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Increase in order levels has fuelled construction industry optimism, B&ES survey indicates

Order, enquiry and turnover levels rose across the board during the past six months, research carried out among members of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) indicates.

Proposed apprenticeship levy for large employers causes confusion, BSRIA says

A new apprenticeship levy targeting an increased intake of apprentices among large employers will cause confusion for construction companies as it is unclear how it will work alongside an existing levy, BSRIA says.

Government proposals to cut renewable scheme returns will spark "massive market rush", says industry figure

The solar energy industry is being undermined by the government’s newly proposed cuts to renewable energy subsidies, an industry figure has said.

SMEs avoid high street bank accounts because of complexity, survey suggests

More than half of small businesses have avoided opening an account with a high-street bank because it is too complex, research commissioned by banking services provider Advanced Payment Solutions (APS) suggests.

Six-figure fine for company's safety breaches that posed potentially fatal legionella risk

An engineering company has been fined for failing to manage the risk to public and employees to potentially fatal legionella bacteria.

'Meet the buyer' event to be held for North East companies

Construction companies from around the North East are being invited to a free Constructionline Meet the Buyer event in Sedgefield this September to find out about upcoming contracts in the area.

Baxi champions awareness week with search for gas safe hero

Boiler manufacturer Baxi is marking Gas Safety Week by launching its search for a Gas Safe Hero.

BSRIA argues for single government department in 'Achieving Carbon Targets' document

BSRIA has recommended government provide simplified legislation that rewards good performance and adequately punishes failure to meet legal requirements, and that it must reduce the number of its departments to one to improve communication with the industry.

Undercover Which? investigation reveals engineers failing to meet minimum legal requirements

An undercover Which? investigation has revealed a number of boiler servicing engineers breaking the law and making dangerous mistakes.

Fines for construction companies that failed to notify workers of asbestos

A construction management company and the director of a construction company have been fined for serious safety failings after employees were exposed to asbestos despite a survey having already identified the material's presence.

Installers encouraged to promote safety messages to customers this Gas Safety Week

Ideal Boilers’ is encouraging installers to use the key messages communicated during Gas Safety Week when talking to their customers about boiler servicing, maintenance and ongoing, efficient and safe operation.

Brothers handed suspended sentence for illegal gas work

An unregistered gas fitter and his brother were given community service after the illegal installation of a gas boiler which was left in a dangerous condition.

Government support will boost apprenticeships

The government’s announcement that bids for public sector contracts worth more than £10 million must demonstrate a clear commitment to apprenticeship training will help boost apprenticeships numbers, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Over a third of workers in engineering, construction and utilities complacent to hearing loss despite risks to job

A new survey has highlighted how many people working in construction, engineering and utilities aren’t worried about the risk of hearing loss. This is despite an estimated 18,000 people currently suffering from noise-induced hearing loss caused or made worse by their work.

TrustMark teams up with Stroma

A new partnership between Stroma Certification, the market-leader in building energy performance, sustainability and compliance, and TrustMark will help homeowners to find quality and expert energy saving installers approved to government-endorsed standards when looking to carry out work on their properties.  

HETAS roadshow opens up the solid fuel and biomass market

The next HETAS Live! roadshow will be held on Tuesday 8 September in Guilford.

CPS supports extension of fracking to new sites

Britain’s shale gas potential should be explored and must not be put off by ‘scare mongering’, the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) has said.

BSRIA report forecasts four-year growth in bath sales

The global baths market is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of just below five per cent until 2019, BSRIA’s Global Bathroom Market 2015 research has found.

Stroma certified installers to benefit from government Trustmark scheme operator status

A partnership between Stroma Certification and TrustMark will help make energy saving installers discoverable by homeowners seeking a Government-endorsed professional, according to TrustMark.

APHC's Quality Plumber Week to return in September

The second Quality Plumber Week has been announced to take place this autumn, aiming to celebrate the quality work plumbers carry out every day.

Work turned away by two thirds of businesses due to industry skills shortage, FMB survey suggests

Sixty six per cent of small construction companies admit to having been forced to turn down new business due to the skills shortage, according to a Federation of Master Builders (FMB) survey.

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.

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