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UK house prices to rise 8% in next three years

Global real estate firm CBRE says UK house prices could rise by up to 8% over the next three years, with London properties increasing by as much as 22%.

Glen Dimplex Boilers is to leave the UK

Glen Dimplex Boilers is to withdraw from the UK boiler market over the next few months to focus on other market sectors.

Poor heating controls cost consumers £3.2 billion

Poor control of domestic heating and hot water is costing UK consumers over £3.2 billion per year - £122 per home on average - according to time switch maker Sangamo.

Gas fitter prosecuted following Gas Safe Register investigation

A cowboy gas fitter from Nottinghamshire has been prosecuted by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) following Gas Safe Register's investigation, which uncovered illegal and dangerous gas work.

New warranty and training for oil technicians

Oil heating technicians working on commercial boilers will soon be able to register with OFTEC in a brand new category.

Southern Water to provide subsidy and work with local plumbers to fix leaks

Southern Water is planning to use local plumbers to fix household leaks following the urging of Lewes MP Norman Baker.

Construction sector growth eased off since March but still in recovery

Despite recent reports that the construction sector is to be blamed for the return into recession, the Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) for April has reported continued recovery.

Knauf Drywall builds for the future with country star's Imagination Library

Knauf Drywall, manufacturer of lightweight building materials and systems, has become the first ever corporate programme operator of Dolly Parton's UK Imagination Library.

IDHEE president challenges radiator manufacturers over output data

President of the Institute of Domestic Heating & Environmental Engineers, Alan Black, calls for radiator manufacturers to step up and publish relevant output data that helps engineers.

Multi-million pound investors in Northumberland host supply chain event

Major investors in Northumberland are joining forces to promote a series of contracting opportunities arising from planned investments of over £250m at a supply chain event on 10 May.

Essex charity bulk-buys oil for rural communities

A charity in Essex has set up a countywide scheme to bulk-buy heating oil for rural communities.

Manufacturers combine to talk about energy efficiency in social housing

A free workshop on how landlords and social housing providers can increase the return on their energy and carbon efficiency initiatives is being held in Coventry on 21 May.

Water Label chief executive defends industry innovation

In an open letter to Sir James Dyson, Yvonne Orgill, chief executive of the Water Label, responds to the entrepreneur's comments on plumbing engineering.

Delays cause decline in green training

Doubts over government policy on renewable energy are causing employers to postpone or cancel green training initiatives, a recent survey has shown.

Postal rate change has big impact on small businesses

The rise in the price of stamps brought in by The Royal Mail on Monday will change the way small businesses communicate, according to research conducted by Pitney Bowes.

TP forms alliance to deliver Green Deal proposition

Travis Perkins Group has formed an alliance with Toriga Energy to deliver what it described as a comprehensive Green Deal proposition for consumers and the trade.

A fifth of properties may be 'unrentable' by 2015

A fifth of commercial and residential property may be excluded from the rental and lease market by 2015 unless owners move quickly to comply with new energy-efficiency rules.

Construction sector blamed for double-dip recession

The struggling construction sector is being partly blamed for putting the UK economy back into recession, after the Q1 2012 GDP figures were released last week.

Renewable energy sector supports 110,000 jobs, according to new report

A new report from the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and Innovas has revealed that the UK's £12.5 billion renewables industry already supports 110,000 jobs across the supply chain, and could support 400,000 by 2020.

Heating engineers launch new federation for the trade

A new trade organisation - the Heating Engineers & Allied Trades Federation (HEATFED) has been launched, which its founder said will help the '"views and feelings of rank and file heating engineers to be heard".

Deputy PM announces more energy efficiency help for poorest in society

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that £540 million of the government's home energy-efficiency programme will be targeted specifically to help the poorest people in society.

Sales of building materials reflect disappointing national construction figures

The latest sales indicators from the Builders' Merchants Federation show that national sales of building materials rose by just 0.6% during the three months from December 2011 to February 2012.

Australia and New Zealand launch migration drive

Australia and New Zealand are conducting one of their biggest migration drives in years to attract skilled tradespeople to emigrate.

Employers concerned over 'bad reputation' of apprenticeships

EAL has backed government moves to tackle poor quality apprenticeships, after an independent survey revealed that 57% of industry employers are concerned about damage to the reputation of apprenticeship programmes.

NAPIT to host free green energy seminar

NAPIT is hosting a free seminar on green energy, with attendees able to access discounts and cashback vouchers worth £190.

Plumber escapes jail for overcharging pensioner

A plumber in Kidderminster has been given a supervision order after being found guilty of overcharging a pensioner for work in his bathroom.

Plumbing for Charity in Central Asia

A group of London plumbers will be volunteering with international housing charity, Habitat for Humanity in Asia this summer.

Plumber takes pride in new, simple to use drain valve

A plumber from Essex has created a new drain cock to rival existing market models.

Britain's plumbers are failing to overcome negative stereotypes, according to a survey

Reliable, qualified plumbers will have to work to change customer perceptions according to a survey carried out on behalf of plumbing services company, In-Home 24.

Bristol gas engineer sentenced to three years for manslaughter after accidental carbon monoxide poisoning

A Bristol heating engineer was jailed for manslaughter yesterday, following the tragic death of a young graduate from carbon monoxide poisoning.

Government prepares to scrap Building Reg changes

Media reports cast doubt over the future of the Green Deal as the government prepares to scrap its plans to implement mandatory Consequential Improvements.

Trustmark welcomes new role for Citizens Advice

Trustmark, the government-endorsed quality mark for professional tradesmen, has welcomed news that the Citizens Advice Bureaux is being given an enlarged role under proposals designed to simplify consumer protection for the public.

New regulations address asbestos concerns

New asbestos regulations came into force this month that could affect thousands of companies and tradespeople across the UK.

Wigan landlord sentenced for falsifying gas safety certificate

A landlord in Wigan has received a 150-hour community service order for falsifying the dates on an annual gas safety check certificate to pretend that it was still valid.

New Greenflame wood pellet boilers join the biomass market

Keen to extend its line of renewable heating products Trianco has launched a range of biomass wood pellet boilers

Worcester's first golden ticket found by Devon installer

A lucky installer from Devon is the first to have discovered a golden ticket as part of Worcester, Bosch Group's nationwide competition, which kicked off the UK boiler manufacturer's 50th anniversary celebrations.

Deputy prime minister unveils more help for fuel poor

At least £540 million of the government's home energy efficiency programme will be targeted at helping the poorest, announced Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg this week.

Zero carbon agenda leaves occupants in the shade says industry

The zero carbon agenda has cast a shadow on issues of occupant health and wellbeing, according to a VELUX industry survey

REHAU reminds specifiers and contractors of WRAS obligations

Manufacturer REHAU is reminding specifiers of pre-insulated pipework that there is a legal requirement for all pipework which is connected directly to the public mains water supply to comply with Water Supply Regulations (WRAS) or Scottish Byelaws.

Water companies urged to employ plumbers to fix leaks

Lewes MP Norman Baker has urged two water companies to use local plumbing businesses to cut water leakage from households' dripping taps.

JTL shocked by Panorama revelations on bad practice in apprenticeship provision

JTL, training provider to the building services engineering sectors, expressed its shock and disappointment at last week's Panorama programme which focused on bad practice in apprenticeship provision.

Building Regulation change could 'backfire', claims HHIC

Government plans to force households to undertake a home survey and spend thousands on energy-efficiency could 'seriously backfire', warns the Heating & Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC).

March data marks strong growth of new orders in construction sector

The strong growth of new orders supporting the rise in construction sector activity could be attributed to the good weather in March, according to a Markit economist.

Traffic warden tickets plumber fixing gas leak

A self-employed plumber who rushed to attend to an emergency gas leak in Wellingborough was fined for parking without a permit last week.

Installers are key to increase RHI heat pump take up, says Stiebel Eltron UK

Heat pump manufacturer Stiebel Eltron UK says installers are the key to increasing the take up of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

CO detectors could be fitted in all homes

A new Government report announced last week is calling for carbon monoxide detectors to be fitted in all homes by law.

Green Deal finance 'could benefit a million UK homes'

Around 1 million homes in England and Wales could benefit from solid wall insulation under the Green Deal, cutting heating costs by 40%, according to a new study from insulation provider Jablite.

Plumbing firms fined over £5,000 for trading standards breaches

Two plumbing firms advertising themselves as local in areas such as Rickmansworth, while actually based in Southampton, were fined by Watford Magistrates's Court on 1 April.

Growing carbon monoxide awareness is 'helping to prevent serious injury'

New figures released by the Gas Safety Trust, the UK's consumer fuel safety charity, suggests that a greater proportion of carbon monoxide incidents are now being identified before serious injury takes place.

Prosecution calls attention to the need for adequate ductwork

The successful prosecution of a London hotel and its manager after a fire has called attention to the need for facilities managers and risk assessors to ensure adequate safety measures are installed in these types of premises.

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