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‘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.

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.

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