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e-learning opportunities for CIPHE members

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has launched an e-learning website for its members. The site includes learning modules, demonstration videos, literature and technical information.

Installers could remove boilers over unpaid bills, says industry figure

The row over installers going unpaid for work done under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme escalated today (30 June), with Futureproof managing director Adam Mitchell saying that boilers could be taken back.

Latest figures show solar power is on the rise

New government figures published on 26 June show solar generation is up by 77% since last year.

Engineering company director fined for illegal gas work

Sylhet Welding UK and its director, Kaysor Ahmed, 42 from Walsall, have been fined after carrying out illegal gas work at restaurants across the midlands and south of England.

Ideal Boilers and Pink Plumbing aim to bring women into plumbing

Ideal Boilers and Pink Plumbing have joined forces to develop a local specialised training academy for women in the plumbing and heating industry.

Award win for Pegler Yorkshire employee

An employee from plumbing and heating manufacturer, Pegler Yorkshire, has won an award for his commitment to the Young Enterprise Scheme - an enterprise and education charity offering extracurricular business programmes to young people across the UK.

Aberdeen firm fined after hotel gas blast

An Aberdeen based catering supply company has been fined after three people were seriously injured in a gas explosion in a hotel kitchen in Auchenblae.

St Ives death caused by faulty boiler

A woman died of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning at her home, a coroner said. The body of Gillian Adams, 60 was found in St Ives, Cornwall, by a builder and neighbour on 12 February, 2013.

Kier wins £13 million Sheffield contracts

Kier Services has been awarded more than £13 million in new contracts to provide new heating systems and carry out adaptation works to homes across Sheffield.

TrustMark supports plumbers & heating engineers on new consumer contracts

Scheme operators for TrustMark are supporting plumbers and heating engineers comply with signifcant changes that now apply to home improvement and repair contracts, after the introduction of Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013. The new regulations introduce major changes in the law relating to consumer protection. They now apply to consumer contracts made on-premises (through retail stores), made at a distance (including online sales) and off-premises (in-home sales).

Workplaces invest to accommodate aging workforce

Slingsby - a workplace equipment supplier - has seen an increasing demand in recent years for health & safety products that specifically appeal to an ageing workforce.

NHBC's new home registrations continue to rise

According to the latest statistics from warranty and insurance prodvider NHBC, the number of new homes registered across the country remains up corresponding to 2013 statistics.

Competition launched for children to mark Gas Safety Week

Gas Safe Register is launching a drawing and story writing competition for children to mark Gas Safety Week (15 - 21 September). The 'My Gas Safe Hero' competition is open to children aged between four and 12 who have a relative or family friend as a registered engineer.

Scottish construction sector urged to pledge to tackle worker ill health

Constructing Better Health (CBH) Scotland is calling for those involved in the Scottish construction industry to pledge to improve the long-term health and wellbeing of the industry's workforce. Construction workers' ill health costs the Scottish economy £66 million a year, according to CBH Scotland.

OFTEC announces success of home heating biofuel trial

OFTEC have announced today (26 June) the successful completion of a four-year trial of a new environmentally friendly home heating biofuel in Killinchy, Northern Ireland.

Industry stars celebrated at OFTEC's new-look Awards for Excellence

Installers and manufacturers in the oil heating industry have been recognised for their achievements at the OFTEC 2014 Awards for Excellence.

Supercar competition winners announced

Winners of the 'Supercar for the Weekend' promotion run jointly by Plumb Center and Stelrad Radiators have been announced.

"No charge" pledge from JTL training services as others add fees

The board of JTL has decided that over this financial year, no charge will be made to its policy of maintaining a free management service for employers taking on apprentices through the organisation. The news comes at a time when other providers will introduce a management charge of up to £630 per annum for 16-18 year olds, and £2,250 for those aged 19 or older.

Rise in rogue tradesmen affects consumer confidence

A boom in home renovations being carried out this year has caused an increase in problems with rogue traders, as consumers fail to check if tradesmen have proper credentials.

Joint industry report calls for better electrical safety in private rented homes

NAPIT Trade Association has given its full support to a report launched by Electrical Safety First, Shelter and British Gas. The joint industry report, entitled 'Home Improvement: Tackling Poor Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector', calls for the government to legislate for five yearly inspections of electrical installations and appliances supplied with private rented properties.

New coalition calls for home energy efficiency to be a national infrastructure priority

A new coalition of 20 organisations from the construction, housing and environment sectors is urging that energy efficiency in UK homes must become a "national infrastructure priority", with government committing to a target of retrofitting one million homes a year by 2020.

SNIPEF elects new president

The Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation (SNIPEF) has appointed Alwyn Webster as president for 2014-2015.

Construction sector growth fuels need for installers

Trade Skills 4 U reports that the construction industry is continuing to see a return to growth, which will have an impact on electricians who will see an greater demand for their skills.

Installers going unpaid for thousands of ECO jobs, says Futureproof

According to a national network of installers, installers are unpaid for thousands of boilers fitted under the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) scheme.

HHIC optimistic that domestic RHI numbers will increase

Following the release of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) figures, director of the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), Roger Webb, said: "I'm optimistic that numbers will increase once we start moving towards the autumn and the heating season.

HHIC backs NICE consultation into the effects of living in a cold home

The director at the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC), Roger Webb, has said that living in a cold home can significantly inrease the risk of illness and death during the winter months.

New study emphasises the need for more action on home heating controls

A study published by the eu.bac shows that home heating controls should play a more prominent role in the European Commission's strategy for energy efficiency.

BRE consults with housebuilding industry on development of a new homes standard

On 20 June, BRE released plans to develop a voluntary sustainability standard for new homes. It will allow developers to differentiate their product in the marketplace by recognising performance beyond minimum regulation and provide increased choice for the consumer.

71% of SMEs confident in raising finance, says survey

A survey, compiled for Platform Black by IFF Research, found that 71% of small and medium businesses (SMEs) are now confident in their ability to raise finance.

Engineering firm fined after fan unit falls and crushes worker

Wilden Services of Hemel Hempstead, has appeared in court and been fined for safety failings after a toppling fan unit crushed a worker.

Construction activity up despite decrease in growth rate

New figures released on 19 June reveal that construction activity continued to rise in May, but economists are concerned that the recent high rate of growth appears to be slowing.

Wall-hung sanitaryware proving popular

Wall-hung sanitaryware is proving to be the first choice when specifying new bathrooms. According to Abacus Manufacturing group, there has been considerable growth in wall-hung frame sales in the last 18 months, so they are predicting an increase in sales of 5 to 6 times in the next 2 to 3 years.

Survey launched to help shape plumbing and heating apprenticeships

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and SummitSkills have launched a survey covering apprenticeships and professional recognition.

Ministers urged to reconsider role of LPG in Green Deal initiative

UKLPG, the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) industry trade association, is urging energy ministers to reconsider the decision to exclude oil and LP Gas boilers from the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF).

Aberdeen firm fined after worker fell from height

An Aberdeen-based engineering services company has been fined for safety failings, after a worker was injured when he fell from the trailer bed of a lorry at its premises.

Carlisle firm in court after scaffolder injured in fall

Contract Scaffolding Services has been fined £15,000 after a trainee scaffolder fell more than 6m through a roof light. The firm was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following the incident at a factory in Dalston, Cumbria on 22 February, 2013.

Construction activity up but growth slowing

New figures reveal that construction activity continued to rise in May, but economists are concerned that the recent high rate of growth appears to be slowing.

Kohler Mira awarded over £220,000 from Bristan Group in court

Kohler Mira has been awarded in excess of £220,000 in damages and costs from Bristan Group, following a court ruling that Bristan had infringed Mira's unregistered designs by copying.

Home Improvement Fund issues over £2m funding

An estimated £2.61 million was issued to households through the new Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) during the scheme's first week, according to industry estimates.

Heating engineer charged with manslaughter after death of 72-year-old woman

Self-employed Peter Sykes, 68, from Hadleigh appeared in Norwich Crown Court yesterday (17 June) charged with manslaughter and accused of causing the death of Annette Coe when he failed to properly service her boiler.

Study from Nest provides a new level of data about residential CO events

Nest has released its first summary of field data on carbon monoxide (CO) events, using its internet connected alarms which provide real time insight into the incidence of high CO levels in homes.

Labour and material shortages likely cause of surprise drop in construction output

According to construction and property consultancy, Tuffin Ferraby Taylor (TFT), shortages of skilled staff and materials are likely to have contributed to an unexpected drop in construction activity in May.

Octavia trial makes district heating a hot topic for landlords

A pilot project by Octavia Housing is helping landlords re-think how they deliver heat and tackle fuel poverty in thousands of social housing properties across the UK supplied by low carbon district heating systems, by allowing them to monitor system performance and energy use in real-time.

Advice from BCA on getting the best price for resale vans

British Car Auctions (BCA) is offering the small enterprises that use vans, helpful advice on what to consider when buying their next vehicle.

Illegal gas fitter put lives at risk in Hyde

A builder who illegally carried out gas work at two homes in Hyde has appeared in court charged with putting the lives of two families at risk.

55 hour week for one in five heating and ventilation engineers

A study commissioned by Electrical Contractors Insurance Services (ECIS) has found one in five heating and ventilation engineers work 51-55 hours a week while one in five plumbers work a 46-50 hour week.

SMEs lose more than £7 billion each year from missed payment opportunities

Research from Barclaycard reveals small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the UK are losing out on hundreds of pounds a week - £7.5 billion across the country each year - by not offering customers the option of paying by debit or credit card.

Snowdonia river polluted by heating oil leak

A pollution spill in Afon y Bala, North Wales, has led to a warning that people should not swim in the river. The source of the spill has been identified by officials as leaked heating oil.

Boiler broken by beehive in Littleport

A heating engineer was confronted by a swarm of 15,000 bees when he opened up the boiler in the kitchen of an engineering firm in Littleport, Cambridgeshire.

Unison urges an energy review of homes to avoid large scale fracking

The union Unison have announced a new proposal to address the UK energy crisis by reducing the need for large scale fracking. The report will be released today (16 June) at the union's Annual Energy Conference in Brighton.

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