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HHIC asks Greg Barker to remove red tape and simplify Green Deal

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council is calling upon the Minister of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change Greg Barker to simplify Green Deal.

Green Deal Communities funding increased

Local Authorities across the country are to receive a share of £88 million to help deliver the government's Green Deal home energy efficiency improvement programme.

Gas Safety Trust supports research into the environmental and health impact of the use of biomass fuel

The Gas Safety Trust has awarded a grant to Cranfield University to investigate the environmental and health impact of the current trend of an increasing use of biomass fuel for the production of heat and electricity generation.

NAPIT challenges Qualified Supervisor model following woman's death

NAPIT has called for changes in building regulations after a court heard a woman was electrocuted, saying the case highlighted longstanding concerns over the Qualified Supervisor model.

Bristan offers UK plumbers social media tips

Bristan is pledging its support to plumbers to help them make the most of social media for their business.

Today's tradesmen are well qualified and happy in their work

A formal education to degree level, as well as professional qualifications, is common place among today's tradesmen according to research carried out by AXA Business Insurance.

Future of SME contractors is "threatened", says Constructionline

The rising cost of doing business, coupled with an escalating pricing war, is threatening the future of SME contractors, according to Constructionline.

Calor Gas acquires Chive Fuels

Calor Gas has expanded the Liquefied Natural Gas side of its business with the acquisition of Chive Fuels.

Over half of UK tradespeople left in the lurch by customers

Research from Direct Line for Business reveals that over half of tradespeople in the UK have attended a call out in the last 12 months only to find that the customer was not home.

Charity rebrands as Electrical Safety First

The Electrical Safety Council has rebranded as Electrical Safety First, following 18 months of research and consultation to determine how the public, industry, government and other stakeholders, viewed the organisation.

Insulation association concerned as Green Homes Cashback scheme ends

The National Insulation Association is concerned that there are currently no plans in place to extend the Green Homes Cashback scheme past 31st March, meaning consumers will lose out and jobs could be lost in the insulation industry.

NAPIT calls for installers and advisors to get behind Green Deal

In response to the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council's (HHIC) comment on the Green Deal needing installer support to survive, NAPIT has called for installers and advisors to get behind the government initiative.

HHIC urges homeowners to brush up on heating controls

This weekend the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council is urging UK homeowners to get to grips with how their heating controls work, as we move into British Summer time and the clocks go forward by one hour.

EUA calls for measures to combat fuel poverty

Fuel Poverty Awareness Day, organised by charity National Energy Action and supported by SSE, takes place on 28 March, highlighting the importance of energy efficiency in tackling fuel poverty.

CIBSE 2014 Young Engineers Awards open for entries

The 19th Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Young Engineers Awards, sponsored by Ruskin Air Management and Daikin UK, are now open for entries.

Low-carbon heating sees funding boost

Twenty-four local authorities across England and Wales have been awarded more than £2.1 million to support the development of heat network projects.

Green Deal "doomed to failure"

The government's flagship Green Deal scheme is "doomed to failure" according to Adam Mitchell, founder of national installer network Futureproof.

DECC hits the road to promote the domestic RHI

In order to help businesses, installers and consumers to find out more about the domestic RHI, the Department of Energy & Climate Change will be attending a series of property and renewable energy roadshows this spring.

Installers reminded to take advantage of RHI training vouchers

Installers are being urged to take advantage of the vouchers available to help with the cost of RHI training.

Landlords fined for gas safety neglect

Two landlord companies have been fined for gas safety breaches at a block of privately rented flats in Hampstead, North London.

WaterSafe encourages girls to get plumbing

As part of a major national media drive, WaterSafe has launched a new MP-backed consumer campaign to encourage more women to take up the trade.

Fitter put lives in danger by carrying out illegal gas work

A self-employed worker has been fined after illegally carrying out gas work at dozens of homes in Appleby-in-Westmorland.

Industry calls for improved incentives following latest GD statistics

The UK Green Building Council is urging government to throw a lifeline to its 'beleaguered' Green Deal scheme, as the latest statistics reveal there were just 33 new Green Deal (GD) plans signed last month.

Housebuilding valued at £1.8 billion in February off the back of Help to Buy

House building continued to grow in the UK in February, according to a report released on 20 March, following the Budget announcement that the Help to Buy equity loan scheme will now be extended until 2020.

APHC offer one-day water disinfection accreditation course

APHC isoffering a one-day BPEC Cold Water Risk Assessment and Disinfection Course at its offices in Solihull or at employer premises for groups of 10 or more.

ECO extension 'causing headaches in insulation sector'

Research from thinktank IPPR has shown the extent of damage that is being caused to the UK insulation and green home improvements sector following the reduction in scope of the Energy Companies Obligation.

Changes to Green Deal Cashback announced

DECC recently announced several changes to the existing Green Deal Cashback Scheme (operating in England and Wales) which rewards consumers for taking action to improve the energy efficiency of their homes through the Green Deal.

Budget 2014: Construction industry responds

Industry is continuing to respond to the recent Budget statement, in which Chancellor George Osborne set out his plans to "get Britain building again".

2014 Budget: Highlights

The government has revealed measures to cut deficit, boost housebuilding and support British manufacture in its 2014 Budget, announced today.

Illegal gas fitter fined after putting lives at risk

An unregistered gas fitter put his customers' lives at risk by leaving a new boiler in a dangerous condition, a court has heard.

Deadline looms for flue gas measurement legislation

Installers will be legally required to record levels of flue gas carbon monoxide and the combustion ratio when commissioning condensing boilers, as of April 2014.

Constructionline hosts Suffolk 'Meet the Buyer'

Contractors from East Anglia are being invited to a free event at Newmarket Racecourses in Suffolk on 20 March to find out about work opportunities in the area.

Family endangered by illegal gas work

A Rotherham man has been prosecuted after carrying out illegal gas work and putting a family at risk from carbon monoxide poisoning or an explosion.

UK-GBC urges government to prioritise energy efficiency as Budget approaches

The UK must retrofit 1 million homes a year over the next 25 years if it is to end soaring energy bills and curb carbon emissions, the UK Green Building Council has warned.

Deadline approaches for new health and safety poster

All UK workplaces must display the updated health and safety law poster from April, but many organisations are unaware that the new legislation is fast approaching, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

HBXL's latest technology aims to prevent late payments

HBXL, the building software specialist company, has put together a software package for SMEs to help minimise the risk of late payments.

Research challenges safety of stainless steel hot water cylinders

A recent project has challenged the viability, safety and effectiveness of stainless steel as an alternative to copper in the production of hot water storage cylinders.

Central heating and energy efficiency are 'must-haves' for the home

Central heating, energy efficiency and home security top the nation's list of top 20 'must-have' home features, according to new research from Gocompare.com Home Insurance.

ASAI upholds complaint against Calor Gas

OFTEC Ireland has welcomed a decision by the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland's Complaints Committee to uphold an earlier complaint against Calor Gas, which suggested that the company had made misleading energy savings claims.

QR codes on energy bills will help consumers find the best deal

Consumers wanting to know more about their energy use and whether they are getting the best value for money will have a new and easy way of finding the best deal, as government announces plans to introduce Quick Response codes to energy bills.

FCA to take over consumer credit regulation

The Financial Conduct Authority will take over the regulation of consumer credit from the Office of Fair Trading on 1 April 2014, replacing the Financial Services Authority.

Celebrate World Plumbing Day today!

World Plumbing Day is celebrated on 11 March each year as a means of promoting the important role played by the plumbing industry throughout the world.

Slashing refurb VAT 'would boost economy'

A VAT reduction on housing renovation and repair could boost the UK economy by more than £15 billion according to an independent research report by Experian.

The importance of crisis planning

In the aftermath of the winter floods, the Forum of Private Business warns of the importance of planning ahead.

New lending fund gives green light for rental sector improvements

Landlords and tenants are now able to access a new lending fund to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and properties.

B&Q launch search to find the next talent in innovation

B&Q is inviting product innovators to an open day at their Head Office in Eastleigh on the 25 March.

Industry welcomes report on certification of domestic electrical work

A recent report produced by the Communities & Local Government Select Committee into the certification of domestic electrical work in England has been welcomed by the industry.

DECC welcomes feedback on the future of the Energy Company Obligation

The Department for Energy & Climate Change has published a consultation document on the future of the Energy Company Obligation.

Bristan thanks 'Dave'

Bristan has revealed that Dave is the most popular name for a plumber in the UK.

Document J reflects the latest guidance on the installation of chimneys and flues

Document J now recognises the alternative installation methods introduced in the latest edition of the European standard for the installation of flues and chimneys, reports the British Flue & Chimney Manufacturers Association.

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