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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.

OFTEC champions apprenticeships

In the wake of recent criticism over the value of some apprenticeships, OFTEC continues to champion the on-the-job training scheme saying that, if worked effectively, apprenticeships can provide school leavers with an excellent career start and help to combat the UK’s growing skills shortage.

Welsh Water remind customers to wrap up their homes this winter

With the winter upon us, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s ‘Wrap Up Wales’ campaign is reminding customers to make sure that the water pipes in their homes are protected to avoid the disruption and expense that can be caused by frozen pipes.

Solar Trade Association calls for urgent action on proposed VAT hikes

VAT rates on solar PV and solar thermal hot water heating systems could increase to 20% under new proposals from government.

Warm welcome for Chancellor's heat network funding

Bosch Commercial & Industrial has welcomed the Chancellor's decision to commit over £300 million of funding for the introduction of up to 200 heat networks across the UK.

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants announces expansion

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants (PPHM) is expanding its premises to meet growing demand from tradespeople across the capital.

Unlicensed worker exposed residents to asbestos

A Surrey man was fined for exposing the residents of a house in Putney, himself and his assistant to asbestos.

Future burning bright for oil, says Worcester, Bosch Group

A spokesperson for manufacturer of heating and hot water technologies Worcester, Bosch Group has urged installers working in off-mains gas areas to stick with oil as the market looks set for a promising time.

Consumers benefit as oil prices fall again

Latest industry figures show heating oil prices have fallen a further 10.5%, with consumers reaping the benefits because the drop in wholesale costs are being passed directly on.

Government spends £12.1 billion with small businesses

The government has spent 27.1% of its total central government buying with small businesses in the last financial year, according to official statistics.

UKLPG hails cylinder theft prosecution as positive

UKLPG has welcomed the successful prosecution of a person who attempted to steal over 400 empty LPG cylinders.

Safety charity warns against counterfeit electrical goods

The charity Electrical Safety First is calling on goverment to tackle the problem of counterfeit electrical goods after sales of such products increased by 12% this year.

Millions of pounds worth of energy lost due to incorrectly specified meters, claims industry expert

Installing the wrong meters is costing millions of pounds of wasted energy every year according to one of the sector’s leading experts.

Care provider fined after scalding death

Ark Housing Association has been prosecuted after a 60-year-old man suffered severe scalding after being lowered into a bath of hot water and later died.

Energy service launched to help small businesses cut costs

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is launching a new service to help its members reduce their gas and electricity bills.

Worker killed by fall from ladder during boiler inspection

A sub-contractor was fined after a worker was killed when he fell from a ladder during an inspection of a boiler.

Registered engineer fined for signing off illegal work

An unregistered gas fitter illegally installed a domestic boiler and got a registered gas engineer to sign-off his work, leaving the homeowners at risk and landing both of them with hefty fines.

New research questions combi boiler efficiencies

A new study assessing real-life energy use in the home has claimed that combination boilers may not be the most energy efficient way of producing domestic hot water.

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