Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
The people want gas and the government should listen, says EUA

“The people have spoken and it is time for the government to listen,” said Mike Foster, chief executive of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA). “When 99 times out of 100 they buy a gas boiler and not a heat pump”.

APHC urges businesses to check the rateable value of their business premises

Plumbing and heating businesses are being urged to check their new draft rateable value of their business premises ahead of the business rate revaluation, which comes in effect on 1 April. Checking the new rateable value will give business rate payers time to plan for any changes, or to appeal against the new rateable value.

Honeywell calls on installers to spread the word on CO safety

Installers are being called on to help educate the public on carbon monoxide (CO) following shocking new statistics released by the CO Be Alarmed campaign

New district heating workshops for 2017

REHAU has announced a series of new district heating workshops to be held around the UK and Ireland in 2017.

New apprenticeship funding explained by JTL

JTL has put together a guidance package for employers to explain the intricacies of the new funding rules being introduced by the government from May 2017. 

CIPHE members receive awards

Three members of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) received awards at a presentation ceremony in London on 13 February, organised by the Livery Companies Skill Council. The event took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall and Alderman Dr Andrew Parmley, Lord Mayor of London, presented candidates with their certificates.

2016 was the year of the specialist tradesperson, says TrustMark

In 2016, more than 8.3 million search results were provided to homeowners who used TrustMark’s website and telephone helpline to find local firms and tradespeople.

Charlie Mullins to appeal employment status ruling

Charlie Mullins, chief executive of Pimlico Plumbers, has responded to the ruling by the Court of Appeal last week into the employment status and rights of one of his former workers.

Candlelighters and Ariston set off on charity tour

Ariston is supporting children’s cancer charity Candlelighters by embarking on a nationwide tour. Taking place throughout 2017, the ‘Gas Chat’ tour will be calling at 12 properties from Land’s End to John O’Groats, with the aim of raising £25,000 for the charity. The first installation took place at a property in St. Columb Major, Cornwall on 28 January 2017.

APHC goes on the road to run regional workshops

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) have teamed up with Baxi to host a series of free technical workshops to be held at various locations across England and Wales.

Unregistered gas fitter fined for illegal work

An unregistered installer has been fined and given a suspended prison sentence after illegally carrying out work on a number of boilers.

LG promotes Andy Slater into new role

Andy Slater has been promoted to the new role of senior technical, research and development manager for LG Air Conditioning and Energy Solutions. Mr Slater takes the new role after five years as the Technical Department’s lead supervisor and academy instructor.

Pimlico Plumbers ruling should act as a warning to employers

The Pimlico Plumbers judgment serves as a warning to businesses that employ flexible workers, according to employment law firms.

Plumber wins legal fight against Pimlico Plumbers

A plumber has won a legal battle in the Court of Appeal today (10 February) in the latest significant court ruling impacting those who are effectively working freelance.

Screwfix opens 500th store

Screwfix has opened its 500th UK store at Lumina Park, Enfield. Since opening its first store in Yeovil in 2005, Screwfix has opened one store per week for the past six years.

BMA stands up against unsafe bathroom products

The Bathroom Manufacturers’ Association (BMA) is raising concerns over the habitual flouting of EU regulations by unscrupulous manufacturers and importers, recently highlighted in a report by the European Commission.

Ofgem announces prepayment price cap

Ofgem has announced the levels of a prepayment price cap, which comes into effect in April.

ECO consultation response will not help the right people, says Elmhurst Energy

Elmhurst Energy, energy performance measurement specialist, has expressed its disappointment at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS) published response to the Help to Heat consultation.

Servicing and maintenance costs are a priority when selecting light commercial vehicles

Almost two-thirds (64%) of businesses using light commercial vehicles (LCVs) say that controlling the cost of servicing and maintenance is their main concern when choosing vehicles to buy or rent.

Police appeal for witnesses after man claiming to be plumber attempts burglary

A man claiming to be a plumber talked his way into a flat in Bognor Regis where he appears to have searched the property.

BPMA is calling on government to properly police illegal pumps

Continued evidence of illegal pump imports entering the UK market has resulted in the British Pump Manufacturer’s Association (BPMA) calling once again for tighter enforcement of such products.

Tubs & Tiles placed into administration

Tubs & Tiles, which had been trading since 1966 as a distributor, and in more recent years developed a showroom in Coventry, closed before Christmas 2016, following a ‘difficult trading period’.

Man imprisoned for carbon monoxide death

A man who admitted killing his neighbour by blocking his boiler flue with a potato and expanding foam was jailed on 6 February.

Inadequate gas training leads to unsafe practices, shows research

Poor levels of training provided to some gas engineer students in the UK is potentially leading to unsafe practices, according to research commissioned by the Gas Industry Safety Group (GISG) and the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM).

Engineers criticise new gas safety scheme

Installers took to Twitter to criticise a new gas safety certification, questioning the scheme’s value, and whether it would conflict with Gas Safe Register (GSR).

Gas safety certification scheme launched

A new gas safety certification scheme that aims to serve as a benchmark of best practice was launched on 3 February by Capita Gas Compliance Services (CGCS).

Andy Jones joins specification team at Stelrad

Andy Jones is the latest recruit to the Stelrad Radiators specification team. He joins Stelrad after eight years with Worcester Bosch on its specification team.

Energy reforms will help more households stay warm

Households struggling to pay their energy bills will receive extra support to keep warm during the colder months, thanks to reforms to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) published on 30 January.

Suspended prison sentence for landlord who failed to carry out gas safety checks

A Preston Landlord received a suspended prison sentence after failing to ensure gas safety checks were carried out on the gas appliances in one of her properties.

Keep heat proposals simple, says HHIC

The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) has said any proposals introduced following the 'Future of Heat in Domestic Buildings' consultation must be "simple and easy to implement".

Jewson searches for Best Young Tradesperson of 2017

Jewson is calling on all construction professionals under the age of 30 from across the UK to submit their entries for its Young Tradesperson of the Year competition.

New marketing and communications officer for Imperial

The Imperial Bathroom Company is delighted to welcome Amy McCann to its marketing department. Ms McCann has taken over the day to day running of Imperial’s marketing department and takes full responsibility for the communication coordination to the press, media and retailers.

Ideal acquires more warehouse space

Ideal Bathrooms has expanded its Milton Keynes warehousing with the acquisition of a new 40,000 sq ft warehouse adjacent to the head office and existing warehouse.

Peter Thom takes Bonfield concerns to Number 10

Installer and energy efficiency campaigner Peter Thom has written to the Prime Minister to express his serious concerns over the recommendations made in the recently published 'Each Home Counts' Bonfield Review.

'Industry buy-in needed to support Bonfield Report proposals', says OFTEC

Following the release of the 'Bonfield Report – Each Home Counts', members of the Competent Persons Forum, hosted by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), have met to discuss the findings.

Silent killer victims could be prevented by fitting carbon monoxide alarms

Shocking new data has revealed that cases of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning are rising, despite the efforts of campaigners to encourage people to protect themselves with an alarm.

Solar industry welcomes Scottish government's energy strategy

Solar technology has an important role to play in meeting Scottish renewable and emissions targets, according to the Scottish government's draft energy strategy.

Installers have their say on manufacturer training

Installers prefer manufacturer training sessions on a Friday morning that focus on installationa and maintenance, according to a Europe-wide survey

Church heating restored free of charge

It’s been a warmer than expected New Year for a community centre in Coventry after the generous installation of a free boiler and heating system from Swale Heating.

Hot prizes for winner of JG Speedfit competition

Underfloor heating (UFH) installer Simon Dixon has been named as winner of a competition to win £5,000-worth of UFH products, in the latest competition from JG Speedfit.

Construction skills shortage is getting worse, warns FMB

The skills shortage in the construction industry is getting worse and has now spread beyond bricklayers and carpenters to other key trades, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

CentraHeat recognised as a Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer

Wiltshire-based CentraHeat has received recognition for its commitment to apprentices, appearing in the Centrica Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer list, which is compiled annually by the National Apprenticeship Service and recognises excellence in businesses that employ apprentices.

Industrial Strategy plans to boost skills

The construction industry has welcomed the government's new Industrial Strategy proposals, praising its support for business and its plans to boost skills.

Geberit reveals award winners

The 2016 Geberit Awards winners have been announced. The standard of nominations this year was reportedly extremely high, with the judges having a hard task separating some of the most exceptional entries in each category.

APHC urges installers to have their say on domestic heating consultation

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) consultation entitled ‘Heat in Buildings: The Future of Heat – Domestic Buildings’ ends on 27 January at 17:00, and APHC is urging installers to have their say.

HPS nears fundraising milestone

Following a year of record turnover in 2016, Heating Plumbing Supplies (HPS) is nearing a fundraising milestone in its continued support of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Industry agrees standard process for BIM

Three leading construction industry bodies have moved to clear up growing confusion over the process of standardising product information for use in Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Stelrad welcomes new apprentices

Stelrad has taken on five apprentices as production technicians for a two-year period, as part of its drive to provide career opportunities to local young people.

CITB offers to cut training levy in bid to survive

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is proposing to reduce the training levy it charges firms next year in a bid to stave off its closure.

Consultation on changes to SAP

Power-Pipe is encouraging industry professionals to respond to the current public consultation on proposals to amend the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP), which is a requirement of building regulations in the UK.