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UK's fastest plumber revealed

The plumber with the UK's fastest reflexes has been officially named following a nationwide challenge by Altecnic, UK manufacturer and supplier of plumbing equipment.

New B&ES president aims to "promote excellence"

Continued improvement was a strong focus at this year’s Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) annual general meeting, as incoming president Bruce Bisset delivered his inaugural address.

Blueflame boy wins second award

Plumbing student Scott Bilham, from Bury St Edmunds, has won the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering Award at West Suffolk College's annual prize-giving.

Green deal will 'take off' in the autumn, says industry expert

Tradesman are being urged to start the process of becoming Green Deal accredited, as industry experts describe the government scheme as a long term solution that will take off in the autumn.

Understanding overheating in Green Deal homes

Industry figures have issued insulation advice following the recent warning about overheating in Green Deal homes.

Deva competition winner announced

Deva, part of Methven UK, has announced the winner of its £5,000 Win a Marketing Campaign competition.

Heat pump manufacturers welcome RHI tariff announcement

Heat pump manufacturers have warmly welcomed the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive announcement from the Department of Energy & Climate Change, which came just two days short of four years since the scheme was first confirmed.

HWA adopts code of conduct

The Hot Water Association has adopted a code of conduct, formalised in a Charter that applies to all members.

Bruce Bisset is elected B&ES president

Bruce Bisset has been elected president of the Building & Engineering Services Association for 2013/14.

APHC draws attention to proposed Asbestos ACOP changes

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has launched a consultation on proposed changes to consolidate two Asbestos-related Approved Codes of Practice (ACOP): 'L143 - Work with materials containing asbestos Control of Asbestos Regulations' and 'L127 - The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises'.

A1 Flue Systems achieves CE marking

Commercial flue, natural lighting and ventilation specialist A1 Flue Systems has achieved CE marking for its complete flue system.

Confirmation of domestic RHI tariffs gives 'green light' for market growth

Today's announcement from Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) confirming tariff levels for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has been largely welcomed by industry.

DECC announces domestic RHI tariff levels

Householders could get paid hundreds of pounds a year for heat generated by solar thermal panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps, Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker confirmed today.

FMB pledges to boost employment in SME construction sector

The Federation of Master Builders has signed a Partnership Agreement with Mark Hoban, Employment Minister of the Department for Work and Pensions, which pledges that both parties will do all they can to boost employment and training in the SME construction sector.

Free course teaches plumbing basics to locals

Swale Heating and its client AmicusHorizon housing association recently teamed up to offer local residents the chance to learn basic plumbing skills for free.

Firm fined for Green Deal nuisance calls

Tameside Energy Services has been fined £45,000 by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for making thousands of nuisance calls concerning the Green Deal.

New chief executive named as NAPIT turns 21

NAPIT has recently appointed Michael Andrews as new chief executive. The official announcement was made on 8 July 2013, as the organisation marked its 21st anniversary.

Alpha makes it easy to stay Gas Safe

A new registration scheme from Alpha Heating Innovation allows heating engineers to notify Gas Safe of all their Alpha boiler installations completely free of charge.

Green Deal poses potential overheating threat

Homes insulated under the Green Deal scheme could be at risk of dangerously high temperatures during summer months, a university professor has warned.

Cost of compliance continues to soar for small firms

The average small and medium enterprise is paying substantially more than two years ago, despite government promises to reduce the amount of time and money businesses spend on compliance costs.

Anti-scald company repeats legionella warning

Following the second reported outbreak of legionnaires' disease in just over a year in Scotland, anti-scald manufacturer Inta has again advised installers on sources of information to help combat the bacteria.

Put your skills to the test with the Geberit Challenge

Dates for the regional heats of this year's Geberit Challenge for plumbers and installers have been announced.

New apprenticeship guidance to support the construction sector

New guidance for local authorities and contractors was launched early last week to help boost construction apprenticeships.

VAT cut is the way forward, says FMB

Reducing VAT to 5% on energy-efficiency improvement work would help more households than Green Deal finance can, the Federation of Master Builders has said in response to the latest statistics from the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

Homeowners losing confidence in British tradesmen

Homeowners are losing confidence in British tradesmen, according to a warning from TrustMark, the government-endorsed quality mark for firms in the home repair, maintenance and improvement sector.

June construction data boosts optimism

UK construction companies have indicated a further moderate rise in business activity during June. This was highlighted by the latest reading of the seasonally adjusted Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index, which was the strongest since May 2012.

Ascot plumber jailed for £160k tax fraud

A Berkshire plumber who failed to pay almost £160,000 in tax and National Insurance contributions over 15 years has been jailed.

Calor Gas ordered to withdraw misleading advertising

The Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland has upheld an OFTEC complaint that Calor Gas made misleading energy-savings claims in its latest campaign.

FMB calls for improved building industry image

The government is right to identify the need to improve the image of the building industry, to help drive up standards and improve consumer protection, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

New water-efficiency label launched

DIY retailers, builders' merchants and manufacturers are to implement a voluntary labelling scheme, to help consumers identify the water efficiency of bathroom fittings such as taps, showers, WCs and baths.

Bathroom-sector consumer habits under analysis

JM Blake Marketing is partnering with a number of bathroom companies to conduct new research into the buying habits of bathroom-sector customers in the UK.

Workers exposed to asbestos by employer

The owner of a cladding installation business has been fined after he exposed workers to a potentially fatal risk from airborne asbestos fibres at a house in Bedfordshire.

Chancellor sounds the death knell for domestic RHI

The Chancellor of the Exchequer's Comprehensive Spending Review has effectively cancelled the introduction of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), according Neil Schofield.

Low-carbon spending snub leaves builders on critical list

There is little encouragement for beleaguered construction SMEs in the Comprehensive Spending Review, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), which argues more needs to be done to support investment in low-carbon refurbishment.

B&ES seeks new chief executive

Building & Engineering Services Association's (B&ES) Blane Judd has stepped down from his role as chief executive.

'Ignorance can be fatal'

The Institution of Gas Engineers' is encouraging engineers to attend its free conference on carbon monoxide on 11 July.

Ford announces new nationwide training for young drivers

Ford Motor Company has announced the introduction of its Ford Driving Skills for Life programme in the UK, as latest statistics confirm that road accidents remain one of the leading causes of death in young people.

EP decision is "callous"

The Environment Committee of the European Parliament (EP) exploited a procedural loophole last week (19 June), denying the majority of MEPs the chance to influence their proposals to amend the F Gas Regulation, according to the Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA).

College student named Trainee of the Year

Plumbing student Scott Ramm (22) has won the 'Heating and Plumbing Services Group Trainee of the Year Award 2013' from the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES).

APHC welcomes increased promotion of HSE prosecutions

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has welcomed the increase in the promotion of all prosecutions for unsafe installation work by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) in their weekly e-bulletin.

Updates to the ACOP on legionnaires' disease

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has set out proposals to publish an updated Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) on legionnaires' disease: 'The control of legionella bacteria in water systems' (L8).

Householders choose proof over price

More than half of British householders say a clearly displayed certification mark from a trusted organisation is now more important than price when it comes to choosing a tradesperson, according to results from a recent survey by Ipsos MORI.

Is your building safe from legionella bacteria?

Ventilation Surveys & Services (VSS) has warned of legionella becoming a growing concern for thousands of property managers across the UK, in the light of outbreaks of legionnaires' disease in Edinburgh and Stoke last year.

Kingfisher anticipates DIY revival

Financial assistance for first-time homebuyers is likely to prompt a resurgence of DIY spending after several years of decline, Kingfisher's chief executive Ian Cheshire has said.

Siemens urges DECC to ensure smart meters work in high-rises

Nearly 5.7 million households classed as multi-dwelling units (MDUs) are at risk of not receiving the energy and cost efficiency benefits offered by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) Smart Metering Implementation Programme, according to recent research by Siemens.

First official Green Deal figures revealed this week

The first official Green Deal figures have been released by the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) amid suggestions that the general public is failing to take up the funding options available.

Council fined for allowing potentially lethal work

A Welsh local authority has been fined after building work at a house exposed a woman and her foster children to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Blue Watch is the new name in fire and home safety

Capita has today (25 June) announced the launch of Blue Watch, a new fire and home safety scheme supported by the UK's fire and rescue services (FRS).

£91 million fund to refurbish housing

Communities minister Don Foster recently announced that £91 million is to be spent in England to refurbish and bring back into use 6,000 empty and derelict houses and commercial premises.

Former director Geoffrey Cutting MBE dies at 88

Geoffrey Cutting MBE, who served for 28 years as director of the organisation now known as the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), has died at the age of 88.

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