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10 tips for installing wood burners


As wood burners become increasingly popular with homeowners for both style and function reasons, David Ebbs offers some top tips on the important areas that should be considered when installing them. Wood-burning stoves are gaining popularity amongst homeowners for their ability to provide a practical heating solution while adding a stylish focus to the room into which they are fitted. ... Read More »

Top tips for designing a ground source heat pump installation

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While the design of the ‘ground’ side of a ground source heat pump installation is key, Guy Cashmore explains that the design of the ‘hot’ side is equally important to ensure efficient performance. The energy efficiency – or Co-Efficient of Performance (CoP) – of any heat pump that uses a conventional refrigerant (such as R407C, R134a or R410A) is massively ... Read More »

Why installers need to consider heat loss when fitting underfloor heating


Of the many considerations that impact on an underfloor heating installation, the key one is heat loss – this will be a defining factor in ensuring customers are provided with the right solution. Heat loss is a measure of the total transfer of heat through the fabric of a building from inside to the outside, either from conduction, convection, radiation, or ... Read More »

How to increase water supply pressure for buildings


The water supply pressure is generally adequate or better across the UK. Inevitably, though, there are some places where the building developer or user would like more pressure. Dr Steve Tuckwell looks at the requirements regarding water pumps. According to Section 65 of the Water Industry Act (2003), water suppliers are obliged to provide a a minimum water pressure through ... Read More »

SE and U duct flue systems – what installers need to know


Shared flue/chimney systems have been used for many years in multi-storey buildings. Mike Heads looks at both the SE and U duct flue systems, and assesses the impact of the recent development of the communal flue system (CFS). Shared chimneys allow a number of appliances on different storeys of a building to combine their products of combustion (POC) into a ... Read More »

What are the British Standards for recirculating systems

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In buildings demanding a steady supply of hot water, recirculating systems (or ring mains) are incredibly popular – not least as they are also a great facility for deterring legionella growth. Mark Dowdeswell  – Plumbing Applications Manager for Uponor UK – discusses why it’s imperative for installers to get to grips with the British Standards. First and foremost, it’s important ... Read More »

Fan convectors are an underused alternative to rads and UFH


The increased popularity of air source heat pumps has raised issues concerning the best emitters with which to integrate them. Jim Bennett from Smith’s Fan Convectors advocates the fan convector as an effective but underused alternative to both radiators and UFH. When installing an air source heat pump (ASHP), the chances are that it is either for an off-gas property or ... Read More »

What installers need to know about designing flue systems

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Flexible flue options are essential for many non-domestic applications, particularly those with little or no choice regarding boiler siting. Andrew Dabin looks at some of the legislative requirements to be considered when designing flue systems for light commercial applications. Installers who have expanded their skills and are qualified to install boilers and heating systems within smaller commercial buildings as well ... Read More »

Showering is big business for installers


With the economy on the up and the work books getting busier, Helen Smallridge explains why it’s more important than ever for plumbing installers to have lots of shower options up their sleeve to meet the varying requirements of each customer. Showering is big business. As the quick, easy convenience of showering has taken over a long soak in the ... Read More »

What installers need to know about changes to the commercial catering sector

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Working in commercial catering environments brings its own set of challenges. Mike Heads looks at the changes that have occurred in this specialist sector within the last few years. The normative documents relating to this specialist subject include BS 6173 – 2009, HVCA DW172 and the recent publication of IGEM/UP/19 Editorial 2014 (replacing TB 140). The kitchen design must include ... Read More »

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