Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
Workers 'six times more likely to die from suicide than falls'

Suicide kills six times as many construction workers as falling from heights, according to mental health volunteers.

Industry associations launch major Brexit survey

A new survey on the impact of the Brexit vote on the building services engineering sector has been launched by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and Scottish electrical trade body SELECT.

BEAMA's Heating Controls Group welcomes three new member companies

Three new member companies - Baxi, Worcester Bosch and Vaillant - have joined the BEAMA Heating Controls group, whose original members comprise Danfoss, Schneider, Honeywell, Myson, Pegler, Secure Controls and Siemens.

Apprentices give evidence to Parliamentary inquiry

Three representatives have given verbal evidence to a UK parliamentary inquiry looking into apprenticeships on behalf of the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA).

Suspected gas explosion causes house collapse

A suspected gas explosion has caused a house to collapse in Ashton-under-Lyne, Manchester, this morning, leaving at least 10 people injured.

Rise of fuel poverty must be tackled more effectively, says Elmhurst Energy

Energy performance specialist Elmhurst Energy has expressed its disappointment at the latest government statistics, which show that the number of households in fuel poverty has risen from 2.35 to 2.38 million.

Energy workers union calls for Ofgem to be scrapped

The union for energy workers, GMB, is calling for Ofgem to be abolished and government to take over as regulator accountable to parliament following new proposals from Ofgem.

£5,000 and paid apprentice up for grabs

IRWIN Tools has launched its annual Nominate a Tradesperson competition to find the UK and Ireland’s ‘Ultimate Tradesperson’.

Heating installers gear up for Gas Safety Week

Swale Heating is throwing its weight behind Gas Safety Week by giving away free CO monitors.

Company exposes family to risk of asbestos

A Hertfordshire-based home improvement company has been fined after the unsafe removal of asbestos material from a domestic property.

APHC issues Legionella warning following hospice death

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is emphasising the importance of implementing the correct measures for the control of Legionella following the death of a patient from Legionnaire’s disease at a Sydenham-based hospice.

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy ministerial roles confirmed

Following the creation of the department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the appointment of Rt Hon Greg Clark MP as Secretary of State, the full list of ministerial responsibilities within the department has now been confirmed.

Scottish fuel bank tackles fuel poverty

The Trussell Trust and energy supplier npower is launching the first ever Fuel Bank in Scotland.  

Have you seen the world’s most extraordinary toilet?

Lanes Group is on the lookout for some of the world’s most peculiar toilets - and they want to see your pictures.

Finalists for UK plumber of the year announced

The UK Plumber of the Year 2016 competition, launched by JT, Bristan and Plumb Center, has revealed its shortlisted finalists.

Landmark asbestosis ruling is good news for sufferers

In a landmark asbestosis case, The Court of Appeal ruled today that asbestosis sufferers could be entitled to proportional compensation from as low as 2.3% from negligent employers, based upon the number of years worked. 

Renewable energy outperforms coal in UK electricity statistics

The government’s new annual energy statistics show that renewable energy sources are replacing coal as mainstream technologies generating power for British homes, offices and factories.

Gas Safety Trust announces funding for research into screening for carbon monoxide poisoning in Emergency Departments

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) is funding research that will seek to understand the number of patients presenting to emergency departments (EDs) with raised carboxyhaemoglobin (COHb) levels that could be caused by carbon monoxide (CO) exposure in the home or at work.

Government action needed to stave off construction recession, says FMB

A significant programme of capital investment by the government is now needed to tackle the threat of a construction recession, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Software correction provides up to 17% more energy credits for waste water heat recovery within SAP

A software correction has resulted in a boost in the energy credits for waste water heat recovery (WWHR) within a standard assessment procedure (SAP) calculation by up to 17%.

MP demands carbon monoxide protection for renters

Margaret Ritchie MP has tabled an Early Day Motion demanding that the government ensures renters up and down the country are properly protected from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Third of UK solar jobs lost, study finds

A third of solar jobs have been lost in the past year and a further 30% of solar businesses expect to cut staff in the next 12 months, according to new analysis published by the Solar Trade Association (STA) and PwC on 25 July.

Silent summer strain on boilers

A summer spike in our showering habits may be placing an unnoticed strain on the nation’s boilers, according to homeowner research from ADEY Professional Heating Solutions.

Essex school fined after refurbishment disturbs asbestos

An Essex school has been fined after poorly planned and managed refurbishment and maintenance activities exposed school staff and others to asbestos.

Heating businesses should think now about new apprenticeship levy, says OFTEC

OFTEC is urging heating businesses to consider whether they can take advantage of the new Apprenticeship Levy to help them recruit fresh, young talent and contribute towards stemming the industry’s skills shortage.

Green Deal is a failure, says industry

“We warned the government repeatedly that the Green Deal was fundamentally flawed,” said the Energy and Utilities Alliance’s (EUA) head of external affairs, Isaac Occhipinti, following the publication of the Household Energy Efficiency Schemes inquiry by the Public Accounts Committee.

Plumbers could be missing out on business due to poor online presence

Yell, UK digital marketing provider, has discovered an overwhelming majority of plumbers (90%) have incorrect or inconsistent information online, including basic details such as a phone number or email.

Skills Minister outlines new plans for vocational education

Skills Minister Nick Boles has unveiled a new plan for Post-16 education based on 15 routes into technical education, in order to "harness [the nation's] talent".

'Urgent improvements' needed after research into Building Regulation enforcement

New research from the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has highlighted the need for urgent improvements to the enforcement of Building Regulations in the plumbing and heating industry.

Energy efficiency champion welcomes new business and energy department

Peter Thom, founder of Green Heat, has welcomed the Prime Minister's move to bring together business and energy efficiency policy, with the appointment of Greg Clarke to the newly created role of Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Suspended sentence for Chesterfield plumber

A plumber from Chesterfield has received a 10 month suspended sentence for health and safety failings.

‘DECC may be no more but our energy commitments remain’ says EUA

The Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA) is calling for clarity and reassurance following the closure of the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC).

'Build A Boiler' winners assemble on Worcester's production line

Nine lucky installers have come away from Worcester, Bosch Group with a brand new boiler made by their own fair hands, after testing their skills on the manufacturer's factory floor.

Lack of anti-scalding device claims life in Middlesex

Anti-scald manufacturer, Intatec, is reminding care home owners the importance in protecting against fatal bathtime scalding, following news of the death of an elderly resident at a nursing home in Middlesex.

DECC axed by new Prime Minister

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been axed as part of new Prime Minister Theresa May's first Cabinet reshuffle.

One in five plumbers struggles with late payments

One in five plumbers struggles to pay for their supplies after late payments from customers impacts their cashflow, according to a survey by ECIC

BESA must help its members to face up to key challenges

The overriding duty of the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) to help its members to face up to present and future challenges has been highlighted by president Malcolm Thomson in his inaugural address.

Boost business with LPG tumble dryers

Calor is urging rural installers to become qualified in fitting LPG tumble dryers, in order to tap into a new market and boost their business.

Quality Plumber Week 2016 aiming to encourage a new generation of plumbers

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has announced that its week long campaign Quality Plumber Week will be returning again this year to celebrate the work of the UK’s professional plumbing and heating installers and encourage more young people to consider a career in the industry.

Green hydrogen proposed to heat all homes

Plans to convert significant parts of the UK gas grid to be 100% hydrogen have been outlined in a new report. The proposals are contained in the H21 Leeds City Gate report, which calls for the gas grid to be converted to hydrogen.

Torbay plumber and the company who contracted him prosecuted after illegal and dangerous gaswork

An illegal gas fitter and the company that hired him have both been prosecuted after work was left in a dangerous condition at a home in Torquay.

Ideal Standard appoints Jim Moore as managing director UK & Ireland

Ideal Standard has announced the appointment of Jim Moore as managing director UK & Ireland. Mr Moore will oversee the Group’s activities in UK & Ireland and assume responsibility for the business development across the Group’s brands Armitage Shanks, Ideal Standard and Sottini. The appointment will be effective from 1 August 2016.

Green gas 'could deliver decarbonised heat to the UK'

The Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA) has responded to the annual Future Energy Scenarios (FES) publication from National Grid, and called for more to be done to decarbonise UK heating by directly injecting green gas into the national mains-gas grid.

Helpful guide to hiring apprentices

A new guide has been launched by Screwfix to help tradespeople understand how easy it is to hire an apprentice, in partnership with Scottish Minister for Employability and training, Jamie Hepburn.

OFTEC launches new commercial assessment course

In response to industry requests, the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) has extended its offering with the launch of a new course covering the servicing and commissioning of larger multi-stage burners, as fitted in many light and medium commercial appliances.

Lack of government incentives puts brakes on energy efficiency

The TFT Energy Survey 2016, published today by Tuffin Ferraby Taylor (TFT), reports that 80% of commercial property landlords claim a lack of government incentives is the single biggest barrier to widespread energy efficiency measures being introduced across UK commercial real estate.

New APHC president focuses on building regulations and lobbying activities in inaugural speech

In his first speech as national president of the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC), Brian Silvester discussed two important activities focused on improving trading conditions for the quality plumbing and heating contractor.

‘Naked cylinders’ breach Building Regulations warns HWA

Hot water cylinders that do not have the appropriate insulation, otherwise known as ‘naked cylinders’, are in breach of building regulations, warns Isaac Occhipinti of the Hot Water Association (HWA).

UK solar industry launches new initiative to raise standards

The UK solar industry is celebrating its third 'Solar Independence Day' (Monday 4 July), the country's annual celebration of solar energy, with the launch of a new initiative.

Ambitious Fifth Carbon Budget welcomed by sustainability industry

The UK’s Fifth Carbon Budget, announced in parliament on 30 June by Amber Rudd, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, has set out a new legally binding emissions reduction target for 2030.