News

Illegal gas work leaves householder at risk of explosion

A self-employed builder who left a home at risk of fire or explosion has been given a suspended prison sentence and community service.

Entrepreneur launches universal plasterboard fixings following Dragon's Den investment

A young entrepreneur has launched a range of universal fixings, designed for use with all types of plasterboard installation, after securing investment through dragon's Den.

New legionella qualifications launched

New qualifications have been released to help organisations prevent outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease.

Let's celebrate World Toilet Day

Toilets may be the butt of many a joke, but World Toilet Day aims to promote more serious discussion surrounding these staple bathroom items.

Winter offer from Plumbfix

Plumbfix has extended the support it offers to qualified gas installers for the approaching heating season.

'Extend the gas grid to help tackle fuel poverty'

As the Department of Energy & Climate Change fuel poverty consultation draws to a close next week, the Energy & Utilities Alliance is calling on government to extend the gas grid to help tackle fuel poverty.

Care home fined for scalding death

The death of an 88-year-old resident after suffering burns to her body when she was lowered into a bath of scalding hot water has resulted in fines for a nursing home in Deeside.

'Shoddy and careless work' put foster family at risk of CO poisoning

Two partners in a home improvement company have been fined after building work at a house exposed a woman and her foster children to the risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Honeywell supports Quality Plumber Week

Heating control manufacturer Honeywell is supporting the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) as it launches its first ‘Quality Plumber Week’.

Strong opposition to third-party inspection revealed

NICEIC and ELECSA have called for a rethink of third-party inspection as electrical contractors voice their opposition to the scheme.

Labour's "war on cold homes" step in right direction, says FMB

Labour's announcement that it would provide interest free loans for energy efficiency work to one million households is a welcome step to address the failures of the Green Deal, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

New NOx standard applauded by OFTEC

A new EU standard that limits Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emission levels from boilers has been issued, following lobbying from the Oil-Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) and other industry bodies.

Trust at first sight

UK homeowners are more likely to trust a tradesperson based on first appearances than professional credentials, according to research released today by WaterSafe.

Government policy leaving rural fuel poor out in the cold

Fuel poverty charity, National Energy Action, and rural energy supplier, Calor Gas, have called on the government to take urgent action to address the growing crisis of fuel poverty in rural off-gas areas.

NHBC welcomes housing priority as part of Ed Miliband's policy agenda

NHBC has welcomed the commitment by Ed Miliband in putting housing front and centre of Labour policy agenda in his final party conference speech before the 2015 General Election.

WaterSafe appeals to nation to Trust Approved Plumbers

WaterSafe has teamed up with broadcaster and consumer champion Alice Beer in a national media drive to emphasise the importance of checking a plumber's credentials.

Mark Group announces redundancy process as ECO policy changes bite

One of Britain's largest energy saving installation companies, Mark Group, has announced that consultations have begun on the redundancy of up to 670 employees, representing about a quarter of its UK workforce.

Guidance for those still claiming under Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

Government has produced guidance documentation for both consumers and suppliers following the sudden closure of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) in July.

Quality Plumber Week shines light on expert tradesmen

The inaugural Quality Plumber Week is taking place next week from 29 September to 5 October, celebrating the essential and highly skilled work plumbers carry out every day.

Hundreds of residents endangered by gas faults

A plumbing and heating company and two of its self-employed staff members have been fined following an investigation into numerous faulty gas installations at new developments in Poole and Reading.

Get the 'Plumbing Edge'

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is holding a free evening seminar in conjunction with Baxi on 16 October 2014, to provide guidance on customer contracts and a technical presentation on the Energy Related Products (ERP) Directive.

Shower manufacturer offers free level access shower installation training this Autumn

A new Impey Showers and Foundations Technical roadshow covering all aspects of installing a level access shower will take place between 21 October and 6 November, in six locations across England.

How clued up is Britain about energy issues?

A recent survey has thrown light on how much the British public really knows about energy.

UK landlords deny tenants "basic right" by renting out cold homes

Seven in 10 of UK householders say that landlords should not be allowed to let out homes with very poor levels of energy efficiency, according to the Energy Saving Trust's latest UK Pulse public opinion trackers.

UKLPG issues timely reminder

UKLPG is urging householders and businesses that use liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for heating to ensure all gas appliances have been checked and serviced as winter approaches.

Roofing firm failed the work at height test

A West London roofing firm found itself in court after it allowed employees to work on roofs with no safety measures to protect them from falls.

Brothers' fall lands solar panel installer in court

The owner of a solar panel business has been fined for safety failings after two workers fell 15ft through a fragile roof.

Highest take-up of Domestic RHI in "affluent" South

The largest take-up of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been in the south of England, according to a review from OFGEM.

WaterSafe hits 2000 member milestone

WaterSafe, the UK's approved plumber assurance scheme, is celebrating after Robert Hawksworth from Hawksworth Mechanical, Bradford became its 2000th member less than a year after its launch.

£7.8 billion in construction projects at risk if Scotland says 'yes'

Over £7 billion of planned construction works could be in jeopardy if Scotland votes to leave the United Kingdom on Thursday, according to Barbour ABI.

Gas safety campaign launched to protect families and save nearly £0.5bn

A gas safety campaign is calling on government to beef up legal powers to allow regulated social landlords to access their properties to carry out mandatory gas safety checks.

Government report describes Green Deal as a "failure"

A House of Commons report into the Green Deal has called the scheme a failure, describing it as "flawed" and "inefficient" with "poor implementation".

Earn shopping vouchers at City Plumbing Supplies

City Plumbing Supplies has started its annual Points Promotion scheme, which offers customers the chance to convert purchases into high-street shopping vouchers.

Flogas extends advice programme

Flogas Renewables is set to continue its free information sessions for installers, following the success of two trial days that took place at the company's head offices in Blaby, Leicestershire.

Registered gas engineers protect 68,000 homes from gas incidents

New research has revealed that registered gas engineers have protected at least 68,000 homes from potentially deadly gas incidents in the last year.

Falling from height scares construction workers the most

Falling from height is the greatest concern among construction site workers when it comes to danger in the workplace, according to a new survey by Sovereign Health Care.

Construction workers best at building bodies

Builders and construction workers are the profession most likely to be hitting the gym, according to a survey by sports nutrition company, www.BodybuildingWarehouse.co.uk.

State of trade survey confirms continuing market improvement across building engineering services

Business is continuing to improve for members of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), with increased order books and enquiries being reported more or less across the board, according to the latest state of trade research carried out among the membership.

Trade Point launches e-guide to apprenticeships

With the government recently announcing its 'Get In Go Far' campaign, which offers 40 new employer-designed apprenticeships in various sectors to encourage young people to think about taking one, Trade Point has put together an essential 'Tips and advice for skilled trade apprentices' guide.

New course for tenants raises gas safety awareness

A new qualification for tenants to raise their awareness of gas safety issues has been launched by CORGI Technical Services.

Adey launches competition to raise awareness this Gas Safety Week

Magnetic filtration manufacturer, Adey Professional Heating Solutions is supporting this year's Gas Safety Week by equipping installers with the best tools to ensure their customers' heating systems are safe and efficient.

Minister urges heating oil users to stock up now

Energy Minister Matt Hancock is backing a campaign encouraging heating oil users to stock up early before winter sets in.

Industry supports Gas Safety Week and urges consumers not to let a bogus gas installer put their families at risk

With Gas Safety Week nearly upon us, TrustMark and the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) have issued a timely reminder to homeowners to steer clear of bogus gas installers.

Conlon Construction invites North West businesses to work on regional frameworks

North-West subcontractors are being invited to meet senior decision-makers from Conlon Construction, to find out about winning work on upcoming projects.

APHC celebrates professionals with Quality Plumber Week

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is launching Quality Plumber Week, which will take place from 29 September to 5 October.

Viessmann celebrates 25th anniversary in UK

Viessmann celebrated 25 years in the UK with an event held at the company's Telford headquarters on 9 September.

Business owner fined for leaving family with a new-born at risk of CO poisoning

A young family were exposed to serious health risks after an unregistered, unqualified installer repositioned a gas flue at a home in Tunbridge Wells, as part of work on an extension.

Gas Safety Trust calls for new boiler scrappage scheme

The dangers of open flue boilers have been highlighted by a new report from the Gas Safety Trust, prompting the chairman to call for a new boiler scrappage scheme.

Future assists energy-smart trainees

Future Energy Solutions is helping to train a new generation to fit the nation's smart electricity and gas meters.

Lack of installer knowledge relating to Part G prompts free online training module

Leading anti-scald bathroom product manufacturer, Inta, has launched a new e-learning package after it was revealed that a staggering two thirds of plumbers and installers do not know what the Part G building regulations entail.

Sign Up

Sign up to our weekly eNewsletter to receive all the latest news direct to your inbox