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Ask for Underfloor responds to slashing of stamp duty

BEAMA’s independent campaign Ask for Underfloor is welcoming George Osborne’s announcement in yesterday’s Autumn Statement that stamp duty will be cut for 98% of homeowners.

Industry welcomes reduction in RHI degression for small commercial biomass

The Department for Energy & Climate Change has announced that the RHI tariff for small commercial biomass is is to be degressed from 1 January 2015 by 10% rather than the anticipated 20%.

Changes to the Feed in Tariff will allow businesses to move solar panels

Businesses will be able to take their solar panels with them when they relocate under proposed changes planned by government.

October strongest month for new housing since 2011

October was the strongest month for new housing registrations since June 2011, figures released by NHBC have revealed.

Community service for illegal gas installer

A plumber who put the lives of prospective home-owners in danger was sentenced to 140 hours community service after carrying out illegal gas work on appliances at a home Tiptree.

Baxi announces new partnership with NEST

Boiler manufacturer Baxi has entered a new partnership with Nest. The partnership will see Baxi incorporate Nest product training into its free one-day boiler training courses and make the Nest Learning Thermostat available to both its installer network and customers.

World Plumbing Council unveils research database

The World Plumbing Council (WPC) has launched a research database on its website, allowing users to follow plumbing and water-related research efforts around the globe.

Jill Cormack crowned top North East apprentice

A talented Gateshead College student has been named as the region’s top plumbing apprentice.

Shower tray manufacturer hit by fire

A fire has caused damage at MX Group’s manufacturing site in Tewkesbury.

Mul-T-Lock kick-starts van security campaign

Security product manufacturer Mul-T-Lock has launched ‘Lock Up Your Van’, a campaign appealing to van owners to update their vehicle security.

Homeowners show “alarming” level of concern about heating costs

British homeowners are preparing to wrap up indoors this winter as the cost of heating dominates their financial concerns.

GROHE and LIXIL acquire stake in DAWN Watertech and Sanitaryware

A joint venture between GROHE Group of Luxembourg and LIXIL Corporation of Japan has acquired 51% of the shares of new company GROHE DAWN Watertech Holdings Pty Ltd. The remaining 49% will continue to be owned by DAWN of South Africa.

Home businesses are turning to personal savings

Thirty-nine percent of home businesses have dipped into personal savings to fund short-term cash requirements for work, according to new research from Direct Line for Business.

Triton backs women in the industry

A new recruit at Triton, the Great British Shower Company, is hoping to buck a national trend by encouraging more young female engineers to follow her lead and take up a career in the manufacturing.

Josh plumbs new heights

Twenty-one year old Josh Ellis from Westmancoat Plumbing, Heating & Electrical Contractors has been crowned 2014 SkillPLUMB champion after excelling in an intensive two-day practical competition at the Birmingham NEC Skills Show.

MP opens Worcester's new production line

Shadow chancellor, Ed Balls MP, and North East Derbyshire MP, Natascha Engel, officially opened Worcester, Bosch Group's new gas boiler production lin

WaterSafe welcomes the next generation

WaterSafe has pledged its full support to young tradespeople entering the industry, following new research which reveals that many parents think having a plumbing qualification is better than a degree.

HHIC calls on installers to stay 'fake free'

Heating engineers need to carefully check the spares they fit this winter in case they aren't the real deal, according to the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC).

Illegal gas work puts homeowners in danger

A self-employed builder, who illegally installed a wall-mounted gas boiler and associated pipe-work, has been fined for putting the lives of homeowners at risk.

Industry supports consumer controls campaign

Heating controls manufacturer Honeywell has welcomed the introduction of the new 'Control your Home' campaign led by BEAMA.

Suspected gas explosion destroys Southampton home

A man and his four-year-old daughter were rescued from their Southampton home after a suspected gas explosion this morning.

DECC takes to Twitter to discuss climate change

A day long Climate Change Tweetathon will take place on Tuesday 25 November, run by the Department for Energy & Climate Change with input from a range of businesses and organisations, including the UN, Microsoft and The Wildlife Trusts.

Workplaces encouraged to climb the safety ladder

Installers are being encouraged to get involved with the Ladder Exchange Scheme, which aims to eradicate dangerous ladders from UK workplaces by offering substantial discounts when they are exchanged for new ones

Cross-party report calls on the next government to set heat as a policy priority for the coming decade

The future government is being called to set heat as a policy priority for the coming decade in an independent report published in Parliament on 17 November.

IGEM joins industry debate regarding future heat

The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers, the chartered body representing the gas industry, has reacted to a think tank report that suggests the use of gas to heat buildings could fall by 75 to 95% by 2050.

New plumbing and heating qualification from Logic4Training

Logic4training has expanded its provision of apprenticeship schemes by launching an NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Plumbing and Heating for those in the Luton area.

Demand for trademen increases as nation falls out of love with DIY

Business is looking up for the UK tradespeople as Britons increasingly down tools and turn to the professionals to carry out work on their home improvement projects, according to research from www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk.

Win £100 Sainsbury vouchers in White Heat Twitter campaign

To celebrate the launch of the WH80 and WH90 White Heat range of combi boilers, The White Boiler Company, part of the Ravenheat Group, has announced a dedicated Twitter campaign.

Online course launched for energy managers

Leonardo Energy, a Copper Alliance initiative, is offering a free online course for energy managers with an interest in improving their organisation's energy performance and implementing an energy management system.

EUA launches energy manifesto at Ed Miliband meeting

The Energy & Utilities Alliance has launched its political manifesto for 2015 after meeting with Ed Miliband at the University of Warwick.

BEAMA awareness campaign highlights risks of poor indoor air quality

Following a number of reports revealing that Brits are at risk of suffering from serious health issues linked to poor ventilation in UK homes, BEAMA, the electro technical industry body for the UK, is taking action to raise building industry awareness of the importance of effective household ventilation.

Health and safety initiative finds 40% of construction sites unsafe

The construction industry is being urged to ensure basic health and safety measures are in place after a month long inspection initiative run by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found 40% of sites failing to properly protect workers.

Trimble acquires Amtech Group

Amtech Group Ltd has been acquired by Trimble, a building construction solutions provider based in Sunnyvale, California.

'Control Your Home' campaign to push for heating controls in every home

BEAMA launched the cross industry campaign 'Control Your Home' at the PHEX Chelsea exhibition this week to tackle to 11 million UK households paying too much to heat their homes.

HHIC responds to Labour Green Paper on tackling fuel poverty

The Labour Party has published a Green Paper to address the ongoing need for improved energy efficiency in the nation's housing stock.

Government claims to have reduced the average household fuel bill by £90

Household energy bills this year are an average £90 lower than they would otherwise have been, due to the impact of government energy policies, according to the Department for Energy & Climate Change.

A quarter of households are worried about boiler breakdown this winter

As we head into winter, a quarter of householders are worried about their boiler breaking down and leaving them struggling to pay for the cost of repairs, according to research from Gocompare.com.

Parents need better education on the value of apprenticeships

Plumbers are viewed as more employable than lawyers or scientists, according to research by City & Guilds and Edge Foundation, however parents need more education on the different options available to their children.

Twyford crowns its Bathroom Singer of the Year 2014

Twyford has crowned Chris Rawlinson, local father of one, as its Bathroom Singer of the Year 2014, awarding him the 'Golden Mic' award and first prize of £1,000 cash.

Take action ahead of solar PV FiT reductions

Homeowners should prepare for reductions in Feed in Tariff rates for all solar PV systems up to 50kW in the first few months of 2015, says renewables supplier IBD Distribution.

CORGI HomePlan gears up for winter with a series of 'how to' videos

CORGI HomePlan is gearing up for the big winter switch-on with a raft of new resources to help their network of over 5000 Gas Safe Registered local engineers ahead of the big freeze.

Plumbing and domestic heating apprenticeships join trailblazing reform and seek survey responses

Plumbing and Heating Apprenticeships are now joining Phase 3 of the Trailblazer project, with employers collaborating to re-design the Apprenticeship.

NHBC Foundation publishes new guidance on meeting challenges of Part L

With the zero carbon standard for new homes just two years away, house builders are ever-more focused on the 2013 edition of Approved Document L1A, which sets rigorous energy standards for new homes in England.

Re-thinking sanitation in support of World Toilet Day

To mark World Toilet Day 2014 on Wednesday 19 November, Roca and We Are Water Foundation are hosting a special event at Roca London Gallery.

Changes to RHI open up renewable opportunities for social housing

More social landlords and their tenants could soon be benefiting from renewable heating, helping them achieve warmer homes and lower bills, as changes to the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive make the scheme more accessible.

Growth extends to all sectors to boost construction industry

Construction activity grew in Q3, making it the sixth consecutive rise in activity, according to the latest Construction Trade Survey.

UKLPG urges home and business users to #getaheadforwinter

Rural householders and business owners should check their supplies of LPG before the cold weather sets in. That's the call from UKLPG, the trade body for the liquefied petroleum gas industry, which is urging users of LPG to #getaheadforwinter.

Energy fears mean 80% will ration heat this winter

A shocking 80% of UK households will brave plummeting temperatures and ration their heating at home this winter in a bid to keep costs down, according to research by Radflek Radiator Reflectors.

UK housebuilding ambitions in jeopardy unless skills shortage addressed, says industry report

With 20% more workers required to meet the pipeline of around £96 billion of construction projects from 2014 to 2017, the London and South East is reportedly facing a major skills crisis.

Self-build properties fall to six-year low

UK-wide self-build planning applications in 2014 have decreased by 28% compared to 2008, according to data from Barbour ABI.

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