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Baxi supports launch of HHIC retrofit labelling scheme

Baxi has welcomed the HHIC’s decision to launch a retrospective boiler-labelling scheme. The scheme aims to increase consumer awareness about boiler efficiencies and performance, and to highlight to consumers that upgrading old, inefficient boilers will reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.

Chancellor called to commit to the non-domestic RHI ahead of Autumn Statement

The Chancellor is being urged to make a long-term commitment to the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) ahead of the Autumn Statement.

Mira wins regional customer service award

Mira Showers has had its reputation for superb customer service bolstered recently with its in-house team winning Call Centre of the Year (Small) at the annual South West Contact Centre Awards.

Report addresses scrapping of environmental policy without consulting industry

The Treasury is being urged to "green-check" all its decisions after a major investigation into its approach found it put short term priorities over long term sustainability – potentially increasing costs to the economy in the future, and harming investor confidence.

Worcester launches search for installer ‘Van of the year’

Worcester, Bosch Group is asking installers to take to social media to help the manufacturer crown the UK’s best van.

‘Retro Boiler’ label launched at PHEX Chelsea endorsed by government minister

A ‘Retro Boiler’ label scheme was launched by the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) today at the Plumbing & Heating Exhibition (PHEX) in Chelsea.

New homes 'slash fuel bills by half'

A new home built to the latest building regulations can cost half as much to heat as a Victorian house of the same size, according to a new report by the NHBC Foundation.

Waxman Heating is supporting CO Awareness Week 2016

Waxman Heating is showing its support for Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week 2016 by providing its customers with free carbon monoxide (CO) alarms. The campaign, taking place from 21 – 27 November, is coordinated by the charity CO Awareness and is now in its 11th year.

Devi launches installer reward programme

Devi, part of Danfoss Electric Heating Systems, has launched the Devi Elite benefit programme. The new reward scheme is designed to help installers of Devi intelligent floor heating systems to expand their skills and business potential.

Triton shows support for AMDEA register my appliance initiative

Triton is supporting the launch of an initiative aimed at improving safety in millions of households nationwide.

BESA ready to plug certification gap

New routes to professional certification will be made available to building services companies next year, following the revision of F Gas handling legislation.

PlumbStock opens Bury St Edmunds branch

PlumbStock has announced a new trade counter in Bury St Edmunds, the latest of 16 new branches opened by the company throughout 2015 and 2016.

WaterSafe teams up with Met Office for Get Ready for Winter campaign

WaterSafe, the register for approved plumbing businesses, is supporting the government’s Get Ready for Winter campaign, hosted by the Met Office.

Plumbers’ merchants market forecast to increase by 4% in 2016

The plumbers’ merchant market was worth an estimated £4 billion in 2015, having recovered strongly in recent years. Demand has increased since 2013, leading to greater demand for plumbing materials, bathroom and shower products, and the plumbers’ merchants market is forecast to grow by around 4% in 2016, according to a report by AMA Research.

Impatience puts homeowners at risk of sub-standard work, says APHC

The immediacy of consumer expectations and rise of an “I want it now” culture is putting householders at risk of dangerous and sub-standard work, according to new research from the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC).

HSE consults on changes to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is consulting on changes to the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 (GSIUR).

Domestic gas boiler sales fall, according to HHIC data

Figures published by the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) show that sales of domestic gas boilers in September 2016 fell by 4.3%, in comparison with September 2015; with year-to-date figures showing a fall of 0.7% compared with 2015.

New tool launched to help employers find apprenticeship training

A new tool, designed to help employers find apprenticeship training, has been launched by the Skills Funding Agency (SFA).

Builder given suspended prison sentence and community service following unsafe gas work

A builder has been sentenced to 250 hours of community service for putting a homeowner at risk following renovations to their house in Cardiff.

War of the thermostat

Drayton is highlighting the ‘war of the thermostat’ between men and women, as research from Money Supermarket shows that almost a third of UK adults admit to arguing with partners and housemates over temperature tampering.

Gender pay gap at 16.3% for construction sector

The Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening has welcomed figures showing the gender pay gap is now the lowest on record.

2.7 million renters at risk from dangerous gas appliances, says Gas Safe Register

Unsafe gas appliances have been found in a fifth of privately rented accommodation, leading Gas Safe Register to believe that more than 2.7 million people could be living in dangerous housing.

Organisations band together to sign solar thermal letter

21 organisations have backed a letter to Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property, urging her to retain solar thermal within the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Plumb and Parts branches get smarter with nationwide tour

Plumb and Parts Center’s network of more than 500 branches are set to become smart controls hubs over the coming months and, to kick-start the initiative, Honeywell and Nest are touring the country to offer hands-on training in every branch.

UCATT to join Unite to form one union for the construction industry

Construction workers will have one powerful union voice on their side fighting for them from 1 January 2017, as members of the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) voted by 85.5% on 2 November to merge with Britain’s largest union, Unite.

Gas Safe invites engineers to have their say on decade review

Gas engineers and other stakeholders can now make their voices heard and share their industry views for the Gas Safe Register’s ‘Decade Review’.

Show your radiators some TLC this National Radiator Day

Homeowners are being urged to mark National Radiator Day (1 November) by showing their radiators some tender loving care.

Government confirms apprenticeship funding boost

The government has confirmed new reforms to its apprenticeship funding system, including £60 million to be spent helping young people from deprived backgrounds, as part of its drive to create 3 million new apprenticeships by 2020.

Plumber wins £15,000 holiday of a lifetime through JG Speedfit competition

The winner of JG Speedfit's 'ain't no Pipe Dream' competition has been announced as Daniel Wilkes, a plumber from Yorkshire, who has won holiday vouchers worth £15,000.

SummitSkills announces its closure

Following a board meeting on 20 October, SummitSkills has announced it will cease operations on 31 March, 2017.

Bosch searches for trade tool testers

Bosch is looking for professional tradespeople to take part in its #builtwithBosch campaign.

Awareness campaign highlights damage caused by hard water

A national hard water awareness campaign has been launched in Kent, the county with some of the hardest tap water in the UK, by Harvey Water Softeners.

Carbon Connect launches low carbon research project

Carbon Connect, a division of Policy Connect, is launching Future Gas Series, a research project to investigate the opportunities offered by low carbon gas to reduce the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, and the policy developments that are required to enable its deployment.

Biomass technical standard launched by HWA and HETAS

The Hot Water Association (HWA) published a new technical standard in conjunction with HETAS on 24 October, outlining the steps required to correctly connect a solid fuel appliance with a hot water storage system.

Worcester training centres get CIPHE approval

Worcester, Bosch Group’s training facilities have been awarded Approved Training Centre status by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Four out of five UK homeowners do not check VAT credentials, according to Plentific

Plentific.com’s latest consumer insight has found that 4 out of 5 of UK homeowners do not ask to see evidence of VAT credentials when hiring a tradesperson.

Accessible bathrooms add value to society, report reveals

A report focusing on the operation of the Disabled Facilities Grant highlights the value that bathroom adaptations can bring to customers.

HVP seeks installers' views on the state of the industry

HVP is hosting an installer round table at PHEX Chelsea this November and is inviting readers to take part and have their say on the industry.

Stopcocks Women Plumbers to take on male members

Stopcocks Women Plumbers is calling on men and women to join its new franchise scheme, to be launched in January 2017.

Landlord given suspended prison sentence over gas failings

A Durham landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence following his failure to maintain or check the gas fittings in one of his properties.

New report a “welcome roadmap for heating efficiency”

A report suggesting hydrogen could be a sustainable alternative to natural gas, issued by the Committee on Climate Change, has been welcomed by boiler manufacturer, Worcester, Bosch.

Travis Perkins reports positive growth in Q3 alongside plans to close 30 branches

Travis Perkins has released its trading update for Q3 2016, showing total sales growth of 3.4% across the business, despite significant losses in the plumbing and heating side of the group.

Importance of TMVs highlighted this National Burn Awareness day

The Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) is urging installers to be diligent in fitting thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) as it recognises National Burn Awareness day on 19 October

Quality Plumber Week 'most successful ever'

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is thanking members of the industry for participating in its third ever Quality Plumber Week (QPW), which was the most successful in the event's history at promoting the important competent plumbing and heating installers play in our communities.

Funding announced for district heating schemes

Households across the UK could have their heating bills reduced, thanks to a new funding scheme announced by the government on 17 October.

Stepping up your qualifications

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is looking for plumbers and heating engineers who wish to further their qualifications to Chartered Engineer (CEng) level.

Cast your vote for Plumber of the Year

Graham Plumbers' Merchant is joining the search for the Plumber of the Year by sponsoring the category at this year's On The Tools Awards. The merchant joins Saint-Gobain brands Jewson and British Gypsum in supporting the awards.

Bristol plumber wins new truck, courtesy of Graham

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant named Andrew Crookes from Bristol as the winner of the merchant’s Give a Truck prize draw. He was the lucky name chosen from the thousands of entries to receive the brand new Nissan Navara.

LPG firm welcomes government apprentice levy to future-proof industry workforce

Off-grid fuel supplier AvantiGas has spoken out in support of the government’s proposed apprenticeship levy as it seeks to fill the skills gap in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry.

Vokèra installs heating to help family in need

As part of a complete refurbishment, Vokèra worked with the Ecotechnicians Co-operative, which promotes quality heating projects and organises free installations for good causes, to install a new boiler and control solution for a family in need.