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Third-party inspector scheme "undermines" registered electricians

Electrical governing bodies NICEIC and ELECSA will not be operating a third-party inspection scheme, amid fears that it will undermine registered electricians and result in dangerous electrical work.

Heat pump manufacturers welcome domestic RHI launch

As the domestic RHI launches today (9 April) heat pump manufacturers remain optimistic that the demand for domestic installations will increase, but stress the importance of correct specification, installation and maintenance.

RICS prompts homeowners to get defensive

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has recommended that homeowners repairing their properties following the recent floods should consider additional flood defence measures.

Industry welcomes launch of domestic RHI but warns 'only time will tell' if it is enough to encourage real renewable growth

Industry rushes to support the launch of the long awaited domestic Renewable Heat Incentive today, which aims to boost the uptake of renewable heating

Domestic RHI launched

The long awaited domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is officially launching today, the Department of Energy & Climate Change has confirmed.

Community service for fraudulent plumber

A plumber has been given an unpaid community service order for carrying out illegal and dangerous gas work at a home in Milton Keynes.

Bosch welcomes CHP tax exemption

The Chancellor's decision to exempt Combined Heat and Power from the "carbon floor price" as part of the 2014 Budget review has been welcomed by a leading commercial and industrial heating manufacturer.

ENA welcomes Ofgem's move to enable a smart grid

Ofgem has announced plans to change industry arrangements to better facilitate the use of advanced smart meters, which will enable network operators to save customers' money.

FPB urges government to stop changing employment law

The Forum of Private Business is proposing a shake up of regulation to support small business growth, by suggesting government should only regulate once in any one area of employment law every parliamentary term.

Gas fitters fined for unsafe gas work and deceiving customers

An unregistered gas fitter and his employee were fined after carrying out illegal gas work and leaving a gas fire in a dangerous condition.

Two year pay deal for FMB

The Building & Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council has agreed a two year pay deal following the successful conclusion of negotiations between the Federation of Master Builders and Unite the Union.

Smart Meter In-Home Displays will save Great Britain £6bn

A predicted £6 billion of savings could be made on households gas and electricity bills from the In Home Displays offered to consumers as part of the Smart Meter rollout, according to research published on 4 April.

Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is only for the rich, says OFTEC

The government's £1.8 billion domestic Renewable Heat Incentive is costly, impractical and unlikely to attract mass consumer support, according to OFTEC.

Government urged to set energy efficiency standards for private rented sector

More than 30 organisations including the UK Green Building Council issued a joint statement on 3 April urging government to set a minimum energy efficiency standard for private rented homes.

Gas fitter fined thousands for leaving residents at risk

An illegal gas fitter and his company have been fined more than £10,000 for a series of gas safety breaches that put residents at risk.

TrustMark relaunched

TrustMark, the government-backed quality mark for reputable tradesmen, was relaunched this week by Consumer Minister Jenny Willott with new improved standards of consumer protection under a renewed master licence from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.

House building still on the up despite February fall, reports NHBC

The number of new homes registered in the UK increased by 14% for the rolling quarter December to February compared to the same period last year, according to figures released on 28 March by NHBC.

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.

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