Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
Methven extends product range

Methven has launched two new models in its shower and tap range, which are now available for the UK market.

Climate Center to stock R448A nationwide

Climate Center has invested ahead of upcoming changes to the F-Gas Regulations, by ensuring the lower GWP R448A refrigerant is readily available for customers.

Wozair Acquires Controlling Stake in Veotec

Veotec Group have been partly acquired by Wozair through the purchasing a majority shareholding of the Veotec of companies’ shares.

Do your 'new home' plumbing tips match WaterSafe's?

WaterSafe, the UK national accreditation body for approved plumbers, has created a five-step guide for new home owners to check their plumbing is in tip top condition.

New oil and unvented training provision

Steve Willis Training has opened a new OFTEC-approved oil heating training and assessment facility at its Portchester training centre.

Plumbers wanted to fill assessor skills gap

A campaign to recruit more NVQ assessors has been launched by training provider JTL, following concerns of a skills shortage in this area and the negative impact it could have on apprenticeship quality.

Elmhurst Energy acquires the Independent Airtightness Testing Scheme (iATS)

Elmhurst Energy, the energy performance assessment specialist, has announced its acquisition of the Independent Airtightness Testing Scheme (iATS).

Baxi Heating acquires Packaged Plant Solutions

Baxi Heating has acquired Packaged Plant Solutions to strengthen and grow its existing packaged plant room offer in line with market demands.

Get in the Expert Zone with Mira

As part of an extensive overhaul of its online offering, Mira Showers has revamped the Expert Zone of its website.

Grant launches G-CERT scheme

Grant UK has launched a new scheme called G-CERT, which aims to support engineers who wish to offer their customers MCS compliant installations, without having to undertake MCS accreditation themselves.

Saniflo on the road again

Saniflo is taking its roadshow on tour again after the success of 2016 – which saw the company visit 80 venues in England, Wales and Ireland – to visit installers at merchants nationwide.

Salamander backs women in engineering event

Salamander Pumps is backing an event to encourage more women into engineering careers, as part of the International Women in Engineering Day celebrations in June.

The clock is ticking on the CIPHE Apprentice Awards 2017

Apprentices must enter the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) Apprentice Awards before 31 July if they want a shot at being recognised for their hard work and skills.

“Extending the gas network provides a cost effective way to tackle fuel poverty,” says Mike Foster of EUA

“Households are 50% more likely to be in fuel poverty if they aren’t connected to gas, and that is a fact that can no longer be ignored,” said Mike Foster, former government Minister and current Chief Executive of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA).

Tradespeople lift the lid on cowboy customers

The crimes of cowboy builders are well publicised, but AXA’s latest study finds the rogue traders may well be outnumbered by rogue customers.

New apprenticeship funding options explained

A new guidance package for employers, which explains the intricacies of the government's new apprenticeship funding rules has been created by training specialist JTL.

ADEY opens new training centres across the UK

Water treatment manufacturer ADEY has launched six new training centres across the UK, to provide installers with hands-on experience of new water treatment technology

OFTEC looks to future of liquid fuel

The future of liquid fuel heating will be under the spotlight next month when OFTEC officially launches its vision to improve energy efficiency and carbon reduction for off-grid homes at the trade association's annual conference and AGM.

PHEX+ was a great show for Saniflo

“An exceptionally busy show with plenty of leads and enquiries,” said Martyn Andreoli, Saniflo’s stand manager for PHEX+ 2017, who was delighted with a packed out stand for the duration of the two-day show at Alexandra Palace in London.

Sime's website has a new look!

Intelligent heating and hot water solutions provider Sime has completely redeveloped and relaunched its website.

Rehau’s district heating workshop heads to Birmingham

Rehau’s free district heating workshops will be heading to Birmingham on Tuesday 27 June, to offer consultants, contractors, local authorities, developers and housing associations the chance to find out more about the benefits and practicalities of district heating.

Plumb Center launches first commercial online hub

Plumb Center has launched a dedicated commercial plumbing and heating section on its website, designed to make life easier for installers looking for commercial-grade products and advice.

STA encourages a pro-solar Parliament in new manifesto

The Solar Trade Association (STA) has published its Great British Solar Manifesto, summarising the contribution solar can make to the well-being and prosperity of Britain over the next Parliament, given a fair policy framework that works with market forces.

Company and director fined after worker fell from height

Eco NRG Solutions and its director Jon Luke Antoniou have been fined after a worker fell from height while installing solar panels.

Winner of Bassett’s nightmare bathroom competition revealed

Bassetts has announced that Elizabeth McGrogan from Castlereagh has won the ‘Northern Ireland’s Nightmare Bathroom Competition’, and her prize is a dream bathroom renovation worth £10,000.

Ideal Standard announces competition winners

Following a nationwide competition to find the bathroom of the future, Ideal Standard has announced the three lucky architect and design professionals whose ideas on how bathrooms will look, feel and perform in the future were chosen by the judging panel.

UK schools are unprepared for heating system failure, says report

The UK’s schools and educational facilities are regularly experiencing problems with their heating system, which increases the risk of unexpected closure, according to a new report published by Bosch Commercial and Industrial.

BESA calls for special sector deal

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has said the incoming government after the General Election should create a ‘sector deal’ with the built environment industry that reflects the important role buildings play in human health, well-being and productivity.

Graham launches new smart technology guide

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched a new guide dedicated to smart and connected technology – including heating controls, smart lighting and security systems.

Engineer fined after unsafe gas work hospitalises two residents

A self-employed gas engineer has been fined £933 after two residents were hospitalised for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning at a house in Pontardulais.

Plumb Center launches commercial online hub

Plumb Center has launched a dedicated commercial plumbing and heating section on its website designed to make life easier for installers looking for commercial-grade products and helpful advice.

Get ready for Energy Labelling

The first of the new Energy Labelling requirements for solid fuel appliances is now coming into effect. HETAS has compiled a guide to help installers get to grips with the new requirements.

Final farewell for Potterton boiler

The last ever Potterton boiler to come off the production line in parent company Baxi’s factory in Warwick has been put into retirement, 17 years after first being installed in the cellar of a Scotland home.

Winners of Gas Industry Awards 2017 announced

The 2017 Gas Industry Awards, organised by the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) and IGEM, were presented at a special lunchtime awards ceremony in London's Hilton Park Lane on 9 May.

All smiles at Ally Pally for PHEX+

The fourth year of PHEX+ has come to an end, and the show was a roaring success yet again, with many exhibitors swamped over the two days and visitors taking advantage of the chance to network, explore new products and even win free things throughout the show.

New FETA working group releases guidance document for refrigerants

The Federation of Environmental Trade Associations (FETA) has set up a new A2L refrigerants working group, and has released a guidance note entitled ‘An introduction to A2L refrigerants and their use in Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pump applications’.

The EUA releases its 2017 manifesto

The Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has launched its manifesto for the general election on 8 June, which includes five key asks of the next UK government.

Apprentice plan gets government approval

The Apprenticeship Assessment Plan for England has now been approved by government, according to The Plumbing and Domestic Heating Technician Apprenticeship Board.

Home Energy Scotland Loan Scheme “hugely encouraging”, says Neil Schofield

Neil Schofield, head of external affairs at Worcester, Bosch Group has praised a new incentive designed to encourage homeowners and landlords in Scotland to make energy and money-saving improvements to their properties.

Wales is 'in a good place', says BESA President

The outlook for the building services industry in Wales is extremely promising, according to the president of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Brits need help with voice-controlled Smart Home devices

Over 50% of Brits would consider using voice-controlled connected devices in their home, but most would need professional help to install them, according to research by online electronics retailer, reichelt elektronik.

Nu-Heat invests in future growth

Nu-Heat, a supplier of underfloor heating and renewable systems, has secured investment from new shareholders as part of a management buyout.

Leak fails to deter award-winning plumbers

The team from heating and plumbing firm CentraHeat went above and beyond the call of duty when they responded to an emergency call-out en route to an awards ceremony – dressed in their dinner jackets!

Briggs and Forrester apprentice selected for WorldSkills Team UK

Dan Martins of Briggs and Forrester Group has been selected to represent Team UK in this year’s WorldSkills Finals, held in Abu Dhabi.

Engineering services sector powers ahead

Industry poll shows strong growth across the engineering services sector.

Calls to tackle air pollution from construction sites

Former Deputy Mayor of London for Environment, Matthew Pencharz, believes the UK government must do more to tackle the problem of air pollution from construction sites

Students a step closer to becoming the NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year
Best practice installer retires a winner

On the eve of retiring from his successful business Aqua Gas Heating Services, Peter Beaman has found himself the recipient of a £500 shopping voucher after purchasing a winning Sentinel Boiler Protection Pack from independent merchant Williams and Co. 

ECA and BESA launch engineering services manifesto

Ahead of the general election on 8 June, ECA and BESA are calling on the next government to make sustainable construction a strategic priority.

IDHEE announces new Conference date

The IDHEE has announced the new date of its 2017 Annual Conference, after the original date was moved due to the Prime Minister's call for a general election.