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Jarden Consumer Solutions recalls Bionaire oil filled heaters due to scald hazard

Jarden Consumer Solutions has recalled specific models of its Bionaire range of oil filled heaters, as they have been found to potentially spray heated oil, causing a scald hazard.

Andrews Water Heaters welcomes ErP Directive

Jonathan Tedstone, category manager for Andrews Water Heaters, has commented on the upcoming Ecodesign Directive - commonly known as the ErP Directive - and Energy Labelling Directive for water heaters and hot water storage tanks, which will be implemented later this year.

Industry figures named in Queen's Honours List

Pimlico Plumbers' founder Charlie Mullins has been awarded the title of OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s New Year 2015 Honours List, while TrustMark’s chairman Liz Male has been appointed an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire).

Contractors urged to take part in consultation on revised training standards for apprenticeships

Building services engineering contractors in England are being urged to give their views on a radical revision of training standards that are being proposed for industrial and commercial apprentices in the sector.

Installer company receives £400k funding facility

JCM Heating & Renewables (JCM), installer of gas condensing boilers, has received a £400,000 funding facility from Secure Trust Bank Commercial Finance.

Wirquin breakfast mornings at local merchants

Plumbers are invited to attend Wirquin breakfast mornings being held at local plumbers' merchants to learn more about the company's range of products, including the Macdee Motion universal dual flush siphon.

New legislation makes R22 use illegal

With the R22 phase-out period now over, the use of recycled or virgin HCFCs to service HVAC equipment is now illegal. Daikin UK reminds installers of the new legislation requirements.

Funding 'should encourage apprenticeship recruitment'

Funding available from 1 January, 2015, should encourage electrical, heating and plumbing employers with a London postcode to recruit more apprenticeships, according to training provider JTL.

Plumber prosecuted for illegal gas work

A plumber from Bude has been fined after falsely claiming to be Gas Safe registered and carrying out illegal and unsafe gas work that put lives at risk.

New home registrations continue to outperform 2013 levels, reports NHBC

New home registrations across the UK remain ahead of last year’s figures, with the latest rolling quarter revealing an 8% increase on the same period in 2013, according to new figures released by NHBC.

Council homes provider fined following death of heating engineer

A homes provider company for Barnet Council was fined for safety failings after a heating engineer was found dead in a communal boiler house at one of their housing estates.

Energy efficiency measures top 1 million under government schemes

A million home improvement measures will keep Britain’s homes warmer for less this Christmas thanks to the government’s energy efficiency schemes, says Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change Ed Davey.

10 things you need to know about UFH

With the weather getting colder, people might start to consider different heating options, especially if they have been hit by an increase in their heating bills. To serve as a quick guide to underfloor heating (UFH) systems, Warmup has designed this infographic.

WaterSafe supports Education Jargon Buster

WaterSafe has pledged its full support to helping cut confusion within the current curriculum, after recent research by City & Guilds discovered that a high number of employees do not understand today’s qualifications.

Pimlico Plumbing & Heating Merchants launched

Pimlico Plumbers has opened its new plumbing merchant enterprise.

Installers are the route to energy efficiency

‘Labour must focus on registered heating engineers if they want to deliver on energy efficiency’ says the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council, in response to Labour’s plans for energy efficiency.

MPs support Gas Access Campaign

Momentum is continuing to gather behind the Gas Access Campaign, which is calling for changes to the current system available to local landlords who need to carry out gas safety checks in rented properties.

Funding for solid wall insulation under the second release of the GDHIF has closed

Up to £24 million worth of funding for solid wall insulation has been allocated to households in England and Wales through the second release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).

Property company fined for gas safety neglect

A property firm in Richmond has been prosecuted for putting the lives of its tenants at risk by repeatedly failing to make sure the gas boilers in their homes were safe.

Building firm fined after worker suffers injuries from fall

Building firm Charles Henderson Construction has been fined for neglecting safety, after a carpenter broke his collarbone and rib when he fell through an unprotected roof light opening.

Community service for fraudulent gas fitter

A County Durham plumber has received community service for putting the lives of tenants at risk after deceiving landlords by claiming he was Gas Safe registered.

Industry responds to return of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

The industry has given a mixed reaction to the reintroduction of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), which was originally launched in June and retracted a month later.

Private homes need CO guidance, shows survey

More than half of homeowners and private renters in England and Wales would take a tradesperson’s advice about which type of carbon monoxide (CO) alarm to buy, according to a recent survey conducted by YouGov for Honeywell.

Illegal gas fitter fined over £10,000 after falsely claiming to be Gas Safe registered

An illegal gas fitter and the director of the company that hired him have been fined after dangerous work in six homes in Cornwall put families at risk.

HWA describes failure to address energy efficiency of UK housing stock in Autumn Statement as ‘disappointing and another missed opportunity’

The Hot Water Association has responded to the Chancellor's Autumn statement saying that the time for talking has passed and we need to start improving the energy efficiency of our housing stock now.

Installers encouraged to target private landlord opportunities under GDHIF

Private landlords should be a key target for any installer looking to take advantage of the opportunities created by the new release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF), says electric heating manufacturer Dimplex.

Construction Industry Helpline launched

The Considerate Constructors Scheme recently invited members of the industry to a drinks reception at the Imperial War Museum, to support the launch of the Construction Industry Helpline by the Lighthouse Club.

Swale Heating backs Gas Access campaign

Swale Heating has thrown its weight behind a nationwide campaign that hopes to save lives by giving social landlords legal access to carry out gas safety checks in their properties.

Positive news for apprenticeships

From April 2016 the government will make it cheaper for employers to take on an apprentice by abolishing National Insurance contributions for apprentices aged under 25, George Osborne announced in the Autumn Statement.

Green Deal Home Improvement fund to go live this Wednesday

The new release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) will open for applications on Wednesday 10 December, with up to £30 million in vouchers available and details of further releases to be announced on a quarterly basis.

Plumbing Pensions attempts to connect with lost members

It's staggering to realise that there are over one million people in the UK who have unclaimed pension benefits, with the total value of these benefits estimated to be worth over £4 billion!

Ask for Underfloor responds to slashing of stamp duty

BEAMA’s independent campaign Ask for Underfloor is welcoming George Osborne’s announcement in yesterday’s Autumn Statement that stamp duty will be cut for 98% of homeowners.

Industry welcomes reduction in RHI degression for small commercial biomass

The Department for Energy & Climate Change has announced that the RHI tariff for small commercial biomass is is to be degressed from 1 January 2015 by 10% rather than the anticipated 20%.

Changes to the Feed in Tariff will allow businesses to move solar panels

Businesses will be able to take their solar panels with them when they relocate under proposed changes planned by government.

October strongest month for new housing since 2011

October was the strongest month for new housing registrations since June 2011, figures released by NHBC have revealed.

Community service for illegal gas installer

A plumber who put the lives of prospective home-owners in danger was sentenced to 140 hours community service after carrying out illegal gas work on appliances at a home Tiptree.

Baxi announces new partnership with NEST

Boiler manufacturer Baxi has entered a new partnership with Nest. The partnership will see Baxi incorporate Nest product training into its free one-day boiler training courses and make the Nest Learning Thermostat available to both its installer network and customers.

World Plumbing Council unveils research database

The World Plumbing Council (WPC) has launched a research database on its website, allowing users to follow plumbing and water-related research efforts around the globe.

Jill Cormack crowned top North East apprentice

A talented Gateshead College student has been named as the region’s top plumbing apprentice.

Shower tray manufacturer hit by fire

A fire has caused damage at MX Group’s manufacturing site in Tewkesbury.

Mul-T-Lock kick-starts van security campaign

Security product manufacturer Mul-T-Lock has launched ‘Lock Up Your Van’, a campaign appealing to van owners to update their vehicle security.

Homeowners show “alarming” level of concern about heating costs

British homeowners are preparing to wrap up indoors this winter as the cost of heating dominates their financial concerns.

GROHE and LIXIL acquire stake in DAWN Watertech and Sanitaryware

A joint venture between GROHE Group of Luxembourg and LIXIL Corporation of Japan has acquired 51% of the shares of new company GROHE DAWN Watertech Holdings Pty Ltd. The remaining 49% will continue to be owned by DAWN of South Africa.

Home businesses are turning to personal savings

Thirty-nine percent of home businesses have dipped into personal savings to fund short-term cash requirements for work, according to new research from Direct Line for Business.

Triton backs women in the industry

A new recruit at Triton, the Great British Shower Company, is hoping to buck a national trend by encouraging more young female engineers to follow her lead and take up a career in the manufacturing.

Josh plumbs new heights

Twenty-one year old Josh Ellis from Westmancoat Plumbing, Heating & Electrical Contractors has been crowned 2014 SkillPLUMB champion after excelling in an intensive two-day practical competition at the Birmingham NEC Skills Show.

MP opens Worcester's new production line

Shadow chancellor, Ed Balls MP, and North East Derbyshire MP, Natascha Engel, officially opened Worcester, Bosch Group's new gas boiler production lin

WaterSafe welcomes the next generation

WaterSafe has pledged its full support to young tradespeople entering the industry, following new research which reveals that many parents think having a plumbing qualification is better than a degree.

HHIC calls on installers to stay 'fake free'

Heating engineers need to carefully check the spares they fit this winter in case they aren't the real deal, according to the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC).

Illegal gas work puts homeowners in danger

A self-employed builder, who illegally installed a wall-mounted gas boiler and associated pipe-work, has been fined for putting the lives of homeowners at risk.