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Climate Center reports surging air conditioning and refrigeration sales

Climate Center has reported surging demand for air conditioning and refrigeration, with the 'bumper summer' continuing through the autumn and winter.

'Meet the Buyer' for Manchester construction firms

Construction firms in Manchester are being invited to a free Meet the Buyer event to find out about millions of pounds' worth of work opportunities.

Guidance for working at height to be simplified

An overhaul of guidance on working at height was launched on 28 January as part of the government's long-term economic plan to abolish or improve outdated, burdensome or over-complicated regulations which waste businesses' time and money.

APHC and City & Guilds launch Employer Engagement seminars

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors is working in partnership with City & Guilds to deliver a series of free Employer Engagement seminars at boiler manufacturer training centres across the UK.

£10 million fund announced for the development of innovative low carbon designs

British entrepreneurs are set to benefit from a share of £10million to help bring new and innovative energy efficient products to market, Minister of Energy & Climate Change Greg Barker announced on 28 January.

2013 survey shows significant changes in social housing sector

Progress is being made on the deployment of sustainable retrofit, but not as fast as registered providers have anticipated, according to a survey carried out by Alliance Procurement, the National Energy Foundation and the University of Salford.

Value of the construction industry rockets

The value of construction projects in the UK has increased by 67.1% in the last year, according to Barbour ABI's recent Economic & Construction Market Review.

Power to the people

Local communities will be able to take more control of their energy bills and help transform the energy system thanks to proposals unveiled by the government in Britain's first Community Energy Strategy.

Are you ready for World Plumbing Day?

With World Plumbing Day fast approaching, the CIPHE is taking the opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of scalding.

Landlords' failure to obtain gas safety record puts tenants at risk

Two brothers from Dudley have been ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £3,000 after they failed to obtain a gas safety record for a property they rented out, putting tenants' lives at risk.

Big Energy Saving Week helps consumers reduce bills

Industry is supporting Big Energy Saving Week, which runs from 27-31 January, in a bid to help consumers lower their energy bills.

Training sees positive shift towards business growth

Small businesses are shifting their training priorities to concentrate on areas essential for future business growth, according to the Forum of Private Business' latest research.

Early payment schemes launched for medium-sized contractors

Early payment schemes for medium-sized construction contractors have been launched by alternative lending specialist Nucleus Commercial Finance.

Darlington man sentenced for illegal gas work

A Darlington man has been given a suspended prison sentence and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work after illegally carrying out gas work.

Apprentice discusses health and safety in new video

The British Safety Council has released a short film entitled 'Construction risks: an apprentice's view'.

Four in five plumbers lack mobile-friendly websites

Four in five plumbing firm websites are not 'mobile-friendly', according to new research from hibu (previously yell.com).

Teenage apprentice chases career in construction

A teenage apprentice who sent out 1,500 job applications while unemployed told Kris Hopkins MP, Minister for Housing, how he hopes he has a job for life in construction.

Projected energy savings of Green Deal measures have been over-estimated, claims leading environmentalist

A recent blog by Chris Goodall has brought to light various issues with the projected energy savings government has used to promote the Green Deal and other energy efficiency schemes.

UK-GBC comments on latest Green Deal figures

The UK Green Building Council has responded to the latest Green Deal statistics which show that 626 homes have now installed energy efficiency measures through the Green Deal.

Jewson launches Valentines offer

Builders' merchant Jewson has launched a new promotion for Valentines Day.

FMB gives Green Deal 'must try harder' report card

The Green Deal has scored just two out of five in a one-year anniversary 'report card' from the Federation of Master Builders, which says the government must try harder to broaden the appeal of its flagship policy.

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.

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