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Lack of anti-scalding device claims life in Middlesex

Anti-scald manufacturer, Intatec, is reminding care home owners the importance in protecting against fatal bathtime scalding, following news of the death of an elderly resident at a nursing home in Middlesex.

DECC axed by new Prime Minister

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been axed as part of new Prime Minister Theresa May's first Cabinet reshuffle.

One in five plumbers struggles with late payments

One in five plumbers struggles to pay for their supplies after late payments from customers impacts their cashflow, according to a survey by ECIC

BESA must help its members to face up to key challenges

The overriding duty of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) to help its members to face up to present and future challenges has been highlighted by president Malcolm Thomson in his inaugural address.

Boost business with LPG tumble dryers

Calor is urging rural installers to become qualified in fitting LPG tumble dryers, in order to tap into a new market and boost their business.

Quality Plumber Week 2016 aiming to encourage a new generation of plumbers

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has announced that its week long campaign Quality Plumber Week will be returning again this year to celebrate the work of the UK’s professional plumbing and heating installers and encourage more young people to consider a career in the industry.

Green hydrogen proposed to heat all homes

Plans to convert significant parts of the UK gas grid to be 100% hydrogen have been outlined in a new report. The proposals are contained in the H21 Leeds City Gate report, which calls for the gas grid to be converted to hydrogen.

Torbay plumber and the company who contracted him prosecuted after illegal and dangerous gaswork

An illegal gas fitter and the company that hired him have both been prosecuted after work was left in a dangerous condition at a home in Torquay.

Ideal Standard appoints Jim Moore as managing director UK & Ireland

Ideal Standard has announced the appointment of Jim Moore as managing director UK & Ireland. Mr Moore will oversee the Group’s activities in UK & Ireland and assume responsibility for the business development across the Group’s brands Armitage Shanks, Ideal Standard and Sottini. The appointment will be effective from 1 August 2016.

Green gas 'could deliver decarbonised heat to the UK'

The Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has responded to the annual Future Energy Scenarios (FES) publication from National Grid, and called for more to be done to decarbonise UK heating by directly injecting green gas into the national mains-gas grid.

Helpful guide to hiring apprentices

A new guide has been launched by Screwfix to help tradespeople understand how easy it is to hire an apprentice, in partnership with Scottish Minister for Employability and training, Jamie Hepburn.

OFTEC launches new commercial assessment course

In response to industry requests, the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) has extended its offering with the launch of a new course covering the servicing and commissioning of larger multi-stage burners, as fitted in many light and medium commercial appliances.

Lack of government incentives puts brakes on energy efficiency

The TFT Energy Survey 2016, published today by Tuffin Ferraby Taylor (TFT), reports that 80% of commercial property landlords claim a lack of government incentives is the single biggest barrier to widespread energy efficiency measures being introduced across UK commercial real estate.

New APHC president focuses on building regulations and lobbying activities in inaugural speech

In his first speech as national president of the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC), Brian Silvester discussed two important activities focused on improving trading conditions for the quality plumbing and heating contractor.

‘Naked cylinders’ breach Building Regulations warns HWA

Hot water cylinders that do not have the appropriate insulation, otherwise known as ‘naked cylinders’, are in breach of building regulations, warns Isaac Occhipinti of the Hot Water Association (HWA).

UK solar industry launches new initiative to raise standards

The UK solar industry is celebrating its third 'Solar Independence Day' (Monday 4 July), the country's annual celebration of solar energy, with the launch of a new initiative.

Ambitious Fifth Carbon Budget welcomed by sustainability industry

The UK’s Fifth Carbon Budget, announced in parliament on 30 June by Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, has set out a new legally binding emissions reduction target for 2030.

£320 million to be invested in 'central heating for cities'

£320 million will be invested over the next five years in heat network schemes across the UK, in order to supply low carbon heat to homes and businesses.

'Warmer, greener homes' with district heating

Use of district heating should be increased in the UK to improve heating efficiency and affordability, according to a new report from energy firm SSE.

Alcohol and drugs in construction industry under the spotlight

Most people in the UK construction industry have concerns over the effects of drugs and alcohol on the industry's workforce, according to a new survey by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).

Success for London Boiler Cashback Scheme

Over 6,000 householders have so far applied for £400 vouchers under the London Boiler Cashback Scheme, with new applications coming in every day.

Share your pictures of the Water Label and be in for the chance to win an iPad!

The European Water Label is running a competition to highlight the strength and visibility of the Label across the UK and Europe.

Suspended prison sentence for unregistered gas worker

A man who fitted central heating boilers at two houses in Greater Manchester has received a suspended prison sentence, after he admitted he did not have the required safety registration to do the work.

Construction sector reacts to 'Brexit'

The EU Referendum result has caused uncertainty in the construction industry, with many associations and industry bodies calling on the government to react quickly in order to reassure the financial markets.

Legionella risk assessments increase in rented properties, says APHC

The number of landlords arranging for essential legionella risk assessments and monitoring to be undertaken in their rented properties is on the increase, according to the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC).

New £10m Technology Centre opens

TV presenter George Clarke formally opened a new £10 million Technology, Engineering & Construction (TEC) Centre in South East London on 23 June.

BSRIA celebrates National Women in Engineering Day

BSRIA is celebrating National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) on Thursday 23 June in an attempt to promote the subject to students in schools and universities and encourage more women into engineering. The day is dedicated to raising the profile and celebrating the achievements of female engineers.

HHIC supports Gas Safe Register campaign

‘Stay Safe, only use a Gas Safe Registered Engineer’ is the message from the Heating & Hotwater Council (HHIC) as it throws its weight behind Gas Safe Register’s campaign to highlight the volume of people being put at risk after using an unqualified and illegal gas fitter.

Unions secure improved two-year construction pay deal

Following protracted negotiations, an improved two-year pay deal has been secured by the construction unions UCATT, Unite and GMB, for workers covered by the Constriction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) agreement.

Dads encouraged to discuss their trade with daughters

Tradesmen are being encouraged to discuss their trade with their daughters as part of National Women in Engineering Day.

Smart heating market explodes in 2016

A new report on the UK smart heating market from MTW Research indicates that sales of 'Internet of Things' (IoT) heating devices have grown by 3,000% since 2010, with volumes set to rise by a massive 40% in 2016.

New CIPHE President makes history

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) held its AGM on Saturday 18 June, electing Paul Williams as the new national president and Geoff Westall as vice president.

Over 60% of top HVAC contractors 'worried about Brexit'

Representatives from over 150 of the largest HVAC contractors provided their views on the Brexit debate, as part of a live poll conducted during the recent Daikin UK D1 Partner Conference.

BESA to offer member discount on CIBSE training courses

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has brokered an agreement with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) under which CIBSE will make its professional-level training courses available to BESA members at a 10% discount.

Are you the UK Worker of the Year?

The UK Worker of the Year competition is looking for plumbers, builders or electricians to enter for the chance to win £250,000 and a host of other prizes.

BESA campaigns to improve sector's gender balance

The Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA) is sponsoring National Women in Engineering Day on 23 June in an initiative aimed at improving gender balance and diversity across the sector.

Installers must be registered for all areas of gas work undertaken, says APHC

Following the sentencing of a Chelmsford gas engineer for conducting dangerous gas work in rented homes, APHC is urging installers to ensure they are competent and Gas Safe Registered for all work they undertake.

Suspended prison sentence for unregistered gas fitter

A gas fitter from Walsall received a suspended prison sentence after fitting a hob at a house in Tamworth despite not being Gas Safe registered.

‘New Tradesmen’ are the future of UK construction

A new generation of tradespeople is arising that, far from being short on skills, is bringing a greater diversity of backgrounds and talents to industry, according to research by insurance provider AXA.

Vent-Axia helps raise awareness of lung disease with Breathe Easy Week

British fan manufacturer Vent-Axia is supporting Breathe Easy Week. Held between 13 and 19 June, the annual awareness week focuses on lung health and is run by the British Lung Foundation (BLF).

Community service for gas fitter that left tenants in danger of CO poisoning

A gas engineer has been sentenced to 120 hours of community service for putting tenants at risk in rented homes in Chelmsford.

Management buy-out for ADEY

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has agreed a management buyout as part of its ongoing growth strategy.

Contractor fined for putting workers at risk

A Cardiff-based company was fined for safety failings on 9 June after putting workers at a number of risks including exposure to asbestos.

Grant UK installer evenings prove a success

Throughout May and early June, Grant UK held a series of events in England, Scotland and Wales where installers were invited to learn more about Grant’s latest products. Engineers and merchants from up and down the country attended the installer evenings and feedback received on the night and afterwards indicates that the events were popular and useful.

UK-wide apprentice scholarship launched

A new apprenticeship scholarship programme has been launched to give two construction firms the chance to benefit from the placement of an apprentice, who will be completely funded to work for them for 12 months.

More could be done to protect home owners from illegal gas work, says APHC

Following a new study by Gas Safe Register that highlights the worrying numbers of jobs carried out by unqualified gas fitters each year, the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is arguing that more could be done to protect members of the public from the dangers of illegal installations.

New report links carbon monoxide with low ventilation rates

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) and the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) has launched a report into the potential concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO) due to emissions from domestic gas appliances in buildings with low ventilation rates

Industry bodies address mental health challenge

Industry bodies are joining forces with the Samaritans on a campaign to address the growing problem of mental health and workplace stress in the building engineering services industry.

HSE supports calls for an MOT style Landlord's Gas Safety Record

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is supporting the Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM) campaign to move to an MOT style of annual gas safety check for landlords, and is beginning a consultation process on the change.

Industry teams up to promote consumer safety

The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installers (iKBBI) has teamed up with NICEIC and ELECSA to promote consumer safety within the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installation market.

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