North East heating bosses in the running for awards

Two North East-based heating and plumbing entrepreneurs are in the running for the Institute of Directors (IoD) awards.

New infographic reveals why the UK should learn to love the white van man

A new infographic by the van leasing company LeaseVan has created a white van infographic.

Green Heat’s Robin Thom wins Energy Efficiency Consultant of the Year title

Robin Thom, director of sustainability at Green Heat and, was named Consultant of the Year and was highly commended in the Energy Efficiency Champion 2017 category during the West Midlands Regional Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Awards.

Netatmo launches exclusive programme for UK installers

Smart home company Netatmo has launched Netatmo Pro, an installer loyalty scheme for UK based professionals.

Specialist training centre opens in Scotland

A specialist training centre for indoor air hygiene in commercial buildings and grease extraction cleaning in kitchens has been launched in Scotland.

New incentives to enter Plumber of the Year

Plumbers across the UK applying for Plumber of the Year will be rewarded for completing their registration.

IAQ could become a planning issue

Developers could potentially be required to achieve an agreed standard of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) in order to gain planning permission for new buildings in London.

Manifesto pledges on domestic energy efficiency fall short, says OFTEC

OFTEC has welcomed moves announced in the main party manifestos towards improving domestic energy efficiency and carbon reduction, but says these measures don’t go far enough in supporting the 970,000 oil-fueled homes in England and Wales.

Brits unaware of barbecue CO danger

With half the nation (52%) planning on barbecuing an average of five times for family and friends in 2017, Gas Safe Register is issuing a reminder to be aware of the symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

16.5% of people are unhappy at work due to the condition of the toilets

Research by the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) reveals the impact that the state of workplace toilets is having on workers.

Homeowners leave themselves at risk by not checking credentials

According to research by, nearly four out of five homeowners admit that they would hire a trade professional without checking for public liability or professional indemnity insurance.

Installers First launches poll on standards and safety

Installers First has gathered industry feedback over the past few months and identified three specific concerns; one of which being safety and standards.

78% of contractors impacted by skills shortages

A survey of over 350 contractors by ECIC, a specialist insurer for the contracting sector, has underlined the immense pressure the sector is under to fill skills shortages and the increasing reliance on sub-contractors to fill the gap.

Ideal adds to loyalty scheme

Ideal Boilers has added another benefit to its loyalty scheme, Installer Connect. Installers who register a boiler from now until the end of June will be automatically entered into a draw to win 100 spot prizes including air fresheners, travel mugs, workwear and Love2shop vouchers.

BEAMA encourages use of TMVs for hygiene

BEAMA encourages the installation of products like thermostatic mixing valves (TMVs) to ensure good hygiene, and prevent the spread of bacteria resistant to antibiotics by making handwashing easy and effective.

Plumb Center returns to Royal Highland Show to support renewables installers

Following the success of last year’s Royal Highland Show, Plumb Center’s renewables team is returning to the annual farming and countryside showcase from 22 to 25 June.

Contractors urged to act on upcoming energy regulations

In less than a year, the government’s new energy bill comes into effect. Ideal Commercial Boilers are urging installers to act now before upcoming changes to the energy efficiency regulations.

Methven extends product range

Methven has launched two new models in its shower and tap range, which are now available for the UK market.

Climate Center to stock R448A nationwide

Climate Center has invested ahead of upcoming changes to the F-Gas Regulations, by ensuring the lower GWP R448A refrigerant is readily available for customers.

Wozair Acquires Controlling Stake in Veotec

Veotec Group have been partly acquired by Wozair through the purchasing a majority shareholding of the Veotec of companies’ shares.

Do your 'new home' plumbing tips match WaterSafe's?

WaterSafe, the UK national accreditation body for approved plumbers, has created a five-step guide for new home owners to check their plumbing is in tip top condition.

New oil and unvented training provision

Steve Willis Training has opened a new OFTEC-approved oil heating training and assessment facility at its Portchester training centre.

Plumbers wanted to fill assessor skills gap

A campaign to recruit more NVQ assessors has been launched by training provider JTL, following concerns of a skills shortage in this area and the negative impact it could have on apprenticeship quality.

Elmhurst Energy acquires the Independent Airtightness Testing Scheme (iATS)

Elmhurst Energy, the energy performance assessment specialist, has announced its acquisition of the Independent Airtightness Testing Scheme (iATS).

Baxi Heating acquires Packaged Plant Solutions

Baxi Heating has acquired Packaged Plant Solutions to strengthen and grow its existing packaged plant room offer in line with market demands.

Get in the Expert Zone with Mira

As part of an extensive overhaul of its online offering, Mira Showers has revamped the Expert Zone of its website.

Grant launches G-CERT scheme

Grant UK has launched a new scheme called G-CERT, which aims to support engineers who wish to offer their customers MCS compliant installations, without having to undertake MCS accreditation themselves.

Saniflo on the road again

Saniflo is taking its roadshow on tour again after the success of 2016 – which saw the company visit 80 venues in England, Wales and Ireland – to visit installers at merchants nationwide.

Salamander backs women in engineering event

Salamander Pumps is backing an event to encourage more women into engineering careers, as part of the International Women in Engineering Day celebrations in June.

The clock is ticking on the CIPHE Apprentice Awards 2017

Apprentices must enter the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) Apprentice Awards before 31 July if they want a shot at being recognised for their hard work and skills.

“Extending the gas network provides a cost effective way to tackle fuel poverty,” says Mike Foster of EUA

“Households are 50% more likely to be in fuel poverty if they aren’t connected to gas, and that is a fact that can no longer be ignored,” said Mike Foster, former government Minister and current Chief Executive of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA).

Tradespeople lift the lid on cowboy customers

The crimes of cowboy builders are well publicised, but AXA’s latest study finds the rogue traders may well be outnumbered by rogue customers.

New apprenticeship funding options explained

A new guidance package for employers, which explains the intricacies of the government's new apprenticeship funding rules has been created by training specialist JTL.

ADEY opens new training centres across the UK

Water treatment manufacturer ADEY has launched six new training centres across the UK, to provide installers with hands-on experience of new water treatment technology

OFTEC looks to future of liquid fuel

The future of liquid fuel heating will be under the spotlight next month when OFTEC officially launches its vision to improve energy efficiency and carbon reduction for off-grid homes at the trade association's annual conference and AGM.

PHEX+ was a great show for Saniflo

“An exceptionally busy show with plenty of leads and enquiries,” said Martyn Andreoli, Saniflo’s stand manager for PHEX+ 2017, who was delighted with a packed out stand for the duration of the two-day show at Alexandra Palace in London.

Sime's website has a new look!

Intelligent heating and hot water solutions provider Sime has completely redeveloped and relaunched its website.

Rehau’s district heating workshop heads to Birmingham

Rehau’s free district heating workshops will be heading to Birmingham on Tuesday 27 June, to offer consultants, contractors, local authorities, developers and housing associations the chance to find out more about the benefits and practicalities of district heating.

Plumb Center launches first commercial online hub

Plumb Center has launched a dedicated commercial plumbing and heating section on its website, designed to make life easier for installers looking for commercial-grade products and advice.

STA encourages a pro-solar Parliament in new manifesto

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has published its Great British Solar Manifesto, summarising the contribution solar can make to the well-being and prosperity of Britain over the next Parliament, given a fair policy framework that works with market forces.

Company and director fined after worker fell from height

Eco NRG Solutions and its director Jon Luke Antoniou have been fined after a worker fell from height while installing solar panels.

Winner of Bassett’s nightmare bathroom competition revealed

Bassetts has announced that Elizabeth McGrogan from Castlereagh has won the ‘Northern Ireland’s Nightmare Bathroom Competition’, and her prize is a dream bathroom renovation worth £10,000.

Ideal Standard announces competition winners

Following a nationwide competition to find the bathroom of the future, Ideal Standard has announced the three lucky architect and design professionals whose ideas on how bathrooms will look, feel and perform in the future were chosen by the judging panel.

UK schools are unprepared for heating system failure, says report

The UK’s schools and educational facilities are regularly experiencing problems with their heating system, which increases the risk of unexpected closure, according to a new report published by Bosch Commercial and Industrial.

BESA calls for special sector deal

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has said the incoming government after the General Election should create a ‘sector deal’ with the built environment industry that reflects the important role buildings play in human health, well-being and productivity.

Graham launches new smart technology guide

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched a new guide dedicated to smart and connected technology – including heating controls, smart lighting and security systems.

Engineer fined after unsafe gas work hospitalises two residents

A self-employed gas engineer has been fined £933 after two residents were hospitalised for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning at a house in Pontardulais.

Plumb Center launches commercial online hub

Plumb Center has launched a dedicated commercial plumbing and heating section on its website designed to make life easier for installers looking for commercial-grade products and helpful advice.

Get ready for Energy Labelling

The first of the new Energy Labelling requirements for solid fuel appliances is now coming into effect. HETAS has compiled a guide to help installers get to grips with the new requirements.

Final farewell for Potterton boiler

The last ever Potterton boiler to come off the production line in parent company Baxi’s factory in Warwick has been put into retirement, 17 years after first being installed in the cellar of a Scotland home.

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