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Unite behind single competency scheme, APHC tells installers

APHC is calling on installers to support its proposals for a single industry competency scheme.

Government announces further modifications to FiT scheme

The Department of Energy & Climate Change has today put modifications to the Feed-in Tariff scheme before Parliament.

Landlord sentenced for gas safety failings

A Tenby landlord was fined £8,500 and ordered to pay costs of £1,500 at Haverfordwest Magistrates' Court for failing to maintain a gas fire safely within one of his properties.

Twice-convicted gas installer sentenced

A gas engineer has been sentenced after installing a gas cooker without being registered to do so - his third gas safety conviction in four years.

Local firms get help to bid

Planning permission has been granted for the north east's biggest housing-led redevelopment on the banks of the Tyne.

Plumber's anger at copper thefts

A plumber is angry after copper tube was stolen from his van twice while parked outside his home.

Suspended prison sentences for illegal gas fitters

Two men who operated a Harrogate-based plumbing firm received suspended prison terms for falsely claiming to be Gas Safe registered engineers and leaving a local family in "immediate danger".

Cash prize for installer members' club

Adey is offering members of its Installer Club the chance to win £1,000 by revealing the 'dirty' side of their job.

Plumbers unprepared for energy efficiency

Plumbers are almost wholly unprepared for the "drastic change" to the way the UK's homes are heated, according to the Royal Academy of Engineering.

The 'coolest' plumbing job

Recruiters at the British Antarctic Survey say they are on course to receive more than 3,000 applications from plumbers and other trades for 36 jobs.

Landlord fined for no gas cert

A landlord has been fined £10,000 for failing to carry out gas safety checks.

Firms to quit JIB agreement

Seven major building service contractors have formally given notice to resign from a 40-year-old Joint Industry Board agreement.

Gas fitter sentenced for safety breaches

A North Wales man who falsely claimed to be a registered gas engineer has been sentenced to eight months' imprisonment after dangerously installing a gas boiler.

Scrap metal crackdown

Plumbers targeted by thieves for copper pipe may welcome a government crackdown on Britain's £5 billion-a-year scrap industry.

OBE for HVCA president

HVCA president Graham Manly has been recognised in the Queen's awards with an OBE for his contribution to the building engineering services sector.

Solar work drops as FiT cut bites

Solar electricity installations in the last week of 2011 fell by two-thirds on the same period in 2010 following the government's cut to solar subsidies.

FUN FRIDAY: Rock & roll loves Dimplex

Dimplex became something of a rock star when pop band Pulp recently took a little piece of the company with them on their reunion tour.

Best young plumber in the world awarded medal

Shane Trevitt, who was named the best young plumbing and heating engineer in the world this year, was awarded a medal by the Leeds College of Building's annual awards ceremony.

Weeks left for eco-invention competition

There are just a few weeks left to enter Adey's eco-invention competition. The company wants entries from heating professionals, installers and apprentices with an original idea for a product, tool or appliance with a positive environmental benefit.

No town for old vans

The new Low Emission Zone requirements for London are now live. Operators of Y-registration and some 51-plate vans must keep out of London if they want to avoid costly charges and fines.

Government 'wasting taxpayers' money'

The government is set to appeal a court judgement that ruled its plans for cutting the Feed-in Tariff were illegal. But Friends of the Earth has argued this is a "waste of taxpayers' money".

Travis Perkins acquires Toolstation

Travis Perkins has acquired the remaining 70% of the issued share capital of the online catalogue Toolstation from Mark Goddard-Watts and his family trusts.

VAT reduction campaign gets cross-party support

An industry campaign to get a VAT reduction to 5% for boilers and flue heat recovery products has gained full cross-party support in Parliament, after an early day motion was tabled in December.

CIPHE warns against unqualified gas engineers

CIPHE has issued a warning about the dangers of illegal, unqualified gas work after an Ipswich plumber was found guilty of carrying out illegal work at a Thai restaurant.

Bad plumbing blamed for London pollution

Pollution, partly caused by bad bathroom plumbing, has damaged parts of the Lea Valley in London, British Waterways has said.

Woman electrocuted by faulty heating installation

A succession of faults and poor workmanship led to the death of Emma Shaw, who was electrocuted while mopping up water in her kitchen.

Government FiTs cut 'unlawful'

Government plans to cut subsidies for solar panels on homes have been ruled legally flawed by the High Court.

Repair firm to outsource complaints operations

Domestic repair company HomeServe is to outsource its complaints handling operations.

Downing Street petition urges solar PV rethink

The Renewable Energy Association and the Solar Trade Association yesterday delivered a letter and a petition asking the government to rethink its proposals for subsidizing photovoltaic take-up.

HVCA membership approves name change

The Heating & Ventilating Contractors Association (HVCA) is changing its name to the Building & Engineering Services Association.

Asbestos warning ads to return

A campaign to warn workers of the dangers of asbestos is returning - a year after it was dropped by the government.

Serial cowboy jailed for identity fraud

A twice-bankrupt contractor has been jailed for 16 months for acting as a director while banned and posing as an employee to get credit from suppliers.

Competitions

We know that as busy engineers, plumbers and installers your time is increasingly precious, and when you choose to take time away from your customers, it's important that you make it count.

Entire staff placed on redundancy notice at solar power company

Carillion has set aside £10m for redundancy payments after putting all 4,500 staff at its energy services division on notice.

Heating engineer gets community service for being unregistered

A plumber has received 100 hours of community service for carrying out gas work in Ipswich without being Gas Safe registered.

Construction workers on wildcat strike action over pay

This week, plumbers and electricians staged more protests in a dispute over pay and conditions. Protests were at sites in London, Cardiff, Manchester, Merseyside, Glasgow, Hull and North East Lincolnshire.

Energy networks launch tender to look at future of domestic heating

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) Gas Futures Group is launching a tender process for a service provider to assess the optimal domestic heating pathways that will enable the UK to meet its carbon and renewable targets out to 2050.

Yorkshire Copper Tube calls for metal scrappage law changes

Yorkshire Copper Tube has called for the government to review its laws on metal scrappage to help plumbers across the UK, as metal thefts continue to rise.

Community buying group warns of rocketing heating oil prices

Heating oil buying groups are warning rural communities that oil prices could rocket this winter if demand suddenly peaks after an unusually mild autumn.

Wolseley announces strong global growth

Heating and plumbing merchant giant Wolseley has seen revenues grow 5% in the first quarter from £3,471 million to £3,641 million, as strong growth in the USA offset lower growth in some of its European businesses.

Visitors to PHEX Chelsea increase again this year!

The PHEX Chelsea exhibition has successfully concluded this year's PHEX series with an increase in visitor numbers.

New CIPHE group promotes renewable energy

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has set up a new working group to look at the issues surrounding the renewable energy market.

Electric underfloor heating market 'set to grow next year'

The electric underfloor heating market will see growth returning next year after a 'lacklustre' 2011, according to a new report by MTW Research.

FUN FRIDAY: Thinking skills course for dangerous plumber

A plumber who who crashed his van into the back of a parked Land Rover had not cleared his windscreen of ice - because he was late for court.

The only way is up for PHEX

It was another great few days for PHEX Chelsea this year, with organisers revealing attendance figures were up on last year.

Mercedes giveaway launches new look

Amtech is giving away a new Mercedes van to celebrate a new look to its software and services, now under a single brand.

Low emission zone to hit vans

Van operators will be affected by the upcoming changes to the London Low Emission Zone scheme next month.

Balfour plumbers vote to strike

Plumbers, heating and ventilating engineers and electricians at Balfour Beatty have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action following a ballot of Unite union members.

Ireland first for pay-as-you-go oil heating

Vulnerable households in Ulster, Northern Ireland, will be able to use a new pay-as-you-go scheme for oil heating.

Self-employed exempt from health & safety

The government is launching a consultation on the abolition of "large numbers" of health and safety rules following an independent review.

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