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New MCS standard clarifies heat pump performance

The new MCS Microgeneration Installation Standard (MIS 3005) has been released, requiring heat pump systems to be at least 100% sized for a property for 99% of the heating season.

Sales reveal solar hot spots

Sheffield is Britain's solar hot spot, according to a new report from Which? magazine.

Trainer offers to pay for two-year plumbing apprenticeship

Training provider Scientiam is offering to cover the costs of a two-year plumbing apprenticeship for one Halton business.

Register now for your FREE ticket to PHEX Manchester!

FREE tickets for this year's PHEX Manchester exhibition are now available. The show will take place on 11 and 12 October at Old Trafford Stadium.

Builders' Merchants Federation calls for 5% VAT rate

Industry associations including the BMF and APHC have joined together to call for a 5% VAT rate on home improvements as the government's Energy Bill is finalised.

Construction industry returns to growth

The construction industry has seen a 6% year-on-year increase in the value of projects starting on site, according to Glenigan data.

Online business advice from Wickes

Wickes has launched a website offering business advice aimed at plumbers and small contractors.

Vandals trash plumbing firm

Vandals in Edinburgh have caused £20,000 of damage to a plumbing company in Edinburgh just days after the company opened.

OFT takes action against "misleading" heating oil companies

The Office of Fair Trading has taken action against two heating oil companies and price comparison websites it says were "misleading" customers.

Government construction strategy is an opportunity we "miss at our peril"

The UK must adopt the government's Construction Strategy "enthusiastically and unequivocally" to meet carbon reduction targets, according to HVCA president Bob Shelley.

Rogue Traders investigates plumber with CIPHE help

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering has helped BBC's Watchdog investigate a plumbing firm that has received many complaints from customers.

Solar photovoltaic prices "set to fall by 50%"

A new European report claims that solar PV prices are set to fall by up to 50% in the next 10 years.

Top 10 tips for solar installation

Renewable energy company Organic Energy has issued a top 10 guide to solar PV installation after reports that 'cowboy' salesmen were misleading customers.

HSE pledges to tackle asbestos deaths

A target of 4,000 hours of free asbestos awareness training has been set in a new joint initiative to help tradespeople protect themselves from the deadly dust.

Concerns raised over air conditioning cleaner safety

Advanced Engineering is warning engineers to regularly check the labels and safety data sheets of cleaning chemicals advertised as suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

Oil heating industry calls for renewable heating subsidy for biofuels

The oil heating industry is urging government to incentivise a switch from fuel oil to biofuels by offering a subsidy as part of the renewable heat incentive.

Heating industry needs to tackle unregistered installers

Alpha Heating Innovation calls for the industry to cut down the number of unregistered heating installers following the Gas Safety Trust report.

Families wanted to spend 12 months living in zero-carbon home

Manufacturer Velux is searching for two families to spend a year living in two monitored zero-carbon homes in Rothwell, Kettering.

Old boilers risk CO poisoning, claims safety report

Old boilers and gas appliances increase the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to a report by the Gas Safety Trust.

Plumbing business given boost by Prince's Trust

Business leaders in Norfolk are being urged to back a fundraising drive to support the next generation of entrepreneurs.

Water-saving plumbing set to grow

New research reveals the market for domestic and commercial plumbing products designed specifically to save water was worth £160 million last year.

Building Trade Skills Council goes bust - again

Manchester's privately-run training facility, Building Trade Skills Centres, that trains plumbers and gas installers, has gone into administration for the second time.

Plumber prosecuted for false membership

A plumber has been prosecuted for false claims that he was a member of the CIPHE.

Walsall man prosecuted for illegal gas work

A gas engineer from Willenhall, Walsall, has been prosecuted for illegally carrying out work at a house in Cannock, Stafford.

Derbyshire police warn plumbers in fight back against metal thefts

Derbyshire police has warned that boilers and heating pipes are 'prime targets' as it launches an operation to tackle metal thefts in the county.

Newbuild plumbing work has slumped further

Plumbing work on newbuild construction sites has fallen further with housing approvals at second lowest levels for five years

Plumber forced to continue working to fund his retirement

Rising costs and a falling economy has prompted plumber Ron Mutton to defer his pension in an attempt to save more.

Creditors force plumbing group out of business

Plumbing and maintenance business Kinetics Group owed millions to creditors when it was forced out of business earlier this year.

'Plumbers' top rogue trader complaints league

Rogue traders masquerading as plumbers are the greatest cause of complaint, when it comes to dodgy workers botching jobs, says recent survey.

Merchants tighten store procedures to fight theft

Merchants are to tighten store procedures to fight theft and have set up the DIY & Building Trade Loss Prevention Forum to share best practice and data to help thwart thieves and reduce losses.

Increase in union membership in bid to save jobs

Ireland's Technical Engineering and Electrical Union has signed up 1,500 new members this year as some suggest non-unionised workers are first to be let go by employers.

Access to gas flues could be tricky

With heating engineers being required access to gas flues by 2013 for inspection, gaining access in flats could be an issue.

Pipe dream come true for plumbing entrepreneur

The creator of an ingenious device that provides a temporary fix to burst water pipes has won the Scottish heat of The Pitch 2011 in search of Britain's best new companies.

Parking frustrations in Oxford

A plumber is at his wits' end after receiving no parking assistance while working in the Oxford area.

Fear of plumbers grips nation

The British masses have been gripped by oikodomophobia, a fear of negotiating with tradesmen.

Industry must get tough on standards after Which? report

Plumber Charlie Mullins believes the industry must get tough on plumbing standards after the Which? consumer report condemned heating engineers.

OFTEC in conflict with Europe

The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) is fighting a proposed 7% penalty on non-modulating oil boilers.

Solar campaign launches with website

A new campaign designed to educate and inspire UK homeowners to adopt solar technology has launched.

'Ghost' plumbers arrested in tax raids

Five plumbers have been arrested and around 600 are under civil investigation by HMRC for failing to pay the right amount of tax.

Another one hikes the gas

npower has become the latest gas and electricity provider to increase its domestic prices with fixed rates for the next two years.

Plumber pipes up against merchant

The Court of Appeal has passed judgement in a legal case between an installer and supplier, ruling that the installer was entitled to rely on the supplier to ensure that goods were fit for purpose.

Heating engineers 'cutting corners' cost customers cash

Domestic gas boiler engineers are not carrying out basic checks and are suggesting expensive, unnecessary repairs, according to Which?.

West End debut for plumber-playwright

A Soho plumber whose debut drama is pulling in audiences at a West End playhouse has revealed how living in Theatreland inspired him to become a professional playwright.

Social housing to get green heaters

A £3 million scheme has been launched to help install eco-heaters in the homes of social housing tenants.

Worldwide demand for plumbers

Plumbers tempted to emigrate should consider Australia, Canada and Germany where they are in the greatest demand, says recruitment specialist.

Prepare for Gas Safety Week

Gas Safety Week takes place from 12 September and is supported by the APHC.

Secure your oil

Installers should be selling enhanced security on oil tank installations as thieves continue to target heating oil, according to a recent survey.

Homeowners reject Green Deal

Almost half of householders in a trial of the Green Deal grant rejected the scheme, despite promised long-term savings.

Scot plumbing firm ceases trading

Scottish firm Park Plumbing & Heating has ceased trading after founder and owner Steve Park admitted it had been struggling since the economic crash.

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