Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
FPS urging homeowners to respond to Heat in Buildings consultation

The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS) is urging the 1.2 million homeowners in the UK who use heating oil, to take part in the government's consultation on the future of heat in homes.

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.

Polypipe removes sign-up fees for renamed Registered Heating Engineer Network

Polypipe has announced the removal of the annual registration fee for its newly titled Registered Heating Engineer Network (RHEN) in support of small businesses.

Plumber of the Year competition back for 2018

This year’s UK Plumber of the Year competition will launch on 23 April, when the search will begin to find the finest plumbers of 2018.

Housing association fined after exposing employees to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome

A community housing association has been fined after it failed to effectively manage its employees' exposure to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) over a prolonged period of time.

Unregistered engineer sentenced in Essex

An engineer has been sentenced in Essex after breaching a prohibition notice for gas work, and for leaving gas appliances in a dangerous state.

Kitchen fitter fined for illegal use of lead solder

South West Water is warning plumbers against using potentially toxic lead solder to connect metal pipes supplying drinking water, or they could run the risk of prosecution.

Heating industry calls for change to Building Regulations around frozen condensate

On 27 March, representatives from across the heating industry met at the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) offices to review and discuss the matter of frozen condensate.

Man sentenced in Milton Keynes for unregistered gas work

Mr Cody Stevens, operating as a Director of Master Plumbing Contractors in Milton Keynes, has been sentenced for carrying out unregistered gas work.

GSR's 'Don't Cut Corners' campaign finds success

The Gas Safe Register's campaign to raise awareness among families not to cut corners when it comes to their gas appliances has been a success, according to its Chief Executive Jonathan Samuel.

Twitter founder launches service to help small businesses tackle cash flow

Jack Dorsey, founder of Twitter, has announced the launch of a new Instant Deposit service aimed at helping small businesses manage cash flow.

HSE warns employers against investing in off-the-shelf manual handling training

Off-the-shelf manual handling training should become a thing of the past, according to new advice released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Solar installation company and director fined for height risks

A solar panel installation company and its sole director have been fined for failing to manage and control fall from height risks.

Plumbase launches 24-hour spares service

Plumbase has introduced an exclusive 24-hour spares line, meaning installers can place same-day and next-day orders, even if they happen to be working outside of core trading hours.

Martyn Bridges calls for regulatory rethink on frozen condensate

Martyn Bridges is calling on policy-makers to prioritise the mechanical services of both new and existing properties in the UK, following an unprecedented number of callouts relating to frozen drains and pipework earlier in the month.

Grant UK expands HQ site

Grant UK has carried out an extensive expansion of its HQ in Devizes, Wiltshire.

Survey reveals ignorance around EPC certificate legislation

New research from Just Landlords has exposed nationwide ignorance to a new law that will come into effect on 1 April 2018 for all new lets and relets, and for all existing tenancies on 1 April 2020.

Cash payments could become a thing of the past for plumbers, says the APHC

Many professional plumbing and heating companies accept cash payments for work but, under government proposals announced in the Spring Statement, large cash payments could be made illegal in an attempt to reduce tax evasion.

Geberit training academies receive CIPHE accreditation

Geberit has received accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) for its state of the art training academies in Warwick and Dublin.

26-month suspended sentence for unregistered gas work

An unregistered gas fitter in Coventry has been given a 26-month suspended sentence for carrying out gas work after his Gas Safe Registration had been removed, and he had been prohibited from carrying out further work on gas appliances and fittings.

Worshipful Company of Plumbers bursary success for apprentices

Two young apprentices from Steve Willis Training Centres joined the Master of the Worshipful Company of Plumbers, and other dignitaries at the famous Plumbers Apprentice statue, nicknamed 'Bertie', at London Cannon Street station this week.

E.ON and HomeServe launch discounted boiler and central heating care offer

E.ON has launched a new partnership with HomeServe to offer boiler and central heating breakdown cover to its energy customers.

Survey reveals consumers' wishlist for the 'bathroom of the future'

New research has revealed the innovations that consumers would most like to see in the ‘bathroom of the future’, with automatic facial recognition technology topping the list of desirables.

Over 60 trade bodies back Aldous cash retentions bill

In the wake of the Carillion collapse an industry coalition of over 60 construction and maintenance trade bodies now back the ‘Aldous Bill’, which proposes that cash retentions owed to the supply chain should be held in trust.

New report backs OFTEC's calls for RHI reform

OFTEC has reignited its calls for an overhaul of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) following a recent report from the National Audit Office (NAO) which said the scheme ‘has not achieved value for money’.

Gas Safe Register partners with AGE UK London to raise gas safety awareness among the elderly

Age UK London and Gas Safe Register have announced a new partnership. The organisations will work together to promote vital gas safety information to elderly people.

Plumber wins £5,000 holiday from Graham and Armitage Shanks

The final winner of a competition held between Armitage Shanks and Graham Plumbers’ Merchant is plumber Paul Kennedy, who has won a £5,000 holiday voucher.

NHBC highlights most reported health and safety risks on-site

Ahead of its Health and Safety Awards in May, the National House Building Council (NHBC) is putting the spotlight on some of the leading, and easiest to fix, health and safety risks on building sites.

Lack of gender diversity actively discouraging young women from plumbing careers

New survey findings show that over half of young women aged 18-24 (53%) are put off electrical and plumbing careers because of concerns about a lack of gender diversity in the existing workforce, according to research commissioned by ECA, JTL and JIB.

Cheltenham heating and electrical firms merge to form SW&L

Local businesses joined friends and family of Cheltenham-based companies Shackleton & Wintle and WJL Electrical at Malmaison Hotel to celebrate the relaunch of the two companies under the new joint brand, SW&L.

World Cup rugby star announced as role model for female engineers

Marlie Packer, HomeServe plumber and England World Cup winning rugby star, has been named as a role model for female engineers by WISE.

Hotun Hiflo Dry Trap Tundish tested to 19.5l/min performance

Testing by UKAS-accredited test house, NSF International Laboratories, has confirmed that the Hotun Hiflo Dry Trap Tundish can cope with flows up to 19.5l/min.

Spirotech celebrates 50th with #SpiroVent50 competition

Spirotech has launched its #SpiroVent50 competition, celebrating 50 years since the company launched its SpiroVent range of deaeration products.

WorldSkills UK report reveals “shocking” gender equality problems

A new report from WorldSkills UK has revealed that young women in the UK feel limited by their gender when it comes to career options.

BESA appointed as end point training assessor

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has been appointed as a Registered End Point Assessment Organisation (RoEPAO), which allows it to assess new training standards in England.

Jon Belfield appointed as BCIA President

Jon Belfield has been appointed the new President of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA).

HHIC launches consumer guide to gas boiler servicing

The Heating and Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC) has produced a new guide, detailing what consumers should expect when having their gas boiler serviced.

Dame Judith Hackitt calls for rethink of Apprenticeship Levy

Dame Judith Hackitt has called upon the government to rethink the Apprenticeship Levy, during a speech at the Semta Skills Awards in London.

FMB research reveals that construction apprentices can earn more than university graduates

Construction apprentices will go on to earn thousands of pounds more, every year, than many of their university-educated counterparts, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

BPMA joins EURIS Taskforce

The European Union Relationship and Industrial Strategy (EURIS) Taskforce has announced the addition of the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA), taking the total number of EURIS member associations to 11.

APHC pledges support for World Plumbing Day 2018

Taking place on March 11, World Plumbing Day recognises the important role that plumbing plays in everyone’s health and safety.

National Grid issues gas deficit warning

The National Grid has today warned of a shortfall in the UK's gas supply.

Liberate Academy opens for gas engineers in Salford

The Liberate Academy, in Salford, has been launched this week including an Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) testing centre.

Wolseley UK appoints new Managing Director

Wolseley UK has announced the appointment of Mark Higson as its new Managing Director, with effect from 1 March 2018.

Construction industry third worst for unwanted sexual attention, research reveals

New research has uncovered that as many as four fifths of Britons have experienced unwanted sexual attention in the workplace.

Two thirds of illegal gas work carried out in homes is unsafe, says Gas Safe Register

Data from Gas Safe Register’s Investigation’s Team has revealed the top 10 cities in the UK at risk of living with dangerous gas appliances from illegal gas work.

LPG installers urged to enter Calor community fund campaign

LPG heating installers nationwide are being encouraged to take part in Calor’s 2018 Rural Community Fund campaign.

Sime launches integrated boiler and heat pump

Sime has launched the Murelle Revolution 30, a completely integrated boiler and heat pump in a single cased product.

APHC launches new GDPR service to aid members

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has launched a new service to help its members deal with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will become law on 25 May.