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Proposed Water Bill could leave "millions" without affordable flood insurance

The Council of Mortgage Lenders and an alliance of property industry lenders have called for urgent amendments to the Water Bill, after it emerged that a number of property types are being excluded from the Flood Re scheme.

APHC welcomes changes to public sector procurement for SMES

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors Ltd. has welcomed the recent findings from a Government Consultation on measures to make public procurement more accessible to small and medium enterprises.

It's never too late to start an apprenticeship

A former call centre worker has used an apprenticeship scheme as the springboard to a new career in the plumbing industry.

Apprenticeships: "Lifeblood of the industry"

With National Apprenticeship Week approaching, Kevin Wellman of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering has drawn attention to the importance of apprenticeships, hailing them as "the lifeblood of the industry".

TrustMark numbers skyrocket in 2013

TrustMark has reported its greatest year to date, in terms of tradesmen details displayed on its website.

Fluidmaster acquires Kolektor Liv

Fluidmaster, manufacturer of toilet tank components, has acquired Kolektor Liv, based in Postojna, Slovenia.

House sales hit highest point in almost six years

The number of homes sold per chartered surveyor reached its highest point since March 2008 last month, according to December's RICS Residential Market Survey.

Illegal gas work lands Willenhall man in court

A Willenhall man has been sentenced to 80 hours' worth of unpaid work for carrying out illegal and dangerous work on gas boilers at two Stourbridge properties.

Lack of meter installation training could amount to £7 million in unnecessary costs for renewable heat projects

Incorrectly fitted meters for commercial renewable heat projects could result in more than £7 million of wasted funds by 2020, according to research announced today by Itron.

OFTEC launches new guide with AGE UK to help older people stay warm this winter

OFTEC has teamed up with Age UK to provide a free guide, offering key advice to help older people using oil to stay safe and warm throughout the remainder of the winter period.

British Safety Council holds conference to keep employers up-to-date on health and safety legislation

The British Safety Council is holding a half-day conference in Manchester on 26 February to update employers in the north west of England and surrounding regions on important developments in UK health and safety legislation, practice and enforcement.

Teenage apprentice exposed to asbestos at girls' boarding school

A building contractor has been fined for failing to properly dispose of asbestos after the potentially deadly material was discovered in a basement area at the independent Woldingham girls' school in Caterham.

Scotland's top apprentice

Tom Gregory of Prospero Facilities Services was named Craft Apprentice of the Year in the Scottish HVACR Awards for Outstanding Achievement, during a ceremony held at the headquarters of the Building & Engineering Services Association Scotland this month.

Construction sector 'to see growth until 2017'

The latest forecast from the Construction Products Association (CPA) puts private housebuilding, infrastructure work and commercial activity at the centre of the industry's recovery over the next four years, despite Office for National Statistics data which shows output declined in November 2013.

Plumbfix sets up shop in Northern Ireland

Plumbfix is launching its first four trade counters in Northern Ireland.

Worcester research reveals regional temperature differences

A survey into UK heating habits has found many Brits are turning thermostats higher than recommended levels, with some significant regional differences.

Firm fined after construction worker breaks back in fall from height

A prominent London developer has been fined £50,000 after a worker suffered major injuries when a temporary platform collapsed at a landmark site in south London.

Installers encouraged to enter OFTEC's 2014 Awards for Excellence

OFTEC's 2014 Awards for Excellence is now open for entries, promising a bigger and better event than ever before.

Tradesman breaks ankle in fall from height

The owners of a Holmfirth business park have been fined after a maintenance worker fractured his ankle in a fall from a ladder while removing several heat exchange units from a disused premises nearby.

OFTEC joins the revolution to reduce fuel poverty

OFTEC has joined a growing number of charities, businesses, politians and organisations to pledge its support for the Energy Bill Revolution and help the millions of people in the UK currently living in fuel poverty.

January sale on Uponor training courses

Manufacturer of indoor climate and plumbing systems, Uponor UK, is marking the New Year by halving the price of its most popular training courses.

APHC Training grants to continue in 2014

APHC Training, registered charity and sister company of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors, is once again offering its training grant scheme for 2014.

Honeywell and Elica to develop gas-air-train

Honeywell's heating and cooling appliance controls line of business and Elica are to collaborate on the development of a gas-air-train for residential gas boilers.

Danfoss invites local tradespeople to upskill in heat pumps

Anyone within the plumbing, heating or building trade is invited to learn more about installing heat pumps at Danfoss' 'introduction to heat pumps' (HP1) course.

New MCS standards provide "clear guidance for employers"

The Standards and Competency Criteria for the Microgeneration Certification Scheme have been updated.

Value of residential construction up by 92%

The value of residential construction contracts awarded in the UK has grown by more than 90% in the last 12 months, according to a report released today.

MCS launches improved standards and clearer path to certification

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is pleased to announce two key new initiatives designed to help installers get involved with the Scheme, and take advantage of the opportunities offered by the forthcoming domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.

House prices to jump 8% in 2014

House prices in the UK will see an increase of 8% over the course of next year while the cost of renting a home should rise by a further 2%, according to RICS annual housing market forecast.

Electrical safety law is inadequate to protect tenants, government warned

Eastleigh MP, Mike Thornton, has called for more to be done to protect tenants living in private rented accommodation.

Latest NHBC figures report Christmas cheer for housebuilding

The latest registration figures from NHBC show that the number of new homes being registeredin the UKcontinues to show significant improvement on 2012 figures with a 30% increase for the rolling quarter September to November compared to the same period last year.

Industry prepares for new NHBC Standards

The 2014 edition of the NHBC Standards, which provide the technical benchmark for all newbuild homes registered with NHBC, came into effect for the UK's house-building industry on 1 January.

OFTEC issues money saving energy guidance

With many householders aiming to spend less on household bills and save more this Christmas and New Year, OFTEC, which represents the domestic oil heating industry, has issued tips to help consumers be more energy smart.

Sheffield gas fitter jailed for six months

A Sheffield gas fitter has been jailed after illegally installing a boiler and leaving it in an immediately dangerous condition, putting a mother and her children at risk.

Minister announces plans for solar

Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker has praised the UK solar PV industry's progress in recent years, and outlined the Coalition's next steps towards a more solar-friendly future.

DECC invites discussion on LinkedIn

The Department of Energy & Climate Change is inviting people to join its LinkedIn discussion on ways to improve the non-domestic RHI scheme, ahead of its review next year.

New guidance from APHC

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors has issued a new set of consumer guides, covering topics such as how to protect your heating system from the winter cold and the differing types of domestic central heating systems available.

British Property Federation welcomes focus on energy efficiency in commercial property

The British Property Federation has welcomed the launch of 'Building Efficiency', a report by the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum and Carbon Connect that makes a number of recommendations to improve the energy efficiency of commercial properties.

The S-IMPLER way to insulate solid wall homes

A research and demonstration project designed to help the refurbishment sector achieve effective and economical retrofit of insulation in solid wall homes is being launched by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

Does energy efficiency increase CO levels?

The Gas Safety Trust has awarded a grant to the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers to investigate the effects improved energy efficiency measures have on levels of carbon monoxide in the home.

NHBC Foundation report casts doubt over reliability of co-heating test

Co-heating tests that are used to measure overall heat loss from buildings are inconsistent and highly sensitive to the weather, according to new research by the NHBC Foundation.

Self Assessment newcomers urged to register

HM Revenue & Customs is urging first-time Self Assessment filers who haven't sent in a return to register for its online services now.

LPG SME network created

UKLPG has joined forces with EU Skills to create an LPG SME employer-led network.

Boiler manufacturers respond to scale back of ECO announced in the Autumn Statement

Industry has welcomed the ECO extension after fears it would be scrapped altogether.

NHBC encouraged by Autumn Budget statement

Following today's Autumn Statement from Chancellor George Osborne, the National House-Building Council's chief executive Mike Quinton has welcomed the measures to support housebuilding in the UK.

Government announces further funding for apprenticeships

Support for an additional 20,000 higher apprenticeships was announced by Chancellor George Osbourne in today's Autumn Statement.

ECO deadline extended, confirms Chancellor George Osborne

The government has now confirmed changes to energy levies which, it claims, will see households saving an average of £50 a year.

Energy and Utilities Alliance welcomes the Manufacturers' Association of Radiators and Convectors as new division

As of January 2014, the Manufacturers' Association of Radiators and Convectors will join the rapidly growing Energy and Utilities Alliance as the fifth division of EUA, joining Utility Networks, the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, the Hot Water Association and the Industrial and Commercial Energy Association.

Further details on the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive confirm solar tariff

Government has published further details on the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive outlining budget management policy, phasing of legacy applications and treatment of some types of subsidy, as well as confirming the tariff for solar thermal at 19.2p/kWh.

Non-domestic RHI improvements include increased tariffs and air to water heat pumps

The Department of Energy & Climate Change has set out a range of improvements and increased support under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive following industry consultation.

A boost for Appollo

Appollo Bathing is to receive substantial investment following its acquisition by acrylic bath manufacturer Astracast.

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