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Builder who capped chimneys at two properties fined for potential gas poisoning

A builder who capped chimneys in two properties has been fined for work that could have led to the build up of poisonous and potentially fatal gasses, following an investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

Skills gap undermining adoption of low-energy technology, research suggests

Current vocational education and training is inadequate, and ill-prepared to deliver the UK Committee on Climate Change’s recommendation to install heat-pump technology in place of gas boilers, new research has suggested.

Millions of homeowners risking lives by skipping gas checks, research suggests

Five-and-a-half million people in the UK are estimated to be putting their health and finances at risk by not getting their gas appliances safety checked every year, according to new research conducted on behalf of the Gas Safety Register.

Help to Buy scheme driving increase in housebuilding, government figures suggest

As well as helping about 120,000 people purchase a new home, the government’s Help to Buy scheme is also boosting the housing market by stimulating housebuilding and increasing housing supply, according to government statistics.

Water treatment more important than ever due to ErP Directive, Sentinel says

Emphasising the importance of water treatment to customers will become even more important as a result of the Energy-related Product Directive’s implementation, Sentinel says.

ADEY pledges its support for Gas Safety Week 2015

ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has pledged its support for this year's Gas Safety Week, which takes place on 14 to 20 September, by urging installers to follow best practice to keep their customers' heating systems running safely and efficiently.

B&ES ensures construction industry is fit for purpose, organisation's president says

The Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) is central to ensuring the future health of the industry through education and training, the organisation’s president has said.

Landlord fined for absence of gas safety records

A landlord has been fined for failing to have a valid Landlord Gas Safety Record in place for five tenants housed in his properties.

Cuts to renewables subsidies threaten thousands of jobs, industry bodies say

Thousands of jobs could be at risk following government plans to slash the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rates for solar PV by up to 87%, NICEIC and ELECSA have said.

Gold medal for apprentice in WorldSkills competition

A plumbing apprentice from Northern Ireland has been rewarded for his skill, professionalism and quality of work with a gold medal in the international WorldSkills 2015 competition.

UKLPG calls for boiler replacement scheme to boost energy efficiency

Following announcements that the government is set to make substantial cuts to household energy efficiency funding, LPG trade association, UKLPG, is urging ministers to consider a future rural boiler replacement programme.

Construction company fined for faulty flue work

A company that constructs extensions to houses has been fined after incorrectly working on a gas flue, putting lives at risk from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Worcester's ErP week returns

Worcester, Bosch Group is furthering its commitment to making the Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive as easy as ABC, by holding a second ErP Week dedicated to ensuring installers are up to speed with what will be expected of them once the regulations come into force.

Family put at risk of CO poisoning by landlord

A mother and her young son were put at risk of suffering carbon monoxide poisoning for seven years at their home in Ashton-under-Lyne, Trafford Magistrates’ Court has heard.

APHC invites installer support for fifth Gas Safety Week

Installers have been encouraged to remind homeowners of ways to improve safety and reduce cases of carbon monoxide poisoning by the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC), ahead of September’s Gas Safety Week.

Plumbing student named winner of Myson apprentice award

The first winner of the Myson Young Apprentice of the Year Award has been named as Alex Bilclough, a plumbing student at Newcastle College.

BSRIA 'disappointed' with Feed-in Tariff cuts

BSRIA is disappointed that Feed-in Tariffs (FITs), which boost solar panel schemes, could be the next green subsidy to be axed, according to a new government consultation.

Plumbers ready for ErP

Despite widespread concerns around the arrival of ErP and how it will impact the industry, new research from Bristan has revealed that UK plumbers are full of positivity about the new legislation.

£25 million government Central Heating Fund to warm fuel poverty households

More than 7,000 households across England will benefit from £25 million worth of government funding to tackle fuel poverty and keep bills low, the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has announced.

Solar panel installation company fined after employee falls through rooflight

A company that installs solar panels has been fined after a worker fell through a rooflight while installing solar panels on the roof of a barn at a property in Newton Stewart, Scotland.

Increase in order levels has fuelled construction industry optimism, B&ES survey indicates

Order, enquiry and turnover levels rose across the board during the past six months, research carried out among members of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) indicates.

Proposed apprenticeship levy for large employers causes confusion, BSRIA says

A new apprenticeship levy targeting an increased intake of apprentices among large employers will cause confusion for construction companies as it is unclear how it will work alongside an existing levy, BSRIA says.

Government proposals to cut renewable scheme returns will spark "massive market rush", says industry figure

The solar energy industry is being undermined by the government’s newly proposed cuts to renewable energy subsidies, an industry figure has said.

SMEs avoid high street bank accounts because of complexity, survey suggests

More than half of small businesses have avoided opening an account with a high-street bank because it is too complex, research commissioned by banking services provider Advanced Payment Solutions (APS) suggests.

Six-figure fine for company's safety breaches that posed potentially fatal legionella risk

An engineering company has been fined for failing to manage the risk to public and employees to potentially fatal legionella bacteria.

'Meet the buyer' event to be held for North East companies

Construction companies from around the North East are being invited to a free Constructionline Meet the Buyer event in Sedgefield this September to find out about upcoming contracts in the area.

Baxi champions awareness week with search for gas safe hero

Boiler manufacturer Baxi is marking Gas Safety Week by launching its search for a Gas Safe Hero.

BSRIA argues for single government department in 'Achieving Carbon Targets' document

BSRIA has recommended government provide simplified legislation that rewards good performance and adequately punishes failure to meet legal requirements, and that it must reduce the number of its departments to one to improve communication with the industry.

Undercover Which? investigation reveals engineers failing to meet minimum legal requirements

An undercover Which? investigation has revealed a number of boiler servicing engineers breaking the law and making dangerous mistakes.

Fines for construction companies that failed to notify workers of asbestos

A construction management company and the director of a construction company have been fined for serious safety failings after employees were exposed to asbestos despite a survey having already identified the material's presence.

Installers encouraged to promote safety messages to customers this Gas Safety Week

Ideal Boilers’ is encouraging installers to use the key messages communicated during Gas Safety Week when talking to their customers about boiler servicing, maintenance and ongoing, efficient and safe operation.

Brothers handed suspended sentence for illegal gas work

An unregistered gas fitter and his brother were given community service after the illegal installation of a gas boiler which was left in a dangerous condition.

Government support will boost apprenticeships

The government’s announcement that bids for public sector contracts worth more than £10 million must demonstrate a clear commitment to apprenticeship training will help boost apprenticeships numbers, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Over a third of workers in engineering, construction and utilities complacent to hearing loss despite risks to job

A new survey has highlighted how many people working in construction, engineering and utilities aren’t worried about the risk of hearing loss. This is despite an estimated 18,000 people currently suffering from noise-induced hearing loss caused or made worse by their work.

TrustMark teams up with Stroma

A new partnership between Stroma Certification, the market-leader in building energy performance, sustainability and compliance, and TrustMark will help homeowners to find quality and expert energy saving installers approved to government-endorsed standards when looking to carry out work on their properties.  

HETAS roadshow opens up the solid fuel and biomass market

The next HETAS Live! roadshow will be held on Tuesday 8 September in Guilford.

CPS supports extension of fracking to new sites

Britain’s shale gas potential should be explored and must not be put off by ‘scare mongering’, the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) has said.

BSRIA report forecasts four-year growth in bath sales

The global baths market is predicted to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of just below five per cent until 2019, BSRIA’s Global Bathroom Market 2015 research has found.

Stroma certified installers to benefit from government Trustmark scheme operator status

A partnership between Stroma Certification and TrustMark will help make energy saving installers discoverable by homeowners seeking a Government-endorsed professional, according to TrustMark.

APHC's Quality Plumber Week to return in September

The second Quality Plumber Week has been announced to take place this autumn, aiming to celebrate the quality work plumbers carry out every day.

Work turned away by two thirds of businesses due to industry skills shortage, FMB survey suggests

Sixty six per cent of small construction companies admit to having been forced to turn down new business due to the skills shortage, according to a Federation of Master Builders (FMB) survey.

ErP 'will have a hugely positive impact', Bristan says

Bristan has committed its support to the Energy-related Products (ErP) Directive and the impact it predicts its September implementation will have on driving the green agenda.

OFTEC redesigns oil assessment re-certification

A re-certification package for oil assessments enabling technicians renewing their qualifications to spend less time off the job has been designed by OFTEC, following consultation with industry members.

One in twenty-five homeowners class themselves as 'rogue', according to survey

Four per cent of homeowners consider themselves ‘rogue’ customers, with some admitting to have withheld payment they felt was rightfully due to tradespeople, a survey by Powered Now has suggested.

Firm that left elderly woman at risk from gas heater fined for safety failings

Gloucester firm Mears has been sentenced for safety failings after refurbishment work at a domestic property left an elderly tenant at risk from a dangerous gas heater.

How techy are the trades?

A staggering 90% of tradespeople now own a smartphone or tablet, according to a new survey by Logic4training.

Poor F-Gas documentation puts 'end users at risk of legal action'

Poor F-Gas compliance standards on many commercial refrigeration and air conditioning sites fall short of mandatory requirements, according to cooling specialist Cool-Therm. The company says this may expose end users to the risk of possible legal action.

BSRIA launches White Paper on 'Bridging the Skills Gap'

BSRIA has launched a new White Paper on 'Bridging the Skills Gap', posing the question 'What does our industry need from government to recruit new entrants, upskill the existing workforce and change the diversity of the workforce?'

CIPHE clarifies Legionnaires laws for landlords

CIPHE is advising landlords that the need to provide a 'Legionnaires Testing Certificate' for their properties is not a requirement of the revised L8 ACOP, after receiving reports that some letting agents and consultants are asking for them.

Housing firm fined for capping off active chimney used as flue for gas appliances

A housing firm has been sentenced after capping off a chimney at one of its occupied properties despite the chimney being in use.