Polypipe has launched a £250,000 training facility designed to inspire the next generation of under floor heating professionals.
The Polypipe Professional Development Centre (PDC) in Doncaster features training spaces to give trainee and experienced plumbing professionals the opportunity to improve their practical skills. It iaims to become one of the UK’s leading training centres for professional heating engineers, installers, plumbers and merchants.
A city-centre penthouse apartment in Norwich is enjoying free green heating and hot water following the installation of an air source heat pump powered by solar PV panels.
Built on the roof of a 1930s art deco style former factory, originally used in the shoe industry, the two-bedroom penthouse is situated four storeys up on a busy Norwich street. With panoramic views of the city, the apartment has been built to the highest environmental standards, with renewable energy providing all the heating and hot water needed by homeowner Alan Cole.
The CIPHE secures exclusive strategic alliance across the water with the German software company Willms GmbH.
Paul Harmer, IEng Technical Director of CIPHE is pleased to announce that the CIPHE has agreed an exclusive strategic alliance across the water with the reputable German Plumbing and Heating design software company Willms GmbH www.willms.de
The HT2000 CAE software is a fully integrated plumbing and heating design software covering, hot and cold water services, drainage, radiator design, underfloor heating design, MVHR, heat loss and is used by many leading brands around the world.
The considerable benefits of underfloor heating are now widely understood and its ability to provide comfort, efficiency and clean aesthetics is taken for granted. Even so, the question still asked by many is which is better - a wet (hydronic) system or an electric system?
Choosing any heating solution is invariably closely geared to meeting building regulations. Until recently, electric underfloor heating (UFH) was widely employed but today’s SAP calculations tend to weigh against the sole use of electricity for heating in new build residential developments. Ultimately though, as gas and oil reserves dwindle, prices rise and electricity generation becomes less reliant on fossil fuels, it seems likely that electricity may again be seen as the preferred form of heating.
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