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Government proposes to drop solar thermal from RHI

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has protested a government consultation that is proposing to remove solar thermal technologies from the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Study reveals the nation’s worst drainage hotspots

There are so many misconceptions about which items are acceptable to put down your drain, the average Joe is not alone in thinking it’s fine to flush the odd ‘flushable’ wipe, or pour the leftover fat from a roasting tray down the sink.

Gas engineers top the list of most trusted tradespeople in the UK

Gas Safe Register (GSR) has launched a new public safety campaign called Trust The Triangle to remind the public that the only sign of a trustworthy gas engineer is that they are registered with Gas Safe and have the Gas Safe ID card that sports the triangle logo.

BESA seeks nominations for management awards

The Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA) is seeking nominations for two management awards that recognise the current progress made by the industry's future managers.

BSRIA to celebrate International Women's Day

BSRIA is celebrating International Women's Day on 8 March, 2016, as its chief executive asks if the industry is doing enough to promote female engineers

Apprentice winner Joseph Valente joins APHC

Impra Gas, founded by Joseph Valente, the 2015 winner of TV series 'The Apprentice', has joined the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) as a Licensed Member.

RHI still key for future of renewable heat says NAPIT

Despite damning media reports on the government’s green energy policies, the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) believes that one area of support that remains positive for the renewable heating industry is the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

Changes set out to guarantee long-term energy security and tackle legacy of underinvestment

A series of changes to guarantee the long-term energy security of the UK were announced by government on 1 March, which aim to deliver an energy infrastructure ‘fit for the 21st century’.

Legionella case shows preventative measures are vital

Preventative measures are vital to combat Legionnaire's Disease, a manufacturer has warned, following the death of a 68-year-old man at a Bath hospital last year.

Families call for better advice to tackle fuel poverty

Parents are calling for better advice to tackle fuel poverty, as almost 4 million children in England live in families struggling to pay their energy bills, according to a report by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).

HHIC welcomes the first Energy Efficiency Strategy for Wales

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has welcomed the Welsh Government’s first Energy Efficiency Strategy, announced on 23 February.

England 'needs boiler replacement scheme'

Industry bodies have united to call on Chancellor George Osborne to introduce an England-wide boiler replacement scheme in next month's Budget.

Medics link deaths to poor indoor air quality

Indoor air pollution, including that caused by emissions from faulty boilers, gas cookers and heaters, cause or contribute to at least 40,000 UK deaths each year, according to a new report from two major UK health bodies.

Contractors remain optimistic despite slower growth

Building engineering services contractors reported increased turnover in the six months from July to December 2015, according to the latest State of Trade survey released by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Brexit 'could cause UK to turn its back on sustainable energy'

Yorkshire Heat Pumps has warned that the UK could turn its back on an accountable commitment to sustainable energy if the UK votes to leave the UK in the coming referendum.

Energy network reveals devastating impact of metal theft

Metal has been stolen during more than 1,200 raids on electricty substations owned by SP Energy Networks in the past four years.

UK's 'newbuild hotspots' identified

London and the north east of England are the newbuild hotspots of the UK, according to a number of recent reports from national housebuilders including Persimmon and Barratt Homes.

Scottish solar industry publishes key asks for Scottish Government

The Solar Trade Association (STA) Scotland, the Scottish arm of the solar industry trade body, has put forward a set of 'key asks' on solar to support the Scottish government's ambitious plans to meet 100% of electricity demand from renewables by 2020 and to feed into the new Energy Strategy for Scotland.

Obituary: Mike McCloskey

Mike McCloskey, past president of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA), has died at the age of 66.

EUA launches Smart Homes Group

The Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA) has launched a Smart Homes Group. 

'Consistency needed' to boost energy efficiency in Wales

Plumb Center is urging Welsh officials to work with the heating industry to 'create more consistency in the market', in response to the Welsh government's first Energy Efficiency Strategy

Masters of the plumbing craft

Two CIPHE members received Master Plumber certificates at the recent annual Livery Companies' Skill Council Awards ceremony, which took place on 15 February, 2016.

Tradesmen busier than ever in 2015 as trade booms

IronmongeryDirect’s Annual Industry Review, which was compiled to gain a snapshot of the construction industry, found that 72% of trade businesses experienced a revenue increase in 2015.

BEAMA welcomes clarity of direction within new EU heating and cooling strategy

A new EU heating and cooling strategy, encouraging a move towards smart, efficient and sustainable heating and cooling, has been welcomed by BEAMA after its launch in Brussels.

Exeter plumber left illegal gas work in a dangerous state

An Exeter plumber left a gas meter and gas pipe in a dangerous state in a customer’s home after he had undertaken unregistered gas work.

Corgi HomePlan steps up CO safety campaign with Good Neighbours appeal

CORGI HomePlan’s work to raise public awareness of carbon monoxide safety has resumed in 2016 with a focus on community spirit.

A report to uncover industry attitudes

A group of commercial heating brands is calling upon the sector to contribute to an industry report, which seeks to uncover changing attitudes and the underlying heat strategies implemented by building owners.

‘Heat and warmth must not be considered a luxury’ insists HHIC

“Heat and warmth must not be considered a luxury,” insists Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) director Stewart Clements, speaking out ahead of Fuel Poverty Awareness Day on the 26 February.

HomeServe shares the love for Random Acts of Kindness Week

HomeServe is handing out a mascot opportunity, as well as free football tickets and gift vouchers to followers, fans and customers across the UK to celebrate international Random Acts of Kindness Week.

Travis Perkins announces Innovation Awards

Travis Perkins has announced the Travis Perkins Innovation Awards - a new initiative created to find groundbreaking product innovation and problem solutions for the UK construction industry.

BPMA keeps up the pressure on non-compliant pump imports

Representatives of both the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA) and Europump met with senior executives of the National Measurement Regulatory Office (NMRO) in December, to press home the need for action in relation to the correct application of the EU Energy Related Products Directive (ErP).

Over 80% of RHI applicants satisfied with new systems

Over 80% of applicants to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme are satisfied with their new systems, according to new evaluation reports published today by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Van thefts 'a key concern for tradespeople'

Nearly a quarter of tradespeople have had their vans broken into during the last five years, according to a new survey.

‘Carbon emissions slashed by 83% if LPG switched for Biopropane’ says EUA

The annual carbon emissions from the residential LPG sector could be slashed by 83% by 2025 if heating was switched to biopropane, according to a report published on 11 February by the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA).

A buzz around boiler servicing

A service engineer was greeted with an unbeelievable sight when he attended a property in Essex to complete the landlord’s annual gas safety check today, as the interior of the boiler was filled with honeycomb.

SBF calls for ‘five pillar plan’ to support Scottish construction

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has launched its policy manifesto for the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections by setting out a five pillar plan for sustainable growth in the Scottish construction sector.

‘Make Solar Thermal Panels eligible for lower rate of VAT’ urges HHIC

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) is calling for solar thermal panels to be made eligible for the lower rate of VAT, in response to an HM Revenue & Customs consultation on the reduced rate of VAT for the installation of energy savings materials.

New apprenticeship pay legislation set to impact the construction sector

Almost half (46%) of firms in the construction industry are set to feel the financial impact of new pay legislation affecting apprentices aged 25 years and over, according to a survey by construction payroll provider Hudson Contract.

EUA chief makes plea on national infrastructure

Mike Foster, chief executive the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA) outlined his expectations of the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) when he spoke to the All Party Parliamentary Group on fuel poverty and energy efficiency on 3 February.

Survey reports mid-sized firms reaping digital rewards

A survey has revealed that mid-sized businesses, with between 50 and 249 employees, have seen greater savings in the their business from investing in digital innovation than smaller firms.

ZERO backs UK district energy movement

Low-carbon heating solutions company, ZERO, has added its voice to the growing district energy movement by joining the UK District Energy Association (ukDEA).

Solar assisted products have MCS approval revoked

The MCS Administrator has removed seven Solar Assisted Heat Pumps (SAHP), certified by SZU and manufactured by Energy Panel S.L from its approved list of products.

Campaign launches to help end disadvantage in youth recruitment

Research shows young people face huge barriers putting them at a disadvantage in recruitment processes.

BSRIA applauds major construction labour review

BSRIA has applauded the announcement of the government commission into a major review of the construction labour market in its latest bid to reform the sector and enable it to help power economic growth and solve the current housing crisis.

Skills shortages loom over the industry

Vacancies for skilled workers have grown significantly in the last two years, with a 43% shortage in the trades, according to a new survey from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES).

JTL fundraising event honours former apprentice

Training charity JTL is organising a Company + Apprentice Go-Kart Race in Chatham, Kent, to honour a former apprentice who died in 2015.

Worcester supports scrappage scheme with extra cashback

Worcester, Bosch Group has praised the launch of the London Boiler Cashback Scheme, which offers £400 cashback for replacing an inefficient boiler with a newer, cleaner model.

Industry reaction bolsters Boris Boilers scrappage scheme

Affectionately dubbed Boris Boilers, a new £2.6m boiler scrappage scheme launched by the Mayor will offer up to 6,500 owner-occupiers and accredited private landlords £400 cash back for the replacement of a working but inefficient boiler (rated at 70% efficient or less) with a new ‘A-rated’ model or renewable heating system.

Asbestos victims gagged by negligent employers

Businesses that have failed to deal with dangerous asbestos in their premises, and have put employees or contractors at risk, are using gagging orders to keep their failings quiet.

Boiler scrappage scheme launched for London

A boiler cashback scheme for the capital was announced this morning by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to encourage Londoners to replace their old, inefficient boilers with modern, energy-efficient models.

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