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Introduce mandatory insulation for every UK home, report says

The government needs to urgently introduce legislation for a national insulation programme to cover every UK home, a report issued by The Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) has said.

Government prioritising energy security over promoting green initiatives, APHC says

A greater emphasis is to be placed on securing a reliable energy supply by the government, a decision that is to the detriment of renewables according to the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors’ (APHC) chief executive.

EU Court says 'no' to reduced VAT for energy-saving measures

The European Court of Justice has dealt a blow to the UK government's policy of applying a reduced rate of VAT for the supply and installation of energy-saving and renewable measures such as solar panels.

BEAMA launches campaign for ‘Healthy Home Mark’

BEAMA is taking action to help protect and improve indoor air quality, after a new survey reveals just 8% of UK residents have a continuous mechanical ventilation system in place.

Gas Safe Register highlights summer CO dangers

Gas Safe Register is warning the British public about the dangers of using gas appliances and barbecues after new research reveals that every day last summer 189 homes faced a dangerous gas emergency.

NIBE partners with NAPIT to open fourth training centre

Renewable heating manufacturer NIBE has opened its fourth UK training facility at an existing NAPIT Training centre.

Heating company shortlisted for 2015 FSB Business Awards

Local heating company C&J Heating has been named as a finalist for the Federation of Small Businesses' (FSB) Stevenage Business of the Year, at the 2015 FSB Hertfordshire Business Awards.

New housing registrations continue to rise, reports NHBC

The number of new homes registered across the UK continues to outperform 2014 levels, according to NHBC.

Rural Energy and Herz offer free biomass boiler workshop

Biomass boiler distributors Rural Energy and Herz are inviting heating engineers to attend open days with free biomass workshops, taking place from 15 to 18 June 2015 at their Biomass Training & Skills Centre in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire.

Council fined for exposing workers to asbestos

Waltham Forest borough council has been fined after it exposed members of staff and visiting contractors to the potentially lethal dangers of asbestos, which it knew to be present in the town hall basement.

Northern Ireland householders encouraged to take advantage of boiler replacement scheme

Householders in Northern Ireland are being encouraged by OFTEC to check their eligibility for the boiler replacement scheme following a £2 million investment to extend the scheme until 2016.

Derbyshire man prosecuted for illegal gas work

A Derbyshire heating and plumbing engineer has been prosecuted for illegal gas work that potentially endangered lives.

Queen's speech outlines Conservative government plans, but doesn't go far enough to ensure energy security

In a speech at the State Opening of Parliament 2015, Her Majesty the Queen outlined the main policies the Conservative government will be pursuing over the next five years.

Plumbing lecturers put to the test at apprenticeship final

The final of the National Apprentice of the Year Award, which took place on 30 April at Adey Heating Systems in Cheltenham, was the culmination of six months of regional heats to find Britain's premier plumbing apprentice.

Government to tackle late payments to SMEs

Proposals by the New Business Secretary, Sajid Javid MP, to combat late payments to small firms as part of The Enterprise Bill have been cautiously welcomed by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Skin cancer warning for contractors

Contractors are being warned to protect themselves and their employees from harmful sun exposure following the publication of a series of new studies that found construction workers are at a heightened risk of skin cancer, ahead of a predicted summer heatwave.

Thousands of contractors expected at 'meet the buyer' event

Thousands of contractors from across the UK are expected to attend a free event at the Oval Cricket Ground in London next month to find out about millions of pounds worth of work opportunities.

APHC urges action on Legionnaires' prevention

The Association of Heating and Plumbing Contractors (APHC) is reminding businesses and landlords to ensure they are meeting regulations to prevent an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease following a report from Public Health England (PHE) on the death of three men from the disease.

Plumbing student wins top award

Exeter resident Josh Ellis has been awarded the title of the South West’s 2015 VQ Learner of the Year, in recognition of his outstanding achievement completing a vocational qualification in plumbing at Exeter College.

Worcester aims to make ErP as easy as A, B, C

Domestic heating manufacturer Worcester Bosch has pledged to make ErP “as easy as A, B, C”, by dedicating a week in June to educating installers on the requirements of a new EU directive.

NAPIT campaigns for a better industry

NAPIT has launched a campaign to promote the interests of registered tradespeople across the UK.

CO study aims to highlight number of people exposed to low levels of the poisonous gas

The East of England Ambulance carbon monoxide (CO) screening study, announced by the Gas Safety Trust in December 2014, has now formally commenced.

Photovoltaics are the top choice for Housing Associations

Solar photovoltaics (PV) are the most popular choice of sustainable technology for housing associations, a new report by the NHBC Foundation has found, with around three quarters saying they would use PV products again in the future.

Renewable Heat take up fails to meet targets

The domestic Renewable heat Incentive (RHI) is failing to attract sufficient support to meet DECC's ambitious carbon reduction targets, according to the Oil Fired Technical Association (OFTEC).

Workloads continue to increase for SMEs

Workloads are growing for small-to-medium (SME) construction firms, although tight margins and growing costs are continuing to limit profits, according to a survey of almost 1,000 construction firms by Constructionline.

Torquay kitchen fitter left gas work in a dangerous state

A kitchen fitter left a gas pipe in a dangerous state during renovations at a home in Torquay, having falsely claimed to be Gas Safe registered, leaving his customers at risk of explosion.

Consumers most trust plumbers in their 40s, but don't ask to see credentials

With the ever-present threat of rogue installers, WaterSafe is warning consumers that age is no indication of professional kudos when choosing a plumber.

Consumer understanding of risk must be improved as figures show only 20% respond to product recalls

Responding to the government’s Review of the UK’s System for the Recall of Unsafe Products, Electrical Safety First has highlighted the need for a more robust system of recalls and urgent action to increase consumer understanding of risk.

A quarter of construction workers failed to vote

One-quarter of registered individuals who work in the construction industry did not vote during last week's general election, according to new research by www.constructaquote.com.

Tradespeople 'becoming complacent' about asbestos

Tradespeople are becoming complacent about their risk of exposure to asbestos, according to a survey from Jefferies Solicitors.

CIPHE celebrates student success

An enthusiastic audience of 170 people, including lecturers and students from six colleges, attended the recent Student Awards Dinner organised by the Kent Branch of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Industry's role in promoting energy efficiency under the new government

Following the result of the general election and the subsequent cabinet reshuffle, industry sets out its hopes for energy efficiency and renewables under the new government.

'No' to new business as skills shortage bites

The UK construction skills shortage is forcing many firms to turn away work according to new findings from ECIS, the employee benefits company for the construction industry.

Aspect.co.uk offers funding towards plumbing diploma

The 'plumbers of tomorrow' are being sought as part of a new competition launched by property maintenance firm aspect.co.uk.

Plumber prosecuted for second time in four months

Plumber Matthew Congdon, 33, of Westby Road, Bude, has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for the second time in four months for undertaking gas work while not on the Gas Safe Register.

TrustMark wants you! Heating and plumbing industry representatives sought for TrustMark board

Representatives from the heating and plumbing industry are being sought to join the Board of TrustMark, the government-endorsed scheme for all trades in and around the home.

B&Q choose NICEIC to carry out electrical installations

Consumers are set to benefit from a new partnership between B&Q Homefit and NICEIC.

New Conservative government needs to focus on energy efficiency and house building

The new Cabinet is being called upon to make housing its biggest priority, following the Conservative’s landslide win in this year’s General Election.

New housing registrations up 18% in the first quarter of 2015

New house building figures released by NHBC for Q1 show that more than 40,000 new homes were registered in the UK during the first three months of 2015, an increase of 18% on the same period last year.

TrustMark supports heating and plumbing installers on new health and safety law change

Following the introduction of the new Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (CDM) 2015 earlier this month, TrustMark is providing support and advice to help heating and plumbing installers comply with the significant health and safety requirements that now apply to all home improvements and building work.  

The heat is on as apprentice takes the top spot at SkillPLUMB Wales

As the search for apprentice plumber of the year continues, 21 year-old Daniel Doughty has been named best in Wales at the first SkillPLUMB heat of 2015. 

Get plumbed in with HETAS

HETAS has now extended the scope of its installer competent person self-certification scheme to include plumbing and sanitary ware. This means that installers can self certify a shower or bathroom installation, or installation of a wholesome cold water supply.

Online resource aims to clarify party policies for construction industry

A study by rental solution provider, Hewden, has found that 1.8 million construction sector workers (87% of the construction industry) intend to vote in this year's General Election. However, despite the significant interest, more than half (53%) say they are unclear on the different policies being proposed.

Daikin UK publishes ecodesign and energy labelling white paper

Daikin UK has published a White Paper to shed light on the impending minimum energy efficiency requirements under the Ecodesign framework as well as on the extended energy labelling obligations.

Housing association put pregnant mother at risk of explosion

A pregnant mother and her two children were left at risk after a housing association carried out unsafe gas work at their rented property.

NIBE clarifies exhaust air heat pump classification

As part of a drive to help exhaust air heat pumps reach their potential in the UK, heating manufacturer NIBE has published a guide explaining the European Commission’s decision to classify the technology as renewable.

Have you got your free ticket to PHEX+?

With the PHEX+ exhibition fast approaching, sign up for your free ticket today to take advantage of exclusive show offers at 2015's biggest installer trade event.

British Safety Council supports the Breathe Freely campaign

The British Safety Council lends its support to the 'Breathe Freely' campaign to be launched by the BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection on Workers’ Memorial Day.

Technical workshop on RHI funded heat pump solutions

The Carbon Savings Alliance (CSA) will be hosting a one-off technical workshop on Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) funded heat pump solutions in association with Kensa Heat Pumps and My Green Heating on the 14 May in Exeter.

Spring clean your cylinders and get ready for summer

The warmer weather has certainly heralded the start of spring. Taking this into account, the UK Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (UKLPG) is encouraging installers doing their rounds to encourage LPG users to ensure their cabinet heaters are stored safely for the summer months and LPG cylinders are checked, safe and ready for the start of the BBQ season.