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Renewable Heat take up fails to meet targets

The domestic Renewable heat Incentive (RHI) is failing to attract sufficient support to meet DECC's ambitious carbon reduction targets, according to the Oil Fired Technical Association (OFTEC).

Workloads continue to increase for SMEs

Workloads are growing for small-to-medium (SME) construction firms, although tight margins and growing costs are continuing to limit profits, according to a survey of almost 1,000 construction firms by Constructionline.

Torquay kitchen fitter left gas work in a dangerous state

A kitchen fitter left a gas pipe in a dangerous state during renovations at a home in Torquay, having falsely claimed to be Gas Safe registered, leaving his customers at risk of explosion.

Consumers most trust plumbers in their 40s, but don't ask to see credentials

With the ever-present threat of rogue installers, WaterSafe is warning consumers that age is no indication of professional kudos when choosing a plumber.

Consumer understanding of risk must be improved as figures show only 20% respond to product recalls

Responding to the government’s Review of the UK’s System for the Recall of Unsafe Products, Electrical Safety First has highlighted the need for a more robust system of recalls and urgent action to increase consumer understanding of risk.

A quarter of construction workers failed to vote

One-quarter of registered individuals who work in the construction industry did not vote during last week's general election, according to new research by www.constructaquote.com.

Tradespeople 'becoming complacent' about asbestos

Tradespeople are becoming complacent about their risk of exposure to asbestos, according to a survey from Jefferies Solicitors.

CIPHE celebrates student success

An enthusiastic audience of 170 people, including lecturers and students from six colleges, attended the recent Student Awards Dinner organised by the Kent Branch of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Industry's role in promoting energy efficiency under the new government

Following the result of the general election and the subsequent cabinet reshuffle, industry sets out its hopes for energy efficiency and renewables under the new government.

'No' to new business as skills shortage bites

The UK construction skills shortage is forcing many firms to turn away work according to new findings from ECIS, the employee benefits company for the construction industry.

Aspect.co.uk offers funding towards plumbing diploma

The 'plumbers of tomorrow' are being sought as part of a new competition launched by property maintenance firm aspect.co.uk.

Plumber prosecuted for second time in four months

Plumber Matthew Congdon, 33, of Westby Road, Bude, has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the second time in four months for undertaking gas work while not on the Gas Safe Register.

TrustMark wants you! Heating and plumbing industry representatives sought for TrustMark board

Representatives from the heating and plumbing industry are being sought to join the Board of TrustMark, the government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home.

B&Q choose NICEIC to carry out electrical installations

Consumers are set to benefit from a new partnership between B&Q Homefit and NICEIC.

New Conservative government needs to focus on energy efficiency and house building

The new Cabinet is being called upon to make housing its biggest priority, following the Conservative’s landslide win in this year’s General Election.

New housing registrations up 18% in the first quarter of 2015

New house building figures released by NHBC for Q1 show that more than 40,000 new homes were registered in the UK during the first three months of 2015, an increase of 18% on the same period last year.

TrustMark supports heating and plumbing installers on new health and safety law change

Following the introduction of the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015 earlier this month, TrustMark is providing support and advice to help heating and plumbing installers comply with the significant health and safety requirements that now apply to all home improvements and building work.  

The heat is on as apprentice takes the top spot at SkillPLUMB Wales

As the search for apprentice plumber of the year continues, 21 year-old Daniel Doughty has been named best in Wales at the first SkillPLUMB heat of 2015. 

Get plumbed in with HETAS

HETAS has now extended the scope of its installer competent person self-certification scheme to include plumbing and sanitary ware. This means that installers can self certify a shower or bathroom installation, or installation of a wholesome cold water supply.

Online resource aims to clarify party policies for construction industry

A study by rental solution provider, Hewden, has found that 1.8 million construction sector workers (87% of the construction industry) intend to vote in this year's General Election. However, despite the significant interest, more than half (53%) say they are unclear on the different policies being proposed.

Daikin UK publishes ecodesign and energy labelling white paper

Daikin UK has published a White Paper to shed light on the impending minimum energy efficiency requirements under the Ecodesign framework as well as on the extended energy labelling obligations.

Housing association put pregnant mother at risk of explosion

A pregnant mother and her two children were left at risk after a housing association carried out unsafe gas work at their rented property.

NIBE clarifies exhaust air heat pump classification

As part of a drive to help exhaust air heat pumps reach their potential in the UK, heating manufacturer NIBE has published a guide explaining the European Commission’s decision to classify the technology as renewable.

Have you got your free ticket to PHEX+?

With the PHEX+ exhibition fast approaching, sign up for your free ticket today to take advantage of exclusive show offers at 2015's biggest installer trade event.

British Safety Council supports the Breathe Freely campaign

The British Safety Council lends its support to the 'Breathe Freely' campaign to be launched by the BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection on Workers’ Memorial Day.

Technical workshop on RHI funded heat pump solutions

The Carbon Savings Alliance (CSA) will be hosting a one-off technical workshop on Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) funded heat pump solutions in association with Kensa Heat Pumps and My Green Heating on the 14 May in Exeter.

Spring clean your cylinders and get ready for summer

The warmer weather has certainly heralded the start of spring. Taking this into account, the UK Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (UKLPG) is encouraging installers doing their rounds to encourage LPG users to ensure their cabinet heaters are stored safely for the summer months and LPG cylinders are checked, safe and ready for the start of the BBQ season.  

HHIC responds to DECC’s Renewable Heat Incentive quarterly statistics

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has published quarterly statistics for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which show a marked increase in the number of biomass boilers being accredited under the scheme.

Plumbers election opinion poll

With the election just two weeks away, a survey of tradesmen and women reveals 29% are yet to decide who to vote for.

Oldest working Rayburn in the country revealed

Rayburn has tracked down its oldest known working model in the country, after running a nationwide competition.

B&ES launches revised technical guidance for CHP

B&ES Publications is delighted to announce the launch of the newly revised TR37 – Guide to Good Practice – Installation of Combined Heat and Power (CHP), which offers a practical overview of CHP for building services engineers.

Govan High School launches one of Scotland’s first business backed construction courses

Govan High School has launched one of the first private sector backed construction industry pre-apprenticeship programmes in Scotland.

HHIC publishes new report on low carbon heat

“The UK government must make a long term commitment to a single workable energy strategy if we are to deliver low carbon heat,” says a new report from The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC).

Labour shortages intensify on back of firm workloads

Although recent official construction data has been a little mixed, the latest RICS Construction Market Survey for Q1 2015 shows labour shortages in the sector intensifying alongside feedback that workloads are continuing to rise. Some 63% cited labour shortages as an issue followed by 55% highlighting finance.

OFTEC launches solid fuel registration service

OFTEC has extended its range of competent person registration services to include solid fuel appliances, following government approval by DCLG Building Regulations.

Plumbers and HVAC engineers revealed to be stressed, yet confident

Plumbers and HVAC engineers are feeling confident about their prospects but are also feeling under pressure, according to the latest annual health check survey by ECIS, the employee benefits company for the construction industry.

Homeowners could be ‘letting the wrong ones in’

UK homeowners are at greater risk of allowing rogue tradespeople into their homes by prioritising qualities such as good manners over checking credentials, new findings have suggested.

Top 20 features sought by house-hunters

Warmth and security top the list of essential qualities homebuyers look for in a property, according to a new survey commissioned by gocompare.com.

Solar panels catch fire in council building blaze

Council workers had to be evacuated from Hove Town Hall today after a blaze involving solar panels started on the rooftop of the building.

UK tradespeople kick off a busy year

The year has got off to a busy start for UK tradespeople, according to recent research from Screwfix.

Fix it the first time, say consumers

Field service organisations need to become more efficient and fix a problem on the first visit, according to a new study commissioned by Trimble, the building construction solutions provider.

SummitSkills launches three-year strategic plan

National occupational standards, apprenticeship frameworks and qualifications are the core focus of work outlined in SummitSkills’ new strategic plan for 2015 to 2018.

Ukip plan to axe energy department 'beyond barmy', says Unite

The proposal in the Ukip manifesto to abolish the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has been branded as 'beyond barmy' by Unite, the country's largest union.

Seminar programme brings latest industry news to technicians

Throughout the summer, OFTEC will be on the road across the UK and Ireland holding a series of free local seminar events for registered technicians.

FMB responds to housebuilding policies in party manifestos

The importance given to housing in the Conservative Party manifesto should be applauded but it will be important for the next government to remain focused on housing supply as well as housing ownership, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Plumber fined for dangerous oil-boiler installation

A plumber from Malswick has been fined after installing an oil fired boiler at a property that left the homeowners at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

OFTEC lobbies prospective MPs for “more realistic” heating policies

OFTEC and FPS have written to more than 500 prospective parliamentary candidates, urging them to support proposals for a radical shake-up of home heating policies for the UK.

Plumbers warned pressure on push-fit pipes is causing flood of water escape claims

Plumbing contractors are being warned to take extra care over the installation of push-fit pipes after a spate of high value claims for water damage.

Green Party supports VAT cut on housing repairs

The Green Party has pledged to cut VAT on housing repairs and renovations.

Free installer events in the east of England to support green growth

SustainaBuild isoffering a range of targeted events and networking opportunities designed to equip small and medium sized installation businesses to grow and access new and existing markets.

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