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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.

Renewable training academy opens

The Easy MCS & Easy Green Deal training academy has been officially opened to an audience of industry leaders ranging from government level through to certification bodies and prospective installers and advisors.

Mark Cobb Installations is bought by WT Parker

Mark Cobb Installations has been sold to WT Parker, saving the jobs of around 30 members of staff, after the business entered into administration in August.

Travis Perkins launches bathroom showroom

Travis Perkins has begun a national rollout of bathroom showrooms to improve service for its trade customers.

Showerlux ceases trading

Shower enclosure manufacturer Showerlux UK ceased trading on 23 August, with 16 staff being made redundant.

UPDATED: Government to end 5% VAT rate

The government is set to withdraw the 5% reduced VAT rate for energy-saving materials installed in buildings used by charities, APHC has learned.

Survey reveals further fall in workload

Almost one in three firms have seen a fall in their workload during the first six months of 2012, according to a survey carried out by the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES).

Worcester scoops Which? Best Buy awards

Worcester, Bosch Group's Greenstar range has received 23 Best Buy accreditations in the most recent Which? report unveiled today.

Selling off council houses could kick-start housebuilding

A think tank is arguing that expensive council houses should be sold when vacant and the money reinvested in building cheaper homes.

Installers need to make most of opportunities in tough market

Alpha responds to low boiler sales figures by encouraging installers to focus on upselling ancillary products.

Competent persons scheme notifications for cavity wall insulation up a third

In the first six months of 2012, just under a quarter of a million cavity wall insulation installations were carried out under the Cavity Wall Insulation Self Certification scheme (CWISC) - a 36% increase in installations under the scheme compared to the first six months of 2011.

Calor warns about dangers of unlawful filling of LPG cylinders at autogas refuelling sites

Calor Gas has issued a safety warning following reports of unlawful and dangerous filling of its portable LPG cylinders at self-service petrol stations and other autogas refuelling sites.

Remeha Commercial launches Trade Counter Service

Remeha Commercial, UK manufacturer of heating and hot water systems and products, has launched a new trade counter service to offer greater flexibility to installers, heating engineers, consultants and specifiers.

Falsified asbestos record leaves school and engineers at risk

Two men have been fined after committing fraud by falsifying a record stating that a school in Abingdon had been properly cleaned of asbestos.

Landlord prosecuted over CO poisoning

A landlord received a suspended jail sentence for endangering lives after a mother, her partner and her eight-year-old daughter suffered carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty boiler at their flat in Lewisham.

British workers spending time and money brewing up

British businesses are losing precious time and money each year by using kettles rather than instant hot water boilers, according to recent research.

APHC encourages employers to take part in gas competency review

Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors has created a short survey covering a number of points put forward in the findings of the Gas Safe Register (GSR) report.

Construction safety precautions prevent prosecution

"Making workplaces safe, even in the construction industry, is not rocket science," says Michael Slade, managing director of health & safety specialist Bibby Consulting & Support.

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