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Urgent reviews of legionella treatment essential after HSE ban on elemental copper

Thousands of property managers responsible for public buildings are being forced to carry out urgent reviews and source alternative water treatments following the recent Health & Safety Executive ban on the use of elemental copper as a biocide, particularly for legionella control.

Free Econic heat pumps webinar following RHI changes

Ground source specialists Econic are to hold a free heat pumps webinar, offering advice and guidance on the best ways to take advantage of the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Econic welcomes RHI changes catering for ground source heating and cooling systems

Ofgem has amended Renewable Heat Incentive regulations to help owners of ground source heating and cooling systems take part in the scheme.

APHC extends series of free Green Deal seminars for installers

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors has extended its Green Deal seminar series, following a high level of installer demand.

London gas fitter fined for illegal boiler work

An illegal gas fitter has been fined for endangering a family after he unsafely fitted a new boiler at their home in Tooting.

£125M Green Deal cashback scheme opens

The Green Deal Cashback Scheme is open for applications and "energy saving has never been so attractive" according to Energy & Climate Change Secretary Edward Davey.

Government plans to improve quality of apprentices

Government has announced plans for a new Traineeship programme to prepare young people for jobs in the industry and to ensure they meet a minimum standard.

Green Deal may boost demand for glazing

More than half of UK homeowners are interested in installing double glazing, new research from the Energy Saving Trust has found - with that number predicted to rise under the Green Deal.

Consumers urged to seek advice as cold snap begins

HHIC is urging people to seek advice on simple energy-saving measures as the winter weather turns cold.

Saniflo starts the year on national TV

Saniflo is advertising nationally on TV in January and February with a heavyweight campaign to the company's homeowning target audience.

APHC improves training grant for 2013

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors' sister company, APHC Training, is offering a new and improved training grant scheme for 2013.

Bosch Thermotechnology extends Buderus boiler range

A new gas-fired commercial condensing boiler has been launched by Buderus, part of the commercial and industrial division of Bosch Thermotechnology.

Breathing Buildings offers guidance for schools

Natural ventilation company Breathing Buildings has launched a guidance paper to help contractors involved in the Priority School Building Programme.

Record number of consumers searching for TrustMark tradesmen

TrustMark records its highest number of 'tradesmen viewings' on its website with 3.9 million homeowners searching for local tradesmen in 2012 to carry out work on their home or garden.

Top manufacturers answer SOS call

Home improvement show, DIY SOS, was supported by members of the Bathroom Manufacturers Association as they transformed the house of a family in need.

Free wet room installation training with Impey

With over 250,000 successful wet room installations in the UK, Impey Showers is offering one-day intensive training courses for industry professionals at its Centre of Excellence in Ilton, Somerset.

UK construction to turn a corner in 2013

The UK construction market is expected to turn a corner this year, with chartered surveyors predicting output to increase in 2013, according to the latest RICS construction market survey.

Employers get apprenticeship boost

Small and medium sized employers looking to offer apprenticeships in England are being given a boost as the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) announces moves to help even more employers recruit an apprentice.

APHC Training grant available for installers

APHC Training is now offering £100 grants to companies who want to keep an existing qualified employee up to date on their training.

Gas fitter fined for carrying out illegal work

An unregistered gas fitter has appeared in court in Swindon after carrying out illegal work on a boiler, potentially leaving the householder at risk.

Green Deal fees 'deterring householders'

Upfront charges of up to £150 are likey to deter householders from getting involved in the Green Deal, according to MPs and consumer groups.

Significant rise in planning permissions during 2012

There was a 'significant' rise in the number of planning permission approvals granted across England during 2012, according to figures released by the Home Builders' Federation (HBF).

VAT cut tops New Year wish list for builders

A VAT cut for housing renovation and repair work is at the top of the New Year's wish-list for most small and medium-sized construction companies, according to a new survey.

Severe scalding at care home could have been prevented

A Cornish care home that was blasted as "criminally negligent" for scalding a vulnerable disabled resident could have easily prevented the accident occurring at all, according to anti-scald manufacturer Inta.

Geberit January training places still available

Installers looking to brush up on their knowledge of sanitary systems and piping solutions are being given a last minute chance to attend one of Geberit's free training modules.

Scrapping of Consequential Improvement plans 'welcomed' by APHC

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has welcomed the government's recent announcement that plans to introduce consequential improvement requirements to Building Regulations have been scrapped.

Landlord prosecuted for putting family at CO risk

A Bradford landlord has been given community service after repeatedly failing to produce a gas safety record for a property occupied by a mother and her two children.

BWT brings free commissioning to the UK

From 1 January, 2013, all BWT-branded water softeners will be eligible for free commissioning.

Online tool explains flues in voids legislation

Gas Safe Register has launched a new online learning platform to help registered engineers understand new industry guidance around flues in voids legislation.

Insulation industry jobs lost 'due to Green Deal delays'

Hundreds of jobs have been lost in the insulation industry this Christmas as a "direct result" of government delays in the introduction of the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO), according to the Insulation Industry Forum (IIF).

Scottish government announces new construction site policy

The Scottish government is introducing a new policy whereby all companies engaged in new public sector construction contracts must ensure on-site staff are registered with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme.

Government confirms changes to Part P Building Regs

The government has amended Part P of the Building Regulations for England, reducing the amount of work that requires Part P certification.

Win a £20,000 VW van from ADEY

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions is celebrating the launch of its advanced MagnaClean Professional2 filter by giving installers the chance to win a new VW Transporter van worth £20,000.

Carbon monoxide campaign groups reach deal with DCLG on CO safety

There is a "profound case" for installing carbon monoxide alarms in air-tight Green Deal homes to help guard against CO poisoning, according to Department for Communities and Local Government, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Don Foster.

Get involved in the Green Deal

With the Green Deal cashback scheme launch now less than one month away, HVP cuts through the confusion to reveal how the scheme could help grow your business

Delivering advantages for installers

In the race to win and retain new customers, ADEY Professional Heating believes its latest MagnaClean Professional2 magnetic filter will speed up installation.

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.

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