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New Year housebuilding figures continue to rise reports NHBC

The number of new homes registered in the UK in January show a 14% increase compared to the same time in 2013, new figures from NHBC reveal.

Nominations for the Gas Industry Awards are open

The EUA/IGEM Gas Industry Awards 2014, which aim to recognise and reward outstanding achievements of individuals and businesses working in the gas industry, are now open for nominations.

Apprenticeships still seen as 'just for the boys'

Men are twice as likely to be encouraged to take on an apprenticeship as women, according to new research from the City & Guilds Group.

Julia Bradbury says installers can transform the nation

Countryfile presenter Julia Bradbury opened Plumb Center's Practical Installer Arena at Ecobuild by saying that, despite the slow uptake, the Green Deal "shouldn't be a hard sell".

First six 'Green Deal Communities' are announced

Minister of Energy & Climate Change Greg Barker has announced the first schemes to be supported under the Green Deal Communities initiative.

EUA grows Heat Network Group

The Energy & Utilities Alliance has developed its Heat Network Group with the introduction of four special interest groups.

Building firms should be required to take on apprentices, say homeowners

Seventy percent of UK homeowners believe that building firms with a turnover of more than £500,000 should be required to take on an apprentice each year, according to recent research conducted by the Travis Perkins Group.

Construction workforce needs 150,000 more employees by 2050

With a projected population of 74.5 million in 2050, the UK will require a construction workforce of 1.02 million to support the demands of the country, according to research from Randstad Construction, Property & Engineering.

APHC addresses concerns over the new Consumer Rights Bill

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors is aiming to highlight areas of concern over the new Consumer Rights Bill.

Facts and figures behind the life of a builder

The average builder earns £26,000pa, supports Manchester United - and is called Paul.

B&ES raises concerns over proposals to eradicate 'false self-employment'

B&ES has joined with the Building Services Engineering Employment Agency Alliance to express concern to government over plans that could adversely affect employment relations within the sector.

Industry calls on government for boiler scrappage scheme

With a poor response to the government's Green Deal, OFTEC has written to Secretary of State for Energy, Ed Davey, to propose the introduction of a boiler scrappage scheme to encourage more people to make the switch to high efficiency condensing boilers.

Industry urges government to push ahead with zero-carbon non-domestic buildings

Government must urgently push ahead with plans to ensure all new non-domestic buildings are built to zero-carbon standards from 2019, a report from a UK Green Building Council industry task group has warned today.

Ofgem tears down barriers to energy competition

From 31 March new rules come into force meaning the six largest suppliers and the largest independent generators will have to trade fairly with independent suppliers in the wholesale market, or face financial penalties.

Housebuilding now accounts for more than a third of all UK construction projects

Growth in the UK construction industry continues to be driven by house building in the capital, according to new data published by Barbour ABI.

Clean energy deal launched

A ground-breaking deal with Shell which could generate enough clean energy to power half a million homes, and capture 1 million tonnes of CO2 each year has been announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey.

Workplace injury statistics

Slips, trips and falls are the highest cause of injury in the workplace. This infographic from Freeclaim, the personal injury solicitors, shows the other common types of injury across key industries.

Shower for the freshest thinking

There is a link between showers and creativity, according to research from Hansgrohe and psychologist Scott Kaufman.

APHC raises awareness through PR campaign

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors is working with Armstrong PR to increase consumer awareness of the association.

OFTEC and FPS launch new-look Oilsave website

OFTEC and the Federation of Petroleum Suppliers have launched a new-look Oilsave website, offering impartial information and advice to help people get the best from their oil heating systems.

Suspended prison sentence for plumber who carried out illegal gas work

A Suffolk plumber has received a suspended prison sentence after carrying out illegal and dangerous gas work at a home in Lowestoft.

Trade survey points to recovery

Market conditions continued to improve in the second half of last year, according to research carried out by the Building & Engineering Services Association.

Brighton Plumbers nominated for national trade award

A Brighton & Hove plumber has been nominated to receive the 'Best UK Plumber' award at the UK Trade Awards 2014.

Gas Safe Register wins award for Silent Killer campaign

Gas Safe Register has won a prestigious award in recognition of the design of its 'Silent Killer' campaign, which piloted in the north west of England between October 2012 and February 2013.

Energy companies to offer direct debit refunds to British households

Four of the 'Big Six' energy companies will now automatically refund direct debits to customers who are in credit.

Green Deal cash-back scheme expands

Changes to the government's Green Deal cash-back scheme have been announced.

Boiler purchases must be regulated, says Charlie Mullins

Pimlico Plumbers' Charlie Mullins has commented on the potential danger of allowing anyone to purchase boilers and gas equipment.

SkillPLUMB calls for entries

The SkillPLUMB 2014 competition has started its search for the UK's best apprentice plumber.

Record numbers search for recovery tradesmen

As floods and severe weather conditions continue to affect the UK, record numbers of homeowners are searching for flood recovery tradesmen and damp and waterproofing experts, according to TrustMark.

Fraudulent builders put behind bars

Eleven members of a gang have been sentenced by HM Revenue & Customs for setting up 23 fake construction companies to steal £4 million.

SummitSkills seeks independent board directors

SummitSkills is seeking to appoint two independent directors to join its team of board members from April 2014.

Landlord prosecuted for putting family at CO risk

A landlord has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to carry out 150 hours of community work for endangering a family with young children after he authorised illegal gas work at a Luton home.

Plumbers encouraged to take the domain plunge

Plumbers are being urged to take advantage of the launch of the new generic Top Level Domain .plumbing, to guarantee a fresh new domain and ensure their business doesn't miss out.

Construction sites targeted in around 6,000 thefts in a single year

Freedom of Information requests sent to 27 police forces around the UK have revealed the shocking extent of construction site thefts and their cost to the industry.

National plumbing competition sees first female make it to the final

Hayley Phenix, 19, has made it through to the final of the UK Copper Board National Apprentice Plumber of the Year competition.

Green deal is doomed without installer support, says industry body

The Green Deal is doomed to fail unless it fully engages with the UK's 135,000 heating installers according to the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council.

National legionella scheme launched

A national legionella scheme has been launched by the Plumbing & Heating Contractors Alliance, to ensure compliance with the Health & Safety Executive's Approved Code of Practice.

Competition gives plumbers the chance to win mentoring from former Dragon

Plumbing businesses from across the UK are being given the opportunity to win a month's worth of priceless mentoring from the former Dragons' Den investor, Simon Woodroffe OBE.

RHI training voucher scheme gets boost

The £500,000 RHI training voucher scheme, launched in October last year, has been extended by an additional £150,000.

Heating controls are too difficult for people with sight loss

Many people with sight loss are unable to control their heating or cut their fuel bills because heating dials and switches are too difficult to use, according to research published today.

Energy Secretary called to "overhaul" ECO

Energy Secretary Ed Davey is being called on to overhaul the way the Energy Companies Obligation scheme is administered to prevent it from "descending into chaos".

New HETAS Guide published

The 2014 version of the HETAS Guide to approved products and appliances has now been published.

Last call for entries to OFTEC's 2014 Awards for Excellence

OFTEC registered technicians have less than a month to shine a light on their achievements and enter the new look OFTEC 2014 Awards for Excellence.

Survey shows plumbers are failing to embrace social media

The UK plumbing sector is falling behind other UK industries when it comes to engaging with customers online, according to a survey from shower and tap brand Bristan.

UK reaches first carbon reduction target

The UK has met its first carbon budget, which is the first step in fulfilling government's commitment to cut Britain's emissions by 80% to 2050.

Industry training awards presented at Millennium Centre

Several apprentices have been presented with awards at this year's Building Services Engineering Industry Training Awards, which took place in the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff on 3 February.

Illegal boiler installation put residents at risk of CO poisoning

A gas fitter has been fined for illegally installing a gas boiler at a Newquay home, which left the occupants at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Substandard work left homeowners at risk of fire and explosion

An illegal gas fitter has been fined after his substandard work posed a serious threat of fire and explosion.

B&ES Yorkshire celebrates its best young talent

This year's Yorkshire Training Awards celebrated the skills of eight employees from seven companies, all of which are active in Yorkshire.

UK recovery threatened by skills shortage, warns entrepreneur

Will Davies, managing director of property maintenance and refurbishment company aspect.co.uk, has warned that a shortage of skills in the construction industry will grind UK recovery to a halt.

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