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Relocation, relocation

Alister MaClachlan, product director at Vokera, provides a simple outline to the relocation of a boiler and the factors that must be taken into account

Gas safe message to reach millions through Corrie episode this Boxing Day

As the country prepares for Christmas, home maintenance and carbon monoxide (CO) awareness can be topics easily forgotten amid the hustle and bustle of the festive season.

Consequential improvements axed

The government has announced it has axed consequential improvement plans after industry opposition.

Support for building-mounted solar installations

The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry and biomass developers were given certainty on projects to be supported under the Government Renewables Obligation (RO) on 18 December.

APHC urges installers to adhere to Competent Person Scheme changes

Now that the Green Deal soft launch is underway, it is important that installers understand what qualifications and business changes they face before taking part, including the changes to Competent Person Schemes (CPS) brought in by government earlier this year.

Property services group fined after seven hospitalised for CO poisoning

One of the UK's largest property service organisations has been ordered to pay more than £300,000 in fines, costs and compensation after seven people were hospitalised when carbon monoxide (CO) fumes escaped into their homes.

Mixed response to government's Energy Bill

Stuart Thorogood, president of Schneider Electric UK & Ireland, gives his response to the introduction of the Energy Bill.

Facebook competition for installers

Installers are being invited to enter BRK's Facebook competition over this Christmas period, for the chance to win £100 worth of vouchers to spend at NiCEiC's online shop.

Plumber suffers life-threatening injuries as a result of unsafe scaffolding

A building firm has been fined after a plumber suffered life-threatening injuries in a fall at an outdoor activities centre in Carmarthenshire.

Illegal gas fitter fined for leaving elderly woman at risk of CO poisoning

A South Yorkshire man has been fined for carrying out illegal gas work at a house in Sheffield, putting an elderly woman at risk from deadly carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Council fined after toddlers exposed to asbestos

Staffordshire County Council and a refurbishment firm have been fined for exposing a nursery class, school staff and two joiners to asbestos fibres.

Plumbers put at risk by unsafe scaffolding

A Fife construction firm has been fined for exposing workers to risk of fall from a height by using unsafe scaffolding.

Council fined for putting tenant at CO risk

Chesterfield Borough Council has been fined after carbon monoxide (CO) fed back into one of its properties, putting the tenant at risk of poisoning.

Solar energy from every angle

Print out and keep this step-by-step guide to installing Viessmann's Vitosol 200-T solar tubes

Kingfisher appoints Trade Direct to provide its insurance services

Kingfisher Group UK & Ireland, which owns the B&Q, Screwfix, Trade UK, and TradePoint brands, has appointed Trade Direct Insurance as sole supplier and administrator of the tools and public liability insurance services the Group offers its customers.

RHI 'will increase' carbon emissions in rural areas

The government's proposed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is unlikely to tackle the problem of carbon emissions from rural homes, according to the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC).

Census holds lessons for bathroom industry

The latest results of the 2011 Census gives the bathroom industry food for thought, believes Yvonne Orgill, chief executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers' Association.

Installers are being invited to take part in the Tectite Tour

Pegler Yorkshire are taking their Tectite push fittings on tour, as they trial a new scheme which aims to challenge people's perceptions of metal push fit, and let them know that there is another way.

Plumbing company fined after workers exposed to asbestos

Significant safety failures by a plumbing company may have led to two workers being exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres during a major refurbishment project on flats in Wales.

Softened water does not cause corrosion in aluminium heat exchangers, says new report

Harvey Water Softeners announces the results of a recent BSI Report and explains the implications for the use of softened water in central heating systems.

Manufacturer provides heating for Antarctic expedition

Dimplex heaters will be providing vital heating and warmth for explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and his team on The Coldest Journey, a world first attempt to cross the Antarctic continent during the polar winter, where temperatures can plummet to minus 90°Celsius.

HSE releases Legionella advice for water treatment systems

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has released important information and advice on legionella for users and suppliers of water treatment systems.

Green Deal cashback scheme launch brought forward

Worcester, Bosch Group has welcomed the news that DECC is to bring forward to launch of the Green Deal cashback scheme for boiler replacements to the second week in January.

Autumn Statement receives mixed response

Yesterday's Autumn Statement from Chancellor George Osborne has had a mixed response from the construction industry.

DECC announces new heat pump training dates

DECC has announced a further two dates for its heat pump training roadshows, to take place in January.

Lack of installer knowledge 'shocking', reveals survey

A survey into Part G Building Regulations, carried out by manufacturer Inta, reveals what the company described as a 'shocking lack of installer knowledge'.

Council encourages women to learn skilled trades

Leicester City Council is encouraging women in the region to become apprentices and learn skilled trades such as plumbing, painting and decorating, and electrics.

Jewson launches Christmas giveaway

Jewson is getting into the festive spirit by offering its customers a free bottle of wine this Christmas.

B&Q sales fall while Screwfix grows

Kingfisher has reported a 4% drop in like-for-like sales at its B&Q outlets, while the company's Screwfix brand saw sales grow by 11%.

DECC announces £2.9 million for Green Deal marketing

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has announced it is to begin a £2.9 million marketing campaign to promote the Green Deal to UK homeowners.

Company fined after major gas explosion

A property development firm has been fined £100,000 following a major gas explosion that destroyed dozens of homes in South Manchester.

Building firm fined after worker suffered injuries from five metre fall

A Leicestershire building firm has been fined after an employee fell five metres and was then struck by a wooden board and concrete blocks after a partially built floor gave way.

Government pledges millions to support house building growth

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced £225m of funding to support building of 48,600 high quality homes.

The Grafton Group is first merchant Green Deal Provider

The Grafton Group is proud to become the first building and plumbing merchant authorised to operate as a Green Deal provider.

Britain's energy-wasting families are losing cash

As part of its Hole In The Roof campaign, the Heating & Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC) introduces the Romans, an average British family wasting energy, and money, as if they have a very large hole in the roof.

Builders' merchant sales show short-term improvement but annual decline

The latest monthly sales indicators released by the Builders' Merchants Federation reveal that national sales of building materials rose slightly in quarter 3 of 2012.

Viessmann adds to its commercial boiler range

Viessmann has added three new models to its Vitocrossal 200 gas condensing commercial boiler range.

Homeowners "very interested" in insulation, says survey

A string of harsh winters and a raft of financial incentives have created a growing interest in insulation which offers real opportunities for installers, according to new research by the Energy Saving Trust (EST).

Homeowners seek more space in kitchens

Research carried out on behalf of Myson by pollsters ICM has shown that 72% of people feel they do not have enough space in their kitchens to meet their needs.

Pimlico Plumbers announces highest ever sales

Pimlico Plumbers, a large independent plumbing company, has announced it achieved its highest ever monthly sales in October 2012.

Mira extends digital choice with Platinum Dual

Mira Showers - a leading UK manufacturer of showering products and accessories - has launched a new digital shower that offers users both a deluge head and a handset that can be used either together or independently.

App to replace paper gas certificates

A mobile app developer has predicted the end of paper gas safety certificates following a surge of enquiries from heating and plumbing companies across the UK.

SkillPLUMB and SkillPIPE winners announced

After three days of intense practical competition at The Skills Show at the NEC in Birmingham, SummitSkills crowned its SkillPLUMB and SkillPIPE 2012 champions.

Carillion fined for death of worker after fall from a height

A major construction company and a concrete structures firm have been sentenced after a worker died following a fall from height at a Swansea building site.

SME consultation aims to remove red tape

The European Commission is calling upon small and medium sized enterprises to help identify the top 10 EU legislative acts considered to be the most burdensome from them.

Landlord sentenced for forging safety certificate

A landlord in Cambridge has received a suspended jail sentence after forging a gas safety certificate.

Rise in domestic heating oil theft as winter draws in

Police are concerned about the recent rise in thefts of domestic heating oil in North West Leicestershire, totalling £14,000 in value over the last two months.

British tradesmen are 'unsung heroes' of the UK's workforce

British tradesmen are owed around £4.8 billion in unpaid overtime every year, according to new research from Direct Line for Business.

NI Oil Federation customer charter boosts confidence

The Northern Ireland Oil Federation (NIOF) launched its customer charter this week, a first for an oil trade association in the UK and Ireland.

APHC to hold free Green Deal seminars

For installers who want to find out about all things Green Deal, the Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and changes to Competent Person Schemes (CPS), APHC are hosting three half-day seminars during December.

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