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HBS acquires Riomay’s solar installation activities

HBS – the mechanical, electrical and new energies contractor – has acquired solar specialist Riomay’s solar design and installation activities.

Three quarters of construction employers see increase in number of females entering the industry

A new poll conducted by a business insurance website has discovered that over three quarters of employers within the construction sector have witnessed an increase in the number of women working in traditionally male jobs within the past 12 months.

B&ES members report rise in turnover

A third of the Building & Engineering Services Association’s (B&ES) members who participated in the latest state of trade survey have experienced an increase in turnover during the second half of 2014.

Firm fined after CO poisoning causes pensioner's death

A pensioner from Middleton died from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning just hours after the flue on her gas boiler was blocked with cavity wall insulation, a court has heard.

British Gas owner reports fall in profits for 2014

Profits have fallen sharply at Centrica, the owner of British Gas, as energy prices once again hit the headlines.

New law in Scotland set to benefit contractors

NICEIC-registered contractors in Scotland have been recognised as satisfying guidance in a new law which will see landlords obliged to carry out electrical safety inspections every five years

Worker’s death uncovers serious safety failures

An employer at a roofline products company in Deeside has been fined for providing a severely unsafe ladder to a worker, who later fell and died from his injuries.

Polypipe acquires Ferrob Ventilation assets

Polypipe Ventilation has acquired the good will and assets of Ferrob – now trading as Ferrob Ventilation.

Construction careers caught in social media minefield

A traditional CV is no longer enough to satisfy many employers in the construction industry, according to new research from specialist recruiter Randstad CPE.

Swale Heating is recruiting

Swale Heating has launched a recruitment drive as it continues to expand across London and the Home Counties.

Don’t commit a bathroom crime this Valentine’s Day!

Getting caught short of toilet roll because your partner hasn’t replaced it is the nation’s biggest bathroom bugbear, according to a recent survey by Ideal Standard.

Plumbers fined for fraudulent and unsafe gas work

One plumber has received a community service order and another has been fined over illegal gas work that put the lives of patrons and staff at a Sawbridgeworth hotel in danger.

Homes must be future-proofed to tackle “unacceptable” fuel poverty, says Ask for Underfloor

Ask for Underfloor, BEAMA’s consumer campaign, is urging the government to make more efficient heating systems compulsory for all UK social and affordable housing.

Government proposes to abolish energy ratings for over 50,000 public buildings

The government has announced proposals which could see Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for 54,000 public buildings in England and Wales abolished.

B&ES Yorkshire recognises young talent

B&ES Yorkshire has announced the winners of this year's Yorkshire Training Awards

Student homes among worst affected by mould

Half of all students have a problem with condensation, mould and damp according to a recent report by the National Union of Students.

Pimlico Plumbers receives boost from London property market

Pimlico Plumbers is attributing recent growth to the increase in demand from the property market in London.

Firms fined after renewables installer falls to his death

A renewable technology company and two sub-contractors have been fined for safety failings after a worker was killed when he fell seven metres from a roof while installing solar panels.

DECC extends voucher deadline for first release of GDHIF

The Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) is extending vouchers from the first release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) until 31 March, allowing more time for energy efficiency measures to be installed.

‘Why bother’ says HWA as DECC announces the Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency Regulations

The Private Rented Sector Energy Efficiency Regulations for the domestic market announced by the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) on 9 February have been met with industry disappointment.

Passion and eagerness to learn revealed as most desirable skills for construction industry apprentices

A study, which surveyed employers working in various sectors across the construction industry, found a passion for the industry and an eagerness to learn were the top attributes employers look for in apprentices.

Promoting professionalism among utility companies

Severn Trent Water is the first water supply company in the UK to have all its Water Fittings Regulations Technicians (water inspectors) become Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) members.

Research reveals homeowners’ wasteful habits

After the warmest year on record, arctic temperatures have now hit the UK, causing homeowners to finally crank up their home heating.

Stricter efficiency rules for rented homes

New government plans will make it illegal for private landlords to rent out properties that don't meet minimum efficiency standards.

Community service for gas fitter after young family suffered carbon monoxide poisoning

A Staffordshire gas fitter has been given 240 hours of unpaid work for failing to identify defects on a boiler that left a young family with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, just one day after they took their newborn baby home.

Oil tank safety campaign launched in Northern Ireland

A campaign for oil tank safety awareness has been launched by the Oil-Firing Technical Association (OFTEC), in collaboration with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA).

Make CO Alarms Law campaign brought to government

The House of Commons played host to a reception promoting the Make CO Alarms Law campaign on 2 February, which argues that carbon monoxide (CO) alarms should be mandatory in homes across England and Wales.

Infrastructure Bill aims to make RHI financing more flexible

The Infrastructure Bill put forward in Parliament last week plans to improve how government funds, plans, manages and maintains our national infrastructure.

Industry supports Cold Homes Week, a national campaign to improve energy efficiency in UK properties

Cold Homes Week, taking place from 2 to 7 February, aims to raise awareness about the issues surrounding fuel poverty and gain the support of politicians to improve the energy efficiency of UK homes.

Gas Safety Trust launches new online Carbon Monoxide Portal resource

A new carbon monoxide (CO) portal was launched by the Gas Safety Trust on 29 January, to host and signpost data and information relating to CO in the UK.

Footballer Stuart Pearce backs asbestos safety campaign after revealing ignorance over hidden killer

England footballer Stuart Pearce is blowing the whistle on asbestos after revealing he could have breathed in the deadly dust while working part time as an electrician during his early football career.  

Illegal gas fitter fined for putting lives at risk through dangerous work

An unregistered gas fitter has been fined for illegally servicing a boiler at a Honiton home that was later classed as “immediately dangerous”.

Government backs Big Data trial on district heat networks

Advanced algorithms could soon be used to dramatically improve the energy efficiency of district heat networks due to a £7 million funding programme from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

Fatal fall results in fine for solar panel company

A solar panel installation company based in Preston has been fined over the death of one of its workers, after he fell through a cowshed roof.

Warm Home Discount scheme will help 2 million low-income and vulnerable households get money off their energy bills

Next winter, government estimates 2 million low-income and vulnerable households will get £140 off their energy bills, thanks to the Warm Home Discount scheme.

Britain’s top tradesmen visit Treasury

Two professional plumbers were recently invited to meet with Chancellor George Osborne at the Treasury, to discuss the current picture for UK tradespeople and what could be done to encourage further business growth across trades.

CO report suggests MOT-style servicing of gas appliances

There should be an MOT style of servicing for gas appliances in social housing, according to a recent report published by the All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group (APPCOG).

DECC joins forces with national merchant for RHI roadshows

Sustainable Building Solutions (SBS) has announced that it will be joining with the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) to host a number of regional Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) roadshows throughout February and March.

Gas safety is brought to the classroom

Gas Safe Charity, part of Gas Safe Register, has revealed a new website enabling children to learn about gas safety in the classroom.

Green Deal campaigner withdraws from scheme until red tape and added costs for installers are removed

Peter Thom, managing director of heating and energy efficiency company Green Heat, has written an open letter to David Cameron announcing his ‘uncoupling’ from the Green Deal.

Leeds College apprentice wins student of the year

A young apprentice who persevered to fulfil his dream of becoming a plumber has been named as Leeds College of Building’s student of the year.

Industry calls for mandatory electrical safety checks

Over 90% of respondents agree that electrical safety checks in the private rented sector (PRS) every five years, or more frequently, should be mandatory, according to a recent survey.

World can cut carbon emissions without giving up luxuries

Cutting carbon emissions to limit global temperatures to a 2°C rise can be achieved while improving living standards, a new online tool shows.

London landlord convicted for gas safety dangers

A Harrow-based landlord has received a suspended jail sentence and been fined £10,000 for putting his tenants’ lives in danger by carrying out illegal gas work at the flats he rented.

B&ES releases business manifesto

The Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) has published its Business Manifesto in order to highlight the issues it believes the next government must address if UK construction is to remain fit-for-purpose in the years ahead.

Care home fined for safety failings after death of resident due to burns caused by unprotected radiator pipes

The owner of a Leicester care home has been fined £100,000 after a vulnerable 85-year-old resident died from serious burns.

Win your share of £100,000 in new government funded community energy competition

A share of £100,000 is up for grabs as part of a new community energy competition launched today by Energy & Climate Change Secretary, Edward Davey.

A 'great year' for renewables, says NAPIT

In January last year, NAPIT predicted that 2014 would be the year of renewables and, with many positive predictions being made over the last 12 months, managing director of NAPIT Certification, David Cowburn, believes this forecast was accurate.

CORGI Services launches new bathroom division

CORGI Services has launched a new division of its business, selling a wide range of quality bathroom products including showers, taps and pumps.

Government schemes make winter warmer for one million homes

Energy efficiency measures have reached the one million homes milestone, figures released today by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) have revealed.

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