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CMYK / .ai CMYK / .ai CMYK / .ai 05 NEWS Raising the Standards in Air Conditioning Distribution Dynamic Climate joins VAR network Brighton based HVAC professional services business, Dynamic Climate, has become the latest addition to Mitsubishi Electric’s Value-Added Reseller (VAR) network, o ering support to contractors and M&E consultants for heating, cooling and ventilation products. Steve Warrington, business manager sales channel, Mitsubishi Electric, said: “The Dynamic Climate team has extensive technical knowledge of both the industry and our product range, and o ers a dedicated, customer-focused approach. We look forward to many successful years of partnership.” Study warns EPCs are ‘misleading’ Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are “misleading” indicators of zero-carbon buildings and should no longer be used as o cial guides to help lower emissions, warns property and construction consultancy Ingleton Wood. New analysis shows actual carbon emissions for electrically heated buildings are around 60% lower than predicted by EPCs, mainly because EPC methodology uses carbon factors set by the 2013 Building Regulations rather than up-to-date figures. According to Ofgem, over 2.1 million homes use electric heating. The change in the carbon factor has been dramatic as renewable technologies continue to make up more of the grid electricity mix while coal generation continues to fall. Ingleton Wood sustainability specialist Jason Page said: “Our research strongly suggests EPCs show figures distorted from reality. EPCs are a powerful tool in fighting climate change but they are now not only becoming worse at indicating building carbon emissions as the grid’s electricity moves towards renewable generation – they are becoming increasingly and actively misleading. “In our real-life example of an electrically heated home, an EPC would have mistakenly shown gas as having around half the carbon footprint of electricity. This seriously risks confusing homeowners and landlords, leading policymakers to incorrect conclusions, and discouraging the decarbonisation of heat away from fossil fuel systems because they appear to reach higher EPC ratings far more easily than electric heating.” Jason Page SPONSORED BY PARTNERS GROUP TO ACQUIRE DIVERSITECH Global private markets organisation Partners Group has agreed to acquire DiversiTech on behalf of its clients. The move, which values the company at USD2.2 billion, will see private equity firm Permira, who purchased DiversiTech in 2017, remain a minority investor. Founded in 1971 and headquartered near Atlanta, Georgia, DiversiTech is North America's largest HVACR equipment parts and accessories manufacturer. The company serves over 6,000 customers through a broad portfolio across six product families, including HVAC equipment mounting, electrical and replacement parts, condensate management and indoor air quality. DiversiTech has 1,250 employees across 20 locations in the US, Canada, and the UK.

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