News

Protecting your most valuable asset

According to a recent ABI Industry report, says vanarama.co.uk, more than £5.8 million is paid each day by the British insurance industry on claims made against commercial vehicle insurance.

SkillPLUMB names south of England's 'best plumber'

Paul Hopper, employed by Tolley and Littlewood, has scooped the top prize in the SkillPLUMB competition to find the south of England's best plumber.

OFTEC offers full scope Part P scheme

The Oil Firing Technical Association (Oftec) has launched a full scope Part P scheme to enable existing registrants to self-certify fixed low or extra-low voltage electrical installations. The new OFT 103 scheme replaces OFTEC's defined-scope scheme.

Aim, set, gas, fire!

The Glen Dimplex Group has created a new Gas Fire Division that incorporates some of the largest portfolios of gas fire names in the UK.

Train to be the BEST

Building Engineering Services Training (BEST), a UK training provider for the building engineering services sector and member of Building & Engineering Services Association, has introduced a new apprenticeship scheme created to provide employers with future managers and senior managers.

Search is on for talented installers

SummitSkills is now inviting nominations for its Awards for Excellence from across the building services engineering sector.

Going Dutch

Aqualux Products has been acquired by The Netherlands-based Fetim Group in a move to strengthen and solidify the Group's current position in the UK market.

DECC announces more changes to solar Feed-in Tariff scheme

DECC has today introduced more changes for the solar Feed-in Tariff scheme, which it says will put the industry on a "more predictable, certain and sustainable footing".

Jewson branch manager gets suspended sentence for stealing bathroom suite

The manager of a Jewson branch who stole a bathroom suite worth almost £6,000 has been given a suspended jail sentence and community service.

Trade body SBGI to change its name to EUA

SBGI (the Society of British Gas Industries) is to change its name to the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA).

Most households will be 'worse off' due to government energy policies

Sixty-five per cent of UK households will be worse off if the government's proposed energy-efficiency measures are introduced, claims Renewable Energy Forum.

Renewables help protect UK against fuel price shocks, claims research

New research by Oxford Economics believes renewables can reduce the negative impact of hikes in fossil fuel prices by up to half.

CIBSE Certification is approved to provide Green Deal training

CIBSE Certification has been approved as a Certification Body for Green Deal organisations and their advisors. This will enable CIBSE Certification to offer training and certification to professionals wanting to offer advice under the Green Deal.

Shropshire homeowner finds 'one of the oldest working UK boilers'

Homeowner Marton Hayes has found what is thought to be one of the oldest working domestic boilers in the UK, at 39 years' old.

Heating industry associations demand meeting over RHI delays

Heating industry associations including the Micropower Council, HHIC, the Heat Pump Association and BEAMA have written to Minister Greg Barker requesting a meeting to discuss further proposed delays to the RHI.

Realistic boiler prices are 'critical' to combat fuel poverty

Boiler prices are having a negative impact on fuel poverty levels, according to Ravenheat's managing director, Louis Pickersgill.

Engineer among six injured in suspected gas explosion

A gas engineer is among six people injured in an explosion in Gateshead that tore apart a house yesterday evening.

Plumber to climb Ben Nevis - carrying a boiler

Plumber Jody Gerrard is planning to climb Ben Nevis this weekend while carrying a 25kg boiler, to raise money for the hospital that saved his daughter's life.

Will the Olympic dream be a plumber's worst nightmare?

CIPHE asks whether plumbers and heating engineers will find getting to sites particularly difficult this summer during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Fuel-poor 'in danger of losing heating grants'

Families in 'fuel-poor homes' are in danger of losing up to £50 million in grant funding, according to GAIN.

Government delays solar feed-in tariff cut

The Department for Energy & Climate Change has confirmed it is to delay the next cut to the Feed-in Tariff for solar photovoltaic panels.

Fuel poverty statistics fell in 2010 for the first time since 2003

The latest fuel poverty statistics published by DECC show a reduction in the number of families in the UK in fuel poverty - now standing at 4.75 million.

Heat pump companies call for regulatory reform

Eight leading heat pump companies are calling for fundamental regulatory reform to enable the installation of 6.8million heat pumps by 2030.

House building starts down on last year

The latest national statistics for house building in England fall 'well short of expectations' according to the chief economist for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

City of steel - Steel plants could heat Sheffield

Sheffield's steel plants could reduce the city's CO2 emissions by providing thermal energy to heat businesses and homes

Plumber puts homes at risk

A plumber from Derbyshire could face up to six months in prison and a £20,000 fine after leaving a house at risk of a 'lethal' explosion.

Local government is key to reach carbon reduction targets

Lack of action from local government will put achievement of national carbon budgets at risk, according to research by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

Apprentice standards 'must be pushed'

EAL has praised the results of a government survey into British apprenticeships, but has warned against complacency.

Poor communication is 'biggest time waster' for plumbers and installers

Poor communication wastes more heating engineers' and plumbers' time than being stuck in traffic, according to a new study by business software developer Clik.

Fears over solar PV viability are 'wholly misplaced', says industry

All four major trade associations representing domestic solar PV have joined together to 'set the record straight' about the current status of solar power and the Feed-in Tariff (FiT).

Norwich gas installer receives eight-month suspended sentence

A Norwich gas installer has received an eight-month suspended prison sentence, a £10,000 fine and 250 hours of unpaid community service after his inadequate work on domestic gas appliances put the lives of a mother and daughter at risk.

Fraser Lawrence elected new SNIPEF president

Fraser Lawrence, principal of Perth-based F&S Lawrence, has been elected president of the Scottish & Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers' Federation (SNIPEF).

Micro-CHP could be "one of the best green investments"

Energy company BSOLAR believes green micro-CHP boilers could be "one of the best investments you can make", according to managing director Peter Bladen.

F-Gas Legislation has 'failed to improve standards'

One year after its implementation, thousands of gas engineers have still not been trained to the required F-Gas legislation standards, according to technical skills training provider Develop Training.

New CIBSE president calls for Benchmarking

Incoming CIBSE president David Fisk used his first presidential address to call for more real performance data and less greenwash in building services systems.

Plumb Center launches micro-CHP training

The UK's first micro-CHP course has been launched by national merchant Plumb Center. The one-day training course will be available in three training centres across the UK.

Plumbing delivers growth for Travis Perkins

Travis Perkins, a national UK supplier of building materials, has seen revenue grow by 4.4% during the first four months of 2012, compared to the same period in 2011.

Former Energy Minister says gas industry must be 'more responsible'

The gas industry needs to become a more responsible one according to the former Minister of State for Energy, who was speaking at the SBGI Gas Industry Awards.

National Skills Academy opens first centres in Wales

The National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies has opened its first centres in north and south Wales, with hubs located at Llandrillo and Neath Port Talbot Colleges.

Travis Perkins supports TV apprentices

A three-part TV series sponsored by Travis Perkins which followed a group of young builders as they built a house on time and on budget, secured more than half a million viewers on its first showing.

UPDATED: Wolseley sells Bathstore brand

Wolseley UK is selling its Bathstore business to Endless LLP with immediate effect, it has been announced.

Amazon US moves into construction supplies

Amazon is launching a new website to tap into the construction and industrial supplies market in the US, and could soon target the UK construction industry.

Major bio-liquid pilot announced at OFTEC conference

Bio-liquids may soon be rolled out for oil-fired heating in a pilot scheme for around 300 households.

Construction activity rises in Q1 2012, claims survey

Activity levels in the construction sector edged upwards in the first three months of the year according to the latest RICS Construction Market Survey (10 May 2012). This result contrasts with the sharp fall in output suggested by the official data.

Air conditioning sales rise sharply

Climate Center has reported a 30% growth in air conditioning sales, despite the overall market remaining largely flat.

Gas bills will rise again this winter

Rising wholesale gas costs will make utility bills rise again this winter, according to British Gas' parent company, Centrica.

PM in urgent briefing to 'rescue' Green Deal

The Prime Minister has commissioned the Cabinet Office to carry out an urgent briefing on how the Green Deal scheme can be rescued.

Scottish building firm enters administration

Scottish building firm UBC Group has gone into administration this week, placing 277 jobs at risk across the country.

More solar jobs at risk at Carillion

Carillion Energy Services has continued to cut staffing levels in the wake of the government's cuts to the solar feed-in-tariff, with the total number of redundancies now standing at almost 1,200.

Local council advertises plumbing and maintenance contracts on twitter

North Lincolnshire Council is advertising all contracts worth over £10,000 to local businesses using Twitter.

Sign Up

Sign up to our weekly eNewsletter to receive all the latest news direct to your inbox