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Bathrooms and kitchens top home improvements

New kitchens and bathrooms top the list of the UK's most popular home improvements, according to a new survey by GoCompare.com home insurance.

New Fuel Poverty Strategy is 'legally binding'

The government has launched a new Fuel Poverty Strategy to identify and target England's energy inefficient homes.

Parliament agrees heating controls should be fitted when replacing a boiler

Nine out of ten MPs believe that to improve the energy efficiency of homes, a full set of heating controls should be fitted when a central heating boiler is replaced, according to recent research.

HHIC makes Energy Labelling simple

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has launched a new web site aimed at simplifying the forthcoming Energy Labelling legislation.

HWA urges government to ‘fix’ Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

‘When something clearly doesn’t work – fix it’ says the Hot Water Association (HWA) following announcement that the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will reopen for applications on 16 March.

Third phase of Green Deal Home Improvement Fund provides further £70 million for home energy efficiency

The third phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will open for new applications from 16 March, the Department for Energy & Climate Change has announced.

Grafton Group acquires TG Lynes

Grafton Group plc, the builders' merchanting and DIY Group with operations in the UK, Ireland and Belgium, has completed the acquisition of TG Lynes, a distributor of mechanical engineering products for use in commercial and public sector buildings, apartments and industrial processes.

Kitchen fitter prosecuted for illegal gas work

A self-employed kitchen fitter from Tyneside was prosecuted for multiple gas safety breaches at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on 4 March, after deceiving a kitchen fitting company by claiming he was Gas Safe registered.

Don't be blinded by price tags, advises Ravenheat

Boiler manufacturer Ravenheat is urging householders, specifiers and installers not to be swayed by the high price tag of premium boilers alone, but to consider the whole package.

FMB welcomes new EU procurement rules

New EU procurement rules have the potential to improve public procurement for SMEs, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Wolseley UK backs up National Apprenticeship Week with extended scheme

National Apprenticeship Week is nearly upon us, and Wolseley UK is showing its support by extending its flagship apprenticeship scheme.

Don’t neglect flood protection measures, says TrustMark

As the wintry weather and high winds continue to cause disruption across many parts of the UK, timely advice on tackling water damage is being given to homeowners by TrustMark and its scheme operator, the Property Care Association (PCA).

New talent needed to plug skills gap

With the skills shortage in the construction industry back in the headlines, OFTEC has begun a recruitment drive to recruit more young people to begin a career in the heating industry.

Free heating control training for domestic installers

Danfoss is offering free local training in one-day domestic heating controls for heating installers.

Training provider crowns plumbing apprentice of the year

Young plumber, 23-year-old James Ransom, from Bexleyheath, was named JTL’s ‘Plumbing Apprentice of the Year 2015’ at the training provider’s annual awards ceremony on 25 February.

Ketchup or brown sauce? Nation decides the perfect bacon butty recipe

The nation has voted for the perfect bacon butty recipe, and brown sauce trumps ketchup, according to research by Direct Line for Business.

Free employer engagement seminars

A series of free employer engagement seminars are being run in England and Wales this year, enabling employers to keep updated on legislative and technical matters relating to the UK plumbing industry.

Homeowners are choosing luxuries over safety, warns WaterSafe

Britain’s hard-up homeowners are choosing to spend their limited spare cash on luxuries while scrimping on safety, according to a new study carried out by WaterSafe.

HHIC launches gas fire guide

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has launched a new guide to buying a gas fire

LG joins Heat Pump Association

LG Electronics has joined the Heat Pump Association (HPA) after seeing an increase in activity in the air source heat pump sector.

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.

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