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  • Chris bailie

    The boy from Brazil

    Chris Bailie has recently returned triumphant from Brazil, having secured 
silver at the World Skills global competition, ranking him second in the world

  • leak testing

    Reducing leakage

    As the HFC phase-down starts to bite, the Institute is relaunching its successful anti-leakage campaign REAL Zero. Secretary Miriam Rodway reports

  • engineer

    Poor records ‘could risk legal action’

    F-Gas compliance standards on many commercial refrigeration and air conditioning sites are falling short of mandatory requirements. RAC reports

  • legionaires

    Legionella: a quick guide

    The airborne bacteria is something that everyone who works in building services should be aware of, whatever their position, as Tony Ellerker reminds us

  • World Skills

    Skills for the future

    There are a significant number of benefits the Institute can offer technicians as they work through their apprenticeships. Miriam Rodway reports

  • F Gas panel 2015

    Make plans on F-Gas – or pay the cost

    RAC’s F-Gas Question Time saw a strong consensus that planning needs to start now on moving away from higher-GWP gases such as R404A

  • area

    Launch pad

    Competence on low-GWP refrigerants has long been a priority for contractors’ association AREA, culminating in the recent launch of the REAL Alternatives project, says Olivier Janin

  • brazing welding safeflame

    Safer flame

    A three-year EU-funded project to develop safer brazing has not yet led to the commercial breakthrough the refrigeration and air conditioning industry was hoping for, but the dream is not over, says Bob Towse

  • carrier co2 facility

    Going live

    Carrier’s new CO2 training facility is designed to reproduce a live store environment to give its engineers an authentic field-based experience. Julian Milnes reports

  • cool science

    Planning for the future

    Newly launched youth engagement project Cool Science wowed thousands of young people at the Big Bang Fair by promoting the industry to the next generation, says Chris Vallis

  • bsria spec cover

    Come together

    The newly launched Model Format for Building Specifications guide saw BSRIA, CIBSE and B&ES collaborate to produce a definitive guide for building services specifications, says John Sands

  • daikin logo

    Be prepared

    Education of specifiers, designers and installers will be key to the successful introduction of R32 in hvacr equipment to the UK, says Graham Wright, legislation specialist of Daikin UK

  • SOY

    Blazing the trail

    The pioneering Trailblazer scheme, which will set new industry-created parameters for cooling apprentices, has taken a significant step forward. Miriam Rodway reports

  • graeme maidment

    Real progress

    Two-thirds of the way through his term of office, IOR president Graeme Maidment tells Andrew Gaved about the achievements and the hopes

  • cooling awards

    Eyes on the prize

    The starting gun has sounded on another year of the Cooling Industry Awards, with a new judging process and refreshed categories giving everyone a chance to shine. Andrew Gaved reports

  • cool science

    The ticking time bomb

    The Cool Science initiative aims to address the skills shortage by attracting new blood to the industry, starting with its attendance at The Big Bang engineering fair, says Chris Vallis

  • skill fridge

    Get on board!

    In 2015 we need to acknowledge why we have a skills shortage, and take steps to ensure both growth and competition backing are put in place, says Mark Forsyth

  • student training

    Your industry needs you

    The next generation of apprenticeship standards for cooling and heat pumps are now up for debate. Get involved – your input could help define the future of the industry, says Miriam Rodway

  • training

    Help with new standards

    The government wants employers to provide input into the standards for apprentices– and here is the industry’s chance to help, says Institute of Refrigeration secretary Miriam Rodway

  • ior.jpg

    New programme unveiled

    Committee chairman Colin Vines gives a flavour of what delights are in store for the coming months

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