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Hailing all things green, greener and greenest

This month’s issue is imbued with the themes of the Ecobuild show.

Over the years this has transformed itself from a bricks and mortar show to embrace the wider shores of environmental thinking.

While we might not all agree with the extreme green fringes, we should all recognise the influence of green thinking from outside of the confines of refrigerant-based applications.

End-users and specifiers are increasingly looking for cooling that is integrated within whole-building solutions. This surely means more collaboration. But construction clients and retailers alike are also increasingly seeking ‘wider’ green thinking too – asking for evidence of carbon footprints,  waste policies, life-cycle costing, etc.

We’re doing our bit this month with a cornucopia of low-carbon coverage, with ideas from retailers, consultants and heat pumps specialists, to name a few. And in future we want to continue to contribute to the repository of green inspiration, both within cooling and, where appropriate, outside of it too.

On which note we launch the campaign for the Cooling Industry Awards 2012 this month, so if you want to add to your green credentials to impress customers and outshine rivals, now is the time to start thinking about your entries (see p43).

And finally, this month’s Institute Pages are is dedicated to the election of the next president, the first time that IOR members can vote on the outcome. There has been quite some disquiet at the new procedure, whereby a preferred candidate is put forward by the current president, against whom the rank and file membership can nominate alternative candidates.

It is clear that the election has also exposed division between those who feel the Institute should be a centre of learning and those who think it should serve the practical engineer. Surely there must be room for both. It will certainly give each candidate food for thought for what will be needed in future.

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