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Chris Sneath awarded MBE for industry services

Chris Sneath, who served two terms as president of the Building & Engineering Services Association (then the HVCA), has been appointed Member of the British Empire (MBE) status in recognition of his outstanding service to the heating and plumbing sectors.

WindowMaster delivers 'truly fit for purpose' buildings

WindowMaster, provider of natural comfort and smoke ventilation solutions, has presented important research findings on the energy consumption of ventilation systems at a CIBSE Technical Symposium.

Martyn tops Midlands SkillPLUMB heat

The latest heat in the 2013 SkillPLUMB competition has seen 23 year-old Martyn Lee named the Midlands' best young plumber after a demanding event at Burton and South Derbyshire College on 12 June.

Prime Minister announces initiative to create 100,000 engineering technicians

Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday (24 June) announced a new initiative that will help create 100,000 registered engineering technicians by 2018.

New president for CIPHE

Steve Ingle has been elected as national president for the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Toolstation celebrates 10th anniversary with giveaway

Low cost trade supplier Toolstation is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and has now launched its 50th catalogue.

Husband and wife plumbing team win Best New Business award

On Tap Plumbers, a St Albans-based husband and wife team, has scooped Best New Business in this month's Hertfordshire FSB Awards - and taken second place in St Albans Business of the Year.

StreetwiseSubbie launches Fair Treatment Charter

At the recent StreetwiseSubbie National Conference, StreetwiseSubbie.com launched its Fair Treatment Charter to around 100 delegates from the UK construction industry.

Trustmark supports new consumer codes scheme

TrustMark has welcomed the Trading Standards Institute's (TSI) new Consumer Codes Approval Scheme. Launched this week (18 June), the scheme aims to give customers greater confidence in various codes of practice operated by trade associations and business organisations.

Euroheat brings wood heating to life

Euroheat has launched a range of short films designed to make understanding biomass easier for installers and end users.

NAPIT says smart meter delay "could have been avoided"

The conversion of 53 million households' meters to new 'smart' energy meters has been delayed from 2014 to 2015, on the request of the six largest energy companies in the UK, which have been charged with the task of carrying out the initiative.

Plumbing down under is no pipe dream

Bexley College is to assist Peter Miles, head teacher of plumbing at North Sydney College, with research into training and plumbing in the UK.

Tender prices show signs of bottoming out

Tender prices rose by 6.4% in Q4 2012, compared with the previous quarter, and by 4.0% compared with the same quarter in 2011, according to the latest figures from the UK construction Tender Price Index. However, previous fluctuation indicates a 'bottoming out'.

Price pledges to reduce pressure on installers

Robert Price MBE has been appointed as the new president of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC). In his inaugural speech at the Presidents' Dinner on Saturday 15 June, he called for an end to the bureaucratic burden placed on plumbing and heating contractors by government initiatives.

Free ground source heat pump webinar

Heat pump specialist Econic is holding a free webinar on 24 June to dispel some of the myths surrounding the technology and its implementation.

CE marking comes to bathrooms

Major changes in the labelling of bathroom products marketed throughout Europe will take place on 1 July 2013.

Toshiba warns of misleading air-con branding

Toshiba Air Conditioning has urged the trade and end users to beware of misleadingly labelled air conditioning units following a rise in complaints about sub-standard equipment.

BSW embraces government's ECO initiative

BSW Building Services is working with boiler suppliers and local authorities in support of the government's Affordable Warmth initiative.

Construction SMEs lose out on 90% of public sector contracts

More than 40% of construction SMEs are failing to win nine out of 10 public sector contracts, and over half have seen their success rate fall when bidding for public sector work over the past five years, according to a new report by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Energy-saving measures boost house prices

Making energy-saving improvements to your property could increase its value by 14% on average, and up to 38% in some parts of England, according to new research released by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

NIA welcomes Scottish government funding

The National Insulation Association (NIA) has welcomed the news that the Scottish government will be providing almost £50 million of funding to help make homes cheaper to heat.

SELECT welcomes government initiatives on Public Procurement Reform

SELECT, the trade body for Scotland's electrotechnical industry, has welcomed the positive tone of the recent debate on the Public Procurement Reform bill.

CORGI addresses the 'silent killer'

'Improving gas safety in social housing' was the topic at the All Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group seminar this week (12 June), with CORGI Technical Services and the Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM) highlighting the importance of raising standards, sharing best practice and moving forward.

Free app boosts homeowner and tradesman relationship

TrustMark, the government-endorsed quality mark to help people find reputable tradesmen, is calling on homeowners and tradesmen to have an open conversation at the start of every job to ensure a successful working relationship.

Court for illegal Norfolk gas fitter

A Norfolk plumber has appeared in court for illegally carrying out gas work for a landlord in Norwich.

Employers invited to help shape future skills

Employers, employer bodies and other organisations are being invited to inform the work that SummitSkills is carrying out over the coming months, which will shape the skills and competencies of those working in the building services engineering (BSE) sector.

Ventilation and temperature affects student results

The performance of school children in the classroom is negatively affected by poor ventilation and temperature control, according to a recent wide-ranging study.

Plumb Center and Parts Center release apps for Android

Plumb Center and Parts Center have released apps for Android phones, putting a range of features at customers' fingertips.

Written contracts protect consumers best, says FMB

A written contract for building work is the best option for consumers wanting to protect themselves against unscrupulous tradesmen, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the Draft Consumer Rights Bill.

Scotland declares new CO regulations

Scotland recently announced new Building Regulations on carbon monoxide (CO), which not only raises awareness of the deadly gas but also creates an opportunity for installers to demonstrate their duty of care.

Fully funded Green Deal training available to installers

Installers are being offered a Green Deal and ECO training and support package, fully funded by government grant, from EU Skills Network and QMSA.

FAS acquires Ashvale

Fire and Air Services Group (FAS) has successfully acquired Ashvale Fire Services.

House sales highest since 2010

The amount of homes sold in the UK over the past three months reached its highest level since January 2010 as buyers across the country began to return to the market, says the latest RICS residential market survey (11 June 2013).

OFTEC promotes workmanship warranty

Installers need to offer a workmanship warranty for the protection of consumers, according to the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC).

Glenigan monthly league tables: Top 50 Contractors and Clients

Glenigan league tables are produced from comprehensive UK construction activity data.

Illegal gas work leads to court for Swindon builder

A self-employed builder from Swindon has been fined for carrying out unsafe work on a boiler that exposed an elderly resident to risk.

Less than 200 homes signed up for Green Deal

Fewer than 200 homes have signed up for the government's flagship Green Deal scheme, according to the BBC and national newspapers.

Intuit Pay now available on Android

Intuit Pay, which launched on iOS in March, is now also available on Android.

Plumbing tutor honoured at Lion Awards

Learners, teachers and experts from the education industry came together this week to honour the achievements of one the most exceptional vocational tutors at City & Guilds' Lion Awards.

Quinn Radiators delighted with EC ruling defeat

Radiators with high output and low water content are the perfect emitters for low-temperature systems, according to Quinn Radiators' managing director Nick Whitwell, who recently welcomed the defeat of a European proposal to label radiators as unsuitable for use with heat pumps.

British Gas apprenticeships are "great news" says GMB

Two hundred new British Gas apprenticeships were announced yesterday (6 June) at the GMB Congress in Plymouth.

Customers sceptical about renewables

There is a lack of awareness and reluctance among consumers to switch to renewable heating technologies, according to new research conducted by Ipsos MORI and the Energy Savings Trust.

UK construction output returns to growth in May

May showed a rebound in output levels and intake of new work across the UK construction sector, according to data from the Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI).

Plumber sentenced following gas explosion

A Lincolnshire plumber has been prosecuted for carrying out illegal gas work after a couple suffered severe burns in a major explosion at their home.

Ideal Standard hosts Beautiful Use of Space

Bathroom solutions specialist Ideal Standard is hosting a two-week-long event at the Bath Room - its resource centre in Clerkenwell, London - to unveil its latest product innovations.

HETAS offers reduced membership with Prompt Payer

HETAS has agreed a deal with business register Prompt Payer, whereby registered installers can sign up for premium membership at the reduced price of £35 + VAT.

Lockwoods Construction wins NFB Award

A family-owned construction company that has been based in Liverpool for more than 40 years has won the Refurbishment of the Year award from the National Federation of Builders (NFB).

MPs welcome Parliamentary debate on CO safety measures

Parliament debated an amendment to the government's Energy Bill yesterday (Tuesday 4 June) that will, if passed, dramatically increase carbon monoxide (CO) safety in homes across the UK.

How accepting card payments can help SMEs

Payleven has introduced one of the first mobile Chip & PIN devices, which converts a phone or tablet into a fully mobile debit & credit card Chip & PIN solution, with the same stringent security standards as a traditional card terminal, at a fraction of the cost.

Ceram releases CE marking video

International materials technology company Ceram has released a video which discusses how it can test products to the relevant standards and help guide manufacturers through the process of CE-marking their construction products.

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