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Ofgem announces prepayment price cap

Ofgem has announced the levels of a prepayment price cap, which comes into effect in April.

ECO consultation response will not help the right people, says Elmhurst Energy

Elmhurst Energy, energy performance measurement specialist, has expressed its disappointment at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) published response to the Help to Heat consultation.

Servicing and maintenance costs are a priority when selecting light commercial vehicles

Almost two-thirds (64%) of businesses using light commercial vehicles (LCVs) say that controlling the cost of servicing and maintenance is their main concern when choosing vehicles to buy or rent.

Police appeal for witnesses after man claiming to be plumber attempts burglary

A man claiming to be a plumber talked his way into a flat in Bognor Regis where he appears to have searched the property.

BPMA is calling on government to properly police illegal pumps

Continued evidence of illegal pump imports entering the UK market has resulted in the British Pump Manufacturer’s Association (BPMA) calling once again for tighter enforcement of such products.

Tubs & Tiles placed into administration

Tubs & Tiles, which had been trading since 1966 as a distributor, and in more recent years developed a showroom in Coventry, closed before Christmas 2016, following a ‘difficult trading period’.

Man imprisoned for carbon monoxide death

A man who admitted killing his neighbour by blocking his boiler flue with a potato and expanding foam was jailed on 6 February.

Inadequate gas training leads to unsafe practices, shows research

Poor levels of training provided to some gas engineer students in the UK is potentially leading to unsafe practices, according to research commissioned by the Gas Industry Safety Group (GISG) and the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM).

Engineers criticise new gas safety scheme

Installers took to Twitter to criticise a new gas safety certification, questioning the scheme’s value, and whether it would conflict with Gas Safe Register (GSR).

Gas safety certification scheme launched

A new gas safety certification scheme that aims to serve as a benchmark of best practice was launched on 3 February by Capita Gas Compliance Services (CGCS).

Andy Jones joins specification team at Stelrad

Andy Jones is the latest recruit to the Stelrad Radiators specification team. He joins Stelrad after eight years with Worcester Bosch on its specification team.

Energy reforms will help more households stay warm

Households struggling to pay their energy bills will receive extra support to keep warm during the colder months, thanks to reforms to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) published on 30 January.

Suspended prison sentence for landlord who failed to carry out gas safety checks

A Preston Landlord received a suspended prison sentence after failing to ensure gas safety checks were carried out on the gas appliances in one of her properties.

Keep heat proposals simple, says HHIC

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has said any proposals introduced following the 'Future of Heat in Domestic Buildings' consultation must be "simple and easy to implement".

Jewson searches for Best Young Tradesperson of 2017

Jewson is calling on all construction professionals under the age of 30 from across the UK to submit their entries for its Young Tradesperson of the Year competition.

New marketing and communications officer for Imperial

The Imperial Bathroom Company is delighted to welcome Amy McCann to its marketing department. Ms McCann has taken over the day to day running of Imperial’s marketing department and takes full responsibility for the communication coordination to the press, media and retailers.

Ideal acquires more warehouse space

Ideal Bathrooms has expanded its Milton Keynes warehousing with the acquisition of a new 40,000 sq ft warehouse adjacent to the head office and existing warehouse.

Peter Thom takes Bonfield concerns to Number 10

Installer and energy efficiency campaigner Peter Thom has written to the Prime Minister to express his serious concerns over the recommendations made in the recently published 'Each Home Counts' Bonfield Review.

'Industry buy-in needed to support Bonfield Report proposals', says OFTEC

Following the release of the 'Bonfield Report – Each Home Counts', members of the Competent Persons Forum, hosted by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), have met to discuss the findings.

Silent killer victims could be prevented by fitting carbon monoxide alarms

Shocking new data has revealed that cases of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are rising, despite the efforts of campaigners to encourage people to protect themselves with an alarm.

Solar industry welcomes Scottish government's energy strategy

Solar technology has an important role to play in meeting Scottish renewable and emissions targets, according to the Scottish government's draft energy strategy.

Installers have their say on manufacturer training

Installers prefer manufacturer training sessions on a Friday morning that focus on installationa and maintenance, according to a Europe-wide survey

Church heating restored free of charge

It’s been a warmer than expected New Year for a community centre in Coventry after the generous installation of a free boiler and heating system from Swale Heating.

Hot prizes for winner of JG Speedfit competition

Underfloor heating (UFH) installer Simon Dixon has been named as winner of a competition to win £5,000-worth of UFH products, in the latest competition from JG Speedfit.

Construction skills shortage is getting worse, warns FMB

The skills shortage in the construction industry is getting worse and has now spread beyond bricklayers and carpenters to other key trades, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

CentraHeat recognised as a Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer

Wiltshire-based CentraHeat has received recognition for its commitment to apprentices, appearing in the Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

Industrial Strategy plans to boost skills

The construction industry has welcomed the government's new Industrial Strategy proposals, praising its support for business and its plans to boost skills.

Geberit reveals award winners

The 2016 Geberit Awards winners have been announced. The standard of nominations this year was reportedly extremely high, with the judges having a hard task separating some of the most exceptional entries in each category.

APHC urges installers to have their say on domestic heating consultation

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) consultation entitled ‘Heat in Buildings: The Future of Heat – Domestic Buildings’ ends on 27 January at 17:00, and APHC is urging installers to have their say.

HPS nears fundraising milestone

Following a year of record turnover in 2016, Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) is nearing a fundraising milestone in its continued support of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Industry agrees standard process for BIM

Three leading construction industry bodies have moved to clear up growing confusion over the process of standardising product information for use in Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Stelrad welcomes new apprentices

Stelrad has taken on five apprentices as production technicians for a two-year period, as part of its drive to provide career opportunities to local young people.

CITB offers to cut training levy in bid to survive

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is proposing to reduce the training levy it charges firms next year in a bid to stave off its closure.

Consultation on changes to SAP

Power-Pipe is encouraging industry professionals to respond to the current public consultation on proposals to amend the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP), which is a requirement of building regulations in the UK.

MPs respond to calls to tackle deaths from cold homes

As temperatures plummet and the cost of living rises, government statistics suggest that one in 10 households in Britain face fuel poverty this winter, where a choice has to be made between eating and heating.  

Refurbishment health and safety event for construction workers in Scotland

Construction companies and workers involved with refurbishment projects are invited to attend a free health and safety awareness event organised by Site Safe Scotland’s Working Well Together campaign and North Lanarkshire Council.

New study unveils plan to tackle fuel poverty

Nearly 140,000 families a year could be lifted out of fuel poverty simply by targeting support to connect fuel poor homes to the gas grid, according to the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA).

Intergas appoints Leigh Williams to boost sales team

Leigh Williams joined Intergas this month as a sales manager, responsible for the South West and South Wales. Mr Williams spent 15 years with Vaillant, followed by four with Baxi specialising in social housing contracts throughout the Midlands, South West and South Wales.

Couple leads UK consumer fight against Big Six energy firms

A UK couple is set to launch a new transparent energy company to compete with the Big Six, funded and owned by its customers.

Ventilation hygiene takes centre stage for the BESA

Ductwork and kitchen extract cleaning are votal to ensure a safe working environment for staff in commercial properties, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Training reward available for installers

Training rewards worth £150 are available to give away to 100 plumbing and heating companies, from APHC (Training).

Honeywell goes on tour

Honeywell is taking its team of experts on the road, and showcasing its full range of smart heating controls, electrical and security products at plumbing and electrical merchants across the UK until March 2017.

Bristol family in need receives free boiler in time for Christmas

When their old boiler went bang and they were refused finance on a new model, the Bennett family from Bradley Stoke in Bristol was resigned to spending Christmas without heating or hot water.

Schools invited to help raise awareness of CO

Gas network management companies across the UK have launched their annual school safety competition to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Westco joins the COMAP Group

Heating and plumbing product specialist Westco has become part of French industrial group COMAP. 

Training charity gets fifth ‘Good’ OFSTED in a row

Work based training company, JTL, has received its fifth ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted.

Drayton raises £1000 to help the homeless

Drayton launched its annual ’12 Days of Christmas’ campaign at the end of 2016 with the aim to raise money for its chosen charity, Centrepoint. The controls manufacturer was delighted to be able to hand over a cheque for the grand total of £1,000.

Underfloor heating system donated for Royal Marine’s accessible new home

A Royal Marine who contracted a chronic illness while serving in Afghanistan is benefiting from the generosity of a number of building product manufacturers contributing to a purpose-built house for him and his family.

BESA publishes district heating standard

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has been chosen to publish the UK’s first test standard for Heat Interface Units (HIUs).

UK construction manufacturing continues to grow

Sales in the UK construction products manufacturing market continued to climb for a fifteenth consecutive quarter in Q4 of 2016, according to figures published in the Construction Products Association's (CPA) latest State of Trade Survey.

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