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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.

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.

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