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APHC and Baxi offer more business benefits to installers

APHC and Baxi have recently formed a partnership, aiming to provide enhanced business benefits to plumbing and heating contractors while promoting quality and best practice within the industry.

CIBSE and TAC offer route to engineering

The first building services engineering technicians have completed a year of their advanced apprenticeship developed by the Technician Apprenticeship Consortium, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers has announced.

British Gas' new online tool could save householders money

British Gas has launched an online assessment tool designed to explain what energy-saving measures households could be entitled to under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Green Deal.

Sprue Safety Products and Gis A Hug team up against CO

Plumbing and heating engineers can this year give a significant boost to the number of people protected against the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) in Northern Ireland, thanks to a joint campaign run by Sprue Safety Products and the Gis A Hug Foundation.

Geberit Challenge 2013 is just around the corner

Domestic and commercial plumbers and installers are urged to sign up now to this year's Geberit Challenge.

Kingspan launches oil monitoring kit

Kingspan Environmental has launched a new remote oil level monitoring kit as part of its Kingspan Sensor telemetry range, enabling property owners to monitor their oil heating supplies at any time.

Pink Plumbers founder helps women be their own boss

New independent research published last week (16 August) by Pink Plumbers, a national brand delivered locally by qualified female plumbers, has revealed that 63% of people want to 'be their own boss'.

The potential for LPG in off-grid Britain

The World LP Gas Forum represents a major opportunity for housing and commercial developers, energy installers and planners to understand the significant commercial potential of LP Gas in the future.

Make your views known, advises SummitSkills

Now is the time for those working in the plumbing, heating and ventilating industries to speak up in defence of an apprenticeship funding system that works for micro-businesses as well as SMEs and large employers, according to SummitSkills.

CBI puts DCLG housebuilding figures in perspective

The CBI yesterday (15 August) commented on figures from the Department for Communities & Local Government (DCLG) which show that annual housing starts in England are up by 7% in the 12 months to June 2013 (110,530) compared with the year before, but still 40% below the March quarter 2007 peak.

Worcester, Bosch Group to take to Twitter during Gas Safety Week

Worcester, Bosch Group will be running an installer-led social media campaign for Gas Safety Week, designed to encourage installers to share their top tips to raise awareness of gas safety.

Viessmann welcomes approaching air quality emissions regulations

Viessmann has welcomed the forthcoming introduction of air quality emissions limits for all new biomass installations under the non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which will come into force on 24 September 2013.

Eight-metre fall for trainee lands firm in court

Hertfordshire firm Nature's Power has been prosecuted for safety breaches after a trainee employee suffered multiple fractures in an eight-metre fall from a roof.

PTS and CPS tackle fuel poverty through ECO scheme

Plumbing Trade Supplies and City Plumbing Supplies are playing a key role in the government's Energy Company Obligation initiative by launching schemes with assessment provider Toriga and boiler manufacturers Ideal Heating and Vaillant.

Industry responds to heat pump trial results

The Energy Saving Trust released the results of phase 2 of its heat pump field trials last week, eliciting a mixed response from the industry.

Searching for the UK's oldest Dimplex storage heater

Dimplex is looking to swap the old for the new by replacing the UK's oldest Dimplex storage heater with a Quantum heater, the new generation of energy storage technology.

Illegal gas work left Norfolk homes at risk

A self-employed heating installer from King's Lynn has been fined for illegally carrying out sub-standard gas work at two homes in Norfolk.

London fitter fined for illegal gas work

A heating installer has been fined for illegal and unsafe gas work in a London home.

HETAS launches technical helpline

HETAS has launched a helpline service designed to provide support and advice for the solid fuel and biomass heating sector.

Campaigning construction group states its case on procurement

As the Scottish government prepares to unveil its proposals for reforming procurement, the Specialist Engineering Contractors' Group Scotland has laid down a strong marker about what it would like to see in the new Bill.

HSE seminar details the dangers of dust

The Health & Safety Executive is inviting representatives of the construction industry to a free seminar about the risks associated with construction dust.

Gas worker jailed for leaving pensioner's home at risk

A builder has been jailed for 12 months for illegally carrying out sub-standard gas work at a pensioner's home in Bedfordshire.

Construction bounces back in Q2

The latest Construction Trade Survey, published today, shows that conditions in Q2 improved across all construction sectors and throughout the supply chain.

New CBCA study is "powerful tool"

Critical considerations for energy savings in commercial buildings have been revealed in the latest thermal analysis software Energy Study by Environmental Design Solutions, conducted in collaboration with the Chilled Beams and Ceilings Association.

Raising awareness of lead legislation

European legislation, which will cut the permissible levels of lead in drinking water, will come into force in December 2013. John Griggs, principal science officer for the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering, is concerned that the new legislation may catch out some manufacturers.

APHC welcomes information on construction dust

The Health & Safety Executive has produced a comprehensive information sheet detailing the dangers faced by those who regularly breathe in construction dust.

Asbestos found in 80% of Cheshire schools

Asbestos has been found in 80% of the schools examined in Warrington, Cheshire, amid warnings for all tradesmen, staff and children to beware of the dangerous material.

Jobs boom for boiler fitters

Qualified gas boiler fitters in Scotland are in great demand thanks to a new government-led home eco-improvement drive, which is helping homeowners become more energy efficient.

EST study shows improved heat pump performance

A new study from the Energy Saving Trust has found that the performance and efficiency of heat pumps has improved, following recommendations made in 2010 regarding design, installation and operation.

Bathstore launches national installation service

Bathstore is to launch a nationwide installation service this month, with the aim of covering everything required to deliver a dream bathroom.

Industry makes plans to build more homes

A new Home Building Skills report has found that 50% of all housebuilders and 80% of housing associations are taking on an apprentice in 2013, showing that the sector is capitalising on the 'green shoots' of growth across the industry.

Pickerings Lifts launches Heating & Cooling Services division

Pickerings Lifts has added a new business stream to its comprehensive portfolio with the introduction of Pickerings Lifts Heating & Cooling Services.

Industry responds to Part L update

Changes to Part L of the Building Regulations have been delayed, it was announced last week.

Econic seminar to show heat-pump technology in action

UK heat pump specialist Econic is to hold a seminar to show businesses and the education sector how renewable energy technology can cut carbon emissions and save money.

Surge in housing activity drives construction output growth

Growth of both business activity and incoming new business accelerated sharply in July since June, according to the latest Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers' Index.

Construction sector leads growth in the job market

The jobs market has seen continued growth, with recovery being led by the construction and property sector, according to the latest Reed Job Index.

Free Gas Safe registration from Ariston

Ariston is now rewarding installers who fit its boilers and cylinders by registering each appliance with Gas Safe for free.

British Gas to offer free power

British Gas is intending to offer free power on Saturdays to its customers with smart meters in 2014.

HSE updates contact arrangements

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has changed its contact arrangements to better direct those wishing to report an incident, notify workplace concerns or seek interpretation of guidance.

The Vale of Aylesbury gets greener

Plumbers, heating and ventilating engineers and electricians living in the Aylesbury area can now upskill closer to home.

Trading Standards sends rogue trader up in smoke

A Caerphilly installer has been fined £4,200 after an investigation by Trading Standards, regarding poorly fitted and potentially dangerous wood-burning stoves.

Free trial available for gas inspection software

Gas Safe registered engineers can now try out a gas safety inspection software system for free, courtesy of Easy Safety Cert.

Big Hit Challenge returns to Silverstone

Following the success of last year's event, Stanley will again be hosting its Big Hit Challenge at the upcoming British MotoGP at Silverstone, granting one lucky winner the chance to go on a VIP trip to the final race of the season in Valencia, Spain.

Bag yourself a van

Knauf, UK manufacturer of lightweight building materials and systems, is reprising its popular Golden Ticket competition from last year with another prize promotion worth over £20,000.

Record sales for Pimlico Plumbers

Pimlico Plumbers has reported record sales for the last 12 months, signifying the effect of increasing consumer confidence, which has helped to boost UK Gross Domestic Product.

A half-century celebration for Wessex Group

The Wessex Group recently held a gala celebration to mark the company's 50th anniversary in style.

Swale Heating maintains mhs homes safety record

Swale Heating has achieved 100% gas safety compliance for 12 consecutive months in homes run by its client, mhs homes.

Encouraging growth for construction and wider UK economy

The UK economy grew by 0.6% in the second quarter of 2013 compared to the previous quarter and 1.4% compared to the same quarter a year ago, according to yesterday's GDP figures, published by the Office for National Statistics.

NHBC reports highest half-yearly housing figures since 2008

This year has witnessed the highest half-yearly total of new homes registered since 2008, according to the National House-Building Council's latest registration statistics, suggesting that the UK housebuilding industry is continuing to recover.

Maintenance man prosecuted for illegal gas work

A 70 year-old self-employed maintenance worker has been fined for carrying out illegal gas work at a café and restaurant in St Austell, exposing customers and workers to the risk of injury.

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