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Pipe Center invests in Fabrication facility

Pipe Center is investing in its specialist pipe work Fabrication facility in order to offer customers an even better service.

Companies fail to meet first aid legal requirements

Many organisations are failing to meet first aid legal requirements, according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby.

Europe must "catch up" with Solar PV growth

Europe is no longer the world leader in solar photovoltaic technology, according to a recent report by the European Photovoltaic Industry Association.

Mitsubishi Electric launches ventilation guide

Mitsubishi Electric has launched a free, CPD-certified guide to illustrate how effective ventilation can help both the wellbeing of occupants and overall building efficiency.

Engineers shortlisted for CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year

Ten promising young engineers have been shortlisted for this year's CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year award - the largest group of finalists in over a decade.

Bosch calls for responsible CHP system design

Bosch Commercial and Industrial Heating has issued a rallying call for a more responsible approach to Combined Heat and Power system design, following observations that there is still a large number of CHP systems which reject heat unnecessarily.

Building contractor fined after exposing family to CO

A Glasgow-based building contractor which exposed a family to deadly carbon monoxide fumes has been fined.

Gearing up for Gas Safety Week 2013

Gas Safety Week 2013 is taking place across the UK from the 16 to 22 September, with gas safety messages reaching far and wide right at the start of heating season.

HSE publishes first aid guidance

A month ahead of changes to first aid regulations, the Health & Safety Executive has published guidance to help businesses put in place appropriate arrangements for the provision of first aid.

HSE campaign targets unsafe building sites

Poor standards and unsafe work on Britain's building sites will be targeted during a month long initiative as part of a nationwide drive aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health in the industry.

Screwfix searches for Britain's top tradesman of 2013

Screwfix's annual competition to find the best in the field launched yesterday, and the winner will receive a brand new Toyota Proace van, worth up to £27,000, as well as being awarded the title of the nation's No.1 tradesperson.

Installers encouraged to participate in housing standards review consultation

APHC is calling all installers, particularly those working on newbuild properties, to take part in the government consultation on its proposed changes to Building Regulations and Housing Standards.

Construction tender prices bottom out

The fall in tender prices in Q1 2013 (1.75%) is not seen as a return to falling prices, but more of a settling down at the higher level seen over the last two quarters.

Housebuilding levels continue to improve, according to NHBC

NHBC's latest registration statistics show that house-building levels in the UK continue to show improvement on recent years, with figures for July 19% higher than the same month last year.

Firm fined after hotel guests put at risk from unsafe gas boilers

Hotel guests were put at risk from unsafe gas boilers for nearly two years, Blackpool Magistrates Court has heard.

Europe must "catch up" with solar PV growth says NAPIT

According to the latest published statistics from the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, Europe isn't the world leader it once was with solar photovoltaic technology. In order to keep the industry moving, NAPIT says more investment is required in solar technologies.

Latest Green Deal and ECO statistics 'disappointing'

The latest statistics on the Green Deal for the domestic sector and on measures installed under the Energy Company Obligation up to the end of June show slow but continued growth.

Insulation industry calls for urgent intervention over Green Deal/ECO statistics

Neil Marshall, chief executive of the National Insulation Association warns that while there was a small increase in the number of insulation installations in June compared to May, the number of installations in 2013 remain well short of what is required

B&ES survey reveals growing business confidence

Research among members of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) has revealed an improvement in market conditions over the past six months, with more firms experiencing an increase in orders and enquiries.

UK tradesmen working harder than ever

Tradesmen are working longer hours than ever, willing to sacrifice holidays and weekends in a bid to squeeze more jobs in, according to research from Screwfix.

Businesses feel the heat as 'green burden' moves down the supply chain

Britain's struggling small businesses are facing a growing 'Green Burden' imposed by large companies striving to meet their carbon reduction targets.

Builder's dangerous gas work puts family's lives at risk

A Wiltshire builder has been fined for illegal and dangerous gas work in Somerset, which could have led to a family with two young children being killed by carbon monoxide fumes.

Cut red tape to boost housebuilding, says FMB

Moves to cut red tape by streamlining housing standards would be a major boost to Britain's small- and medium-sized housebuilders, and will help to increase the supply and choice of new homes, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

Plans to scrap green homes policy "beggars belief"

The government's suggestion to scrap the 2008 Planning and Energy Act has been met with widespread criticism by the renewable energy industry.

Gas booster bearings "must be changed every five years"

All gas boosters must be inspected at least once a year and the fan bearing replaced every five years, according to burner manufacturer and spares supplier Nu-way.

Construction companies missing out on tax breaks, warns Baker Tilly

The value of tax breaks claimed by UK companies investing in research and development has tripled in the last 10 years, according to the latest figures from HM Revenues & Customs, but Baker Tilly has warned that many construction companies may be missing out.

Daikin UK supports scheme for unemployed installers

Daikin UK has welcomed a new Jobcentre Plus scheme to help unemployed installers back into work.

Increasing your energy efficiency with EPC

This infographic from EPCarlson illustrates how to increase energy efficiency in the home.

Construction SMEs experience growth in Q2

UK economic growth experienced in the second quarter of this year can be partly attributed to a construction revival among SMEs, according to a study by specialist finance provider Bibby Financial Services.

"No excuse" for unsafe low-level platforms, says PASMA

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers' Association, the trade body representing the mobile access tower industry, has launched PAS 250, a new safety standard for the design of low-level work platforms, also known as 'podiums' or 'pulpits'.

APHC and Baxi offer more business benefits to installers

APHC and Baxi have recently formed a partnership, aiming to provide enhanced business benefits to plumbing and heating contractors while promoting quality and best practice within the industry.

CIBSE and TAC offer route to engineering

The first building services engineering technicians have completed a year of their advanced apprenticeship developed by the Technician Apprenticeship Consortium, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers has announced.

British Gas' new online tool could save householders money

British Gas has launched an online assessment tool designed to explain what energy-saving measures households could be entitled to under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Green Deal.

Sprue Safety Products and Gis A Hug team up against CO

Plumbing and heating engineers can this year give a significant boost to the number of people protected against the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) in Northern Ireland, thanks to a joint campaign run by Sprue Safety Products and the Gis A Hug Foundation.

Geberit Challenge 2013 is just around the corner

Domestic and commercial plumbers and installers are urged to sign up now to this year's Geberit Challenge.

Kingspan launches oil monitoring kit

Kingspan Environmental has launched a new remote oil level monitoring kit as part of its Kingspan Sensor telemetry range, enabling property owners to monitor their oil heating supplies at any time.

Pink Plumbers founder helps women be their own boss

New independent research published last week (16 August) by Pink Plumbers, a national brand delivered locally by qualified female plumbers, has revealed that 63% of people want to 'be their own boss'.

The potential for LPG in off-grid Britain

The World LP Gas Forum represents a major opportunity for housing and commercial developers, energy installers and planners to understand the significant commercial potential of LP Gas in the future.

Make your views known, advises SummitSkills

Now is the time for those working in the plumbing, heating and ventilating industries to speak up in defence of an apprenticeship funding system that works for micro-businesses as well as SMEs and large employers, according to SummitSkills.

CBI puts DCLG housebuilding figures in perspective

The CBI yesterday (15 August) commented on figures from the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) which show that annual housing starts in England are up by 7% in the 12 months to June 2013 (110,530) compared with the year before, but still 40% below the March quarter 2007 peak.

Worcester, Bosch Group to take to Twitter during Gas Safety Week

Worcester, Bosch Group will be running an installer-led social media campaign for Gas Safety Week, designed to encourage installers to share their top tips to raise awareness of gas safety.

Viessmann welcomes approaching air quality emissions regulations

Viessmann has welcomed the forthcoming introduction of air quality emissions limits for all new biomass installations under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which will come into force on 24 September 2013.

Eight-metre fall for trainee lands firm in court

Hertfordshire firm Nature's Power has been prosecuted for safety breaches after a trainee employee suffered multiple fractures in an eight-metre fall from a roof.

PTS and CPS tackle fuel poverty through ECO scheme

Plumbing Trade Supplies and City Plumbing Supplies are playing a key role in the government's Energy Company Obligation initiative by launching schemes with assessment provider Toriga and boiler manufacturers Ideal Heating and Vaillant.

Industry responds to heat pump trial results

The Energy Saving Trust released the results of phase 2 of its heat pump field trials last week, eliciting a mixed response from the industry.

Searching for the UK's oldest Dimplex storage heater

Dimplex is looking to swap the old for the new by replacing the UK's oldest Dimplex storage heater with a Quantum heater, the new generation of energy storage technology.

Illegal gas work left Norfolk homes at risk

A self-employed heating installer from King's Lynn has been fined for illegally carrying out sub-standard gas work at two homes in Norfolk.

London fitter fined for illegal gas work

A heating installer has been fined for illegal and unsafe gas work in a London home.

HETAS launches technical helpline

HETAS has launched a helpline service designed to provide support and advice for the solid fuel and biomass heating sector.

Campaigning construction group states its case on procurement

As the Scottish government prepares to unveil its proposals for reforming procurement, the Specialist Engineering Contractors' Group Scotland has laid down a strong marker about what it would like to see in the new Bill.

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