Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
BEAMA calls for sustained UK commitment to aligned EU energy policy

BEAMA has warned the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee that a divergence of framework policies between the EU and the UK can have serious implications affecting investor confidence, energy bills, carbon emissions and a single market approach to placing products on the EU market.

Fire-risk boiler highlights need for gas safety

In support of Gas Safety Week, which takes place from 19 to 25 September, Ravenheat is urging members of the public to become more aware of gas safety in their homes.

Illegal fitter fined for fraudulent use of Gas Safe details

An unregistered gas fitter has been ordered to complete 250 hours of community service for illegally installing an LPG gas boiler and hob at a home in Newquay as well as producing fraudulent documentation.

HVAC and smart energy will fall by £95 million post-Brexit, says BSRIA

BSRIA has released its first snapshot of the UK HVAC and smart energy market landscape for products post-Brexit.

Heat strategy report is 'misguided' says heat pump manufacturer

Renewable heating manaufacturer, NIBE, reacts to the Policy Exchange report published last week, calling on policymakers to develop a new strategy for decarbonising domestic heating.

Industry supports call for new domestic heat policy

Industry has welcomed a new report that calls for reform of the government’s heat strategy, which it describes as extremely expensive and difficult to achieve.

Report calls for government to rethink domestic heat strategy

Think tank Policy Exchange has published a new report - Too hot to handle? - looking at how to decarbonise domestic heating.

Gas Safety Week prepares for 2016

Stakeholders and representatives from across the industry came together at Parliament on Tuesday 13 September to celebrate the launch of the 2016 Gas Safety Week.

Charitable company sentenced over severe radiator burn

A company providing housing support services for vulnerable adults and children in Edinburgh has been sentenced after a service user was burnt at one of its properties.

Britain reacts to the summer chill

A surprising number of Britons rush to put the heating on at the slightest sign of a chill, according to research by home heating oil specialists, Emo Oil.

Homeowners encouraged to insulate pipes to prevent freezing

As part of their Get Fit for Winter campaign, the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC) is reminding homeowners to check their condensate pipes to ensure that they are appropriately insulated to avoid freezing.

Educate the elderly on controls to cut fuel poverty

Heating controls specialist Drayton is urging installers to educate the elderly on how to use heating controls effectively to ensure they are kept comfortable, safe, and warm.

Union GMB says Corbyn's energy and environmental policy will not keep the lights on

Wishful thinking doesn't generate the power we need to heat homes, keep the lights on and the economy functioning says the union for energy workers, GMB.

Online course advises installers on business contracts

A new online learning course from APHC is giving installers the chance to learn about different types of business contracts, to help them prevent any disputes with their customers.

Delay to home energy efficiency investigation leaves heating industry in limbo

Continuing delays to the long awaited Bonfield Review, which is investigating the home energy efficiency sector, are leaving the heating industry in limbo, according to boiler manufacturer, Worcester, Bosch.

APHC rallies support for Quality Plumber Week

Installers are being encouraged to come together to support the annual Quality Plumber Week campaign, which takes place from 3 to 9 October, 2016.

OFTEC warns heating businesses to beware of scams

The Oil-Fired Technical Association (OFTEC) is warning technicians to be extra vigilant after being alerted to a growing number of heating businesses that have been contacted by fraudsters.

Voluntary adoption of new carbon monoxide safety standard recommended for social landlords

Scotland’s social landlords have a good record in preventing fire, gas and carbon monoxide (CO) fatalities and injuries – but could potentially do more to protect residents. This is one of the key conclusions of a new practical health and safety guide published jointly by HouseMark Scotland and River Clyde Homes.

UK tradespeople are quoting for more work than 12 months ago

Nearly half (44%) of the UK's plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other trades say they are quoting for more work than they were 12 months ago, according to Screwfix's latest survey.

Don't fall foul of the water laws

UK water companies and the WRAS water regulations body are urging plumbers and homeowners alike to make sure they know the 'water laws' before undertaking any plumbing work.

Building sector remains confident following the Brexit result

A new poll reveals the building services sector is confident following the EU referendum result, but that access to the single market is a priority.

Fuel poverty project calls for businesses to donate energy efficiency products

Keeping Kids Cosy, recently launched by the National Energy Foundation, is a project designed to help families with young children who are struggling with fuel poverty.

Scottsman crowned UK Plumber of the Year

Shaun Scott from Oyne, Aberdeenshire has been named the UK Plumber of the Year 2016, after impressing an industry-judging panel in the final interview on 2 September.

Hundreds of households a week turning to renewable heating

The number of UK households approved to join the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme has now topped 50,000, official figures from Ofgem reveal.

CIPHE extends ADEY Training Centre accreditation

ADEY has received the latest accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) for its training and conference centre.

APHC to support Gas Safety Week

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has pledged its support for Gas Safety Week 2016 – the sixth annual campaign coordinated by the Gas Safe Register.

Clarification needed after Brexit result, says BSRIA

A recent BSRIA survey has highlighted a desire for clarification of the exit deal among members, with the anticipation of a short-term downturn until Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty has been implemented.

Aqualisa to increase prices from January 2017

Shower specialist Aqualisa has announced it is to increase its prices by an average of 7.9% from January 2017. Prices on selected product lines will increase by up to 10%.

ECA poll finds 8 in 10 businesses see turnover steady or increase in Q2 2016

Almost 78% of electrical and building services firms say turnover increased or remained steady in the second quarter of 2016, according to new research from the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).

OFTEC welcomes fall in heating oil theft

OFTEC has welcomed research which reveals that heating oil is no longer one of the top five most commonly stolen items in rural areas of the UK.

Get Sweeping for Chimney Fire Safety Week

Chimney fires in England accounted for over 5,000 incidents dealt with by fire and rescue services between April 2014 and March 2015 last year.

Free seminars for those looking to train in solid fuel and biomass

Back by popular demand, the next HETAS Live! roadshow has been confirmed for Friday 9 September in Cheltenham.

OFTEC urges businesses to protect themselves against liability

OFTEC is urging technicians to make sure they fully understand UK regulations covering contracts made with customers and to put measures in place to protect their business from liability and potential financial loss.

Installers urged to support Chimney Fire Safety Week

As part of Chimney Fire Safety Week 2016, which takes place from 5 to 11 September, Schiedel Chimney Systems is reminding installers of the important role they have to play in keeping their customers safe from chimney fires, a problem that still causes 382 deaths a year on average, despite reducing by 30% in the last decade.

New air quality guide from BSRIA

BSRIA has announced the release of a new topic guide on the subject of indoor air quality (IAQ), which is available to download free from its website.

APHC raises awareness of water efficiency following heatwave

Following the heatwave conditions experienced across parts of the UK this week, the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is emphasising the importance of saving water all year round and the vital role quality plumbing and heating installers play in providing members of the public with water efficiency advice.

Gas engineer fined for unsafe installation

A Gas Safe registered engineer from Middlesex has been fined for safety failings after he carried out an unsafe installation.

QRL launches campaign for radiator energy labelling

British manufacturer QRL Radiator Group has launched a campaign for the introduction of an energy labelling system for radiators – similar to the one used for boilers, renewables, hot water cylinders and other household essentials.

Plumb and Parts Center turns over a new tweet

For any installers previously unsure of where to find Plumb and Parts Center on Twitter, it has officially relaunched itself as @plumbcenterUK.

APHC and City & Guilds offer free technical workshops

Throughout October 2016, The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) in collaboration with City & Guilds will be hosting a series of free technical workshops across England and Wales.

Employers 'to get 90% of apprentice funding'

The government has sought to dampen speculation about the future of funding for apprenticeships by publishing new proposals that would see £2.5 billion invested in apprenticeship training by 2020.

Plumbing and heating business named in 'Small Biz 100' for 2016

A Barnet-based plumbing and heating business, whose services include boiler replacement and repair, central heating installations and other plumbing work, is among 100 small businesses to be celebrated by the Small Business Saturday campaign.

ATAG raises awareness for gas safety week

This Gas Safety Week, ATAG Heating Technology is hoping to raise awareness with a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm giveaway.

Poor air quality affecting most office workers

A new survey has found that indoor air pollution is prevalent in work places across Britain, potentially causing long-term health problems.

Calor to host installer open day

Following the success of last year’s event, Calor is hosting another free installer open day on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 October 2016.

Suspended prison sentence for man who pretended to be Gas Safe Registered

A self-employed worker from Edmonton has received two suspended jail terms for falsely claiming to be Gas Safe Registered.

Plumbers jailed after targeting the elderly

Four plumbers in Birmingham have been jailed for fraud after charging a Warwickshire resident over £5,000 to unblock a toilet.

Industry needs 'productivity action plan', says SEC

The Specialist Engineering Contractors' (SEC) Group has written to the Prime Minister seeking confirmation that construction is within the remit of the new Economic and Industrial Strategy Cabinet Committee.

Gas App is on a mission - and it's pink

Gas App UK is hoping to raise more than £10,000 for Breast Cancer Now by walking up Ben Nevis carrying Intergas boilers.

APHC launches new online learning centre

In line with its commitment to help plumbing and heating organisations develop successful and profitable businesses, The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has launched its new Online Learning Centre.