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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.

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.

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