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Only 1 in 5 homes will participate in Green Deal, claims research

Only one in five homeowners is likely to participate in the Green Deal, according to research commissioned by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

New APHC president supports single competence scheme

Ian Pattle, the new national president of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC), has called on the industry to support a single competency scheme.

Industry urges compliance after legionnaires deaths in Scotland

B&ES and bathroom manufacturer Inta is warning the industry to be vigilant following the recent legionnaires disease deaths in Scotland.

BMA's Yvonne Orgill urges government to change public's attitude to water saving

Yvonne Orgill, chief executive of the Bathroom Manufacturers' Association, has urged government and industry to focus on changing the public's attitude to water saving.

Worcester CEO receives CBE in Queen's Birthday Honours List

Richard Soper, chief executive officer of Bosch Thermotechnology, which incorporates the Worcester, Bosch Group brand, has received a CBE from the Queen in this year's Queen's Birthday Honour's List.

Rosewoods Homes acquires Saunders Plumbing & Heating

Rosewoods Homes has acquired the assets and goodwill of Saunders Plumbing & Heating which finished trading two weeks ago after 50 years of service.

Clockwork heating

A clockwork van has taken to the streets of Bristol to promote the reliability of heating company Combiline.

TrustMark launches 'Talk to Your Tradesman' app

A new smartphone app to encourage confident conversations between homeowners and tradesmen was launched on Tuesday, at an event attended by trade bodies and consumer protection groups.

Federation fights for clearer legislation

A 'productive and successful' first meeting of the Heating Engineers & Allied Trades (H.E.A.T) federation on 11 June saw the forming of a new council to oversee the operations and direction on behalf of its members.

Bogus plumber jailed for a year

A plumber has been jailed for a year for carrying out work he was not legally allowed to do, and falsely claiming his business was registered with various trade organisations and associations.

SummitSkills calls on industry to respond to MCS consultation

SummitSkills is encouraging businesses to have their say over the new Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) consultation before it closes on 9 July.

CIPHE begins zero tolerance for logo abuse

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is stepping up its fight against the illegal use of its logo.

Bathroom specialist Jebb to trade under PTS brand

National merchant PTS has announced that bathroom specialist Spendlove C Jebb will now trade under its name throughout Ireland.

NHBC report reveals growth of low- and zero-carbon technologies in newbuild

A new report from the National House-Building Council confirms growth of low- and zero-carbon technologies in newbuild developments as housebuilders look to meet government targets.

Houses in 1921 'emitted 2.5 times more carbon emissions than today'

A BRE report looking at key changes in the UK housing stock over the past 90 years shows that carbon dioxide emissions from houses in 1921 were 2.5 times higher than they are today.

Solar industry welcomes FiT clarity

The solar PV industry is welcoming government plans to cut the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates from 1 August rather than 1 July as previously proposed.

Travis Perkins Group has joined UK Green Building Council

Travis Perkins Group has joined the UK Green Building Council in an effort to promote sustainable building in customers' newbuild and retrofit projects.

Oil Heating is now more competitive, claims OFTEC

The domestic use of heating oil has become more competitive over the last four years claims OFTEC, according to independent figures from the Sutherland tables.

Energy minister accused of "breathtaking arrogance" over solar FiT cuts

Energy Minister Greg Barker was accused of "breathtaking arrogance" by the director of a renewable installation company during a BBC Radio 4 programme discussing the cutting of solar feed-in tariff (FiT) incentives.

Green light for Green Deal

Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced various measures in preparation for the Green Deal yesterday, giving the market the green light to gear up for its launch in October.

Green Deal accreditation made simple by Plumb Center

Energy & Climate Change Minister Greg Barker praised Plumb Center's intention to become one of the UK's Green Deal providers at the company's Green Deal Open Day yesterday.

Industry responds to Green Deal update

Industry has had a mixed reaction to the latest Green Deal update, with companies welcoming the clarity, but questioning government figures and fuel poverty plans.

New technologies made eligible for Green Deal funding

The government has released more details on the coming Green Deal, as well as formally adding efficient showers, taps and heating controls to the list of eligible technologies.

OPGO arranges boiler training for its members

OPGO recently arranged for six of its members to attend continual professional development training in association with boiler manufacturer ATAG Heating.

Figures published yesterday show a 'rapid increase' in affordable house building

New figures show a "rapid and dramatic" increase in the number of affordable houses being built across the UK, according to government Housing Minister Grant Shapps.

Government imposes measures to combat cowboy tradesmen

New measures to help protect the public from cowboy tradesmen have been introduced by the Department for Communities & Local Government.

DECC confirms it is to limit RHI budget for 2012/13

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has announced it is to impose an upper limit to the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) budget for 2012/13.

Saint-Gobain to acquire insulation company Celotex Group

Multinational group Saint-Gobain has signed an agreement to acquire Celotex Group, a leading British supplier of high-performance insulating foam.

Secretary of State backs council's housing retrofit work

Edward Davey, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, visited Birmingham City Council last week to learn more about the Council's 'Birmingham Energy Savers' (BES) scheme ahead of the government's Green Deal launch later this year.

England and Wales should 'take heed' of successful boiler scrappage schemes

Alpha Heating Innovation is supporting calls for a UK-wide Boiler Scrappage Scheme after the success of similar schemes in northern Ireland and Scotland.

Scrappage schemes in northern Ireland and Scotland are 'leading the way'

Boiler Scrappage Schemes in Northern Ireland and Scotland are 'leading the way' to energy efficiency, and the UK government should follow suit, claims Mike Foster of the EUA.

Poll suggests MPs are in 'disarray' over Green Deal plans

A poll by the Green Deal Dialogue Group has claimed the majority of MPs will not promote the Green Deal to their constituents when it launches in October.

University study finds 'dangerous levels' of carbon monoxide in homes

Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO) were found in homes, and lives saved, during a study carried out by Liverpool John Moores University.

Prosecuted illegal gas engineer 'lied about credentials'

A Clevedon man has been prosecuted and fined for illegally installing a gas boiler and flue at a property in Bristol.

Solar industry welcomes FiT clarity

Plans announced last month to cut the Solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates from August rather than July are generally being welcomed by businesses.

Atlantic Home Care files for examinership in Ireland

Atlantic Home Care, part of the Grafton Group, has filed for examinership in Ireland in an attempt to restructure its business and ensure the 'survival' of the company.

NAPIT warns carbon monoxide dangers are being 'criminally overlooked'

NAPIT has warned that the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning surrounding barbecues has been 'criminally undervalued and largely overlooked'.

Engineers compete in industry marathon to raise money for CARE International

A team from construction firm Ramboll are quietly confident ahead of this year's CARE Construction Challenge on the Dorset coast.

Green energy firm UFW opens new installer training centre

Renewable energy firm UFW has launched a new state-of-the-art BPEC training centre at its Leicester base.

How to be water efficient from the start

APHC comments on the changes to Part G of the building regulations and suggests water efficiency calculation be available at the planning stage to prevent specification problems.

Landfill tax is a rubbish way to spend money, says Slingsby

Workplace equipment supplier Slingsby is reminding commercial organisations of the charges now incurred through waste disposal to landfill.

NIA can aid Green Deal partnership opportunities

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is continuing its preparation for the Green Deal by introducing a service to help companies find local delivery partners for the new energy efficiency scheme.

Event gets gas installers geared up for Green Deal

An event aimed at helping installers and gas professionals benefit from new work through the government's Green Deal initiative took place in West Yorkshire last month.

New skills training division for installers

Training charity JTL has launched a Mechanical Services division in response to increased demand from employers for apprenticeships and other skills training

Courses bring installers up to speed on renewable energy

A series of courses for installers is being launched across England and Scotland by the European Energy Centre (EEC) and Business Edge.

Britain heads for energy affordability crisis

Household energy will be 'unaffordable' in less than three years, forcing families to ration their heating, according to figures released today by uSwitch.com.

New app enables mobiles to take card payments

Global payment provider Elavon has launched a new payment solution for installers on the move.

Figures show public sector house building still low, but private sector making progress

Public sector registrations to build new homes in the UK are still below last year's figures according to figures released by NHBC.

DECC launches second round of low carbon heating scheme for social landlords

A £10 million social housing competition aimed at improving energy efficiency across the UK is open for applications.

Feeling the pinch

Ongoing scrap metal thefts are helping to drive sales of plastic products amongst businesses and are also resulting in many making major improvements to the security of their premises, according to equipment supplier Slingsby.

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