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'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.

"One-size-fits-all system" will not benefit apprenticeships, says AAT

The potential for apprenticeships to drive UK growth has been outlined in a new report.

John Nicholls (Holdings) Ltd acquires J&B's plumbing supplies

J&B's operate out of four branches in Wimbourne, Poole, Upton and Bournemouth with a turnover of £7m and the acquisition will see the combined turnover for the new business reach £40m.

TrustMark supports Trading Standards' National Consumer Week

This year's National Consumer Week campaign aims to tackle rogue doorstep traders preying on the elderly and vulnerable by calling on the public to be 'good neighbours'.

Solar installer suffers multiple injuries after major fall

A West Yorkshire green energy firm and a solar installer have been prosecuted for safety breaches after a labourer was severely injured when he fell nearly seven metres from a roof.

Daikin UK kicks off CPD accredited future thinking seminar series

As part of its Future Thinking programme, Daikin UK is inviting building services engineers and engineering consultants to attend one of its CPD-accredited HVACR seminars.

Don't be scared of your builder, says FMB

Homeowners who fear being ripped off by their builder should insist on a written contract, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has advised.

Association asks consumers 'How safe is your plumbing and heating?'

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is asking consumers to take part in a short survey, which aims to find out how safe their plumbing and heating systems are.

Health and safety devolution could create split standards for UK

Devolution of health and safety regulation to Scotland could create different standards of worker protection across Great Britain, warns the British Safety Council.

Commercial opportunities arising for MCS installers says NAPIT

The vast majority of UK businesses are concerned with saving energy, offering an opportunity for MCS installers to gain commercial business, says NAPIT.

Consumer protection scheme "vital" for heat networks and customers

The success of a new scheme for protecting heat consumers will be vital if households and businesses are to have access to low carbon, affordable heat through heat networks, says Energy Minister Amber Rudd MP

Insulation industry body teams up with DECC to find solutions to tackle fuel poverty

Department of Energy & Climate Change officials visited Bradford's Holme Wood Estate in order to examine the challenges that face the occupants of some of the poorest housing stock in the UK, and the solid wall insulation solutions available to them.

Homeowners should beware of rogue traders, warns FMB

A drop in "do-it-yourself" activity among homeowners could lead to a rise in rogue builders, warns the Federation of Master Builders.

NAPIT opens electrical training facility

The first NAPIT approved Electrical Training Centre was officially opened this week in the West Midlands, marking a new partnership with South and City College Birmingham.

Builder fined after dangerous roof work caught on camera

A builder has been fined after two of his workers were photographed on the roof of a house in Burnley without safety measures in place.

The Competent Person Scheme has been extended to cover notification of electrical works

The aim of the Competent Person Scheme is to provide a one-stop-shop for self-certification, giving members of the scheme the flexibility to notify Local Building Control of installed works that are compliant with Building Regulations.

UKLPG warns upcycling gas cylinders could land you in hot water

Although 'upcycling' may be the new 'recycling', the trade body representing the UK's Liquefied Petroleum Gas industry, UKLPG, is warning budding artists and home renovators to think twice before cutting up old gas cylinders for their projects.

Shower and hot water solutions manufacturer calls for water labelling scheme to become mandatory

Redring Xpelair Group has called for the Water Labelling Scheme to become mandatory, rather than purely voluntary, with a view to driving the UK to become more conscious about water usage.

HHIC calls for a higher microCHP FiT tariff

As government pushes ahead with plans to achieve an 80% reduction in CO2 by 2050, the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council is asking for an appropriate tariff for microCHP to be introduced in the Feed-in Tariff review.

National Radiator Day - What does your radiator look like?

The 1 November is National Radiator Day and the Manufacturers' Association of Radiators and Convectors is challenging people's perceptions of these often ignored heat emitters.

180% rise in energy discount searches across the UK

The number of searches for energy discounts has seen a dramatic increase over the past 12 months, as more families seek to save money on their gas and electricity, according to research by a UK money saving website.

Merchant employee charged with stealing nearly £80,000 worth of goods

A 47-year-old man from Devon has appeared in court charged with stealing £78,583 worth of goods from his employer, Plumb Center.

ECO scheme to be revised for electrically heated homes

Low-income homeowners with electrically heated homes will find it easier to upgrade their heating system from next year, after the Department of Energy & Climate Change plans to change to the way in which the Energy Companies Obligation scheme scores properties with electric heating.

OFTEC turns up the heat on fuel poverty

The Oil Firing Technical Association has outlined its recommendations to help Britain's 800,000 oil-using households, of which approximately 100,000 are fuel-poor.

Don't be a sucker, switch it off!

A campaign to encourage consumers to switch off appliances in a bid to save energy has been launched to coincide with Halloween this week, after it is revealed the average home spends up to £86 a year on standby energy.

Worcester improves technical support with live video calling

Worcester, Bosch Group has equipped its engineering services department with FaceTime and Skype capabilities, allowing installers to use live video calls.

Construction contracts awarded at highest level since January

The level of construction contracts awarded increased in September to the value of £5.6 billion - the highest since January - according to new figures from Barbour ABI.

APHC joins forces with HMRC to help businesses understand tax obligations

The Association of Heating & Plumbing Contractors and HM Revenue & Customs are pleased to announce the launch of a new partnership to support small plumbing and heating businesses in understanding their tax affairs.

APHC encourages businesses to have their say on plumbing and heating apprenticeships

Plumbing and heating apprenticeships are now joining Phase 3 of the Trailblazer project and industry employers are being invited to participate in an electronic survey to help shape the format of apprenticeships for the better.

Big Energy Vision will boost market for energy saving home improvements

A new long-term campaign to empower UK households to take control of rising energy bills is being launched this Big Energy Saving Week.

UK house building hits highest level for seven years, reports NHBC

New house building figures released by NHBC on 22 October show that new home registrations have hit their highest level since 2007.

Prime Minister, David Cameron opens BPEC accredited training centre

Prime Minister, David Cameron, visited Oxford Energy Academy in Witney in October to officially open the new BPEC accredited Apprentice Training Centre.

Titon reminds MVHR users to change filters regularly

Titon is reminding its ventilation systems customers about the importance of changing the filters in mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) units regularly.

Latest Green Deal and ECO statistics released

The latest statistics on the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation show that a provisional 965,000 measures were installed in around 797,000 properties through ECO, Cashback, Green Deal and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund to the end of August 2014.

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