Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
£320 million to be invested in 'central heating for cities'

£320 million will be invested over the next five years in heat network schemes across the UK, in order to supply low carbon heat to homes and businesses.

'Warmer, greener homes' with district heating

Use of district heating should be increased in the UK to improve heating efficiency and affordability, according to a new report from energy firm SSE.

Alcohol and drugs in construction industry under the spotlight

Most people in the UK construction industry have concerns over the effects of drugs and alcohol on the industry's workforce, according to a new survey by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).

Success for London Boiler Cashback Scheme

Over 6,000 householders have so far applied for £400 vouchers under the London Boiler Cashback Scheme, with new applications coming in every day.

Share your pictures of the Water Label and be in for the chance to win an iPad!

The European Water Label is running a competition to highlight the strength and visibility of the Label across the UK and Europe.

Suspended prison sentence for unregistered gas worker

A man who fitted central heating boilers at two houses in Greater Manchester has received a suspended prison sentence, after he admitted he did not have the required safety registration to do the work.

Construction sector reacts to 'Brexit'

The EU Referendum result has caused uncertainty in the construction industry, with many associations and industry bodies calling on the government to react quickly in order to reassure the financial markets.

Legionella risk assessments increase in rented properties, says APHC

The number of landlords arranging for essential legionella risk assessments and monitoring to be undertaken in their rented properties is on the increase, according to the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC).

New £10m Technology Centre opens

TV presenter George Clarke formally opened a new £10 million Technology, Engineering & Construction (TEC) Centre in South East London on 23 June.

BSRIA celebrates National Women in Engineering Day

BSRIA is celebrating National Women in Engineering Day (NWED) on Thursday 23 June in an attempt to promote the subject to students in schools and universities and encourage more women into engineering. The day is dedicated to raising the profile and celebrating the achievements of female engineers.

HHIC supports Gas Safe Register campaign

‘Stay Safe, only use a Gas Safe Registered Engineer’ is the message from the Heating & Hotwater Council (HHIC) as it throws its weight behind Gas Safe Register’s campaign to highlight the volume of people being put at risk after using an unqualified and illegal gas fitter.

Unions secure improved two-year construction pay deal

Following protracted negotiations, an improved two-year pay deal has been secured by the construction unions UCATT, Unite and GMB, for workers covered by the Constriction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) agreement.

Dads encouraged to discuss their trade with daughters

Tradesmen are being encouraged to discuss their trade with their daughters as part of National Women in Engineering Day.

Smart heating market explodes in 2016

A new report on the UK smart heating market from MTW Research indicates that sales of 'Internet of Things' (IoT) heating devices have grown by 3,000% since 2010, with volumes set to rise by a massive 40% in 2016.

New CIPHE President makes history

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE) held its AGM on Saturday 18 June, electing Paul Williams as the new national president and Geoff Westall as vice president.

Over 60% of top HVAC contractors 'worried about Brexit'

Representatives from over 150 of the largest HVAC contractors provided their views on the Brexit debate, as part of a live poll conducted during the recent Daikin UK D1 Partner Conference.

BESA to offer member discount on CIBSE training courses

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has brokered an agreement with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) under which CIBSE will make its professional-level training courses available to BESA members at a 10% discount.

Are you the UK Worker of the Year?

The UK Worker of the Year competition is looking for plumbers, builders or electricians to enter for the chance to win £250,000 and a host of other prizes.

BESA campaigns to improve sector's gender balance

The Building Engineering Services Association (the BESA) is sponsoring National Women in Engineering Day on 23 June in an initiative aimed at improving gender balance and diversity across the sector.

Installers must be registered for all areas of gas work undertaken, says APHC

Following the sentencing of a Chelmsford gas engineer for conducting dangerous gas work in rented homes, APHC is urging installers to ensure they are competent and Gas Safe Registered for all work they undertake.

Suspended prison sentence for unregistered gas fitter

A gas fitter from Walsall received a suspended prison sentence after fitting a hob at a house in Tamworth despite not being Gas Safe registered.

‘New Tradesmen’ are the future of UK construction

A new generation of tradespeople is arising that, far from being short on skills, is bringing a greater diversity of backgrounds and talents to industry, according to research by insurance provider AXA.

Vent-Axia helps raise awareness of lung disease with Breathe Easy Week

British fan manufacturer Vent-Axia is supporting Breathe Easy Week. Held between 13 and 19 June, the annual awareness week focuses on lung health and is run by the British Lung Foundation (BLF).

Community service for gas fitter that left tenants in danger of CO poisoning

A gas engineer has been sentenced to 120 hours of community service for putting tenants at risk in rented homes in Chelmsford.

Management buy-out for ADEY

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has agreed a management buyout as part of its ongoing growth strategy.

Contractor fined for putting workers at risk

A Cardiff-based company was fined for safety failings on 9 June after putting workers at a number of risks including exposure to asbestos.

Grant UK installer evenings prove a success

Throughout May and early June, Grant UK held a series of events in England, Scotland and Wales where installers were invited to learn more about Grant’s latest products. Engineers and merchants from up and down the country attended the installer evenings and feedback received on the night and afterwards indicates that the events were popular and useful.

UK-wide apprentice scholarship launched

A new apprenticeship scholarship programme has been launched to give two construction firms the chance to benefit from the placement of an apprentice, who will be completely funded to work for them for 12 months.

More could be done to protect home owners from illegal gas work, says APHC

Following a new study by Gas Safe Register that highlights the worrying numbers of jobs carried out by unqualified gas fitters each year, the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is arguing that more could be done to protect members of the public from the dangers of illegal installations.

New report links carbon monoxide with low ventilation rates

The Gas Safety Trust (GST) and the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM) has launched a report into the potential concentrations of carbon monoxide (CO) due to emissions from domestic gas appliances in buildings with low ventilation rates

Industry bodies address mental health challenge

Industry bodies are joining forces with the Samaritans on a campaign to address the growing problem of mental health and workplace stress in the building engineering services industry.

HSE supports calls for an MOT style Landlord's Gas Safety Record

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is supporting the Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM) campaign to move to an MOT style of annual gas safety check for landlords, and is beginning a consultation process on the change.

Industry teams up to promote consumer safety

The Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom and Bathroom Installers (iKBBI) has teamed up with NICEIC and ELECSA to promote consumer safety within the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom installation market.

Plumb Center calls for more boiler scrappage schemes

There may be a new mayor installed at City Hall, but the London Boiler Scrappage scheme is still in place and its success to date has led Plumb Center to renew the call for other local authorities to follow suit.

Apprenticeships endangered by Levy uncertainty, warns FMB

Growth in apprenticeship numbers in Scotland could be scuppered unless the Scottish government commits to ring-fencing the new UK-wide Apprenticeship Levy for training, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland has warned.

Worcester awards installers for efficiency

Worcester, Bosch Group has revealed this year’s winners at its annual Environment 2020 Awards ceremony.

New Baxi training centre for Nottingham

Baxi has bolstered its training offering for heating engineers in the East Midlands with the launch of a new base in Nottingham.

CIPHE awards Kent students

An enthusiastic audience of some 220 people attended the Student Awards Dinner organised by the Kent Branch of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE). This included students, lecturers, sponsors and branch members.

UK has 'fourth highest' investment in renewables

The UK has been ranked the country with the fourth highest investment in renewable energy in a new global report, despite a series of significant cuts to green subsidies over the past year.

Installer offers free servicing for charity

Leeds-based heating installer Allen Hart, owner of CCH Leeds, offers free boiler servicing and installations to customers in return for a donation to his chosen charity, The Candlelighters Trust.

Gas Safe Register launches new illegal engineers’ campaign

Gas Safe Register has launched a new campaign to highlight the amount of illegal gas work that is done across the UK and the danger this poses to householders.

Feed-In-Tariff proposals will decimate the micro CHP industry, says HHIC

The proposals set out in the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) review of support for anaerobic digestion and micro-combined heat and power (micro CHP) under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) scheme are farcical, says the Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC).

Enterprise Act cuts red tape for small businesses

Tradespeople and small contractors struggling with late payment issues should welcome changes to the speed of commercial insurance claims payments as part of the Enterprise Act, which became law in May.

First plumbing and heating trainees graduate from JTL course in Orpington

Six young people from Kent recently graduated from the first Traineeship programme run at JTL Training's Orpington training centre.

DIY SOS calls upon local tradespeople to help transform young carers’ centre in Blackpool

A ‘DIY SOS Trades Day’ event on Wednesday 8 June hopes to galvanise support from businesses and volunteer trades for DIY SOS, BBC Children in Need special.

Younger generations embracing DIY, but many lack the know-how to tackle electrical jobs

New research by Electrical Safety First has found that under 35s are undertaking DIY projects three times as often as people aged 35 and older – with the former undertaking DIY, on average, 56 times a year while individuals aged 35 and over limit their DIY activities to just 16 times a year.

Oil remains cheapest home heating fuel

New industry figures from the Sutherland Tables show that despite a slow increase in heating oil prices since the start of 2016, the average annual cost of heating a home on oil has fallen again, providing welcome news for the oil heating industry and homeowners alike.

Parents 'not doing enough to encourage children into house-building', NHBC research finds

Four out of 10 parents (42%) would not encourage their children aged 11 or over to pursue a career in the house-building industry, according to new research by the NHBC Foundation.

HiB welcomes bathroom renovation popularity

Bathroom brand HiB has welcomed new market research which reveals that the bathroom is the most popular room for home improvements.

Most builders will base EU decision on personal beliefs, says FMB

More than 80% of bosses of small construction firms will overwhelmingly base their decision to remain or leave the European Union on their broader personal beliefs instead of their business interests, according to a new poll by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).