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Plumber prosecuted for illegal gas work

An Essex plumber has been sentenced to a community order after installing gas boilers while not being Gas Safe registered.

Woodsure joins forces with HETAS to raise awareness of fuel quality

The importance of choosing the right fuel is being highlighted by Woodsure and HETAS as part of a new joint venture.

Crohn’s sufferer surmounts odds and secures apprenticeship

A young Crohn’s sufferer, who was forced to miss large amounts of school, is refusing to let the disease stand in his way and is heading towards a successful plumbing career after enrolling at Leeds College of Building and securing an apprenticeship.

Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change makes case for staying in the European Union

The Energy & Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd has set out why she thinks the UK is stronger, safer and better off staying in the European Union.

Zero Carbon Hub to close

Following the decision by the government to scrap the zero carbon target, Zero Carbon Hub has announced it will cease operations from today (31 March 2016). Industry funding was withdrawn after the the loss of the zero carbon standard last July, despite outcry from the industry and calls to reinstate the low carbon policies, which were due to come into effect in 2016.

Protect your workforce against asbestos with training ‘shake up’ this Global Asbestos Awareness Week

It is a little known fact that asbestos is responsible for 14 deaths in the UK every day and a large part of that number relates to the construction sector, which includes heating and ventilating engineers and plumbers. 

Gas Safety Trust supports research into medical awareness of CO poisoning

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) will continue to fund a survey being undertaken by the National Poisons Information Service (NPIS), which will help to gauge healthcare professionals' awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, following an initial pilot project.

The Guardian shortlists the European Water Label

The European Water Label, the voluntary labelling scheme for water-consuming products in the bathroom and kitchen, has been shortlisted in the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards.

Solar panel VAT rate 'to stay at 5%'

The government has announced it will keep the reduced VAT rate on energy-saving materials such as solar panels and heat pumps.

Solar panel firm fined after worker is seriously injured in fall

A solar panel firm has been fined £153,000 after a worker was seriously injured in a fall through a fragile roof light at a private home in Kent. The worker fractured his shin and a vertebra in the incident in Hawkinge on 30 April 2013.

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).