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Why you should treat your workers like wooden logs

Tom Magness discusses a new perspective to take when it comes to your workforce

Incorrect CHP sizing can lead to disparity between expected and realised carbon emissions

With research from government-appointed body Innovate revealing that commercial buildings in the UK may be producing as much as 3.8 times more carbon than estimated at their design stage, it’s clear that technology in many properties is falling short of predicted performance, says SenerTec.

Cleaning up our act

Dr Neil Watson explains the benefits of water treatment in reducing energy consumption and contributing towards decarbonisation

Cream of the crop

Dr Elaine Lancaster discusses how manufacturers put design and quality of manufacturing for the installer at the heart of their business.

Budget: Now the dust has settled

This year’s Budget saw the resignation of a key cabinet minister and the Chancellor back down on proposals before it was approved by MPs. Now the dust has settled, Jeff House takes a look at what it means for the heating sector.

Getting the most out of social media

Jonny Lawrence explains how social media can boost business for trades’ people.

Existing workers could plug the skills gap

People already working in the building engineering services sector could play a major role in tackling the growing skills crisis, believes Peter Rimmer.

Keeping control of your costs

Driving the bottom line through profitable revenue growth is the key objective of every business. However companies also need to focus on controlling costs, particularly during challenging economic times, says Gerry So

Dishing the dirt on dirt separators

The dirt separation market witnessed strong growth in 2015, and it looks set to continue its upward trajectory in 2016 too. With the market booming, Roger Williams offers advice on how to choose the right product for your customers.

Can apprenticeships help close the skills gap?

As we get closer to National Apprenticeship Week, which takes place between 14 and 18 March, non-domestic heating trade association, the Industrial & Commercial Energy Association (ICOM), asks: Can apprenticeships help close the skills gap?

Long live the planet

Matt Lowe reflects on the United Nations Paris conference on climate change

The benefits of push and press fittings

With the popularity of press and push fittings on the rise within the British plumbing industry, Bill Barlow looks at the installation benefits of both types of fitting and why they are, in many cases, preferable to the traditional braze fitting

Too many consumers are overheating their homes while others ration warmth

As gale-force winds and freezing rain batter Britain, many householders are reacting to the colder temperatures by cranking up their heating, according to a survey by uSwitch.com. Energy efficiency specialist Peter Thom explains why this is inefficient and costly

Tough love: underfloor heating in old buildings

Tony Lovell gives his top tips for renovating with UFH

The power of the web in 2016

Mark Krull explains a hassle-free means of launching a company website at a very reasonable cost

SEO can help improve your online presence

The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT) explains how taking SEO seriously could boost the online presence of your business.

2016: What can we expect?

With a landmark year for the heating industry behind us, there is a great deal of anticipation for further legislative changes in 2016. Jeff House, regulatory marketing manager at Baxi, looks at what we can expect.

Five steps to smart

In today’s modern market, installers need to capitalise on the new trends that are sweeping through the industry, while knowing what’s here to stay and what is simply a fad. To help businesses stay ahead of this fast-paced market, Andy Mansfield has devised five top tips on how to break in to one of the fastest moving markets around – that of smart controls.

The energy efficiency year that was... and then wasn’t

Dr Kerry Mashford, CEng FIMechE FRSA, chief executive of the National Energy Foundation gives her view on the events of 2015

Support for landlords’ certificate soars following home safety event

Backing for industry-led change to safeguard tenants has climbed to new heights following the success of an event held in Westminster.

Cement – sometimes a plumber’s best friend!

Dr. Bill Price looks at the advantages of having a little cement in the back of the van

A look back at what 2015 has brought the heating industry

2015 has been a busy year for the heating industry. Jeff House, regulatory marketing manager at Baxi, takes a look back at the key legislative moments over the last 12 months. 

Pay trends on the rise for 2015

Ian Anfield examines the pay trends seen in the construction industry this year

How to prevent frozen pipes this winter

During the cold weather, pipes can become frozen and in some circumstances burst. This can result in considerable inconvenience and damage to property and can be expensive to repair. By understanding how to prevent frozen pipes in the first place, you can reduce the risk and help to keep your property safe this winter.

Keeping the solar industry fighting fit

Following the Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) consultation closing last month, there is understandably mounting concern that this will put the brakes on all the progress that has been made in solar adoption over recent years. Steve Everard at Rexel UK explains why the solar industry is still fighting-fit, with more success to come.

Step-by-step guide to delivering an annual underfloor heating system check

Continental Underfloor gives installers a simple checklist for underfloor heating (UFH) servicing

Stoves: a stylish winter warmer

When specifying a wood burning stove, installers need to get it right in terms of style, application and making sure the product is sourced from a reputable supplier. Simon Holden offers some sound advice.

Boost your brand

Carrie Young talks about why marketing matters for installers

Installers warned to be wary of ‘copycat’ controls

Martyn Bridges voices his concerns over the growing presence of problematic non-accredited heating controls within the industry

Save your customers money on domestic heating with heating oil

James Brook gives his top tips to pass on to customers on how to save money when buying heating oil.

Why industry should keep up to date with the Paris Climate Summit

Sally Davison encourages those in the building services industry to keep their eye on the upcoming Climate Change Conference

Ditching your old van fleet makes business sense

The economy may be showing signs of recovery, but when it comes to buying new vans there’s evidence that businesses still have concerns about financial stability, according to Neil Burroughs.

A seven-step plan to reinvigorate the energy efficiency industry

Predictions of the demise of the energy efficiency industry in the wake of cuts to Green Deal funding needn’t be true, Martyn Reed, operations director for Elmhurst Energy, has said, and has set out a seven-step plan to be presented to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Work smarter, not harder

Carrie Young looks at how installers can make the most of their smartphones or tablets and the business support tools available to them

Direct supply to Gas Safe installers can cut out the cowboys

Andrew Crown believes direct supply of domestic boilers exclusively to selected Gas Safe registered installers is key to ensuring customer safety, thereby cutting out installers who are not Gas Safe registered.

I got 99 problems but my job ain’t one

Even the most experienced and skilled of installers can face problems from time-to-time. While we know some challenges can be unavoidable, the customer usually won’t appreciate excuses and will still expect the job to get completed on time and within budget. Chris Ingram looks at the most prominent examples of this and offers some top tips on how to handle the situation.

UN Climate Change Conference promises new era of UK energy efficiency legislation, says Elmhurst Energy

Martyn Reed believes the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris may mark a renewed focus on energy efficiency in the UK, following the dramatic cuts to ECO, the Green Deal and the Feed in Tariff (FiT).

Advising business owners on the benefits of water saving devices

Water usage is a part of life that many people have become more aware of in recent years. Be it in terms of the potential savings cutting water consumption can provide, or as part of an awareness of the effect wasting water can have on the environment, interest in this area is unlikely to dry up anytime soon, says Tony Ellerker

Green Deal failure leaves energy saving gap for landlords that needs to be filled

Karim Goudiaby explains why the Green Deal failed landlords and outlines what he feels is the way forward for energy saving in the private rented sector.

Skills shortage provides opportunity for savvy construction job hunters

Martyn Makinson discusses the shortage of skilled workers in construction and provides tips to help candidates improve their chances of securing a job.

Poor ventilation: an office worker’s worst enemy

Tony Ellerker explains why proper ventilation is a must have in working environments and why everyone, from installers to office workers, can benefit from being aware of the associated health benefits.

The importance of health and safety in protecting your assets

Lucie Simpson outlines the dangers of not having proper health and safety procedures in place.

Jobs could be at risk if sector support is slashed

Hundreds of jobs could be at risk if support and subsidies for the renewable energy sector are slashed without proper consideration of the impact on the fast-growing sector, says Andy Boroughs.

Make changes to ensure summer is a profitable period

There are a number of ways installers can increase profits in what is traditionally a quiet period, says Peter Northwood, director of Connected Homes at HomeServe’s free Smart Installer Club.

Shining a light on carbon monoxide, the silent killer

John Lawless urges gas installers and engineers to help spread awareness of carbon monoxide poisoning and its symptoms.

The smart meter roll-out: putting the control in the hands of the consumer

The energy industry is embracing a long-awaited modernisation and, with the national roll-out of smart gas and electricity meters, the last analogue customer experience will finally enter the digital age, says Naomi Adams

Quality made in Britain

Tony Fisher, director of quality at John Guest, reveals what he believes 'Made in Britain' really means

Making payment as easy as possible

Neil Aitken gives advice to small businesses on how to keep cashflow moving

How to save a life

Tim Jack highlights the vital role carbon monoxide alarms can play in a home, after a widow was put at risk by emissions from the ash of her multi-fuel burner

Industry calls for centralised body for legislation and new regulations

Tony Gittings argues that the industry is in dire need of a central body or council to co-ordinate the burgeoning weight of new and pending standards, legislation and codes of practice. This includes emerging support technologies such as BiM, which he said needs clear and concise communication to the marketplace.

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