Plumbing and heating engineer wins UK Worker of the Year 2014

Chris Teale, a plumbing and heating engineer from Barnet, has been crowned UK Worker of the Year 2014 at the competition finale at Brands Hatch.

Return to confidence as homeowners set to spend £6 billion on property upgrades

Up to £6 billion in projected works are planned annually over the next three years, according to a new study from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

OFTEC backs 'No to CO' campaign

The Oil Firing Technical Association is urging oil consumers to back a new e-petition calling for carbon monoxide detectors to be made mandatory in homes, ahead of this year's Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.

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MPs go head to head in Pimlico Plumbers challenge

MPs were put to the test recently when Pimlico Plumbers ran a series of plumbing challenges at the Conservative Party Conference.

Gas safety campaign reaches million mark

More than 60 housing associations have thrown their weight behind the Gas Access Campaign, helping it to reach the 1 million homes milestone.

Homeowners worried about turning on their heating this winter

Only a small proportion of households have taken steps to ensure their system is healthy enough to safely and cost-effectively keep the home fires burning this winter, as shown by this infographic created by Adey Professional Heating Solutions.

Calor offers top tips for rural fuel safety

As the dark nights creep closer, Calor Gas is running its Rural Fuel Security Fortnight to emphasise the importance of customers' fuel security to installers.

Landlords given community service after baby boy suffers carbon monoxide poisoning

Two Bolton landlords have been fined after a four-month-old baby and his parents were taken to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning.

Deadline has passed for Health & Safety poster

Large numbers of businesses throughout the UK are breaking the law and risk being fined after new legislation introduced earlier this year now requires all workplaces to display a new and updated Health & Safety Law Poster.

Installers are key for new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund success says Baxi

Following the government announcement that a new phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund will launch before the end of November, Paul Hardy, managing director at Baxi, said the company is cautiously optimistic, given the disappointment of the previous early closure.

Engineer creates infographic to raise awareness of gas safety

An engineer has created an infographic depicting gas safety facts and figures for the UK as well as 10 top tips on how to stay gas safe in the home.

Small builders face serious barriers to growth

Small house builders and developers in the UK face serious barriers to growth with planning, access to finance and land availability highlighted as the biggest challenges for small companies.

BPEC and JTL working together to improve industry standards

The charitable training provider JTL and plumbing training and certification body BPEC have made a formal commitment to work more closely together to help raise standards in the industry.

Fire chief backs 'Make It Law' carbon monoxide alarm campaign

A top fire chief is backing Plumb and Parts Center's Make it Law campaign, which aims to stop needless carbon monoxide deaths.

Have you got your ticket for PHEX Manchester next week?

The Plumbing & Heating Exhibition is returning to Old Trafford on the 15 and 16 of October, offering installers in the north of England the chance to meet some of the leading manufacturers whose products they use every day.

More than a million tradespeople at risk from dangers of asbestos on a regular basis

Health & Safety Executive launches new safety campaign as an average of 20 tradespeople die every week from asbestos related diseases

Government throws additional £100 million at Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

Applications for a new phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), following its early and unexpected closure three months ago, will open to households before the end of November.

Worcester calls for energy efficiency grants for off-mains gas homes

Manufacturer of heating and hot water technologies, Worcester, Bosch Group, has called for initiatives to be made available for off-mains gas homes to improve their energy efficiency.

Heating controls should be made mandatory to aid fuel poor, says HHIC

Building Regulations must mandate full heating controls if we are serious about tackling fuel poverty, according to the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council.

Now is the time for district heating, says Bosch

Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating is urging local authorities and housing associations to implement district heating schemes.

Enhance your mug with a moustache this Movember

Alpha Heating Innovation is giving away a range of limited-edition mugs featuring fun moustache designs, in support of this year's Movember and to raise money for Cancer Research.

Celebration of hardworking plumbers during Quality Plumber Week

Supporters from across the sector have come together to highlight the essential role plumbers play in maintaining safe and clean services including BAXI, Ideal Standard, Honeywell and many independent suppliers.

Davidson Holdings acquires Pendock Profiles

Davidson Holdings has completed the acquisition of Pendock Profiles from Alumasc.

Construction SME bosses can't switch off from work

More than a quarter of construction SME bosses have admitted to being in constant contact with the office while on holiday, according to a recent survey.

Government extends Warm Home Discount scheme for fuel poor

An extra 200,000 pensioners will get money off their energy bills this winter, as the Warm Home Discount scheme expands for the fourth year.

Industry calls for Prime Minister to 'think again' before abandoning energy efficiency regulation

The Energy Utilities Alliance (EUA) has questioned the government's intentions surrounding energy efficiency in new housing following David Cameron's speech to the Conservative Party Conference in which he promised to build 100,000 new starter homes, but relax current building regulations.

Barnet plumbing and heating engineer wows judges at UK Worker of the Year 2014

Christopher Teale, 34, a heating and plumbing engineer from Barnet, has made it to the final of this year's UK Worker of the Year competition.

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.

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