Water quality in communal heating systems

Helen Gibbons, Giacomini UK’s technical support manager discusses the importance of water quality in communal heating systems.

Summer holidays may be ending, but it’s not too late to prep for winter

As the summer holiday period draws to a close, there are still a huge number of schools across the UK that haven’t taken steps to assess their heating capabilities ahead of the winter. Neville Small, sales director at Potterton Commercial, explains why there is still time.

BMA urges conformance and competence

Yvonne Orgill, chief executive of The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, discusses the importance of using a qualified installer and quality products

Life after DECC

David Cowburn discusses how the recent restructure of the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) could affect the energy efficiency and renewables industry.

Rules, common sense and income

Daniel Norstrom looks at the importance of water treatment when installing a new boilers, as it relates to Part L of the Building Regulations and BS 7593: 2006.

A taste of renewables

Nancy Jonsson takes a look at how installers can diversify into renewable heating by taking advantage of manufacturer introductory sessions

The face of training

Craig Cundey discusses different training mechanics and outlines why he feels face-to-face training still plays a key role within the industry.

How to start a trade blog to promote your business

Jonny Lawrence explains how blogging can benefit the plumbing and heating engineers

Preparing for the storms that lie ahead

Many people associate the risk of flooding with the winter months, yet as the recent British summers have shown, floods can strike at any time. It's therefore important, says Paul Marlow, dewatering growth centre manager at Xylem, to have plans in place, should the worst happen. Here, he outlines a number of top considerations for businesses large and small, to help you stay ahead of the game.

Connecting the countryside – what does it mean for smart controls?

Honeywell's marketing communications manager, Andy Mansfield, says the smart control market is well within reach for rural installers, whatever their local download speeds.

Leveraging the evolving electric shower

With electric showers often being a distress purchase, products need to be quick and simple to install. Lisa Ward, product group manager at Bristan, explains how electric showers have changed in line with the needs of the installer.

Not just a man's world

John Cove, marketing manager at Starrett, looks at the increased demand for more female tradespeople in Britain.

Fuel for thought

The UK’s woodfuel quality assurance scheme, Woodsure, is looking to educate both consumers and industry professionals on the importance of using quality woodfuel.

Retiring SNIPEF CEO Robert Burgon stresses importance of professionalism for the future of the plumbing industry

Robert Burgon is a founding member of WaterSafe, the UK register for approved plumbers, and chief executive of SNIPEF, the Scottish and Northern Ireland Plumbing Employers’ Federation. He warns that it is too easy for unqualified people to work as plumbers in the UK, as he retires from 40 years in the plumbing industry and considers the improvements in the sector and the work still to be done.

See and be Seen – Water Label increases its visibility in Europe

It has been another remarkable period of rapid growth for the European Water Label. Yvonne Orgill reviews the development of the scheme throughout the Winter and Spring months and considers what lies ahead in 2016

Closing the net on the black market

Dr Stuart Corr, techno-commercial director of Mexichem’s Fluor Business Group, discusses how the industry can combat the black market in unregulated refrigerant products.

Power to the people

NAPIT chairman Frank Bertie highlights the key findings of a new report, arguing that installers should be the central focus of future policymaking in the energy efficiency retrofit market

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 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).

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