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 

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.

Heavy penalty for F-Gas regulation breach

Schneider Electric has been prosecuted for breaching the F-Gas Regulations, after environmentally-harmful sulphur hexaflouride (SF6) gas was released to the air in Stanford-le-Hope, Essex in 2013.

Boiler manufacturer urges Chancellor to remember that ‘simplicity is key’ ahead of budget announcement

Worcester, Bosch Group has called for the Chancellor to ensure that any schemes introduced to improve domestic energy efficiency as part of this week’s budget are as simple as possible for the nation’s homeowners to access.

Encouraging your customers to choose water saving products this World Water Day

With World Water Day just around the corner, Bristan is reminding installers of the importance of encouraging their customers to make the water-saving choice.

PHEX+ Alexandra Palace - 5 weeks to go!

With just five weeks left to go until PHEX+, both domestic and commercial HVAC professionals are being urged to make sure they’ve got the date in their diary and have registered for their free ticket!

Stuart Turner acquires TWS

Shower and water boosting pump manufacturer Stuart Turner Ltd has acquired Trentclyde Water Solutions

Campaign launched to remind trade of waste disposal legislation

A Duty of Care awareness campaign has been launched as research suggests 56% of UK businesses are failing to comply with waste disposal legislation.

The Gas Safety Trust supports petition calling for CO testing equipment in all GP surgeries

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) today announced its support for an online petition launched by CORGI HomePlan to have carbon monoxide (CO) testing equipment made mandatory in GP surgeries.

Report highlights ventilation compliance 'failure'

BSRIA has expressed its disappointment at the findings of a report that highlights a failure of ventilation systems to comply with Building Regulations.

Gas Safety Trust announces research into carbon monoxide lab detection methods

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) is to fund research into whether the number of carbon monoxide poisoning cases being diagnosed is affected by the way blood is stored during testing.

OFTEC launches Solid Fuel Training Centre in Northern Ireland

OFTEC has announced the first OFTEC-approved training centre in Northern Ireland to offer training and assessment for OFTEC's Solid Fuel Installation, Servicing and Commissioning (Dry) certification.

New campaign pushes the beauty of solar

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has officially launched the Stunning Solar campaign - a new push to raise awareness of how the latest rooftop solar technology can produce 'beautiful and aesthetically pleasing' installations.