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Gas pipe implicated in Salford explosion

An explosion that took place in Greater Manchester days ago may have been related to a gas pipe being connected and disconnected three times in as many days.

Several injured in suspected gas explosion

Several people have been injured following a suspected gas explosion in Salford, Greater Manchester.

Solar side up in Cornwall

Following the approval of a 6,000 solar panel farm on a site in Cornwall, landowners are coming round to the idea that the next big thing in renewable energy is going to be large-scale photovoltaic (PV) panel installations.

Changing names

Shower and tapware company Deva has announced that it will change its name to Methven UK in December.

Simplification of Building Regulations welcomed

Senior industry figures have welcomed the decision to simplify Building Regulations into a single statutory instrument.

Professionalism is "falling short" in the construction industry

Most of the UK construction industry have no knowledge of the Eurocodes that have replaced British Standards, according to McBains Cooper.

Calling all lively liveries!

A competition has been launched offering the plumbing company with the best livery a cash prize and iPad.

Plumb Center manager stole cash for mortgage

A Wolseley branch manager has pleaded guilty to stealing money from the company to pay his mortgage.

Apprenticeships "will get the jobs market moving again"

The government has announced new benefits for apprentices and companies offering apprenticeships in the UK.

HETAS gets tough

HETAS is wagging its finger at the heating industry in an effort to clamp down on "bad installation practice".

College awarded TQS accreditation offers discount on courses

Central Sussex College has been recognised as a specialist provider of construction, technology, and building services training by the Training Quality Standard (TQS).

Renewed faith for Renewable Heat Incentive

The heating industry is breathing a sigh of relief following confirmation of the Renewable Heat Incentive in Chancellor George Osborne's Comprehensive Spending Review announcement.

Survey reveals comfort comes first for homeowners

A survey on heating and energy efficiency by LG Air Conditioning shows people would rather turn up the thermostat than find 'greener' ways to keep warm.

UK must refurbish one house per minute

Transformation of the fabric efficiency of buildings across Europe is necessary to radically reduce energy use and carbon emissions, the Build with CaRe conference will hear today.

Government 'could face legal challenge' if feed-in tariffs are cut

Friends of the Earth has warned the government could face legal challenges if it cuts feed-in tariffs in tomorrow's Comprehensive Spending Review.

Merchant fraud couple fail to have jail terms reduced

A couple who carried out Northern Ireland's biggest tax fraud while running a builders' merchant business have failed to have their jail terms reduced.

Budget cuts 'could cost 47,000 Scottish construction jobs'

Projected cuts to Scotland's capital investment budget could cut 47,000 jobs from the Scottish construction industry, warns the Scottish Building Federation.

Wolseley may be selling its Bathstore retail chain

Speculation is rising that Wolseley may be looking to sell its Bathstore retail chain.

Plumber prosecuted for illegal gas work

A self-employed plumber has been prosecuted for carrying out illegal work on a gas boiler that was "so bad, it put his customers' lives at risk".

New solar-glazing wins funding

British company Oxford Photovoltaics has won £100,000 in development funding from The Technology Strategy Board.

FiT is 'distorting the solar market'

The Feed-in Tariff is distorting the market for solar technology and needs redressing, according to Worcester, Bosch Group's head of sustainable development.

Holiday bonus for new businesses

National Insurance Contributions (NICs) has launched a holiday scheme to encourage new businesses in key UK regions.

Manufacturer has nerves of steel

A steel pipework manufacturer has been fined for failing to purchase compulsory insurance for its employees, leaving them potentially vulnerable in the event of an accident suffered at work.

Gas Safety Trust releases CO report

The Gas Safety Trust has released details of 'hot spots' for CO incidents.

Higher education review 'will drive people into the skilled trades'

Charlie Mullins from Pimlico Plumbers believes Lord Browne's higher education review could help to address the shortage of skilled tradespeople.

SummitSkills investment programme 'will help 130 businesses'

SummitSkills has announced a Joint Investment Programme to help deliver environmental technology training.

BPEC achieve awarding body status

Training and certification service provider BPEC has been recognised as an awarding body by OFQUAL.

PTS wishes customers a Merry Christmas

Plumbing Trade Supplies' The Big One promotion welcomes another Christmas.

New training facility is 'Swale'

Swale Heating has opened a new training centre in Kent.

A group effort for Cancer Research UK

Bristan Group has raised £20,000 for Cancer Research UK after a series of company fundraising events.

The 'F' word

Polypipe Ventilation and BPEC have launched a training course for the revisions to Part F regulations.

Council fined for failure to disclose vital information

A Warwickshire council has been fined for sending an employee on a job without informing him that asbestos was present.

Company tempts customers with sweet treat

British Gas has announced it will join the Nectar loyalty scheme at the beginning of 2011.

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.

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