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Approved plumbers are helping customers save water, energy and money, says WaterSafe

A survey of approved plumbers in the UK reveals they are helping homes and businesses save millions of litres of water each year and money from water and energy bills.

APHC holds radio day with The Apprentice winner Joseph Valente

On 11 March 2016, APHC teamed up with The Apprentice 2015 winner and APHC member Joseph Valente for a radio day to promote its latest research findings on attitudes towards apprenticeships and trade professions.

Building services sector backs new health survey

Organisations in the building engineering sector have offered their full support for the new ‘Occupational Health in Building Services Engineering Survey’.

UK construction industry joins in pledging apprenticeships for National Apprenticeship Week 2016

As part of National Apprenticeship Week 2016, which ran from 14 to 18 March, 30,084 new apprenticeships have been pledged by employers across the country and a variety of industries.

New collaborations to boost consumer protection for gas customers

Two government-backed schemes, TrustMark and Gas Safe Register, are working together to provide consumer protection services to registered gas engineers and their customers. As part of a year’s pilot, they will also be informing and educating gas engineers about the new consumer protection law and the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Regulations, which both came into force on 1 October 2015.

Master plumber accolade achieved by Pegler Yorkshire employee

An employee of Pegler Yorkshire has received the accolade of Master Plumber from the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Budget 2016: The industry reacts

Yesterday (16 March), Chancellor George Osborne delivered the 2016 Budget, announcing a variety of measures concerning topics from soft drinks to oil and gas, including some changes that will affect small businesses and renewables.

2016 Budget: Lower taxes for business

Chancellor George Osborne today (16 March) set out the 2016 Budget amid what he described as a “turbulent” global economic outlook.

Pump Industry Awards winners announced

Launched 16 years ago, the Pump Industry Awards has always made its mission to recognise and reward those companies and individuals that ‘go the extra mile’ and to act as a motivator to encourage more companies to fulfil their potential.

Landlord fined for failing to carry out gas safety checks

A London-based landlord was given an eight week suspended sentence after failing to carry out gas safety checks.

Solar assisted products have MCS approval reinstated

The MCS administrator has today reinstated two solar assisted heat pumps (SAHP) manufactured by Energy Panel S.L.

School leavers 'should consider apprenticeships'

School leavers should be encouraged to consider an apprenticeship, according to the results of a survey by the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC).

Don't lose sight of the need for clean water

The need for the industry to support vulnerable people who need clean water and good sanitation was stressed during the 2016 President's Dinner of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE), which took place on 9 March.

Budget must support SMEs, says BESA

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has called on this week's Budget to reduce the burden on small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) by cutting red tape and reducing business rates.

Barnstaple gas engineer prosecuted following unsafe asbestos removal

A gas engineer removed potentially dangerous asbestos material during a gas boiler replacement putting himself and others at risk from exposure to asbestos fibres.

Central heating market set for £100m boost, says market report

Sales of boilers, radiators, controls and pumps have grown by £100 million as Internet of Things, the Renewable Heat Incentive and ECO2 underpin demand growth, according to a new report on the domestic central heating market.

Review website supports National Apprenticeship Week 2016

Recognising the need to attract young people into the industry, businesses nationwide are gearing up to National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 14 to 18 March 2016.

Guide highlights apprenticeship opportunities for school leavers

Not Going to Uni, the UK website for school and college leavers seeking alternatives to university, has published its annual Apprenticeship Guide.

World Plumbing Day sees Plumb Center sign up to support 2016 Plumber Of The Year competition

Today marks World Plumbing Day and, following the success of the competition's inaugural year in 2015, Plumb Center has joined forces with JT and Bristan to become a partner for the 2016 UK Plumber of the Year.

FMB reveals that nearly 60% of construction bosses start their careers as an apprentice

Nearly 60% of SME construction owners started their career as an apprentice, according to new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) ahead of National Apprenticeship Week, which takes place from 14 to 18 March.

5% growth estimated in the UK pipes and fittings market

According to a report by AMA Research, the UK pipes and fittings market has achieved good growth over the last 3 years and is estimated to have grown by 5% in 2015. Since 2012, the market has grown by around 15%, suggesting that it has nearly recovered to the levels seen at its peak in 2007.

Celebrate World Plumbing Day

To mark World Plumbing Day on 11 March 11, WaterSafe is celebrating the role qualified plumbers play in keeping drinking water safe in homes and businesses across the UK.

Tradesman fined for potentially exposing members of the public to asbestos

A man from County Durham has been fined for potentially exposing members of the public to asbestos fibres during the refurbishment of a residential property on South Parade, Croft on Tees, County Durham.

Solar panel installation company fined after worker falls through roof

A Cornish clean energy company has been fined after a worker fell through a fragile roof.

Majority of trades have to turn away work

Confidence among tradespeople is at its highest level for three years, according to the latest ECIS survey, although 58% are having to turn away work.

HETAS launches new guide

HETAS, the official body for approving heating appliances, fuels and services, launched its new and improved 2016 Official HETAS Guide to Approved Products & Services on 8 March.

Wolseley UK recalls Center brand fan heater

Wolseley UK has issued a product recall for its Center brand 2kW fan heaters (product code 105161).

Zero Bills Home is launched on BRE Innovation Park

RIBA award-winning zero carbon design and development business Zed Factory has unveiled the Zero Bills Home, which it says is a response to the housing crisis that aims to make home energy bills obsolete.

Major new construction health survey launched

A major initiative on occupational health in the building services engineering sector has been launched by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and Constructing Better Health.

Team aims to ignite interest in construction industry

Three students scooped the top prize in a competition to devise a video and social media campaign to inspire young people to consider job roles in the construction industry.

HETAS Live! visits Yorkshire

The next HETAS Live! roadshow has been confirmed for Tuesday 22 March in Elland, West Yorkshire.

Energy inquiry must deliver as customers miss out on savings

The majority of customers of the 'Big Six' energy companies are still missing out on savings of up to £400 a year, according to Which? research.

Research to look at accidental CO exposure during pregnancy

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) has announced it is to fund a piece of research carried out by the University of Hertfordshire, which will look at accidental carbon monoxide (CO) exposure among pregnant women and their foetuses.

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.

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