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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.

Scrappage schemes in northern Ireland and Scotland are 'leading the way'

Boiler Scrappage Schemes in Northern Ireland and Scotland are 'leading the way' to energy efficiency, and the UK government should follow suit, claims Mike Foster of the EUA.

Poll suggests MPs are in 'disarray' over Green Deal plans

A poll by the Green Deal Dialogue Group has claimed the majority of MPs will not promote the Green Deal to their constituents when it launches in October.

University study finds 'dangerous levels' of carbon monoxide in homes

Dangerous levels of carbon monoxide (CO) were found in homes, and lives saved, during a study carried out by Liverpool John Moores University.

Prosecuted illegal gas engineer 'lied about credentials'

A Clevedon man has been prosecuted and fined for illegally installing a gas boiler and flue at a property in Bristol.

Solar industry welcomes FiT clarity

Plans announced last month to cut the Solar Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates from August rather than July are generally being welcomed by businesses.

Atlantic Home Care files for examinership in Ireland

Atlantic Home Care, part of the Grafton Group, has filed for examinership in Ireland in an attempt to restructure its business and ensure the 'survival' of the company.

NAPIT warns carbon monoxide dangers are being 'criminally overlooked'

NAPIT has warned that the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning surrounding barbecues has been 'criminally undervalued and largely overlooked'.

Engineers compete in industry marathon to raise money for CARE International

A team from construction firm Ramboll are quietly confident ahead of this year's CARE Construction Challenge on the Dorset coast.

Green energy firm UFW opens new installer training centre

Renewable energy firm UFW has launched a new state-of-the-art BPEC training centre at its Leicester base.

How to be water efficient from the start

APHC comments on the changes to Part G of the building regulations and suggests water efficiency calculation be available at the planning stage to prevent specification problems.

Landfill tax is a rubbish way to spend money, says Slingsby

Workplace equipment supplier Slingsby is reminding commercial organisations of the charges now incurred through waste disposal to landfill.

NIA can aid Green Deal partnership opportunities

The National Insulation Association (NIA) is continuing its preparation for the Green Deal by introducing a service to help companies find local delivery partners for the new energy efficiency scheme.

Event gets gas installers geared up for Green Deal

An event aimed at helping installers and gas professionals benefit from new work through the government's Green Deal initiative took place in West Yorkshire last month.

New skills training division for installers

Training charity JTL has launched a Mechanical Services division in response to increased demand from employers for apprenticeships and other skills training

Courses bring installers up to speed on renewable energy

A series of courses for installers is being launched across England and Scotland by the European Energy Centre (EEC) and Business Edge.

Britain heads for energy affordability crisis

Household energy will be 'unaffordable' in less than three years, forcing families to ration their heating, according to figures released today by uSwitch.com.

New app enables mobiles to take card payments

Global payment provider Elavon has launched a new payment solution for installers on the move.

Figures show public sector house building still low, but private sector making progress

Public sector registrations to build new homes in the UK are still below last year's figures according to figures released by NHBC.

DECC launches second round of low carbon heating scheme for social landlords

A £10 million social housing competition aimed at improving energy efficiency across the UK is open for applications.

Feeling the pinch

Ongoing scrap metal thefts are helping to drive sales of plastic products amongst businesses and are also resulting in many making major improvements to the security of their premises, according to equipment supplier Slingsby.

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.

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