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Failings found at "disappointing" number of construction sites during safety drive

Poor standards and dangerous practices were found at nearly half of the building sites visited by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) during a month long safety drive.

Installers warned to take note of scrap metal licensing

APHC has issued a warning to installers regarding the new Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2013, as some have misinterpreted it to mean that plumbers will need a license to dispose of the scrap metal generated in the course of their work.

Pensioner put at risk by dangerous gas work

A Plymouth gas engineer has been fined for endangering the life of a pensioner by leaving a fire in an unsafe condition.

Landlord fined for using illegal gas fitters

A landlord has been prosecuted for safety failings relating to illegal and dangerous gas work at two properties in Essex.

UK-GBC launches task group to address Green Deal interest rate

The UK Green Building Council is launching a new task group to examine ways to reduce the current interest rate for the domestic Green Deal.

Latest Green Deal stats show slow growth

The latest statistics for the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) up to the end of September have been published.

BBC programme promotes dangerous practice, warns Calor Gas

Calor Gas has expressed extreme concern regarding a recent episode of BBC2's 'The House that £100k Built', which showed how to recycle a gas cylinder into a light fitting.

Marley launches new CIBSE CPD seminar

Marley Plumbing & Drainage has launched its new CIBSE accredited CPD: 'A guide to sanitary pipework design'.

Accredited training from Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating

Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating has been granted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) approval by CIBSE for its Combined Heat and Power (CHP) training programme.

New electric water heating course from Redring

Redring, a manufacturer of showering and hot water solutions, has launched a new CPD on electric Water Heating and Part G regulations.

Tougher penalties for rogue traders

Proposals on tougher sentencing for rogue traders who defraud and bribe the public have been welcomed by TrustMark, the government endorsed quality mark for reputable tradesmen.

BPEC Charity Life Awards gives out over £30,000 to plumbing good causes

Over £30,000 has been given out in charitable donations by training and certification provider BPEC to projects that use plumbing skills to enhance life.

UK bathroom manufacturers face closure

UK bathroom manufacturers Ours Sanitaryware and Impulse Bathrooms face potential closure following a decision by Hong Kong-based parent company HKR International.

The domestic RHI needs to change, says OFTEC

The government's domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme is currently costly, impractical and unlikely to attract consumers unless the focus changes, according to OFTEC.

Firm fined for exposing installers and public to asbestos

A North East glass firm has been fined after potentially exposing nearly 200 workers and visitors to dangerous asbestos fibres at its Consett premises.

Air conditioning firm fined after apprentice breaks arm in three metre fall

An air conditioning company has been fined for failing to provide adequate safety measures after an apprentice engineer broke his arm when he fell three metres through a fragile plasterboard ceiling.

Asbestos removal expert put workers at risk of deadly fibres

An asbestos expert has been fined after workers under his supervision were exposed to potentially deadly fibres at a college in Greater Manchester.

CITB responds to APPG Green Deal report

CITB has commented on the latest Green Deal report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment.

New assurance scheme keeps consumer 'WaterSafe'

October 2013 sees the official launch of WaterSafe, the UK's first all-industry national plumbing assurance scheme set to re-focus standards within the UK plumbing sector.

Suspended jail time for illegal installer who posed as Gas Safe registered engineer

A Stoke-on-Trent man has received a suspended prison sentence after posing as a Gas Safe registered engineer and falsifying a Landlord's Gas Safety Record.

Landlord fined for unsafe gas work

A Cornish landlord has been fined for risking the lives of neighbours by carrying out work on a domestic gas boiler, despite being unqualified to do so.

Second Help to Buy phase launched early

The second phase of the government's Help to Buy initiative was launched on Tuesday, providing homebuyers with a £12bn mortgage guarantee scheme.

Report urges government to review Green Deal barriers

MPs have warned government not to water down climate change targets in next year's review of the fourth carbon budget, and to address significant barriers to Green Deal take-up.

Solar energy is central to renewable expansion

Sensitively-sited solar PV energy will be central to the growth of renewables in Britain, Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said today.

Green Deal needs increased incentives, says industry

The UK Green Building Council has welcomed a report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment, which calls for additional incentives to boost the Green Deal.

APHC warns SMEs of the importance of keeping adequate business records

APHC is warning all businesses who provide company vehicles to their employees to ensure they keep adequate business records, especially on business mileage, in the wake of increased checks from HMRC.

Builder fined for illegal gas work after trying to evade justice

A self-employed builder, who purposefully evaded the Health & Safety Executive, has been fined for putting an Essex family in danger of leaking gas pipes after illegally replacing a boiler.

Solar panels now available from IKEA

IKEA launches a range of solar panels as new research suggests homeowners across the UK want to save money on energy bills but are put off by installing solar panels by the price.

New UKLPG report shows LPG is "essential" for a low-carbon future

UKLPG is urging government to ensure that Liquefied Petroleum Gas plays a key role in plans to meet the nation's carbon reduction targets in the future.

HVP needs you!

HVP will be attending both PHEX Manchester and PHEX Chelsea in the coming months to get firsthand feedback from installers on the state of the industry.

HSE announces important legislation changes

Two revised health and safety regulations take effect today that will help businesses more easily comply with the law.

NAPIT encourages installers to take advantage of construction growth

According to Construction Products Association forecasts, the construction industry is due to improve its current output by 4.5% by 2015. NAPIT believes this is the perfect time for installers to consider expansion and make the most of new skills to take advantage of this trend.

Score yourself tickets in Hep2O's Big Match

Plumbing and heating specialist Hep2O kicks off the biggest promotion of the sporting calendar next week, as it celebrates the launch of its new underfloor heating system, Hep2O Underfloor Heating.

NASC safety report shows overall fall in accidents

A new 2013 Safety Report has been released by the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation, documenting the statistics for scaffolding safety in 2012 for all of its contracting member companies.

GROHE Group shares to be acquired by LIXIL Corporation

The GROHE Group has entered into an agreement with LIXIL Corporation and Development Bank of Japan in relation to the sale of an 87.5% equity interest in GROHE Group from TPG and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners.

Industry reacts to housebuilding proposals

The Federation of Master Builders welcomes government measures to encourage self-build projects, while Ed Miliband pledges that the next Labour Government would tackle the housing crisis by building 200,000 homes each year, with a 'use it or lose it' policy aimed at property developers who do not start work onsite straightway.

Bristan launches UK plumbing survey

Bristan has announced Bristan Connect, a major 'listening project' aimed at understanding the common needs of plumbers across the UK.

"Positive signs" for construction recovery

There has been a dramatic increase in construction new orders during the second quarter of 2013, according to recent data from the Office for National Statistics.

UK homeowners improve property for personal enjoyment, not to boost value

An independent survey reveals that the majority of homeowners are motivated to improve their home by personal enjoyment, rather than the financial incentive of increasing the value of their property.

CO advice protects Portsmouth freshers

Sprue Safety Products teamed up with the University of Portsmouth last week to provide information, advice and give-away carbon monoxide alarms as part of a safety awareness clinic run during Freshers' Week.

New home registrations rise 25%

New home registrations in the UK have risen by 25% for the year up to and including August, new figures released by NHBC reveal today.

Energy price fixing proposals could jeopardise market

Ed Miliband MP announced at the Labour Party conference that an incoming Labour Government would legislate to impose an energy price freeze until January 2017.

New air quality regulations now in effect

HETAS is alerting installers and specifiers to changes in air quality regulations, which affect biomass applications for the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.

Carbon Monoxide: not only a killer

A new book outlining the dangers of carbon monoxide has been released.

Biomass gets top marks

Schools are reaping significant savings on fuel by switching to biomass, according to new findings from LC Energy.

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week highlights lack of CO knowledge among oil users

Householders are still unaware of the risks of the potentially deadly carbon monoxide in relation to all fossil fuels, according to statistics published by Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week.

Wasted heat costs businesses millions, says Cosaf

Businesses across the UK can save hundreds of millions of pounds by becoming more energy efficient and ensuring that their heating and ventilation systems are working correctly, according to Cosaf.co.uk.

Smart work vehicles are vital, says Vanarama

The condition of a tradesman's work vehicle can have a significant impact on whether he gets a job or not, according to van specialist Vanarama.

BLF targets tradespeople with asbestos awareness campaign

The British Lung Foundation is raising awareness about the dangers of asbestos with its campaign 'Take 5 and Stay Alive', launched this week.

Titon addresses "inept" MVHR installations

Titon has highlighted the importance of improving air quality and ventilation in homes using mechanical ventilation with heat recovery systems.

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