Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
CIPHE AGM date announced

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has announced that it will be holding its Annual General Meeting at 11am on Friday 29 June, at United Insurance Brokers Ltd, 69 Mansell Street, London E1 8AN.

Industry responds to government Clean Air Strategy

The government's draft Clean Air Strategy has provoked a mixed response from industry.

Hackitt Review recommendations don't go far enough, says CIPHE

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has voiced its concern that some of the recommendations published in the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety last week have not gone far enough to protect public safety and health, or raise competency levels within the construction industry.

Team UK selected for EuroSkills 2018

Top apprentices from across the UK have been selected to represent the country at the EuroSkills final in Budapest in September.

Pimlico Plumbers reports 22% sales growth for Q1 2018

Pimlico Plumbers reported a sales growth of 22% in the first quarter of 2018, putting the company on target for £40 million turnover in its current financial year.

BEAMA launches online water softener resource

BEAMA has launched a new Water Softener Resource Centre on its website, which will be the central primary source of product information, guidance and benefits for both consumers and installers.

UKLPG appoints new Chief Executive

Effective from 1 July 2018, Peter Westwood will succeed Rob Shuttleworth as Chief Executive of UKLPG, the trade association for the LPG industry.

UK tradespeople doing unpaid work every day, says CORGI HomePlan

British tradespeople are missing out on an estimated £2.7m in potential earnings by taking on extra tasks for free, according to research conducted by CORGI HomePlan.

Late payments causing mental health epidemic, says BESA

Construction supply chains are now in the grip of a mental health epidemic directly linked to late payment and bullying tactics, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Gas Industry Awards 2018 winners revealed

The winners of the 2018 Gas Industry Awards have been announced. The event is organised by the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) and Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM).

EUA appoints first female President

Elaine Lancaster of Groupe Atlantic UK Division has taken over as the new President of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA).

HyNet hydrogen project could create 5,000 jobs, says new report

At least 5,000 jobs could be created from a £0.9 billion project to create a new ‘green’ source of gas to power local industry and heat homes in North West England, according to gas distribution network Cadent.

Screwfix launches Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2018

Screwfix has launched its Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2018 competition, inviting plumbers from across Britain to be recognised for the great work that they do.

Theresa May opens FE college biomass training facility

Last week, Prime Minister Theresa May officially opened The Energy Centre at Berkshire College of Agriculture, Maidenhead.

Vaillant announces extended guarantees

Vaillant has unveiled a range of improved guarantees across its domestic boiler range, from 1 July 2018.

Tool theft hotspots revealed

Insurance provider Simply Business analysed over 3,000 tool theft claims and discovered that the average tool theft claim has gone up by over 15% from 2016 to 2017 – with 5% of claims over £5,000, and some claims as high as £11,000.

Graham sponsors Women Installers Together Conference

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has announced its sponsorship of the 2018 Women Installers Together Conference, run by Stopcocks Women Plumbers.

Entries about to close for Jewson’s Building Better Communities fund

For the fourth time, Jewson is giving tradespeople the chance to win a share of its £250,000 Building Better Communities prize fund to support a community project or deserving colleague.

New Aico 3000 series fire and CO alarms

Aico has launched the new 3000 Series of fire and CO alarms. This series detects both fire and CO and includes, for the very first time, a Multi-Sensor Heat & CO Alarm, providing whole property coverage from one Series.

ELCO Burners launches new low NOx model

To mark its entry into the UK domestic oil market, ELCO Burners has launched the new EKL series – a range of low NOx monoblock burners with outputs from 12kW to 100kW.

BEAMA proposes amendments to ECO

BEAMA has submitted a response to the ECO3 consultation document and impact assessment, promoting “a vision of a balanced scheme that takes into account a wide range of measures that can alleviate fuel poverty and reduce emissions”.

Grant UK expands spares operation

Manufacturer Grant UK has expanded its spares operation across England, Scotland and Wales.

Taunton Deane wins AGSM award for installing Gas Tag

Taunton Deane Borough Council has won the Social Housing Compliance Initiative award at the AGSM Gas Safety Awards 2018.

APHC calls for lead solder boycott

Following the recent prosecution of a kitchen fitter on seven counts of the illegal use of lead solder on a domestic drinking supply, the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is calling for the plumbing and heating industry to completely boycott lead solder.

Over 25% of renters unaware of property's Gas Safety Certificate

Over a quarter of renters (28%) don't have or don't know if their home has a Gas Safety Certificate, new research has revealed.

Vaillant launches new ecoTEC plus boilers

Vaillant is launching two new wall-hung boilers which have been developed to serve both the domestic and commercial markets.

NHS Trust fined after exposing patients to legionella risk

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust has been fined £300,000 after failing to control the risk to patients from exposure to legionella bacteria in its water systems.

IGEM to recognise training for the gas industry

In response to growing concerns about standards in training, The Institution of Gas Engineers and Managers (IGEM) has been chosen to assess and uphold the “highest levels of professional competence”.

Harvey Water Softeners wins Queens Award

Harvey Water Softeners has been chosen as a winner of The Queens Award for Enterprise in Innovation for 2018.

OFTEC says new ECO3 proposals discriminate against rural households

OFTEC has expressed major concerns that government proposals to exclude oil boilers from the next round of the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme would unfairly discriminate against rural households and lead to even higher levels of fuel poverty.

Win with Wirquin's 'spot the lorry' competition

The first in a fleet of Wirquin branded lorries hit the road in April, and to mark the investment the Doncaster-based sanitary equipment manufacturer is running a competition on its Twitter page.

Weymouth care home receives ELCO upgrade

ELCO Heating Solutions has supplied five THISION L EVO 120kw boilers to Westhaven House in Weymouth.

Martyn Bridges urges installers to specify water treatment

Thousands of boiler breakdowns could be prevented each year if more water treatment measures were specified at the point of installation, says Martyn Bridges of Worcester Bosch.

Cash retentions bill garners support from over 100 MPs

More than 100 MPs are now in favour of a bill to implement ring-fencing of retention monies, drafted by Peter Aldous MP in conjunction with BESA and the ECA.

New commercial training centre for Baxi

Baxi Heating, which includes Andrews Water Heaters and Potterton Commercial, is celebrating the launch of its new Commercial Training Academy.

Sales up 24% in record year for Harvey Water Softeners

Harvey Water Softeners has marked its 40th year in business with its best ever set of results, posting sales of £26.5m for 2017 - a 24% rise on the year before.

Altecnic MD steps down after eight years

Altecnic’s Managing Director Alan Sherwin is to leave the company after eight years in the role.

UK underfloor heating market forecast to grow 7% in 2018

AMA Research has released new research which predicts that the underfloor heating (UFH) market will experience a 7% rise this year.

Aqualisa launches £100 smart shower cashback promotion

Aqualisa has launched a £100 cashback initiative for installers or homeowners who purchase an Aqualisa Q smart shower from a participating retailer.

Graham Plumbers' Merchant to update its loyalty scheme

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has made changes to its loyalty scheme, The Plumbers’ Club, making it easier for members to qualify for and redeem rewards.

OFTEC calls for action on gender diversity in the heating sector

With female technicians accounting for less than 1% of OFTEC’s 9,000 plus registration base, the trade association says action must be taken to encourage more women into the profession as a vital step towards combating the industry’s growing skills crisis.

CIPHE publishes response to 'inaccurate' Sunday Times article

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) has published a response to a Sunday Times article charting the 'scandal' of frozen condensate pipes.

Polypipe launches new Polymax competition

Polypipe has launched a new campaign to promote the PolyMax range of push-fit plumbing fittings.

New details revealed for WIT conference

Stopcocks has announced further detailed about the Women Installers Together conference ahead of the event's launch on 4 July.

BEIS: "Boiler Plus Plus" under consideration

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has said that it is currently exploring a possible extension of Boiler Plus.

HHIC launches consumer guide for Boiler Plus

Boiler Plus comes into force today (6 April), and the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has released a consumer guide for installers to share with their customers.

Daikin UK launches its first gas condensing boiler

Daikin UK has released a new gas condensing boiler, a first for the manufacturer.

Honeywell reminds installers about change to Housing (Scotland) Act

Honeywell is reminding installers that Scotland is to amend a 30-year-old law in order to increase protection levels in all properties across the country.

Gas engineers most likely to be trusted, according to Gas Safe Register

New research from Gas Safe Register (GSR) reports that over half of people (59%) check qualifications and ID for tradespeople but, for those who don’t, gas engineers are the most trusted tradespeople (18%), ahead of electricians (16%) and plumbers (16%).

Two-thirds of UK sources tradespeople via social media, says survey

As many as two-thirds of homeowners turn to social media first to source service providers, including construction and trade workers, according to a survey by www.MyJobQuote.co.uk.