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The magazine of The ScoTTiSh & norThern ireland Plumbing emPloyerS’ federaTion
Was held in East Kilbride,
on the 21and 22 May
This year’s prestigious
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.
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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 www.worcester-bosch.co.uk
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 (www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-
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
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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
www.snipef.org Email: email@example.com
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 (www.clescotland.co.uk) 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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ouT of africa
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
international aid agencies, the the majority of homes in the international aid agencies are McRoberts of Gas Safe Services
armed forces, various african developing world), with its solar speaking to David and Claire and works closely with Steven
government departments capability enabling users to regarding how they might Docherty of SAS Kitchens &
and multi-national firms employ both or either method. exploit the Jompy’s simple, Bathrooms in West Kilbride.
all of whom have shown an “The Jompy takes the cultural effective approach to heating “I’ve been incredibily
interest in an ingenious device norm of heating water for water in disaster-hit regions, fortunate to firstly have the
developed and launched cooking, cleaning, washing and whilst the military are also opportunity learn the trade
by the thirty-five-year-old drinking requirements in a pan considering its use for their own from someone as accomplished
plumber earlier this year. over a fire, and significantly operations. as Mr Andrew, and then to team THE WISEMAN GROUP - Manufacturing Chemists
Now, with the first of his speeds up the process,” “For these organisations, up with Andrew McRoberts P.O. Box 58, Ingatestone, Essex,
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to hit the shelves in leading water around four times quicker David. “To make safe water throughout. Plus, Claire’s www.wisemangroup.co.uk
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from the nation’s president Mr their fuel more efficiently, boil is recommended. Bringing invaluable.
Mwai Kibaki, and international ultimately reducing household 4 litres to the boil and rolling for “Whilst I thoroughly enjoy
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
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12 PLUMBHEAT DIRECTOR’S DIARY 13
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
ROMaLPa CLaUSES anD PaSSIng Of TITLE
WHO OWNS MATERIALS ON SITE?
(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
18 PLUMBHEAT CONFERENCE 2010 PLUMBHEAT 19
ThE DELEgaTES vISITED
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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20 PLUMBHEAT APPRENTICE COMPETITION
A Bigger Range. Pegler Yorkshire
A Better Choice.
The mark of a
perfect joint –
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.
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The prizes were awarded by Tom • Exclusive to Harlequin – Polyrock™ Granite and
Aberdeen Stephen Clark Graham Stuart & Co Ltd
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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!
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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 www.oil-tanks.co.uk 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
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Both Alan and Ben will now participate e: email@example.com W: www.oil-tanks.co.uk
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
Exhibition in the NEC Birmingham in
Tullos Shaun Scott Derek Scott Plumbing & Heating October. ●
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22 PLUMBHEAT PLUMBING PENSIONS
fUTURE fInanCES –
THINK BEFORE YOU
ARE FORCED TO!
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
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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 www.plumbingpensions.co.uk. 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
AND RENEWABLE TECHNOLOGY
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
heating. While radiators heat the room by atmosphere is the same as the plant would web: www.andersonfloorwarming.co.uk ●
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
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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
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new Gas Combi boiler
offers the highest levels
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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in particular but he says he now PowerPoint presentation that www.dimplex.co.uk/switch
has the confidence needed for the looks in greater depth at this Email: email@example.com
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
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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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
VERSATILE PLUMBING MATERIAL
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
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• 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
temperatures, over 200ºC at times, means that you need only carry one
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
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you can be sure that individual components of spaces where it is undesirable to have different manufacturers are
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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
THE latest addition to efficiently at lower average
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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.
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
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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
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new owner decided to use an A rated CLAS HE 18 fan flued
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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
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
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.
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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
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ensure every last watt of energy is saved. The from the main body shell, eliminating any
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.” ●
WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN SILVER
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. ●
Thermal Salus Ariston
48 PLUMBHEAT TAPS FEATURE PLUMBHEAT 49
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 firstname.lastname@example.org For more information visit www.bristan.com
all models in the range. The grip demonstrates or visit www.pegleryorkshire.co.uk 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 email@example.com. like a normal tap with just two handles. The www.carron.com
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 www.deva.org.uk 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, www.geberit.co.uk
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 www.franke.co.uk.
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 www.tritonshowers.co.uk splash, even flow. www.the1810company.co.uk
Taps to turn you on...
PRODUCTS & SERVICES
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 020 8855 9851 • Web: www.hunterplastics.co.uk • Email: email@example.com or www.dimplex.co.uk
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
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
www.multikwik.com Dimplex Tel: 01489 773336 Fax: 01489 773061 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
email: email@example.com or www.dimplex.co.uk
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
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 (www.sap-appendixq.org.uk) developed
dependable, and comprehensive. by the BRE which includes manufacturers’ product-
specific performance details. These can be used in SAP
The new site - www.multikwik.com – 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 www.multikwik.com or calling Dimplex Tel: 01489 773336 Fax: 01489 773061
020 8855 9851. email: firstname.lastname@example.org or www.dimplex.co.uk
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
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
phonefromhere.com 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
phonefromhere.com supplies instant verbal communication to Web users and online communities. The company can be contacted on 0121 557 2831, by email at email@example.com 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 www.ibpconex.co.uk new technology areas such as solar PV. www.dimplex.co.uk, tel: 01489 773336
phonefromhere.com can help increase Website trafﬁc and stickiness, by enabling the Webpage to
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PRODUCTS & SERVICES
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting the company’s website at
introduce are the solutions they require for real world jobs.” www.intaeco.co.uk. www.windhager.co.uk.
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”
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 www.honeywelluk.com
POLYPIPE LAUNCHES WWW.TOTALLY PLUMBING.COM
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 www.totallyplumbing.com - a complete online
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 www.honeywelluk.com. For bookings
amount of information and good common sense advice here too.” and more information phone 01344 656352 or email email@example.com
Save Water With Pegler YorkShire ProductS Controls speCialist Honeywell welComes
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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
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 www.pegler.co.uk www.honeywelluk.com Tel: 01344 656511
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New 690E model from Freeze Master
A major update to supersede the extremely
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.