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Online resource aims to clarify party policies for construction industry

A study by rental solution provider, Hewden, has found that 1.8 million construction sector workers (87% of the construction industry) intend to vote in this year's General Election. However, despite the significant interest, more than half (53%) say they are unclear on the different policies being proposed.

Daikin UK publishes ecodesign and energy labelling white paper

Daikin UK has published a White Paper to shed light on the impending minimum energy efficiency requirements under the Ecodesign framework as well as on the extended energy labelling obligations.

Housing association put pregnant mother at risk of explosion

A pregnant mother and her two children were left at risk after a housing association carried out unsafe gas work at their rented property.

NIBE clarifies exhaust air heat pump classification

As part of a drive to help exhaust air heat pumps reach their potential in the UK, heating manufacturer NIBE has published a guide explaining the European Commission’s decision to classify the technology as renewable.

Have you got your free ticket to PHEX+?

With the PHEX+ exhibition fast approaching, sign up for your free ticket today to take advantage of exclusive show offers at 2015's biggest installer trade event.

British Safety Council supports the Breathe Freely campaign

The British Safety Council lends its support to the 'Breathe Freely' campaign to be launched by the BOHS, the Chartered Society for Worker Health Protection on Workers’ Memorial Day.

Technical workshop on RHI funded heat pump solutions

The Carbon Savings Alliance (CSA) will be hosting a one-off technical workshop on Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) funded heat pump solutions in association with Kensa Heat Pumps and My Green Heating on the 14 May in Exeter.

Spring clean your cylinders and get ready for summer

The warmer weather has certainly heralded the start of spring. Taking this into account, the UK Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (UKLPG) is encouraging installers doing their rounds to encourage LPG users to ensure their cabinet heaters are stored safely for the summer months and LPG cylinders are checked, safe and ready for the start of the BBQ season.  

HHIC responds to DECC’s Renewable Heat Incentive quarterly statistics

The Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has published quarterly statistics for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which show a marked increase in the number of biomass boilers being accredited under the scheme.

Plumbers election opinion poll

With the election just two weeks away, a survey of tradesmen and women reveals 29% are yet to decide who to vote for.

Oldest working Rayburn in the country revealed

Rayburn has tracked down its oldest known working model in the country, after running a nationwide competition.

B&ES launches revised technical guidance for CHP

B&ES Publications is delighted to announce the launch of the newly revised TR37 – Guide to Good Practice – Installation of Combined Heat and Power (CHP), which offers a practical overview of CHP for building services engineers.

Govan High School launches one of Scotland’s first business backed construction courses

Govan High School has launched one of the first private sector backed construction industry pre-apprenticeship programmes in Scotland.

HHIC publishes new report on low carbon heat

“The UK government must make a long term commitment to a single workable energy strategy if we are to deliver low carbon heat,” says a new report from The Heating & Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC).

Labour shortages intensify on back of firm workloads

Although recent official construction data has been a little mixed, the latest RICS Construction Market Survey for Q1 2015 shows labour shortages in the sector intensifying alongside feedback that workloads are continuing to rise. Some 63% cited labour shortages as an issue followed by 55% highlighting finance.

OFTEC launches solid fuel registration service

OFTEC has extended its range of competent person registration services to include solid fuel appliances, following government approval by DCLG Building Regulations.

Plumbers and HVAC engineers revealed to be stressed, yet confident

Plumbers and HVAC engineers are feeling confident about their prospects but are also feeling under pressure, according to the latest annual health check survey by ECIS, the employee benefits company for the construction industry.

Homeowners could be ‘letting the wrong ones in’

UK homeowners are at greater risk of allowing rogue tradespeople into their homes by prioritising qualities such as good manners over checking credentials, new findings have suggested.

Top 20 features sought by house-hunters

Warmth and security top the list of essential qualities homebuyers look for in a property, according to a new survey commissioned by gocompare.com.

Solar panels catch fire in council building blaze

Council workers had to be evacuated from Hove Town Hall today after a blaze involving solar panels started on the rooftop of the building.

UK tradespeople kick off a busy year

The year has got off to a busy start for UK tradespeople, according to recent research from Screwfix.

Fix it the first time, say consumers

Field service organisations need to become more efficient and fix a problem on the first visit, according to a new study commissioned by Trimble, the building construction solutions provider.

SummitSkills launches three-year strategic plan

National occupational standards, apprenticeship frameworks and qualifications are the core focus of work outlined in SummitSkills’ new strategic plan for 2015 to 2018.

Ukip plan to axe energy department 'beyond barmy', says Unite

The proposal in the Ukip manifesto to abolish the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has been branded as 'beyond barmy' by Unite, the country's largest union.

Seminar programme brings latest industry news to technicians

Throughout the summer, OFTEC will be on the road across the UK and Ireland holding a series of free local seminar events for registered technicians.

FMB responds to housebuilding policies in party manifestos

The importance given to housing in the Conservative Party manifesto should be applauded but it will be important for the next government to remain focused on housing supply as well as housing ownership, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Plumber fined for dangerous oil-boiler installation

A plumber from Malswick has been fined after installing an oil fired boiler at a property that left the homeowners at risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

OFTEC lobbies prospective MPs for “more realistic” heating policies

OFTEC and FPS have written to more than 500 prospective parliamentary candidates, urging them to support proposals for a radical shake-up of home heating policies for the UK.

Plumbers warned pressure on push-fit pipes is causing flood of water escape claims

Plumbing contractors are being warned to take extra care over the installation of push-fit pipes after a spate of high value claims for water damage.

Green Party supports VAT cut on housing repairs

The Green Party has pledged to cut VAT on housing repairs and renovations.

Free installer events in the east of England to support green growth

SustainaBuild isoffering a range of targeted events and networking opportunities designed to equip small and medium sized installation businesses to grow and access new and existing markets.

E.ON pays over £7 million penalty to Citizens Advice after overcharging customers

E.ON has made a £7.75m payment to Citizens Advice after incorrectly applying increases in price and termination fees to some former customers who expressed their wish to leave the company after price rise announcements in 2013 and 2014.

UKLPG welcomes DECC Heating Fund, but warns rural householders could miss out

The UK’s Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association (UKLPG) has welcomed the confirmation of a £25 million government capital funding programme to support local authorities and their partners to tackle fuel poverty.

B&ES joins the fight against heart disease with donation

The Yorkshire division of the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES) has made a £3,000 donation to the British Heart Foundation, to participate in the fight against heart disease.

Viessmann plans to steal the show at PHEX 2015

Viessmann will be showcasing its new combi boiler and four-pipe system at this year’s PHEX shows across London and Manchester.

Government rejects proposals to make electrical safety checks mandatory

Mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector are being called for once again by the NAPIT Trade Association.

Bury bad jobs with Inta’s new Bodger’s Plate

Anti-scald bathroom product manufacturer, Inta, is giving clumsy and rushed installers a helping hand to mask the mess with the launch of its new expert cover up, the Bodger’s Plate.

Home repairs left undone by over 65’s through fear of finding good tradesmen

Anxiety about finding trustworthy tradespeople is leaving older people across the country struggling with home repairs, according to research by TrustMark.

Fuel tax freeze could save van drivers almost £1,000

Chancellor George Osborne’s recent Budget announcement to scrap a planned increase in fuel tax will save the typical tradesperson almost £1,000 this year alone, according to findings by UK van leasing company Vanarama.

One in 10 Green Deal companies non-compliant

One in 10 Green Deal companies have had their certifications revoked due to non-compliance of the Green Deal Code of Practice, the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC) has revealed.

Government gets tough on energy market misconduct

Energy regulators will have powers to prosecute people suspected of abusing the energy market, under new regulations that come into force on 13 April 2015.

Third phase of GDHIF closes

The £70 million available through the third release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) has been fully allocated.

Plumb and Parts Center launch roadshows to help installers understand ErP

Plumb and Parts Center have joined forces with key heating manufacturers to help installers understand the new EU regulations and the implications for their businesses.

Industry calls for VAT reduction on all energy efficient materials and their installation

As the election approaches and politicians debate over the rate of VAT, the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA) is calling on all political parties to set VAT at 5% for all energy efficiency materials.

£25 million central heating fund for local authorities

Local Authorities on the front line of tackling cold homes can now apply for their share of a £25 million Central Heating Fund, the Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey has announced.

Government campaign highlights risks to offline construction businesses

Construction businesses will struggle to grow if they don't embrace the internet, according to the government's new Do More Online campaign.

Cold water could heat one million homes

At least one million homes and businesses across England could access renewable heat hidden in our waterways, according to DECC.

New Foundation to support entrepreneurs

Saint-Gobain, in association with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is launching a new Entrepreneurship Foundation to help small businesses embrace sustainable building.

Trader given suspended jail sentence for asbestos exposure

A tradesman has been given a suspended jail sentence after exposing a household and workers to potentially dangerous levels of asbestos fibres at a home in Bramhope, Leeds.

More new exhibitors than ever at PHEX+ exhibition

An unprecedented number of new exhibitors have signed up to this year's PHEX+ exhibition, which is returning to London's Alexandra Palace on 20 and 21 May, 2015.