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Most builders will base EU decision on personal beliefs, says FMB

More than 80% of bosses of small construction firms will overwhelmingly base their decision to remain or leave the European Union on their broader personal beliefs instead of their business interests, according to a new poll by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

CIPHE launches Apprentice Awards

To highlight the excellent work of young people who have found their vocation in the plumbing and heating sector, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has launched its Apprentice Awards for 2016.

Consumers demand comfort and convenience from heating controls

Consumers across the UK are demanding greater control from their heating system, as new research by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) shows one in five households lack even a basic thermostat or radiator valve.

Xpelair puts noisy bathroom fans back on the agenda

From 23 to 28 May, Noise Action Week – co-ordinated by Environmental Protection UK – will be highlighting the impact that noise can have on our health and quality of life, including disturbance from alarms, DIY, people, pets and most notably household appliances.

WaterSafe backs launch of new guidance for hospitals

WaterSafe, the national accreditation scheme for plumbers in the UK, is backing the launch of new technical guidance on how to manage water systems in hospitals.

Graf UK opens Glasgow branch

Graf UK has further strengthened its presence in Scotland, with the opening of a dedicated branch in Glasgow.

Man jailed for illegal gas work

A Darlington man has been jailed for carrying out illegal gas work on three occasions.

HHIC appoints new chair

Andrew Keating, marketing director for UK boiler manufacturer Baxi, has been appointed the newest chair of the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC).

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant releases latest trade offers

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has released its latest ‘Just the Job’ trade offers. Until 11 June, installers can benefit from deals on a total of 24 products from every day items to boilers and hot water cylinders.

New research looks into what the industry wants from training

Industry professionals are prized trainers, according to new research from Logic4training; 72% of respondents agreed this is how they'd prefer to learn. The new survey provides an overview of people's thoughts on retraining after education, focusing on how and when people want to train.

Let’s be CO safe abroad, says APPCOG

The All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG) has called for greater awareness amongst travellers regarding carbon monoxide (CO) safety, and for both the government and travel industry to act to help keep Britons abroad safe from CO.

Survey aims to form clear picture of UK solar industry

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has launched an online survey to assess the status of the UK solar industry, after major changes to the policy framework for solar power in the UK.

Mullins criticises Policy Institute for perpetuating skills gap

Plumbing entrepreneur and patron of the ‘Women on the Tools’ charity, Charlie Mullins, has criticised the Higher Education Policy Institute for perpetuating the UK’s chronic skills gap through its campaign to increase university applications.

Worker's death 'an important reminder of health and safety'

The death of a worker following his fall from the roof of a five-storey building has provided employers with an important reminder about the importance of implementing sufficient health and safety measures in the workplace.

Planning changes for domestic air source heat pumps in Scotland


A change in Scottish planning law means planning permission is no longer required for the installation, alteration or replacement of a domestic air source heat pump, subject to a number of conditions.

Scottish loan scheme for energy efficiency measures open

The Scottish Government HEEPS Loan Scheme for energy efficiency measures is now open, offering owner-occupiers, private tenants and registered private sector landlords an interest free loan of up to £15,000 for installing a variety of measures.

The Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group offers support to The Kitchen Education Trust

Dedicated to supporting independent kitchen specialists, the Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG) has offered its backing to the newly established The Kitchen Education Trust (TKET) as it seeks to provide quality education and scholarships to develop the kitchen industry.

ADEY hosts first CIPHE global webinar

Water treatment manufacturer Adey Professional Heating Solutions is hosting a global best practice webinar organised by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineers (CIPHE).

Climate Center to stock R32 in branch

Climate Center has invested heavily to respond effectively to the changes to the F-Gas regulations by ensuring the lower GWP R32 refrigerant is readily available for customers in all of its 45 branches nationwide, as an alternative to R410A.

QRL opens permanent stand at London’s Building Centre

Following its recent rebrand, QRL Radiator Group opened a dedicated product showcase at The Building Centre in London on 5 May.

EUA calls on new London Mayor to make energy efficiency a priority

Following his election to London Mayor on 5 May, the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA) is asking Sadiq Khan Make to put energy efficiency at the heart of his policy for London.

New female ambassadors promote careers in industry

Training charity JTL has welcomed three additional young women to its Ambassador programme, which aims to raise awareness of the opportunities that exist for young women in the HVAC industry.

A quarter of UK homeowners think a good plumber is hard to find

A quarter of property owners find it hard to hire good plumbers, according to research commissioned by Toolstation.

APHC researches Building Reg compliances

Research into issues of compliance with Building Regulations is being carried out by The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC), as part of its efforts to improve improve the current state of Building Regulations enforcement within the plumbing and heating industry.

Worker loses life after fall from roof

A Birmingham maintenance company has been fined after a worker died as a result of falling from the roof of a five-storey building.

Lords reject decision to scrap zero-carbon homes

The House of Lords has blocked the government's efforts to scrap the zero carbon homes standard.

OFTEC registrations now include biomass

OFTEC has announced that biomass registration (OFT505) is now available to all installers, completing its range of competent person and microgeneration certification scheme registration services.

Triton launches dedicated installer website

Triton Showers has launched its brand new website providing installers with instant sales advice, practical solutions and a place to find all of the latest news.

Plans to cut red tape threaten plumbing and heating employers

Government plans to cut red tape may present a challenge to plumbing and heating employers, according to the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC).

BSRIA warns of stove legislation changes

BSRIA has warned stove manufacturers of coming changes to government legislation surrounding the testing of solid fuel-fired room heaters, such as stoves, for CE marking and DEFRA smoke tests.

STA fights to keep solar thermal in the RHI

The solar industry has pledged to continue its push to keep solar thermal eligible under the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, following the closure of the government's consultation on plans to cut off support for the technology.

‘Flawed’ RHI will not deliver renewable heat says HHIC

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is ‘flawed’ says the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) in its response to Department of Energy & Climate Changes (DECC) Consultation: The Renewable Heat Incentive: A reformed and refocused scheme.

Industry must promote safe building standards in airtight homes

BSRIA has reminded the industry that it must promote safe building standards and correct air tightness levels at all times, following comments from the Glasgow School of Art that people who do not ventilate their homes properly expose themselves to harmful levels of pollutants.

Plumbers and solicitors worst for online customer service

Plumbers, solicitors and online marketing businesses come bottom of the list for online customer service, while hotels and B&Bs come out top, according to new research by online search platform Intently.co. 

Suspended prison sentence following fraudulent gaswork


A businessman who illegally carried out an annual gas safety check at a tenanted property in Troon, near Camborne, has been given a suspended prison sentence and community service.

Carbon Trust introduces energy efficiency fund for SME’s

The Industrial & Commercial Energy Association (ICOM) has welcomes a new £7 million fund for small businesses across England, Scotland and Wales to replace energy inefficient equipment.

HomeServe hosts recruitment open days to fill around 100 roles

Home assistance company HomeServe is organising two open days as part of an ongoing recruitment drive to serve its customers, with around 100 roles available.

Green Heat honoured for championing energy efficiency

Cambridge energy efficiency specialist, Peter Thom, has been awarded Regional Energy Efficiency Champion of the Year for the Eastern Region in this year’s East of England Energy Efficiency & Retrofit Awards, held at a special awards lunch at the Stansted Hilton Hotel on Wednesday 13th April.

Boiler sales increase is positive news for the industry, says HHIC

Figures released by HHIC show that the number of gas boilers sold in the UK, in the first quarter of 2016, grew by 1.9%. Boiler sales increased for this period from 427,533 in 2015 to 435,612 in 2016.

OFTEC appoints new CEO

Paul Rose has been appointed as the new chief executive for OFTEC (the Oil Firing Technical Association). He will take over on 1 August 2016 from Jeremy Hawksley, who is retiring.

A pub worker has been sentenced for illegally installing a gas boiler at a flat in Torquay.

Geoffrey Voss, aged 59, who works as a barman at a pub in Torquay, installed the gas pipework and gas boiler at a flat on Old Torwood Road, Torquay despite holding no competencies in gas work and having never been registered with Gas Safe Register.

Ravenheat launches search for oldest boilers

Boiler manufacturer Ravenheat is searching for its oldest combi boiler in the country after installers discovered a 30-year-old wall-hung combi in a property in West Yorkshire.

Cuts to British Gas staff as energy supplier reveals customer losses

GMB, the union for British Gas workers, has reacted angrily to the announcement that British Gas intends to close its office in Oldbury and put 684 staff, most of whom are GMB members, out of a job.

Decarbonising the gas grid is the simplest and easiest solution to meet targets, says EUA

The Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA) has responded to the Energy & Climate Change Select Committee inquiry into the 2020 renewable heat and transport targets.

Government must learn from previous mistakes as Green Deal report concludes it failed to deliver value for money

The National Audit Office has concluded that the Department of Energy & Climate Change’s (DECC) Green Deal has not achieved value for money.

New House of Lords report supports APHC apprenticeships findings

A new report by the House of Lords social mobility committee says that young people who do not study for A-levels or degrees are “overlooked and left behind”.

Travis Perkins reveals some of the construction industry's biggest headaches

Travis Perkins has revealed the industry's biggest headaches as part of its pledge to support customers by promoting and encouraging innovation.

Plumbers still key to purchasing decisions

Despite increasingly informed consumers, a survey by Bristan has revealed that plumbers still play a vital role in advising their customers on which products to go for.

Bridging Skills Gap Key for Growth

The skills gap that exists in the construction industry is hindering potential growth, according to NAPIT, which believes that dedicated training courses could be the solution.

Two companies fined after disturbing asbestos

Two companies have been fined after asbestos was disturbed during refurbishment work. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how two employees of 24-Hour Maintenance Services disturbed asbestos insulating board (AIB) while they were doing refurbishment work at a former commercial premises undergoing conversion into flats in Romford.

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