Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
Government should focus on boilers to tackle fuel poverty

Government needs to refocus the ECO scheme on boilers, rather than insulation, to tackle growing levels of fuel poverty, believes Mike Foster, Chief Executive of the Energy & Utilities Alliance.

Use extended shutdowns to treat heating systems, advises Sentinel Commercial

Water treatment specialist, Sentinel Commercial, is urging building maintenance engineers to take advantage of planned shutdown periods to review water quality in boiler plants and implement any necessary chemical treatments, such as system cleaning and inhibitor dosing.

Rogue tradesperson faces jail for illegally using NICEIC and Gas Safe logos

A rogue tradesperson, who falsely claimed to be NICEIC and Gas Safe registered, faces a possible jail sentence after deceiving customers out of thousands of pounds.

MCS course plugs training gap

NIBE Energy Systems has launched a BPEC heat pump course at one of its training and education centres.

Startup energy company to target home boiler installation market

A startup company that aims to revolutionise the way that homeowners buy a new boiler, making it 'as easy as ordering a takeaway meal', has raised £1.9m in funding

Tradespeople are the healthiest profession in the UK

Tradespeople are healthier than fitness professionals, according to new research.

MPs question government over construction cash retentions

SNP MP Stuart C. McDonald has urged the Government to reveal how they are going to deal with cash retentions, an issue affecting the livelihood of small firms in the construction industry.

ADEY celebrates winning Queen’s Award with giveaway

After winning the Queen’s Award for its chemical range, ADEY launched a promotion for its customers.

Gas Tag launches app for Gas Safe Registered engineers

Gas Tag has launched its gas safety app for iOS and Android devices as the company begin its mission to “revolutionise gas safety in the UK”.

Adrian Keats encourages CO alarms to be fitted with every solid fuel appliance

Changes to the Energy Labelling Directive intended to help consumers make informed choices on solid fuel appliances present an opportunity for engineers to speak to homeowners about CO safety.

Tradespeople 'unconcerned' by Brexit impact

Nearly half (45%) of those working in a trade occupation believe their business won't suffer as a result of Brexit, according to a new TradePoint survey.

Changes to EU energy labelling coming for heating devices in 2020

On 13 June, the European Parliament approved the revision of the EU energy legislation on energy labelling, LabelPack A+, from A to G, which will apply to electrical appliances in the EU, including the UK, from the end of 2019.

'Customers put price first', says new study

More than half of tradespeople (56%) have revealed that the most common question they are asked by customers is based on the cost of their services, according to research into the industry.

A Q&A with the Plumbing and Heating Skills Partnership

HVP got in touch with the people behind the Plumbing and Heating Skills Partnership (PHSP) to find out how they’re filling the gap left by the closure of SummitSkills.

Polypipe starts three-year partnership with Help for Heroes

Polypipe has confirmed a three-year partnership with Armed Forces charity Help for Heroes, which will see the manufacturer of plastic piping, rainwater systems, and underfloor heating help raise funds to support those with injuries and illnesses sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces.

Plumb Center hits 50 bathroom showrooms

Plumb Center Bathroom Showroom expand with the latest Slough and Newbury locations taking the total to 50.

Gas Safe Europe have expanded distribution of the Detectagas

The new legislation relating to carbon monoxide and smoke alarms requires all landlords to fit and maintain working CO alarms. Testing the alarms can be difficult as the most accurate way to test is using a safe level of gas to test the alarm.

ImpraGas wins Boiler Installer of the Year

ImpraGas has won Boiler Installer of the Year at the 2017 East of England Energy Efficiency Awards. The awards took place on 21 June at the Hilton, Stansted.

Construction Industry responds to Queen's Speech

The construction industry has responded to yesterday's Queen's Speech, welcoming the government's commitment to industrial strategy.

IAQ is 'quickest and cheapest' anti-pollution measure

Indoor air quality (IAQ) is the quickest and cheapest way to protect people from worsening air pollution, according to one of the country's foremost clean air campaigners.

ECIS urges contractors to guard against skin cancer risk

Contractors are being urged to protect themselves from harmful sun exposure following research showing that two per cent of deadly skin cancer cases in Britain come from working outdoors.

BSI to host webinar on new Gas Appliance Regulation

BSI will be holding a live webinar to inform engineers on the details of the new Gas Appliance Regulation, which will replace the Gas Appliances Directive from 21 April 2018.

Craig Summers appointed as managing director for Manhattan Associates

Manhattan Associates has announced the appointment of Craig Summers to the position of Managing Director.

Father to son businesses undergo revival in the face of a precarious job market

AXA study finds young men are increasingly choosing to follow in the dad’s footsteps when choosing their occupation. The building trades, in particular, have seen an increase in father-to-son firms, as Millennials value a solid ‘trade for life’ over navigating a precarious job market.

New APHC president seeks to improve industry training

In his inaugural speech as the President of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC), Mark Antrobus outlined his key priorities for improving the quality of new entrants and changes in how the gas registration body operates.

Extensive New Research into Bathroom Purchase Behaviour

Foam & Bubbles, the online bathroom platform, has partnered with home improvement sector experts Trend-Monitor to provide the latest insight into how bathrooms are purchased by UK consumers.

London-based construction professionals sought for upcoming local work

The latest in Constructionline’s series of Meet the Buyer events will come to London on Thursday 29 June at The Hive in Edgware.

New standard for facilities management open for public comment

British Standards Institution is developing an international standard for facilities management, providing a framework for the management, operation and maintenance of the workplace.

£600m social housing procurement framework invites contractor bids

Heating contractors from across Scotland are being invited to submit bids to take part in a new procurement framework specifically designed to help registered social landlords meet their obligations under the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH).

Social media offered an apprenticeship

Pimlico Plumbers is offering young people living in and around London the chance to secure a position on its sought-after apprenticeship programme, using the power of social media.

Essex heating firm takes home Family Award

An Essex heating business with offices in Thurrock and Wickford has been crowned East & East Anglia Family Business of the Year 2017 by a panel of expert judges.

BESA sees record apprenticeship enquiries

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) reports it is receiving record levels of enquiries from people interested in taking up apprenticeships.

ELCO Heating Solutions introduces new CPD module

The latest CPD has been meticulously designed to help building services engineers maximise the benefits of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) when incorporated within a commercial heating system.

Wilo supports Zambia charity

Wilo UK has formed a relationship with Village School Improvement Project Zambia – a Somerset-based charity that provides educational opportunities for children in the eastern province of Zambia in southern Africa.

Elmhurst Energy launches Level 5 Non-Domestic Assessor Accreditation

Elmhurst Energy has launched a Non-Domestic Energy Assessor (NDEA) Level 5 Accreditation Scheme, to “ensure members have the skills and knowledge to deliver professional energy assessments”.

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 SAPRatings.com, 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 Plentific.com, 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.