Heating, Ventilating & Plumbing
New chief executive named by Terex

Terex has named John L. Garrison, Jr. its new chief executive officer and president, a move that will be effective from November 2, 2015. He will also become a member of the Terex board of directors.

Small businesses are missing out on benefits of having a strong website, study finds

A large majority of tradespeople are not getting the most out of their websites, and could be missing out on possible new business opportunities, according to a new study.

Three-fifths of installers fail to report non-compliant electrical products, survey suggests

Trade association NAPIT says it has increased its efforts to work with key industry partners in order to reduce the impact non-compliant, defective, suspicious or counterfeit products have on electrical installers.

JTL celebrates apprentice success at Hull College

The success of the first of JTL’s apprentices has seen seven young adults rewarded for completing their BPEC Level 3 Plumbing Qualification at Hull College.

'Essential’ new leadership and entrepreneurship programmes introduced for small businesses

The leadership of small businesses across the UK is to receive a vital boost thanks to eight projects that received government approval this week, the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) has said.

Not enough being done to enthuse young workers amid skills crisis, according to entrepreneur Theo Paphitis

Employers should work harder to engage young people, inspire them to think about career development and interact with them from a younger age, Theo Paphitis has said at a round table event.

Feed-In Tariff decision process criticised by former energy secretary

The proposed reduction in the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) rate has been called into question by Greg Barker, former energy secretary and now British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) president, after he criticised the evidence base used to come up with the suggested changes.

Overhaul ventilation regulation to prevent Asthma epidemic, warns report

Poor indoor air quality could cause the number of asthma sufferers to rocket by 80% if regulations are not tightened, a new report has warned

HomeServe acquires Home Energy Services

HomeServe Membership has acquired Home Energy Services, creating a 600-strong network of employed plumbing, drainage and heating engineers

New electrical qualifications to expand plumbers' skills

Logic Certification has added a number of new electrical qualifications to its portfolio, aimed at engineers and installers who are required to have an understanding of electricity and smart meters.

B&ES conference to focus on overcoming barriers to recruitment

The Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) will host a conference in London on 4 November to help the industry tackle its growing skills shortage.

Homeowners' winter boiler breakdown fears can be allayed by insurance, Gocompare.com Energy says

Thirty per cent of homeowners fear they will encounter an issue with their boiler this winter, according to new research, many of whom say they would be left struggling to pay for the cost of repairs.

Flogas fined for LPG tanker leak

An LPG supplier was fined after a large leakage from a tanker caused the emergency services to evacuate 15 people from nearby houses.

Glasgow plumbing business wins customer service award

A Glasgow-based entrepreneur whose business covers plumbing emergencies has won a major national award for the level of service he provides.

Free solar panels scheme extended by Peterborough City Council

A scheme to install solar panels free of charge on homes in Peterborough has been rolled out to all areas of the city, Peterborough city council has announced.

White Paper asserts that correct sizing can reduce energy consumption and emissions

Air conditioning manufacturer Daikin UK has published a White Paper to highlight how installation of correctly sized, efficient systems can reduce a building’s energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

Employers struggling to fill positions not considering apprenticeships, survey suggests

Three quarters of UK business owners struggle to find the right employees according to a new survey.

Mark Group collapse triggers call for energy policy overhaul

Industry is calling on government to rethink its entire approach to energy policy following the collapse of one of the country’s biggest installers of energy saving measures including insulation and solar panels.

Housing market recovery boosts demand for heating systems

The UK housing market has witnessed a strong recovery over the past two year, with government figures showing that between 2009 and 2013 the total number of housing starts in the UK grew by 31%. New housing and first-time installations represent an important market for domestic heating, accounting for around 25% of total sales of domestic heating systems.

Customer hesitancy to act on refrigerant ban is harming business, air conditioning industry survey says

Air conditioning (AC) contractors believe the reluctance of customers to update their system to a more energy efficient, lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerant, eight months after a ban on replacing R22 refrigerant was introduced, is restricting new business, a survey has found. (Click image to see full infographic)

New measures intoduced to tackle poor customer service from energy companies

Energy & Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd today announced new measures to investigate and tackle poor customer service from energy companies.

Open letter demands that government reconsider Feed-in Tariff decision

A joint statement signed by seven renewable energy associations and urging reconsideration of the decision to close Feed-in Tariff preliminary accreditation has been sent to the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

Businesses back UCAS style system to expand access to apprenticeships

A ‘UCAS-style operation’ is needed to strengthen access to apprenticeships for teenagers, according to City & Guilds and senior figures from businesses including Barclays, TUI and McDonald’s.

Versatile gas remains central to energy future, IGEM conference told

Gas is central to the future of a value-for-money energy market that can meet 2050 emission reduction targets, energy industry figures at the Annual Conference and Engineering Update, have been told.

Johnson Controls and Hitachi complete joint venture agreement

Johnson Controls, Hitachi Ltd and Hitachi Appliances Inc have completed their global joint venture agreement and will immediately commence operations of Johsnons Controls-Hitachi Air Conditioning, it has been announced.

Torquay landlord fined for not undertaking safety checks

The landlord of a property in Torquay risked the lives of his tenants by not undertaking annual safety checks on gas appliances in the property.

CO regulations for landlords come into force from start of October

The Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is notifying private sector landlords about the introduction of important smoke and carbon monoxide regulations later this week.

Government bill to enshrine term 'apprenticeship' in law backed by electrical contractor

A move to outlaw inadequate training courses and apprenticeships that leave students without the proper qualifications has been supported by a Milton Keynes-based electrical contractor.

Graham requests help in search for 'customer hero' employee

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has launched its search for a Graham ‘customer hero’, as part of its Graham Heroes Awards, in order to reward employees who have demonstrated exceptional customer service.

West Herts College celebrates students

Plumbing students from West Herts College's Kings Langley campus have been honoured by the Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering (CIPHE).

Apprenticeship levy 'could see companies pay twice'

The government's plan to create three million new apprenticeships in the next five years may have serious financial implications for construction firms, according to payroll business Hudson Contract.

ErP labelling software launched by Plumb and Parts Center

Plumb and Parts Center has launched its new ErP calculator to coincide with the ErP Directive becoming law on 26 September.

BEAMA agrees with Respublica on need for home improvements ‘After the Green Deal’

BEAMA has welcomed a report from Respublica containing clear proposals that could trigger a widespread uptake of energy efficiency home improvements.

APHC warns plumbing and heating engineers about the dangers of asbestos

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is reminding members of the plumbing and heating industry about the dangers of asbestos following the prosecution of a self-employed heating engineer for removing asbestos lagged pipework in a domestic property with no precautions to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres.

Oxfordshire construction 'meet the buyer' event to be held in October

Construction companies in Oxfordshire have been invited to a free 'meet the buyer' event in Oxford on 8 October to learn more about upcoming work contracts.

Elderly or disabled homeowners in Cornwall invited to benefit from Gas Safe grant

A grant has been made available to elderly or disabled homeowners for essential gas maintenance and gas-related repairs to their home, as part of a £5,000 award to Cornwall Council’s Home Solutions team.

Campaign urges government rethink over cuts to small-scale renewables

A campaign opposing the government’s plans to cut financial support to small-scale renewables, including solar panels, was launched by RenewableUK and the Solar Trade Association on 25 September.

New home levels continue to rise despite August dip, according to NHBC statistics

Housebuilding activity in the UK this year is set to top levels seen in 2014, according to new figures released today by NHBC.

Quality Plumber Week celebrates army of skilled plumbers

The second Quality Plumber Week, which takes place from 28 September to 4 October, celebrates the essential and highly skilled work plumbers carry out every day.

Scottish meet the buyer event planned for Edinburgh

Construction companies from around Scotland have been invited to a free Meet the Buyer event in Edinburgh on 1 October to find out about upcoming work contracts.

Prevention is better than the cure for legionella and water scalding, CIPHE says

Hot water scalding and legionella poisoning should be tackled by improving use of prevention measures such as thermostatic mixing valves rather than attempting to develop better treatments, the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) says.

Heating engineer fined for exposing both himself and others to asbestos

A self-employed heating engineer has been fined after removing asbestos lagged pipework in a domestic property with no precautions to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres.

Electrical safety 'blind spot' in new safety regulations for private sector tenants, charity says

New regulations designed to provide additional protection for tenants in the private rented sector (PRS) have a major flaw, according to the charity Electrical Safety First.

Tradespeople optimistic for year ahead

UK tradesmen and women including qualified plumbers and heating engineers remain optimistic for the next 12 months following a busy first half of the year, according to trade supplier, Plumbfix. Click image to see full picture.

Installers missing earning opportunities with gas fires, Valor claims

Thousands of gas installers are missing out on potential earnings when fitting gas fires by failing to combine jobs, add value and drive profits, research by heating appliance manufacturer Valor suggests.

Skills shortage and planning system preventing solution to housing crisis

A severe shortage of skilled workers in the housebuilding industry, alongside the current planning system, is hindering efforts to tackle the UK’s housing crisis, according to research released by Lloyds Bank.

Paid travel time ruling will add to financial pressures on companies, says workforce management company

UK employers must re-evaluate their management processes after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that time spent commuting by workers without a fixed office should be regarded as working time, a provider of workforce management solutions has said.

Aqualisa Showers buyout completed by Lloyds Development Capital

Private equity firm Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) has backed the management buyout of shower specialist Aqualisa from RBS and Sankaty Advisors.

FMB welcomes Prime Minister's proposals to increase support for SMEs

The government is right to seek to harness the role of small and medium-sized construction companies in driving economic growth, the chief executive officer of the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said.

RenewableUK chief executive Maria McCaffery resigns after 10 years in post

The chief executive of RenewableUK, Maria McCaffery, will step down next year from her role at the not-for-profit trade association, it has been announced.