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IBD now distributes Grant UK wood pellet condensing boilers

To extend its range of heating and ventilating solutions using renewables, IBD Distribution has been appointed as a distributor for Grant UK wood pellet boilers.

Gas fitter fined over Irlam explosion

A gas fitter has been sentenced following a major explosion in Irlam, Greater Manchester which injured ten adults and five children, and left a 73-year-old woman with severe burns.

Dealing with difficult demolition waste

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has issued new guidance on dealing with demolition waste which is difficult to recover due to its material composition, contamination or low value, or due to the techniques typically used during demolition.

Oil boiler sales increase

The oil heating sector has reported a significant improvement in sales this year.

UK Worker of the Year 2013 launch

Dickies is launching the UK Worker of the Year 2013 competition in association with Suzuki to find Britain's top workers and ultimately the UK Worker of the Year.

Illegal gas fitter tagged for tricking homeowners

A Rochdale man is under a tagging order curfew, having tricked a married couple into believing he was legally qualified to install a new gas boiler.

GDFC funding package backed by major industry players

The Green Deal Finance Company has confirmed the details of the financing agreements it signed on 12 March with the Department of Energy and Climate Change, the UK Green Investment Bank and a group of major stakeholders.

Bosch launches gas absorption heat pump training course

Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating has launched a new gas absorption heat pump training course, specifically aimed at installers, engineers and specifiers.

Green Deal assessments soar in second month

Public awareness and interest in the Green Deal is growing, according to the domestic Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation monthly report, published today.

JTL calls for greater support of employers taking on apprenticeships

Training charity JTL has given evidence to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Local Growth, Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and Enterprise Zones.

Unregistered gas fitter sentenced for false claims and endangering life

An East Devon gas fitter who risked the lives of a young couple through his dangerous work has received a suspended sentence and community service order

Free guide explains RHI

Information about the government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and biomass technology is now available on Euroheat's website.

Constructionline praises PAS 91:2013 publication

Constructionline has praised the final version of PAS 91:2013, calling the updated regulation a "positive step forward".

Heating installers will welcome DECC voucher scheme

Heating installers will welcome the government's announcement of a new voucher scheme to reduce the cost of training in renewable heating, SummitSkills said in reaction to the latest Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) announcement.

SMEs receive boost from new business bank

Small businesses struggling to access finance received a boost on 10 April as Business Secretary Vince Cable launched the first phase of the new business bank.

Planning Minister tells BMF 'more homes in the countryside'

Voters in England must accept the building of homes on undeveloped land for the sake of younger generations, Planning Minister Nick Boles MP has told the Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF).

Product manufacturers hit in weather-affected Q1

The Construction Products Association's latest State of Trade Survey indicates that sales of construction products fell during the first three months of 2013 with poor weather exacerbating conditions for the industry.

Constructionline hosts West Midlands 'Meet the Buyer'

Construction-related suppliers in the West Midlands are being invited to a free 'Meet the Buyer' event hosted by Constructionline, to meet potential clients and find out about upcoming work opportunities in the area.

House sales reach three-year peak

The amount of homes sold in the UK reached a three-year high during March as increased confidence in the market translated into sales, the latest RICS housing market survey has indicated today (9 April).

BMF joins in debate on Permitted Development Rights

The government's proposals to extend Permitted Development Rights in England have been welcomed by the Builders' Merchants Federation (BMF).

ASA rules Dimplex claims are 100% truthful

Dimplex has welcomed a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), which has found the manufacturer's claims regarding storage heating performance to be accurate and realistic.

Intuit comments on Real-Time PAYE

Tomorrow (6 April), employers will be required to change the way they report payroll to the HMRC with the introduction of Real-Time PAYE. Intuit has worked closely with HMRC throughout the pilot phase.

Process stifles progress according to HPA

The delay of amendments to Commercial RHI and the launch of Domestic RHI risks damaging more than just the credibility of the policy, the Heat Pump Association (HPA) has said.

One in four London construction sites fail safety inspections

One in four of the construction sites visited in London during a month-long inspection initiative failed health and safety checks, according to recently released results.

BRE begins research project into Britain's homes

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) has been appointed to carry out a major new research project to understand heat losses in the 7 million solid-wall homes in Great Britain.

Construction firms are not applying for government grants

Government grants available to help construction companies innovate and diversify are not being applied for, according to new research published by Constructionline and Capita Symonds.

Viessmann announces continued growth

Heating systems manufacturer Viessmann has reported sales of €1.89 billion in 2012, a €30 million increase in turnover and 1.6% growth.

Subcontractors in Ayrshire make a date with Graham Construction

Graham Construction is looking to build a local supply chain of construction businesses from Ayrshire at an event hosted by Constructionline on Thursday 11 April in Kilmarnock.

New app transforms gas safety inspections

A mobile app and online database that transforms the way gas safety inspections are managed is now available for engineers.

Response to rural renewables report

Following the recent independent report commissioned by OFTEC about the suitability of renewable heating for rural homes, heating manufacturer Ariston assures that renewables can work in tandom with existing systems to produce results.

Industry stays positive in light of RHI delay

Following the news that the government’s domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is to be delayed until 2014, industry tries to focus on “crumbs of comfort for installers”.

Health and safety risk assessment qualifications now available from the British Safety Council

A new set of e-learning courses that provide delegates with the knowledge required to conduct or review health and safety risk assessments have been launched by the British Safety Council.

SME sector is losing £122 billion in sales

Neglecting marketing is costing small business owners £122 billion in lost sales, according to research by Pitney Bowes, and the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

Trade Plumbing unveils new corporate branding and website

Trade Plumbing has unveiled new corporate branding and major improvements to its homepage which will remain ongoing for 2013.

Heat pump installations expected to fall after RHI setback

Heat pump manufacturers are predicting a downturn of installations following the announced Renewable Heat Incentive delay.

Plumbers battle through bad weather

As the MET office names March the coldest in over 60 years, Plumbfix reveals that only 10% of plumbers resort to cancelling jobs due to weather conditions.

Norfolk heating engineer fined for illegal gas work

A Norfolk heating engineer has been fined for illegally carrying out sub-standard gas work at a newly built home in Dereham.

Blackburn landlord fined over carbon monoxide poisoning

The landlord of a Blackburn business unit has been found guilty of a health and safety offence after two people suffered carbon monoxide poisoning from a dangerous gas heater.

PHEX returns this Spring with a must-see line-up and top prizes!

PHEX returns in 2013 with six free exhibitions, including four one-day events this Spring, bringing key suppliers and the latest products to new venues across the country.

Government schemes help boost new housebuilding figures

The number of affordable homes being registered has soared by nearly 120%, according to new figures released by the National House-Building Council (NHBC).

Three fined after illegal gas work in Essex

Two unregistered gas fitters and a registered gas engineer have been jointly prosecuted for safety failings.

RHI's severe delay and new action plan

The government this week announced a delay of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) until April 2014.

RHI launch not expected until 2014

Described as a key part of the government's approach to cutting carbon and spurring on the uptake of renewable heating, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is now expected to launch in Spring 2014.

Dangerous neglect by landlord leads to court

A private landlord has been fined for a series of safety breaches that left a Sheffield family at serious risk from a dangerous boiler.

CRASH receives increasing number of requests for support

CRASH, the property and construction industry's charity for homeless people, is seeing a marked increase in the number of requests for assistance from homelessness agencies across the UK.

Enforcement action taken at construction sites across Britain

Nearly one in five construction sites visited across Britain have been subject to enforcement action after failing safety checks.

Workwear sales soar as plumbers dress to impress

Sales of workwear from Plumbfix have rocketed throughout the winter. The company saw a massive increase year on year in the company's workwear range as electricians ensured they kept a professional image.

Plumber hospitalised after fall from height

A Coventry housing association has been fined for safety failings after an employee fell almost four metres from his ladder while inspecting a gutter.

Calor Gas fined following explosion that injured two workers

Calor Gas has been fined for safety failings after two workers suffered severe burns when they were caught in a flashover explosion triggered by a gas leak near Bristol.

Pre-qualification issues still plague the construction industry

The length of time it takes to complete pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQ) is the biggest challenge faced by construction companies when tendering for work, according to the latest survey by Constructionline.

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