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Unregistered gas fitter taken to court

Swindon-based gas fitter Arash Raeisinezhadian has been prosecuted for putting lives at risk through fitting boilers illegally.

Plumbing and heating employers invited to give feedback on apprenticeship Draft Standard

A new Draft Standard for plumbing and domestic heating apprenticeships in England has been completed by the Trailblazer Employer Group, following recent industry research.

Fines for housing company and contractor after putting workers at risk

Two companies have been fined for endangering workers by exposing them to potentially deadly asbestos.

Employee motivation helps build UK construction success

Electricians are reigniting their spark, plumbers are feeling pally and builders are making buddies, with on-site banter the main motivator for one third of those working in the construction industry.

Parliamentary report urges ‘behaviour change’ approach to tackling carbon monoxide poisoning

Those involved in promoting carbon monoxide (CO) safety must change their approach in order to have an impact, according to a new report launched in parliament today (19 January).

Homeowners urged to get Green Deal assessment ahead of next GDHIF installment

With under four weeks to go until the next instalment of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), homeowners are being encouraged to make sure they arrange their Green Deal home assessment in advance if they are to benefit from the next round of cash.

Change needed to improve electrical safety in the home says NAPIT

The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) has called for government and industry to ensure appropriate action is taken following the release of a new report published by the Electrical Safety Roundtable (ESR).

Government urges consumers to switch and save

Switching energy supplier could save customers around £300 off their bills, and it’s now quicker to do than ever before, government has announced.

Daikin survey sheds new light on consumer awareness of renewables and domestic RHI

New research commissioned by Daikin UK gives a valuable insight into UK homeowners’ awareness and experience of renewable technologies and the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.

Searches for accredited plumbers and heating engineers up 61% as TrustMark hits record numbers

More than 7.2 million search results were provided to homeowners who used TrustMark’s website and telephone helpline to find expert tradesmen to carry out work during 2014, an increase of 38% compared to the same period in 2013. 

E.ON reduces standard gas price by 3.5%

E.ON has announced it will reduce its standard gas price by an average of 3.5% with immediate effect, equivalent to two weeks' gas use or £24 off an annual gas bill.

Combined Heat & Power Association renamed the Association for Decentralised Energy

The Combined Heat & Power Association has announced it will be renamed the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), to reflect its role as the key advocate for the UK’s decentralised energy transition across the industrial, public, commercial and domestic sectors.

Britain’s most trusted tradespeople

Plumbers are in the top three most trustworthy tradespeople in Britain, according to a new study commissioned by Helly Hansen Workwear.

Unregistered gas fitter fined for illegal work

An unregistered gas fitter has been fined for illegal gas work that potentially endangered lives at a home in Staffordshire.

Energy firms urged to pass fall in oil prices on to hard-pressed families and businesses

Britain’s energy firms are being urged to pass on savings to hard-pressed homeowners and businesses, following a fall in wholesale oil prices of almost 30% in the last year.

Construction firm owner fined for hazardous scaffolds

The owner of a small construction firm in Portsmouth has been fined after he erected a number of dangerous scaffolds.

OFTEC Ireland launches new guide to help older people stay warm this winter

A free guide, offering advice to help older people using oil heating to stay safe and warm throughout the winter period, was launched by Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) Ireland and Kathleen Lynch TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Older People today (6 January).

Manufacturer introduces ErP directive education campaign

The new Energy related Product (ErP) directive from the EU will come into force on 26th September 2015, to ensure space and water heaters meet minimum efficiency requirements.

Installers are missing out on added business opportunities says survey

Two thirds of installers fail to regularly schedule in a return maintenance visit, despite believing these checks could be of considerable financial benefit to their business, according to a survey by bathroom product, plumbing and heating manufacturer Inta.

Jarden Consumer Solutions recalls Bionaire oil filled heaters due to scald hazard

Jarden Consumer Solutions has recalled specific models of its Bionaire range of oil filled heaters, as they have been found to potentially spray heated oil, causing a scald hazard.

Andrews Water Heaters welcomes ErP Directive

Jonathan Tedstone, category manager for Andrews Water Heaters, has commented on the upcoming Ecodesign Directive - commonly known as the ErP Directive - and Energy Labelling Directive for water heaters and hot water storage tanks, which will be implemented later this year.

Industry figures named in Queen's Honours List

Pimlico Plumbers' founder Charlie Mullins has been awarded the title of OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year 2015 Honours List, while TrustMark’s chairman Liz Male has been appointed an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).

Contractors urged to take part in consultation on revised training standards for apprenticeships

Building services engineering contractors in England are being urged to give their views on a radical revision of training standards that are being proposed for industrial and commercial apprentices in the sector.

Installer company receives £400k funding facility

JCM Heating & Renewables (JCM), installer of gas condensing boilers, has received a £400,000 funding facility from Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance.

Wirquin breakfast mornings at local merchants

Plumbers are invited to attend Wirquin breakfast mornings being held at local plumbers' merchants to learn more about the company's range of products, including the Macdee Motion universal dual flush siphon.

New legislation makes R22 use illegal

With the R22 phase-out period now over, the use of recycled or virgin HCFCs to service HVAC equipment is now illegal. Daikin UK reminds installers of the new legislation requirements.

Funding 'should encourage apprenticeship recruitment'

Funding available from 1 January, 2015, should encourage electrical, heating and plumbing employers with a London postcode to recruit more apprenticeships, according to training provider JTL.

Plumber prosecuted for illegal gas work

A plumber from Bude has been fined after falsely claiming to be Gas Safe registered and carrying out illegal and unsafe gas work that put lives at risk.

New home registrations continue to outperform 2013 levels, reports NHBC

New home registrations across the UK remain ahead of last year’s figures, with the latest rolling quarter revealing an 8% increase on the same period in 2013, according to new figures released by NHBC.

Council homes provider fined following death of heating engineer

A homes provider company for Barnet Council was fined for safety failings after a heating engineer was found dead in a communal boiler house at one of their housing estates.

Energy efficiency measures top 1 million under government schemes

A million home improvement measures will keep Britain’s homes warmer for less this Christmas thanks to the government’s energy efficiency schemes, says Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change Ed Davey.

10 things you need to know about UFH

With the weather getting colder, people might start to consider different heating options, especially if they have been hit by an increase in their heating bills. To serve as a quick guide to underfloor heating (UFH) systems, Warmup has designed this infographic.

WaterSafe supports Education Jargon Buster

WaterSafe has pledged its full support to helping cut confusion within the current curriculum, after recent research by City & Guilds discovered that a high number of employees do not understand today’s qualifications.

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants launched

Pimlico Plumbers has opened its new plumbing merchant enterprise.

Installers are the route to energy efficiency

‘Labour must focus on registered heating engineers if they want to deliver on energy efficiency’ says the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council, in response to Labour’s plans for energy efficiency.

MPs support Gas Access Campaign

Momentum is continuing to gather behind the Gas Access Campaign, which is calling for changes to the current system available to local landlords who need to carry out gas safety checks in rented properties.

Funding for solid wall insulation under the second release of the GDHIF has closed

Up to £24 million worth of funding for solid wall insulation has been allocated to households in England and Wales through the second release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).

Property company fined for gas safety neglect

A property firm in Richmond has been prosecuted for putting the lives of its tenants at risk by repeatedly failing to make sure the gas boilers in their homes were safe.

Building firm fined after worker suffers injuries from fall

Building firm Charles Henderson Construction has been fined for neglecting safety, after a carpenter broke his collarbone and rib when he fell through an unprotected roof light opening.

Community service for fraudulent gas fitter

A County Durham plumber has received community service for putting the lives of tenants at risk after deceiving landlords by claiming he was Gas Safe registered.

Industry responds to return of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

The industry has given a mixed reaction to the reintroduction of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), which was originally launched in June and retracted a month later.

Private homes need CO guidance, shows survey

More than half of homeowners and private renters in England and Wales would take a tradesperson’s advice about which type of carbon monoxide (CO) alarm to buy, according to a recent survey conducted by YouGov for Honeywell.

Illegal gas fitter fined over £10,000 after falsely claiming to be Gas Safe registered

An illegal gas fitter and the director of the company that hired him have been fined after dangerous work in six homes in Cornwall put families at risk.

HWA describes failure to address energy efficiency of UK housing stock in Autumn Statement as ‘disappointing and another missed opportunity’

The Hot Water Association has responded to the Chancellor's Autumn statement saying that the time for talking has passed and we need to start improving the energy efficiency of our housing stock now.

Installers encouraged to target private landlord opportunities under GDHIF

Private landlords should be a key target for any installer looking to take advantage of the opportunities created by the new release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), says electric heating manufacturer Dimplex.

Construction Industry Helpline launched

The Considerate Constructors Scheme recently invited members of the industry to a drinks reception at the Imperial War Museum, to support the launch of the Construction Industry Helpline by the Lighthouse Club.

Swale Heating backs Gas Access campaign

Swale Heating has thrown its weight behind a nationwide campaign that hopes to save lives by giving social landlords legal access to carry out gas safety checks in their properties.

Positive news for apprenticeships

From April 2016 the government will make it cheaper for employers to take on an apprentice by abolishing National Insurance contributions for apprentices aged under 25, George Osborne announced in the Autumn Statement.

Green Deal Home Improvement fund to go live this Wednesday

The new release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will open for applications on Wednesday 10 December, with up to £30 million in vouchers available and details of further releases to be announced on a quarterly basis.

Plumbing Pensions attempts to connect with lost members

It's staggering to realise that there are over one million people in the UK who have unclaimed pension benefits, with the total value of these benefits estimated to be worth over £4 billion!

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