Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
New study unveils plan to tackle fuel poverty

Nearly 140,000 families a year could be lifted out of fuel poverty simply by targeting support to connect fuel poor homes to the gas grid, according to the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA).

Intergas appoints Leigh Williams to boost sales team

Leigh Williams joined Intergas this month as a sales manager, responsible for the South West and South Wales. Mr Williams spent 15 years with Vaillant, followed by four with Baxi specialising in social housing contracts throughout the Midlands, South West and South Wales.

Couple leads UK consumer fight against Big Six energy firms

A UK couple is set to launch a new transparent energy company to compete with the Big Six, funded and owned by its customers.

Ventilation hygiene takes centre stage for the BESA

Ductwork and kitchen extract cleaning are votal to ensure a safe working environment for staff in commercial properties, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA).

Training reward available for installers

Training rewards worth £150 are available to give away to 100 plumbing and heating companies, from APHC (Training).

Honeywell goes on tour

Honeywell is taking its team of experts on the road, and showcasing its full range of smart heating controls, electrical and security products at plumbing and electrical merchants across the UK until March 2017.

Bristol family in need receives free boiler in time for Christmas

When their old boiler went bang and they were refused finance on a new model, the Bennett family from Bradley Stoke in Bristol was resigned to spending Christmas without heating or hot water.

Schools invited to help raise awareness of CO

Gas network management companies across the UK have launched their annual school safety competition to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Westco joins the COMAP Group

Heating and plumbing product specialist Westco has become part of French industrial group COMAP. 

Training charity gets fifth ‘Good’ OFSTED in a row

Work based training company, JTL, has received its fifth ‘Good’ rating from Ofsted.

Drayton raises £1000 to help the homeless

Drayton launched its annual ’12 Days of Christmas’ campaign at the end of 2016 with the aim to raise money for its chosen charity, Centrepoint. The controls manufacturer was delighted to be able to hand over a cheque for the grand total of £1,000.

Underfloor heating system donated for Royal Marine’s accessible new home

A Royal Marine who contracted a chronic illness while serving in Afghanistan is benefiting from the generosity of a number of building product manufacturers contributing to a purpose-built house for him and his family.

BESA publishes district heating standard

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has been chosen to publish the UK’s first test standard for Heat Interface Units (HIUs).

UK construction manufacturing continues to grow

Sales in the UK construction products manufacturing market continued to climb for a fifteenth consecutive quarter in Q4 of 2016, according to figures published in the Construction Products Association's (CPA) latest State of Trade Survey.

Training to meet new oil boiler regulations

With significant regulatory changes relating to oil-fired burners in the pipeline, Riello is encouraging installers to take advantage of available training opportunities to ensure they keep up-to-speed with the latest requirements.

Pimlico Plumbers sales soar in last quarter of 2016

Pimlico Plumbers has enjoyed a period of strong growth in the final quarter of 2016, which the company's CEO has attributed to its 'Brexit Proofing' programme.

Most builders are reporting material price hikes, warns FMB

Some 70% of UK builders have seen an increase in material prices due to the depreciation of the pound, new research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has revealed.

NI minister resigns over botched RHI

Martin McGuinness has said he will resign as Northern Ireland's deputy first minister in protest against the handling of the NI version of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which could end up costing taxpayers £490 million.

Xylem’s Waterdrop programme provides clean water to 3,000 people in Cambodia

Xylem recently took 14 customers and employees from the UK, Germany and France to Cambodia on the inaugural volunteer trip of its Waterdrop initiative.

UK consumers reducing water usage to save money rises by almost a fifth

There was a major increase in use of water efficient appliances in 2016, including taps, showers and washing machines, according to a report commissioned by Ideal Standard and Waterwise.

Worcester crowns #VanOfTheYear winner

Wrexham-based heating engineers, DR Plumbing and Heating, have been crowned the winners of Worcester, Bosch Group’s first ever #VanOfTheYear competition.

Installer spreads Christmas cheer with free installation

NICEIC has praised the efforts of one of its members who fixed the heating of an elderly couple in time for Christmas, free of charge.

APHC voices opinion on Each Home Counts Review

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has expressed concern over the proposed increase in regulation following the publication of the Each Home Counts Review.

Gas Safety Trust calls for grant applications

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) is welcoming grant applications for projects investigating the affects of carbon monoxide (CO) in a number of areas, including emissions from solid fuels.

City & Guilds and CCATF join forces to boost apprenticeship foundations for construction industry

City & Guilds and the Cross-Industry Construction Apprenticeship Task Force (CCATF) have joined forces to bring a new approach to apprenticeships in the UK construction industry, ensuring that it has the skilled people it needs both now and in the future.

Government 'must act to prevent fuel poor being left in the cold'

OFTEC is calling on government to develop a heating strategy that is 'fair for all' as latest figures show the number of households living in fuel poverty in England and Wales has increased to more than 10%.

Removed chimneys leave residents at risk of CO poisoning

A housing association has been fined after allowing renovations to take place that put residents at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

IDHEE questions the Bonfield review

The Institute of Domestic Heating & Environmental Engineers (IDHEE) has expressed concern over the ‘Each Home Counts’ review, published on 16 December.

Air conditioning maintenance company fined for fall from height

A Leeds based air conditioning maintenance company has been fined after a worker fell three metres through a false ceiling.

Baxi Works scoops business award

Baxi has won an award for digital marketing at the UK Business Awards 2016. The company was recognised for its Baxi Works loyalty scheme.

Children put at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning

A building company and its director have been fined for putting a childminder and the children in her care at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Government announces RHI reforms

Government has confirmed changes to biomass tariffs, but spared cuts to solar thermal, in its long-awaited reforms to the Renewable Heat Incentive.

Thousands of tenants without heating this winter

One in 10 tenants are without fully working heating this winter, according to a study by Help-Link.co.uk exploring the UK rental market.

‘Tis the season for dedicated engineers

Heating and plumbing engineers are the unsung heroes of the festive season, according to a new survey, barely downing tools to take a break over the traditional Christmas and New Year holiday.

BEAMA proposes practical action in response to minister’s heat policy speech

BEAMA urges government officials to focus on practical actions that can stimulate the take up of low carbon and energy efficiency measures.

Electrical Safety First called on fake charger prosecution

The prosecution of a high street retailer, for selling fake charger kits, used Electrical Safety First’s expertise to make its case.

Baxi charity calendar urges people to have a safe 2017

Baxi has launched a charity calendar for 2017 featuring children’s drawings that send a serious message to grown-ups. The calendar features 12 different pictures, drawn by children of Baxi colleagues. Each one offers a safety tip designed to make sure their parents come home safely.

TrustMark launches feedback system

TrustMark has developed a new enhanced feedback system, designed to help homeowners make a more informed choice when looking to employ a reputable tradesperson.

Drayton’s bid to help the homeless this Christmas

Drayton is launching its annual ‘12 Days of Drayton’ giveaway, with the aim to raise as much money as possible for this year’s chosen charity, Centrepoint.

New recruit for Stelrad specification team

Andrew Strickland is the latest addition to the Stelrad specification team joining as business development manager for the South West.

#RelyOnWorcester this Christmas

Worcester, Bosch Group has launched an online advent calendar to give installers the chance to win daily prizes, as part of its very own 12 days of Christmas.

Plumb, Parts and Drain Center extends Christmas opening hours

To ease the stress of emergency Christmas callouts, Plumb Parts and Drain Center is extending its opening hours even further this year.

AA launches The Big Boiler Handbook

The AA has launched The Big Boiler Handbook, a free guide to help householders understand their heating systems.

Polypipe’s Professional Development Centre features new ventilation training facilties

Polypipe’s newest Professional Development Centre, offering training across a range of Polypipe products, has been extended to include domestic ventilation.

Report highlights role of heat pumps in future UK heat policy

Heat pumps can play a leading role in the future of UK heat among a range of other low carbon measures according to a report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) – ‘Next steps for UK heat policy’.

Installers welcomed to have their say on the future of heat in domestic buildings

The consultation on the future of heat in domestic buildings was launched by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) today.

Cashflow problems threaten four in 10 SMEs

Four in 10 (38%) small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) have suffered cashflow problems over the past two years, according to new research by Amicus Commercial Finance.

'Worrying' number of home buyers don't carry out gas safety checks

Buying a house is the biggest investment anyone makes in their lifetime, yet two in three people don’t carry out a gas safety check before moving in, leaving them at risk from fuel-burning appliances.

MPs demand consumer protection against unsafe CO alarms

A group of 31 MPs from across the political spectrum have called on the government to protect consumers from unsafe carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, which fail to comply with the industry-wide safety standard BS EN 50291.

UK plumbing apprentice scoops fourth place at EuroSkills

Daniel Martins, a plumbing and heating apprentice at Briggs and Forester and trainee at EAS Mechanical, has placed fourth in the plumbing and heating category at Euroskills 2016 in Gothenburg, Sweden.