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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.

Urgent government action needed to improve energy efficiency in commercial buildings

Government must act urgently to help UK businesses improve the energy efficiency of their buildings to avoid missing significant economic and environmental opportunities, a new report has warned.

WaterSafe hits halfway point for signups

WaterSafe has already hit the halfway mark for its registration target.

Plumbing student warms judges

A plumbing apprentice from Dewsbury has been named as Leeds College of Building's 'Student of the Year' after being awarded the Governors' Award at the college's annual prize-giving ceremony.

CoRE diplomas in retrofit to support new professions

The UK's first Diploma in Retrofit is being delivered by the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence following the launch of the new 'CoRE Curriculum' in London this week.

Green Deal and ECO reform a good thing says the HHIC

The Heating & Hotwater Council has welcomed the government announcement that it will be revamping Green Deal and ECO.

OFTEC issues CO advice to Northern Ireland oil householders

With nearly 70% of households in Northern Ireland using oil as their main heating source, OFTEC has issued important advice as part of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month.

Government aims to make Green Deal more straightforward

Changes to make the Green Deal more straightforward for families who want to improve their homes and benefit from lower bills have been announced by government.

Government announces potential £50 reduction in energy bills for 'hardworking' households

British households will benefit from proposals that will be worth £50 on average, as government plans to reduce the impact of energy company price rises.

Gas fitter given curfew following explosion that left Manchester pensioner with severe burns

A gas fitter has received a suspended prison sentence, curfew, and been ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service after a pensioner suffered severe burns in a gas explosion at his home in Manchester.

Homeowners need to understand low-carbon technologies, study reveals

Homeowners are unable to take advantage of the benefits of low- and zero-carbon technologies because they do not understand how they work, according to new research by the NHBC Foundation.

Success for plumbing student pair

Two Barking & Dagenham College students were recently presented with awards at the Building Engineering Services Training London & South East Regional Training Awards 2013.

'Help to heat' loan scheme suggested to encourage energy efficiency improvements and boost savings

A new 'Help to Heat' scheme modelled on the government's 'Help to Buy' scheme is today recommended in a report funded by the Energy & Utilities Alliance and undertaken by think tank IPPR.

'Don't put businesses off apprenticeships' industry warns Chancellor

The Chancellor needs to put world-class apprenticeships at the forefront of his plan for economic recovery by giving both employers and training providers a say, and ensuring that any additional bureaucracy associated with the proposals does not discourage businesses from taking part, the skills education organisation City & Guilds warned today.

Count down to Christmas with Danfoss' online advent calender

Heating controls manufacturer Danfoss is counting the days to Christmas with the return of its prize-packed online Advent Calendar competition.

FMB slams MPs' call to keep Code for Sustainable Homes

The Federation of Master Builders has criticised the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee's recent report on the Housing Standards Review.

Chancellor must cut VAT on renovation work, argue campaigners

Britain's financially squeezed households would benefit if Chancellor George Osborne cut VAT on housing renovation and repair work, according to a letter written to the Chancellor by campaigners.

Pimlico Plumbers achieves workforce milestone

Pimlico Plumbers' workforce of professional tradespeople has grown to 200 as it prepares for a busy winter period.

Death of the British bath?

There has been a 54% decrease in bath orders in the past 12 months, according to a new study from online bathroom retailer UKBathrooms.com.

Builders' merchant industry unites to celebrate success

Over 470 key figures from the UK builders' merchant industry met in London last week to celebrate excellence in the face of economic adversity.

Industry urged to get ahead of the curve of F-Gas changes

Climate Center, UK supplier of cooling equipment, is urging customers not to wait for the impending review of F-Gas regulations to review refrigerant options.

Report reveals growth in residential construction

The value of contracts awarded in the UK's construction sector grew by almost 50% in October 2013 compared to the same period last year, according to Barbour ABI's Economic and Construction Market Review.

Sentinel launches online training academy

Water treatment specialist Sentinel has set up an online training academy for installers.

Practical advice on controlling legionella bacteria in water systems

Health and safety information on managing and controlling legionella bacteria in water systems has been updated and clarified.

Travis Perkins has ready-made solutions for the new Part L regulations

Through its Sustainable Building Solutions team, the Travis Perkins Group has a ready-made solution to help house builders comply with the new regulations cost-effectively.

Landlord jailed for gas safety failings

A London landlord has been jailed for endangering his tenants after illegally installing a boiler that he then repeatedly tried to fix after it developed a leak.

Solar installer breaks back in fall from height

A Monmouth construction firm and its managing director have been fined for safety failings after a labourer fell more than four metres through a fragile barn roof, breaking his back on his first day working for the company.

BEAMA gives mixed reaction to new Part L

BEAMA has given a mixed reaction to the overdue release of the Building Regulations Part L guidance documents on 15 November, which will come into effect on 6 April 2014.

Worcester, Bosch opens Wakefield training centre

Worcester, Bosch Group has opened a brand new training facility in Normanton, near Wakefield, to provide better support and an improved training experience for installer, specifier and merchant customers based in the north of England.

Baxi issues Safety Alert for Potterton Powermax HE boilers

A Safety Alert has been issued by Baxi, in conjunction with Gas Safe, in response to a very small risk associated with Potterton Powermax HE boilers manufactured between 2001 and November 18 2005.

Industry challenges DCLG plans to scrap sustainable homes policy

A report published by MPs has urged the Department for Communities & Local Government to reconsider axing measures that support renewable energy in new homes.

Figures reveal over 100,000 Green Deal Assessments have now taken place

More than 1,000 people have now signed up to install Green Deal measures, according to the latest figures released by the department for Energy & Climate Change this week.

Company saves £65,000 in one week thanks to power supply e-tracker

Energy management specialist Marshall-Tufflex is flavour of the month with one customer after saving the company more than £65,000 in just one week.

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