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Advice on new safety legislation for builders

Advice and guidance for builders adapting to the new Health and Safety Executive (HSE) legislation on Fee For Intervention is now available at NHBC.

Proposals to ensure a better deal for energy consumers

Millions of households are to be moved to better energy deals, with suppliers limited to four tariffs per fuel type, and customers moved off poor-value 'dead tariffs' under new government plans.

Employers needed to 'Test Drive Talent'

UK businesses are being offered the opportunity to 'Test Drive Talent' under a new SummitSkills' initiative, which will see gifted young students undertake short-term work placements.

Industry response to apprenticeship report

Following the publication of the Business, Innovation and Skills Committee report on apprenticeships, SummitSkills has welcomed conclusions that suggest quality, and not just quantity, should be the UK's focus for apprenticeships.

New partnership sparks online electrical safety register

Consumers can now make the most of an online Electrical Safety Register (ESR), which will provide a database of qualified contractors across the UK.

Customers warned to prepare for cold winter

Customers who use oil to heat their homes and businesses are being warned to prepare for 'one of the coldest winters for more than a decade'.

Take part in a Green Deal web chat with Greg Barker

Greg Barker will be answering questions about the government scheme via a live event stream on Monday 19 November at 11am

Investigations underway as sewage leaks into water systems

Plumbing connections that were not properly made have caused businesses and properties in Devon to leak sewage into water systems, the Environment Agency (EA) has said.

Plumbers clean up at Britain's Top Tradesman 2012

A plumber from Scotland has been chosen from over 3,000 entries as Britain's Top tradesman 2012 in the national competition organised by Screwfix.

Honeywell takes gold at House Beautiful Awards

Heating controls manufacturer Honeywell is celebrating taking gold in the 'Best Heating Product' category at the annual House Beautiful magazine awards for its Evotouch touch screen multi-zone controller.

Danfoss launches new heating control

Heating controls manufacturer Danfoss has launched the TP7001 - the first in a new family style of seven-day programmable room thermostats for domestic heating systems.

Knauf Insulation opens new training academy

Knauf Insulation has opened its ThermoShell Training Academy in Birmingham to upskill contractors who wish to install its ThermoShell Internal Wall Insulation (IWI) and External Wall Insulation (EWI).

Trained installer register launched by National Skills Academy

A new register of trained installers has been launched by the National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies (NSAET), which aims to give local authorities and householders confidence when selecting a renewables tradesperson in their area.

ETI launches consumer behaviour study into heat and energy consumption

The launch of a £3 million research project will lead to a comprehensive behavioural study involving thousands of householders, focused on heat and energy consumption in the UK.

New testing facility for CE marking of solid fuel fired stoves

BSRIA has extended its laboratory and capabilities with a new purpose built facility for comprehensive testing of solid fuel fired stoves.

Consumers urged to cut back on water use

People use an average of five times more water than they realise, despite 81% expressing that they are conscious about their water usage, according to research carried out by bathroom manufacturer Ideal Standard.

Research identifies severe lack of gas safety awareness

Public awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning needs improving and more campaigns targeted at this group are required, according to research by the Gas Safety Trust.

Spot checks on the rise for solar installers

Spot checks on solar installations by MCS inspectors are on the rise, according to Deks UK, which said installers will bear the cost of re-inspection if the installation is found to be substandard.

New laws on metal theft will help deter criminals

The House of Commons passed the Scrap Metal Dealers Bill on Friday, in a move which was praised by many industries as a great step forward in the fight to combat metal theft.

Are you at risk from legionella?

More must be done to prevent legionella outbreaks, according to heating supplier and installation company REM.

Millions of radiator replacement opportunities for installers

Recent research carried out by the Manufacturers' Association of Radiators and Convectors (MARC) indicated that 20% of homeowners still have radiators in their homes which do not have convectors.

Natural refrigerants globally on the rise

At the international trade show for refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation and heat pumps, Chillventa, international speakers addressed the status of developments in their countries and demonstrated that the growth potential for natural refrigerant cooling options continues unabated.

Government report calls for clarity of apprenticeship scheme

The BIS Select Committee's report on Apprenticeships was published this week, suggesting improvements that could be made to the scheme in order to boost the number of young people entering industry.

Skills show the road to success

Vocational careers are enjoying a rise in respect among the public, who are increasingly aware of the vital role that skills, apprenticeships and work-based learning play in the employment market, according to recent research.

Fraudulent plumber under tagging order curfew

A North Devon plumber is under curfew, having received a suspended prison sentence and tagging order after fraudulently claiming to be a registered gas fitter.

Nottingham entrepeneur wins Dickies' UK Worker of the Year

An entrepreneur from Nottingham has been crowned UK Worker of the Year for 2012, in the Dickies competition sponsored by SEAT to recognise and reward excellence in the British workforce.

iZettle helps plumbers secure up to £283m in lost customer payments

A new mini chip-card reader, that can turn smartphones and tablets into mobile payment terminals, was launched onto the UK market today.

Funding crisis may force charity's closure just days before National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week

A charity dedicated to raising awareness of the killer gas carbon monoxide (CO) is at risk of closing down due to lack of funding.

New report on the value of BREEAM

BSRIA has issued a report on the value of the assessment method to the end user.

Bill takes tough stance on scrap metal trading after theft of a Second World War memorial

Richard Ottaway's Scrap Metal Dealers Bill is still under debate as the Third Reading takes place in the House of Commons this week.

New CO legislation in NI 'doesn't go far enough'

OFTEC, which represents the domestic oil heating and cooking industry in Northern Ireland, welcomed the new carbon monoxide (CO) legislation that came into effect on 31 October requiring new properties to be fitted with a CO alarm.

Industry calls for mandatory installation of CO alarms throughout UK

Industry welcomes the changes to Northern Ireland’s Building Regulations regarding the mandatory installation of Carbon Monixide (CO) alarms, and calls for compliance throughout the rest of the UK.

Pessimism Grips Construction Industry

The latest Construction Trade Survey shows that construction activity fell sharply in Q3, despite a return to growth for the UK economy as a whole.

Illegal gas fitter fined after dangerous removal of gas meter

A Brixham gas fitter has been fined after leaving work he carried out in a dangerous condition and falsely claiming to be a registered gas engineer.

Wolseley UK buys Burdens branches

Wolseley UK has bought 22 Burdens branches across the UK for around £30 million, with the transfer of around 600 employees.

Give homes an autumn MOT

Trustmark is urging homeowners to give their homes an Autumn MOT, and to use reputable tradesmen to carry out any maintenance required.

Construction sector shrinks by a further 2.5%

The construction sector has shrunk by a further 2.5% in the past three months, according to the latest GDP figures.

Commercial vehicle values rise as demand climbs

The average value of used commercial vehicles rose by 3.6% to £4,224 in September compared to August, according to a report by British Car Auctions (BCA).

Green Deal cashback for oil boilers

Homeowners who replace their existing boiler with a high efficiency oil-fired condensing version will now be eligible for £310 cashback, as part of the recently-announced cashback scheme to promote the launch of the Green Deal.

CORGI creates new safety qualification

CORGI Technical Services has created a new Vocationally Related Qualification (VRQ) qualification, specifically for front-line social housing staff, to raise their awareness of gas safety issues.

Mandatory CE Marking to be introduced next year

From 1 July 2013, it will be a legal requirement for all building services products covered by European standards to have a CE mark when sold in the UK.

OFTEC celebrates installer success

Over 170 guests from the oil heating industry celebrated the OFTEC Awards for Excellence in Manchester last week.

APHC receives 'excellent' support for gas survey

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has received an "excellent" response to its Gas Competency Survey.

Carbon monoxide alarms mandatory from today

Industry has welcomed legislation changes that make carbon monoxide alarms mandatory across Northern Ireland from today.

Gas Safety Trust issues winter warning

The Gas Safety Trust has issued a winter warning to landlords and installers of their obligations to keep gas appliances in good condition for tenants.

Aeon has joined the MARC Group

Radiator and towel rail manufacturer Aeon has joined the Manufacturers' Association of Radiators & Convectors.

Buderus to change its name

Buderus, part of the Bosch group, is changing its name to Bosch Commercial & Industrial Heating.

BMF rejects Welsh Building Reg plans

The Builders' Merchants Federation has rejected the Welsh government's proposed changes to Building Regulation Part L.

Calor warns customers not to replicate gas cylinder blunder

Viewers are being warned not to replicate the actions seen in a recent episode of Kevin McCloud's Man Made Home, in which McCloud and his team dismantled a gas cylinder to use in heating a hot tub.

AA trains roadside rescue Patrols as plumbers

A new trial is training AA Patrols as plumbers in a move to provide extra back up to the roadside rescue company's home repair service.

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