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Construction Industry responds to Queen's Speech

The construction industry has responded to yesterday's Queen's Speech, welcoming the government's commitment to industrial strategy.

IAQ is 'quickest and cheapest' anti-pollution measure

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is the quickest and cheapest way to protect people from worsening air pollution, according to one of the country's foremost clean air campaigners.

ECIS urges contractors to guard against skin cancer risk

Contractors are being urged to protect themselves from harmful sun exposure following research showing that two per cent of deadly skin cancer cases in Britain come from working outdoors.

BSI to host webinar on new Gas Appliance Regulation

BSI will be holding a live webinar to inform engineers on the details of the new Gas Appliance Regulation, which will replace the Gas Appliances Directive from 21 April 2018.

Craig Summers appointed as managing director for Manhattan Associates

Manhattan Associates has announced the appointment of Craig Summers to the position of Managing Director.

Father to son businesses undergo revival in the face of a precarious job market

AXA study finds young men are increasingly choosing to follow in the dad’s footsteps when choosing their occupation. The building trades, in particular, have seen an increase in father-to-son firms, as Millennials value a solid ‘trade for life’ over navigating a precarious job market.

New APHC president seeks to improve industry training

In his inaugural speech as the President of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC), Mark Antrobus outlined his key priorities for improving the quality of new entrants and changes in how the gas registration body operates.

Extensive New Research into Bathroom Purchase Behaviour

Foam & Bubbles, the online bathroom platform, has partnered with home improvement sector experts Trend-Monitor to provide the latest insight into how bathrooms are purchased by UK consumers.

London-based construction professionals sought for upcoming local work

The latest in Constructionline’s series of Meet the Buyer events will come to London on Thursday 29 June at The Hive in Edgware.

New standard for facilities management open for public comment

British Standards Institution is developing an international standard for facilities management, providing a framework for the management, operation and maintenance of the workplace.

£600m social housing procurement framework invites contractor bids

Heating contractors from across Scotland are being invited to submit bids to take part in a new procurement framework specifically designed to help registered social landlords meet their obligations under the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH).

Social media offered an apprenticeship

Pimlico Plumbers is offering young people living in and around London the chance to secure a position on its sought-after apprenticeship programme, using the power of social media.

Essex heating firm takes home Family Award

An Essex heating business with offices in Thurrock and Wickford has been crowned East & East Anglia Family Business of the Year 2017 by a panel of expert judges.

BESA sees record apprenticeship enquiries

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) reports it is receiving record levels of enquiries from people interested in taking up apprenticeships.

ELCO Heating Solutions introduces new CPD module

The latest CPD has been meticulously designed to help building services engineers maximise the benefits of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) when incorporated within a commercial heating system.

Wilo supports Zambia charity

Wilo UK has formed a relationship with Village School Improvement Project Zambia – a Somerset-based charity that provides educational opportunities for children in the eastern province of Zambia in southern Africa.

Elmhurst Energy launches Level 5 Non-Domestic Assessor Accreditation

Elmhurst Energy has launched a Non-Domestic Energy Assessor (NDEA) Level 5 Accreditation Scheme, to “ensure members have the skills and knowledge to deliver professional energy assessments”.

North East heating bosses in the running for awards

Two North East-based heating and plumbing entrepreneurs are in the running for the Institute of Directors (IoD) awards.

New infographic reveals why the UK should learn to love the white van man

A new infographic by the van leasing company LeaseVan has created a white van infographic.

Green Heat’s Robin Thom wins Energy Efficiency Consultant of the Year title

Robin Thom, director of sustainability at Green Heat and SAPRatings.com, was named Consultant of the Year and was highly commended in the Energy Efficiency Champion 2017 category during the West Midlands Regional Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Awards.

Netatmo launches exclusive programme for UK installers

Smart home company Netatmo has launched Netatmo Pro, an installer loyalty scheme for UK based professionals.

Specialist training centre opens in Scotland

A specialist training centre for indoor air hygiene in commercial buildings and grease extraction cleaning in kitchens has been launched in Scotland.

New incentives to enter Plumber of the Year

Plumbers across the UK applying for Plumber of the Year will be rewarded for completing their registration.

IAQ could become a planning issue

Developers could potentially be required to achieve an agreed standard of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in order to gain planning permission for new buildings in London.

Manifesto pledges on domestic energy efficiency fall short, says OFTEC

OFTEC has welcomed moves announced in the main party manifestos towards improving domestic energy efficiency and carbon reduction, but says these measures don’t go far enough in supporting the 970,000 oil-fueled homes in England and Wales.

Brits unaware of barbecue CO danger

With half the nation (52%) planning on barbecuing an average of five times for family and friends in 2017, Gas Safe Register is issuing a reminder to be aware of the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

16.5% of people are unhappy at work due to the condition of the toilets

Research by the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) reveals the impact that the state of workplace toilets is having on workers.

Homeowners leave themselves at risk by not checking credentials

According to research by Plentific.com, nearly four out of five homeowners admit that they would hire a trade professional without checking for public liability or professional indemnity insurance.

Installers First launches poll on standards and safety

Installers First has gathered industry feedback over the past few months and identified three specific concerns; one of which being safety and standards.

78% of contractors impacted by skills shortages

A survey of over 350 contractors by ECIC, a specialist insurer for the contracting sector, has underlined the immense pressure the sector is under to fill skills shortages and the increasing reliance on sub-contractors to fill the gap.

Ideal adds to loyalty scheme

Ideal Boilers has added another benefit to its loyalty scheme, Installer Connect. Installers who register a boiler from now until the end of June will be automatically entered into a draw to win 100 spot prizes including air fresheners, travel mugs, workwear and Love2shop vouchers.

BEAMA encourages use of TMVs for hygiene

BEAMA encourages the installation of products like thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) to ensure good hygiene, and prevent the spread of bacteria resistant to antibiotics by making handwashing easy and effective.

Plumb Center returns to Royal Highland Show to support renewables installers

Following the success of last year’s Royal Highland Show, Plumb Center’s renewables team is returning to the annual farming and countryside showcase from 22 to 25 June.

Contractors urged to act on upcoming energy regulations

In less than a year, the government’s new energy bill comes into effect. Ideal Commercial Boilers are urging installers to act now before upcoming changes to the energy efficiency regulations.

Methven extends product range

Methven has launched two new models in its shower and tap range, which are now available for the UK market.

Climate Center to stock R448A nationwide

Climate Center has invested ahead of upcoming changes to the F-Gas Regulations, by ensuring the lower GWP R448A refrigerant is readily available for customers.

Wozair Acquires Controlling Stake in Veotec

Veotec Group have been partly acquired by Wozair through the purchasing a majority shareholding of the Veotec of companies’ shares.

Do your 'new home' plumbing tips match WaterSafe's?

WaterSafe, the UK national accreditation body for approved plumbers, has created a five-step guide for new home owners to check their plumbing is in tip top condition.

New oil and unvented training provision

Steve Willis Training has opened a new OFTEC-approved oil heating training and assessment facility at its Portchester training centre.

Plumbers wanted to fill assessor skills gap

A campaign to recruit more NVQ assessors has been launched by training provider JTL, following concerns of a skills shortage in this area and the negative impact it could have on apprenticeship quality.

Elmhurst Energy acquires the Independent Airtightness Testing Scheme (iATS)

Elmhurst Energy, the energy performance assessment specialist, has announced its acquisition of the Independent Airtightness Testing Scheme (iATS).

Baxi Heating acquires Packaged Plant Solutions

Baxi Heating has acquired Packaged Plant Solutions to strengthen and grow its existing packaged plant room offer in line with market demands.

Get in the Expert Zone with Mira

As part of an extensive overhaul of its online offering, Mira Showers has revamped the Expert Zone of its website.

Grant launches G-CERT scheme

Grant UK has launched a new scheme called G-CERT, which aims to support engineers who wish to offer their customers MCS compliant installations, without having to undertake MCS accreditation themselves.

Saniflo on the road again

Saniflo is taking its roadshow on tour again after the success of 2016 – which saw the company visit 80 venues in England, Wales and Ireland – to visit installers at merchants nationwide.

Salamander backs women in engineering event

Salamander Pumps is backing an event to encourage more women into engineering careers, as part of the International Women in Engineering Day celebrations in June.

The clock is ticking on the CIPHE Apprentice Awards 2017

Apprentices must enter the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) Apprentice Awards before 31 July if they want a shot at being recognised for their hard work and skills.

“Extending the gas network provides a cost effective way to tackle fuel poverty,” says Mike Foster of EUA

“Households are 50% more likely to be in fuel poverty if they aren’t connected to gas, and that is a fact that can no longer be ignored,” said Mike Foster, former government Minister and current Chief Executive of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA).

Tradespeople lift the lid on cowboy customers

The crimes of cowboy builders are well publicised, but AXA’s latest study finds the rogue traders may well be outnumbered by rogue customers.

New apprenticeship funding options explained

A new guidance package for employers, which explains the intricacies of the government's new apprenticeship funding rules has been created by training specialist JTL.

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