Ireland's Plumbing & Heating Magazine Issue 104 Nov-Dec

IN THIS ISSUE

• LIVYORK STREET PROJECT • THERMOPARTS 10TH ANNIVERSARY • COMMERCIAL HEATINGAND COOLING SPECIAL

ISSUE 104 - NOV/DEC 2021

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Product News 23 Baxi

News &Views 5 NI plumbing traineeship talks continue

In Focus 13 Thermoparts’ 10th anniversary As Thermoparts Heating and Plumbing Supplies celebrates 10 years of trading we talk to founder Glenn Clabby about a decade of milestones. 26 Commercial heating and cooling Check out the latest updates from manufacturers leading the

As heating season kicks in, Baxi brings back its cashback promotion, giving installers the chance to earn that little bit extra during the winter months. Evosta is the next generation of electronic wet rotor circulator pumps with premium reliability and efficient performance from DAP Pumps.

Industry objects to DfE intention to go ahead with plans for a two- year plumbing traineeship.

12 Trade event success for Plumbmaster Enniskillen

61 DAB Pumps

Enniskillen Plumbmaster’s first-ever trade event creates a huge buzz in the local plumbing and heating community. 21 Colleen leads the way for women in plumbing SRC welcomes its first female plumbing lecturer, Colleen Rafferty, to its team at the Greenbank Campus.

way in delivering innovative solutions for the HVAC sector.

38 LIV York Street

Michael Nugent Mechanical and supply chain provide the mechanical services for Belfast’s largest student accommodation development.

79 Panasonic

The new Aquarea air source heat pump represents Panasonic’s quiet revolution in heating technology.

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NEWS

GASSUPPLIERREMOVESADVERT FOLLOWINGOFTECCOMPLAINT

Grant has announced new dates for its popular heat pump and oil boiler courses at its on-site Training Academy in Birr, Co. Offally, and the addition of a brand-new course to its growing training portfolio. The oil burner course has been developed for technicians who are experienced working within the heating industry and looking to further their knowledge on domestic oil burners. It is the first course within the Grant Training Academy portfolio that will require a small payment to secure a space. However, those who sign up can feel assured that it will be money well spent as the course will cover all areas associated with domestic oil burners including: how they operate, the basics of combustion, how to use test equipment, how to test for faulty components, flue gas analysis, burner commissioning and more. Grant’s on-site training courses take place at the company’s state-of-the-art training facilities which opened at the start of last year and run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am – 4.00pm. Each course has been developed by Grant’s specialist training team to further educate those working in the heating trade throughout Ireland on the manufacturer’s range of innovative heating technologies. * Training courses will go ahead in line with the government’s Covid-19 guidelines and are subject to change if necessary. Visit www.grant.eu for further details. GRANT LAUNCHES NEWOILBURNER COURSEAT TRAININGACADEMY

OFTEC lodged a complaint with the ASA over claims Firmus made in an advertisement that households who switch to natural gas from home heating oil emit 48% less Carbon Dioxide (CO2). The advert also contained a graphic that stated, “48% less carbon emissions than oil.” OFTEC proved, using Government-approved data that the difference is only 29.5% and not 48% as claimed by Firmus. Upon investigation by the ASA, it became apparent that Firmus had not used a like-for-like comparison between oil and gas but had compared a modern gas boiler with an old, inefficient oil boiler. The ASA told gas supplier Firmus Energy it must

David Blevings, OFTEC Ireland Manager.

have evidence of claims it makes in any of its adverts. Firmus has now agreed to remove the claim and has undertaken to seek copy advice on future claims they make with the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP). OFTEC Ireland Manager, David Blevings said, “We believe it’s in the best interests of consumers and the industry that all energy companies behave responsibly and are brought to account when they do not.” For more information on OFTEC, visit: www.oftec.org

TALKSONNI PLUMBING TRAINEESHIP

Serious concerns about training in the plumbing and heating sector in Northern Ireland will continue to be addressed after a high-level Ministerial meeting in the Legislative Assembly in October attended by the Scotland and Northern Ireland Joint Industry Board (SNIJIB) and other industry bodies. The industry has raised strong objections that the Department for the Economy (DfE) in Northern Ireland intends to go ahead this autumn with plans for a two-year traineeship which, it is feared, will create first-class and second-class qualifications which will be detrimental to safety, skills and quality. However, after discussions between Gordon Lyons, Minister of the Economy, and his team and SNIJIB, the Electrical Contractors’ Association, Unite the Union, the Scottish and Northern Ireland Joint Industry Board

Stephanie Lowe, Secretary of the SNIJIB and Industrial Relations Manager for SNIPEF and Fiona Hodgson, CEO at SNIPEF.

and the Joint Industry Board, it was agreed to hold a further meeting. Stephanie Lowe, Secretary of the SNIJIB and Industrial Relations Manager for SNIPEF, said it was “a positive development” and a “step in the right direction.” Fiona Hodgson, Chief Executive of SNIPEF, added, “SNIPEF wants to support young people on their pathway into the industry, but they must be properly trained and qualified in the interests of safety and the maintenance of skill levels.” For further information, visit www.snipef.org

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LPG HOME HEATING

Rory Best, former Ireland rugby captain and Flogas Brand Ambassador, switched over to Flogas and has never looked back.

NI INSTALLERS ARE ‘CASHING IN’ ON THE NEW FLOGAS HOME HEAT FREE LPG BOILER PROMOTION...

‘Cash in’ on £200 installer incentive fromFlogas

A s the heating season ramps up, installers can now earn a £200 bonus for each new home heat sales lead passed to Flogas that results in the installation of a Flogas LPG home heating system. If you have any residential household customers who are looking to switch from oil to LPG in their existing home or about to build a new one, suggest they talk to Flogas first. If your customer opts to go with them, they will benefit from a free Ideal Logic 30kW boiler, while you benefit from a £200 bonus in return. The Flogas Home Heat offer is open to single tank, bulk LPG home heat customers living in privately owned and permanently occupied domestic homes. Wherever your customers live, for

a home where the heating is just right, there are many benefits to switching from oil to Flogas LPG. Just ask Rory Best, the Flogas Brand Ambassador who switched over to Flogas and has never looked back. Rory said, “Switching from oil to Flogas only took two days and there was no disruption to our everyday lives. The family love it, the rooms heat up fast and we are never waiting for hot water.” The free Ideal Logic 30kW boiler comes with the Flogas Home Heat installation, has a 10-year warranty and is packed with features guaranteed to please your customers. It complies with Class 6 NOx specifications and carries an A Class energy rating. LPG conversion compatible is a given and it is also Wi-Fi and RF control compatible. With a compact cupboard fit,

easy-to-see pressure gauge, and fully back-lit LCD display with frost protection, it is designed for today’s household needs. Full boiler tech spec plus offer terms and conditions are all on www.flogasni.com/installer For further information and free marketing material, just contact Flogas at sales@flogasni.com or 028 9073 2611.

“The free Ideal Logic 30kW boiler comes with the Flogas Home Heat installation, has a 10-year warranty and is packed with features guaranteed to please your customers.”

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TRADE EVENT

Geberit Area Sales Manager, Lucas Vogan visits Wolseley, Castlewellan to demonstrate the Mapress fitting system and press tools.

Geberit Trade Information Event at Wolseley, Bangor.

GEBERIT WOWS INSTALLERS ACROSS NORTHERN IRELAND WITH COMPANY’S MAPRESS PRESS TYPE SYSTEMS AND PRESS TOOLS… Installers learn aboutMapress pressfit system fact that it is a flame-free installation also reduces the risks and other factors with more traditional methods.” Lucas admitted he was “overwhelmed” merchant Wolseley hosted a series of Trade Information Events in

S pecialist plumbing and heating branches across Northern Ireland to promote the advantages of the Geberit Mapress pressfit system. Lucas Vogan, Area Sales Manager for Geberit visited branches at Montgomery Road and Duncrue Street, Belfast, Balloo Road, Bangor and Castlewellan village, to demonstrate the system as an alternative to traditional pipe connections. Available in copper, stainless steel and carbon steel, Geberit Mapress is a metal pressing system that provides an efficient, safe and reliable solution for a range of different job requirements and applications. Thanks to the innovative pressing technology, installations can be carried out reliably, quickly and safely without complex soldering and brazing. “Mapress offers a range of advantages for installers, not least the simple, safe connection that ensures reliable and durable connections,” said Lucas. “The

Mapress fittings and press tools during the event period, which was well received by customers. From potable water, heating, gas, solar and cooling applications, Geberit Mapress covers a multitude of applications – with the range now available from all Wolseley branches in Northern Ireland. Lucas added, “Many thanks to the Wolseley Area Manager Davy Frew, Sales Manager Paudy Donnelly and Branch Managers Johnny Berry at Montgomery Road; Johnny Davidson at Duncrue Street; Philip Davidson at Bangor and Gerard Finley at Castlewellan. Each event was a huge success and customers left with bags of fittings and tools purchased in-store.”

with the response received at the Wolseley Trade Information Events, which were held over three weeks during September and October. “The installers were amazed by the speed and the quality of the fittings and how the system would make their life easier and jobs a lot smoother,” said Lucas. “They were also pleasantly surprised with the price of the system when they discovered how cost-effective it was. “It’s a fast, secure, ‘right first time, every time’ pressing connection which has been proven to save time on the job. Aesthetically, it produces an amazing- looking installation. The installers I met were really wowed by the system and our pressing tools which were also showcased; many made purchases there and then.” Wolseley also ran a promotional offer on

For more information on Geberit Mapress fittings and press tools, call Lucas Vogan: +44 (0)7730 815463 or email: lucas.vogan@geberit.com

Customers at Wolseley’s Duncrue branch in Belfast, get up close to the Geberit Mapress fitting system.

Geberit Trade Information Event visits Wolseley, Montgomery Road.

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COVER STORY

Grant’s R&D and training facility.

AS HOME HEATING REQUIREMENTS CONTINUE TO CHANGE, GRANT ENSURES ITS HEATING TECHNOLOGIES ARE RENEWABLE… Grant embracesmove to fully renewable heating technologymanufacturer

F ollowing the recent company announcement that the award-winning Grant Vortex boiler range is now able to run using 100% biofuel known as HVO, the manufacturer has largely transformed into a fully renewable heating company. This is reflected through its diverse product portfolio which includes, ranges of biofuel ready condensing boilers, condensing wood pellet boilers, solar thermal panels, underfloor heating, hot water cylinders, aluminium radiators, and air to water air source heat pumps. “As a company we remain committed to helping those working on new build and upgrade projects throughout

Ireland to reduce their carbon footprint and prepare homes for the future,” said Grant founder, Stephen Grant. He continued, “The Grant R&D team is dedicated to continuing its research of alternative synthetic liquid fuels and biofuels and welcomes any potential partnerships which could further the development of innovative renewable heating technologies. That may include liquid fuel, biomass, solar thermal, refrigerant, combustion, condensing and hybrid technology.” A global leader in the heating industry, Grant is renowned for its innovative range of technologies used as the main heat source

Grant Vortex Utility 26kWmodel.

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Grant Aerona 3 R32 10kW air-to-water air source heat pump.

in homes, which include the biofuel compatible Grant Vortex condensing boiler and the A+++ Aerona 3 R32 air-to- water air source heat pump ranges. Air-to-water heat pumps like the Grant Aerona 3 models are a perfect solution for new builds as the minimised heat loss of these homes perfectly matches this medium temperature technology. Retrofits can be more difficult because the layout, construction, and existing heating design of older buildings traditionally incorporated high temperature heating systems. For an older building to become heat pump ready it’s essential that upgrades are made to the building fabric and air tightness before the heat pump installation takes place. Grant’s A+++ Aerona 3 R32 air-to-water air source heat pump continues to be a popular choice amongst plumbers and installers throughout the UK and Ireland due to its cleaner, more environmentally friendly performance and its ability to lower a property’s overall carbon footprint. Available in four outputs, the

Grant Aerona 3 R32 13kW and 17kW models have also been recognised by Quiet Mark for their quiet operation. For those upgrading a heating system, a Grant Vortex boiler provides a cost- effective option, which can also prepare the property for its changing heating needs. The Grant Vortex range is available in 63 different types with outputs from 12–70kW and has been developed in a series of models to ensure optimum installation in all ranges of properties. Vortex models include utility, external, boiler house and wall-hung. Grant’s recent R&D breakthrough has future-proofed the full Vortex range to use HVO through making a slight modification to the boiler, such as adapting the size of the fuel injector nozzle, fuel pump pressure and blast tube. Older Grant condensing boilers can also now be adapted to HVO - this may require a new biofuel burner that is matched with the specific boiler. Those working on new build or heating upgrade projects can now feel reassured that when they choose Grant they will

“…helping those working on new build and upgrade projects throughout Ireland

to reduce their carbon footprint and prepare homes for the future.”

have a full range of sustainable heating technologies to avail of for their heating project which include a main heat source, heat emitters, hot water storage and supporting technologies all from a name they can trust.

Contact the Grant Technical Team: T: 0800 044 3261 (NI) T: 057 912 6968 (ROI) www.grant.eu Follow Grant online: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram@mygrantNI @grantirl

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SONASBATHROOMS LAUNCH TUDSTUDENTDESIGNAWARD

Neville Knott, Interior Designer and SONAS Bathrooms MD, Richard Sloan, launch TUD student design award to find the 2022 Bathroom Design of the Year.

SONAS Bathrooms and Technological University Dublin (TUD) have launched a new student design award to find the 2022 Bathroom Design of the Year. Students of the Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Design, led by one of Ireland’s best known Interior Designers, Neville Knott, will be tasked to create a luxury bathroom for a contemporary hotel. One lucky student will have the opportunity to see their winning bathroom design brought to life in the SONAS showrooms along with a cash prize. Neville Knott said, “This is

an exciting competition for our students. As SONAS are the largest supplier of bathroom products in Ireland, there will be the opportunity to explore a variety of themes and styles in bathroom design with products from their extensive range. Richard Sloan, MD of SONAS Bathrooms said, “We are looking forward to seeing the creativity of design students from TUD and see this as an opportunity to support the next generation of designers.” Visit: www.sonasbathrooms. com for more information about SONAS Bathrooms.

GREATTURNOUTFOR PLUMBMASTERENNISKILLEN

Enniskillen Plumbmaster’s first-ever trade event created a huge buzz in the local plumbing and heating community. Over 30 plumbers and heating engineers showed up to the early evening event in the heart of Enniskillen town to watch sales presentations from EPH Controls, Copper Industries, Stelrad, DAB Pumps, Heatmiser, Worcester Bosch, Warmflow and Harlequin. Supervisor, Myles Elliott was delighted by the response. “This was a fantastic turnout for our first-ever trade event,” he says. “It was great to see these suppliers travelling to the heart of rural Fermanagh to demonstrate their latest products to our local plumbers. I think everyone

enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with the latest product developments and also with one another after the last 18 months of lockdowns and restrictions.” Congratulations to Graeme Stubbs who won a Weber BBQ on the night and Colin McCaffrey and TomWoods who each won an under counter water heater donated by Ariston. To get in contact with the team at

Plumbmaster Enniskillen Open Trade Evening was a great success.

Pictured front row is Paul McDowell, Sales Manager Plumbmaster with suppliers who supported the recent trade night. (Not in picture, but attended event is Charlie O’Kane, Ariston.)

Plumbmaster Enniskillen, call: +44 (0)28 6632 2155.

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THERMOPARTS COMPANY PROFILE

Glenn Clabby, centre, celebrates 10 years of Thermoparts. Pictured Left to right is David Murphy, Sales Manager, Chris Gilmartin, Stores and Paul Delaney, Trade Counter Sales.

AS THERMOPARTS HEATING AND PLUMBING SUPPLIES CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF TRADINGWE TALK TO FOUNDER GLENN CLABBY ABOUT A DECADE OF MILESTONES… Thermoparts - your best fit for 10years

C elebrating a decade of trading, Dublin based company Thermoparts are looking forward to the next chapter in business continuing to put customer service at the heart of their heating and plumbing services. The company have gone from strength to strength since their inception in 2011 providing a vast range of innovative heating and plumbing products to the Dublin area and nationwide. They have navigated their way through a recession, adapted to the many changes the Covid pandemic brought in 2020 and the uncertainty of the implications of Brexit on their supply and trade services. Thermoparts is located at the Riverview Business Park, Clondalkin, just a short

you can do it.’ She had that belief that we could make it work.”

drive from Tallaght, Swords, Finglas, Blanchardstown and is easily accessible from the commuter belt. Founder, Glen Clabby admits it was “tough times” starting out on his own in the middle of a recession leaving a well- paid job as a plumbing and heating sales rep. “My wife, Suzanne was very supportive and together we spent six months researching the market trying to establish connections with suppliers and trying to get financing for a van before I handed in my notice.” Securing a van proved to be elusive, right up until the day before Glenn terminated his work contract. “I had no money, van, staff, premises, nothing. But Suzanne just said, ‘I know

CONNECTIONS Having developed strong client

connections during his career, Glenn had a solid base of leads to work from when he began trading for himself on April 4, 2011. “I would drive to the suppliers to collect materials and go out to all the sites; I was like the ice cream van for plumbers.” This was how Glenn worked for 18 months, until he secured premises in Riverview Business Park and was able to take on his first member of staff. “The plan was that I would let him do the deliveries for two to three months while I put the store together; then I’d go back out on the road.”

Thermoparts Ltd., Unit B5 Riverview Business Park, Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 12 T: +353 (01) 456 9930 - E: sales@thermoparts.ie www.thermoparts.ie

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SUPPLIERSTO THERMOPARTS

Congratulations to Thermoparts on their 10th anniversary and continued success for the future

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Excellent customer service is key at Thermoparts.

GROWTH He never did go back out full time and instead concentrated on in-house sales, contacting contractors that were working on major projects across the island of Ireland. This proved to be a highly successful strategy for Thermoparts. “We started off supplying the mechanical materials for Google Laboratories, then it just grew” explains Glenn. Projects included Failte Ireland in limerick, pharmaceutical companies, the new Children’s Hospital in Crumlin, St. James Hospital and major data centres across Europe. Glenn was briefly enticed back on the road to supply all the mechanical systems for the Titanic Hotel in Belfast. “I got up at 5am in the morning, drove up to Belfast, dropped the materials on site and was back in Dublin by 9.30 – 10pm. You do what you have to do” he says. With this type of work ethic and commitment to customer service, its little wonder Thermoparts’ reputation grew; and so, did the orders. The company moved to larger premises in the same business park in 2018, and the following year reported its highest turnover to date.

WORK ETHIC With a focus on continuous in-

OVERCOMING ADVERSITY Despite facing a 50% loss in business sales last year due to the Covid pandemic, Managing Director Glenn comments that Thermoparts have “been lucky!” “We were essential service providers for HSE supplying materials for Covid-19 works and that kept us going. “After the first six months of our current financial year we’re almost on a par with 2019, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we surpass the figure by the end of the year. “I think we’ve been very, very lucky” Glenn adds. “We’ve all got families and have lost people, so I’m very mindful of the fact that here we are celebrating 10 years, and yet we’re coming out of a truly horrendous time for our community and the world as a whole.” Brexit and the current materials shortage are a challenge, but Glenn remains positive. “Everybody has to sharpen their pencil to try and be competitive with their rates right now. But there definitely is light at the end of the tunnel. I am an eternal optimist!”

house training to date with the latest developments in plumbing and heating technologies, staff at Thermoparts are on hand to advise customers and source the best plumbing and heating products for their needs. Glenn adds: “Our clientele is so varied that we do everything from renewable energy products to basic compression fittings and bathroom suites”. “We’re a heating and plumbing merchant but we are also a procurement company and pride ourselves on our resourcefulness to meet every demand.” Over the course of 10 years, Glenn and his staff have built up strong relations with their client base. “We are not looking for quick sales’ we’re in it for the long run,” says Glenn. “A lot of customers are now pals of mine and I know everybody who comes into the shop.” His friendly charm and dogged perseverance in materials procurement has also won him an expanding international client base, supplying projects across Europe.

Thermoparts Ltd., Unit B5 Riverview Business Park, Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 12 T: +353 (01) 456 9930 - E: sales@thermoparts.ie www.thermoparts.ie

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CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES TO GLENN AND HIS TEAM AT

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COMPLIANCE The Covid-19 pandemic has had an unexpected effect on customer service for Glenn and his team. “With people working from home, I think many are finding they can be far more productive. We’ve found that people are a lot more diligent when it comes to requesting certification of product. We had to up our game and become really adept at quickly finding technical compliance information for customers.” Glenn remarks that Thermoparts are being asked for testing certification for

every single product that they sell. “We are lucky because we have a very strong supplier network who are attentive to our product information requests.” Thermoparts are also very active on the domestic side. “Homeowners have been investing their holiday funds into home improvements during the pandemic and we’ve helped many get their domestic projects across the line.” There have been a few unusual requests along the way, says Glenn. “We had one request from a guy who

wanted a sprinkler system for his roof in order to scare away potential nesting birds. Another guy comes in to buy fittings to create artwork. No matter who the customer is, or how large their project is, we are here to help.” MOVING FORWARD With the plumbing industry constantly evolving it’s important that Glenn and his team change with it. “We provide a great range of products and excellent customer service. There’s nothing that comes across the door that we can’t handle. I’m 10 years down the road, and I still love it. “I find all the technical stuff really interesting, particularly the renewable energy side of the industry. Fortunately, the guys I’m surrounded with are as excited and as interested about innovation as I am and that’s the reason why we’ll continue to grow as a business.” No matter who the customer is, or how large their project is, we are here to help.”

Thermoparts Ltd., Unit B5 Riverview Business Park, Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 12 T: +353 (01) 456 9930 - E: sales@thermoparts.ie www.thermoparts.ie

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OFTEC IRELAND NEWS

Update:

PLUMBING & HEATING MAGAZINE PROVIDES AN INSIGHT INTO OFTEC IRELAND AND THE PROMOTION OF THE LIQUID FUEL INDUSTRY IN IRELAND…

AHEAD OF COP26, OFTEC IRELAND’S DAVID BLEVINGS TAKES A LOOK AT THE HOME HEATING SECTOR… ‘Home heating must be high up on the agenda’ F or almost three decades, the United Nations (UN) has brought countries together for global summits, known as COPS (Conference of the Parties), to discuss climate change. This year is the 26th UN climate change conference (COP 26) and will be hosted by the UK in Glasgow on October 31 - November 12, 2021. In the time between its first summit and now, concerns over climate change have progressed to a global priority. As a result, the focus of this conference is the delivery of goals set out in the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. In other words, COP26 will focus on meaningful action at a time when the stakes seem at an all-time high. Though the majority of UK talks will likely cover GB, Northern Ireland’s challenges are unique and need to be recognised as such. With high rates of fuel poverty, a just transition will be required to ensure that any decarbonisation process is fair and effective, particularly in the home heating sector. While heat pumps have featured heavily in Boris Johnson’s plans for a ‘green industrial revolution’ with proposed grants of £5,000, the evidence shows that for NI this would be a costly route to go down. According to the latest Home Condition Survey, less than 50% of homes in Northern Ireland have an Energy Efficiency Rating (EEC) of C or above*, meaning that they would require costly and potentially disruptive home improvement for heat pumps to work efficiently. That would mean that the 500,000 homes in

“...our hope is that COP26 highlights that achieving net zero doesn’t leave anyone behind because of their income.”

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OFTEC IRELAND NEWS

David Blevings and Sean McBride from OFTEC Ireland visit SERC for Sapphire Blue Flame Modulating boiler demo.

Biofuel boiler demo OFTEC Ireland visited SERC Newtownabbey recently for a demonstration to installers and housing association representatives on the advantages of the Sapphire Blue Flame Modulating low NOX liquid fuel boiler from EOGB. Speaking after the event, David Blevings from OFTEC Ireland said, “We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and demonstration of the new Sapphire boiler at SERC in Newtownards. Both EOGB and SERC are OFTEC members, and along with all our boiler-manufacturing members, EOGB are pushing the change to renewable fuels. This includes the utilisation of bioliquids, and it is great to see the investment by EOGB and SERC in developing this opportunity locally for installers.” Sean McBride from OFTEC Ireland said, “It was positive to meet a group of installers and housing association representatives who are now genuinely interested and asking questions about biofuels and how they can assist to move oil consumers off grid to a low carbon fuel.”

Northern Ireland currently using a liquid fuel would require insulation upgrades, On average, these are between £12,300 - £18,900**. On top of that, the average installation cost of an air source heat pump would add approximately an additional £11,000. So the minimum cost to install an air source heat pump could be in the region of £23,000. FUEL POVERTY We are not against heat pumps. They are a good product if used in a new or very well-insulated house. The problem we have in Northern Ireland is that our housing stock is poorly insulated. We don’t service our appliances on a regular basis and only change or upgrade a heating appliance when it breaks down. That does not bode well for the deployment of heat pumps. Pre-pandemic Northern Ireland experienced a 22% rate of fuel poverty, with many more now facing economic difficulties as we navigate out of the other side following two years of instability. OFTEC Ireland is continually reiterating that the introduction

of a biofuel is a viable, affordable option and should be part of Northern Ireland’s future energy mix. Earlier this year, OFTEC Ireland responded to the Energy Strategy consultation, issued by the Department of Energy, which outlined options for phasing out fossil fuels. In our response, we detailed that significant reductions in carbon emissions (c.88%) from a liquid fuelled boiler can be achieved today if we switched all Northern Irish consumers to 100% hydro treated vegetable oil, or HVO as it is commonly known. Replacing kerosene with HVO would be a seamless transition for existing liquid fuel users and a simple option for Government to reduce carbon emissions in the off-grid sector at least cost for consumers. The results of the consultation will be published later this year, but our hope is that COP26 highlights that achieving net zero doesn’t leave anyone behind because of their income. * Northern Ireland House Condition Survey (NIHCS) 2016. ** UK Gov. Parliamentary Questions, 30 September 2020; MCS Low Carbon Heat Taskforce Average Cost of Certified Installations by Technology

David Blevings, OFTEC Ireland Manager on T: +44 (0)28 9186 2916 Sean McBride, Ireland Representative on T: +44 (0)7540 502 304 (NI) or +353 (0)87 241 7041 (RoI) www.oftec.org

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Colleen Rafferty, SRC’s first female plumbing lecturer.

SRC IS DELIGHTED TOWELCOME ITS FIRST FEMALE PLUMBING LECTURER, COLLEEN RAFFERTY, ONTO ITS TEAM AT THE GREENBANK CAMPUS… Colleen leads theway for women in plumbing Colleen said, “I studied all the usual subjects at school. I worked in the evenings, weekends and summer gender-specific roles are gradually diminishing,

M isconceptions about with a growing number of women choosing a career in construction. Colleen Rafferty, a former student of SRC, is leading the way and inspiring young girls to follow in her path in the plumbing and heating industry.

College Greenbank Campus, Newry and started my Plumbing & Heating Apprenticeship in September 2017. I continued to work with Blaine throughout my training.” Colleen continued, “Plumbing, as well as other trades within the construction industry, is mostly male dominated; I think some women could find this a challenge. I want women to embrace the challenges as I have really enjoyed all aspects of plumbing.” Fiona Bradley, Assistant Director of Further Education and Training in the College commented, “Women only make up around 14% of construction industry professionals and this number can only be set to rise with more and more women choosing construction jobs. We are delighted to be leading the way at SRC and Colleen will be an inspiration to many young women who would not have considered this as a career option in the past.” Colleen concluded by saying, “Once you have finished your plumbing qualification and spent a few years working with experienced professionals then you’ll have the expertise required to start your own business; you could even continue your education with a business and management qualification. Personally, plumbing has created a lot of opportunities for me and I am absolutely delighted to have been recently appointed as a new full-time plumbing lecturer within SRC plumbing department.” For further information on courses available at SRC, visit: www.src.ac.uk

holidays with my brother Blaine for his company BR Plumbing and Heating. I really enjoyed working alongside him and decided that I wanted to work in the plumbing sector when I left school. “I enrolled in Southern Regional

On the tools – Colleen started her career as an apprentice working for her brother Blaine’s company, BR Plumbing & Heating.

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PROMOTION

AS THE HEATING SEASON KICKS IN, BAXI BRINGS BACK ITS EXCITING CASHBACK PROMOTION, GIVING INSTALLERS THE CHANCE TO EARN THAT LITTLE BIT EXTRA DURING THE WINTER MONTHS…

Baxi’sWinterWarmer Cashback Scheme is back

T he Baxi Winter Warmer cashback scheme returns, running between October 11, 2021 and January 31, 2022. The scheme is designed to give both existing and new Baxi Works members plenty of time to make the most of the opportunity. Those who register and install three Baxi 600, 800 or Platinum+ boilers during the campaign period will earn £300. Anyone registering and installing six boilers will receive a generous £600 in return. AndrewWorkman, Sales Director – One Off, at Baxi, said, “This year’s cashback promotion is our way of giving back to the installer community. We feel it’s important to recognise all of the dedication and hard work that goes into keeping heating systems running. They go above and beyond to ensure households continue to have access to heating and hot water – from completing regular service checks to delivering boiler upgrades and brand-new installs.

“We also know that the step up in demand during peak heating season can be extremely busy, so we wanted to provide existing Works members and any prospective new members looking to join Baxi Works, with something to look forward to, as a treat for their businesses and their families.” For further information, plus full terms and conditions, visit www.baxi.co.uk/ cashback. To be eligible, qualifying boilers must be installed and registered on Baxi Works between the start and closing dates of the promotion. * Promotion available in Northern Ireland only.

“…it’s important to recognise all of the dedication and hard work that goes into keeping heating systems running.”

Your Baxi representative for NI is Sharon English. T: +44 (0)7966 585 902 ROI Enquiries: +353 (0)1 459 0870 E: sharon.english@baxi.co.uk www.baxiworks.co.uk

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MERCHANT NEWS

AQUABION - THE BEST ALTERNATIVE TO A DOMESTIC WATER SOFTENER – HAS JUST ARRIVED AT PLUMB-IT… Bye bye limescale, hellomany benefits

E asy to install, space-saving and with an impressive international track record, when it comes to solutions to limescale the S15 and S20 Aquabion water conditioners are like nothing else for the domestic market. Using the same technology as their big brother commercial options and made to the exact same standard, the Aquabion solution is extremely cost-effective. Your hard-water customers will recoup their initial costs within two to three years while enjoying up to seven years of limescale protection – maintenance- free and with a industry-unique, 5-year-performance-based warranty, you shouldn’t be looking anywhere else. Now stocked for wholesale by Dublin-based merchant Plumb-It, the Aquabion water conditioners offer your customers a proven limescale solution for their homes. They can ditch their bulky salt water softener and their regular bulk buys of salt in favour of this clever piece of kit that does away with the need for an electrical installation or chemical additives. “We are very excited to become the new agents for Aquabion products,” said Paul Byrne, Sales Manager for Plumb-It. “I have always been a fan of the Aquabion range. It was first brought to my attention by word of mouth, which is a great indication of how this product has really connected with the trade. “As we are agents for Ariston boilers and water heaters, the Aquabion range will really complement our usual supply and I’m confident that pairing up with Aquabion will only exceed all companies’ expectations in respect to growth. “The plan is to stock domestic products such as the S15 and S20 first off, with commercial products available upon request.”

Annisa Hassan, Business Development Manager and Paul Byrne, Sales Manager, Plumb-it.

There are many different technologies that manufacturers use to try and create the elusive non-adhering lime. However, zinc has always been the preferred. The BIG problem has always been fouling. Aquabion’s patented tech stops the fouling from happening. The Aquabion uses a galvanic and electrolytic solution, which is combined with their patented self-cleaning agitators. This means that the tiny amounts of zinc ions that are released react with the calcite ions to create non-adhering lime.

“To have Plumb-It as the wholesaler for independent merchants in Ireland can only strengthen the Aquabion brand in the Irish market,” concluded Paul Wilson, Commercial Director for Aquabion Ireland. For more information about the Aquabion range and to order stock, contact, Paul on: +353 (0)1 4579030 email: paul@plumbit.ie, or Sales Representative, Annisa on: +353 (0)864134733 email: annisa@plumbit.ie. Or you can visit: www.aquabion-ireland.com

“To have Plumb-It as the wholesaler for independent merchants in Ireland can only strengthen the Aquabion brand in the Irish market.”

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GALLETTI DUCTIMAX I FAN COIL UNITS SQUEEZE BIG PERFORMANCE INTO TINY SPACES… Hevac is home topowerful yet compact Galletti DUCTIMAX I units

T he new Galletti DUCTIMAX i fan coil units from Hevac have been conceived for air conditioning interiors where the installation of high- performance medium-head units with reduced overall dimensions is required. The DUCTIMAX range comprises 12 models with air flow rates from 300 to 1200 m3/h and nominal cooling capacities of up to 8kW. A high efficiency heat exchanger with 3 or 4 rows allows the DUCTIMAX to be used in a wide variety of operating conditions. It can be combined with another 1 or 2 row exchanger for exceptional performance even with low temperature differentials. The heat exchangers can also be optimised for centralised applications such as district cooling. The DUCTIMAX units are designed for horizontal ceiling installation, with the main condensate drip tray situated inside the structure of the unit and at a positive pressure relative to the drain outlet to facilitate condensate drainage. Built from galvanised steel sheet, the units are heat and sound insulated by means of Class 1 self-extinguishing panels. The structure makes it possible to combine a wide range of accessories on the air intake

“The new Galletti DUCTIMAX units available from Hevac are built for compatibility.”

and outlet sides so as to obtain the optimal configuration of the unit. DUCTIMAX I fan coil units also feature a washable air filter made of acrylic fibre with filtration class G2 or G3 applied on the air intake. The use of a single-phase asynchronous multi-speed electric motor with a permanently connected capacitor and thermal protector, mounted on vibration- damping supports, allows proper sizing of the machine by correctly balancing performance and noise levels. Double suction centrifugal fans are made with ABS or aluminium, with statically and dynamically balanced forward-curving blades which are directly coupled to the electric motor. The new Galletti DUCTIMAX units available from Hevac are built for compatibility and can be combined with a wide range of wall- mounted controllers, including controllers of an electromechanical type and microprocessor controllers with display. The use of MYCOMFORT MEDIUM and LARGE or EVO enables Ductimax to be connected to ERGO; and heating elements complete with safety devices available to supplement the hydronic system. The action of the G3 air filter can also be combined with an air ionisation system.

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C &F Quadrant has a well- earned reputation for serving the heating needs of school projects across the UK and Ireland. They do this by providing high quality, innovative products such as the range of ACV HeatMaster TC boilers. ACV has developed a product with the installer and school client in mind. When it comes to performance, energy saving and space saving, the benefits of a Tank-in-Tank system outperforms a traditional coil installation on almost every occasion. In a school environment, where high volumes of safe hot water are an absolute must, HeatMaster TC boilers lead the way. They have also been successfully installed in other high volume environments such as hospitals and sports centres. The HeatMaster TC not only features exceptional efficiency, but it is designed to cope with hot water demands for larger properties and commercial applications. This means superb mains pressure hot water delivery which is unrivalled in a boiler of this output, giving high

volumes, fast recovery times and quick response to demand. These exceptional hot water outputs include in excess of 40 litres per minute. In fact, the HeatMaster TC is the only storage combination boiler to fully condense during the hot water and heating modes. The secret to this success is the specially designed new stainless steel heat exchanger. The combustion gases pass downwards through the heat exchanger tubes and condense in the lower circuit of the HeatMaster TC, making maximum use of the energy available from the combustion process. The result is a highly efficient combination boiler, which gives exceptional output for its size.

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For more information on the full range of ACV HeatMaster TC boilers available from C&F Quadrant, call +44 (0)28 9036 5555 or email: michaelc@cfquadrant.com

“In a school environment, where high volumes of safe hot water are an absolute must, HeatMaster TC boilers lead the way.”

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