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The great home maintenance drive continues

TrustMark reports more than 8.1m searches for accredited tradespeople during 2015 and an increase of 21% for plumbers and heating engineers.

The BESA and ECA collaborate on safety focus forums

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has launched a series of practical Health and Safety Focus Forums, in partnership with the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).

Construction output suffers marginal decline in Q4 but fundamentals remain positive

The ONS reported today that UK GDP rose by 0.5%. Within this, construction output was marginally weaker, by 0.1%, its second consecutive quarterly fall following the third quarter’s 1.9% decline.

BSRIA in support of CITB revoking 4,600 CSCS cards

BSRIA has announced that it is in support of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) announcement that Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) cards have been revoked after an investigation into fraudulent activity at five test centres showed more than four thousand construction workers paid cash to pass the test.

Grants available to those living in cold or damp homes

Better Housing, Better Health is a new service to help those whose health is affected by living in cold or damp homes. It has been launched by the National Energy Foundation, who will be working in partnership with eleven local authorities across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and with funding from the British Gas Energy Trust.

“We must take action to stop winter deaths”

The Heating and Hot water Industry Council (HHIC) is throwing its support behind the forthcoming Cold Homes Week which runs from 1 to 5 February.

Plymouth builder’s illegal work on gas boiler put family at risk

A Plymouth builder who was not registered to work on gas appliances risked the lives of a family when he carried out building works.

PACT Scheme fights back against late payments

With research showing UK businesses are owed £41.5bn in late payments, PACT Scheme is launching to lead the fight against late payments.

Free technical workshops from APHC

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) will be hosting free technical workshops across England and Wales in March 2016.

Most small business owners don't have professional indemnity

As many as 64% of sole-traders and SME's in the UK don't have professional indemnity insurance, according to constructaquote.com, with building contractors, engineers and estate agents revealed as the top culprits.

Pump House acquired by DiversiTech

Nottingham-based Pump House has been acquired by DiversiTech Corp, a US-based manufacturer and supplier of HVAC parts and accessories.

Industry round table to help implement new regulations

Members of the BEAMA Electric Hot Water Group are holding an industry round table event to help with compliance on the ecodesign and energy labelling requirements for water heaters.

Budding biomass installer wins apprentice of the year

Somerset resident, 25-year-old Sophie Jenkins won Young Apprentice of the Year at the Geberit Awards.

DECC releases latest statistics on solar deployment

The Department of Energy & Climate Change has released its latest statistics on solar deployment under the Feed-in Tariff scheme.

HomeServe helps homeowners prepare for winter conditions

Homeowners and landlords across the UK are being offered a helping hand to help get their properties prepared for a winter chill as the nation gears up for a bitterly cold start to 2016.

Council fined for Legionella death

Reading Borough Council (RBC) has been fined following the death of a pensioner from exposure to Legionella.

Statistics show need for government solar thermal push

Government statistics published today on the renewable heat incentive (RHI) have shown that, in November and December of last year, solar thermal hot water heating made up 12% of the residential systems and only 2% of non-domestic systems supported by the scheme.

Fire Fighters Charity offers rehabilitation services to construction industry

The Fire Fighters Charity is to open the doors of its residential rehabilitation centres across the UK to the construction industry.

First of big six reduces energy tariffs

E.ON has announced the reduction of its standard gas price by 5.1% from 1 February.

Gas Safety Trust reaches funding milestone by awarding £1 million to CO research

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) has awarded £1 million in research grants for a range of activities relating to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning since 2013.

Showers are the new baths according to Key Note report

According to Key Note’s latest baths and sanitaryware market report, adults in the UK are moving further away from baths and toward showers, which have now become the main product for investment in the industry.

ECA launches updated building services survey

Thousands of building services contractors are being urged to complete the new Building Engineering Business Survey, launched today by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) with the support of the Scolmore Group.

Industry still not ready for BIM Level 2 deadline

The deadline for the mandatory use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 for all centrally procured projects is nearly upon us.

UKLPG calls for users to #getahead forwinter

After a mild start to the winter, the sudden shift toward colder weather – with snow expected as far south as Kent and Cornwall – has prompted UKLPG, the trade body for the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) industry, to advise householders and business owners to check their LPG supply.

Gas fire manufacturers join Benchmark scheme

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has announced that gas fire manufacturers across the UK are joining the Benchmark scheme and will be including a generic checklist in their product literature that forms part of the warranty of the appliance.

Affordable warmth projects announced during NEA’s Warm Homes Campaign

NEA, the UK fuel poverty charity has announced the first projects to be funded under a £26.2 million Health and Innovation Programme, which will bring affordable warmth to over 6000 fuel poor and vulnerable households in England, Wales and Scotland. NEA believes this is the largest nationwide programme designed and delivered by a national charity that puts fuel poverty alleviation at its heart.

New City & Guilds research highlights worrying misinformation for young people

The latest research undertaken by City & Guilds reveals an alarming mismatch between the career expectations of young people and the realities of the workplace. 

Poor energy efficiency ratings could lose house-sellers thousands

Would-be house-sellers are being urged to make sure their property is energy efficient before it goes on the market, or risk losing thousands.

Consultation may cause VAT rise for renewables

A new government consultation is proposing a 15% VAT hike for solar panels and other renewable energy products, according to BSRIA.

New rules for commercial insurance on the way

With seven months to go until the new Insurance Act comes into force, contractors are being urged to familiarise themselves with the coming changes to how commercial insurance claims will be treated.

Jewson starts search for UK’s best young tradesperson

Builders' merchant Jewson, has begun a quest to find the construction industry's freshest talent in its new Young Tradesperson of the Year competition.

Get ready for World Plumbing Day

With World Plumbing Day set for 11 March, CIPHE is urging plumbers across the world to celebrate the role plumbing plays in all our lives

Companies sentenced over worker injury

Two companies - Rehau Ltd and Hughes Specialist Transport Ltd - have been fined after a worker suffered serious head injuries when he fell during loading operations.

New APHC training reward scheme for 2016

Throughout 2016, educational charity APHC Training will be distributing rewards of £100 to recognise the hard work undertaken in the plumbing and heating industry.

NAADUK: Catering businesses risk fires and fines

According to the National Association of Air Duct Cleaners UK (NAADUK), thousands of catering businesses in the UK are at risk from catastrophic fires and huge fines because they are failing to comply with regulations governing the cleaning of kitchen extract ductwork systems.

Tradespeople challenge negative stereotypes

A new survey conducted by AXA Insurance finds that 82% of the UK’s builders, painters, plumbers, joiners and electricians regularly go above and beyond the call of duty for customers, completing small extra tasks at no charge and carrying out small acts of kindness, even working unpaid from time to time for those in need.

Carbon monoxide poisoning 'seen in A&E every day'

Four people are treated for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning in English hospitals every day, according to figures obtained under a Freedom of Information (FoI) enquiry by CORGI HomePlan.

Booming and busting: construction industry tops most searched companies in 2015

Analysis by Creditsafe reveals eight of the 10 most searched for UK companies on the Creditsafe system in 2015 operate in the construction industry or are specialist suppliers to the sector. 

Landlord given community service for failing to carry out gas safety checks

A private landlord who failed to provide gas safety certificates for two rented properties was prosecuted on 5 January. 

Honeywell acquires energy solutions provider Elster

Honeywell has announced the acquisition of the Elster Division of Melrose Industries has been completed. Elster is a leading provider of thermal gas solutions for commercial, industrial, and residential heating systems and gas, water, and electricity meters, including smart meters and software and data analytics solutions.

UTC aquires majority stake in Riello Group

United Technologies Holdings Italy has signed an agreement to acquire approximately 70% of the Italian company Riello Group, supplier of products and services for the heating sector operating in over 60 countries.

Westco supports calls for action on illegal pump imports

Heating and plumbing product company Westco has backed calls for action over illegal pump imports to the UK.

Are construction and trade apprenticeships falling out of favour, asks insurer

New analysis from small business insurer Direct Line for Business reveals that construction and trade apprenticeships made up just 7% of all apprenticeships last year, down from a high of 12% in 2006.

Mixed reaction to solar subsidy cuts

Industry reaction to the cuts for small-scale solar electricity cuts has been mixed, with BSRIA expressing its disappointment, but the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) saying it was relieved the cuts didn't go further.

APHC to investigate Building Regulation enforcement

The APHC is to finance a project to investigate poor levels of Building Regulation enforcement and its impact on plumbing and heating contractors, following a summit with other industry bodies.

Anxiety deepens over skills shortages

Building contractors in the North West and Midlands believe that skills shortages will hold their businesses back next year, with particular concerns over a lack of quantity surveyors, estimators and site based-personnel.

BSRIA launches HIU test standard

BSRIA has launched a new test standard for heat interface units (HIUs).

Further revisions to renewable energy subsidies 'ensure bill payers get value for money'

New measures to deal with the projected over-allocation of renewable energy subsidies were announced on 17 December, following recent consultations.

Gledhill Acquired by Groupe Atlantic

The Gledhill family has accepted an offer of an undisclosed sum for the Gledhill Group companies from Groupe Atlantic, which is also a family owned company based in France, with manufacturing plants all over Europe and Asia.

Consumer protection payment service hopes to see the end of rogue traders

A new consumer protection service to help homeowners and tradespeople enter into an agreed contractual arrangement when paying for home improvement, repair or maintenance work has been announced by TrustMark.

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