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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

  • training

    Changing of the guard

    Last year’s National Student of the Year winner David Cooper looks back on the 2014 Cooling Awards and reflects on his experience as a member of the judging panel

  • dust

    Licensed to skill

    Fear of skill shortages has hit its highest level for six years in the second quarter of 2014 – however, there needs to be a concerted effort to attract new talent, says Julia Evans

  • world skills

    IoR blazes a trail

    The Institute is working with employers and the government to develop a new apprenticeship specifically for rac engineers. Secretary Miriam Rodway reports

  • legionaires

    Maintenance is the key

    Two years after contaminated cooling towers led to a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in Edinburgh hospitals, the message about proper maintenance is more important than ever, says Daniel Betts

  • student year 14

    Time to get recognised

    Calling all apprentices and their managers! The 2014 RAC National Student of the Year Awards has now officially launched and we want you to get involved and make your mark

  • pipe fitting

    The standard bearers

    The update of European standard EN378is going to be of crucial importance to the cooling industry, so all eyes will be on the upcoming technical discussions, reports IOR’s Miriam Rodway

  • skill fridge

    The future's in our hands

    Following the demise of the SkillFRIDGE competition, lead judge and Worldskills UK training manager Mark Forsyth calls on the industry to back the event to ensure a positive future

  • star pie

    Enhancing efficiencySubscription

    There are many oppurtunities, to improve refrigeration efficiency, providing a win-win in financial and environmental terms, says Rob Lamb - free to view, simply register

  • ac engineer

    A chain reactionSubscription

    Lessons regarding supply-chain management can be learnt by facilities managers following the recent meat crisis, says John Bowen - free to view, simply register

  • ior

    Young, gifted and on track

    Identifying and encouraging talent is a key role for the Institute of Refrigeration to help the industry prepare for future challenges.

  • green deal

    Deal or no dealSubscription

    Non-domestic Green Deal opportunities do exist. However, the scheme needs a network of competant assessors and installers in order to get results, says CIBSE Jacquelyn Fox - free to view simply register

  • frise

    Heat pumps in hot waterSubscription

    Heat pumps risk the same fate as underfloor heating, where poor understanding of the technology, untrained installers and mis-selling set the market back a decade, says David Frise from B&ES - free to view, simply register

  • skill card

    Prove your competence

    Across the industry, support is growing for engineers who hold an ACRIB Refrigeration Skillcard.

  • eu flag

    A tougher line on F-Gas?Subscription

    The Rapporteur supports many elements in the EC proposal. Limits on the amount of HFCs that can be placed on the market is a step in the right direction, as are the bans in hermetically sealed and pre-charged equipment needed to support it - free to view, simply register

  • Training

    Education, education, education…

    At a time when industry more than ever is having to adapt to uncertainty about the future and technical challenges of innovation, there is growing concern about education and training that repeats those sentiments, says IOR’s Miriam Rodway

  • andy ford

    A busy year aheadSubscription

    The IOR is entering 2013 with a busy schedule, not least the prospects of elections  for four places on its Executive Council - free to view, simply register

  • engineer.jpg

    It's good to talkSubscription

    A meeting between Defra and members of the ACRIB F-Gas Implementation Grioup to discuss the revised proposals produced a positive outcome, says Mike Nankivell - free to view, simply register

  • brazing

    Retailers turn up the heatSubscription

    Refrigeration contractors have come out fighting in response to suggestions that there are issues surrounding the competence of some engineers. Andrew Gaved reports - free to view, simply register

  • liam dean

    The skills squadSubscription

    Against a background of skills shortages, the young candidates for the Worldskills competition bring hope for the future, says Mark Forsyth - free to view, simply register

  • retail question time 12

    RAC’s supermarket sweepSubscription

    RAC’s annual Question Time in London saw a packed house gather to hear the expert views of the top retailers and to hear their strategies for refrigeration - free to view, simply register

  • area

    Two big steps forwardSubscription

    Key changes to the F-Gas Regulation – a ban on pre-charged systems and mandatory training on alternatives – bring the objective of a truly professional industry two steps closer, says Graeme Fox - free to view, just register

  • real skills europe

    Charting real progress

    There was much to discuss at the Real Skills Europe Network event, with refrigerant leak reduction, usage tracking and the F-Gas proposal at the top of the delegates’ agenda.

  • ior networking

    Your institute needs you

    Institute of Refrigeration secretary Miriam Rodway sums up work that has been carried out during the year and calls for fresh blood

  • gas bottles

    The survival guide

    The BRA has released its Guide to Flammable Refrigerants – author and IOR past president Jane Gartshore takes a looks at the highlights

  • iso

    Experts in the fieldSubscription

    Free codes of practice will help position IOR members as the most informed refrigeration technologists. Miriam Rodway reports - register for free to view

  • panasonic

    Skilling up for successSubscription

    Panasonic’s training academy is providing a solid foundation  in spreading the manufacturer’s word. Julian Milnes reports - register for free to view

  • IOR

    Up to scratchSubscription

    Like the Cooling Industry Awards, the IOR has rigorous standards when evaluating membership applications, says Miriam Rodway

  • Cedric Sloan

    A cold hard factSubscription

    The EIA would do better to go back to its roots than dogmatically advise the industry, says FETA director-general Cedric Sloan

  • Training

    Time to ActSubscription

    The F-Gas certification scheme has not fulfilled its objectives and Defra must take a more hands-on approach, says certification body Quidos

  • refcom

    Positive progressSubscription

    F-Gas certification company Refcom offers an upbeat  assessment of the scheme’s current standing, says Refcom secretary Steve Crocker.

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