayor of Gomel - Allan McIntosh, Jim Booth,
                                                                                                                Stephen Arbuckle and the Deputy Mayor of Gomel.     SNIPEF Training Services Ltd:
                                                                                                                                                                    Bellevue House, 22 Hopetoun Street, Edinburgh EH7 4GH   Tel: 0131 225 2255   Fax: 0131 226 7638
8                      PLUMBHEAT    NEWSLEAKS                                                                                                                                                                                               NEWSLEAKS PLUMBHEAT                                             9

    You’re in good company                                                                                                                            Plumbing industry awards Fife plumber
    Did you know that nearly 2000 electrical, plumbing, heating, decorating and building businesses in
    Scotland and Northern Ireland have now met the Construction Licensing Executive (CLE) criteria?
                                                                                                                                                      with the first industry merit award
    The cle currently has 1962          and Aberdeen, and the Ayrshire          The majority have become        customers, we hope to see more        Kirkcaldy plumber, Jack          SNIPEF Council in 1980 and        plumbing industry not just in            honoured at being the first
    members who are licensed            and Paisley postcodes also have      CLE licensed traders through       Scottish Decorators’ Federation       Wishart, a director of           became SNIPEF President           Scotland and Northern Ireland            recipient of the Merit award
    to trade in the construction        high numbers.                        SELECT, with SNIPEF members        members joining CLE too.              J W Wishart Plumbing and         in 1992-93. He represented        but throughout the UK”.                  and thanked those who had
    industry, mostly in Scotland           However, some rural areas of      making up the next largest group                                         heating ltd, has been            SNIPEF at meetings of the           Jack Wishart said that he was          nominated him.
    (1868), but through SniPef          Scotland are also well served,       of members. We anticipate          For a full breakdown of the           awarded the first ever           old CORGI Scottish Regional
    and hVca, we also have 94           in terms of the numbers of CLE       higher numbers of Scottish         membership across postcode areas      SniPef merit award.              Council and was our
    members in northern ireland         members per head of population       Building Federation members        and by trade association, visit the     The SNIPEF Merit Award         representative at European
    (as at June 2010)                   – Inverness, Dumfries and            becoming part of CLE this year.    “Membership facts and figures         was introduced to recognize      meetings for a number of
      The major cities in Scotland      Galloway, and Perthshire have the    As we increase our work to gain    page” of the website                  individuals or organizations     years. He has also been a
    have the highest number of CLE      highest numbers of CLE members       recognition for CLE standards by   (               who had given exceptional        regular participant in meetings
    members – Glasgow, Edinburgh,       per resident.                        public sector and commercial                                             service to SNIPEF and the        of the World Plumbing
                                                                                                                                                      wider plumbing industry in       Council”.
                                                                                                                                                      Scotland and Northern Ireland.      Tom added “Until recently,
                                                                                                                                                        The award was presented        Jack served as Chairman of the
                                                                                                                                                      by SNIPEF President Tom          BPEC Group of companies, a
                                                                                                                                                      Galloway at the recent SNIPEF    role which he undertook with
                                                                                                                                                      Conference.                      considerable dedication and
                                                                                                                                                        In presenting the award,       passion. There is absolutely
                                                                                                                                                      Tom said “Jack Wishart has       no doubt that Jack Wishart,
                                                                                                                                                      worked tirelessly for the        the recipient of the first ever
                                                                                                                                                      plumbing industry over many      SNIPEF Merit Award has                  Jack Wishart receives the first ever SNIPEF Merit Award from Tom Galloway.
                                                                                                                                                      years. He first served on the    made a real difference to the

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     From the dust and deprivation of the poorest parts of Africa to the rather damper,
     greener environs of the west of Scotland, David Osborne’s professional life could hardly
     be more diverse right now.
     between fixing boilers             has been developed for use           2009, grabbing significant                 in Ayrshire. Setting up in
     and installing bathrooms           on direct heat sources such          interest from many quarters,               business for himself with the
     throughout ayrshire, david         as gas or solid fuel fires (the      including senior government                launch of Celsius in 1999, he has
     spends his time liaising with      most common heat source in           ministers. Meanwhile, various              since partnered with Andrew
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     armed forces, various african      developing world), with its solar    speaking to David and Claire               and works closely with Steven
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     developed and launched             cooking, cleaning, washing and       whilst the military are also               opportunity learn the trade
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     media attention – David’s          wood smoke and positively            4 minutes will take the Jompy              building the plumbing side of
     dedication and determination is    impacting on the environment.        around 7 minutes in total. The             the business here in Scotland,
     beginning to pay off.              Plus the solar capability is a       traditional method of putting              Celsius Solar is such an amazing
        It all began in 2006 when       way to introduce the concept         a pan on the fire would take               opportunity to not only develop
     David and wife Claire took a       of renewable energy to very          the same quantity around                   commercially successful
     trip to Zimbabwe during their      traditional, conservative            25minutes.”                                technology but also to make
     honeymoon in South Africa.         communities who may be                  It’s all a far cry from those           a real difference to the lives of
     A conversation with a family       resistant to abandoning the          last days at Cumnock Academy               millions across the world. Plus,
     friend regarding the apparent      age-old tried and tested ways.”      when David heard he’d earned               it’s not every day you hear that
     lack of use of solar power in         Designed to sit directly on top   a plumbing apprenticeship                  the President of Kenya has
     Africa – despite the blazing       of a charcoal burner (known as a     with SNIPEF member, Robert J               complimented your work as
     sun - led to a bet by David        Jiko), wood fire or gas stove, the   Andrew, and began to soak up               being a good thing, economical
     that he could come up with a       frying-pan-shaped device draws       the knowledge and experience               and just what his country
     way to make solar accessible,      water through a narrow tube          of many of the best plumbers               needed!”
     affordable and easy to use for     into its tightly coiled piping.
     the millions of Africans without   Here the cold water is heated
     plumbed water supplies.            and is then dispersed through
        From scribbles on a napkin,     an outlet pipe. Apart from the
     the idea grew and when             fire, all that is required are two
     the couple returned home           containers, such as a bucket for
     to Scotland, their domestic        the cold water and a pan for the
     plumbing business, Celsius         hot. Its flat surface also means
     Plumbing & Heating, soon           that cooking pots can sit on
     had a new division dedicated       top of the Jompy, effectively
     to developing water heating        enabling simultaneous cooking
     devices for the African market.    and water heating over one fire.
     Last year they launched their         Following testing by the
     first product, the Celsius Solar   Durban Water Authority and
     Water Tank, a solar powered        Glasgow Biological Centre,
     water heater, now available in     the Jompy made its debut                  When using a Jompy to heat water and cook at the same time, households can
     Kenya, Malawi and South Africa.    at the Nairobi International                                                               save up to 60% on fuel use.
        Now, the Jompy Water Boiler     Trade Fair in October
                                                                                                                                                                 172989-6-10PLUMB GMS.indd 1                                     7/6/10 16:35:49
12                     PLUMBHEAT    DIRECTOR’S DIARY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        13

       SUMMER 2010
                                                                                                                       Robert Burgon, SNIPEF Director

     TUESDAY 9 FEBRUARY 2010 -                       appointed Coordinator for water and             manufacturers, it clearly demonstrates to
     BELLEVUE HOUSE, EDINBURGH                       sanitation) is really positive and a number     consumers how they can play their part in
     The last time that the SNIPEF Officebearers     of fresh ideas are discussed about ways         ensuring that water is used sensibly.
     visited the site of our new office              in which WHO and the World Plumbing
     development at Bellevue House in                Council can cooperate in the future.            TUESDAY 2 MARCH 2010 -
     Edinburgh, the building was in shell            Through the links which have been made          EDINBURGH UNIVERSITY
     condition. Today, on their visit after a        between the two organizations in recent         Having first talked to postgraduate students
     meeting at the existing SNIPEF offices,         years, there can be no doubt that the public    about the work of the World Plumbing               change and fuel issues through the use of           My presence here means that I am unable      Wood only a few weeks after his illness was
     they can see what looks more like an            health role of the plumbing industry is         Council at Edinburgh University a couple           renewable technologies. After the meeting        to attend what I am told was a highly           diagnosed. Andy was a great ambassador for
     office environment. The fit-out contract        better appreciated than was previously          of years ago, I am pleased to be invited           we have a private meeting with a Member          successful reception for World Plumbing         the industry and the huge (standing room
     started in mid-December 2009 and                the case. If only customers in developed        back today. This time, my talk is part of a        of the Scottish Parliament with an interest      Day in the Scottish Parliament. “One of the     only) attendance today clearly shows just
     already good progress has been made. It         countries like Scotland would understand        series of guest lectures as part of a course       in a number of projects in which we are          best SNIPEF events I have ever attended”        how much respect he had both within and
     is encouraging to hear positive comments        that good plumbing is essential to maintain     which focuses on water and sanitation in           involved and we leave with a feeling that        was the response of one senior SNIPEF           outside the plumbing community. Andy will
     about the quality of the work which is          good health.                                    the developing world. Hopefully, at least          she is clearly keen to see progress being        member!                                         be missed by many but it was good today to
     being undertaken and I am sure that the                                                         some of the 60 or 70 students present today        made on several of the issues on which              Even as I go to bed in Beijing, the Google   pay tribute to someone of his calibre.
     Officebearers are looking forward to seeing     FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY 2010 - EDINBURGH             will take away a message that plumbing             SNIPEF is campaigning (including the Boiler      Alerts popping up on my Blackberry suggest
     SNIPEF benefit from the ability to operate in   Water (or more importantly the lack of it) is   is as essential element in the field of            Scrappage Scheme).                               that the first World Plumbing Day has been      MONDAY 19 APRIL 2010 - KILMARNOCK
     modern office facilities this summer.           clearly a challenge for most countries and      environmental engineering.                                                                          successful in capturing media attention         The Kilmarnock Branch of SNIPEF holds
                                                     there are so many measures which aim to                                                            THURSDAY 4 MARCH 2010 -                          about the role which plumbing plays in          its AGM tonight and it is great to have the
     MONDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2010 - GENEVA                ensure that we use (and increasingly reuse)     WEDNESDAY 3 MARCH 2010 -                           HOUSE OF LORDS, LONDON                           relation to global health. Have to set my       opportunity both before and after the
     Going to meetings at the World Health           this precious resource in a responsible         SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT                                The President’s Dinner of the Chartered          alarm for 4.30am Chinese time to do a live      meeting to meet inspirational local plumber
     Organisation in Geneva, Switzerland is as       manner. Today I meet Yvonne Orgill, Chief       The Cross Party Group for Construction             Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineers      interview on an east coast USA radio station    David Osborne. David has invented a device
     easy as going to meetings in London or          Executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers’        in the Scottish Parliament provides a              is usually an enjoyable occasion and             (afternoon time on World Plumbing Day for       which can be used to heat water while
     other cities in the United Kingdom. The         Association (BMA) and am pleased to             good chance for a cross section of people          tonight’s event, hosted by Lord O’Neill          them).                                          cooking over an open fire. His “Jompy” clearly
     morning Easyjet flight from Edinburgh           hear about the BMA’s Water Efficient            with an interest in construction matters           of Clackmannanshire, is no exception. It                                                         has a role to play in developing countries and
     ensures that I am at the WHO offices before     Product Labelling Scheme. While this is a       to meet with MSPs. Today’s theme is the            is good to see all diners receiving a flyer      MONDAY 15 MARCH 2010 -                          it is interesting to hear about the work which
     lunch. Today’s meeting (with the recently       voluntary measure on the part of bathroom       increasing drive towards tackling climate          promoting next week’s World Plumbing Day.        SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA                               he has undertaken so far in several countries
                                                                                                                                                        Sleep comes easily on my overnight sleeper       The second stop on this quick WPC trip is       to encourage aid agencies and governments
                                                                                                                                                        back to Edinburgh. Amazingly, I can actually     in Sydney (my first visit) where I chair the    to appreciate how the “Jompy” could help.
                                                                                                                                                        sleep on these journeys- must be old age or      first WPC General Meeting of the year. WPC      (See page 10 for more info)
                                                                                                                                                        maybe the effect of the alcohol with dinner!     has not met in Australia since 2004 and it is
                                                                                                                                                                                                         really great to see so many of the Australian   WEDNESDAY 28 APRIL 2010 -
                                                                                                                                                        THURSDAY 11 MARCH 2010 -                         and New Zealand member organizations            BASINGSTOKE
                                                                                                                                                        BEIJING, CHINA                                   participating at this meeting. The mood         It is a strange feeling to return to the
                                                                                                                                                        Today is the first ever World Plumbing Day       is good and there seems to be a general         Chineham Business Park in Basingstoke
                                                                                                                                                        and as World Plumbing Council Chairman, I        agreement that last week’s World Plumbing       today to attend a workshop on a review of
                                                                                                                                                        have travelled to Beijing (capital of the most   Day worked. Discussion is already taking        the gas safety enforcement regime being
                                                                                                                                                        populated country in the world) to launch        place about how to make the 2011 Day even       hosted by Gas Safe Register (GSR). The last
                                                                                                                                                        the Day. A well attended press conference        bigger and better.                              time I was in this area, I was a Director of the
                                                                                                                                                        (which resulted in items appearing on the                                                        predecessor to GSR whose offices are on
                                                                                                                                                        two main Chinese TV stations) is followed        THURSDAY 8 APRIL -                              the same estate. A very productive meeting
                                                                                                                                                        by a Technical Forum attended by some 200        HAZLEHEAD CREMATORIUM, ABERDEEN                 takes place and I leave with a feeling that
                                                                                                                                                        people clearly interested in hearing more        We were all shocked to hear about the           GSR is keen to listen to industry views-
                                                                                                                                                        about the role of the modern plumbing            premature death of Past President of the        something which its predecessor failed to
                                                                                                                                                        industry.                                        Aberdeen Local Association of SNIPEF, Andy      do latterly.
14                       PLUMBHEAT CONTRACTUAL UPDATE  

     (Courtesy of Brodies LLP Solicitors)
     DECIDING who owns goods and materials                to insert a basic retention of title clause rather   on-site or listed materials stored offsite. JCT
     at a particular point in a construction contract     than one which is complex and uses language          also seeks to prescribe conditions that must
     can be a complicated task. The assumption            consistent with the creation of a charge.            be included in the sub-contracts, including a
     tends to be that ownership will not pass to a                                                             clause which states that where the contractor
     purchaser until the goods have been paid for.        DAWBER WILLIAMSON ROOFING LTD V                      has been paid for materials, such materials
     However, title often passes at a much earlier        HUMBERSIDE CC                                        become the employer’s property and the sub-
     point.                                               Dawber, the roofing sub-contractor, stored           contractor will not try to argue otherwise.
                                                          his slates on site while he was waiting for              NEC3 Engineering and Construction
     COMMON LAW POSITION                                  instructions from the main contractors to start      Contract states that where the contractor has
     If a contract is silent as to when materials pass    work on the roof. The contractor did not pay         title to plant and materials on site, such title
     from contractor to employer, certain common          Dawber despite receiving payment from the            passes to the employer. The coordinating sub-
     law rules apply. Once materials are affixed to       employer and then went into liquidation.             contract provides that whatever title the sub-
     the land, title passes from the contractor to            Under the sub-contract, title did not            contractor has to plant and materials on site,
     the employer even when the materials have            pass to the contractor until the goods               such title passes to the employer. This means
     not been paid for. If however the employer           were incorporated into the works. The sub-           that on insolvency of the main contractor, the
     has paid for the materials and they are not          contractor therefore claimed that he had             employer has good title to the materials on
     attached to the land, the employer will only         a right to remove any unfixed slates from            site.
     own the materials if the contractor to whom he       the site. The building contract contained a              NEC3 does not address the issue where the
     made payment had title.                              clause stating that goods paid for under an          sub-contractor does not have title to plant
         The relationship between the main                interim certificate became the property of the       and materials on site, for example where
     contractor and its sub-contractor or supplier        employer and any goods on site would pass            the materials have been purchased from a
     is fundamental in understanding where                to the employer upon contractor insolvency.          supplier. Whether title has passed to the sub
     ownership of unfixed goods lies. The general         The employer refused to release the slates to        contractor will depend on the issues discussed
     rule is that title transfers in accordance with      Dawber and argued that the provisions of the         above.
     the intention of the parties. In the absence         main contractor were intended to bind the
     of any terms to the contrary, the latest title       sub-contractor as it included a clause stating       Conclusion
     will generally pass from the supplier or sub-        that the sub-contractor was deemed to have           •	 Retention of title is a difficult area for the
     contractor of the unfixed goods or materials to      notice of all the provisions of the main contract.      construction industry and sellers should
     the main contractor at the time of delivery and          The court held as follows:                          consider when they intend that title to their
     it is not dependent on whether payment has           •	 there was no contract between the employer           goods will pass.
     been made.                                              and sub-contractor and the sub-contractor         •	 Courts will interpret the clauses depending
         Consequently, most sub-contractors                  could not be bound by and clause in the              on the facts of each individual case and the
     will include a retention of title clause, or a          main contract;                                       terms of the relevant contract.
     ‘Romalpa’ clause in their terms and conditions.      •	 the sub-contractor had not been paid for the      •	 Employers will want to know that the main
     Romalpa clauses state that ownership of                 goods and therefore title had not passed to          contractor’s sub-contracts ensure that the
     goods does not pass from a seller to a buyer            the contractor.                                      employer has title to unfixed materials
     unless and until the seller is paid. These clauses       Therefore the contractor could                      for which it has paid.
     protect the sub-contractor on contractor             not pass title to the employer and                   •	 Retention of title clauses might seem to
     insolvency so that the employer will only take       the employer was ordered to pay                            be the answer but they do not always
     ownership of unfixed materials if the sub-           Dawber for the cost of the slates.                                work and they need to be
     contractor has been paid.                                                                                                      carefully drafted. ●
         The courts are hesitant to accept Romalpa                      DRAFTING OF
     clauses because they undermine                                          PRINCIPAL
     the principles of insolvency law.                                        BUILDING
     In some cases the court has ruled                                        CONTRACTS
     that a right to recover the proceeds                                   The JCT 2005
     of sale may amount to a charge                                       standard form
     over the goods, which is not                                        contract passes
     effective unless registered                                         ownership of
     at Companies House. It is                                           goods and
     therefore recommended                                               materials to the
                                                                         employer from
                                                                         the contractor
                                                                         upon payment,
                                                                         whether held
18                      PLUMBHEAT   CONFERENCE 2010                                                                                                                                                                                    PLUMBHEAT                               19

                                                                                                                                 ThE DELEgaTES vISITED
                                                                                                                                 SOUTh LanaRkShIRE
                                                                                                                                 COLLEgE anD wERE gIvEn
                                                                                                                                  a TOUR Of ThE COLLEgE
                                                                                                                                 wORkShOPS anD ThE ECO
                                                                                                                                 hOUSE whICh fEaTURES
                                                                                                                                 PRODUCTS In a “REaL-LIfE”

     SNIPEF                                                                                                                      SITUaTIOn. a PRESEnTaTIOn
                                                                                                                                 waS aLSO MaDE By Ian
                                                                                                                                 STaRES anD kEvIn

     CONFERENCE 2010                                      New SNIPEF President Tom Galloway with Past President Alistair Mowat
                                                                                                                                 DERMIDy Of PTS OnE Of
                                                                                                                                 ThE COnfEREnCE jOInT
                                                                                                                                 MaIn SPOnSORS.                                                                                                     Linda McPhillie from CLE

     The 2010 SNIPEF Conference took place in East Kilbride, on Friday 21 and Saturday                                           Conference joint main sponsors.                SNIPEF President in 2008/2009.               SNIPEF Merit Award at the Conference (see
     22 May. The Friday sessions of Conference featured the launch of the Approved                                                                                                                                           Newleaks page 9 for more details).
                                                                                                                                 NEW SNIPEF OFFICEBEARERS ELECTED               Alan Turner - Northern Ireland Association     The SNIPEF Merit Award was introduced
     Certifier of Construction (Drainage, Heating and Plumbing) scheme by the Minister                                           Tom Galloway from Lanarkshire was elected      (1998 to 2002 and 2006 to 2010).             to recognize individuals or organizations
     for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson MSP as well as                                          as the new SNIPEF President whilst Preston                                                  who had given exceptional service to
                                                                                                                                 Fleming from Glasgow was elected as Vice-      MERIT AWARD                                  SNIPEF and the wider plumbing industry in
     the launch of the Scottish Boiler Scrappage scheme.                                                                         President. Fraser Lawrence from Perth was      Jack Wishart, was awarded the first ever     Scotland and Northern Ireland. ●
                                                                                                                                 appointed as Junior Vice-President.
     Friday presentations also featured:                                                                                            Tom Galloway is the 8th President of
     •	 Ross McTaggart from Gas Safety Register                                                                                  SNIPEF to come from Lanarkshire and
        who gave an update on the Gas Register                                                                                   he is married to Rosemary, who is also
        scheme.                                                                                                                  his business partner. Tom has two sons,
     •	 Linda McPhillie, Chief Executive of the CLE,                                                                             Bryan, his eldest who works within the
        who spoke about CLE’s plans to launch an                                                                                 Construction Industry and is married to
        MCS scheme.                                                                                                              Kari, whilst Craig his younger son, is the
     •	 Ian Stirrat, Operations Manager (Scotland)                                                                               firm’s Contracts Manager and lives with his
        from SummitSkills who spoke about                                                                                        partner, Josephine.
        the training needs for plumbing and                                                                                         Tom has two granddaughters, Alix and
        heating operatives for microgeneration                                                                                   Ailee and one grandson, Abe.
     •	 Steven Finlay, from Honeywell, who                                                                                       RETIRING COUNCIL MEMBERS
        updated members on the company’s new                                                                                     Tom Galloway paid tribute to the work
        range of wireless controls; and                                                                                          carried out by following retiring SNIPEF
     •	 Stewart Curtis from Thermsaver who                                                                                       Council members:
        made a presentation on ground source
        heat pumps.                                                                                                              Brian Davidson – SNIPEF Aberdeen Association
         On Saturday, the delegates visited South                                                                                (2006 to 2010).
     Lanarkshire College and were given a tour
     of the College workshops and the ECO                                                                                        Ron Duncan - Banff and Moray Association
     House which features microrenewable                                                                                         (1994 to 2000 and 2006 to 2010).
     products in a “real-life” situation. A
     presentation was also made by Ian Stares                                                                                    George Whyte - Dundee Association (1994 to
     and Kevin Dermidy of PTS one of the                                                         Ian Stares from PTS             1996 and 2003 to 2010) George also served as                                                                                The ECO House
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                         A Bigger Range.                                                                                                                                          Pegler Yorkshire
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         A Better Choice.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The mark of a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          perfect joint –
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yorkshire integral
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          solder ring fittings

      COMPETITIOn                                              SkillPlumb 2010 Winner Alan Henderson with (L to R), Tom Galloway, SNIPEF President, Robert Beagley,
                                                                                      Regional Director of Plumb Center and SNIPEF Vice-President, Preston Fleming.

     ALAN Henderson an apprentice plumber            Centres in Scotland who teach the Plumbing             exercises, a copper pipework exercise and
     from Moray College in Elgin has won the         SVQ Level 3 Qualification. Alan was one of             a lead bossing and forming exercise. In
     prestigious Scottish Regional SkillPlumb        17 competitors who took part in the two-               addition there is also a multiple choice exam                                                                                                                                                                                 Every genuine Yorkshire fitting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Today’s Harlequin range of fuel tanks is one of the most
     Competition, which was held in Borders          day competition.                                       paper on aspects of plumbing and heating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         extensive available from any plastic tank manufacturer in the                                                    carries the YP mark – your
     College, Galashiels on the 4th and 5th June       The SkillPlumb Competition has been                  work.
     2010.                                           devised to incorporate everyday plumbing                  At the prize giving ceremony held                                                                         UK and Republic of Ireland.                                                                                      guarantee of satisfaction.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          � Quality – Kite marked and WRAS approved with a
        The competition, which is organised by       tasks which an apprentice is likely to                 at Borders College, SNIPEF President
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              •  A range of 82 different models in a choice of capacities
     SNIPEF, brings together apprentices from        encounter during their training. The                   Tom Galloway paid tribute to the hard
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 from c.350 litres to over 10,000 litres                                                                    25 year guarantee.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          � Reassurance – 100% lead free solder for drinking
     each of the Technical Colleges and Training     competition consists of two workshop                   work of the apprentices throughout the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              •  Tanks for the storage of Agricultural Fuel Oil, Biodiesel,
                                                                                                            competition. He also thanked the host
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Diesel, Heating Oil, Waste Oil and Lubricants                                                              water systems.
     COMPETITORS                                                                                            college for the work they had put in to make                                                                      •  Market leading range of Bunded Heating Oil Tanks and                                                     � Reliability – Still the industry’s leading brand
                                                                                                            the competition such a success.                                                                                      Bunded Diesel Storage and Dispensing Tanks
      College                Apprentice                   Employer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          after 70 years.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          � Versatility – 600 items in sizes from 6mm
                                                                                                               The prizes were awarded by Tom                                                                                 •  Exclusive to Harlequin – Polyrock™ Granite and
      Aberdeen               Stephen Clark                Graham Stuart & Co Ltd

                                                                                                                                                                      Ad size: A4 1/2TP (90mm wide x 266mm high)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Ad size: A4 1/2TP (90mm wide x 266mm high)
                                                                                                            Galloway and Robert Beagley, Regional                                                                                Sandstone effect Bunded Tanks
      Adam Smith             Alastair Knight Aird         James Aird & Sons                                 Director of Plumb Center who had donated                                                                                                                                                                                        to 108mm.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              •  Nationwide distribution
      Ayr                    Ben Tattersfield             Clifford Latona                                   all of the material for the copper pipe                                                                           •  A dedicated team of 5 Area Sales Managers                                                                Don’t accept anything less!
                                                                                                            work exercise. Robert said “Plumb Center                  File: 175025-6-10PLUMB Clarehill

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           File: 175317-6-10PLUMB Pegler
      Borders                Ryan Halliday                Scotmas Ltd
                                                                                                            is pleased to continue its support for                                                                       To find out why Harlequin is already the preferred choice of
      Cardonald              Gary Dillon                  John Fulton                                       this important competition. The overall                                                                      thousands of architects, specifiers, fuel distributors and oil
      Carnegie               Roy Millar                   Mclennan Plumbing & Heating                       quality of work has been excellent and it                                                                    heating technicians across Europe, visit Harlequin Online at
      Clydebank              Colin Smith                  Marmac Services ltd                               augurs well for the future. As a company                                                            or contact your local Harlequin Reseller.
                                                                                                            we are fully behind these apprentices who
      Dundee                 Nick Brough                  Easy Heat Systems Ltd
                                                                                                            undertake a proper apprenticeship in the
      Forth Valley           Brendan Watt                 FES Ltd                                           industry”.
      Inverness              Liam Mutch                   Firth Plumbing & Heating                             Second place in the competition was won                                                                                                                                                                                    Pegler Yorkshire Group Limited
      Jewel & Esk            Ryan Hood                    Stuart Miller Plumbing & Heating                  by Ben Tattersfield representing Ayr College,                                                                                                                                                                                 St. Catherine’s Avenue, Doncaster,
                                                                                                            whilst Alistair Aird from Adam Smith College                                                                                                                                                                                  South Yorkshire, DN4 8DF, England.
      Moray                  Alan Henderson               Christie Heating & Plumbing Ltd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Tel: 0844 243 4400 Fax: 0844 243 9870
                                                                                                            in Kirkcaldy finished third. The best lead
      North Glasgow          Craig Hammond                Strategic Team (Scotland) Ltd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Brochure hotline: 0800 156 0020
                                                                                                            work trophy was awarded to Liam Mutch
      Perth                  Paul Blyth                   D M Cameron & Co Ltd                              from Inverness College.                                                                                      Harlequin Oil Tanks from Clarehill Plastics Limited
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         21 Clarehill Road Moira County Armagh Northern Ireland BT67 0PB
                                                                                                               Both Alan and Ben will now participate                                                                    e: W:
      Queenslie              Ryan Grant                   City Building (Glasgow)
                                                                                                            in the UK National SkillPlumb Competition
      South Lanarkshire      Ian Christopher Horne        Meadowburn Mechanical
                                                                                                            which will be held at the Interbuild
                                                          Services Ltd
                                                                                                            Exhibition in the NEC Birmingham in
      Tullos                 Shaun Scott                  Derek Scott Plumbing & Heating                    October. ●
                                                                                                                                                                                                            175025-6-10PLUMB Clarehill.indd 1                                                                    175317-6-10PLUMB Pegler.indd 1
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                                                                                                                                                                            Ad size: A4 1/2L (185mm wide x 130mm high)

22                      PLUMBHEAT   PLUMBING PENSIONS

     fUTURE fInanCES –
     Although we have recently had a change in Government the proposed legislative
     change from October 2012, that employers will pay pension contributions for all, or at
     least most, of their employees is still due to be introduced.
                                                                                                     own industry wide pension scheme.
                                                                                                        The Plumbing and Mechanical Services (UK)
                                                                                                     Industry Pension Scheme is a scheme open
                                                                                                     to all employees throughout the industry,
                                                                                                     not just plumbers, offering a defined benefit
                                                                                                     based on career average earnings.
                                                                                                        The scheme works effectively in the
                                                                                                     plumbing and heating industry as the
                                                                                                     physical nature of the work means that
                                                                                                                                                                            File: 176158-6-10PLUMB PTS
                                                                                                     earnings tend to peak in earlier years and tail   172470-6-10Plumb PP.inddsize: A4 1/2L (185mm wide x 130mm high)
                                                                                                                                                                            Ad 1                                         7/6/10 17:07:20
                                                                                                     off towards later in working lives.
                                                                                                        The basic level of gross contributions
                                                                                                     payable are 3¾ per cent of all earnings for an
                                                                                                     employee and 7½ per cent for an employer.
                                                                                                        As the scheme is contracted-out of
                                                                                                     the State Second Pension Scheme (S2P),
                                                                                                     a reduced level of National Insurance
                                                                                                     Contributions is payable by both employer
                                                                                                     and employee and this, together with tax
                                                                                                     relief on Scheme contributions, means that
                                                                                                     the contribution rate payable in ‘real terms’
     THE 2012 date is for employers with 120,000                                                     can reduce to around 2% for an employee
     employees or more however this figure
                                                     EMPLOyEES wILL havE ThE On                      and just over 3% for an employer. There are
     will reduce considerably each month until       TO OPT OUTOf ThE gOvERnMEnT                     no additional charges applicable.
     August 2014 at which point all employees        aRRangEMEnT anD EffECTIvELy                        On payment of above contributions a
     with earnings in a band between £5,035 -                                                        guaranteed pension credit of 1¼ per cent of
     £33,540 per annum (figures which will be
                                                     nOT COnTRIBUTE BUT If ThEy                      total gross earnings is accrued each Scheme
     increased) must automatically be enrolled       ChOOSE ThaT OPTIOn ThEy                         year (this equates to 1/80th average salary for
     into either a workplace pension scheme or       MUST BE REInTRODUCED BaCk                       each year of service).
     the Government scheme to be set for this                                                           There are also comprehensive benefits
     purpose - the National Employment Savings
                                                     InTO ThE SChEME aT LEaST                        payable on death, which mean members
     Trust (NEST).                                   OnCE EvERy ThREE yEaRS                          know that they have financial provisions in
        Employees will have the option to opt        By ThEIR EMPLOyER                               place for their families either before or after
     out of the Government arrangement and                                                           retirement.
     effectively not contribute but if they choose   meet the costs of setting up the scheme, a
     that option they must be reintroduced back      charge which could potentially be applied for   Should you wish more information on the
     into the Scheme at least once every three       up to 20 years. On top of this charge will be   industry Scheme please visit the website
     years by their employer.                        an annual management charge of 0.3%, an         at As an
        The minimum cost for NEST has been set       annual deduction made from each members         employer you can also arrange a visit by
     at 8% of gross earnings (3% employer, 4%        fund to cover ongoing costs.                    the Pensions Officer, Stuart McDonald who
     employee, 1% tax relief).                         Within the Plumbing and Mechanical            will discuss the Scheme in full and answer
        It has also been confirmed that NEST         Services Industry we are fortunate that we      any questions you may have. To arrange
     savers will be hit with an additional annual    do have another option to consider before       an appointment call Stuart on
     2% charge of their contributions in order to    making a choice as we are serviced by our       0131 225 2255. ●
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24                     PLUMBHEAT    RENEWABLES

     UnDERfLOOR hEaTIng 
     The benefits of warm water underfloor heating have been described many times.
     The benefits fall into three major categories. 1: Freedom of interior design.
     2: High levels of comfort. 3: Fuel savings and reduced maintenance costs.

     MODERN underfloor heating systems              refrigeration cycle working in reverse,       have absorbed when it grew. If fuel is
     work by passing low temperature hot            collecting heat instead of rejecting it.      purchased from a sustainable source then
     water around a network of pipes installed      Low-pressure refrigerant is boiled at the     you will not be increasing the CO2 levels in
     in the floor. Each room or zone is fitted      evaporator by the heat capacity of the        the atmosphere.
     with a continuous length of pipe with the      source. The saturated refrigerant vapour is      Solar thermal is another option for
     flow and return connected to a centrally       then pressurised by the compressor. The       using renewable energy with your
     located brass or copper manifold. In a         mechanical work done by the compressor        underfloor heating system. Solar panels
     conventional radiator system the surface       is transferred as heat energy that raises     can be erected on the roof, in the garden,
     area of the radiator and the average           the temperature of the vapour. The high       or on walls. A controller compares the
     temperature of the water flowing through       temperature, high pressure vapour is          temperature of these to the temperature
     it determines the heat output, therefore,      condensed to a liquid at the condenser,       of the water at the bottom the storage
     for a given radiator size, the output can      thus releasing its heat. The high-pressure    cylinder and when it is hotter the circuit
     be varied by changing the mean water           liquid is finally passed through an           is switched on and the water is heated
     temperature. This is the principle applied     expansion device that reduces the pressure    using the energy from the solar panel. The
     to underfloor heating where the size of        and temperature to restart the cycle. At      water in the storage cylinder can then be
     the emitter, in this case the floor, is so     its most efficient the heat pump produces     pumped to the underfloor heating system.
     large that the water temperature (usually      a low grade heat of around 35°C which is
     around 35°C) can be reduced to well below      perfect for use with underfloor heating.      Anderson Floor Warming Ltd welcome
     that commonly used in radiators and still         Alternatively underfloor heating can be    enquires from anyone interested in learning
     provide the required heat output. The pipe     integrated with a biomass boiler as another   more about integrating underfloor heating
     diameter and spacing of the pipe, floor        method of using renewable energy.             with renewable energy and can be contacted
     construction and floor finish also influence   Biomass fuel works on the principle that      on: tel: 0141 646 6716
     the heat output from the underfloor            when it is burnt the CO2 released into the    e-mail:
     heating. While radiators heat the room by      atmosphere is the same as the plant would     web: ●
     convection (movement of air), underfloor
     heating works by radiant heat, so instead
     of heating the air surrounding objects
     it heats the objects including people
     eliminating any uncomfortable hot and
     cold air flows around the room. Radiant
     heat dissipates from the floor about 3
     metres reducing wasteful build up of heat
     at the ceiling especially in areas with high
        While this can make a condensing
     boiler run very efficiently, it is even more
     suited to use with a renewable energy
     source such as a ground or air source heat
     pump. Integrating underfloor heating with
     renewable energy maximises the efficiency
     of both systems saving both costs and
     reducing CO2 emissions.
        Heat Pumps work by taking heat stored
     in the ground (ground source) or external
     ambient air (air source) and transfers it to
     your heating distribution system. A heat
     pump is essentially a vapour compression
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Renewables Advert - PLUMBHEAT MAG (Summer 2010):PHPI Range Advert 27/05/2010 11:46 Page 1

               Piece together a green home
               heating solution wITh gRanT                                                                                                                                                             The future generation...
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      integrating cost saving measures like                                         to launch in April 2011, should provide                     not only size a system, but give very accurate
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      green technologies available from solar
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      thermal and solar PV to heat pumps, and
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      every home has different criteria to consider.
         Installers may feel limited to just one                                    and products must carry Microgeneration
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                                                                                                                      Old dog, Nu tricks
                       Pulsar direct rePorts surge in demand for

                                     ‘eco’ training
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              electricity generating

                                                                                                                      underfloor heating
                                                                                                                      heat pumps | solar
                                                                                                                      New technology made easy
                                                                                                                      • Underfloor heating – from extensions to
                                                                                                                        multi-site developments.
                                                                                                                      • Heat pumps – ground source, air source and
                                                                                                                        exhaust air models with complete design and
                                                                                                                        commissioning service.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ...of renewable technology
                                                                                                                      • Solar thermal – full range of flat panel models.
                                                                                                                        Each technology available individually or as
                                                                                                                        an integrated package.
                 Heating, plumbing and renewable energy specialist Pulsar direct is seeing a huge rise in interest      Full system design warranty.
               in its ‘eco’ training courses. Covering everything from underfloor heating and boilers, to plumbing
               and solar energy systems, Pulsar direct’s hands-on approach ensures that high levels of training         Award-winning manuals and User Guides.
               are guaranteed.
                 The BPEC accredited courses take place at the company’s state-of-the-art Energy Learning Centre
               training facility in Milton Keynes, which incorporates a full range of functional products.              Training in renewables and underfloor heating
                 The Pulsar Renewables range positions Pulsar direct as one of the largest one-stop wholesale           available at our accredited training centre.
               suppliers of renewable energy systems and equipment in the UK and Ireland. It includes a vast range
               of energy efficient plumbing and heating equipment, including solar panels; solar thermal energy;
               solar PV systems; heat recovery units; high efficiency boilers; geothermal heat pumps; instantaneous   To request a brochure and dvd visit our website
               water heaters; and rainwater harvesting units.
                 CEO Justin Mc Inerney commented, “More and more installers are looking to capitalise on the          at or contact
               opportunities that renewable energy is bringing to the market. Pulsar direct is proud to be at the     us on 0800 731 1976.
               forefront of these developments, with a great team of experts that can offer high level, accredited
               training and handle any enquiry about renewable energy and other innovations within the market.”

                For more information, telephone 0800 2988 701 or visit
                                                                                                                      UNDERFLOOR & RENEWABLES
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New versatile EcoSave Gas Combi
Boiler from EHC is the ‘ultimate’

                                                            EHC has launched a
                                                            new gas solution for
                                                            central heating and hot
                                                            water requirements – the
                                                            EcoSave Gas Combi
                                                            Condensing Boiler. The
                                                            new Gas Combi boiler
                                                            offers the highest levels
                                                            of energy efficiency and
                                                            provides one of the most
                                                            economical and reliable
                                                            combination boilers on the

The Ecosave Boiler has been designed to incorporate a stainless steel heat
exchanger which maximises condensing performance and minimises energy
consumption, two stage frost protection and in-built weather compensation. Other
features include internal cabinet insulation which reduces heat loss and noise
and due to the integral APS system extended flueing of up to 20 metres can be

As you would expect from an EHC product the boiler is one of the most efficient
on the market boasting a 98.8% efficiency non-condensing. It can also be easily
converted to LPG within minutes. For the service engineer the annual maintenance
has been made simple as all the servicing valves and filters are located on the
external base of the boiler. A magnetic filter is also located within the boiler to assist
with system protection.

The flow rate on Domestic Hot water is one of the best on the market offering 17.6
litres per minute on the 37kW model.

The boiler is suitable for installation in most types of properties, including
commercial buildings, and is available in 21, 25, 32 and 37 kW outputs. It can be
supplied in a choice of three stylish covers – white, graphite black and titanium
silver and has a standard two year warranty on parts and labour with the option of
5 years warranty parts and labour.
30                       PLUMBHEAT    RENEWABLES

     fROM nORTh TO SOUTh                                                                                     Switch to a world of
     FOR RENEWABLES TRAINING                                                                                 opportunities t day
     It is a fact that there are currently not enough installers trained in renewable
     technology in the UK to meet the current target of getting 15% of our energy
     from renewable sources by 2020.                                                                          Logic certified heat pump training courses
                                                                                                              As part of its Renewable Energy Strategy, the Government is committed
     WE talk to two installers with         Ronnie McFarlane took courses                                     to generating 15% of the UK’s energy from renewables by 2020, which will
     different reasons for training that    purely with a view to future                                      lead to a rapid increase in the demand for technologies such as heat pumps
     both travelled south to Nu-Heat’s      business growth. Both installers                                  and solar energy. Make sure you don’t get left behind – attend our training   A CCR ALLER
     award-winning training centre in       feel that Scotland is lagging                                     course now and become an accredited Dimplex renewables installer.               INST
     Devon.                                 behind a little with regard to
        John Fowler from Eyemouth           renewable products, and that now                                  • Ground and air source heat pump training courses available
     in the Scottish Borders has been       is the ideal time to get ahead of                                 • Independently accredited by Logic Certification
     a self-employed plumber for 6          the market.                                                       • Training venues throughout the UK
     years. He decided to train in the          Ronnie is committed to the                                    • Exclusive access to the extensive Dimplex product ranges
     installation of renewable and          training of young apprentices and                                 • Reassurance and support of a brand leader for peace of mind
     energy efficient products when a       in order to expand the business
                                                                                                              • Website listing of Accredited Installers
     customer put him on the spot, and      and develop his apprentice
     is now convinced this is his future.   scheme he wants to introduce                                      • Marketing support material to promote your organisation
        John trained in solar when          renewables to his portfolio. He                                   • £200 off and free commissioning on your first
     three new-builds specified solar       believes that major opportunities                                   heat pump purchase
     thermal but then a fourth new-         are about to emerge in Scotland,
     build requested an integrated          and has been researching the
     system to include a ground source      market for a number of years.
     heat pump (GSHP) and underfloor            Ronnie decided to attend the
     heating (UFH). John turned this        NICEIC approved solar course
     down as he had not previously          at Nu-Heat’s training centre in
     installed either, but the customer     Devon despite it being almost the
     was persistent and John decided        furthest he could get from his base
     to take the work – as long as he       in Glasgow as he felt the course
     could train to make sure he got        offered the combination he was
     the installation right.                looking for.
        Devon-based Nu-Heat                     A number of Nu-Heat
     Underfloor & Renewables had            employees were also taking the
     already provided the plans for the     course and Ronnie thought this
     project and when John discovered       made a tremendous difference
     that the company had a bespoke         as the questions from people
     training centre, he undertook          working on the design and supply
     a two-week series of courses in        complemented those from
     heat pumps, solar thermal and          installers.
     underfloor heating.                        All trainees receive learning                         Make the switch today and grab
        Before attending the training       material issued two weeks                                 your share of this lucrative market
     centre John felt a little anxious      prior to the course, and the first
     about the heat pump technology         day consists of an interactive                            01489 773336
     in particular but he says he now       PowerPoint presentation that                    
     has the confidence needed for the      looks in greater depth at this                            Email:
     installation. With the likelihood      information, and allows for open
     of at least two years’ guaranteed      discussion. If any questions can’t
     work installing energy efficient       be answered immediately, the
     systems for the same client, John      trainer finds out through the
     believes that his investment in        internet or by contacting the
     time and money is worthwhile.          technical team.
        While John trained reactively           The second day is a practical
     due to client pressure, Glaswegian     exam day, described here by
                                                                                        Continued ►
32                        PLUMBHEAT    RENEWABLES

     Ronnie. ‘Firstly there was a             records. Finally we completed a
     multiple choice exam paper               schedule for annual servicing of
     with 45 questions and 90                 the solar thermal installation.’
     minutes to answer them, then a              The third day is dedicated to
     practical assessment workbook            Health and Safety and covers
     to complete with twenty                  Working at Heights, Manual
     scenarios each answered by               Handling and Control of
     a written paragraph. We used             Substances Hazardous to Health
     the workbook to run through a            (COSSH).
     pre-work survey to establish the            At the end of the course,
     suitability of a property for a solar    Ronnie felt that he had made
     installation and then we had a           a wise decision in his choice
     list of component descriptions to        of course.’ The information
     match up to a list of components         was put across really well and
     used in a system.                        professionally. There was also an
        Moving on to the training             easy atmosphere and I was made
     rigs, we had first to fill and flush     to feel very welcome.’
     a system to expel all the air and           As his apprentices reach
     introduce the Glycol heat transfer       their third year, Ronnie aims to
     fluid and identify the major             introduce them to renewable
     components of the system. On             technology as he believes this
     a second rig we identified and           will be key to their future in
     corrected faults with an operating       the industry. He will be making
     system. After the practical              the trip to Devon again to take
     sessions we returned to the              the three day heat pumps
     workbook to fill in commissioning        course. ‘Geography,’ he says, ‘is
     details for customer installation        immaterial.’ ●
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                                              the challenges of
                                              climate change and
     a simple                                 energy security.
                                              Ferroli UK Limited, part of The Ferroli Group

       way to
                                              has over 30 years experience in the UK heating
                                              market. We are committed to a low-carbon
                                              future and are continually working to bring

      save on
                                              about positive improvements to the environment
                                              by generating clean and secure forms of
                                              heat and power from renewable sources.

                                              We have a wide portfolio of low-carbon
                                              energy technologies and our reputation for
                                              quality and delivery continues to impress.

         costs                                Our products and systems provide an
                                              alternative, low cost solution for space
                                              heating and hot water requirements, suitable
                                              for domestic and commercial premises.
                                              Using the sun: Solar power is fast becoming an
   Air Source Heat Pumps                      essential component of the long-term solution
  and Solar Panel Systems                     to energy needs and the potential of this
         • Cutting-edge proven technology
                                              emerging market is huge. As solar technologies
                                              get cheaper and conventional energy prices
                • Environmentally friendly
                                              rise, it is an increasingly economic choice.
              • Sustainable power source
                  • Lower carbon footprint
                                              Ferroli’s Solar hot water heating systems
                                              are reliable, cost-effective, efficient and
                    • Lower running costs
                                              environmentally friendly. We have a variety of

                                                                                                    Let us protect our
         • Bigger savings for the customer
                                              solar water heating systems available. The
              • Leading UK and European       fundamental principle is the same and the
                                              systems differ only in the exact design of the
                                              thermal panel that is used to collect the heat.
                                              Our experts can advise on the best type of
                                                                                                    future in renewables
                                              panel to suit both the property and the pocket.
                                              We also have an impressive track record of using      As discussed at the              introduction to the market       the increased sales of heat     we are trying to avoid the
                                                                                                    recent SNIPEF AGM,               also covering principles of      pumps.                          pitfalls seen in the gas boiler
                                              our air source heat pumps to create opportunities     Stewart Curtis from              design and application. The                                      market, where the margins
                                              for our customers to reduce both costs and            Thermsaver outlined how          level 2 course, at a cost of     Here is where we protect        have been seriously eroded
                                              carbon emissions. Because Ferroli’s Heat pumps        the domestic heat pump           £129 over 2 days, is more        our future!                     for anybody in the supply
                                              are easy to install and require little maintenance,   market is projected to           advanced, covering further         Our philosophy is different   and installation chain. The
                                                                                                    grow substantially over the      design criteria, installation,   to the boiler manufacturers     other benefit of our partner
                                              they provide a real alternative to traditional        next few years, particularly     commissioning, testing,          now supplying heat pumps        installers will be access
                                              fossil fuel burning heating systems and they are      in Scotland where the            servicing and fault finding.     through the merchant            to Thermsaver expertise

            559 on sales,
call 0871 information2931
                                              being used very successfully around the UK.
                                              Our highly skilled team of design technicians
                                              and specialist support staff have considerable
                                                                                                    awareness is already further
                                                                                                    ahead of the rest of the UK.
                                                                                                      Thermsaver, in
                                                                                                                                       From this level 2 course,
                                                                                                                                     Thermsaver are looking to
                                                                                                                                     extend their partner network
                                                                                                                                                                      network to any customer
                                                                                                                                                                      over a trade counter. We
                                                                                                                                                                      will only give access to
                                                                                                                                                                                                      in Underfloor Heating and
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Heat Recovery Ventilation
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Systems including full design
                                                                                                    conjunction with DeLonghi,       throughout Scotland, to          DeLonghi heat pumps to          drawings with heat pumps if
    technical, training and installation      experience in sustainable energy technologies,        have developed a purpose         benefit from the DeLonghi        qualified installers who        required.
                                              and are available to assist you with advice           built training facility in       brand advertising and            have completed our level
             Ferroli UK Ltd, Lichfield Road                                                          Bellshill, Central Scotland,     increased market interest        2 training course. We           For further information,
                 Branston Industrial Estate
                                              and information about our products.                   providing regular courses        in renewables. We still          believe that the DeLonghi       please contact our Business
             Burton-Upon-Trent, DE14 3HD      Get in touch with one of our experts                  covering all aspects of          require partner support in       product and the Thermsaver      Development Manager,
             e:                                                                 ground and air source heat       various locations throughout     reputation requires a           Alan Hall on 01698 300100 or
                                              today to discuss how Ferroli will work                pumps. The level 1 course,       Scotland and for trained         different approach to this      email us through our website
                   for you. Call 0871 559 2931 or visit                  which is free of charge, is an   installers to capitalise on      relatively new market and       at
                                              our website
                                                                                                    We look forward to welcoming you to our training centre
36                       PLUMBHEAT    COPPER-V-PLASTIC                                                                                                                  ADVERTORIAL

                                                                                                                                                                Solar thermal systems - the case for copper
                                                                                                                                                                UK homeowners are increasingly thinking of alternative, renewable energy
                                                                                                                                                                sources to provide them with hot water and space heating. Solar thermal
                                                                                                                                                                systems have become a very popular option in recent years and professional
                                                                                                                                                                plumbers have not been slow in equipping themselves with the knowledge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        One final reason why copper is ideal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        for use in the ‘green’ solar thermal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        installation – its recyclability. Copper
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        is 100% recyclable. At the end of the

                                                                                                                                                                to install these systems.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        working life of the installation, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        copper tube and fittings can be sent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        for recycling; no copper need go to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        landfill. Recycling copper saves on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        resources and it takes less energy to
     COPPER tube and fittings can be used with            of heat with no problems, side effects or         CONSERVING OUR RESOURCES                                                                                                                    manufacture copper products from
     total confidence in every part of domestic,          long-term degradation. Copper maintains           Sustainability of materials is something that                                                                                               recycled material than from the
     commercial and industrial pipework services,         acceptable properties between –196oC and          impacts all parts of the construction sector                                                                                                mined ore.
     including gas, hot water, cold water and central     205oC.                                            and is an increasingly important concern in
     heating. It’s strong, it can be easily formed into      Copper has a low coefficient of linear         modern buildings. Copper is 100% recyclable,                                                                                                A substantial amount of the copper
     bends and systems can be assembled both              expansion compared to other pipework              with no loss in properties. Recycling uses 15%                                                                                              that is used to manufacture tubes is
     on- and off-site. You can solve just about any       materials. Certain plastics materials expand by   of the energy that would be used to mine                                                                                                    recycled metal.
     problem with copper and rely on the result.          10 – 15 times more than copper.                   and produce the same copper. In the UK the
                                                             Copper is the most commonly used               copper tube manufacturers use on average
     COPPER IS THE IDEAL MATERIAL FOR:                    pipework material that offers impermeability,     more than 50% recycled materials in their
     •	 Domestic hot and cold water supplies              no gases can get through the copper tube          tubes.
     •	 Sanitary waste water drainage                     wall.
     •	 Chilled water systems                                Copper tube offers excellent flow rate         PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
     •	 Wet central heating systems                       benefits. For a given tube OD, you can have       AND PROVEN PERFORMANCE                              Flat-plate collector.                                   Image provided by VELUX/ESTIF
     •	 Gas services                                      thinner walls and a larger bore size with         Whenever quality counts, choose copper
     •	 Solar thermal systems                             copper compared to other non-metallic             systems and trained professionals to design         “Solar thermal installations are a
     •	 Oil services                                      materials.                                        and install them. If reliability is your main       great business opportunity for the
                                                                                                                                                                professional plumber”, says Jack
     •	 Fire sprinkler systems                               Copper’s neat and attractive appearance        consideration, the best solution is copper,
                                                                                                                                                                Wallace, Chairman of the UK Copper
                                                          cannot be surpassed by any other pipework         with its proven track record, backed by the
                                                                                                                                                                Board. “Copper is already thought of
         Copper tube is available in a wide range         material, an important factor as surface          professional skills of a trained installer.
                                                                                                                                                                as the first choice plumbing and
     of sizes, from 6mm up to 219mm, and                  mounted pipework is common in many                   Copper pipework services have been in            heating system material, now it
     is manufactured in accordance with the               buildings.                                        widespread use for years – the result: worry-       proves itself number one for green
     European Standard EN 1057. It is produced in            The rigidity of copper means that it can       free, trouble-free installations. With over four    energy systems”.                                                                        The choice is copper
     a number of tempers, including soft, half-hard       be installed vertically or horizontally without   million miles of copper installed in the past one                                             Jointing using a flame-free copper            House builders and homeowners alike
     and hard. Copper tube is also available with         sagging and with the minimum use of clips.        hundred years in the UK, copper has proven          The case for copper                       press fitting                                 are being encouraged to think about
     a factory applied plastic covering and with a        Copper systems are self-supporting and are        performance and a pedigree unsurpassed by           Copper tube for solar thermal systems                                                   renewable energy sources and solar
     chrome plating for decorative applications.          easily capable of supporting pumps, valves        any other pipework material.                        uses the usual ‘plumbing’ tube to EN      Versatility                                   thermal systems are proving to be an
         Copper and copper alloy fittings are             and central heating components.                      With so many positive attributes, copper         1057, as it is well capable of handling   Copper is the ideal material for              attractive option. Copper is the first
                                                                                                                                                                water and other fluids, such as those     domestic solar thermal installations.         choice for domestic plumbing and
     available in a similar size range and in a              Copper systems are strong and durable –        will play a key role in the development of
                                                                                                                                                                found in solar thermal systems, at        Copper is also suitable for hot and           heating systems; now its properties
     number of configurations. Fittings for use in        the tensile strength of annealed copper tube      sustainable buildings and one of its main
                                                                                                                                                                high temperatures.                        cold water services, central heating          can be put to great use in solar
     pipework services are manufactured to the            is at least 220N/mm2 and more than 300N/          applications will continue to be in plumbing                                                                                                thermal installations. The recyclability
     European Standard EN 1254 and include                mm2 for hard drawn tubes.                         and heating systems. ●                                                                        pipework, in fact all your domestic
                                                                                                                                                                Solar thermal systems can reach high      pipework needs. Copper’s versatility          of copper, and its well established
     capillary, end feed and integral solder ring,                                                                                                                                                                                                      recycling industry, mean that it is an
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     braze fittings and compression fittings.                                                                                                                                                                                                           ideal pipework material for those
                                                                                                                                                                and so the jointing technique must be     plumbing material on your van, for use
         In recent years copper push-fit and press
                                                                                                                                                                very carefully considered. At such high   in all your domestic pipework jobs.           seeking to help reduce mankind’s
     fittings have been introduced, giving installers                                                                                                           temperatures it is inadvisable to                                                       impact on the planet.
     more jointing options, providing a flame-                                                                                                                  solder but brazing is an acceptable       Compatibility
     free solution to meet modern construction                                                                                                                  alternative.                              Copper tube and fittings are
     techniques.                                                                                                                                                                                          manufactured to standard sizes, so
         Wherever you source your tube and fittings                                                                                                             If installations are being made in roof   you know that tubes and fittings from
     you can be sure that individual components of                                                                                                              spaces where it is undesirable to have    different manufacturers are
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     those of other manufacturers.                                                                                                                              press fittings available, specifically    together to complete quality copper
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40                      PLUMBHEAT   OIL FIRED BOILERS

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   YOU WON’T NEED AN
                                                                                                                                                                MORE POwER yET                                                                                      ARMY OF HEATING
       BIGGER, BETTER                                                                                                                                           STILL AFFORDABLE!                                                                                  ENGINEERS TO FIT AN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        activair ASHP!

       & InCREDIBLy 
                                                                                                                                                                THE latest addition to                                        efficiently at lower average
                                                                                                                                                                Trianco’s range of cost-                                      temperatures between 35OC                 RELIABLE
                                                                                                                                                                effective Activair air source                                 - 40OC.                              RENEWABLE ENERGY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AT AN AFFORDABLE
                                                                                                                                                                heat pumps packs 18kW                                             Weighing just 150kg, it is
                                                                                                                                                                of power through a single-                                    quick and simple to install.

       EnERgy EffICIEnT
                                                                                                                                                                phase electricity connection,                                 “Heating engineers regard the
                                                                                                                                                                enabling even more                                            Activair as a straightforward
                                                                                                                                                                households to benefit from                                    ‘fit and forget’ job that then
                                                                                                                                                                greater energy savings. The                                   only needs minimum annual
                                                                                                                                                                compact, easy-to-fit new                                      maintenance to support it,”
                                                                                                                                                                18kW (maximum output) is                                      says Shillito.
     New A-rated condensing oil-fired Rayburn Heatranger 680KCD                                                                                                 the same size as the Activair                                     Demand from engineers
                                                                                                                                                                12kW version and is available                                 for Trianco’s Activair training
                                                                                                                                                                from £2,750.                                                  courses, which cost just £50,
     RAYBURN has launched a              homeowners a range cooker             with bio-oil, currently being        there’s no need to disconnect                  18kW at 20OC ambient air                                   remains strong, confirming
     ground-breaking new oil-fired       which produces wonderful              trialled across the UK.              them from the oil line. The                 temperature is delivered                                      the growing popularity
     central heating range cooker        tasting food, control over their                                           burners use standard industry               through 50% more coils and                                    of air source heat pump
     with an exceptionally energy        fuel bills and plenty of hot water.   SIMPLE INSTALLATION AND              spares which mean parts are                 a larger heat exchanger.                                      technology, especially from
     efficient A-rated condensing                                              SERVICING                            readily available. If one burner            It easily meets a family’s                                    households seeking to reduce
     boiler – the only one of its kind   HEATING AND HOT WATER                    Backed by the HHIC (Heating       should fail, the operation of the           combined heating and hot                                      their energy bills during the
     on the market in the UK.            PERFORMANCE                           and Hot Water Industry Council)      other burner will be unaffected.            water needs in average                                        economic downturn and
        With efficiencies of over            The Heatranger 680KCD has         Benchmark scheme, the                For diagnostics,                            households running up to 10                                   uncertain over future fossil
     92% and a central heating and       two independent burners – one         Rayburn Heatranger 680KCD               there is a full fault code               radiators.                                                    fuel prices and availability.
     hot water output of 24kW, the       for heating and hot water, the        has been manufactured with the       analysis function, alerting the                Stuart Shillito, Trianco’s                                 Trianco’s Activair is also                                                                             SMARTER
     Rayburn Heatranger 680KCD is        other for cooking. To encourage       installer and service engineer in    engineer to the problem quickly.            technical director, says: “With                               backed by its ever-growing                                                                       ENERGYFROM TRIANCO

     the perfect choice for energy       fuel efficiency and energy saving,    mind. The appliance has been         The hotplate and the top plate              its single-phase connection,                                  approved engineer database
     conscious households who are        the Heatranger 680KCD has an          designed to fit the standard 1       can be removed easily as they               the new Activair S1800S                                       which now has well over 100       Unlike many renewable heating products which require a
     not able to access mains natural    Eco mode for the boiler to ensure     metre gap for range cookers          don’t form a structural part                opens the door for even                                       engineers listed.                 highly skilled team of people to install, you’ll find that one
     gas.                                it runs at its optimum efficiency     and does not require a plinth.       of the appliance. To ensure                 more users and even larger                                        Trianco estimates that a      good heating engineer is all it can take to fit an Activair
        Designed, engineered             of over 92%.                          Some of the heavier cast-iron        the appliance is running at                 properties to source energy                                   low-maintenance air source        Air Source Heat Pump!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When it comes to
     and made by AGA, at its                 The Heatranger 680KCD is also     parts can be removed to make         maximum efficiency, the                     for heating and hot water                                     heat pump can be 50%                                                                    harnessing energy,
     world-renowned foundry in           ideal for linking up with a wide      transportation easier.               combustion chamber insulation               from a renewable source.                                      cheaper to install than a                                                               look no further
     Coalbrookdale, the metre-wide       range of renewable technologies          Thanks to its unique              can be replaced easily from the             For such a large output, the                                  solar source. An independent                                                            than the affordable
     Rayburn Heatranger 680KCD is        which may include an Aga wood         construction, the Rayburn            top of the cooker eliminating               S1800S has exceptionally                                      assessment by National                                                                  renewable from
     a perfect choice for any kitchen    burning stove, solar thermal,         680KCD is easy to maintain and       the need for a major strip down.            low noise levels. In addition,                                Energy Action calculates                                                                Trianco.
     – from a country cottage to a       and heat pumps. In the future,        service. The two independent         Baffles are located to enable easy          its visible dials provide easy                                that air source heat pumps
     larger house. Its size belies its   an engineer will be able to easily    Ecoflam burners simply slide out     access from the front without               monitoring of the system’s                                    operate at efficiencies
     excellent efficiency and it gives   convert the burners to be used        of the appliance for servicing and   having to lift the hot plate.               performance.                                                  between 270% and 370%.                                                                            ENERGY
                                                                                                                                                                   The Activair S1800S                                                                                                                                          SAVING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            EFFICIENCY FOR
                                                                                                                                                                is ideally suited to the                                      For further information, please                                                                ALL SEASONS
                                                                                                                                                                expanding underfloor heating                                  call 0114 257 2300 or visit
                                                                                                                                                                market as it operates very                           ●

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The name gives it away - it’s a revolutionary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 way of extracting thermal energy from the air             An affordable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        alternative to other
                                                                                                                                                                                            OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW                                    around us and upgrading it to a higher, more

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 useful temperature for use inside the home.
                                                                                                                                                                          An Ariston CLAS HE high efficiency system boiler and a                                                                                        FROM JUST
        To advertise your product or service                                                                                                                            Classico unvented cylinder have been installed in a luxury
                                                                                                                                                                        apartment located in a prestigious area of Brighton.
                                                                                                                                                                          Having purchased Ariston products previously and been very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The system is easy to install, offers exceptional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 fuel savings and significantly reduces the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 emission of harmful greenhouse gases. As
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          S300 3kW £695
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          S500 5kW £795
                                                                                                                                                          ENQUIRY NO:

                                                                                                                                                                        satisfied with their ease of installation and performance, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ever, Trianco are breaking new ground in               S1200 12kW £1895
                                                                                                                                                                        new owner decided to use an A rated CLAS HE 18 fan flued
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        S1800 12kW £2750
                                                                                                                                                                        system boiler. This was installed in combination with a floor-                           domestic heating technology.
                                                                                                                                                                        standing Classico 125 litre glass lined, steel unvented cylinder,
                                                                                                                                                                        incorporating an immersion heater running on an ‘off peak’
                                                                                                                                                                        supply for the provision of the domestic hot water in the summer
                                                                                                                                                                        months.                                                                                 Trianco Heating Products Limited
                                                                                                                                                                          In developing the CLAS HE range, Ariston consulted widely with

        Call us on 0161 236 2782
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thorncliffe, Chapeltown,   Fax: 0114 257 1419 Email:
                                                                                                                                                                        installers to ensure that their preferences were accommodated.                          Sheffield S35 2PH.
                                                                                                                                                                        Simplicity of installation is a design feature and nearly all sizes
                                                                                                                                                                        are ‘one-man’ lift.
                                                                                                                                                                          Ariston Thermo UK Ltd , Group website: http://www.
                                                                                                                                                              , Website:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tel: 0114 257 2300
               Company Profile - Firebird

                                                                                                                                                                   CNC punching centre                                                   Robotic welding

Firebird celebrates 30 years                                                                                                  the increasing number of
                                                                                                                              heating installers using the
                                                                                                                              Firebird brand. This was
                                                                                                                              furthered with the launch
                                                                                                                                                                 “Firebird continues
                                                                                                                                                                     to grow with the
                                                                                                                                                                                             and focus, on customer
                                                                                                                                                                                             service which includes
                                                                                                                                                                                             training facilities as well
                                                                                                                                                                                             as our technical field sales
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            over the years. Our
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            products have improved,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            not just by listening to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            our installer colleagues
Formed 30 years ago, in 1980, Firebird has now grown to be                                                                    of the Firebird Olympic                development of          team, technical services,      but by taking action too.
                                                                                                                              boiler which proved highly                                     customer service and           We believe this outlook
                                                                                                                                                                new high efficiency
a leading specialist manufacturer of oil fired boilers.                                                                        popular and by the end of                                      spares functions. We           will be the foundation for
                                                                                                                              the 90’s, Firebird employed        oil boilers and new         owe a lot to our installer     further growth as heating
                                                                                                                              over 100 people. The family                                    customers who have             installers continue to learn
The company’s history             “With no gas boilers           The first prototype oil     first mass-produced oil          car had gone up in cost to        heating technology,          helped us considerably         more about the features
is one of progressive                                         boiler was conceived           fired ‘Popular’ boilers          around £10,000 and the oil                                     with a number of               and benefits of the Firebird
growth based on                     in our ranges, we         in the garage of Gerry         in 1985 and by the end           boiler now cost somewhere         including solar and          suggestions and ideas          brand” Brian concludes.
following sound business                                      O’Donovan, one of the          of the 80’s had grown            in the region of £1,200.
principles, developing            can concentrate on          company’s founders. The        dramatically to employ              The noughties saw the
and introducing products                                      first oil boiler produced      around 45 people and             arrival of the condensing                                       Adrian Thompson               the North has now been
to response to changing
                                         the oil sector       was installed in a public      moved to larger premises         boiler and the development     boilers.                         Firebird has recently         reduced to allow him to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            concentrate on developing
market conditions. The                  without being         house in West Cork in the      on its current site in 1983.     of the Firebird Enviromax        Today Firebird continues
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            markets for Firebird in
company ethos over its                                        early 80’s and the business    Typically, an oil fired boiler   oil condensing boiler which    to grow and now employs
30 years has been one                distracted by the        quickly outgrew Gerry’s        would have cost around           introduced unique and          150 people with a                                              Scotland.
of customer service and                                       garage, moving to a former     £900 towards the end of          advanced technology. The       production capacity of                                           Adrian has been in
support, ongoing product             need to prioritise       creamery near Cork.            the decade. A litre of petrol    Enviromax Combi was the        60,000. Whilst petrol                                          the oil industry for over
development, modern and                                       Although central heating       at the time cost around          first SEDBUK A band combi      prices have increased                                          15-years from a senior
efficient manufacturing
                                      the much larger         was well established in the    40p!! and a family car           and was the basis of further   dramatically to around                                         service engineer with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Scottish Fuels to his
technology, quality                        gas sector”        UK in general, a natural       around £4,000.                   expansion of the product       £1.25 a litre and that family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            latest role as Area Sales
products and competitive                                      gas network was not               The company introduced        range, which is now the        car now retails at around
pricing.                        General Manager Brian         widely vailable in Ireland     automated punching               widest oil boiler range        £17,000, the condensing                                        Manager for Firebird.
  Firebird can now claim        O’Sullivan “Being focused     until the late 1970’s and      machine centres in               amongst the main brands        oil fired boiler has actually                                  His background is in
to be the largest supplier      on oil boilers allows us to   was focused on the larger      the early 90’s and has           in the UK market.              only increased slightly in                                     mechanical engineering
of oil boilers in Ireland and   respond rapidly to changes    cities and towns. Solid fuel   consistently added new              As heating system           cost to around £1,300.                                         and he is a qualified
one of the main oil boiler      in the industry and to        and oil fired boilers were     production technology            design and products have         “Firebird continues to                                       OFTEC technician
brands in the UK.               develop product solutions.”   therefore the main fuel        to ensure consistent             continued to change,           grow with the development                                        Adrian can be contacted
  “With no gas boilers             Firebird’s beginnings      source for central heating     high quality remains a           Firebird has continued         of new high efficiency oil       realigned its sales areas     on mobile 07894 534214
in our ranges, we can           were in the manufacture       in Ireland with a large        company priority, gaining        to develop new products        boilers and new heating          throughout the country        or via the office on
concentrate on the oil          of solid fuel back boilers    percentage of Irish homes      ISO9000 Quality Assurance        which now include new          technology, including solar      to add Scotland as a key      01752 691177
sector without being            and the company quickly       without any form of central    accreditation in 1994.           oil boilers such as the        and biomass” adds Brian          area. Adrian has been           Customers in Northern
distracted by the need to       became the leading            heating until well into the       As UK sales grew, an          Enviromax Slimline Combi       “We are investing heavily        with Firebird for around      Ireland can contact
prioritise the much larger      supplier to the domestic      1980’s.                        office was established in        as well as Envirosol Solar     in R&D and production.           5-years covering the North    Firebird’s office in Forkhill,
gas sector” says Firebird       Irish market.                    Firebird introduced its     Ivybridge, Devon to support      Systems and Biomass            We also pride ourselves,         of England and his area in    Newry on 028 3088 8330.
44                      PLUMBHEAT OIL FIRED BOILERS

                                                                                                                                                            A perfect combination of
     MORE FROM                                                                                                                                                 Heating and Eating
     FIREBIRD                                                                                                                                                 The NEW Rayburn Heatranger 600
                                                                                                                                                              All-in-one Central Heating range cooker
     FIREBIRD, the UK’s fastest growing oil boiler    allows for multidirectional fluing which gives     the use of a thermistor rather than a flow
     brand, has introduced a new Slimline Combi       the installer every possible retrofit option. It   switch to sense when a hot tap is turned on.
                                                                                                                                                              • Boiler outputs: 17kW to 24kW   • Standard industry spares        Why not become a
     to their premier Enviromax range.                also comes with a seven pin plug to make the          The flue can be situated on the left or           • Powers up to 20 radiators      • Fits in standard 1 metre gap    Rayburn Guild Member
        At just 520mm wide, the Enviromax             task of wiring to mains power and heating          right hand side of the boiler for increased
     Slimline Combi is a high efficiency SEDBUK       controls as simple as possible.                    versatility, lending itself to easy replacement      • Two independent burners        • No plinth needed                and benefit from a
     A rated boiler which is ideally suited as
     a replacement for an existing standard              The Enviromax Slimline Combi uses
                                                                                                         and a neat kitchen installation.
                                                                                                            “Our new Enviromax Slimline Combi has
                                                                                                                                                              • Over 85% efficiency            • Benchmark scheme approved       fantastic CASH
     efficiency combi. It has a slender storage       Firebird’s unique, integrated heat exchanger       been designed to provide high efficiency             • Renewables link package        • Separate controls for           Incentive, Training &
     tank which delivers excellent hot water          design where the condensing heat                   in a compact format which is ideal for the
     performance with the minimum of energy           exchanger is incorporated into the base            replacement of older types which are no              • 24/7 timer                       heating and cooking             Business Support?
     losses and a fast recovery rate. Even the hot    of the main boiler body. This ensures that         longer able to operate at the same level of                                           • Largest rectangular cast iron
                                                                                                                                                              • Future proofed for bio-oils
     water pipes inside the boiler are insulated to   the slightly acidic condensate is kept away        efficiency as their modern counterparts”
                                                                                                                                                                                                 hot plate on the market         CALL US TODAY
     ensure every last watt of energy is saved. The   from the main body shell, eliminating any
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 01952 642062
                                                                                                         says Firebird National Sales Manager Barry
                                                                                                                                                              • Easy to maintain and service
     slimmer tank design and pipe insulation are      possibility of corrosion, and also avoids the      Brynildsen “Our commitment to ensuring our
     designed to achieve a high efficiency rating     need for a replaceable seal between the main       products are at the forefront of technological
     when the new European Efficiency Directive       heat exchanger and the condenser.                  development has been a keen factor in our
     comes into force for oil fired combi boilers.       The new combi uses twin pumps for the           growth over the years. We expect to continue
        As with all Firebird boilers, installer       central heating and domestic hot water             to increase our market share based on the
     friendliness is at the heart of the design.      giving excellent reliability and reduced           quality and performance of existing products
     Components on the Slimline Combi have            wear and tear, this eliminates the need for        together with new products such as the
     been arranged to make routine service work       a bespoke diverter valve within the boiler         Slimline Combi and the recently launched
     as easy as possible and the Slimline Combi       casing, and the integrated P.C.B has enabled       silver contract range.” ●

     HOT on the heels of the introduction of          models in the range which includes utility,           Maintenance is also made simpler with
     their Enviromax Slimline Combi, Firebird         sealed system, outdoor and boiler house            four-baffle heat exchanger combs for
     have launched a new boiler range with a          versions. All are available in 20, 26 and 35kW     speedier access and cleaning and with front
     significant difference. The ‘Silver’ range, as   output ratings and use Firebird’s unique           access to all main serviceable components.
     its name suggests, comes with a silver finish    integrated heat exchanger design where the            The addition of Silver to complement the
     which complements the highly popular             condensing stainless steel heat exchanger is       Enviromax range offers merchants, specifiers,
     stainless steel look for kitchen domestic        incorporated into the base of the main boiler      housebuilders and installers additional
     appliances.                                      heat exchanger. This ensures that the slightly     price options to meet the needs of all their
        The new Silver range has been developed       acidic condensate is kept away from the            customers. It also means that Firebird offer
     as a premium product for the new build           main boiler shell, eliminating any possibility     the largest range of oil condensing boilers
     and Refurb contract markets and offers           of corrosion, and also avoids the need for         currently available on the UK market.
     quality features based on Firebird’s proven      a replaceable seal between the main heat              Silver boilers are available from leading
     technology in condensing boiler design with      exchanger and the condenser.                       heating and plumbing merchants nationwide
     its highly respected Enviromax range.               Firebird have also paid particular attention    and for installers wishing to familiarise
        Silver offers high efficiency condensing      to simple replacement of existing oil boilers      themselves with the features and benefits
     performance well up the SEDBUK A band            by locating the flow connection at the top of      of Firebird Silver boilers, training courses are
     with efficiencies over 92% and at a highly       the boiler and return at the bottom for easy       available at the company’s Ivybridge head          WAR M HOM E . HOT BATHS . GOOD FO OD
     competitive price point. There are 12            connection to existing pipework.                   office or the Kingsbury Training Centre. ●

     innovations edit

                 Thermal   Salus   Ariston

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     Francis Pegler                                                                                                         New contemporary tap range from Bristan
     The latest addition to Francis Pegler brassware            a finishing touch that is cast into the design
     range, the Strata, part of the Chic Collection is          of the lever and provides for precise control of            Combining contemporary looks with easy                 feature an easy to operate, sculpted
     described as a ‘must have’, a design at the cutting        temperature and flow.                                       installation and a five year guarantee,                lever handle. The basin mixers and bidet
     edge of style. Strata’s tubular and cylindrical                                                                        Bristan’s new Nero range of taps, basin                mixer also come with flexi tails for easy
     style, with flat spout, is fresh and modern with a         For further information about any of Pegler                 mixers and bath shower mixers, is the ideal            installation.
     contemporary feel. One of its unique elements              Yorkshire’s products call 0844 243 4400,                    choice for modern bathrooms.
     is the textured finger grip that is featured on            email                                                                              For more information visit
     all models in the range. The grip demonstrates             or visit                          All products are finished in chrome and                or call 0844 701 6273

     HydroTap                                                                                                               Carron Phoenix’s new Inca tap opens up the filtration market
                                                                                                                            Carron Phoenix’s new competitively priced              cold water handle operates in two directions
     A first of its kind appliance in the UK, the             Available in a variety of models to suit different            Inca filter tap is designed to offer cost-effective    – forwards for normal mains cold water and
     HydroTap delivers instant boiling and instant            consumption levels, the HydroTap is the                       filtration at around half the price of many of         backwards for pure filtered water. Available in
     chilled filtered water at the touch of its stylish       ultimate built-in kitchen appliance.                          the filtration taps on the market today.               chrome and fashionable brushed nickel. Inca
     tap, offering maximum convenience for food                                                                                                                                    is extremely easy to install with the filter only
     and drink preparation.                                   For further information,                                      Conventional in appearance so as to suit a             taking up a small amount of space.
                                                              please call 0845 602 4533 or                                  host of kitchen styles, Inca is designed to look                                                                 The new competitively
                                                              email                                 like a normal tap with just two handles. The 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             priced Inca filtration tap
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             from Carron Phoenix.

     Deva launches designer brassware range Ophir                                                                           Geberit
     To meet the demand for the combination of strong          shower mixer complete with shower kit and a bath             Geberit’s electronic wall-mounted             with a reliable stop-start control
     angular minimalist lines and softer voluptuous curves,    filler. The two mono models feature tilt and turn            HyTronic tap features the very latest         of the water flow determined by
     Deva is launching the Ophir brassware range as part       temperature and flow control, while the shower               infra-red technology enabling water           the presence of hands under the
     of a series of new products set to join the company’s     mixer and bath filler use quarter turn ceramic disc          flow to be activated by movement              tap to ensure wastage is kept to a
     Designer Brassware Collection by Methven.                 technology with its rapid on/off flow action.                alone – no hands required. Ideal for          minimum.
                                                                                                                            the commercial environment where
     The Ophir range includes a tall and a standard sized      For stockists visit or                       hand hygiene is a top priority, the           Geberit – 0800 077 8365
     mono basin mixer with press top waste, a bath             call 0870 848 8400                                           tap also has water-saving benefits, 

     Black magic with Franke!                                                                                               Ideal Standard’s Active thermostatic bath mixer
                                                                                                                            Designed by Artefakt, Active offers a                 technology, the Top Fix system and a host
     The Rolux tap from Franke exudes                          lighting in the kitchen.
                                                                                                                            wide choice of innovative fittings that               of other features ensure that all Active
     contemporary style, emitting bright LED light
                                                                                                                            combine a distinctive design and high                 fittings provide consistent water pressure
     which adds atmosphere and a dramatic air to               The taps are already hugely popular and the
                                                                                                                            performance features to guarantee                     and are easy to install. The ‘Cool Body’
     any kitchen. A white light illuminates the water          body shape, along with the new variants, ensures
                                                                                                                            quality, comfort and ease of use. Sleek               technology on the Active thermostatic
     delivery creating a stunning visual effect. Even          that all kitchen designs are catered for.
                                                                                                                            straight lines are complemented                       bath mixer (see image) ensures the
     when the water is turned off, the appearance
                                                                                                                            by soft gentle contours to create a                   fitting remains safe to touch especially to
     is equally striking as the LED acts as ambient   
                                                                                                                            contemporary look. Multi-port cartridge               vulnerable users.

     Total co-ordination from Triton                                                                                        The 1810 Company – Novanta 4 Hole Design Tap
                                                                                                                            The 1810 Company have recently launched                 The handheld rinse spray has a pressure
     The UK’s showering market leader, Triton Showers,              thermostatic shower controls with an eye-catching       the Novanta, an eye-catching 4 hole design              reducer and a high resistance spring to draw
     has an impressive range of taps and accessories as             ‘pillar’ style single basin mixer, sleek single basin   with a rinse hand spray.                                the spray head back into its housing after use.
     part of its Unichrome mixer collection, to offer a total       mixers with or without pop up waste for high-
     bathroom package.                                              pressure systems, or equally impressive individual      Available in brushed steel or chrome finishes,          Customers can call The 1810 Company on
                                                                    basin and bath taps suitable for all systems.           the solid brass, swivel spout is fitted with            01978 660770 for details of their nearest
     For cutting edge design, the Unichrome Thames taps                                                                     a Neoperl Aerator for a water-saving, none              distributor.
     replicate the modern, concentric, dual and bar mixer           For more information visit      splash, even flow.                            

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                                                                                                                              AquAlisA RAises the BAR                                                                                               A SAFE BID FOR HI-TECH


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                COMFORT AT THE AUCTION HOUSE
                                                                                                                         Aqualisa has launched a brand new thermostatic
                                                                                                                       exposed shower and bath shower mixer range. Following                                                                     The installation of City Multi R2 air conditioning into a state-of-
                                                                                                                       in the footsteps of its hugely successful Midas 100 and 200                                                             the-art, purpose-built auction house in Dromore, Co. Tyrone is
                                                                                                                       ranges, the Midas 300 collection retains all the installer                                                              helping to provide a comfortable environment for international

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                                                                                                                       and user friendly features that have made its sibling                                                                   bidders from across the globe.
                                                                                                                       products so popular, but introduces a new, luxurious                                                                      The new system was installed by Air Cool Engineering (NI)
                                                                                                                       adjustable height showerhead and slider rail configuration                                                              Ltd of Limavady, which is a Business Solutions Provider for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Mitsubishi Electric. This allows Air Cool Engineering to offer a
                                                            “I just made my first sale of the day”
                                                                                                                       that comes complete with a contemporary pancake style
                                                                                                                       showerhead and a striking, smooth chrome hose.                                                                          five year warranty on the air conditioning installation.
                                                                                                                         Midas 300 offers a host of well thought out, considerate                                                                The two City Multi systems serve 24 indoor units via two
                                                                                                                       details. These include an extra long, contemporary                                                                      Mitsubishi Electric BC control boxes, which allow simultaneous
                                                                                                                       slider rail for a stylish, luxurious look, an audible ‘click’                                                           heating and cooling. Five Lossnay heat recovery ventilation
                                                                                                                       mechanism in the shower head spray selector that helps                                                                  systems have also been used to increase energy efficiency
                                                                                                                       the user to positively identify spray pattern preference and                                                            even further.
                                                                                                                       an innovative, discreet anti-twist hose connection – all of                                                               All this provides Euro Auctions with complete control over
                                                                                                                       which make for greater convenience and comfort.                                                                         energy use throughout the building, which was an important
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               aspect of the job.

                                                                                                                             FOUNDRY FINISH PVC RAINWATER                                                                                        LOW CARBON HEAT FOR ALL WITH


                                                                                                                               SYSTEM OFFERS A GENUINE                                                                                          NEW DIMPLEX LAB M HEAT PUMPS
                                                                                                                               ALTERNATIVE TO CAST IRON                                                                                          Dimplex is making low carbon heat available to all with the
                                                                                                                         A simulated cast iron finish PVC rainwater system that looks like                                                     launch of a new range of domestic air source heat pumps.
                                                                                                                       the real thing, keeps its finish no matter what the conditions, and                                                     The LAB M range provides efficient heating and hot water for

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                                                                                                                       is a breeze to install. That’s the deal installers get with the new                                                     the modern home, yet is competitively-priced and has been
                                                                                                                       Foundry Finish system from rainwater specialists Hunter Plastics.                                                       designed to keep installation costs low.
                                                                                                                       The new range is the most authentic-looking system on the                                                                 Since Dimplex became the first mainstream manufacturer
                                                                                                                       market – with profiles that are the close to the traditional shape,                                                     to launch air source heat pumps into the UK market in 2005,
                                                                                                                       a finish that will stand even the closest inspection, and a host of                                                     the technology has become increasingly popular for social
                                                                                                                       character design features that add to the system’s period charm.                                                        housing refurbishment programmes as well as with private
                                                                                                                         Perfect for the refurbishment of period and listed properties,                                                        domestic consumers.
                                                                                                                       Foundry Finish guttering will look equally at home on individual                                                          Available in a choice of 7, 9 and 11kW outputs, the LAB M range is designed to provide both heating
                                                                                                                       new properties and is sure to be popular with self-builders. Unlike                                                     and domestic hot water, operating at outside temperatures as low as minus 15 degrees Celsius.
                                                                                                                       real cast iron, Foundry Finish guttering is lightweight and virtually maintenance-free, and can be                        The units are ideal for installation in off-gas areas and come with a three-year warranty when
                                                                                                                       installed without specialist handling equipment and trained personnel. Because it will not rust or                      installed and commissioned by a Dimplex approved installer.
                                                                                                                       corrode, it requires no painting or on-going maintenance.                                                                 Dimplex Tel: 01489 773336 Fax: 01489 773061 email:
                                                                                                                         Tel: 020 8855 9851 • Web: • Email:                                or

                                                                                                                                                               LEARNING CURVE                                                                       EVERY LITTLE HELPS – DIMPLEX HEAT PUMP IN TESCO


                                                                                                                       Nearly seventy wall-hung WCs at a brand new school in central London have been fitted using the                                         PASSIVHAUS SUPERMARKET
                                                                                                                       new MultiKwik Sanitary System concealed bathroom frames and modular cisterns The frames have                              A Dimplex ground source heat pump is being used to
                                                                                                                       been used to install WCs and disabled facilities at King Solomon Academy is a brand new school for                      supply domestic hot water to the first supermarket built to
                                                                                                                       3 - 18 year olds on Lisson Street in Marylebone.                                                                        PassivHaus standards in the UK and Ireland, a Tesco store

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                                                                                                                         The Multikwik Sanitary System of concealed bathroom frames are particularly suited to these                           in Tramore, County Waterford.
                                                                                                                       large-scale projects because they                                                                                         The building’s hot water is provided by a heat pump system
                                                                                                                       have been designed specifically to be                                                                                   jointly designed by Dimplex and Dynamic Energy Solutions
                                                                                                                       simple to install and easy to manage                                                                                    and installed by County Kildare-based Geothermal Solar.
                                                                                                                       on site. Each module is supplied pre-                                                                                   The system takes an unusual approach to meeting the store’s requirements; it uses a Dimplex SI
                                                                                                                       assembled making it a doddle to install                                                                                 11 MEH ground source heat pump to draw heat directly from the water used in the building’s cooling
                                                                                                                       and everything needed to complete the                                                                                   system, efficiently recycling the ‘waste heat’ from the chiller cabinets on the shop floor.
                                                                                                                       installation of each frame is supplied in                                                                                 The Dimplex high temperature ground source heat pump can deliver flow temperatures of up to 70
                                                                                                                       the box, reducing the chances of hold                                                                                   degrees Celsius. At Tramore, where typical intake temperatures from the cooling system are around
                                                                                                                       ups and missing parts.                                                                                                  25 - 28 degrees Celsius, the heat pump easily produces flow temperatures of 60 - 65 degrees Celsius
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               – and a CoP of around 4.0 is typical under these quite unique conditions.
                                                                                                                       Tel: 020 8855 9851
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Dimplex Tel: 01489 773336 Fax: 01489 773061 email:
                                                                                                                       email:                                                                                       or

                                                                                                                                       NEW WEB SITE BRINGS MEMBER BENEFITS                                                                           DIMPLEX HEAT PUMPS ON THE SAP APPENDIX Q LIST


                                                                                                                        The new Multikwik web site is now up and running.                                                                         It’s now easier for those involved in specifying renewable heating to get extra benefit in SAP
                                                                                                                       And it is the easiest to navigate way to find the UK’s                                                                  from the high performance qualities of Dimplex heat pumps, with the launch of a new Appendix Q
                                                                                                                       most comprehensive and authoritative guide to traps,                                                                    scheme.
                                                                                                                       WC connectors, frame systems, compression waste                                                                           The new scheme allows the true performance capability

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                                                                                                                       and cisterns. Multikwik products have always been                                                                       of specific heat pump models to be incorporated into
                                                                                                                       the installers’ favourite, reliable brand, and this web                                                                 carbon emission calculations for new dwellings using an
                                                                                                                       site follows that principal - user-friendly, technically                                                                online database ( developed
                                                                                                                       dependable, and comprehensive.                                                                                          by the BRE which includes manufacturers’ product-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               specific performance details. These can be used in SAP
                                                                                                                        The new site - – contains                                                                            instead of the standard default CoP performance values,
                                                                                                                       all the in-depth technical details that the installer                                                                   allowing specifiers to benefit in their calculations from the
                                                                                                                       needs to select, buy, and install Multikwik products.                                                                   Dimplex heat pumps’ high levels of seasonal efficiency
                                                                                                                       From simple straight pan connectors and bottle traps to complete sanitary frame systems and flush                       and the resultant CO2 savings, making compliance with
                                                                                                                       valves, the Multikwik web site shows every product in full colour detail with technical information to                  Building Regulations Part L and the Code for Sustainable
                                                                                                                       back it up.                                                                                                             Homes easier to achieve.
                                                                                                                       Installers can find their nearest stockist by calling or calling                                        Dimplex Tel: 01489 773336 Fax: 01489 773061
                                                                                                                       020 8855 9851.                                                                                                          email: or

                                                                                                                                           RING THE CHANGES                                                                                                         DIMPLEX INVESTS IN GREEN GROWTH

                                                                                                                        As part of its commitment to offer total solutions for connecting pipes,                                                 In a major strategic investment, Dimplex is underlining
                                                                                                                       Conex offers Triflow Solder Ring fittings - a system with an integral                                                   its commitment to its presence in the UK renewables
                                                                                                                       solder ring solder designed to take the guesswork out of soldering.                                                     sector by expanding its UK sales and marketing team,
                                                                                                                       Triflow capillary fittings are ideal for all types of installation, including                                           as well as announcing a multi-million pound investment
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                                                                                                                       potable water systems since the soft solder is totally lead-free.                                                       in new R&D and manufacturing facilities for renewables
                                                                                                                        A strong leak-free joint is achieved through capillary action: when                                                    in Northern Ireland.
                                                                                                                       heat is applied, the integral layer of lead-free solder fills the gap                                                     The 16-strong team is headed by Chris Davis, business
                                                                                                                       between the tube and fitting to form a mechanically strong joint                                                        development director for renewables, and consists
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of dedicated sales managers, a renewables product

Now your customers can reach you... wherever you are
                                                                                                                       without the need for external solder.
                                                                                                                        All Triflow Solder Ring products from Conex are branded to indicate                                                    management team and a team of technical sales support
                                                                                                                       that they use only lead-free solder, complying with EN 29453 and                                                        engineers to offer wide-ranging support to developers,
                                                                                                                       ISO 9453 in the construction of the joint which is factory-applied to                                                   architects, installers, social housing providers, M&E consultants, local authority specifiers, and building
                                                                                                                       the solder groove. This means that they all meet the most stringent                                                     services engineers across the UK. Allen Griffiths takes responsibility nationally for commercial project
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               sales, while domestic sales are split between Laurence Allison (north) and Tim Parker (south), each with The e-0800 number for the Web!                                                                       conditions imposed by Water Regulations against the effect of
                                                                                                                       materials on water quality.                                                                                             a team of business development managers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 To support the significant growth Dimplex expects from the UK market over the next five years, the new supplies instant verbal communication to Web users and online communities.                            The company can be contacted on 0121 557 2831, by email at                                        manufacturing and R&D facilities will focus on heat pumps and solar thermal water heating, as well as
Users are not required to download any software, surrender personal information, or even use a phone.                  or via the web site                                                                                  new technology areas such as solar PV., tel: 01489 773336 can help increase Website traffic and stickiness, by enabling the Webpage to
become a handset and delivering integrated live voice chat. Sales enquiries +44 (0)161 288 4240

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                  Grundfos support new inquiry into fuel poverty                                                                              TRAINING CENTRE

                 A recent move by The Energy and Climate Select Committee to seek to open a                                                 INVESTMENT BRINGS
               new inquiry into fuel poverty has been welcomed by Grundfos Pumps.                                                             BENEFITS TO ALL
                 The definition of fuel poverty is when more than 10% of a household income is                                            Myson, the first name in heating technology,
               spent on heating the home and estimates suggest that 4.6 million householders                                            is investing £30,000 in the development of a

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               were in this position in England in 2009. This situation has been exacerbated by                                         new centre to offer free training to installers.
               rising energy prices and the recent cold snap.                                                                             Working with CES North East, Myson is
                 Grundfos take their responsibility as a major pump supplier very seriously and                                         setting up the centre at its head office in
               have been actively promoting their range of energy efficient circulators that                                            Gateshead.
               includes the ‘A’ rated ALPHA2 domestic circulator pump, for many years.                                                    Installers from across the UK will be given
               Fitting an efficient model in lieu of a standard D-rated pump can save                                                   hands-on instruction on fitting such products
               up to 75% energy over its fixed speed counterpart, as these intelligent                                                  as Myson Floortec Underfloor Heating and
               pumps adapt to their environment by only working as hard as is                                                           Myson’s range of convectors.
               necessary, to meet the demand.                                                                                             The training centre will also be set up to allow installers the opportunity to learn more about using the
                 It is currently estimated that 90% of the total domestic pump installed base are currently fitted                      products with sustainable technology, including air source heat pumps.
               with D rated (or worse) pumps which means only 10% are fitted with C or better. ‘A’ rated pumps                            Barry Lynch, group head of products at Myson, said: “We want the end users to receive a well-fitted
               currently only account for approximately 1% of the total installed base. This means that there are                       product, leading to customer satisfaction, which reflects well on the installer and, in turn, on Myson
               huge savings to be made by just making this one change.                                                                  and its products. This will also provide opportunities for first-hand feedback on our products.

                     IntaEco commIts to dEvElopIng

                                                                                                                                             NEW COMPACT WOOD PELLET

                        furthEr grEEn plumbIng                                                                                           BOILER FOR ANYWHERE IN THE HOME
                              tEchnology                                                                                                  One of the leading biomass heating system manufacturers,
                                                                                                                                        Windhager, this month launches its new VarioWIN wood pellet
                 IntaEco has announced its intention to develop a new range of products                                                 boiler.
               to expand its current offering of plumbing and heating equipment for

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                                                                                                                                          VarioWIN is a very versatile and compact biomass wood pellet
               environmentally-friendly installations.                                                                                  boiler with pellet feed variants and different boiler versions to suit
                 The company, which specialises in providing plumbing solutions for                                                     installation anywhere in the home.
               green and energy efficient heating systems, was lauded at the recent                                                       With a footprint of only 800mm by 600mm, the new VarioWIN
               H&V News Awards where it scooped ‘Best Domestic Heating Product’.                                                        wood pellet boiler is a compact and practical heating solution unrivalled for its adaptability, allowing
                 Cynthia Fisher, commercial director for IntaEco, commented: “Working                                                   options of direct pellet feed, pneumatic suction system or manual loading of fuel. The system ensures
               to reduce carbon emissions is no longer a ‘nice-to-have’ – it’s already a global issue that has                          efficient and clean combustion even in low output ranges and can be combined with other energy
               dominated the last decade. The marketplace agrees, as since launching IntaEco in 2008 we have                            sources such as solar as a result of Windhager’s whole system technology.
               seen interest in and sale of these products consistently grow.                                                             The VarioWIN has an output range from 3.6kW to 12kW and offers an ideal solution for dwellings
                 “However we’re not resting on our laurels, so are busy investing in an exciting new range of products                  with a low energy demand. Installation of the VarioWin will meet Code 4 of the Code for Sustainable
               which we aim to bring to the market – from individual components such as valves, controls and water                      Homes without having to improve any of the building fabric.
               conservation products through to entire geothermal heat collection systems. We’re working closely                          Further information on the VarioWIN is available from Windhager UK on 01249
               with our customers who actually specify and install these products to ensure the new innovations we                      446616, email: or by visiting the company’s website at
               introduce are the solutions they require for real world jobs.”                              

                      Announcing All new                                                                                                    InstallIng energy savIng


                           intAMix                                                                                                         central heatIng control
                 Anti-scald manufacturer Intatec has introduced                                                                              has never been easIer
               a new version of the renowned Intamix TMV2                                                                                It has never been easier to install advanced energy
               and TMV3 thermostatic mixing valve, featuring an                                                                         efficient central heating control. Honeywell Sundial RF”

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               improved cartridge designed to reduce the effects of                                                                     packs are unique in being the only wireless products with
               scaling more efficiently.                                                                                                the receiver built into the timer. Each pack includes a
                 With such a wide variety of G3-compliant products,                                                                     wireless enabled timer and a wireless thermostat: simply
               the new IntaMix range is the most comprehensive                                                                          replace the timer and the thermostat works automatically,
               offering of thermostatic valves for any domestic,                                                                        with no additional wiring. Packs for space heating and
               commercial or industrial application. In addition to the standard T pattern mixing valve are MX and MS                   stored hot water also include a wireless cylinder thermostat.
               versions, fitted with service valves, and a version created especially for low pressure baths.                            Installation is quick and easy, with no control cables to run, so no disruption during wiring and no
                 The product has been improved and the range extended to coincide with the introduction of new G3                       damage to the décor. The controls and large displays have been very carefully designed to be very
               legislation which means every new or refurbished bathroom in Britain needs to be equipped with a                         easy to use by people of all ages and abilities. They feature TPI (Time Proportional and Integral)
               TMV2 accredited anti-scald valve.                                                                                        advanced energy saving control, which provides more accurate temperature control than traditional
                 Intatec supports its products with technical expertise online and by telephone on                                      home controls and uniquely also matches boiler firing to system load, so the boiler operates much
               0870 2209666, where engineers are able to assist with any application, specification                                     more efficiently.
               or installation queries.
                                                                                                                                         For details call 01344 656172 or


                                                                                                                                          Honeywell installer training courses

                       - A WEB SITE WITH ALL THE INfOrMATION YOU’LL EvEr NEEd ON                                                                 are excellent value
                                              PLASTIC PLUMBING PrOdUCTS                                                                   Honeywell one day Installer Training Courses represents excellent value for
                 Polypipe, the UK’s leading manufacturer of plastic plumbing                                                            heating installers, costing just £30. The courses are presented throughout the
               products for hot and cold plumbing and heating systems,                                                                  UK.

               has launched - a complete online
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                                                                                                                                          The Course includes all the latest aspects of heating controls, installations,
               resource for product information and installation advice on                                                              energy conservation and updates to Building Regulations. It combines theory
               every aspect of plastic plumbing. It’s the key place on the                                                              with practical wiring, such as on S and Y Plan installations, and fault finding exercises which installers
               internet to find details and advice on polybutylene plastic pipes                                                        will find invaluable when on site.
               and push-fit and press-fit plumbing fittings.                                                                              It provides continuing support for the Professional Development Programme of the Chartered
                 Totally Plumbing shows you all the Polypipe products that                                                              Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and the Institute of Domestic Heating and
               serve residential and light commercial markets. You can                                                                  Environmental Engineers (IDHEE).
               choose from its Polyplumb, Polyfit and Polysure brands and                                                                 Each course is presented and guided by Honeywell experts. They begin by explaining the heating
               combine the right plumbing fitting for your application with one                                                         control fundamentals: how they work, their practical and energy efficiency benefits, and which are
               of its flexible and durable polybutylene pipe systems. They are                                                          best for particular installations.
               all reliable and easy to install and provide outstanding innovation, performance and value.                                There are special sections on wireless controls which make installation faster and easier, Smartfit
                 Polypipe Product Manager Darren Cockayne says: “This is a dedicated resource for anyone who                            low voltage controls which feature “plug in” connections, and controls for underfloor heating.
               needs help and advice on plastic plumbing systems. It’s not just about our products, there’s a huge                        Full details of dates and venues are posted at For bookings
               amount of information and good common sense advice here too.”                                                            and more information phone 01344 656352 or email

                       Save Water With Pegler YorkShire ProductS                                                                               Controls speCialist Honeywell welComes


                                                                                                                                             energy effiCienCy sCHemes for HouseHolds in
                                                                                                                                                         sCotland and wales
                Leading UK manufacturer of taps, valves                                                                                  The heating controls specialist, Honeywell, has welcomed
               and fittings Pegler Yorkshire, has a range                                                                               the new Boiler Scrappage Scheme in Scotland and the Home

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               of taps that make a practical contribution                                                                               Energy Efficiency Scheme (HEES) in Wales.
               to saving water. Eco Taps form part of the                                                                                Both schemes are an opportunity to make huge additional
               Performa range and are designed to deliver                                                                               energy savings simply by upgrading the heating controls. From
               an environmentally friendly water saving                                                                                 Government figures, 81/2 million UK homes do not have a room
               solution for domestic and commercial                                                                                     thermostat.
               applications.                                                                                                             Sundial RF” wireless control packs from Honeywell are
                Each basin tap is fitted with a flow restrictor                                                                         designed to make the upgrade to energy efficient control clean,
               to reduce water wastage to a maximum of                                                                                  quick and simple. They include a wireless enabled timer and a
               four litres per min (+ or – 15%).                                                                                        wireless thermostat, so there are no control cables to run and
                                                                                                                                        no cable holes to drill. There is no disruption and no damage to
                For more information about Performa                                                                                     the décor. The controls and their large clear displays have been very carefully designed to be very
               Eco basin taps and our complete range                                                                                    easy to use by people of all ages and abilities.
               of water saving flow controls call 01302
               560560 or visit                                                                                            Tel: 01344 656511

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New 690E model from Freeze Master
A major update to supersede the extremely
successful 610D.
                                                  years, giving valuable feedback from a                                where hoses and mains lead
                                                  discerning market. Many counter staff reported                      can be slotted so the machine
                                                  that their customers said that they often work in               can be used with the lid closed.
                                                  new properties with tiny bathrooms and that it                 The new 690E has new multilayer
                                                  would be useful if the lid could be closed whilst   hoses with fittings and manifold attachments
                                                  the machine was running. One design option          designed for the latest demands in cryogenic
                                                  offered to them was to have a detachable lid        apparatus. Spare reducer screws are supplied
                                                  but the clients Freeze Master spoke to said it      and stored in two panel fixings between the
                                                  would be too much hassle, something else to         hose positions.
                                                  put somewhere and could even get broken.               Assembly of the new 690E is carried out with
                                                  The facility to latch the lid down on the hoses     the same strict attention to quality and control
                                                  and mains lead was the strongest contender.         inculcated in the former design resulting in a
                                                     With so many good idea features in hand,         top quality performance machine.
                                                  many of which would completely transform the           All machines are supplied with the recently
                                                  product, Freeze Master decided to take the          invented Bungee Clamps making them the
                                                  opportunity to bring forward a completely new       easiest and most versatile to fit. Freeze cream,
                                                  design, the 690E. Smaller, Lighter, yet just as     insulating towels and gloves are supplied as
                                                  powerful, the 690E is exactly what the market       standard.
                                                  has been asking for.                                   Freeze Master have managed to provide
                                                     The chassis was given a major redesign           all of these improvements yet keep the price
                                                  and alteration in layout and several parts were     as low as possible. Available in 110V or
                                                  modified or substituted with the latest versions.    240V. The new 690E will set the new industry

                                                  Updated electrical components were sourced          standard long into the future. Enquiries to
     reeze Master have always taken great
                                                  for the electronic refrigerant delivery system.     reader reply number (or Tel 020 8205 7672).
     care to listen to their customers and take
                                                     The new 690E case includes an
     on board the Hire Industry’s requirements
                                                  ergonomically designed lay flat handle. An easy      Freeze Master Ltd, Unit A1 Connaught
and improvement suggestions.
                                                  access storage compartment for reducers to          Business Centre, Hyde Estate Road,
  The 610D model has been widely used
                                                  freeze 8mm to 61mm runs along the top rear.         West Hendon, London NW9 6JL
among the Rental & Hire Industry for many
                                                  The new 690E case body has three openings           Tel 020 8205 7672 Fax 020 8205 7674.

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