Monthly Archives: May 2011

  • Focus DIY closure should not affect customers, specialist says

    The closure of more than 120 Focus DIY stores will not have a substantial impact on people who are exploring home improvement plans on features such as flue accessories.

    Although the retail climate is currently very difficult, the end of Focus DIY's operations is a reflection of the individual company rather than an by-product of conditions in the home improvement industry, according to a spokesman for Homebuilding & Renovating.

    Jason Orme, editor at Homebuilding & Renovating, said: "I suspect very little change for consumers taking on DIY projects. There is still enough competition to keep prices competitive and good ranges in store."

    Mr Orne also emphasised that there is plenty of competition within the DIY sector for those who are interested in home improvements.

    On May 25th, several sources reported that over 120 Focus DIY stores are set to shut down, with Ernst and Young assigned as the company's administrator.

  • Testo develops new flue analyser

    Testo has pioneered a new portable emissions tool, which helps to lead users through assessments of professional gas systems that are often seen among flue accessories.

    Entitled the Testo 350, the device is used to measure the gas atmosphere in a furnace room, while boosting the control and observation of emission limit values within flue gas, reports Envirotech Online.

    The contraption is comprised of a control unit, an analyser box and a gas sampling probe. Measurement values are also clearly displayed in the control unit's large colour display.

    Calculation and instrument pre-settings are stored, meaning that people can use the device without requiring detailed knowledge on how to operate it efficiently.

    The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings recently urged people to be aware that older chimneys are often lined with lime mortar parging, which may need to be replaced if signs of wear and tear are visible.

  • Kier academy set to reduce emissions

    Contracts have now been agreed for Kier to provide the Isle of Sheppey Academy and its flue accessories on behalf of Kent County Council.

    The site is valued at £54 million and will lead to a new facility being built across two sites on the east and west of the island, which will be used by 2,450 students. A renewable energy strategy will be adhered to during the complex's construction.

    Kier Group chief executive Paul Sheffield, said: "As a company committed to providing first class learning establishments for the 21st century, Kier is particularly proud to be involved with the delivery of this landmark scheme.

    "The construction team looks forward to demonstrating its ability to deliver educational facilities that enhance the learning experience and are of award-winning calibre."

    Construction work has now started on both of the Sheppey sites, with a completion date scheduled for August 2013 

  • Focus DIY closure should not affect customers, specialist says

    The closure of more than 120 Focus DIY stores will not have a substantial impact on people who are exploring home improvement plans on features such as flue accessories.

    Although the retail climate is currently very difficult, the end of Focus DIY's operations is a reflection of the individual company rather than an by-product of conditions in the home improvement industry, according to a spokesman for Homebuilding & Renovating.

    Jason Orme, editor at Homebuilding & Renovating, said: "I suspect very little change for consumers taking on DIY projects. There is still enough competition to keep prices competitive and good ranges in store."

    Mr Orne also emphasised that there is plenty of competition within the DIY sector for those who are interested in home improvements.

    On May 25th, several sources reported that over 120 Focus DIY stores are set to shut down, with Ernst and Young assigned as the company's administrator.

  • Testo develops new flue analyser

    Testo has pioneered a new portable emissions tool, which helps to lead users through assessments of professional gas systems that are often seen among flue accessories.

    Entitled the Testo 350, the device is used to measure the gas atmosphere in a furnace room, while boosting the control and observation of emission limit values within flue gas, reports Envirotech Online.

    The contraption is comprised of a control unit, an analyser box and a gas sampling probe. Measurement values are also clearly displayed in the control unit's large colour display.

    Calculation and instrument pre-settings are stored, meaning that people can use the device without requiring detailed knowledge on how to operate it efficiently.

    The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings recently urged people to be aware that older chimneys are often lined with lime mortar parging, which may need to be replaced if signs of wear and tear are visible.

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