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Pledge to plumbers

"We pledge to make the working lives of plumbers easier and we're starting with a universal give-away," said Alan Sherwin, Altecnic's managing director.

UK boiler sales are a positive sign for the industry

Recent figures released by the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) show sales of boilers in the first quarter of 2013 are 7.1% higher than the first quarter of 2012.

Energy and climate change at 'forefront of people's minds'

According to Secretary of State Edward Davey, energy and climate change are high on the public's agenda.

Social housing managers 'must be aware of their responsibilities'

This year's Gas Safety Management Conference has called for an increased awareness by senior management in social housing of their corporate manslaughter responsibilities, as well as more robust procedures and policies for the maintenance and audit of gas appliances.

Occupant behaviour 'key to saving energy'

The behaviour of a building's occupants is a key issue that must be addressed to reduce energy usage, according to speakers at this year's CIBSE Technical Symposium.

Pimlico Plumbers sees improved sales

Pimlico Plumbers' founder Charlie Mullins has suggested that the strength of the service sector has provided a boost for other areas of the economy after his company announced a surge in sales for the first quarter of 2013.

Father and son from Worcester fined for illegal gas work

A Worcester pensioner was put in danger after a local builder and his son knowingly carried out defective gas work while constructing a conservatory at her home.

Summary of Gas Safety Management Survey results

The Gas Safety Management Survey was conducted online by CORGI Technical Services between 18 and 22 March 2013, among managers responsible for gas safety in housing associations across the UK.

Economy may be healing but no growth in construction

The UK economy grew by 0.3% in the first quarter of 2013 compared to the previous quarter, and was up 0.6% compared to the same quarter a year ago, according to Recent GDP figures published by ONS.

Construction professionals point to upturn

Last quarter, 10% more surveyors across the country reported rising workloads in the construction sector than at any other time since the end of 2007, the latest RICS survey has reported.

Potential scalding hazards in millions of UK homes

Specialist bathroom supplier NotJustTaps is highlighting the need for wider legislation to prevent the risk of scalding in millions of UK homes.

Gas safety courses for social housing sector

Logic Certification has launched two new qualifications designed to promote gas safety within the social housing sector.

Construction decline in 2013 but growth in 2014

Construction output is set to fall by more than 2% this year following an 8% contraction in 2012, according to the latest forecasts published by the Construction Products Association. However, a recovery is anticipated in the medium-term with growth of 1.9% in 2014 and 3.8% in 2015.

Colleges and training organisations invited to apply for The Skills Show

The Skills Show is inviting colleges and training organisations from across the country to take part in its Showcase performances at this year's event, which will be held at the NEC, Birmingham from 14 to 16 November 2013.

Builders under threat as workloads fall

Almost a third of Britain's small building firms have shed staff since the turn of the year, as falling workloads and rising costs have forced many SME construction companies to scale back their operations, according to new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Illegal gas fitter prosecuted after risking lives in Crewe

A Nantwich man has been ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service after he put lives at risk by illegally carrying out gas work at three homes in Crewe.

Installers to receive business guidance from APHC

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is offering installers a chance to learn more about introducing a business Quality Management System (QMS) at its Future Proof Your Business seminar in May.

Illegal gas fitter jailed after endangering lives across South Yorkshire

An unregistered gas fitter has been sent to prison after carrying out work at more than 85 homes across South Yorkshire and Worksop that left families and children at risk.

Unregistered Wiltshire gas fitter prosecuted

A gas fitter from Westbury, Wiltshire has been prosecuted for illegal and unsafe gas work after falsely claiming to be on the Gas Safe Register.

May Day alert for late tax returns

If you have not yet sent in your 2011/2012 tax return online, be warned: you will be hit with more penalties from next month if you still haven't filed.

HPS helps installers get into renewables with Renewable Energy Centre

HPS has opened a Renewable Energy Centre showroom and training facility at its Maidenhead branch.

Wolseley and Sustain launch energy efficiency scheme

Sustain has announced that it will be partnering with Wolseley UK to launch a new Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) service, bringing energy efficiency to homes across the country.

Reduced landfill waste as BSW teams with Rabbit & Enviropower

BSW Building Services is demonstrating its commitment to local environmental concerns by ensuring that more than 98% of its waste is either recycled or used to generate green electricity.

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.