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Slow uptake of NewBuy Guarantee scheme

New figures show that by 30 June just 250 homes had been bought using the government's NewBuy Guarantee scheme.

Government offers further funding for SME's

Up to £10 billion of new and additional business lending to help small and medium sized businesse was announced by Business Secretary Vince Cable this week.

Youth construction project praised by Prime Minister

The Prime Minister has praised a Streatham Youth Centre project that engaged disadvantaged young people in refurbishing their building, after it was presented with a Big Society Award.

Students seek university alternatives to avoid debt

Leeds College of Building has seen a 25% increase in numbers signing up to its Higher Education courses compared to last year as students seek an alternative to university and its tuition fees.

HETAS launches new technical handbook

HETAS has launched a new technical handbook for anyone working on dry stove installations.

Plumb Center boosts boiler scrappage scheme

Plumb Center has pledged a further £50 discount towards the replacement of a Worcester Bosch boiler under the Scottish government's expanded boiler scrappage scheme.

Green Deal questions still need answering

With the Green Deal just one week away, the industry is still waiting for answers on how the assessment procedure will work.

Unite rejects B&ES pay deal

Unite has called for B&ES to increase its pay offer after workers voted nine to one to reject the deal.

Toshiba launches training initiative

Toshiba Air Conditioning, a division of Toshiba Carrier UK, has launched a major initiative to improve skill levels and raise installation standards.

£12 million boost to kickstart Green Deal

Seven cities across England have received a share of £12 million to help them kickstart the Green Deal in their regions.

Students spread gas safety message

Students in Yorkshire have launched a new safety initiative to raise awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning among young people.

Fernox kicks off Fantasy Football League

Fernox has geared up for the 2012/13 Premiership Football Season with the second year of its Fantasy Football League, available exclusively to its Installer Club membership.

Health and safety charge set at £124/hr

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has set hourly rates of £124 per hour for employers found to be in breach of health and safety.

Raise consumer awareness of efficient technologies

More must be done to raise public awareness of the advantages of efficient technologies, according to a new report by the Green Alliance.

Government reveals plans for the domestic RHI

The government has published three consultation documents which outline its plans for both the domestic and commercial Renewable Heat Incentive schemes.

Heating controls key to building extensions

Following the recent news that the government has relaxed the building rules, allowing homeowners to extend their properties by 26ft without the need for planning permission, Honeywell is reminding installers not to forget heating controls.

UK construction activity shrunk by 10% in a year

Activity in the UK construction sector was down 10.1% in the year to July, according to research carried out by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

NIA to host Green Deal/ECO briefing events

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is hosting two special Green Deal/Energy Company Obligation (ECO) briefing events for its members

Illegal gas fitter puts lives at risk

A Rochdale man has been prosecuted for putting lives at risk by illegally carrying out gas work at three homes in the borough.

Government must endorse quality tradesmen

Government must send consumers to reputable tradesmen if they wish to take advantage of relaxed planning rules, says TrustMark.

NICEIC offers Green Deal certification

NICEIC can now offer certification to any business wishing to become a Green Deal Advisor.

School refurbishment will boost contractors

£2.4 billion school refurbishment programme will be a significant boost for contractors, believes Schneider Electric.

Dimplex tackles the heating 'hype'

Dimplex has described claims currently being made about some electric appliances in the market as confusing and "unachievable".

Suspended jail term for Kent firm director who put householders at asbestos risk

The director of a Bromley firm who showed reckless disregard for safety has received a suspended jail sentence after removing asbestos without a licence and falsifying an air test certificate.

Engineers encouraged to spread the word this Gas Safety Week

Gas Safety Week aims to raise awareness of gas safety among the public, and the Gas Safe Register is calling on registered engineers to communicate the importance of taking care of gas appliances.

Free Green Deal support for SMEs in London

Energy Saving Trust is offering free information and support to prepare SMEs in London for the upcoming Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

Heat pump training for social housing installers

DECC is hosting a series of heat pump training roadshows to help social housing providers get to grips with new standards.

Building Regulations 'must not be cut'

The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) has called for Building Regulations not to be 'diminished' following a government report into Part P that was released earlier this summer.

Heat pumps 'to be allowed in commercial RHI'

Government minister Greg Barker has indicated he plans to change the commercial Renewable Heat Incentive to include air-to-water heat pumps.

More homeowners eligible for Warm Front

Revisions to the government's Warm Front scheme will see more households eligible for help from 12 September.

Action needed on fuel poverty

Key decision makers from the energy and charity sectors will come together in Manchester from 10 to 12 September to discuss assistance to over 5 million UK households living in fuel poverty.

Construction sites put under safety spotlight

An intensive inspection initiative, aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health when working at height, will target construction sites across the North East and other parts of the UK.

Plumbase launches spares store

Heating and plumbing merchant Plumbase will launch its dedicated spares business, Sparesbase, on 10 September.

Forum welcomes OFT's fuel price investigation

An inquiry being launched into fuel pricing by the Office of Fair Trading is said to be 'long overdue'.

Construction collaboration rates poor

The drive to increase contract collaboration is being hampered by issues such as the ongoing economic difficulties, according to recent research.

City & Guilds qualifications for Green Deal installers

APHC are encouraging installers who want to learn more about environmental technologies ahead of the Green Deal to consider City & Guilds qualifications.

Plumber sentenced for fitting dangerous boiler in child's room

A 'reckless' plumber who posed as a Gas Safe registered engineer was given a suspended sentence after his firm fitted a dangerous boiler in what was to be a child's bedroom in a house in Essex.

New housing minister must 'hit the ground running'

The housebuilding industry has welcomed the appointment of Mark Prisk as the new housing minister, replacing Grant Shapps, as part of the government reshuffle.

Job: BMS Engineer at Oxford University

Oxford University Estates Directorate is seeking an experienced Building Management System (BMS) Engineer to operate, modify and programme the University's TREND BMS system.

Glen Dimplex Group integrates Faber brand

Glen Dimplex Group has announced it will integrate the Faber gas fire brand into its Gas Fire Division.

Glazers fined for Gas Safety breach

A Kent double glazing company has been fined after building a conservatory over a gas flue, putting a pregnant woman and a child at risk.

Landlords support the Green Deal

Most landlords are considering having energy-efficiency measures installed in their properties, according to a survey by the National Landlords Association.

New course to boost construction industry

UK colleges will be offering a new qualification this September, to help shape the future of the construction industry.

Government to boost construction sector

Parliament returns from its summer break today, with the coalition government vowing to take steps to boost the construction sector.

APHC engages with employers on gas competency

Preliminary findings from APHC's gas competency survey has produced some surprising results, says APHC.

OFTEC agrees Prompt Payer deal

A new business deal has been agreed to give OFTEC members automatic membership of Prompt Payer worth £250.

Landlords must prepare for legal changes

Altecnic is advising landlords to invest in energy-efficient home improvements ahead of new government regulations coming into force.

Apprenticeship grants 'a welcome boost'

SummitSkills has welcomed news that the government is to make apprenticeship grants available to more employers.

Replacing radiators improves efficiency

The energy efficiency of millions of homes across the UK can be improved simply by replacing existing radiators, according to recent research.

Plumbers urged to have their say on consumer rights directive

APHC is encouraging all plumbing and heating contractors to have their say on the implementation of the EU Consumer Rights Directive (CRD) as some of the changes could impact small businesses within the industry.

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