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DIYer gets pocket burned

A homeowner has been fined thousands of pounds after illegally installing a woodburning stove.

Builders' Merchants Awards 2010 update

The shortlist for the Builders’ Merchants Awards for Excellence has been announced.

Travis Perkins acquisition delayed

Builders' merchant Travis Perkins has had its takeover of rival merchant BSS delayed by the Office of Fair Trading.

Apprentices pipe up for SummitSkills awards

Three heating and ventilating apprentices have won the top three awards at the UK final of the SkillPIPE competition.

One week till 'A' fresh start for boilers

October 1 marks 'A' fresh start for boilers, as SEDBUK Band B condensed models will no longer be permitted for installation a week from today.

Timber-frame construction regulations 'need urgent review'

The Chief Fire Officers Association is calling for an urgent review of building regulations involving timber-frame buildings under construction after a series of fires.

Scottish builders struggling to stay in business

Scottish Building Federation chief executive Michael Levack has raised the spectre of a 'dam of insolvencies fit to burst' in the Scottish construction sector as industry confidence plummets.

Construction sites 'as dangerous as armed conflicts' says ILO

As many people are killed on construction sites throughout the world each year as die as a result of armed conflict, according to the International Labour Organisation.

Building chemical firm fined after employee killed in mixing machine

Building Chemical Research has been fined £20,000 after an employee was killed by an industrial mixing blade.

CIPHE launches online survey

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has launched an online survey to find out how important registered plumbing and heating professionals are to members of the public.

Report urges rethink on 'irresponsible' Renewable Heat Incentive

A report by the Renewable Energy Forum has described the proposed Renewable Heat Incentive as "irresponsible".

Carbon neutral building firm goes into administration

Northern Ireland-based energy-efficient building firm Sky Developments has gone into administration.

Government must put pressure on building managers to meet carbon reduction targets

The government needs to do more to make building managers comply with regulations for air conditioning inspections for the UK to meet carbon reduction targets, says Daikin UK.

F-Gas deadline looming

There are fears within the industry that the July 2011 deadline for individual certification under F-Gas Regulations may be impossible to meet.

Suspended jail sentence for plumber

A plumber has been given a suspended jail sentence for carrying out illegal work on gas boilers.

Connaught contracts purchased by affordable housing provider Lovell

Affordable housing provider Lovell has paid £28 million for the ongoing contracts and related assets from Connaught plc.

Connaught is on the brink of administration

The property repair and maintenance firm Connaught is expected to go into administration today after failing to secure funding to cover £220 million debts.

Oil tank installers advised on changes to building regulations

Oil tanks with a storage capacity of 3,500 litres or less now require bunding thanks to changes to Building Regulation Part J.

Homeowners could be taxed on feed-in tariff incomes

Homeowners could face tax implications if they install solar photovoltaic panels in their home, according to accounting and business company Baker Tilly.

Social housing is 'greener' than private sector buildings

Public sector social housing are, on average, more energy efficient than those in the private sector, an energy expert has warned.

Apprenticeships still suffer from a bad reputation

Apprenticeships have a bad reputation among students, according to construction company Astins.

APHC welcomes UN resolution on plumbing and sanitation

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has said it is "delighted" the United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution recognising "access to clean water and sanitation as a human right".

Drop in completion certificates raises concerns over black market installations

There is mounting concern that the demise of Home Information Packs has led to a reduction in the number of completion certificates being issued.

Leaked heat pump report must be treated with 'caution'

Heat pump manufacturer Stiebel Eltron has warned that leaked findings of an incomplete study into the effectiveness of heat pumps must be treated with the "utmost caution".

PHEX Chelsea exhibition dates change

The dates for this year's PHEX Chelsea exhibition have changed to 8 and 9 December.

First students achieve Diploma in Construction & the Built Environment

More than 350 students have successfully achieved the Diploma in Construction & Built Environment (C&BE) qualification for 14 to 19 year olds.

£1 million investment to tackle rural fuel poverty

Calor has invested £1 million in FREE project to tackle fuel poverty in rural England.

Construction sector rise boosts UK economy

The construction sector has helped increase UK gross domestic product (GDP) to its fastest level of quarterly expansion growth for nine years.

Trianco Training Services still trading

Trianco Training Services is still trading despite Trianco Heating Products' recent difficulties.

Construction companies fined after employee injured in fall

Two UK construction companies have been fined £125,000 after a worker fell 21 metres from a construction site roof.

CIPHE and E.ON offer free water-saving devices

CIPHE has joined E.ON to offer free E.ON Showersave water-saving devices to CIPHE-registered plumbers and Registered Heating Professionals.

Save 20% with infrared camera trade-in offer

FLIR is offering a 20% discount when installers trade in any brand of uncooled thermal imaging camera.

Wolseley announces sale of Brandon Hire business

Wolseley is selling its Brandon Hire business to private investment company Rutland Partners, it announced today.

Trianco Heating Products acquired by TR Engineering.

TR Engineering has announced that it has acquired the assets from former heating company Trianco Heating Products.

Nominate your favourite merchant

Nominations can now be submitted for this year's Builders' Merchants Awards for Excellence.

End to North West hosepipe ban

A temporary North West hosepipe ban has been lifted today.

Construction businesses hampered by a shortage of orders

Construction businesses are optimistic about the future, but lack of orders are a real concern.

Mitsubishi recall update: the industry responds

Mitsubishi Electric UK has released an update on its recent recall programme.

Access to clean water is a "human right"

World Plumbing Council chairman, Robert Burgon, has welcomed the United Nations' resolution recognising access to clean water as a human right.

Things get 'heated' in acquisition

A UK heating manufacturer has been acquired.

Rok shares fall

Maintenance and building service provider Rok has seen a 40% decrease in shares.

Coast & Country recruits "record number" of apprentices

Coast & Country Housing says it has welcomed its largest number of apprentices this year.

Construction firm fined for CO exposure

A Wembley-based building company has been fined £15,000 after leaving customers "at risk of serious illness or death" from exposure to carbon monoxide.

"Businesses must invest in renewables sector"

Vince Cable has urged UK businesses to invest in the renewable energy sector to boost the economy.

UK solar PV market going strong

Ofgem has released figures showing UK solar PV installations have "overtaken any other renewable energy source" since April.

OFTEC in new biofuel testing

The Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) says trials for a new biofuel for heating have been successful.

The 'Ideal' apprentice

Sam Buckley, 21, has received the Advanced Apprentice of the Year title at the National Apprenticeships Awards working with Ideal Heating.

EuP directive poses problems for UK heating industry

The UK heating industry is "in limbo" after compliance to the European Commission's energy-using products (EuP) directive is proving problematic.

Water treatment firm acquires Culligan International UK

Best-Water Technology Group (BWT) has acquired UK affiliate of US-based Culligan Group, Culligan International (UK).

Innovators seek inventors with great ideas

Sheffield-based company Incub is looking for inventors with great ideas for new products.

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