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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.

Training to meet new oil boiler regulations

With significant regulatory changes relating to oil-fired burners in the pipeline, Riello is encouraging installers to take advantage of available training opportunities to ensure they keep up-to-speed with the latest requirements.

Pimlico Plumbers sales soar in last quarter of 2016

Pimlico Plumbers has enjoyed a period of strong growth in the final quarter of 2016, which the company's CEO has attributed to its 'Brexit Proofing' programme.

Most builders are reporting material price hikes, warns FMB

Some 70% of UK builders have seen an increase in material prices due to the depreciation of the pound, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed.

NI minister resigns over botched RHI

Martin McGuinness has said he will resign as Northern Ireland's deputy first minister in protest against the handling of the NI version of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which could end up costing taxpayers £490 million.

Xylem’s Waterdrop programme provides clean water to 3,000 people in Cambodia

Xylem recently took 14 customers and employees from the UK, Germany and France to Cambodia on the inaugural volunteer trip of its Waterdrop initiative.

UK consumers reducing water usage to save money rises by almost a fifth

There was a major increase in use of water efficient appliances in 2016, including taps, showers and washing machines, according to a report commissioned by Ideal Standard and Waterwise.

Worcester crowns #VanOfTheYear winner

Wrexham-based heating engineers, DR Plumbing and Heating, have been crowned the winners of Worcester, Bosch Group’s first ever #VanOfTheYear competition.

Installer spreads Christmas cheer with free installation

NICEIC has praised the efforts of one of its members who fixed the heating of an elderly couple in time for Christmas, free of charge.

APHC voices opinion on Each Home Counts Review

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has expressed concern over the proposed increase in regulation following the publication of the Each Home Counts Review.

Gas Safety Trust calls for grant applications

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) is welcoming grant applications for projects investigating the affects of carbon monoxide (CO) in a number of areas, including emissions from solid fuels.

City & Guilds and CCATF join forces to boost apprenticeship foundations for construction industry

City & Guilds and the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF) have joined forces to bring a new approach to apprenticeships in the UK construction industry, ensuring that it has the skilled people it needs both now and in the future.

Government 'must act to prevent fuel poor being left in the cold'

OFTEC is calling on government to develop a heating strategy that is 'fair for all' as latest figures show the number of households living in fuel poverty in England and Wales has increased to more than 10%.

Removed chimneys leave residents at risk of CO poisoning

A housing association has been fined after allowing renovations to take place that put residents at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

IDHEE questions the Bonfield review

The Institute of Domestic Heating & Environmental Engineers (IDHEE) has expressed concern over the ‘Each Home Counts’ review, published on 16 December.

Air conditioning maintenance company fined for fall from height

A Leeds based air conditioning maintenance company has been fined after a worker fell three metres through a false ceiling.

Baxi Works scoops business award

Baxi has won an award for digital marketing at the UK Business Awards 2016. The company was recognised for its Baxi Works loyalty scheme.

Children put at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

A building company and its director have been fined for putting a childminder and the children in her care at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

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