Industry urges government to Cut the VAT

Baxi is supporting an industry campaign - Cut the VAT - urging the government to reduce the rate of VAT charged on high-efficiency boiler installations and passive flue heat recovery systems.

Still welcome to PHEX Wembley

Today may be the first day of the Wembley event, but you can still attend, even if you've not registered!

Win a Triton Aspirante shower

HVP magazine has joined forces with Triton to give five readers the chance to win a free Aspirante shower. (Closing date: 8 May).

Let the judging begin

The chance to enter the Britain's Favourite Plumber competition is now over and judging for the coveted award is underway.

Housing improvements in Wales could save NHS millions

Improving housing conditions in Wales could save the NHS millions of pounds a year by reducing physical and mental illness caused by poor living conditions, according to a new report from BRE Trust.

Renewable energy companies 'in a difficult position'

Kensa Engineering says the government needs to do more to stop the demise of renewable energy companies following the closure of a rival company.

Plumber wins stripping competition

Lee Darby beat over 650 installers recently in Ideal Heating's and Plumb Center's collaborative Ideal Challenge, stripping a Logic+ boiler in just 36 seconds.

Housing provider seeks solar partnership

Affordable housing provider Circle Anglia is searching for a partner to invest in a scheme to provide solar photovoltaic panels on its UK homes.

When HVP met Pimlico

On one of the coldest days of December 2010, in the aftermath of snow, slush and slow trains, Sarah Allen made tracks towards Pimlico, London, to see how the team at Pimlico Plumbers do things.

Old, but still got it!

Traditional buildings are more energy-efficient than previously thought, according to recent research.

Daikin Japan offices still safe

Daikin Industries has created a disaster countermeasure office in Japan to support employees and their families following the recent earthquakes and tsunamis which recently hit the nation.

Construction sector 'needs more support from Budget'

An industry figure in construction has expressed doubts over the Budget's positive impact.

Budget 2011: Key Changes

We outline some of the key changes in this year's Budget that will affect HVP readers.

Oil theft on the rise

There has been a surge in domestic heating oil theft in response to the rise in cost for the commodity.

Feed-in Tariff plans 'a disaster'

The industry has expressed concerns over the latest proposals to reduce financial support available through the Feed-in Tariff for built environment installations over 50kW.

Millions in cash for electricity scammers

Organised criminal gangs around Britain are making over £7 million in electricity prepayment meter scams.

Work experience boy in ladder drop

A Sheffield building company has been fined after a schoolboy on work experience fell 2.4 metres from a ladder.

Trials show copper pipes help resist infection

Trials at a Birmingham hospital show that copper pipes and fittings are more resistant to infection than other materials.

Man left blind after botched gas fire repair job

A father of two was blinded in one eye by an explosion at his North Yorkshire home after a bungled repair to a gas fire.

Government appoints expert to lead English fuel poverty review

Social policy expert Professor John Hills has been appointed to lead an independent review of fuel poverty in England.

Overloading increases fuel costs for van users

Van users may be increasing fuel costs by overloading their vehicles, according to TyreSafe, a UK tyre safety organisation.

Celebrate World Plumbing Day

March 11 marks World Plumbing Day, which started last year to raise public awareness of the importance of plumbing on the environment and our health.

RHI to benefit thousands of heating industry jobs

Chris Huhne has revealed that 150,000 jobs in the heating industry will be supported by the Renewable Heat Incentive, the details of which were announced today.

Did you hear the one about the millionaire heating engineer?

A heating engineer has won £1.45 million at Tote bet after winning the Jackpot at the Exeter racecourse.

It's not unusual to be an award-winning apprentice

An apprentice from building services firm Kimpton has won the regional BSS Rose Bowl Award for 'Heating & Ventilating Fitting Craft'.

Budget must focus on energy efficiency, says FMB

A package of incentives to include a reduced rate of VAT on home energy efficiency improvements and reduced Stamp Duty needs to be at the heart of the forthcoming Budget if the government is serious about making homes more energy efficient, says the Federation of Master Builders.

Contact us before we contact you, says the tax man

Plumbers, gas fitters and heating engineers are being targeted by the tax authorities in a clampdown on tradespeople failing to declare their earnings and pay tax.

Gas Safe Register reaches millions via Eastenders

The public are becoming more aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide as Eastenders storyline airs to 9 million viewers.

Construction sector on the rise

Economists in the construction sector have suggested the market is at its strongest since June 2010.

New chairman and 'direction' for APHC

Tim Keeler has become the new chairman of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors, announcing a new focus for the association.

Sentinel Performance Solutions sold for £43 million

Water treatment company Sentinel Performance Solutions has been sold to a private equity firm for £43 million.

From boom to bust

An Angus-based plumbing firm has become the second in the region to collapse within a week, following a warning from Travis Perkins of 'sluggish' trading over the coming months.

Van drivers risk causing road accidents

An increasing number of van owners in the UK are at risk of causing a tyre-related accident as they are failing to look after the condition of their tyres properly.

British Gas reports 24% increase in profits

British Gas' parent company, Centrica, has announced a 24% increase in profits for the energy company as utility bills rise.

Construction output 'fallen to lowest levels in seven months'

Bad weather and housing market decline has caused construction output to fall, according to Bibby Financial Services.

Woodburning stoves 'could damage people's health'

Research from Copenhagen University has suggested that woodburning stoves may be damaging to people's health.

Pensioners "at risk" as boilers go unserviced

More than 40% of pensioners in the north east are at risk by not getting old gas appliances serviced, according to Gas Safe Register.

Coroner calls for changes to boiler safety categories

A Reading coroner has called for the boiler safety classification system to be changed after a faulty boiler caused the death of a woman in Berkshire.

Bathroom manufacturers join forces

CME Sanitary Systems has become a member of the Wirquin Group, which, launched in 1976, provides water solutions for bathrooms, toilets and kitchens.

Plumbers offered a cheeky proposition

Over 10% of tradesmen have been sexually propositioned during house calls, according to a new survey.

HVCA chief executive set to stand down

HVCA chief executive Robert Higgs has announced his intention to retire from the Association after 38 years' service.

Industry support for EastEnders storyline

CORGI says it is in full support of the impending story on the popular TV show EastEnders.

Singer's life saved by grandfather in CO scare

A plumber said Charlotte Church's grandfather saved her and her two children's lives after a faulty boiler leaked carbon monoxide into her £1.3 million mansion in south Wales.

Scottish boiler scrappage scheme receives extra funding

The Scottish government has announced an extra £1 million of funding for the Scottish boiler scrappage scheme.

Heating manufacturer banned from using 'unsubstantiated and misleading' claims

Spanish electric heating manufacturer Rointe has been banned from using 'misleading' claims in its advertising by the Advertising Standards Authority.

Vokèra backs plans for extension of Green Deal

Following the announcement that the government might extend the Green Deal programme to include newbuild homes, Vokèra is showing its support for this notion.

Huhne takes action on solar farm threat

Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has launched a review of the Feed in Tariffs scheme following growing evidence that large scale solar farms could soak up money intended to help homes, communities and small businesses generate their own electricity.

National Skills Academy for Environmental Technologies gets go-ahead

A new nationwide network of accredited training provision for low carbon and renewable skills has been given the go-ahead by government.

CORGI warns that carbon monoxide dangers are not limited to gas boilers

CORGI Technical Services (CTS) has warned people not to assume that carbon monoxide (CO) dangers are limited to natural gas appliances such as boilers.

Hundreds of solar panel manufacturing jobs created

Solar panel manufacturer Sharp has announced the creation of 300 jobs at its manufacturing plant in Wrexham, north Wales.