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Another threat to the Green Deal

The Office of National Statistics is to make a crucial decision that affects the future of the government's flagship Green Deal energy-efficiency scheme, according to BusinessGreen.com.

Cardiff gas fitter fined for working without registration

A gas fitter has been fined for installing a boiler in a domestic property, despite not being Gas Safe registered.

Proposed abolition of unfair dismissal laws welcomed

Plumbing entrepreneur Charlie Mullins says businesses can be boosted by proposed changes to the law which would allow companies to dismiss unproductive workers without explanation.

Heating engineer electrocuted

A heating engineer has died following electric shock while attempting to repair a central heating system.

Plumbers 'too busy' to get paid

Payment company quotetopay conducted a survey with visitors to PHEX Manchester this year and found 52% of plumbers have not collected a payment from a customer.

Millions lost through escape-of-water damage

Figures released by insurance business Legal & General reveals that house insurance claims from damage caused by the escape of water in UK homes cost the insurance industry £730 million in 2010.

Joe the Plumber and US domination

Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher became a household name during the 2008 presidential campaign and he's been working hard to bring about political change in the States ever since.

Drain Doctor offers accredited training

Drain Doctor Plumbing & Drainage has teamed up with City & Guilds to provide an accredited training programme for its franchisees and technicians.

Plumber joins rogue trader fight

Thomas Henson, who trades as The Jobbing Plumber, is the latest recruit to join South Tyneside's Safetraders scheme register.

Dim forecast for newbuild plumbing work

Newbuild housing is set to decrease with housing starts in 2012 the second lowest since 1945, according to the latest forecast from the Construction Products Association.

Man jailed for dangerous gas work

A man who falsely claimed he was a registered gas engineer has been sent to prison for two years for endangering people's lives at two properties in Lancashire, including a baby boy.

NICEIC urges homeowners to ASK

The National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) has launched a consumer campaign ASK - 'Ask for NICEIC, See if it's legit, Keep your home safe'.

Plumbers should help customers deal with rising fuel costs

Plumbers should help customers cope with the rising cost of fuel, says the CIPHE.

Asbestos training pledge target smashed

The asbestos training pledge target has been smashed and thousands of tradesmen are to get free asbestos awareness training in a bid to tackle ignorance about one of Britain's biggest industrial killers.

Community service for builder after unsafe gas work

A self-employed builder has been given a Community Service Order after he carried out unsafe gas installation work at a house near Dumfries.

Unite targets HVCA in pay row

Union leaders have accused the HVCA of not having enough money to lead M&E contractors into a new pay and conditions deal, claiming the trade body 'failed to balance its books for the last two years'.

Adey searches for eco-inventors

Magnetic filtration company Adey Professional Heating Solutions has launched a nationwide competition to search for potential 'eco-inventors' working within the heating and plumbing industry.

Transatlantic approach could save UK construction

The UK could learn a lot from the US when it comes to construction, and vice-versa, which could in turn revive the British sector, according to Richard Fewings of McBains Cooper.

Plumber fined for illegal gas work

A plumber carried out gas work at four houses in Worcester, despite not being Gas Safe registered.

Small traders lose millions in web con

More than 4,000 small traders have been ripped off for £1 million by websites claiming they could find them work.

DIY site leaves much to be desired

A local plumber in Liverpool has taken it upon himself to re-design his own website with but it seems to have sprung a leak.

Burglars raid plumbing shop

Police are looking for ram raiders who used a stolen van to smash into an Aldershot plumbing supplies shop to steal copper pipes.

Scrap metal fiddle busted

An investigation has been launched into allegations of workers pocketing cash from selling scrap metal ripped from buildings, the Evening News reports.

Unregistered gas fitter fined

A gas fitter has been fined after he misled a customer to believe he was legally registered and then carried out faulty work.

BSI releases Green Deal standard for industry review

The British Standards Institution has released the draft Green Deal standard for the installation of energy-efficiency measures to comply with the UK government's Green Deal initiative and is asking the industry to get involved and share their feedback before it is finalised.

Grafton slams government for RHI setback

The decision by the government to put back implementation of the Renewable Heat Incentive is an own-goal, according to builders and plumbers merchant group Grafton.

Plumber's apprentice stands tall in London

HRH the Duke of Gloucester has unveiled Martin Jennings' sculpture of the Plumber's Apprentice at Cannon Street Station to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers receiving its Royal Charter from King James I in 1611.

Business meets asbestos training plea

Businesses have responded to a campaign to help make young tradespeople aware of the deadly dangers of asbestos by donating 4,000 hours of training.

Cameron calls for housing revolution

Prime minister David Cameron has called for a "new Tory housing revolution" in his leader's speech to the Conservative conference.

Protest in Cambuslang over wage agreement

Construction workers are protesting at a Lanarkshire fire station to fight plans by up to eight firms to introduce a single joint industry building engineering services national agreement.

Council says 'we'll do it ourselves' to cut costs

Rochdale caretakers and building attendants who work in council buildings are being trained in basic plumbing and building maintenance in a bid to reduce the authority's repair bills.

NAPIT offers free renewables workshops

London-based trade installers can take advantage of free Renewable Energy workshops throughout October and November from NAPIT.

Plumbers help train school children

Plumbers and other tradespeople from One Vision Housing Property Services housing association have been sharing their skills with a group of local school children.

Big names sign up to finance Green Deal

An industry-led consortium has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop the business plan for a not-for-profit organisation, The Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC), to finance the best-value Green Deal option for consumers.

Warning over rise in 'unethical' free solar PV offers

The rise in companies offering 'free' solar panel installations is leading to some vulnerable homeowners being targeted by less reputable sales companies using hard sell tactics to pocket the household's feed-in tariff, says PTS.

EU dispute delays launch of renewable heat incentive

The RHI for non-domestic systems, due to be launched on 30 September, has been delayed at the last minute after a European Commission dispute.

Exploding US toilets go viral

Exploding toilets seriously injured two workers at a federal building in Washington DC because of a plumbing malfunction.

Plumb Center warns installers to get accreditation

Plumb Center is advising plumbers to ensure they get their MCS accreditation following a report on the BBC's Watchdog TV programme.

Plumber resorts to begging for job

Jobless Alex Borman is so desperate to get a plumbing apprenticeship, he stands around Daventry with a sign advertising that he is available for work.

Black day for Black Country plumber

A plumber has been arrested on suspicion of evading income tax following an investigation by HMRC.

All sorts used to fuel stoves

Whiskey barrels, soiled nappies and carcasses mark just another day in the life of an incorrectly-fuelled wood burning stove.

Biasi goes back to school for art classes

Biasi UK is congratulating local schools and colleges for their efforts in the recent environmentally-themed radiator art competition.

Stormsaver says water documentary a washout

Stormsaver was left disappointed after watching a recent BBC documentary about dwindling water supplies.

UK remains ahead in zero carbon emissions

The UK is among the top three countries in the world in working towards zero carbon emissions in the built environment, according to recent research.

Government acknowledges 'serious challenge' from metal theft

Graham Jones MP for Hyndburn has called on the government to take metal theft more seriously.

EDF latest energy firm to stop 'cold calling'

EDF Energy has become the latest energy company to announce the suspension of unsolicited doorstep sales.

Southport plumber climbs Kilimanjaro for teen brother

Southport plumber Chris Houghton is visiting Africa to scale Kilimanjaro to raise money for his terminally-ill brother.

Monks sue heating firm

Monks have sued a heating firm for thousands of pounds for exposure to asbestos.

'More insulation and less heating', says think tank

The government needs to focus on insulating homes before funding new heating technologies, according to a report by government think thank the Institute for Public Policy Research.

Plumbers prosecuted for illegal work

Two plumbers have been prosecuted and found guilty for carrying out illegal work, and for claiming to be CIPHE registered.

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