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ErP 'will have a hugely positive impact', Bristan says

Bristan has committed its support to the Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive and the impact it predicts its September implementation will have on driving the green agenda.

OFTEC redesigns oil assessment re-certification

A re-certification package for oil assessments enabling technicians renewing their qualifications to spend less time off the job has been designed by OFTEC, following consultation with industry members.

One in twenty-five homeowners class themselves as 'rogue', according to survey

Four per cent of homeowners consider themselves ‘rogue’ customers, with some admitting to have withheld payment they felt was rightfully due to tradespeople, a survey by Powered Now has suggested.

Firm that left elderly woman at risk from gas heater fined for safety failings

Gloucester firm Mears has been sentenced for safety failings after refurbishment work at a domestic property left an elderly tenant at risk from a dangerous gas heater.

How techy are the trades?

A staggering 90% of tradespeople now own a smartphone or tablet, according to a new survey by Logic4training.

Poor F-Gas documentation puts 'end users at risk of legal action'

Poor F-Gas compliance standards on many commercial refrigeration and air conditioning sites fall short of mandatory requirements, according to cooling specialist Cool-Therm. The company says this may expose end users to the risk of possible legal action.

Julia Evans, chief executive of BSRIA.

BSRIA launches White Paper on 'Bridging the Skills Gap'

BSRIA has launched a new White Paper on 'Bridging the Skills Gap', posing the question 'What does our industry need from government to recruit new entrants, upskill the existing workforce and change the diversity of the workforce?'

CIPHE clarifies Legionnaires laws for landlords

CIPHE is advising landlords that the need to provide a 'Legionnaires Testing Certificate' for their properties is not a requirement of the revised L8 ACOP, after receiving reports that some letting agents and consultants are asking for them.

Housing firm fined for capping off active chimney used as flue for gas appliances

A housing firm has been sentenced after capping off a chimney at one of its occupied properties despite the chimney being in use.

Landlords being asked to supply Legionella certificate in error, CIPHE warns

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), has warned that landlords are erroneously being asked by letting agents and consultants to provide a Legionnaires’ testing certificate for their properties.

School leavers should consider apprenticeships to launch their career, OFTEC says

An apprenticeship or a vocational training course can launch a career in the heating industry, OFTEC has advised pupils receiving A-Level results today, and GCSE results next Thursday (20 August).

Six-year oil price low will prompt more off-grid customers to switch, OFTEC says

A six-year low in the price of heating oil will drive off-grid consumers to adopt it as their primary heat source, according to OFTEC.

Invoice change will aid small businesses but is flawed, APHC says

A ban on anti-invoice finance terms in contracts to be introduced in 2016 will benefit small businesses but is misdirected, APHC chief executive John Thompson has said.

Proposed changes to energy labelling could cause confusion

Ideal Boilers has expressed concern over the announcement by the EU Commission of its proposal to revise the energy efficiency labelling regulations in 2016.

Installer who falsely claimed to be Gas Safe registered prosecuted for illegal work

A Bedford installer has been put on curfew between 6pm and 8am for four months and ordered to wear a tag for illegally fitting an LPG fuelled boiler at a domestic property.

B&ES revises its guide to heat metering

To help installers meet the heat metering requirements of the government’s non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), B&ES Publications has revised its Guide to Good Practice: Heat Metering for the RHI to reflect the changes to the scheme and to incorporate some of the lessons learned.

Lancashire plumber fined for causing explosion that required a domestic property's demolition

A self-employed plumber has been fined for safety failings that led to an explosion at a domestic property in Cambrian Way, Haslingden, Lancashire.

Join the REA to get your voice heard on the future of renewables

Industry members are being encouraged to join the Renewable Energy Association (REA) in order to ensure their voice is heard and help shape the future of the rapidly-evolving renewables sector.

Showroom visit highly valued by homeowners purchasing bathrooms, survey suggests

Homeowners prefer to conduct independent, in-depth research when making the decision to purchase a new bathroom, the findings of a survey suggest.

Hot Water Association launches consumer campaign

The Hot Water Association (HWA) has launched a new campaign that asks consumers to post pictures of their central heating hot water tank on either Twitter or Facebook.

Essential for homeowners to check credentials of tradespeople, says OFTEC

OFTEC has urged homeowners to check the qualifications of tradespeople before employing them following the conviction of a part time plumber for dangerous gas work and overcharging of customers.

Skills shortages underlying July construction slowdown will continue to get worse, PwC says

Skills shortages contributing to a slowdown in the construction sector in July pose a ‘serious challenge’ not only to the industry but the economy as a whole, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

Energy labelling report misses the elephant in the room

The EU Commission has recognised the short comings of the Energy labelling requirements but still misses the real point, says HEATFED.

'Perfect plumber' poll highlights personable character and awareness of new legislation as key traits

The attributes that make for the ‘perfect’ plumber have been identified by a survey conducted among installers by bathrooms manufacturer Bristan.

CIPHE launches safe water campaign

Most people living in the UK don’t give a second thought about ‘safe’ water – they turn on the tap and ‘hey presto’ clean water is dispensed.

Tradespeople avoid branding vans due to risk of theft and already having 'more than enough' work, survey finds

Forty per cent of tradespeople prefer to keep their van devoid of company name, contact details or industry accreditations, a survey of 200 trade workers across the UK has found.

Stockport heating firm fined for exposing workers to asbestos

A Stockport heating engineering firm has been sentenced after two of its engineers were exposed to asbestos while working on the site of a Manchester school.

Hertfordshire gas installer jailed for nine months for illegal work

A gas installer has been jailed after carrying out dangerous and illegal work at two homes in Hertfordshire.

Government should delay renewables support scheme cuts to avoid compensation claims, SNP says

The Scottish National Party (SNP) has called on the government to show flexibility on the grace period for implementing planned cuts to financial support for renewables to include all projects already in the planning process, warning it may face legal action if it does not.

CIPHE teams up with IdealPRO scheme

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has announced a partnership with IdealPRO, aiming to promote benefits of membership with the professional industry body.

Young British builders ditch construction-crisis home for the good life in New Zealand

Will Davies of property maintenance firm aspect.co.uk has warned the government to take note of the increasing number of young skilled British workers from the construction industry moving to New Zealand in search for a new life and better working conditions.

Zero carbon announcement a welcome kick-start for housebuilders

The Treasury’s recent announcement on the future of zero carbon homes is expected to result in “fewer financial burdens” for the construction sector, according to Worcester, Bosch Group.

Green Deal Finance Company responds to Green Deal funding cuts

The Green Deal Finance Company has announced that it will cease accepting applications for new Green Deal Plans with immediate effect. This is to ensure that sufficient funds exist to support those applications that have been lodged in recent weeks and are already being processed. 

Jail for fraudulent gas fitter who duped homeowners

A Leeds trader, who operated under several aliases, was jailed on 21 July for carrying out illegal gas work and putting a family at risk of serious injury, or even death. 

SME workloads rising due to skills shortage that threatens sector's recovery, says FMB

Rising activity in the SME construction sector threatens to be undermined by the prevailing skills shortage, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), despite the fact that the building industry has been booming for more than two years.

End to Green Deal funding paves way for more workable regulation

The decision to cease funding for the Green Deal should prompt renewed focus on smarter regulation for the heating industry, says Worcester Bosch Group.

New commissioner to tackle late payment culture

Proposals for a new Small Business Commissioner to lead a culture change in how small businesses resolve disputes with larger companies have been set out by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills.

Merseyside plumbers encouraged to enter independent business awards

Plumbers and heating engineers in Liverpool are being encouraged to seek recognition for their work by entering the Merseyside Independent Business Awards (MIB).

Green Deal ‘dead in the water’

Further funding to the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) has been cut and there will be no further releases of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) announced on 22 July.

Green Deal funding axed

In light of low take-up and concerns about industry standards there will be no further funding to the Green Deal Finance Company, in a move to protect taxpayers, the Department for Energy & Climate Change announced on 23 July.

OFTEC calls on boiler manufacturers to be responsible when quoting Energy Savings Data

OFTEC Ireland has issued a reminder to boiler manufacturers regarding the use of energy savings data in trade and general advertising.

Feed in Tariff scheme to be reviewed

Measures to deal with a projected over-allocation of renewable energy subsidies were announced by the Conservative Government on 22 July.

Almost 90% of Brits could be overspending on their heating bills due to hard water, YouGov Poll shows.

Almost nine out of 10 people in the UK could be spending hundreds of pounds more than they need to on their heating bills simply because of the hardness of their water, according to a survey by YouGov.

Help to shape the Home Quality Mark

The views of industry and the public on the new Home Quality Mark (HQM), a national quality rating scheme due to begin operating in October this year, are being sought by HQM’s developer, BRE.

Industry urges Chancellor to reconsider zero carbon policy

More than 200 businesses from the construction, property and renewable energy industries have urged the Chancellor to reconsider the government's sudden U-turn over the long-established zero carbon homes policy.

Manhattan Showers goes into liquidation

Manhattan Showers has announced it went in to voluntary liquidation on 14 July, 2015.

Risk of 'heat related deaths' in UK eco homes

A new report has warned of the health risks caused by overheating in energy efficient homes.

Proposed changes aim to simplify energy labelling

As part of the Energy Union strategy, the European Commission has proposed a revision of the energy efficiency labelling laws.

Government's new home zero carbon policy abandonment is 'oversight', Baxi says

The government’s decision not to proceed with the zero carbon homes scheme and complementary Allowable Solutions programme is an "oversight" that leaves developers “standing at the edge of a cliff” as they face delivering near-zero carbon homes to comply with a 2019 EU Directive, according to boiler manufacturer Baxi.

Industry report calls for workable heat policy

The UK government must make a long term commitment to a single workable heat policy, if the fourth carbon budget targets are to be achieved, says the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC).

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