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APHC splits from BPEC certification body

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has stopped endorsing BPEC certification due to concerns over training courses.

DECC reveals decline in energy production and consumption

The UK has seen a 6% decrease in energy production and a 6% drop in consumption, according to a report by the Department of Energy & Climate Change.

British Gas announces record profits

British Gas has posted profits up 98% for the first half of 2010, according to parent company Centrica.

Tax evasion crackdown "picking up steam"

HMRC's crackdown on tax evasion with offshore accounts in Liechtenstein is gathering steam.

Fleet would tackle wind for charity

BSS Industrial raises £3,000 for charity with the help of the industry.

Mitsubishi Electric recalls non-UK-manufactured Ecodan heat pumps

Mitsubishi Electric has announced a voluntary recall of all Ecodan heat pumps except UK-manufactured models.

Massive investment needed to meet renewable energy targets

The UK will miss its 2020 renewable energy targets unless a "quantum leap" in offshore wind capacity investment is achieved, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.

British Gas to help 50,000 homes reduce energy bills

British Gas is providing "up to 50,000 of Britain's most hard-pressed households" with free energy assessments and efficiency measures it says will help cut energy bills by £250 a year.

Construction industry growth boosts UK GDP

The construction industry has seen 6.6% growth in quarter two of 2010, boosting the UK's overall gross domestic product.

Teach 'em 'Green', keep 'em keen

EDF Energy has launched a Green Talent Programme for young students.

Building performance evaluations receive £8 million funding

The Technology Strategy Board has announced it will invest £8 million into performance evaluations of domestic and non-domestic buildings.

Boiler manufacturer goes into administration

Trianco Heating has gone into administration, it has been confirmed.

Renewable energy salaries "inflated" for competition

A skills shortage in the renewable energy sector is inflating salaries as companies strive for a competitive edge.

Millions to be invested in offshore wind energy projects

Plans for a major wind power centre to be constructed in the north-east of England costing £400 million have been put forward.

Kaldewei recall on 'Multi Griff' bath handles

Kaldewei is recalling its bath handles Rondostar Multi Griff, Studiostar Multi Griff and Saniluxstar Multi Griff, supplied between 1996 and 2002.

Young plumbers and 'experts' for judging wanted

BBC Three is on the hunt for the UK's top young and expert plumbers for its new series.

Twyford Bathrooms' Alsager factory to close

Twyford Bathrooms has announced that its manufacturing facility in Alsager, Stoke, will close by the end of 2011.

ATAG MD raises £4,000 for charity

ATAG Heating's managing director, Phil Bell, has raised over £4,000 for the British Heart Foundation after completing a 720-mile bike ride through France.

Worcester raises concerns over government energy strategy

Worcester's Neil Schofield says the Green Deal's focus on insulation is a 'one-trick pony'.

Volkswagen search for 60-year-old tradesman

Volkswagen is on the hunt for a 60-year-old tradesman who works as hard as its Transporter to celebrate the van's 60th anniversary.

OFTEC freeze on fees

OFTEC has frozen the cost of its registration fees for the rest of the year.

Tube station fire "caused by ventilation shaft"

Owners of catering premises are being urged to review their fire risk assessment ensuring their grease extract systems are properly cleaned.

Microgeneration Strategy launch

The Microgeneration industry has welcomed the government's launch of a Microgeneration Strategy, due in 2011.

Scrapped BSF plans threaten heating industry

Buderus director Richard Evans has expressed concern for the heating industry following plans to scrap the Building Schools for the Future scheme.

Welsh communities praised for eco efforts

The Sustainable Development Commission has praised development projects across communities in Wales who reduced their energy bills.

PHEX exhibitions sold out for 2010

PHEX has announced that its Manchester and Chelsea exhibitions are now sold out to exhibitors.

Council houses given eco makeovers

Six retro South Yorkshire council houses are being given eco-friendly makeovers worth £150,000.

Gary Neville denied planning permission for eco home

Manchester United right-back Gary Neville has been denied planning permission for a property he claims would be zero-carbon.

China to build oil refineries in Nigeria

China is to build three oil refineries in Nigeria to "establish its footprint firmly in Nigerian oil".

Hosepipe ban imposed for North West

A temporary hosepipe ban has been announced for the North West, said to be the first in the area for 14 years.

Building Schools for the Future Programme Axed

Government has axed the Building Schools for the Future Programme.

Free solar panels to be fitted in Yorkshire

South Yorkshire-based company, A Shade Greener, is offering to fit free solar panels onto eligible roofs, thanks to the government's feed-in tariffs.

Obama invests $2bn in solar energy

American President Barack Obama has announced the Department of Energy will invest nearly $2 billion in two US solar companies.

Travis Perkins buys BSS Group

Travis Perkins has bought The BSS Group for over £557 million.

Growth in UK construction activity

A new survey has revealed that UK construction activity expanded for the fourth consecutive month in June.

New PHEX Manchester dates

Dates for PHEX Manchester at Old Trafford have been changed to 13 and 14 October.

Number of Brits killed at work falls

HSE has announced that the number of people killed at work in Britain has fallen to "a record low".

Six charged in £1 million Jewson fraud case

Six men are charged with conspiracy to defraud merchant chain Jewson.

"Invaluable insight" for trainee plumber

Trainee plumber and heating engineer, Erkan Osman, said he has received "invaluable insight" as the first recipient of Alpha Heating Innovation's John Ellis scholarship.

Corgi-online in acquisition

Corgi-online has been acquired by a merchanting group.

Lessons in Working Well Together

The latest workshop in association with the Working Well Together campaign saw the Scottish House Builders' Health & Safety Forum hold a Safety & Health Awareness Day.

Man United effort to cut CO2 emissions

Manchester United Football Club (MUFC) has been certified a Carbon Trust Standard Company for its efforts at reducing its carbon emissions.

Sime winner donates prize to charity

Installer Scott Wright donates car to charity.

Budget response

The government's budget announcement has inspired a mixed response from the industry.

Brixton housing regeneration scheme gets go-ahead

A housing regeneration scheme planned for the London Borough of Lambeth has been given the go-ahead.

Budget cuts could create breeding ground for rogue plumbers

The industry fears the government's latest budget cuts could lead to plumbing courses at colleges being axed.

Eco house under construction

Kingdom Housing Association is building an eco house to test environmental technologies for use in future building projects.

HSE in CO poisoning prosecution

The Health & Safety Executive has prosecuted a workman for poisoning an elderly couple with carbon monoxide in their Edgware home.

Record-breaking steam car owes success to UK expertise

The team that broke the world land speed record for a steam-powered car visited SPIRAX SARCO as part of its UK tour.

Green homes to be built

Energy-efficient homes are to be built near South Tyneside to provide "affordable housing" that will reduce energy costs.

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