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Elderly couple in CO poisoning death

An independent charity says more needs to be done to raise awareness of carbon monoxide after finding that, in 15 years, 70% of CO-related deaths occurred in the home.

Government launches work experience initiative

The Forum of Private Business has cautiously welcomed a government initiative to expand work experience for young unemployed people.

'Choose safety over cost savings' urges CORGI

CORGI has lent its support to the initiative to stamp out sales of stolen and non-proprietary-safe critical gas components following concerns recently raised by the APHC.

'Faulty boiler' kills millionaire's young daughter

The 24-year-old daughter of a publishing millionaire has died of suspected carbon monoxide poisoning due to a faulty boiler.

Let's hear it for the girls!

NICEIC has launched a 'Jobs for the girls' campaign aimed at encouraging more women into the electrical contracting industry.

Mira settles score with rival

Mira has announced an out-of-court settlement relating to an intellectual property lawsuit against Triton.

Elderly lady in negligence death

An elderly lady died when she fell through an access hole in her hallway floor which had been left uncovered by council employees working on her property.

Classrooms out of bounds for poor maintenance

British classrooms have become out of bounds during winter because of broken heating systems, leaking roofs and faulty wiring.

HVP singing on Twitter

You can now follow your favourite industry magazine on Twitter.

Traders who cheat on VAT bills "should be jailed", says MP

Traders who are not VAT registered should be jailed if they add VAT to their customers' bills, according to a Conservative MP.

Minister calls for study into the domestic heating oil market

Energy Minister Charles Hendry has asked the Office of Fair Trading to bring forward a study in to the domestic heating oil and off-grid energy market.

Concerns raised over RHI delay

Boiler manufacturer Vokèra has expressed concerns over developments for the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Gas Safety charity warns installers to be vigilant after CO death

Carbon monoxide charity CO-Gas Safety is calling for all installers to be equipped with personal air/alarm monitors following the death of installer Matthew Nixon.

Ideal Standard is to close UK factory

Bathroom manufacturer Ideal Standard has outlined proposals to close its Middlewich plant with the loss of 249 jobs.

Solar technology on the rise as energy prices soar

New tariffs could present business opportunity for installers as more homeowners are considering solar technology.

APHC fears employees could be selling stolen gas components on eBay

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has expressed concern over eBay selling safety-critical gas components.

Baxi salesman in sword attack

A Baxi salesman has been attacked after fending off a man with a sword while on a new-year holiday.

Carbon monoxide death

The family of a 22-year-old gas engineer is mourning his death, suspected to have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.

Air-conditioning inspections now mandatory

The lower threshold for air-conditioning inspections came into effect on 4 January, 2011.

Win a Force 20PT shower pump from Salamander!

Salamander Pumps is celebrating the launch of its new Force range of brass-bodied pumps by giving four away free to HVP readers. (Closing date: 4th February).

Plumber jailed after Rogue Traders exposes illegal gas work

A plumber who was caught carrying out illegal gas work by the BBC programme Rogue Traders has been jailed for six months.

Rogue trader prosecuted after logo misuse

An Enfield-based building firm has been prosecuted by Trading Standards after falsely claiming to be a member of electrical accreditation body NICEIC.

APHC clarifies position with BPEC

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors has apologised to BPEC for any misunderstanding it may have inadvertently caused the training body.

EuP set to launch this year

The European Commission's energy-using products (EuP) directive is to be enforced by the end of the year, it has been announced.

Heating oil thefts hit rural Worcestershire

More than £2,600 of heating oil has been stolen from tanks in Worcestershire after heating oil prices double.

VAT rise 'could cost jobs' and help 'rogue traders'

The Federation of Master Builders has warned that the 20% VAT rise could cost 11,400 construction sector jobs and leave homeowners vulnerable to rogue traders.

Save it!

Eaga has launched a pilot scheme to deliver water savings to homes in Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead.

Not too late to file tax returns

HM Revenue & Customs is warning individuals that if they have not filed their tax returns by 31 January, they could receive a £100 penalty.

Business acquisition marks new year

Monodraught has acquired ventilation company Artica Technologies.

Plumbers are the true heroes of Christmas

'Tis the season for a multitude of plumbing problems caused by cold weather - particularly frozen pipes as former Spice Girl Emma Bunton has learned.

Make sure the penny drops

A fed-up plumber settled his debt the hard way after receiving a 'constant stream' of parking fines.

Part of the 'Grand Design' of things

Mitsubishi Electric has been featured in a recent episode of Channel 4's Grand Designs.

Plumbers sentenced for illegal gas work

Three plumbers have been fined this month for carrying out illegal gas work on domestic gas appliances.

Playing it safe

The British Safety Council will launch a think tank to influence health and safety legislation.

Concerns rise over heating oil 'supply crisis'

Questions have been asked in Parliament over the rising cost and availability of heating oil during the winter months.

HHIC issues frozen condensate pipe advice

With plumbers reporting thousands of calls relating to frozen condensate pipes, HHIC has published an advice guide for homeowners.

Christmas comes early for lottery-winning merchant staff

Plumbers' merchant staff at a Scottish branch of Graham are celebrating a million pound lottery win.

PHEX exhibition gears up for 2011

The PHEX Exhibition organisers have announced planned events and venues for 2011.

CIBSE Ken Dale Travel Bursary now open

The CIBSE Ken Dale Travel Bursary is now accepting entries for 2011.

CMI Distribution - flushed with success

CMI Distribution has changed its name to Fluidmaster UK.

HVCA announcement for winter holiday rates

The Heating & Ventilating Contractors' Association (HVCA) has announced its winter holiday rates for operatives in the UK.

It's the six-month countdown

With 2011 just weeks away, air conditioning engineers are being reminded that they have six months to gain either appropriate CITB or City & Guilds qualification under F-Gas and ODS Regulations, 2009.

Young people give renewables the thumbs up

A Youth Panel survey has shown huge support for renewable energy among young people, according to the Department for Energy & Climate Change.

Keep warm for less with Warm Home Discount

The Warm Home Discount confirmed as part of the spending review will require energy companies by law to give a discount on energy bills to more of their most vulnerable customers.

Construction firm fined for placing workers lives in danger

A construction company has been fined after HSE inspectors found 'appalling' conditions on a Liverpool construction site.

Spending review could have 'negative impact on construction'

Management consultant, Leading Edge, has released its bi-annual report predicting the effect of the comprehensive spending review on the construction sector.

The search is on for Britain's Favourite Plumber

City Plumbing Supplies, in association with HVP magazine, is launching its first ever nationwide search for Britain's Favourite Plumber.

Catch the sun

An energy company has received planning permission to build solar photovolataic panels in the UK's first large-scale sun park.

Meet A Gas Safe Inspector at PHEX Chelsea!

A Gas Safe Register Inspector will join CIPHE (stand 100) at the PHEX Chelsea exhibition on 8 and 9 December.

E for UK from WWF

The UK has received an E rating for its climate policies from the Climate Policy Tracker report, launched by WWF and Ecofys.

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