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Illegal gas fitter 'endangered lives'

An illegal gas fitter who carried out dangerous work on a gas fire in Colchester has been fined over £10,000.

Manufacturers support campaign for bio-liquids in RHI

A number of manufacturers have written to government in support of the campaign to have bio-liquids included in the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI).

EUA appoints Carl Arntzen as this year's president

Carl Arntzen, managing director of Bosch Thermotechnology, which includes Worcester Bosch Group, has been named this year's president of the Energy & Utilities Alliance.

Half of East London building sites are 'dangerous', says HSE

Almost half of the refurbishment construction projects in and around Stamford Hill in North East London failed health and safety spot checks last week, according to the Health & Safety Executive.

MCS consultation on competence criteria

The recently formed Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) working group have formulated guidance consultation documents to help provide clarity for installation companies.

New Competent Person scheme to help with health and safety

The National House-Building Council (NHBC) has launched a health and safety Competent Person scheme to help builders and tradesmen access health and safety advice and comply with government legislation.

Workplace death statistics must be more detailed, says PASMA

Workplace fatality figures from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) need to be "more detailed" as the reduction in the number of deaths stalls, according to PASMA and the British Safety Council.

European funding secures energy upgrades for 60,000 Birmingham homes

New funding worth £1.3 million has been secured to help Birmingham City Council establish the next phase of a programme to equip 60,000 city homes with energy-saving measures such as new boilers, improved insulation and solar panels.

Drivers navigate the Games with help from Transport for London

Team GB archer and former "white van man", Simon Terry, urges businesses not to get caught out and to plan their road journeys ahead of the Games.

Government to increase planning application fees by 15%

The Confederation of British Industry (CBI) has responded to the government's announcement that it will increase fees on planning applications by 15%, saying it could increase the "strain" on businesses.

SkillPIPE names winner of UK pipe competition semi-final

Patrick O'Leary has been named winner of the second UK-wide semi-final SkillPIPE competition heat to find the country's best pipefitter.

Industry 'extremely concerned' over Q2 slowdown in sales

The Construction Products Association's latest State of Trade Survey indicates that, following a relatively good first quarter of the year, product manufacturers suffered from a slowdown in sales in Q2 and are extremely concerned about demand going forward.

Residential construction sees increase

Private house construction starts have increased 40% this year to date compared with 2011, according to construction analyst Glenigan.

Industry salaries exposed by new TV programme

Employees at Pimlico Plumbers are being asked to reveal their salaries to the nation as they take part in a new documentary on Channel 4.

Plumber cleared of manslaughter

A plumber accused of causing the death of a woman through accidental carbon monoxide poisoning was found not guilty at the Old Bailey last week.

More pupils should be encouraged into industry careers, according to employers

Less than one in five employers believe school pupils are encouraged to take up a career in industry, new survey findings have revealed.

Viessmann supports DEFRA's proposal to introduce RHI emissions levels for biomass boilers and is in favour of even stricter proposed EU levels.

Nigel Jefferson, sales director for commercial and renewable products at Viessmann, responds to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) update on RHI biomass emissions levels.

Industry called to work together

Plumbers are being called to adopt a collective approach to the many challenges facing plumbing and heating businesses.

Current demand for boiler operator training is unprecedented, says Spirax Sarco

Spirax Sarco is adding more training courses to its schedule to meet record demand for boiler operator training.

Gas engineer has been arrested after explosion kills toddler

A 32-year-old gas engineer has been arrested by police in London after a gas explosion in Manchester destroyed several homes and killed two-year-old Jamie Heaton.

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.

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