Sentinel training packs a punch with students

Plumbing and heating apprentices studying towards National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs) are now benefiting from special online training and in-class training packs prepared by water treatment specialist Sentinel.

The future of oil in domestic and light commercial applications

Martin Cooke looks at the current state of the oil heating industry and what challenges lie ahead in the future

The importance of quality woodfuel

Quality is key when it comes to choosing the right wood fuel for woodburning stoves, explains Helen Bentley Fox.

New benefits to CIPHE membership

Paul Harmer and Tim Sainty of The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) spoke to HVP about the Institute's commitment to its members, and the changes they have made since commencing their roles in 2016 and early 2017, respectively.

Who plumbs the world?

HVP met with JTL Ambassador, Hollie Heffer, to find out more about the opportunities available to would-be apprentices.

From tools to tundish

HVP spoke to Russell Armstrong, inventor of the hotun dry trap tundish, to find out how he found a niche to fill in the industry, and what makes his approach as a manufacturer different

The smart way forward for consumer utilities

Nick Cowley, country manager MCL Utilities, looks at the impact and benefits of smart meters

Boosting your business with new talent

With many employers looking to expand or diversify to capitalise on the growing and competitive gas engineering market, Mark Krull takes a look at the benefits of nurturing new industry talent and workers from related trades in order to upskill business operations and the industry as a whole.

Why airflow is important in heating and cooling systems

Richard Betts discusses why airflow is the single most critical element in the correct operation of all air heating and cooling systems.

Installers: helping the next generation

Richard Newman looks at how the industry can help the next generation of installers to make their mark.

Water saving: the facts installers need to know

Chris Taylor, product expert at Bristan, discusses the role that installers play in helping their customers save water.

Installer profile: Profiting from partnership

HVP speaks to Valley Heating Services about how it works with other installer businesses to provide market-leading service to customers nationwide.

Tradespeople urged to secure their vans as new figures reveal an increase in thefts

New figures revealed in a BBC 5 Live investigation show that a van is broken into every 24 minutes, leading the Master Locksmiths Association to issue security advice for tradespeople.

Carbon monoxide in the workplace – know the risks

Commercial installers should always brief their customers on the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and what precautions every company should put in place. Ideal Heat Solutions explains what every business needs to know.

UK regulations 'failing to tackle air quality'

Regulations governing the energy performance of UK buildings are failing to acknowledge potential changes to indoor air quality (IAQ) over time, according to a leading expert.

A good influence

HVP spoke to Peter Booth, more commonly known as @pbplumber on Twitter, to find out how he got to where he is today and what he’s doing to make the industry better for other reputable installers.

Is your underfloor heating design floored?

Paul Harmer, technical director at the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE), calls for a review of design standards within the industry.

Connected homes project aims to revolutionise fire safety

The ‘connected home’ is expected to be the next technological revolution. There are already an estimated 10 billion devices connected to the internet globally, with this figure is set to rise to 50 billion by 2020.

Just say "no" to indoor air pollution

With indoor air quality increasingly becoming an issue in domestic and commercial premises, Paul Cowell asks what steps installers can take to ensure the air entering UK buildings remains clean and healthy.

Don’t leave it up in the air this winter

Kevan Peaker outlines the issues surrounding air within a heating system, how to provide a lasting solution and the opportunity deaeration presents.

Creating arthritis-friendly bathrooms

James Dadd looks at some of the key considerations when designing and installing bathrooms that are safe and comfortable for users with arthritis.

Wood burners and thermal stores: A hot combination

Jason Hobson discusses the advantages of combining wood-fuelled energy sources with thermal stores

Finding the right fit

Alan Clarke discusses the latest options for hot water cylinders in properties with multiple bathrooms

Top tips for modern bathroom design

GROHE shares the top five kitchen and bathroom trends to watch out for this year

Oil industry urged to 'keep the faith'

Outgoing director general of the Oil Firing Technical Association  (OFTEC) Jeremy Hawksley urges industry to ‘keep the faith’ as he retires after nine years at the helm.

Keep fuel poverty under control

Fuel poverty remains high on the industry agenda, with the latest statistics showing an increase in the number of people unable to afford to heat their homes. Mustafa Findik, managing director at Ariston, explains how modern boilers and heating controls can make a vital contribution to combatting fuel poverty.

Top tips on how to cut clay pipes

When the time comes to cut clay pipe on site, Hepworth Clayware believes the best practice approach is to use standard short lengths instead. However, if you are going to cut clay pipe, Paul Wydell, offers some top tips to make sure you do it right.

Do you know your CDM regulations?

Which? Trusted Traders offers advice on how to comply with the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015

Debunking the myths behind working at height

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) describes working at height as a leading cause of industrial injuries and death. Employers and employees are legally bound to take reasonable care to protect themselves and others from the dangers of the workplace, and the HSE requires all employers to follow a hierarchy of control measures.

Always be prepared

As switching to renewable technology is becoming more popular, Tim Pollard explains the preparations that property owners will need to take before having renewables installed, and how installers can help.

Stocking up means staying safe

Personal protective equipment is often overlooked because it is perceived too cumbersome for day-to-day tasks, which can leave professionals exposed to risks. Paul Burnett looks at the equipment that best ensures plumbers’ health & safety.

Go limited and save on tax

David Anderson explains why businesses might consider incorporating a limited company to help them make substantial tax savings in the future.

Sizing up system savings

It is important that installers supply customers with a correctly sized appliance. David Iszchak identifies considerations necessary for installers to achieve this.

Identifying the silent killer

Colourless, odourless and tasteless, carbon monoxide is a substance that can be fatal without giving its victims any clear warning of its presence. John Lawless told HVP what role he believes installers and engineers have in educating the public.

Practice makes perfect

Jed Smith highlights the importance of manufacturer training to get the most out of new products.

Upskill your staff

According to new reports, UK firms are facing a skills gap. Mark Krull looks at the options for businesses in the heating and plumbing sector to plug this shortage, creating employees with the right talent through training.

Boost your bottom line

Phil Viner looks at the new pipe and fitting technologies helping to keep installers ahead of the game.

The bugbears of business

Adam Bernstein suggests solutions to some of the common problems that small businesses can encounter.

Safety first

Mike Wright explores the technology behind low surface temperature radiators, and explains what the flourishing market means for installers.

Invest to progress

As the demand for smart homes continues to rise, it’s clear there is a lucrative market to capitalise on. However, the only way for installers to carve out their share is to remain one step ahead, explains Andy Mansfield.

The future of the industry

In the second of a three part special on apprenticeships, HVP speaks with Hanover Building Services & Contractors about the reality of taking on an apprentice.

Douches – what the installer needs to know

With more and more douches being installed in UK households, Julie Spinks comments on the cross contamination issues that can occur and how this can be tackled

Heating water: instantaneous solutions

Heating water at point-of-use can make sense when looking for efficient solutions for shared or communal buildings, says Paul Colebrook. Here, he explains some of the benefits of installing instantaneous water heaters.

Water treatment: treat it right first time

Sometimes it’s the small things that can make a big difference. Richard Harvey looks at how installers can get the most out of water treatment

Keeping underfloor simple

Heather Oliver shares her top tips for a straightforward UFH installation.

Getting tough on refrigerants

Carl Dickinson explains the implications of the European legislation that will see bans on the use of various refrigerants.

The value of going green

According to recent research, one in three house buyers believes that green technology adds value to a home. Simon Holden looks at the benefits of choosing renewables, whether or not customers are eligible for the government’s green schemes.

Here comes the rain again

2014 was the warmest year since records began, but it was also the 4th wettest – so harvesting rainwater is a no brainer. Tim Pollard talks about the great business potential of this emerging market.

Prescribing the right treatment

Poor system health is now regularly attributed to the presence of dirt, but this diagnosis may not always address the root cause of system problems or result in the most effective water treatment, says Roger Williams. Here, he explores the relationship between air and system performance.

Smart to switch

The government wants to help householders reduce their energy bills with its ‘Power to Switch’ campaign. Tradespeople must play their part by advising their customers on which devices can help them save money more easily, says Andrew Stimpson

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